Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4a
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"The Lord be with you! The Lord bless you! ..." ~ Ruth 2:4 NIV
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"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ A. A. Milne
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"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." Gracie Allen
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e.e. cummings

Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cookbook Bookcase

I've had the inside of my kitchen bookcase painted for a week or so and was waiting for the paint to cure as I didn't want to put my cookbooks back on the shelves and have them stick to the paint. This is one of those inexpensive particle board bookcases and it fits (very important!) at the end of my kitchen counter. I did some cleaning and traded a 2 shelf for the 3 shelf version  that is a bit higher than the counter now. The backside was UGLY, and that little part that would show HAD to be pretty.

I gathered my supplies:
  a sponge brush, and
a new brayer.
My old one is somewhere downstairs and the rubber is most likely brittle so I used a coupon at Michael's and now own a new one.
I sorted through my cookbooks, gave away only 6, and still have a heavy box that is going OUT the door. Soon, very soon! I found one that I liked (but not enough to keep) and tore out the pages I used.
I spread glue on the bookcase top and back and put the pages down on the glue. Rolled over them with the brayer and wiped excess glue away with a damp cloth.
I did wrap a bit around the one side where the next step is to glue on some beadboard wallpaper and paint it.
Little projects seem to take the most time in this house because I work rather slowly and tend to be a perfectionist. I guess that comes from being a teacher and retirement cannot change that part of my being. So I'm hoping those wrinkles disappear as the paper dries. At least I remember that's what happened years ago when I did real decoupage with the layers of varnish and sanding to get the flawless finish. When the paper dries I am planning on ONE coat of poly! It better be good.

As you work on projects, small or large, may the imperfections become unimportant so you can enjoy the satisfaction of having done your best. Progress is bliss!!


sarah said...
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sarah said...

I love that you saved what Aunt Leora wrote to you and didn't need to keep the entire cookbook. I'm happy or BLISSful you get to work on projects that have long been on hold while you have had to work long hours or taken care of Dad or healed your own injuries. :-)

DeniseinVA said...

What a lovely idea Marilyn. It's going to look great!

Stephanie said...

Oh I love this! What a fun and cute idea :) Thanks for sharing and maybe I will have to do something like this too :)

Sweet hugs to you!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Great idea, yes, I often find that a project I thought I could whiz through often takes the most time and I have found decoupage is one of those projects!


Deanna said...

Howdy from Kansas. May you have a wonderful week especially Thanksgiving Day.

My projects are all on hold right now. Glad you are getting to some of yours.

All the best,

Cozy in Texas said...

I stopped by your lovely blog today.

Annesphamily said...

Hi Marilyn! Hope your Thanksgiving Day was wonderful! Love this sweet project! I wish I had some of my moms cookbooks. She had the black leather bound Lighthouse Cookbook and I have searched everywhere for it. Can never find one. I have so many cook books. But that e is the one I really want to track down someday.
Hope all is well at your place.
Did you participate with Suzanne this year? I love that Secret Santa Am getting ready to send off a package this week. Hugs Anne

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for your visit!!
I am playing catch up...


LV said...

I am sure when you have finished all your work and time will be appreciated.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Dropped by to wish you a Merry Christmas. Oh goodness can't believe you are living with a non crafter lol!


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my tour of Country Folk. I have Part 2 posted if you want to be amazed by the Display house!!


Deanna said...

Merry Christmas Marilyn!
If you want to post that lil video, that's be great.

Annesphamily said...

Hi Marilyn! I know you are busy with the kids and getting your house hold combined!I know the feeling, I have three of our kids living here and a few extras occasionally. Too much stuff everywhere! But I hope your Christmas is wonderful! It will be a cold one I keep hearing! I bet your new bathroom will be amazing! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Hugs and Blessings, Anne

Mevely317 said...

G'morning Marilyn ...
A 'lil birdie' in Northglenn suggested I stop by and introduce myself. So happy I did (and she did) ... heck, I'm confusing myself.
Anyway, I'm enjoying your "voice" and look forward to getting to know you better in 2014!

Happy New Year!
Myra (aka Mevely317)