Friday, March 16, 2012

blisscovering

blisscovered

My blisscoveries this week:

That those hardcover books with cheesy (or no) book jackets can be made lively again. I spirited these titles away from the book trading shelf in our communal laundry room. This is possibly the easiest, cheapest, quickest paper project ever. Trace the existing book jacket (or lay the book open and trace that; make sure to leave a few extra inches on each end for the flaps) on a piece of lovely handmade or patterned paper. Cut, wrap it around the book, affix a handlettered or typed label on the spine, and lo! You have blisscovered books that look like little presents. I can't wait to get the rest of my books out of storage so I can have at 'em :))

Daylight savings time, after recovering from the first few days of feeling hung over from the change.

Realizing that some things should be left alone. Someone pointed out that my salvaged travel trunks were "lovely as they are" and after thinking about it for a while, I agreed. I have to finish the un-fun part of de-"ewwwww"-ing the insides, and "spraying for leetle vermin" as Cathy suggested. Nasty old paper has to be scraped out, and the interior sealed to vanquish the stink. Otherwise, the outsides will be left in vintage tatters, and the color will come from my stacks of blisscovered books.

I got the kids a tiny tent at IKEA. They delight in it. I delight in them delighting in it. Sometimes I go in too.

Stack the States and Stack the Countries apps. Recommendations from a fellow kindergarten mom. Educational, fun, and wholly addictive. Watch Mississippi and New York make googly eyes at each other; it won't happen anywhere else, I imagine :)

March Madness. I don't find much crossover companionship between the worlds of art and basketball, so my commentary on it usually goes unanswered, but I do love filling out my brackets, predicting upsets, cheering for my alma maters, watching my picks go up in smoke and reconnecting with old friends in my grad school pool. It makes the rainy month of March worthwhile.

Go see Liv for more little bliss lists!

26 comments:

Karen D said...

love this!!!

Marcie said...

What a clever and creative idea for book covers. Love it!

iHanna said...

Beautiful book covers, I love to do this too to ugly but good reads (I use white wrapping paper and black labels printed from the computers). Your are gorgeous!

Happy camping!

jane said...

:):):
am going to check out those apps now. thanks!
have a great weekend!
x

tulpen said...

Love the Blisscovers!

And we've gone through an Ikea tent or two... wicked fun.

Chel said...

I need a little tent. That sounds blissful, actually.

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

I love the covered books. You're a girl after my own heart with the Agatha Christies. I agree with Chel, I need a tent too! Have a blissful weekend. xx

rachel awes said...

i too love what you've done for these books. your presence also does this same thing to my heart.
xox

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lori vliegen said...

i always love reading these little bliss-snippets in your life. makes me look around my little world with different eyes......happy weekend, sweet artsy friend!!
xox

Nikki said...

Did Lehigh blow up your bracket? Those of us who love art and sports are truly a rare breed! I've gotten used to the blank looks from my art friends...

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh oh ohhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Fabulous, bliss-inducing, eyes-rolling-back-happy, brain-tingling gorgeousness! I would so love to do this. Problem is, I also hate the thought of dissecting my sheets of washi paper. Solution? Go buy more paper! YEAH!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mickey said...

When are you moving?? Have you found a house yet???

Beth said...

This is a great ides - the papers are beautiful! :) So excited for you this week! woo-hoo :) xo

Beth said...

opps - idea not ides...ahhh typing to fast!

Lori said...

I just hopped over from Liv's Bliss List - LOVE the book covers - oh, a tent at IKEA I may need to get one of those.

Nicky Linzey said...

Beautiful idea Aimee.
I should watch out - you'll be going CAMPING next:)

Shannon said...

Sounds like many wonderful things to be blissful for! Happy spring darlin!

Jennifer Richardson said...

ahhhh, loving this so much
it almost aches!
drab books made beautiful...glad sigh.
life just gets sweeter now
and I thank you that,
Jennifer

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cath c said...

wow, thanks for the linkipoo! i am glad you're enjoying the old trunks just as they are. something i've always treasured - we had a few in the basement where i grew up...well, i didn't wholly grow up in that basement, but i did have a lot of fun in its little spaces like these trunks.

cath c said...

wow, thanks for the linkipoo! i am glad you're enjoying the old trunks just as they are. something i've always treasured - we had a few in the basement where i grew up...well, i didn't wholly grow up in that basement, but i did have a lot of fun in its little spaces like these trunks.

Marie aka Grams said...

Hi Aimee, I discovered your blog just several weeks ago, and have recommended it to so many of my artsy friends. It's so cheerful and inspirational. As far as lost goes: I get lost every winter. Seems I hibernate down the basement and avoid answering the phone and emails. It seems both dark and hopeful. Would love to win a class.

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