Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Colour Me Happy

Sunday morning didn't start particularly auspiciously. I was aware that it was mother's day in the UK but had chalked it up as simply a day that was irrelevant to me rather than one that would upset me.

That was until I saw a thoughtful tweet mentioning how painful mother's day must be for those who couldn't be mothers, had lost their mothers, or worse both.

Queue snotty tears on the husband's long suffering shoulder.

It was shaping up to be a dull, grey day. So I decided to get some colour into my life.

Throughout my post-embryo-transfer convalescence I was itching to sort out my bookshelves, which are an overstuffed havoc of higgledy-piggledy books, shoved at random and piled precariously.

However, I refrained from the physical exertion after having read a number of websites that suggested the stretching, heaving and dust disturbing might not be the best use of my down time.

On Sunday, decidedly unpregnant,  I had no such qualms, so converted this:




To ...

**Drumroll please**

(May, look away now, it ain't Dewey)

This:




I love it.


But isn't it funny how from a distance, in a photograph, Tolstoy looks a lot like Harry Potter?




35 comments:

  1. Organising bookshelves! Squee! I love it! I live it! By genre, alphabetical, or whatever - it's heaven.

    Geeks of the world, unite.

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  2. Oh I don't know what I think about this...it looks pretty but how do you know where to find anything??

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  3. Granine, we couldn't find anything before, now because we both remember books by colour anyway it is fine.

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  4. *Loves it*
    Am also jealous of your amount of books. We have far too many medical textbooks on our bookshelves, thanks to a) my past life and b) the husband's present life. They take up valuable room that could be used for more exciting reading material!

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  5. Oh, I LOVE this! I've always wanted to sort by color! So pretty.

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  6. So how many books did you pull out and decide "I really must read that again"?!

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  7. It looks lovely - will you come round and do mine, please?

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  8. Beautiful!!! I love the pitcher!!!

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  9. So sorry it was a rough morning. I'm the same way... when things get rough, I start in on projects around the house. Thinking of you and hope the days get brighter!

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  10. Extra energy is always a good reason for a project! good job!

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  11. Organizing by color, I love it.

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  12. You're totally hired to reorganise my closet, book shelves and what not....it looks beautiful!

    I'm currently in my convalescence after my transfer, & was told multiple times today to live like a spoiled princess...no exertion of any kind....but I can walk.

    Sorry about the mother's day thing....sometimes people do sweet and thoughtful things and those are the things that seem to hurt the most ... Sending hugs!!!

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  13. I need a tissue as well, for all this drool over your book shelves. That's like porn for an OCD/Type A/organizer like myself. And I love that they are built ins! Gorg-geous!

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  14. snap! i did mine two weeks ago in the same sort by colour and it looks so happy :) i have put only a selection out to change it around and harry potter books! I left all of mine in London (ok a long time ago) due to luggage space restrictions!

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  15. I love the color-coding, perhaps you are right and the libraries of the world should convert.

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  16. I was going to complain about the color sorting, and then I realized I sort my books strictly by size...

    Sorry this was a rough weekend...I'm expecting you'll have a much better one next year. ;)

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  17. OK, it's not Dewey (wince), but it sure is pretty. Very pretty. (Confession - my own shelves are arranged in Wherever The Damn Thing Fits order, neither pretty NOR functional).

    Many many hugs for surviving Sunday. (Dear old thoughtful remarks. I always find someone being kind is five times more likely to make me cry than someone being mean).

    This post was brought to you by the Abuse of Parenthesis Society.

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  18. Fun, innit? I loved doing mine.

    Yes, it is a strange thing the way kindness can undo a person. Oh dear. Now how do I sympathise without risking upsetting you? Will have to think about that one.
    xx

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  19. love it. that must've taken ages... x

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  20. I sort my closet by color, so this makes me very happy! Nice job!

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  21. I think they're both in good company. You know, there's something to visual harmony, feng shui and all of that. And the second photo just feels...in harmony.

    (That tweet - ach. You're allowed buckets of snotty tears).

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  22. OMG, its color coordinated!

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  23. I love love the organization!!! (and amount of books)

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  24. Colour coded! Why didn't I think of that?

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  25. Very pretty! Now I feel guilty about mine. Am in 2WW so it'll have to wait, as will all the other housework ;-)

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  26. Can you come over to my house and do a job on our bookcases?

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  27. As a professional librarian, I am frankly lost for words. I am reminded of a charity shop in hull.

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  28. Beautifully color coded! Now you can arrange your closet by the Dewey decimal system so it won't feel left out. ;)

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  29. K P G. When you say lost for words I am assuming pure admiration has rendered you speechless. If you want I can come round and have a bash at your record collection. But then you're home is already a homage to the charity shops of Hull. (Funny how you've never commented on any of my posts that mention my vagina.)

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  30. Wow, that looks awesome! Do mine! Do mine!

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  31. Awesome!
    I'm decidedly not looking forward to Mother's day. My MIL is somewhat exhausting, and has made some hurtful comments about our infertility that I still couldn't bring myself to blog about. It will also be the wedding anniversary of my dad and his new wife, who is so very unlike my mother (I do realize this has good sides, too). And, barring some major surprise, I won't be pregnant either. Sigh. And far from home so there won't even be bookshelves to reorganize...

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  32. Whoa, great job at organizing!! May I hire you? :)

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