Monday, July 11, 2016

Burlap and Lace Bookmarks


Hello friends! How are you? It feels like it's been ages since I was last here but it really wasn't all that long ago! Honestly the 4th of July seems like distant history to me and it was only a week ago today!

Last night I created a bookmark and I liked it so well that I decided to make few more today!  They are literally multiplying out on my back porch as I type. The first bookmark that I made last night was "Imagine." Imagine was followed by "dream", "read" and "blessings." "Hope" is still in progress...


I started this project last night because I wanted to enclose a little extra something in a card that I am sending off.....you know....when you send a card but it just doesn't seem like enough.....



These little bookmarks are a perfect enclosure item and they are remarkably very sturdy. I stitched together two layers of ivory burlap and zig-zagged all the sides. I added the vertical lace, then the tiny ivory edging at the very top. Next I folded a piece of sari ribbon unevenly and secured it to the top of the bookmark by sewing a button on it.


I hand-stamped a word on a scrap of heavy unbleached cotton, trimmed it with pinking shears and stitched it in a random direction over the sari ribbon. Then it was all about making tiny x's in the buttons with ecru embroidery floss and attaching them to the bookmark. (not my favorite part but it adds some sweet detail)


The first one turned out so sweet that I made several more today. Some are almost done, some are completely in pieces. I think they would look so cute in a journal or in any book for that matter....

All this talk about bookmarks has me thinking about reading a new book. I did pick up my old copy of Pride and Prejudice and started rereading it--I love that book and will probably read it many more times.

Have you read any good books this summer? Any that you would recommend? I'm feeling the urge to escape into the world of a good novel! Feel free to leave a book title or two in my comment section.

Thanks and have a great week!

18 comments:

  1. These are so pretty and will be perfect to include in a card or just to give as a little gift to a friend. I went to the library today and picked up another mystery by David Rosenfelt. I'm reading the Andy Carpenter series and they are really good. You can't go wrong with a J. Austen classic though. I like to read Little Women over again and again too...oh and Heidi. Hugs, Diane

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    1. Hi Diane,
      Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your sweet comment! I just started writing down all of the wonderful suggestions I've received for some summer reading...thank you for your contribution! I know you read a lot!!! I love Little Women too and have that right here in my bookcase....hope your summer is going well!!!
      Hugs, Linda

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  2. My dear Linda, your bookmarks are the picture of pure loveliness! How I would love one of these tucked into a book I'm reading. You create such beautiful things, my friend.

    At the moment I have a pile of books beside my bed waiting to be read. I just started "Missing" by Lisa Harris. It's the second book in a series and so far it's very good :)

    Have a wonderful week. Hugs!

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    1. Hello Stephanie!
      Why thank you so much! Also for the reading suggestion....got my paper and pen, jotting them all down because I just feel like curling up with a good book! Thank you for your suggestion! Enjoy the rest of your week! Gotta get over to see what you've been up to....xo
      Linda

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  3. Linda, your bookmarks are exquisite. I love all the delicious details. I am reading the memoirs of the life of Orry Kelly, who was an Australian designer to the stars in the Golden Years of Hollywood. It is a really good read. I love Pride and Prejudice. It is always a delight to pick this one up and reread the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy. Have a lovely week, lovely lady.

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    1. Hi Kim,
      Thank you very much for coming over for a visit!....and thank you both for the comment and the reading suggestion. I've never heard of Orry Kelly but I've added the book to my list....so many books, so little time but I feel like I need to make it a priority! Many thanks sweet friend! You have a lovely week too!

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  4. Oh Linda, your bookmarks are so beautiful. I love your creativity and the pretty detail that you put into them. They're too pretty to have hidden away inside a book, but would make a lovely surprise when opening the book. I finished reading a Rosamunde Pilcher novel. Have you ever read any of hers?

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    1. Hello Kitty,
      No I have not read any of hers....it's actually been a while since I sat down with a good book but summertime always makes me want to read. I will add her books to my list! As you can see my book list is growing! I remember back in elementary school I would go to the library and join the summer reading program. I loved going in and coming out with a tall stack of books! Thanks for the suggestion and also for the sweet comment. I appreciate it Kitty! Hope all is well....xo

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  5. Oh Linda your bookmarkers are gorgeous. I love the lace and the idea to put the word with it. I collect them and this is a real treasure. Are you going to have them in your shop? Hope so. I know they would be a hit!! You are such a talent and I adore everything you design. Have a great week dear friend. xo

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    1. Good evening Celeste!
      Thank you very much! Yes, they are available in my shop. You are too kind! Really they are such a joy to create! Something different than sewing a bag. I need variation from time to time! I bet you are busy designing and creating away. The holidays will be upon us before you know it. Cannot believe how fast the summer is flying by! Hope it's been a nice one for you my friend! xo

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  6. They are so very beautiful Linda, what a lovely idea, you had, and so wonderfully you, made it happen.
    I love the romance and beauty of them all, the sweet buttons and added seam binding, makes them so adorable.
    As we sold our house, there is not much time for book reading,only when in bed, and many evenings, I read my Stampington magazines, lol- love to look through them ,-but also love both Jane Austin and Rosamunde Pilcher .
    Have a lovely day, LindA.
    Dorthe xo

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    1. Hello Dorthe,
      Oh those Stampington magazines!!! I love them! I went into our local bookstore and bought 2 of them last week. The gentleman rang up my magazines along with 2 greeting cards and he did a double take. He checked the price on the magazine and said, "boy those are expensive magazines!" I said, "yes they are and worth every penny. Good thing they don't come out monthly!" I sat and read them cover to cover and then got out a huge pile of old ones and read those cover to cover. LOL!

      Rosamunde Pilcher was suggested 3 times....She's on my list for sure! Thanks and thank you for your kind words. Glad you could stop by!! :) enjoy the rest of the week! xo

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  7. Oh my these are just gorgeous and what a special treat to find one of these in a card!! Love those little buttons on them and the pretty lace!
    Have you read any books by Rosamunde Pilcher? I have read a few of her books and really liked them.

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    1. Hi Connie,
      Thank you so much! Well, your cards certainly don't need anything inside...they are a gift all by themselves! I'll have to stop by tomorrow night to see what cards you have created. It's late and I'll be tied up most of the day tomorrow but have some time in the evening to catch up with some blog reading. I have added Rosamunde Pilcher to my reading list....she was recommended 3 times! Thank you! See you tomorrow! xo

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  8. These bookmarks are beautiful! I love burlap and lace so much ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  9. Linda, your bookmarks are beautiful. I read so much that I can't even remember what I am reading from day to day. LOL I love mysteries and I am always on the lookout for new ones. Enjoy your book. xo Laura

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  10. Those are wonderful! Wonderful details...

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  11. Good Morning Linda,
    I am catching up with your posts, although you know I am keeping up with you on IG and FB.
    Linda, you are really creating with a creative passion this Summer and I am enjoying and oohing over each and every project. Your workmanship is stellar and your heart is made of gold!
    I love these and I have pinned them too!
    xo
    Jemma

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