Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scene of the Blog Featuring Hannah of Word Lily!

If you're new to blogging, I'd like to give you a word of advice: if a stranger visits your blog and leaves a comment on one of your posts, by all means track that stranger down! Chances are very good that you'll find a wonderful new blog to follow (and you'll probably be making a new friend as well).

This is what happened to me. I have no idea when, but Hannah found my blog and left a comment many moons ago. I tracked her down to her own blog, Word Lily, and I've never regretted it.

Hannah's blog is a wonderful blend of the books she reads, the causes she believes in, and the crafts in which she excels. Probably because I dabble a bit in needlepoint, I found myself drooling recently over the yarn in Hannah's Tour de Fleece posts. This is one multi-talented book blogger! Don't forget to stop by Word Lily and say hello!

Let's see where she does her blogging, shall we? Please don't forget that you can click on each photo to view it full size.

I do most of my blogging in this beat-up, thrifted recliner. You can see my laptop to the side, atop my sewing box — and a knitting project languishes behind the computer, if you look closely. (There's a notebook underneath the computer that I use to make lists of posts I need to write, among other things.)

I also do much of my reading in this chair, with a stack of books awaiting review and my current to-read on the shelf at the other side, along with a tall beverage (usually, as here, water).

One nice thing about this chair's position in the house is that I can usually keep a pretty close eye in Maisie (my 8-month-old Old English Sheepdog) to make sure she's not getting into trouble.

My spinning wheel isn't usually in the living room as it is here, but since this month is the Tour de Fleece (a spin-along held in conjunction with the Tour de France; we spin when they spin) I've been using my wheel every day and so it's just been shuffled around the living room if it's in the way, rather than being carried back to the yarn room after each use.

I love the sewing box, the spinning wheel, the comfy-looking chair with so many books close at hand. I like the light fixture and the glimpse of Hannah's neighborhood in the summer through the window behind the chair.

I wonder if that chain dangling from the ceiling is to a ceiling fan, and if that wonderful white bookcase to the right of the window is a built-in?

I can picture myself sitting in that chair and taking a good look at all those books.

I really enjoy Hannah's photos of her reading and blogging space. It shows a favored spot, a cozy spot... and spot that tells us so much about who Hannah is.

That's one of the reasons why I love Scene of the Blog. The featured book bloggers don't have to be in their photos. Their creative spaces speak volumes about them. All we have to do is look.

Thank you so very much for allowing us this glimpse into your home, Hannah. We really appreciate it!

Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday to see the next featured book blogger on Scene of the Blog!


  1. Thanks so much for showcasing my blog today, Cathy! Yes, the chain is to a ceiling fan. No, the bookcases (that's one of a pair on that wall) aren't built in, but they are handmade — my husband built them for me. :)

  2. What gorgeous bookshelves! Your husband is quite handy! That chair looks very comfy!

  3. Tour de Fleece -- how clever!

    I love how the well-loved chair is nestled into the perfect spot in front of those divine bookshelves! I am not sure I would budge from this spot over the course of the day.

  4. Jenn, indeed he is! And yes, the chair's quite comfy.

    Molly, I know, the Tour de Fleece name is kind of silly, kind of clever. It always makes me smile. :) The bookshelves definitely help make the space home for us.

  5. Hannah is very talented and it looks like she's got the perfect spot to read, blog and spin!

  6. Kathy: Glad you enjoyed seeing it! I definitely enjoy my time there.

  7. I love the lighting in the second photo...that bookshelf looks so at home there next to the chair and so organized. Thanks for sharing your space!

  8. I think the space looks quite comfy and the bookshelves are great with so many selections close at hand. What I loved is the fact that I can see the window open in the first picture. Being so far in the south here in central Texas, having allergies and whatnot, my windows are never open. Sometimes I long to have the breeze, but it would be so uncomfortable with the humidity and heat. And then there's all the pollen.

    Thanks for sharing with us Hannah and Cathy. I really enjoy this feature.

  9. Serena: Yes, that shelf is relatively organized; it houses the books I have read. Fiction's separated from nonfiction (much of the nonfiction lives elsewhere, though, too), and the fiction is in alphabetical order by author.

    Kay: We don't get to have our windows open too much in the summer (or winter!) here in Nebraska, either, but when I took these photos it was a cool, overcast morning. :)

  10. I love how the chair is the center of a multitude of interests. I think I could spend the whole day there. If someone could serve food to me there, I could stay for weeks.

    The other good feature on Hannah's blog (beside good book reviews) are all of the words she finds in her reading. She really is the word lily. Cathy, I'm glad you featured her in Scene of the Blog today.

  11. I am in love with that bookshelf. Looks like a great reading space as well as a great place to blog. :)

  12. I love that white bookcase! And what a fine idea to have a Tour de Fleece. It sounds much more interesting than what my husband watches on TV.

  13. Lovely! I want to curl up in that chair right this very minute!

  14. What a great space -- comfy chair, great bookcases, and tall window -- what more could you want?

    Love the Tour de Fleece!

  15. What a wonderful comfortable spot to blog, read and knit from! I love it!

  16. Finally made it over here to read this post! Love the space Hannah! I like to see where people blog and read. I too am loving the book shelves!

  17. I'm jealous of your bookshelf! It's so big and the fact that it's built by hand is even better! Great post!

  18. Hannah-- Those bookcases are gorgeous. What a talented husband you have!!

    Kay-- Those allergies are horrible. I'm so lucky that I seem to have left mine behind when I moved from Illinois. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't have the windows open part of the year. :(

    Margot-- So am I! :)

    Dorte-- You always know how to make me laugh!


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