I think by now you probably are noticing that my imagination is pretty wild. I am also lucky enough to be able to freely express myself as an artist. I got nobody to tell me No. : ) It is just the girls and I and they think what I do is pretty swell. This is one of my favorite projects of all time. One because I love books and it is inspired by one of my favorite books and two, it has a lot of sentimental meanings.
My favorite book of all time is called The Shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. In the book, there is this secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books where old and forgotten titles are lovingly preserved. As an avid reader and lover of books, this strike a cord with me. I imagined this vast secret library filled with layer and layer of old dusty books. So I decided I needed my own dusty book archway.
It took me a few sleepless nights to figure out how to do this. First I thought maybe I will build a bookcase around the doorway but it would be an accident waiting to happen. Then I realized I have a bunch of book binders left over from my vintage book wallpaper project. But there was no way it was going to be enough. I needed so much more.
This is the sentimental part. The day I decided to do this project was the day I signed my divorce paper. It is funny because my friends say I never stop and my therapist will probably say it is because I don't have to deal with reality but for me, creating is the only way I know how to survive. And survive I did. I went with my grandmother to the court and after everything was done, she asked what would I like to do. I told her, I needed to go to a flea market and get 100 books. Knowing me pretty well, she just said OK. That night after the girls went to bed, we spent all night ripping the covers off. I know...I know it broke my heart too but the end result was worth it.
I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea. Normally I love anything Shabby French Cottage with a bit of glamour thrown in there. This was more artsy part of me.
My very own secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books. All dusty but forever adored.
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