26 July 2010

A Place for the Books

There once was an old dollhouse looking for a new home. It was handmade with love, for a special little someone . . . but she grew up and no longer wanted it.

It went to the garage sale, hoping for a new family.

A treasure-seeker found it, and saw the love put into creating it. She bought it with plans to revamp it, re-furnish it, and refine it, so that one day it would could be a dollhouse again.


But, sadly, the treasure-seeker did not have the time or opportunity to bring about her plans. It was time, again, for the dollhouse to find a new home, where hopefully it could be cherished. And that is how I come into the story.

In Piles on the Shelves

Although I do not play with dolls, or create miniature furniture . . . I do collect old books. And those books were in need of a happy place to reside – a place where they could be seen and enjoyed.

Old Binding

That dollhouse is where the stories in those old books now sit.

Old Pages, Many Stories

An old dollhouse, handmade with love, now filled with old books, being treasured anew.

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  1. 33 Responses to “Re-Purpose: A Home for the Books”

  2. Rachel Crosswhite on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    That’s a good idea to store books in a dollhouse book shelf
    In the second to last picture, I have read Stepping heavenward, and I have read the wide wide world #1. I am hoping to get the 2nd book. What is it about?

  3. Ellen on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    I love old books…there is so much history within their pages(and wonderful good stories as well) and so often they are discarded because of their age.
    What a lovely way to display your treasures and re-purpose at the same time.♥

  4. Sara on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    What beautiful copies of “Stepping Heavenward” and “Mother”! And such a lovely new home they have found! :)

  5. Miss Rachel P. on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    Oh, what a lovely and sweet idea! :D Very creative. Your old books look so at “home” there! ;) HeHe! It’s such a wonderful idea of putting something like that to use again! :) You have some nice books there in your collection too…wow, an old Lamplighter and Stepping Heavenward books! :D What treasures! :D

    Your photography skills are excellent Emily! I just love all the various angles you took…books are so beautiful, I love their old pages and reading a book that many have enjoyed over the years and been blessed by. :) Love the creative ways you put your watermark in too. ;) HeHe!

    Blessings and Hugs!

  6. Nikki on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    This is absolutely beautiful! Such a lovely idea!

  7. Lady Kate on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    You have such beautiful books Miss Emily! I love old books; there is something extra-special about them.

    We have a dollhouse bookshelf too. I think it is such a cute, whimsical thing!

  8. Anna on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    Do I see The Wide, Wide World, Queechy, and Stepping Heavenward?


    And love what you’ve done with the dollhouse. :-)

  9. Tammy on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    What a great idea! I hate to see handmade things being thrown out. Your books look just lovely in the dollhouse.

  10. Jenna on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    What a neat post, dear friend! I enjoy collecting old books. They are a true treasure to find!

    Many Blessings,

  11. Gabrielle Renee on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    Your old books are lovely! And what a great idea for a dollhouse! I’ve read all of the books that I could read the titles of. I Love them all!

    In Christ,

  12. Elizabeth on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    What a lovely post, Emily Rose!
    I love books and a dollhouse is the perfect place to store them indeed! :) I once saw in a family crafting magazine where they took a bookshelf and made it into a dollhouse, but this is a lovely idea to use it the other way around! :) I recognized a few Lamplighters and Elsie Dinsmore books in your collection! :)


  13. Allison on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    Wow Emily!
    Those pictures are *beautiful*!!!!
    My sister Cassidy got her new camera SLR Cannon Rebel (I think that’s the name!), and I *love* taking pictures on it now! :)



  14. Hannah on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    So lovely! What a sweet post, and gorgeous photos! Beautiful. :-)

  15. Shannon on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    What a lovely post, Emily Rose! Such a clever and whimsical way to display antique books — and I must say, you have a beautiful collection. It’s always such fun to recognize some of one’s favorites in another person’s collection!

    I’m so glad you were able to give new life to an old dollhouse, and to share its beauty with us!


  16. Elena on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    What a great idea, Emily! I love how the former dollhouse turned out, and I especially love the photo’s of the old books (old books are a sweet favorite of mine too).



  17. c. a. on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    Oh, how fun! I love the dollhouse idea, but to tell you the truth, I was more excited by your antique book collection. Though we have a pretty good collection of old books — antique shop, thrift store, or garage sale finds — my copies of the books in your photos (Mother, Elsie Dinsmore, The Wide, Wide World, Lamplighter) are all reprints. Your antique copies are lovely!

  18. Dawn on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    What a lovely display!

  19. Miss Rebekah Ann S. on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    What a beautiful idea, Emily Rose! I love that the dollhouse has a new purpose now. And I wish I lived closer to you-I would love to have a library card for your house; what a wonderful collection of old books! :)

    Great work! :)

    Your friend,

  20. Jayne on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    Great idea! – I’m also a book collector, I love the feel and smell of the old paper, and they seem to hold some of the best stories….. new ones just don’t cut it do they?

  21. Miss. Antoinette on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    That is such a neat way of using an old doll house!!!! My mother and I are drooling (well, not really) over those old books! We just LOVE old books like that and have quite a few ourselves! We have about 30 G.A. Henty books and I am slowly collecting the vintage Elsie Dinsmore set! (like the one I saw in one of the photos!)

    What a creative idea!


    Miss Antoinette

  22. Elizabeth on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    this is probably one of the silliest comments I’ve left but I always appreciate how your watermarks are so unobtrusive.

  23. Megan on Jul 26, 2010 said:

    Wow, the stepping heavenward book looks amazing. jealous.

  24. Emily on Jul 27, 2010 said:

    Simply delightful. Aaaah.

  25. Sarah on Jul 27, 2010 said:

    wow! where did you get all your old books? they are so pretty :)

  26. Laura on Jul 27, 2010 said:

    **happy sigh**

  27. Avinash on Jul 28, 2010 said:

    I am extremely delighted to see your love for books. I share the same interest.

  28. Anna on Jul 28, 2010 said:

    That is so cool. i like the old books in the pics

  29. Jessica on Jul 29, 2010 said:

    I love it – what a great idea! Did you furnish it, or was it all ready just perfect?

    I can practically smell the old books’ beloved scent…

  30. Jessica on Jul 29, 2010 said:

    My younger sister (13) desperately wants to know… where you found all those books! In her words, they’re, ‘SO radical!’

  31. Tarissa on Aug 2, 2010 said:

    Hi Emily Rose,
    I love this blog post you did, with the pictures of the old dollhouse and the sweet vintage books. They all look so wonderful lined up on the shelves like that!

    I see some Elsie Dinsmore, Stepping Heavenward, and a few other books that I have read before (and others that I want to read soon). I’m sure that reading these old versions of the books are much better than the modern day re-prints. How very delightful to have so many!

    Have a blessed week!
    ~ Tarissa

  32. Meg on Aug 2, 2010 said:

    LOVE the old books. There’s nothing like to look of old books on a book shelf!

    On another note, sad to hear you’re not taking on new blog or web design clients. I absolutely love your designs! Do you mind if I ask where you get your stock photos from for your photo designs, like the one used on Like A Warm Cup Of Coffee. That image is just gorgeous!

    Blessings to you! :-)

  33. Mikaela on Aug 6, 2010 said:

    Just stopping by for a first-time visit! You take such gorgeous pictures, and I have to admit that I’m somewhat envious of your book collection. What beautiful copies of the “Wide, Wide World” and “Stepping Heavenward”!

  34. Diane on Aug 21, 2010 said:

    What a wonderful idea! I have an old dollhouse that my father made for me, and now I know just what to do with it~☺~

    Thanks for sharing!

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