I love to read thanks to my parents and their example, do you love to read a good book? I wonder how many still like the feel of a book in their hands and not some electronic device?
Do you read for fun?
My Mom and Dad were always reading for fun and through books I was able to expand my imagination and sometimes escape to magical lands.
We had a large bookcase with many books, including an old Encyclopedia Set – remember those? I did many a school report using those Encyclopedias!
Now you can read books online, purchase ebooks and download them to whatever media device you like, but for me there is just nothing like holding a physical book and turning each page. I can see how much of the book I have read, and how much of the story is left by viewing where the bookmark is located.
Some of my favorites
There are so many great books, and over the years I have gone through many different authors and subjects like:
Stephen King Books
Science Fictions Books
Great Love Stories
Bookmark your place
I started making beaded bookmarks a few years ago, using art beads and charms that were left over after a project.
These bookmarks or book thongs add a little personality and decoration to books and also mark your place.
Bookmarks also can be a great small gift idea for readers at just about anytime of the year. My Mom loved them and became my best customer! In todays electronic age they are a unique gift and perfect for:
Gifts for children
Friends at work or church
A small thank you to someone who has helped you out
Stocking Stuffer ideas
and many more…..
Do you still read books?
I would love to know how many people still love to read books. What are your favorite types of books to read and how do you keep your place? Leave a comment and let me know!
New in 2016 are four Landmark beads from around the world. Just as 2015 ends and the new year begins, there are four brand new Landmark Beads from locations around the world!
Landmark beads are a unique gift idea for the woman who loves to travel and who also love beads and charms.
Every year billions of people travel around the world for business, vacation, and for a variety of other reasons. Landmark Beads are a unique way for the world traveler to remember each destination on charm bead bracelets such as Pandora or Troll bracelets.
There are over 80 different Landmark Beads and this year there are four new beads being introduced to add to the collection.
New Landmark beads from around the world
Landmark beads are made of high quality .925 Sterling Silver and are finely detailed, making them a unique addition to charm bead bracelets.
The four shown above are new for 2016 and are as follows from left to right:
Cell phone charms used to be all the rage! That was a short-lived trend because newer cell phones have no place to hook them. Meanwhile crafters and bead suppliers have jillions of them left over.
Likewise, when I was trying to sell my wares at local craft shows years ago, I created some cell phone charms with an assortment of really nice sterling silver bead designs and Swarovski crystal.
Guess what? I still have some of them! They are nearly impossible to sell since no one is interested in them any longer.
So what do you do with them now?
Great idea for cell phone charms
I love incense and have several types of incense burners in my home, including bottle incense holders.
They come with a large split ring and golden cord that hangs on the side. You put the incense stick into the split ring and then insert the stick in the bottle so that the smoke comes out of the top and the ventilation holes on the side.
Over the years the silver split ring had become blackened from the smoke and the little golden cord had become frayed. So I took one of those unwanted cell phone charms and attached it to a new split ring. See how nice it looks?!!
Phone charms are a great way to add a little beaded decor to just about anywhere. Check my Etsy shop to see which ones I have left 🙂
Other uses for cell phone charms
Ceiling Fan Pulls
Giveaways with orders
What great ideas for decorations with beads have you had lately? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your ideas!