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 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.



  1. Myquillyn, for most of my life my dad and I have found treasures on the side of the road, taken it home, and fixed it up. They are always special pieces. It’s not that we couldn’t afford to go to the store to buy furniture, but why? When you can take just a little time and have a great piece of furniture. The two best finds have been a solid wood dresser and adirondack chairs.

    And you know I’ve always loved your metal light fixture! If it’s ever on the curb, it’s mine!

  2. Okay…seriously. I was all about my tape…all about my tape…all about my tape…no worries.

    Until I saw your light fixture. :)

    Total homerun.

    Happy day friend!

  3. A perfect use to bring the fixture back into the mix – and the art fits perfectly in your AMAZING barn.

  4. is there anything you do that isn’t AMAZING?! Love this!

  5. What a great way to freshen up the light! I suppose I have used one of the pictures from the books in a non-frame way. I wrapped a gift in pink paper, and tucked the Ukrainian nesting doll picture under the ribbon for my niece.

  6. Absolutely love this idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  7. I love it. So simple yet so strikingly beautiful.

  8. Thanks so much for your inspiration. You and your book and blog and podcasts have blessed my life! ❤️

  9. I love this so so much :) xoxo

  10. I would love to know which of the books your prints came from, they are beautiful!

  11. Cindy Lynn says

    Love how you restyled this awesome light! I also love the towel? with verse ‘They broke bread…” Where can I find one? I thought possibly DaySpring, but didn’t see it there. Hope you keep the barn doors locked! It’s a wonder you don’t have scores of folks trying to ‘nest’ there – it’s GORGEOUS!!

  12. Ah, one of the luxuries of life is going into storage and pulling out something from deep within and turning it into something entirely new and fresh. Me, I don’t have a creative bone in my body, but I really love having a good clean up of the storage rooms and being able to repurpose things just gives me such satisfaction! Thank you for sharing this lovely reminder that it doesn’t take too much to do something special for your home!

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