Saturday, February 25, 2012

When Books become Accents



I'm so ready for spring! Although it has been an unusually mild winter for us, I am longing for spring foliage and blooms and spending more time outdoors. All the wonderful spring posts around blogland are enticing me as well and spring fever is on:)


I like changing things around my house according to the season. I love using books as decor accents. The local library has a monthly book sale where you can buy books somewhere from 50 cents to a dollar. Vintage books make wonderful accent pieces or can be used as risers to create height in table top vignettes:





Supplies used for these decorative book covers:
Brown gift wrap paper from Dollar store
Round paper doilies
Variety of laces: I used white and ecru colored lace
Fabric scrap
Sea-themed stencil from Dollar store
 Craft paint and stencil brush
Decorative fish net from Michael's (optional)
Glue-gun
After covering the book with the brown craft paper, I attached the paper doily along the spine of the book and finished it off with some lace:




I like the effect created by the addition of the delicate lace:
   I found this cute little cherub at Big Lots:
     Doesn't he look adorable sitting atop the books?
I love cherubs in vignettes:
The gold accent of the decorative box is so beautifully highlighted:

Top-view:

Lace, flowers and the cherub bring spring fever to my family room console table:
These beach-themed fabric book covers bring a touch of summer to my living room:
After covering the books with fabric I stenciled these images on the cover:


Tied them up with twine:
A bundle of starfish:


Some sea-shells:

The starfish tea-light holder adds to the beach vignette:

I brought this lighthouse home from one of our beach vacations:

 I just love how it looks on top of the book bundle:
The silk orchid in the blue planter completes the vignette:
To add to the beach vignette I wrapped the book bundle with decorative fish net:


I have enjoyed making these decorative book covers and using them in these vignettes. Thanks for stopping by to take a peek. It is always a pleasure to read your sweet comments and I look forward to them. Have a wonderful weekend! Until next time ~

Linking to:
Link Party @ Fine Craft Guild
Rustic, Recycled and Chic Link up
~POPPY~


               

64 comments:

once in a blue moon said...

very cute stencil~

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful!
... visiting from Seasonal Sundays :)

Greetings from Australia♥

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Such beautiful vignettes and the one with the romantic vintage books, cute cherub and decorative box and the one with the light house and net, so very creative and awesome! Thank you for the tutorials too, I didn't think it was with a paper doily, wow! You are one talented lady. Happy Sunday.
FABBY

The Tablescaper said...

Sweet vignette and great touches of Spring. I won't be long now. Thanks for being such a wonderful contributor to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

I love the vignette you created with the covered books.. so pretty. How great to wrap the books in lace! xo marlis

kitty said...

I'm especially in love with the books covered in brown wrapping paper with doilies & lace!! I even have a cherub almost identical to yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sarah said...

Lovely vignettes. Cute stencil for the seaside book.

Jojo said...

I love these!!! I'm going to have to share these ideas.

Cynthia said...

The books with the dollie are very pretty. I love the chest in the background of the photo.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I love these ideas for the vignettes. The turquoise blue is always a happy summery color and is exciting me to bring out my beachy dishes! Linda

Dianne said...

I love the look of the old books and you have taken them to a whole different level. Such a great idea. Dianne

chateau chic said...

Hi Poppy,
I'm like you, I love using old books in my decor. Yours look so unique and pretty with the covers you made. I especially like the ones covered in brown paper with lace and doilies. Such a great idea.
Thanks for stopping by.
Mary Alice

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Poppy, I love the lace covered books and your seaside vignette! I appreciate you linking to the Open House party. Have a great week.
xo, Sherry

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

So pretty! Thanks for the visit, my friend. Hope you can swing by and join Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Sonia said...

Loved what you did with those books! Great looks! So pretty and I think I could even do that! Thanks for sharing!
Miss Bloomers

Donna Patrice said...

I adore the sea vignette!

What a great idea and tutorial - thank you so much for sharing!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Poppy, your vignettes are delightful....so pretty. I love the idea with the books...have to do this. Thanks.

Just so pretty!

Barb ♥

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty and romantic looking, Poppy! That cherub fits in so well with that first set of books. I have got to get to Big Lots. I always see such great things from there yet never think to stop in.

Betsy said...

Fabulous vignettes you've created. I really like the contrast between the brown paper, lace and doilies. Very nice job!

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

I love what you've done with the books. The stencil on fabric is a great idea. Love the lace too!

Connie said...

Fabulous and creative.
What a big improvement over ripped off book covers tied with twine.

dizzyizzy said...

These vignettes are to die for! I love these gorgeous ideas. Thanks!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Poppy, your book vignettes are fabulous!

Honey at 2805 said...

The book covers are adorable!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your book covers are so pretty! I especially like the paper doily ones!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Poppy,
Love your book covers; especially the doilie covered ones! So pretty! Thanks for sharing your ideas. I have added myself to your Linky Followers. Have a wonderful week.

Blessings,
Sandi

S said...

Your books look fabulous. I just added a doily to a book I covered the other day, it's on my blog. You've tempted me to try my hand at stenciling next. Well done on yours!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

So beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Special 'K' said...

They have come up a treat. I am so excited to find and follow new special places. I have no doubt I will enjoy engaging and supporting this wonderful space you have created. Thank you for sharing, I am so glad to meet you. I hope you will find some time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Angie said...

I love the idea of the paper and doilies for the book covers. Very creative! I have a lot of old books laying around I can try this on. It looks like your blog is full of inspiration!

I am following through Linky Followers. Hope you will visit and follow back. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! I love your dainty, feminine style. I love to crochet, so I may have to make some doilies to doll up some books! Thanks so much for sharing this. I am now following you through Linky and GFC!



Kelly

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I love using books in vignettes...and these are both great ideas. I have a lot of "beachy" things in my home, and I love that look of the fishnet and the books together. Thanks!

I have a vintage giveaway on my blog if you have time to visit!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love how you have decorated the books--they look fantastic. I especially love the doily ones. How creative!

very merry vintage style said...

Love decorating with books--the doily idea is genius! Stop by and link up if you have time.
Mary

DebbieDoesCreations said...

Very cute! I am your newest Linky Follower via the blog hop and hope you will follow me back :)

Linens and Laurel said...

I had no idea the lace doilies were paper until you told us! All so pretty.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Poppy, these are so pretty! How creative you are! Such pretty vignettes, too!

The Decorating Diaries said...

I like to decorate with books, too. And now you've given me some great ideas to use.

Janet

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your vignettes are just fabulous. I am in love with the covers of the books. They are so beautiful. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our linky party.

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Judy said...

I love to decorate with books too. Your book covers are really beautiful. I love the idea of stenciling the cover. I must try this. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

These turned out so adorable!! I agree you are really talented!

Sue said...

I'm definitely wrapping my already kraft papered books with doilies. Love your idea. :-) Sue

Linda said...

Love what you did with the books!! I'm following you and would love to have you come visit and follow back. Best wishes, Linda

Honey at 2805 said...

I'm so delighted you shared these lovely books at Potpourri Friday! Thank you!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Poppy! These are fantastic! I love both looks! Thank you so much for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Kristen Turner said...

I really like the idea of wrapping a book in kraft paper and a doily. Thanks for the idea!
Kristen @ Titus 2 Work in Progress

kelly said...

Love the beachy themed books.

Kelly

MeMeSue said...

I love what you did! Who would have thought just covering and adding doilies and bits of lace would make a book look so pretty. I always had a problem with the thought of ripping the covers off of books..what a nice alternative! I too am a lover of cherubs and angels!

Mimi said...

Great tips to try for in store displays at my flower shop.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love this idea especially the books with the brown papaer wrap and the lace!! Stunning!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Jennelise said...

What lovely displays! I love the doilies on the books! Thankyou for sharing :)
Jennelise

Renee @ Rustic Crafts and Chic Decor said...

I really like the idea of the paper and doillies! I have plenty of books that are not display worthy that I could do this to - thanks for the idea!! I have a new themed link party just for rustic, recycled and shabby chic projects. I would love to have you share this - http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=5878

Jann Olson said...

Hi Poppy,
I too love using books in my vignettes. Especially old ones. Yours are very fun! I especially love the doily and lace ones. Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Jann

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Love, love the sea life stencils on book and your entire vignette is just delicious!!

Kelly said...

You're very talented making those pretty book covers. I love the ones with the kraft paper and doilies. I like to use books as risers too. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I will be sure to follow yours too.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Poppy" I really like the idea of wrapping a book in kraft paper and a doily. I have a lot of old books I can do this to.""Thanks for the idea!
I would like to thank you for your sweet comments on my new St.Patrick's Day dinner. I hope you have a wonderful week with your sweet family. I hope you can come follow my new Linky, and I will come back and follow you back.
XXOO Diane

very merry vintage style said...

Love all your ideas--Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style!
Mary

Cindy said...

Hi Poppy,
Your book vignettes are very pretty and so very creative. I like them! I use books a lot, I always have, they bring a warmth and a lived-in feeling to a room.
Hugs, Cindy

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Cute ideas for books! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Denise said...

I must start following you!What a wonderful idea.So easy and inexpensive.Fantastic!Thank you-Denise

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Poppy...

Ohhh...spring is looking really pretty over at your place! I love the beautiful vignette that you created! Love, love, LOVE how you embellished the books for your vignette! You are such a creative and talented lady! Thanks for sharing with us!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Vintage Gal said...

Love the Book Covers and the cherub is adorable. Just came over from Cozy Little House and I must say I love your blog
I am now a follower ;-)

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

The books are so adorable! Looking forward to following your lovely blog.
Tammy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your blog! I'm going to put it in my list of favorites so that I don't miss any posts! Thank you! ♥