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July 12, 2011

Manly Bookshelves But I Like Them Too

Filed under: Crafts,Household,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 6:15 PM

To keep myself from going blind, buggy eyed or crazier than I already am trying to find the link to the saucer craft project, I have been working around the house in case I am brave enough to invite you in for a Where Bloggers Create or What’s On Your Workdesk sort of event.

At the base of the staircase to our upstairs there is a doorway leading into what could be used as a bedroom opposite the living room area which also has the front door just shy of four feet from the bedroom/old parlor doorway.
Think of it this way, if you come in the front door, which  no one ever does, 2 steps to your right is the door to upstairs. If you come down those stairs, to your left is the parlor bedroom or 2 steps to your right is the front door.

There is enough wall space at that “intersection” to house shelving.
Ideally it would be narrow shelving attached to the wall but apparently we don’t do that.

So where there is space – I add bookshelves.  Because I can.
Whatever Goes

I will admit I got a nice deal on bookshelves at a local big box hardware home improvement type store and stocked up.  Far, far Under $100 for all.
 I have all winter to build them as inspiration strikes me. 
But I digress… (again.)         There is this small space.

You may notice that at one point I did hang artwork on the wall but who stands there to admire it?  Still, once it’s up…

 This picture blends right in with the Gardening Theme of the books I put on the top of these bookshelves.

I figured I had best fill in the lowest level of the bookshelves next so the whole thing didn’t topple over on me. No one’s ever had that happen, have they. (Not sharing the cave in link.) 
Since this is a functional space, not a stand, stare and admire bookshelf, I figured I would fill it in with the manly books. OK, the construction, tool and woodworking section of my craft shelf.

Since I had a few books left over that didn’t quite fit into this category I allowed them an adjacent shelf.
And since I hate to waste space and did have more gardening/aromatherapy books, I had to take everything off the first shelf I did and lower it because I had too much headroom for the second shelf.       Why would I want to measure ahead of time?

It did distract me from looking for that link for the saucer craft, on which I have not given up.   If you know what I am looking for PLEASE SHARE.

To see what is happening on other crafty people’s workdesks, please visit Julia.

Or enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids playing in the sand.

Linking up with Tips and Tutes Tuesday at  Home Stories A to Z
WOW Us Wednesdays

Joining Grammy Mousetails and others for the Wednesday Word memes
and will update with link backs on Wednesday.
Mama to 3 Blessings  
Nick Tay 
Tsunami and Create with Joy 
The Misplaced Midwesterner 

By Word of Mouth Musings

Also joining Project Alicia who is inviting us to join her again later this week when Alicia and Kristi will be hosting a Critter Shoot (photo shoot) for the Crazy Days of Summer.



  1. I love bookshelves and these look great. The more organized I am the better I feel.

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — July 12, 2011 @ 8:05 PM

  2. You are so ambitious woman! good idea for a space that would just gather killer dust bunnies ( like at my house, LOL) I love the sand sculp of the mouse, cheese & wine 😉 I wonder why???

    Comment by fAYTHE @ gRAMMYmOUSEtAILS — July 12, 2011 @ 11:03 PM

  3. Ah the cave in method of book keeping – been there. We also have a tendency to fill any space. I love that you call it the parlour bedroom! And most of all I like a fellow human bean who hangs artwork, and then has it swallowed up by shelving. It happens – triumph of hope over experience!!

    Comment by Julia Dunnit — July 13, 2011 @ 3:34 AM

  4. Thanks for sharing your space, have a good week!

    Comment by neelzexpressionz — July 13, 2011 @ 4:04 AM

  5. Too much storage can never be a bad thing lol
    Happy wednesday
    hugs Minxy x

    Comment by Minxy — July 13, 2011 @ 4:58 AM

  6. Now, the question is… did you build those manly bookshelves using a girly hammer? (smile)

    The shelves look great – books make me happy – and wow, that sand sculpture is really cool!

    Have a great day and thanks so much for linking up! Have a fabulous week!


    Comment by Create With Joy — July 13, 2011 @ 6:32 AM

    • I call it my “plinky” hammer, about heavy enough to push in a thumbtack but got the job done.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 13, 2011 @ 6:44 AM

  7. those sand sculptures are amazing we saw a few in Mississippi a couple years. not as much fun to sculpt here. love books and bookshelves, could use a few more myself and another room to put them in???? uffda!

    Comment by Shannon Olson — July 13, 2011 @ 10:34 AM

  8. I love books and have bookshelves all over my house. I think it drives everyone nuts!!!

    Enjoy your day and your space.

    Leslie #84

    Comment by Leslie — July 13, 2011 @ 11:38 AM

  9. That should say Leslie Words of Me Project #86!!!

    Comment by Leslie — July 13, 2011 @ 11:38 AM

  10. One can never have enough shelves 😉
    And yes, we had a few cute ones show up for the fire. LOL….
    Thanks for stopping in 🙂

    Comment by kristin — July 13, 2011 @ 9:48 PM

  11. Thanks for showing your bookshelves – I have books in every room including a big bookcase on the landing at the top of the staircase. i just think they are an essential in my home 🙂 Love the sand sculpture too. Elizabeth x #99

    Comment by Elizabeth — July 14, 2011 @ 4:07 AM

  12. Wow is that made of sand. Amazing

    Comment by Famfa — July 14, 2011 @ 4:31 AM

  13. Books. You can never have too many of them in my opinion!

    Brenda WOYWW #74

    Good choice of blog host and theme btw!

    Comment by butlersabroad — July 14, 2011 @ 8:24 AM

  14. I have shelving units in just about every room in the house holding books, knick knacks or whatever. Love shelves for organization. Thanks for sharing. Vickie

    Comment by Okienurse — July 15, 2011 @ 1:01 AM

  15. fab sand thingy!! We have them here on the beach until the tide washes them away Happy Crafting
    HaPpY LaTe WoYwW


    Comment by Spyderspyder — July 16, 2011 @ 4:06 AM

  16. Do you know that how many books you have in your home is a direct reflection of intelligence? Seriously, IQ and # of books in the house are correlated. that’s my excuse for hoarding books 😉

    Comment by varunner — July 16, 2011 @ 6:15 AM

    • We are seekers and keepers of knowledge – NOT hoarders.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 16, 2011 @ 4:40 PM

  17. Dear dogs mom, I am a book hoarder like you all- and even double park my books – terrible I know but you can stash double the amount in your shelves !
    So sorry to hear about the loss that you suffered, and thank you for your kind comments on my blogpost about my beloved cat Gibson that we had to put to sleep.

    Comment by Modern Country Lady — July 16, 2011 @ 5:54 PM

  18. Books, OH HOW I LOVE THEM! But you gotta have some place to put them! Love the extra shelving, cause you can never have enough! Thanks for stopping by my blog, btw! It is HARD to justify the cost of $60 a month for the gym but what price can you put on your health? I guess it isn’t so bad considering it’s for four of us. I cut MANY other things out to fit it in and it is so much better than the drivel I was spending on before, lol! Thanks again!

    Comment by Kelly Howard — July 19, 2011 @ 2:15 PM

  19. I felt compelled to help you search for that saucer craft project. Is it the one where you add the pix to it, lol? That was the coolest, most original craft link I could find other than you creating your own UFO 🙂 Here’s the link, if it’s not the right one you can save it for when you’re done with those bookshelves

    Thank you for joining us on I ♥ Blogging Hop have a great week!

    Comment by Jen — July 20, 2011 @ 2:11 PM

  20. Thanks for stopping in and your great comments!

    I can’t even tell you how many linear feet of bookshelves we have in this house. Some in the basement, some in our bedroom, the nook, the livingroom, the schoolroom, the hallway, other bedrooms, etc. When a person loves books, it kinda starts looking like a used book store. And the problem is??? But good luck with the shelves, cuz there are always more library sales. 🙂

    Comment by Cranberry Morning — July 24, 2011 @ 4:44 PM

  21. There is nothing like a good book – lots of them!

    Comment by Carmie of the Single Nester — August 2, 2011 @ 2:02 PM

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