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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Bookstore?

I didn't get much done on my street scene this week due to business travel.  But I still have lots to show you on what I'd completed before.  One of the buildings in my street scene will be a bookstore...I think.  I had thoughts of a shop with old books, old documents, old maps, old scrolls but I can't seem to find a name for this type of shop.

I used a Houseworks three section unfinished bookcase I've had in my stash for some time now.  I stained it and have started to fill it with books.  I used a kit to make many books.  I had purchased the book kit in 1992, yes 1992, while on a business trip to North Carolina.  I visited the Gingerbread House of Miniatures and found a great kit, and I guess I was saving it just for this project. 


 
 


 

While in Europe last year I collected several copies of Miniaturas magazine, and one of the magazines had a page of book cover printies which I am also using to make books for this case. 

For the documents I printed copies of old maps and documents from the internet and reduced them down to scale.  I wanted them to look old so I used a scrapbooking product called Distressed Ink.  It was great for giving these maps an age patina.




 
I even aged a pile of blank pages that I could use underneath the stacks of printed documents.  Don't you like the effect this ink gives all the papers?
 
I would love some suggestions from all of my readers for a name for the store.  I have to finish the interior of this shop before I can finish the outside portion.
 
Until the next time......
 
Wanda

6 comments:

Lucille said...

Beautiful work! I love the cabinet! The distressing is so well done! Sorry, I am at a loss as to a name for your store. If I think of something, I will let you know.

anna said...

It is very interesting to follow your beautiful project! I especially love books, and mini books of course! Per haps i can find a suggestion for a name :) You can also use strong dark tea to "age" papers..looks very nice too! :)

Debbie Gabura said...

I think a good name would be similar to one in NY "Old Scrolls Used and Rare Book Shop" Maybe a tad long but perhaps it will give you something to think about and come up with your own.
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Eliana said...

Very nice!!!

Giac said...

Hello Wanda,
The bookcase is terrific and I love the books you made. I have to look into that distress ink. I would name the bookstore in honor of your blog: So Mini Books.
Big hug,

Giac

Vivienne Garforth said...

Hi Wanda, Love your blog. I am in the processing of staining four of those bookcases at the moment for my miniature library. I worked out that I need to make or buy, 600 books to fill them. Yours look great. I will be back again and again.