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everyday inspirations: on the shelf

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Everyday Inspirations is a series about the things that inspire me every day. Really, this is about the elements in my home that other people have put in place, but that keep me thinking creatively. Sometimes it's a decorating element, or a handmade object, other times it's just seeing the special things that make our home what it is. These things inspire me.

Since I shared a bit of my love of books yesterday, it seems only appropriate that I share the everyday inspiration for that love. You see, I live in a house full of books, with a family that can't get enough of them! You'll find books in every room of our house, and having them around keeps me creating every day!

We have old books, school books, new books that look old, craft books, cook books, well-read books, practical books, pretty books. I invite you to take a look:

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Bookshelves fill entire walls and are added wherever they can be squeezed in. They make me feel happy and inspired!

15 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh!!! Cherry Ames! I read every single one of those books when I was a kid, and they were old then! Wow, your post has brought back memories for me. I love to read, if only I had managed to instill that in my kids too.

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  2. I LOVE books! I remember loving to read "Children's Classics" and others. My next-door neighbor's mother was the head librarian at the gorgeous old library (which is no longer there) in the city. We used to ride the bus in the summer and read all day, sitting in the big old window seats ~ I thought that was the cat's meow and she instilled in me of love of reading and for that I am forever grateful! I just don't see the fascination of the new digital ebook readers, etc. There is just nothing like sitting down with a book in your hands and there never will be, as far as I'm concerned! Thank you for this post and for such beautiful pictures of your fantastic library! ♥

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  3. Wow- so many books! :) I love it.

    ~Kristin

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  4. I love books. Alas, my husband does not understand so I don't have near as many books as I'd like. My dad was really instrumental in instilling a love of books in me. I remember just sitting in front of his book shelves looking at all of the spines wondering what the books were about. So I love cover art of books that were printed in the late 70s and 80s. And they smell different too.

    I got a Nook last summer and I'm still on the fence about how I feel about it. It's so convenient for travel but I love the feel of a real book. Plus e-books are the same price as regular paper backs. :(

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  5. Mollie,

    Wow, your shelves look jus like mine (only yours are neater!) If we ever get the remodel done on our house then all my craft books will be moved to my craft room. Then we will build custom shelving in the office and my other books will be moved there. I love the sets of vintage books you have in your pictures. Have you read any Rosamond du Jardin? She wrote some wonderful stories with a character named Tobey Haydon that I just loved. The style of her writing is similar to Carolyn Keene of Nancy Drew fame. I keep an eye out for any of her books when I am out thrifting. There is nothing as satisfying as reading a good book.

    Maureen

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  6. Your book shelves look like mine, even down to some of the same series. We just moved cross country(GA to CA) and it was a tough decision, but we decided to keep all the books even though they weigh so much. I love the feel of a book ion my hands and being able to curl up in a chair and while the day away.

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  7. Books and quilts...they go together. However, not very aerobic past times.

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  8. Wow and I thought I came from a family of book lovers. Your shelves are amazing! Such a treasure.

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  9. I love these photos! This is my first visit to your blog and it won't certainly won't be my last.

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  10. Thank you for all of your comments! It's always lovely to meet other book lovers, isn't it?

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  11. I love to read! I remember saving my allowance to buy all of the Little House Books one at a time probably starting at age 10 in 1970!!

    Right now I am on book 29/30 of a UK series of The Adams family that starts in 1906!! These books are by Mary Janes Staples which is a psueodonym for another!

    I l

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  12. Colours, shapes,... I understand why you stay so inpired!! Congratulations!

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  13. As a nurse, I appreciate all your Cherry Ames books!!! I love how you collect childrens books, and your paper arts books too...hey...I want your shelves in my house!!!

    Read your blog daily and love it so much!!!
    xoxo- Julie

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  14. super lovely blog, girl!


    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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  15. Hi Mollie!
    Your book shelves are so amazing! I love books and i love these pictures :)
    Lovely.

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