Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Not your usual book light

I am a book lover.  I can't imagine using an electronic reader because I enjoy the whole experience of reading.  This includes the touch and smell of books as well as the story being read.  It took me awhile to gather the strength to rip the covers of old books, but I did it.  I love the bundles of semi-destroyed books for decorating spaces. 

I have more old books than I have spaces for at the moment.  And then I had an idea.  (Sometimes these work, sometimes the don't).

I grabbed my husband and went out to the shop with an old book.  I had him show me how to use his drill press.  (Awesome tool, I need to find some other projects so I can play with his drill press a bit more.)  I drilled a hole in the spine of a book.  He told me it would just shred the book, but it atually made a very nice hole.  Can you guess why I needed a hole in the spine of a book?  How else would I get the light socket in place?

Here is my book light!  What do you think?  It is an LED light, so no heat and little fire hazard.  I figured if people could use coffee filters and other flammable items, I could use a book.  I am working on a cord cover but I was too excited to wait until that was finished to share this.

I have my desk in a nook in the dining room and wanted a light hanging over the desk.

See my pile of 'destroyed' books.  This desk is more storage than major work space so I didn't need really good desk lighting.  Just a book light...

I think I like it.  And I haven't seen one before, so it might be original.  It is original in my world.  There are so many things I see and copy but lately I have felt the need to be a bit more original.  It felt good to make something that came out of my imagination. 

Creating spaces that are uniquely my own helps fuel that creative spark.  Don't you just love it when ideas start forming in your head and you can't wait to get busy and see if you can create what you imagine?   This space makes me smile and the book light just topped it off. 

Adding my project to these blog parties:

The Shabby Creek Cottage

Beyond The Picket Fence

          French Country Cottage


Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


  1. This is just SO CREATIVE!!! and interesting and may just start a book light trend. When I hear "LED light" I think the bulb is going to be tiny but yours looks similar in size to a regular bulb...did you get it at a regular retailer? Where did you get the other parts for the electrical a Lowe's or Home Depot? Thanks for sharing this project.

  2. This librarian LOVES that!! I have bookshelves made from books. :)

  3. Great light - looks perfect in your space.

  4. Very innovative. I would love to make one someday. Pinning it. Thanks


  5. Very creative of you and it looks so unique!

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  6. So adorable! With a dash of Harry Potter. :) I would LOVE to see a photo of the bulb you used! Pretty please?

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 92. :)


  7. I have NEVER seen this done before! Very cool, and very creative! Well done!

  8. I would love to see a photo from underneath this. I want to see the light, how it is attached, etc. Will you make that happen, pretty please?!?! With cherries and blessings on top! PS: I found you through Funky Junk Interiors.

  9. really cool idea! great job!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  10. Such a cool idea!!! I would love to know more about how you attached the light as well. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark!
    Jenn :0

  11. Thanks for the comments! It is great fun when something sparks interest. I just finished another post with more information on how I made the light.

  12. I SO agree with you about the electronic readers. LOVE your book light...what a unique gift this would be for a bibliophile!

  13. Clever, I am sure we will see more book lights
    I like it! Found you from Funky Junk Interiors I will visit your blog more as soon as time allows, visit me if you have time.

  14. Love this idea! A perfect light for those of us whose idea of heaven is reading in bed.
    Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

  15. Hi, Brenda! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  16. such a clever idea for a it! i see you are from grand forks? both of my parents and all of my grandparents are (were) from N.D. i RARELY meet anyone from there....

    thanks for stopping by my bloggy,

  17. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

  18. Brenda, What a cute and clever idea! Thank you for sharing this at the open House party.

  19. I'm in love with you lamp and your whole vignette. I looks like a page right out of a Restoration Hardware. Awesome job!
    Thanks for sharing at Pinkalicious Thursday and I hope you'll play again tomorrow:)


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