Monday, January 19, 2009

Admit One to my Heart-Bookmark

Hello!
I think I will wait to post that mini album for sometime later this week. I do however have a lovely little gift idea. It's perfect for all those readers out there. I absolutely LOVE a good book with a cup of jo!
If you would like to create one of your own, feel free to alter any color, pattern, or size! Get creative!!
Supplies Needed:
Red felt
Thread/embroidery floss (you can use a sewing machine or hand stitch it)
yarn/ribbon
Paper embellishment (I used 2-paper tickets from our Vintage Valentine Tags)
I first drew a heart on a piece of red felt, fold it over (this should make 2 hearts at once) and cut them out.

Make sure to flip the heart over. You want the drawn side in your heart. I added a piece of yarn (my quick tip is to tape it in place). * If you would like to add dimension ( feel free to add some cotton inside).
Or you can use a pin to keep the yarn in place. ;)Then I stitched along the heart.The heart should dangle like so:
Next, take two embellishments ( I used 2 tickets from here).I taped the yarn on the back side of a ticket: Then, I used some adhesive to sandwich the yarn in between the 2 tickets.Then to preserve the ticket I "laminated" the ticket. (Simply add packaging tape to both sides) This will help preserve your ticket.Cut around your ticket and your bookmark is READy!! ;)This makes the PERFECT gift.
If you need to make a cute box for your beautiful masterpiece. No worries. I have a great idea for that too!
You can use last year's Valentine scraps. ( I used MM Love Note PP). Cut your paper to fit your box.

I cut the cute scalloped border, because it makes a cute border on the box lid! Glue your pattern paper onto your box, like so:You can sand any rough edges:
Add an Icon to a scalloped circle to the top:Now, grab some tissue paper, gently place your handcrafted item inside and there you have a beautiful gift for a special loved one!

***Giveaway***

One lucky reader will receive: Valentine Icons, Vintage Valentine Tags, & Love Trees! Please leave a comment with your favorite book. I was at Target yesterday and was in search of a good book. Please send your recommendations this way!!


67 comments:

Alecia Castro said...

How freakin' cute is this?!?! Totally love this idea!!

Other then the WHOLE Twilight series, which I LOVED... I did just finish reading "Ricochet" by Sandra Brown... a VERY good read!!

I need to find another good book now too!

carpediem said...

Great idea! I'm reading 'the good earth' by Pearl S. Buck right now.

Rachel said...

This is too cute!

I don't read much fiction. Right now I'm reading the new Suze Orman book "2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe & Sound".

Juli said...

To Kill a Mockingbird has been my timeless favorite. It is a classic everyone should read, if you ask me. :) The film version of the book is pretty darn great too! It still amazes me that this was Harper Lee's only published book.

MyLittleTeapot said...

great idea!!!

Anyway, try Sidney Sheldon's novels. Its a mixture of love, suspense and mystery. It will definitely make you think

sylv said...

Love the tutorial! I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees...as usual, the book was so much better than the movie.

Bibi said...

What a gorgeous little gift! I like Rachel Portman's books. The most famous one she wrote is probably "Chocolat" which has been turned into a movie. Her books are all quite mysterious.

Lisa said...

dude you're busting all kinds of stuff out! i need some of those love trees for sure. will you bring me some wednesday?? pretty please?? :)

Amber said...

One of my favorite books (I can never narrow it down to ONE absolute favorite!) is "Until I Find You" by John Irving. :)

Beth Perry said...

That is a really cool idea!
I am reading Stephen King right now. I bounce between his 'out there' sci fi books to romance novels!! ha go figure! lol
Hope you had a great weekend!
:P
B

Amber said...

Well you are just ON.A.ROLL there little missy! You've been crankin out the inspiration! Love it all!

I would love to win. Unfortunately, hmmmm, I'm not much of a reader anymore {unless you count all the various blogs and magazines I read} but I would have to recommend Babyville by Jane Green {see I just had to go and look at it on my table}. I read it while I was trying to get pregnant with Saylor a couple years back. It's pretty cute.

Mara-May* said...

Love the bookmarks and boxes...
So you have to read the "babysitters club" books! OMGosh! They are thee best!
LMBO

Kate said...

I LOVE this bookmark...I am a grad assistant in a master's of reading ed program with 15 other full time students...I may just have to make everyone one for valentine's day!

Favorite book? Can I name a few? The Great Gatsby (and pretty much everything else by F. Scott Fitzgerald...including some awesome short stories), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Human Comedy (William Saroyan), The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)...and I am in the process of read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for a bookclub...everyone else finished it an loved it, and so far, it's really awesome!

Cass said...

I just read an Agatha Christie novel. I love all her work. Haven't read any new releases books so can't help you with new authors - sorry.

Mandy said...

Loving all the goodies on the blog!
As for book suggestions I don't have any right now haven't done much reading lately but if your into romance books Debbie Macomber is awesome love her books.

cottagerca said...

Very nice gift box! The secret by Rhonda....

janie said...

I'm lovin' the Twilight book in the background.. haha, that would've been my first recommendation ;) but I just finished and really loved Captivating ...

Close To Home said...

I want to leave my fav. childhood book: Treasures in the Snow. It is one that you could read now, I suppose, as an adult. Was made into a movie too. I started reading it to my own DD.
Beautiful ideas!

Mrs. McGrew said...

This is adorable. My suggestion as a librarian is anything by Janet Evanovich. She currently has a new one out called Plum Spooky. I've read the first two chapters and loved it!

Sophia said...

I really love Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. Also, the Flowers in the Attic series (the original ones written by VC Andrews) is light, easy, trashy, and very addictive!

asinglemomslife said...

I don't read as much as I should but I enjoy reading Mirian Keyes' books.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Totally cute project. I just finished reading the Dutchess....wonderful book!!!

Ginny said...

Have you read the Stephanie Plum series yet? They are hysterical & such great reads. What I love the most is each book seems to get funnier because you get to know the characters.

Vianna said...

A favorite book remains GOSPEL by Wilton Barnhardt - an older book, but an enjoyable read any time - read more about it here:
http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Novel-Wilton-Barnhardt/dp/0312119240/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232423509&sr=1-1
Thank you for your generosity - I love everything and sure would love to win! Warm wishes from Florida!

Tammy said...

iam reading Danille Stelles Ransom but any book by her is great.

Mom2Five said...

I am reading Jenny McCarthy's "Mother Warriors" right now. I read her last book "Louder than Words" so I HAD to read this new one. You see, I have not one, but TWO autistic children...my adorable 3 yr old identical twin sons. The book brings out many emotions.

The Domestic Diva Wanna-Be said...

Wow! I just found your etsy shop via a link someone posted on Twitter. And all I can say is that I love your products! So adorable!

After Twilight, I was pretty vamped out until my husband & I started watching True Blood on HBO. Then I found that the show originated from the Sothern Vampire Series or The Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Chalaine Harris and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!
And there are bunches to read!

That's my recommendation and thank bunches for the chance to win some of your awesomeness! I am so excited!

Tam

Jinglbells said...

I love the bookmark idea. Will have to try it with my girls! thanks, and for a good read I like mostly how to books like Home Comforts, but any George McDonald books are good and I love the YAdaYada prayer club books, stay up until the wee hours to finish them.

Zarah said...

Adorable!! :D

stephanie said...

my favourite book, and one i recommend to everyone, is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

ThisKalilLife said...

I just finished "The 19th Wife," and it was really good. My book club is reading "The Big Love," which is a pretty easy read.

Delia W said...

This is soooo pretty and cute.

I think one of my fav's (old but good) is the Adrian Mole series of books. Such a wicked sense of humor.

doverdi said...

I'm currently reading the Twilight series and am over halfway through Eclipse.

I also love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series as well as Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. All are great reads.

Jean said...

There is a series of book by Rebecca Seitz called Sisters Ink. They are about 4 adopted sisters and their lives. When they have a problem they call a scrapping night and get together to scrap and solve the problem.

They are great books.

HoweverAlthough said...

I have way too many faves to name just one so I will tell you a couple that come to mind:
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kinsolver
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
and then anything by David Sedaris, Ann Lamott, Clyde Edgarton...
LOVE your Valentine ideas! Thanks for those.

random moments said...

Adore the Valentine goodies! So crafty and cute (and looks pretty easy too!)

White Oleander by Janet Fitch. A must read. Love the giveaway items!!!

Mary's Musings said...

I just finished "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult---very good book! But since I'm a classic kind of gal, my favorite book of all time is Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"--love that book!

Daniela said...

What a cute bookmark!
Honestly, I haven't read anything since my baby was born and the only thing I was reading while I was pregnant were baby books and magazines.
I love Nora Roberts and the last book I read was Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, Red Lily In The Garden Trilogy...a set of three books.

Callista said...

Ohhh...such a cute idea!
Well, I loved the Twilight series, but my all time favorite books are a tie between "Amazing Gracie" can't thinkg of the author, but it's the owners of Three Dog Bakery and "A Dog Year" by John Katz.
Happy reading!

BabeCaddy said...

These are sooo cute, I am going to make a few of these... Thanks for the inspiration. I don't read much anymore, but I used to read all the Mary Higgins Clark books... I like suspense.

Bethany said...

Two of my favorite books are "The Secret Life of Bees" and "Water for Elephants". But I'm really enjoying books by authors Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahern & Joanne Harris. So many books, so little time!

Paige said...

I am rereading "Gone with the Wind" right now. I haven't read it since 6th grade so it is fun.

Tiff said...

So cute! I think my favorite books are "Red" "Black" and "White by Ted Dekker

Marie said...

my favorite book? not possible to name, but i did really, really like the time traveler's wife, water for elephants and pillars of the earth. all WONDERFUL reads!

Remember When Creations said...

That is an awesome idea! One of my favorite books from 2008 is Water for Elephants. I highly recommend reading it.

And, to make your project a little more 'green', see if you can find some leftover scraps for the heart. My whole blog is dedicated to 'green scrapbooking' this year.

Good luck to you and your hubby in your business this year.

shannon said...

i am def loving the bookmark. too cute!
i loved "lovely bones" and anything by emily giffin, and kate jacobs.

jennmom2000 said...

This is adorable! I love the book mark. The only thing I've read recently are the Twilight books.

SweetBellaBug said...

I'm a straight up Harry Potter fan! The movies are great - but like most - the books are so much better!!

mommyabbytommy said...

Love the give away!! I'm just finished "Only Love is Real" by Brian Weiss, MD. It is a fabulous book!!

Lilly said...

This is soooo cute! I think I'll try to do this someday.
One of my favorite books is "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It's great.

just me....lynn said...

How cute - just love it - making one for myself too!!

Nancy said...

Totally cute idea! I'm looking for a good book, too! I haven't read anything in a while!!

Melissa said...

Cute idea! I love the book 90 Minutes in Heaven. Really good book.

scrapworking said...

Super cute! Last books I read were the Twilight series and Marley & Me. Now, I'm doing the Artist's Way book. Not exactly escapism reading, but worthwhile!

Katherine said...

I just finished three books by C.J. Sansom - Dissolution, Dark Fire, & Sovereign. They are WhoDunnit mysteries that take place in the 16th century and the main character is a hunchback lawyer named Matthew Shardlake. LOVED this series!

I will be making a bookmark and presenting all 3 to my Hubby for Valentines Day. Love your idea!!

Pam said...

I discovered your site through Cathy Z. Where has your cute stuff been all my life? As for books...I've recently loved The Time Traveler's Wife and Replay. Both are time travel stories but mostly about love and relationships. Fast, easy reads.

Dawn in OKC said...

cute cute cute. i am reading the luck one by nicholas sparks.

sophiestea said...

cute stuff!

My most recent favorite....an encyclopedia of an ordinary life!

Steph said...

The bookmark is adorable and I absolutely love the box! My favorite book is the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I have read it so many times and I collect old copies of it. But there is nothing like reading it for the first time!!

ejmom said...

i love this gift! i read so much it's hard to say what my favorite book is. i really enjoy james patterson novels. suzannes diary to nicholas was excellent.

islandgirl said...

Okay, my favorite books:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Middlesex by Jeffrey Euginides
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Surrendering to Motherhood by Iris Krasnow

Some other good ones:

The Dogs of Babylon
The Handmaids Tale
Eat, Pray, Love
100 Promises to my baby

Oh, I could go on forever, but hopefully you've found something in all these posts you'd like to read, you'll have to let us know what you end up picking!

JudiW said...

My favorite books right now are
Chosen by a Horse
Pillars of the Earth
The Daughters of Time
Excellent reading Enjoy

Nicole said...

I just finished reading Kafka on the Shore. It was incredible! Not one of those easy reads or best sellers probably, it was very strange, but I love love loved it. It reminded me of a Radiohead song - lots of layers, and not everything made sense, but it definitely evoked lots of emotion.

jessica said...

My favorite book is Guess How Much I Love You. My cousin gave it to for my 18th birthday. It meant the world to me since it was the first time we were apart due to attending different colleges. Everytime I see the book I smile.

Lindsey said...

I'm new to your blog...and so pleased to discover you! I found you through the Crafty Crow, by the way, another great blog.

Well, what do you like to read? My alltime favorite was Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, but I don't know what your style is. I also just finished Thousand Splendid Suns...a hugely moving book that makes you put things in perspective and causes your heart to hurt for others in pain, with a little more hope at the end than Kite Runner did.

Terri B said...

The Friday Night Knitting Club! Loved the book!

Debo said...

Such a great gift idea! I'm into the cozy mystery theme. Mary Dahiem, J. Churchil and Hanna Swensen Mysteries.