Reading Nook

This little area of the house has been neglected since we moved in.  But to explain it, I feel like I need to back up to the very beginning. Okay, so you know that we built our house, right?  If not, now you do.

So this area is actually above the outside entryway. It was supposed to be straight up to the sky (or maybe only the second story, I can’t remember). The window was supposed to be nothing more than an architectural detail. None of this was supposed to be inside the house. Are you with me so far?

Reading Nook

But when our framer was framing the house, he said “hey, why don’t you frame this in and use it?” And we said “Excellent idea!” So we submitted our plans to the truss company.  They approved our idea with a few minor changes to strengthen the structure, making it safe to occupy. Then we had to submit our plans to the city again to get their stamp of approval. It delayed the progress of the house…but I was really excited about having this extra little nook….because this is view from that area of the house.

view from reading nook

SO….we endured the delays and the extra cost to give our house a little something special. 🙂   And a couple weekends ago, my husband built-in the bench seat I’ve dreamed of since we created that little area!  While my parents were visiting, my Mom and I fashioned a seat cushion.

reading nook
Next I worked on the decoupage letters that will hang on the wall (They will go in the place of the southwestern zipper art…which my Grandma made. Don’t worry, I will find a new location for the zipper art so they will still be appreciated.)  And heaven knows, that plant needs some help.  I’ll work on that too.  Poor thing.

To make these letters, I went to Michael’s and bought the letters R, E, A and D. (Bet ya couldn’t tell that much from the picture, huh?!?!?) Now if you want to do your child’s name, I would suggest buying the letters in their name…unless their name happens to be Read, then I’d buy the same letters.  Same goes for another word.  It’d be advisable to buy the letters in that word.  (Oh man! I am cracking myself up!)

Okay, okay. Focus!

decoupaged letters with Make Life charm pack by Moda

After buying the letters, I took a charm pack and cut each 5 inch square into four 2.5 inch squares. (The fabric is from the new wonderful line “Make Life” by Sweetwater for Moda…which I ADORE!) Then I used ModPodge to glue the fabric squares to the letters. After drying overnight, I used an exacto knife to trim the excess fabric, and then put another coat of ModPodge just for good measure. (There are plenty of fabric squares left over.  I plan to make a few sets of Craftapple’s Patchwork cards.)

Anyway, I’m excited to get the letters hung and some pillows made to complete the area.  Oh, and I have all my blocks done for a quilt using the Make Life line also.  I really do adore this fabric!  Share more about that later!


12 Responses to “Reading Nook”

  1. 1 Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) March 23, 2010 at 11:54 am

    So cozy! Makes me want to curl up with a book. AND THAT VIEW-GORGEOUS!

  2. 2 Marie March 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    What a cool little space! And I love your new letters! Your hubby did a great job with that bench!

  3. 3 Jennwith4 March 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    You’re too funny! If you hadn’t of said anything I might have bought R-E-A-D to use for my child’s name. LOL j/k Very cute stuff!

  4. 4 Lisa March 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Beautiful view! And I love the letters, how cute!!

  5. 5 LAW March 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I will admit to laughing out loud! As always, very well done!

  6. 6 Kaye Prince March 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Ohhh, I love your little area! And those letters look awesome – I am going to have to run out and buy some mod podge now and get started!

  7. 7 Sherri March 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Great nook…and I love the letters! I just recently bought some to spell out “sew” for my studio…but can’t pick fabrics!

  8. 8 Ericka March 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    oh man…you make me laugh… the area! I am hiring your husband to make me built in book shelves….one day. 🙂

  9. 9 DJAB March 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I guess the letters could spell DEAR or DARE if you wanted to mix them up 🙂 I think they turned out super.

  10. 10 craftapple March 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Isn’t ModPodge wonderful?? How fun! The letters look great. That fabric is perfect!

  11. 12 Michael Dell August 7, 2013 at 6:19 am

    We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your website provided us with valuable info to work on.
    You’ve done a formidable job and our entire neighborhood can be grateful to you.

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