They had been crammed in a nook above my cupboards (and some of the really tall ones are still there), but now they are easy to see and grab (if you're tall). I also see that I could add some more cookbooks to my deliberately slim collection. I'm considering Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden or Smitten Kitchen Everyday by Deb Perelman. For now, a cookie tin and funky cookbook are holding the space. Feel free to recommend a cookbook you're loving.
I also had some time to play at my sewing machine on my birthday - that was fun. You know how some purses these days have tassels hanging off them? I wondered if I could make a little patchwork dangler for my purse. I like it, although I think maybe I put too many textures on it, but oh, it was fun to take a break from pressing duties and just play.