Old Books: Text & Texture

First order of business.
I was featured!!
Marni over at Sassy Sites
featured my yummy Mini Oreo Cheesecakes
in her Saturday Shout Outs!
Seriously made my weekend when I found out. Hers is one of my favorite blogs that I frequent, and she is so dedicated to keeping everyone involved! Marni is always hosting various blog parties, giveaways, and she does so many features. I don't know how she does it, but it's amazing. Go stop by and leave her some love!

I have also been featured by Carrie at Dittle Dattle
for the same recipe in her Amaze Me Monday post!
I can't tell you how many great ideas are on her site. You must go see for yourself! Her blog party is one of my favorites for a few reasons. 1.) There are hardly any rules - who doesn't love that?! 2.) SO many people link up a ridiculous amount of cute ideas! 3.) The pictures in the linky party are BIG. My terrible eyes thank her a thousand times for that.

Second order of business.
It is cold and rainy in the Armpit of America, and I am looooving it!
Huge thermos of coffee, classical music, rain, clouds, solitude, serenity. The only thing bogging me down is my dang algebra homework. It's all due tomorrow at 7:00am with my Chapter 5 test and Final Exam.

I have a final every day this week, and then I get a month off! There will be much more blogging going on after school is finito, that's for sure! I was able to escape for an hour or two the other day and snagged some AMAZING thrift store finds. I cannot wait to tell you all about them!

For now, though, I'll show you something else.
A quick post about one of my true loves. Books.
Especially old books. But any good story will make me infinitely happy.
Coupled with something else I love. Texture.
Maybe it was on purpose, the fact that the word "text" is in "texture".

They just have so much character, don't you think?
There's a quirky thrift store near my school. Most things there are ridiculously overpriced.
However, the books are steals.
And if they're damaged, it's half off of the typically $1.50 price.
Damaged is what I'm going for anyway, right? It's easier to justify tearing apart books if they're already broken. But that may just be me.

I'll be able to show you soon enough (well, probably not soon enough, but as soon as possible!) what I've done with these fabulous finds. You might have noticed, but you can see some of them here, hanging out with my little birdie friends. But just for the record books, I will go ahead and mention the fact that I am never satisfied with my decor. I'm constantly changing things around! I have so many "To Do" projects in my head just looking around the place. Probably drives my poor hubby crazy. ;) So even the picture taken a few days ago has changed a bit because of my thrifty finds.

Now that I've shown you one of my true loves, I would love to know something around your place that you truly adore!

Linking to these parties:


  1. nicole, love your pictures on here! they look so professional! you're getting really great at this blogging thing! I however, am slacking a bit! lol

  2. Lovely pictures.

    I love books as well and I think they are fabulous in decoration, but I have such a hard time ripping them apart - even if they are damaged (or even in a language I do not understand). Silly, isnt it?

    Good luck on your exam!

  3. congrats on your features ~ ahhh doesn't it just make your heart skip a beat a little? :) your cheesecakes look delicious!!

    to answer your question, my husband is actually the tolkien fan....and he came up with the name for my blog :)

  4. Congrats on your latest feature - I love the old books - so charming!

    Happy Good Life Wednesday from your newest follower. Hope you can come say hello sometime: www.SallyLeeByTheSea.com

  5. Congrats! Love your pics of old books. Thanks for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party!

  6. Love those old books...I love texture and these are rich with them!! Visiting through Good Life Wednesday :-)

  7. Beautiful use of spineless books! I wouldn't have thought to use them like that!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  8. Love the books. Found you at Hoo's got Talent and am a new follower.

  9. Old books are great charm makers in decorating. Thanks for sharing!


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