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  • Hoop-ing up embroidery pieces is a great way to quickly and cheaply DIY wall art. There are so many directions to take hoop art, from the bold to the serene, that there's no way to go wrong. Here at Quirk we love words & books, so we took our inspiration from hand lettering to make our take on hoop art, but you can go with whatever floats your boat! 

     
    Supplies
     
    - Fabric. For this particular project, you'll want a solid color or a small pattern. 
    - Backing fabric. Plain white linen should do the job. 
    - Embroidery needle
    - Embroidery thread 
    - Scissors 
    - Embroidery hoop (or two) 
    - Quilting marker (optional) 
    - Pencil and Paper (optional)
    - Pins (optional)
     
    Directions
     
     
    1. Decide on a quote- I went with a favorite from A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler): "Never trust anyone who has not brought a good book with them." 

  • Do you have trouble misplacing bookmarks?

     

    Ever yearn for old-fashioned hardcover books with a ribbon or thread bookmark built right into the spine?

    With this DIY you can add your own luxurious handmade bookmark to any hardcover book – even library books – without fearing the wrath of an angry librarian!

  • Not too long ago, baby and bridal showers were a somewhat simple event. Guests would snack on finger foods such as sandwiches, dips, and the occasional spoonful of mysterious ambrosia. Dessert was either a chocolate or vanilla cake with a congratulatory message written in icing across the top. The venue decor would consist of balloons, streamers, flowers, and the occasional umbrella or wishing well. And, inevitably, someone would make a hat out of ribbons and bows from unwrapped presents, place the hat on the Guest of Honor’s head, and snap a picture.

     

    Weddings had a similar sameness to them: the same flowers, colors, attire, decorations, music, food, and traditions.  For a while—a very long while—showers and weddings felt dull.

    And then Pinterest happened.  Thanks to the multitude of creative and talented Pinterest pinners, showers and weddings will never again be the trite or mediocre occasions that they once were. 

    Pinterest is an invaluable resource for the expecting or engaged book lover because book-themed baby shower pins, bridal shower pins, and wedding pins are popping up all over users’ boards.  The following are Pinterest-inspired ideas on how to create your own book-themed shower or wedding.

  • Writing poetry isn't really a talent of mine—unless you count humorous/sarcastic haikus and "Roses Are Red" variants—but I do randomly stack books to create sentences and mini-mini short stories. Then I discovered that this a Thing: spine poetry! Naturally, I got sucked into the Internet and bounced from Pinterest to Tumblr to blog posts filled with books stacked and photographed to create a poem. 

    So for no reason at all and with no prize promised, I challenged myself to see how many sentences I could create with the books in my office. My self-imposed rules were no title repetition and only using print books on my shelves. Here's what I came up with.

    Deep in the shade of paradise, when you are engulfed in flames, this book will save your life.

  • Though I have probably a dozen blank notebooks in varying sizes and styles, I cannot resist buying more. The ability to create one's own journal or project portfolio is a skill that I've always wanted to develop, but until I do, I will continue to covet others' handmade gems.

     

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