There are lots of fun ways to repurpose old books. For this simple project, I covered a few discarded paperbacks in hand-printed art paper from Blick. I left two issues in their new dust jackets. With the third, I added a leather tie attached to the spine by a tiny brass fastener. Later I’ll fill the book pages with messages written in marker (going right over the original text) and images from magazines.
What You Need-
Printed paper, scissors (if you need to cut the paper), leather ribbon (available at craft stores like Jo-ann’s), pencil, sewing pins and small fasteners.
Remember covering books for school? The same method applies here.
If you want to add the tie- Cut a length of leather ribbon. Find the midway point and put a hole through the leather with a sewing pin. Take a tiny fastener and slip it into the hole. On the printed cover, mark with a pencil the center of the book spine. Pierce the right side of the paper with the fastener. Carefully fold back the metal wings. Replace your dust jacket flap. Close up book with the leather tie.
(Photos & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)
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…’Thither’ by Jane Flanagan, 2009.
In the Fall of 2009, Jane returned home to Ireland. While there, she spent time photographing places she cherished. Later, she compiled her favorite images into a self-published book titled ‘Thither.’ I have a copy of Jane’s book. And every time I look at it, there’s a desire to visit that wonderful country.
(Photo of ‘Thither’ book page- © 2014 Martha Browne)
“Before mass printing in the 20th century it was common for endpapers of books to have paper marbling. Sometimes the endpapers were used for maps or other relevant information. They are the traditional place for bookplates or owner’s inscription…” – Wikipedia
I find the most appealing endpapers to be in children’s books. This sample is from Vol. 1 of ‘ Best in Children’s Books‘ c. 1958.
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The American farmhouse. It’s not hard to conjure up visions of front porches, large working kitchens, bathing in free standing tubs, and pot belly stoves or fireplaces to keep the living rooms warm. Think those places are long gone? The book ‘Farmhouse Revival‘ gives proof positive that this much-loved vernacular architecture and decor is alive and well.
(Photos- Steve Gross and Susan Daley)
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… ‘The Art Of Clean Up‘ By Ursus Wehrli.
This project is pulled from the wonderful book ‘Christmas Decorations.’ Instructions are as followed with a few tweaks of my own. ( * )
Materials: Leaves (* Press in books and later paint some of them gold), berries, cinnamon sticks, nuts in their shells, dried apple rings and other decorative fruits, etc. Lengths of ribbon or flat tape. (* Martha Stewart’s gold thread is perfect.)
1. Cut a tiny slot through each dried leaf near an edge. Put thread through the holes then knot in place. You can also glue leaves flat to ribbon. (* Use a glue gun.)
2. Tie tiny bundles of cinnamon together and tie to thread/ribbon. Wrap nuts and pine cones in a similar way.
3. Cut apples into 1/4″ rings (* Quick Dry Method- Immerse rings into lemon juice for 3-5 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper and place rings on top. Put in an oven set at low temperature…150 degrees…for two hours. Flip rings over and leave for another hour.) Hang apple rings onto the thread/ribbon and then knot securely.
(Styling & Photo- © 2013 Martha Browne)
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When I was in North Carolina I purchased several books at the local used book store including this little gem called ‘Christmas Decorations‘ published in 1996. One project has to do with creating a garland of natural objects- pressed leaves (left-over from this place setting), berries, pine cones, etc. More on it and some other ideas later in December. :)
(Photo- © 2013 Martha Browne)
“…I’m sure the photographs taught me about perception and technique, but the lessons were not in the abstract. Some perceptions of the world transmitted itself and one habit of observation shaded into the other, just because in both cases, writing and photography, you were trying to portray what you saw, and truthfully. Portray life, living people, as you saw them. And a camera could catch that fleeting moment, which is what a short story, in all its depth, tries to do. If it’s sensitive enough, it catches the transient moment…”- Eudora Welty from a 1989 interview in her book ‘Eudora Welty Photographs.’
Here It Comes/ Jackson, Mississippi/ 1930s (first image)
Delegate/Jackson, Mississippi/ 1938 (second image)
Camouflage shirt and…
…shorts in oak leaves with acorn/walnut buttons from the delightful book ‘Fairie-ality.’