Bookish Nails!

Book Nails
Last week I got to party at a Harry Potter Festival here in Calgary, a wonderful day filled with HP music, butterbeer treats, and wizard costumes! Special for the day I decided to try out these newspaper nails. Check out the full instructions here. They are shockingly easy to do, and you can bet I’ll have bookish nails much more often!

Of course after doing these nails I had to have more! Now, there are some super elaborate nails out there which I have no hope of actually doing myself, so I’ve collected some of my favourite bookish nails that I think (hope) I can do at home!

House Colours & Deathly Hallows | Harry Potter

HP Nails

There are some gorgeous HP nails out there, but these ones caught my eye. I love being able to show off your house colours, plus I think the Deathly Hallows symbol would be easy to do.

Source: Pinterest


Book Crest | Heroes of Olympus

Heroes of Olympus

I absolutely love this symbol from the Heroes of Olympus books. It’s so simple, but I love the look of it, and of course the way it ties back into the book itself!

Source: Lili Lost In A Book


Tris Tattoo & Factions | Divergent


Most Divergent nails involve the different factions, and kudos to you if you can draw those. I liked these nails in particular because of the reference to Tris’ tattoo.

Source: Pinterest


Mocking Jay Pin | The Hunger Games


There are some brilliant Hunger Games nails – mostly involving fire. But these ones were definitely my favourite. While I don’t think I can manage the mocking jay, I love the effect of the grey on black.

Source: Pinterest


Dragon Egg | Game of Thrones / Eragon

Dragon Egg Nails

Similarly, I know I can’t draw a dragon. But I LOVE the dragon egg effect. And if you want an easy hack, check out this tutorial using a net or loofah.

Source: Petite Peinture


Galaxy Nails | Across the Universe / Ender’s Game / Lunar Chronicles

Galaxy Nails

I found galaxy nails referencing many different book series. I think they’re absolutely gorgeous! Plus following this tutorial, they actually seem pretty easy to do! Put these on my to-try list!

Source: Casa De Polish

There are so many bookish nails out there and I love all of them! Check out my Pinterest page for more bookish nails. I can’t wait to try some of these out! <3


My Bookish Wedding!

I’ve been super busy the past couple of months and for a very good reason: I got married! Planning a wedding is not easy, and one thing I struggled with was how many bookish details to include. If it was just me planning, this wedding would have been bookish from top to bottom! But my husband and I wanted the wedding to represent both of us, and he doesn’t read. (How do I survive? Easy. I make more and more outrageous book references until he squints at me and asks “Is that from Harry Potter?”) So, what bookish details to include?

We eventually chose to write our own ceremony script together. In it we included two book quotations that I selected and a couple math and science puns that he added. It ended up being a nice blend of his humour and my bookish love, and I think it showed how our relationship works.

In addition to the ceremony, I found this really beautiful paper at Michaels. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I loved how subtle it was but that it still showed some book love. This ended up being used for our place cards.

Writing Paper

I hadn’t planned anything else for the wedding, but my amazing sister showed up with two awesome gifts as decorations in our reception hall. The first was a monogram created on a page from an atlas, with hearts depicting where my husband and I met, got engaged, and where we were married. I love how personal it feels!


My sister also made this incredible heart for us – out of book pages! While I normally wouldn’t agree to using a book to make a decoration, I melted when I saw this. It meant so much to me and I think it’s beautiful!


Book Heart Close.jpg

I absolutely loved these touches to our decor. These details meant a lot to me and they were that perfect little bookish touch that I wanted on my wedding day.