Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Books: A Second Life?
So do you like this headboard, or does it plunge your psyche into torment?
I haven't decided yet.
I found it the other day, over at my pal Linda Crispell's marvelous blog, and at first I was a fool in love, ready to kick to the curb our hundred year old French bed (which I bought in our Clermont life for $35-the tightwad in me is still high fiving myself.) I even scoured the internet and discovered how to make that headboard myself, but then my morning shot of caffeine wore off, and reality set in. Here's what reality said:
You're an author. You want to do that to books? Pull out their guts, paint them like harlots, and then slap them on a piece of MDF board from Home Depot?
It seemed wrong to me.
Then my amazing agent, Nathan Bransford, strolled into my brain, adding his logical, reasonable arguments to my internal debate. Nathan's been spreading Kindle love all over the internet for several months now, but I haven't surrendered to the dark e-reader side as yet. Have you?
I know it's ridiculous and that books don't have feelings, but I still feel sad for all the books out there, bookshelves full, like islands of misfit toys.
But then something wonderful happened. Last night, as I was hiding in the office, hoping a dishwashing fairy might flitter down to my kitchen and clean up after dinner, I started a google search that renewed my hope. I thought I might share it with you. Please don't hate me, book lovers.
Be assured that I'm still in no hurry to trade my musty old books for a plastic piece of technology, (sorry Nathan.) I just love to see upcycling in action.
If you're curious about the things you see, a click on the photo will transport you back to its mother site.
First, a vase by artist Laura Cahill.
I found it on dezeen.com.
She does lamps and side tables too.
Yes, that lamppost is made of book pages. (!)
I wonder what Nathan would think of this.
Photo by geeksugar.com
One of your favorite books, right Nathan? Does it tug at your heartstrings a little bit?
I love this book-shelf. Though I wouldn't put anything on it.
Photo by not-tom.com
This is also cool.
Photo by lockengeloet.com
How about book jewelry?
Jamie Keiles makes them over at etsy. I found them at craftzine.com.
If a bracelet/wrist cuff isn't your style, how about a purse?
Photo by prettytheory.etsy.com
I bet they'd make man bags too, if you asked nicely.
I'd love to wear this piece of jewelry around my neck.
It's by the artist Janna Syvanoja, featured at charonkransenarts.com
Enough daydreaming. It's time to get back to writing a new book of my own.
If only I had this desk!
Desk by Richard Hutton
Have a great Wednesday, book lovers out there!