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)
- 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.
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