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Book Nooks: Take a look behind the 'small doors to imaginary spaces' within bookshelves

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  1. vivaria
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    Ah! Yes! I caught the recent Reddit post that inspired the subreddit a week or two ago, and I absolutely love these. I have a big thing for little self-contained dioramas and scenes in general....

    Ah! Yes! I caught the recent Reddit post that inspired the subreddit a week or two ago, and I absolutely love these.

    I have a big thing for little self-contained dioramas and scenes in general. (My name, vivaria, refers to a more general category that contains terrariums, aquariums, and many others. Plus like, "place for life," what a great word.) I like the idea of having a tiny ecosystem in my home, decorated and sculpted with secret nooks and crannies and creatures. I've always loved going to museums and planetariums and aquariums, face planted against the glass just observing. I just like exploring and listening and taking it all in.

    Part of the appeal for me is the "The Borrowers"-esque "whole world hidden away under your nose" kind of magic. (The miniworlds subreddit, anyone?) But also, part of me thinks I like them so much because they fulfill fantasies that aren't realistic to pursue IRL? It's expensive to travel the world or own a house or build a greenhouse, but making a miniaturized version brings that magic to you on the cheap (ish). An alley booknook is kind of a placeholder for being in that alley and experiencing that first-hand, which most people can't do easily.

    I was thinking of taking up the hobby of making these little scenes... it's definitely my kind of crafting, I think.

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