Bookshelf Decor

I think everyone who knows me can easily say I have a lot of.. stuff. And its very true. I barely even have anymore room on my walls. Books and creating things is big part of my life and I love it, and I feel like my bookshelf shows both of those sides equally.


I bought this mini canvas and easel at Walmart with my niece, she painted on hers but I think I’m going to leave mine alone, and this 6″ wooden model from Barnes and Noble. I took art (for the first time) my senior year of high school, and fell in love with art especially still life.


Any Harry Potter fans out there? I think you can tell already, I made this. But it was actually pretty fun to make.


This is my recent addition to the bookshelf (and also my favorite). I was inspired by Emma Chapman’s (from abeautifulmess) version,

 I didn’t exactly have space, or the same supplies, but I loved the idea, so I figured why not recreate it (in some way)









(left) My bookshelf is right next to my bed, so it acts as a bedside table so I keep things there when I don’t exactly want to walk across the room & This wasn’t on purpose but these stacked mugs remind me of Mr. Mad Hatter.(right) My Looney Tunes frame with a picture of my family (which I blacked out) I’ve had as long as I can remember. And lastly, I filled an old vase with shells I collected from a beach vacation I took with my sisters.

I’ve loved adding things up there, making it a little more personal even if its a little messy. As you can see from my books I’ve run out of shelf space for them as well.

Do you fill your bookshelves with things other than books?

Sincerely Yours, Jolee G.


To Do, Activity Books.

I have these books that are to do styled. These are where you get down, dirty, and very creative. And I think everyone should at least have one of these books.

Just to get lost in a book, in the different conventional way, A book with no characters, no plot. These books you get to finish yourself, anyway you like. It really helped me literally get outside and out of my terrible mood. Just step away from life for a page or 2. These books easily take a couple of minutes and even fit right into your day. As I said these are my books, some of them are in the process or not done at all. I got the first 3 books in a box set called Wreck This Box from Amazon

Links for all books will be under the descriptions


1. Wreck This Journal (original) by Keri Smithwpid-img_20150309_041248.jpg

This book is probably the most popular, and what many people know of. And for a good reason, it is very fun and you can get a bit messy. This book also fits in with your daily life easily, whether you bring it in the shower with you or walk around outside with it. Keri Smith has created a couple of more things building off this original book. For instance, adding more pages in a couple of other editions, a travel size for on the go (Wreck This Journal Everywhere) even an app called Wreck This App (available on Google Play and the App Store for $4.99)

1. So far I think this has been one of my favorite pages to do. I crumpled up pieces of paper into a ball dipped it in paint. And threw. It was really fun even though maybe I did it with my eyes closed, and it really made me feel like a kid again! 2. While I was in class, I asked my friend, Jacquelyn to help me with this page, like it says to do. She had so much fun and she wanted a book of her own.



2. Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes by Keri Smithwpid-img_20150309_041121.jpg

Just like the title says its a Mess. This is the type of book you can’t do in a perfect white room, but rather in the dirt outside. This is the book where you shouldn’t think about too hard, you shouldn’t to make it into a piece of art because that’s not the whole idea. This is supposed to take you out of the whole idea of being perfect and sticking to certain ‘life rules’

A section of the back of this book says.

“Three rules to keep in mind:

  1. Do not try to make something beautiful.
  2. Do not think too much. ( There is no “wrong”)
  3. Continue under all circumstances.”



3. This Is Not A Book by Keri Smithwpid-img_20150309_041047.jpg

Every activity in this “book” starts with This Is A. Unlike the last 2 books above from Keri, this tells you more what to do, and gives you some sort of instructions, and it’s a bit more of an activity book. Every page has art in it to build off of, cut out, throw out…


4. The Art of Getting Started by Lee Crutchley & …wpid-img_20150309_041148.jpg
It’s ironic, I got this book to help me get started on art and life’s work of things, and I haven’t even started this book. This book has a bit more of a simplistic design which I really love, there isn’t really any pictures added into this. Just written instructions and a couple of lines and boxes to guide you. The concept is beautiful, it focuses on your dreams and making art and features wonderful quotes.




These are a handful of other books similar to the ones above. That I would also like to try.

  • The Pointless Book  Started by Alfie Deyes, Finished by you
  • Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars
  • Everything That Can Happen In A Day by David Horvitz

P.s. Check more from Keri Smith 

I hope I persuaded you to pick up one of these books. Sometimes you need to step out of life for at least a couple of minutes just to have fun and laugh with what the book tells you to do. These books are actually great for all ages. That is probably the main reason these authors created them, for adults to have fun like the little kids do, and like we all used to when we were younger.

All of these book can be found on Amazon. Don’t give in for the cheaper, used ones. Create your very own. Every book is very affordable and worth the $7-$13 So why not get it, Make memories of finishing a one of a kind book.

These books have taught me a simple message. Life should be fun, not always sticking to the same exact schedules every single day. I love structures, morals, and schedules but we aren’t robots. Have Fun!

Sincerely Yours, Jolee G.

Your Enchanted Forest.

The Enchanted Forest is referred in a number of books, fairy tales, stories such as Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Beauty & The Beast etc. Where characters get lost, where they see and find interesting things they cant just let go of, cant look away and  be unseen. To me, my thoughts of The Enchanted Forest is everything and anything, filled with magic, filled with all our happiness’s, small and big happiness’s, all the the things we get lost in and don’t realize it till hours later when we have responsibilities. We all have different Forests depending of which you are fond of, which you would get lost. Also with nothing at all stress related, nothing to bring you sadness. No violence of course. Yours could have as many things, people, anything. The list is endless. My Enchanted Forest is filled with my family, friends, movies, Netflix, Chocolate, The Civil Wars (Music), More Music, Baking, Books, and Cats with self cleaning cat liters.

In my poem *Pain Killers. I mentioned The Enchanted Forest.


“This kind of pain that feels like you are falling,

Deeper and deeper into an endless hole in

The Enchanted Forest where no one can find you.”


With any Mental Illnesses especially Depression. Seems like we are falling in a hole of our Enchanted Forest. Out of our magic and happiness’s. Out of the things that make life worth living. That’s when we are falling deeper and deeper, you feel so helpless, and hopeless. I think of the hole in which Alice fell in, but this is a black hole, feeling endless, and our happiness’s are getting farther from our reach.

I hate to break it to you but we all fall through that hole in our enchanted forests at least once minimum in life, and you’re not the only one, as much as i want to say life is great and amazing all the time. Its not, Its life. Its the heartbreaking truth. it really does break your heart, many times especially, when you least expect.

I believe If you are at all feeling too close to the edge of your black hole, spend at least 30 min to 2 hour a day or every couple of days in your forest till you feel furthur from your sneaky moving hole. To me if you dont the hole will seem to get bigger like a black hole and it will feel like you are losing an endless battle! I understand there are unexpected everything as if your car breaks down, you lose money, anything, that’s as if the hole is moving, and that’s okay! Responsibilities and Priorities are incredibly important, but you still do need to make time for you! Try to go deeper into your forest. it wont be easy, almost nothing in life is, but if you have an outlet, you have to charge on and fight.

I love all animals and pets, if you have any play with them, they need it as much as you do, there are also *studies that pets can help your depression. Sadness doesn’t last forever, like it may seem. the worst you can do is sit down and do absolutely nothing, for me that makes it worse. its sad to say but i try to ignore any part of my sadness and keep busy, and it does help, i cant just sit down and watch tv and do absolutely nothing. And at some point if you spend to much time in your forest, when you overdue it. You may encounter that hole again, and that’s when you need to get back to your priorities! So get lost in your custom made enchanted forest. Not too lost. You will not lose this battle!

*Pain Killers Poem:

*Pets help with your depression:

Sincerely Yours Jolee G