Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Scene of the Blog Featuring Amy of Passages to the Past!

As my header will tell anyone who reads it, I read mysteries-- but that's not all I read. I used to read a lot of historical fiction, and it's a genre that I still appreciate and read from time to time.

Passages to the Past has been my go-to blog for historical fiction for a long time. Nothing beats that genre for gorgeous book covers, and Amy's blog not only has content, it has the lush look of chocolate, history and centuries' old high fashion.

If you've never visited Amy's blog, Passages to the Past, before, I certainly hope you take the time to do so. Don't forget to say hello while you're there!

Now it's time for her to show us where her blogging magic happens, but before she does, a little reminder: don't forget that you can click on each photo to view it full size. Over to you, Amy!



A big thank you to Cathy for inviting me to her fabulous Scene of the Blog feature; it’s an honor to be here talking about the spot where my blogging magic happens. Since our extra bedroom is inhabited by our bunny, I do most of my blogging in my bedroom-- which actually is the best room in our apartment because I’m surrounded by things that inspire me. Some days I work out in the living room, but for the most part it’s here.



You can usually find me here, sitting on the bed with my notepad, pen and current book next to me, and Petunia (my computer) sitting pretty in front of me. The picture over our bed is of the band Pearl Jam, taken at the concert we went to for our honeymoon at Madison Square Garden in New York. And on the bookshelf you can see that I keep my Plaidy and Gabaldon collections close to me! Pictures of some of my most favorite people in the world line my wall…the one in the middle is of me and my 3 best friends that I’ve known for 20 years (yikes!) and the other 2 are of my husband and I. 




Earlier this year my fabulously generous husband treated me to new bookshelves, and as you can see they are about filled to the max! Our bedroom is basically a mini-library and even though my husband isn’t much of a reader, he supports my obsession and is my biggest cheerleader. I try to organize my books by author but I think there are a few strays. Holy cow, was it a chore to transfer my books from the old cases to the new. It literally took me ALL day with my floor and bed covered with stacks.





Intermingled with my books are pictures and little trinkets that are special to me. On one of my favorite shelves, which house my Sharon Kay Penman and C.W. Gortner books, I keep the bookworm that my daughter made me a few years ago. My daughter has amazing artistic skills and she astounds me more every day with her talent. She paints, draws, sculpts, crochets, sews and makes jewelry like no one I’ve ever known. I am so proud to be her mama!



And the second shelf is what I call the “love” shelf. My wonderful cousin made my husband and me the frame on the right for Christmas one year and I adore it! My beautiful daughter gave me the jewelry box on the left this past Mother’s Day. The pictures are of her: one was taken when she was younger and the other is recent. As you can also see, we are HUGE Seinfeld fans and own all the DVDs, which we watch religiously. 

Thanks again to Cathy for asking me to participate! It’s been great fun talking about my “scene of the blog” and I hope you enjoyed it as well.



We certainly did! I love that wall of new bookcases in your bedroom, Amy, and even though it took all day to transfer your books, wasn't it fun? I find your bedroom calm and soothing-- a sanctuary-- filled with the people and the things you love. Definitely my kind of place. Thank you so very much for allowing us this glimpse into your home! (And by the way, please give your husband a big hug from me. He sounds like a very special person. Not everyone is able to support someone else in their passions when those passions aren't shared.)

Who will be the next book blogger to let us take a peek into her creative spaces? Stop by next Wednesday to find out. See you then!




22 comments:

  1. What a great space! I love her "love shelf!"

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  2. so neat, so tidy...I hate you! lol

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  3. Amy has a great blog and it's my got to place for historical fiction. Great blogging space, the bookshelves are nicely organized and I love all the the photos and other things displayed along with the books!

    ~ Amy

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  4. Thanks for the great comments, I'm so glad you all like the bookshelves. They were a ton of work to get just right, but it was fun to do :)

    Thanks again to Cathy...you did a great job on the post!! And Cathy, I will for sure hug my hubby for you, I am so lucky to have him!

    I'll be checking back throughout the day!

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  5. What a lovely room and just look at those shelves, I so want those :D

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  6. What a great weekly event! Amy was the one who really helped me start my historical fiction blog, so it is neat to see where the delightful posts she creates takes place! The bookcases turned out lovely :)

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  7. Thanks Bloedeudd!

    Awww Svea, that is so sweet of you to say! Thank you :)

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  8. I love the picture from Amy and Mike's honeymoon above the bed. This is a well-thought-out blogging space but I could never keep it so neat, nor could I ever in this lifetime make space for anything but books on my shelves.:(

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  9. I really like reading Amy's blog and now I love her bookshelves and wonderful blogging space! Thanks for this peek into her world!

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  10. I drool over your lovely bookcases Amy. Ours are such a hodge podge bought over time. I keep thinking that one day we'll get matching nice ones but, really, that's not gonna happen. I can just enjoy the idea vicariously through you!

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  11. I love Amy's shelves! Her bedroom looks so inviting!

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  12. I love all of your bookshelves - I'm drooling over here!

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  14. I love all of your bookshelves - I'm drooling over here!

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  15. Wow, those shelves are gorgeous!

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  16. Svea-- I'm glad you like Scene of the Blog. :)

    Sharon-- You're very welcome!

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  17. LOVE Amy's spaces. Great bookshelves and I also love the little things that she has placed among her books.

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  18. Thank you all, I'm happy that you like our bookshelves. They were something that I had been wanting for a looong time and I love walking into our room more than I ever have! And they actually weren't that pricey - we bought them at Ikea. I love the way you can mix and match there and not too terrible hard to put together. When you have over 500 books it takes a while to organize!

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  19. Amy-- We had wood flooring installed in half the house where all the books are. This meant they all had to be moved and then re-shelved later. I took that as a sign that I would finally get them all cataloged. This is not easy to do when you're talking about a library of almost SIX THOUSAND books! I've been purging and have the total down to 3200.

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  20. Six Thousand? Holy Cow! I don't envy you that task, I thought mine was bad :) PS - envy your wood floors, that's my ultimate goal is to have a house with wood floors.

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  21. Amy-- If you'd seen the carpet it replaced, you'd know why it was #1 on my remodel list! LOL

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