You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"B" Is for Brick Books

I'm participating in a blog hop called "A to Z." Each week our group will publish a post featuring the letter of the week.  This week is the letter "B."


Scroll down and make sure to visit the other blogs. It's sure to be fun. Oh, and leave comments, too.  They are always appreciated.





Since my Revolutionary War and Post Revolutionary novels have the names of flowers, I'm growing an author's garden with chamomiles, laurels, and cassias. 

When looking for garden art, I came across the idea of painting bricks to look like antique books, which I'll place among the flowers. 

My granddaughter and I painted six books, 3 named after my novels, and 3 after our favorite books (Ben Hur and Jane Eyre for me; and Tuesdays with Morrie for Kenzie). 

I'm amazed at how much they look like real antique books! 

Here's the video my granddaughter and I followed -- How to Make a Brick Book www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8JkAyjNf1Q

20 comments:

  1. Hi Susan! I love this idea. I'll add it to the project list for next spring. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Tom. I still have to put a layer of shelac on them to weatherproof them.

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  2. I thought those were real books when I first saw them. This is a great idea, and I love how it ties in with your real books.

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    1. Thanks, J'nell. Several times I've reached to pick them up, and because they look so much like books, was surprised by how heavy they were.

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  3. Just way too awesome for words. I may have to "steal" this idea! Brilliant!

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  4. Karla, the best part was working on the project with my granddaughter. She loves to read and found it difficult to pick just one book to feature. I'm putting the brick books in my gardern, but they wouldl make great bookends, too.

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  5. This idea is just WAY too cool!! Pinning now. ;-)

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  6. I think that's awesome! As someone who loves fiction novels about the time of the american revolution, I can agree that the books look fairly intimidating. Painting the bricks was a good idea to represent that. It makes me want to go get some more books to read.
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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jackson. Always fun to go get more books.

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  7. These are so cool. We were contemplating putting brick half walls around our patio. Wouldn't something like this laying on top be cool?! Great idea!

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    1. That would be cool, Kathleen. If you decide to do that, let me know, and post pictures. :-)

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  8. What a wonderful craft! I guess it could be done with wood blocks, too. I like the idea of the bookends. Might be a fun thing for door prizes at author functions with your books title on the spine?

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    1. Hi, Sandy. Wood blocks would work, too. And good idea about the door prizes.

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  9. Those are amazing!! Well done, Lisa. I SO doing this. :-)

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    1. Thanks, April. It was an easy project, especially following the instructions on the video.

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  10. VERY cool, Susan! I want some for sure.

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    1. Daryl, I knew the first time I saw them that I wanted to make my own. It was great fun. And they look so real.

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