Favorite Fictional Places Yard Sign

It's official. My book nerdiness knows no bounds. I'm a little bashful sharing this project, because:

A. It's incredibly book nerdy, and while I tend to be rather proud of my book nerdiness when it comes to the actual books I read, when you start making stuff that puts the spotlight on it, well......that can straddle the line between weird and batshit crazy. (I fully understand I'm a bit of both.)

B. I think it's super cute, but....see A.

I made this yard sign over the holiday weekend, since I had some time on my hands (kid free time, woohoo!)  and it's a project I've had kicking around in my head for a loooong time. I've seen several cute non book-related versions of this yard sign on Etsy, highlighting favorite destinations/vacation spots with mileage from your house. 

But let's be real, if I'm going to imagine where I want to be, it's usually in a fictional place I've read about over and over and over. Seriously, I would love to live at Green Gables one day and I know you can visit PEI and see it (I plan to with the girls in a few years!) but how sad would it be for a 40 year old woman to wander around looking for a real Marilla and Matthew, and my friend Diana? And Gilbert to ride up on his horse? 

So to keep it more down-to-earth and fun, I went with a yard sign declaring my book love for those who pass through my gate. I'm thinking of giving a quiz, and only those who can name the book for all 6 places can enter. But that might not be fair to the current parade of 3 and 7 year olds who are the most frequent guests. Samantha didn't know a few...I know, bad parenting, someone tell those people to get on the ball!

And if I'd had a 20 foot pole, I would have listed more places of course. Here are some others that came to mind:
  • Emerald City
  • Avonlea (town where Anne of Green Gables is set)
  • Whoville (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
  • The Chocolate Factory (Charlie and...)
  • Middle Earth (Lord of Rings)
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Barrow, AK (Julie of the Wolves)
  • Watership Down
  • Klickitat Street (now that I think about it, I should have used this one. Not many people immediately can guess this one!...Ramona Quimby)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (From the Mixed Up Files...)
  • Treasure Island
  • Highbury, England (Emma)
  • Panem (Hunger Games)
  • Skull Island (King Kong)
  • Busy Town (Richard Scary books)
  • River Heights (Nancy Drew)
  • Misselthwaite Manor (The Secret Garden)
  • Neverland (Peter Pan) 
  • Wonderland (Alice in Womderland)
  • Chewandswallow (Cloudy w/a Chance of Meatballs) 
  • Camelot
  • 221B Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes)

So tell me, what favorite fictional places would you like to visit?


Updated to add: I've received several emails asking if it's OK to "Pin" this sign - YES, of course and thank you! I would appreciate it though if you would linkback to this blog post if you Pin it. 

Shared this week at these fabulous blogs:

Fluster Buster
Cast Party Wednesday
Crafty Allie


  1. I would totally join you for a trip to PEI and Avonlea. I bet by then my daughter will have read the books and we can drag her along and embarrass ALL our daughters by drinking too much raspberry cordial and jumping off the roof.

    1. LOL Pam! That reminds me of when I was about 11 or 12 and begged/nagged my mother to find me some raspberry cordial just so I could try it.

    2. Im coming too. Loved the Anne books. Read them when I was about 10,,, well read them first then and have been re reading them ever since. My mum and dad both loved them too. If I had been a boy I was to be Gilbert! One of my sisters has Anne as a 2nd name. I have my mum's copy of Chronicles of Avonlea that she won as a prize at school. My parents gave us copies of the books when we were young but eventually I got all my own. My daughter has read them too.

  2. What a great idea! I'd love it if you shared this at "Worthwhile Wednesdays" http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2014/07/worthwhile-wednesdays-25.html

  3. Cute sign! I would have missed Chewandswallow and River Heights but never Klickitat Street. I love Ramona, Beezus, Henry and Ribsy!

  4. love your idea! i'm embarrassed (as a former librarian)--where's Walnut Grove? is that a Laura Ingalls Wilder reference?

    1. Yes, it was where they lived near int he book On the Banks of Plum Creek. LIW actually only lived there for a few years as a child, but the TV show made it more popular since it was where it took place.

  5. Tanesha, I haven't even read your post, yet, but just that picture warms my heart!!! I am so glad you included Walnut Grove! A few years ago I made myself a Little House wall hanging just to remind me of precious memories. ( I have seen every episode so many times I can tell you exactly what is going to happen.) And I just finished reading Harry Potter for the second time and so Hogwarts is precious, too. Thanks for the post!

    1. Oh! And years ago I bought the Anne of Green Gables sound track just to have the music with me always! I am totally a nerd, too!!!

  6. PEI hands down. Walnut Grove next. Love the sign and what a great way to decorate.

  7. I have visited PEI, I visited Green Gables. There were lots of women running around there, finding "landmarks" It is a lovely setting, even if you're not a huge Anne fan.

  8. Stopping by from Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and your link so caught my eye. What a delightful idea for the garden. As a former elementary school teacher I love how you brought literature into the garden!

  9. As well as PEI, Hogwarts, Walnut Grove (Forgot that was the name of the place. Loved all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books) I would need a sign for Ankh Morpork and Lancre (love Discworld)

  10. I've got to make myself one of these! I'll definitely have to point the way to Hogwarts, Godrick's Hollow, Castle Leoch, Lallybroch, Manderly, The Emerald City, Atlantis, Walnut Grove, I could go on all day.. lol

  11. Hi Tenesha, After listening to your latest podcast, I spent some time thinking about where my six signs should point. I came up with Pemberley, Hogwarts, Rivendell, Barsetshire (of Anthony Trollope), Neverland, and maybe Nancherrow (in Cornwall - from Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher, and thanks to Pam for this one). I guess I should just get a sign pointing to England! And by the way, I live in Beverly Cleary's neighborhod in NE Portland, OR, so I won't need the Klickitat Street sign, but this is a great neighborhood for children!

    1. How cool Margaret that you live in that famous neighborhood! I wish I'd had time to visit last (and only) time I was in Portland...one day!

  12. Oh my goodness. I love this and can see a gazillion variations. I wonder how it would go over as a raffle at your Book Expo (is that the right name??) conference? I think you hit all the places I would want to go, though I do think I might like to visit Mr. Toad and Encyclopedia Brown. Did E.B. have a shed or a clubhouse or garage or something? I know they live in Idaville.

    1. That's a good idea Jaye, I might share it with the publishers. They'd have to make their own though LOL.The Encyclopedia Brown books were set in the town of Idaville but his garage was on Rover Avenue. Good one!!

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