Thursday, September 8, 2011

Guest Post from Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe

Why, hello there! I am Shealynn, the teenaged artist/crafter behind Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe.

I'd like to thank Megan for inviting me onto her blog to do a guest post! She deserves a round of applause and a sprinkle of fairydust. :)

Now, before we begin, I have something very important to tell you about myself...

I am a proud bookworm!

It's true! I'll prove it:

Our old town had a small library and I read everything decent in there by the time I was 13. There is a bookcase in my bedroom crammed full of books (and only two of those shelves are school-related). My iPod has as many e-books as apps. You can always find a pile of books next to my bed. And there is that pile of books floating on the wall.
(Just in case you were wondering, my favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction. J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton are my heroes.)

....wait. A pile of books floating on the wall?

There is no enchantment here, my friends-- aside from the magic of creativity, and a screwdriver.

And I am here to instruct you on the magic of said screwdriver!

Floating Bookshelf Tutorial
You will need:

2 L brackets
2 screws and a screwdriver
a wall
a few books
masking tape or a rubber band

Step One:
Screw two L brackets into the wall.

Step Two:
Set a hardboard book on the brackets.

Step Three:
Use masking tape OR a large rubber band to hold the book shut.

Masking tape is the best because it is undetectable. Just fold it into a loop and tape the back cover to the pages. However, tape will tear your book pages.

If you are using a book that you do not want to harm in any way, a rubberband is the safer choice. Use one that is hard to see (the large, very obvious rubber band in this tutorial is used so that you can see how the rubber band should go on).

Step Four:
Stack some books ontop so that you can't see the L brackets. 
(See the green book? It is the first hollow book box I've ever made. You can find that tutorial here).


Leave the books flat, or add a few vertical books for interest.

This bookshelf was actually made at our old house-- I'll be doing it again in my new bedroom soon. So if you want to see another floating bookcase in action, hang tight for a week or two and I'll get it up on my blog. :)


This project didn't ruin any books... but if you are feeling a little bit ruthless, then check out the blog series I am doing: DESTROYABLE BOOKS.
This is a recent project from that series:


I'd love it if you would check out my blog, Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe. You'll find a little bit of everything there, for I am a true jack-of-all-trades. Art, DIY, crafts, jewelry design...

This is a recent project I shared on my blog-- a pretty (and cheap!) corkboard for my bedroom.

Another tutorial at the Faerie Blog is this project on decorating switchplates!

If you like jewelry (and especially if you like jewelry and fairytales), have a peek at my shoppe. You can find it HERE.

An Evenstar necklace
One of my brand-new Hair Jewel designs

P.S. Thank you again, Megan!

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Erica said...

Wow, this lil tut is awesome... why didn't I think of that! It really is nice and thanks so much for sharing :)

Patricia Torres said...

wow!! thats an absolutely stunning idea.. totally loved it.. Love your blog too.. and am following you now.. Hope you'll come visit me at Colours Dekor.. :-)

Katie said...

What a genius idea! I love them!