Because ‘New Everything’ Isn’t the Answer

handmade home books

You know how much I enjoy Lovely Limitations, right?

Well, Ashley & Jamin from The Handmade Home challenged a group of bloggers (hi to anyone here clicking from Melissa’s place) to use the art from their three art books in a-non-frame-it-and-hang-it-on-the-wall-way. I immediately told them I was in. Partly because I adore them (did you know they were one of the first bloggers to come see our new place?) and partly because I love a good challenge.

Not only did I want to use the art in their books in a unique way, I didn’t want to purchase anything new.

hanging book pages

I dug through my little storage shed. I dug through my archives here at Nesting Place and I wondered where in the world is my fun metal light fixture?

A few years ago I found this metal light fixture. It came with weird, fake (yes FAKE) book pages which I promptly lost, and so I tore out pages of an old dictionary and used it in my old house, for a year or so.  Above you can see it hanging in front of the window at our old house with the dictionary pages.

Here are more photos of how we used it at our old house during Christmas.

book page hanging

The fixture has been packed away for the past 14 months since we moved out here to the country, but I found it! This was my chance to give it a fresh feel. I didn’t even use the light kit part–we never even turned it on at the old place, but the metal fixture itself allows whatever you clip to it to fill the room and become more of a 3D art piece.

Perfect for the art featured in the Handmade Home Book Series.

Perfect to hang in our barn, even if I had all the doors open and the wind was blowing.

bookpage light fixture

I think it’s fun to see how creative people are when they have a limitation to work with, but, I’m also bummed when I can’t figure out how to replicate something, so, here’s an easy DIY version of the fixture you can make  out of embroidery hoops.


book page hanging fixture

A book full of easy to tear out art curated from all sorts of different types of artists and printed on thick paper is a life-saver when it comes to a project like this.

Deciding from the start to use what you have no matter what is simultaneously annoying and freeing, but often results in something beautiful and inexpensive that never would have existed without limitations. Cheers to our lovely limitations today friends.

art book

Want to see how others were inspired to work within the limitation? Check out what KariAnne made with her art books.


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pizza crust easy

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How to Make A Newspaper Bag

newspaper bags

While we were in Uganda we stopped to buy coffee and the store put our coffee in the CUTEST newspaper bags. I was so excited on the inside because I just knew this newspaper bag would be the BEST craft ever for me to make and share with you. Pinterest would go wild with Newspaper […]

Let’s Make Tassels!

how to make tassels

I made my first decorative tassel eleven years ago. Shortly after I started selling them locally. Once I started Nesting Place I sold tassels on etsy and my shop was constantly sold out. It was a craft I loved but my blog was growing and I loved blogging more. So I closed up shop and […]

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Leather Bunting Banner Pennant Thing


I bought a package of scrap leather from Hobby lobby (don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon), punched through it with first a big staple, but that didn’t leave a big enough hole so I grabbed a nail from our floor installation. Then I used some leather thread and a needle to connect the […]

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DIY Black Window Frames

painting black window frames

  Weeks before we closed on our little house I had already planned my first act as a new homeowner. It was something I could never dare do as a renter. I wanted some black framed windows, meanwhile, ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape contacted me about doing a project so it was a match made in heaven. […]

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DIY Polyhedra and Friends

make your own polyhedra

The other day I gasped as my boys walked out of their science class. They were holding what I later learned was a polyhedra. I had always called it that cool shapey, faceted thing I’ve had on my table for over a year. Now my boys were walking out each carrying one of these wonderful […]

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DIY (ish) Pillow Cover

diy projects

I remember a post Kate (Centsational Girl) wrote a few months ago. It was lovely, she made her own pillow cover out of a flour sack, and then taped it up and painted a fun pattern on it! I thought it was wonderful. SHE is wonderful.  But, I didn’t even pin it because I know […]

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Snow Lanterns & Terrariums

snow terrarium and lantern

I have a few lanterns and glass candle holder things in pretty shapes around my house.  And when I decorate for Christmas, instead of going out and buying a bunch of “Christmas Decor” I try to Christma-tize what I already have. All I did was take some of my lanterns, some Epsom salt (ok I […]

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Winter Branches & Leaves with Duct Tape

duct tape decor

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