Monday, 23 September 2013

A Good Read and Feet!

Hello friends
For those of us who haven't quite succumbed to Kindles, Kobos, Nooks or 
any other e-readers - how about a bookmark for a real book!
A really simple project and it features just one die -
Striking in black and white and using just the flower centre to create a 
pretty top and bottom edging for the bookmark.
Keeping the panel as flat as possible so it sits snugly inside your book but
making the top flower decoration dimensional so it overhangs.
Of course, if you no longer have books - 
you could just use a portion of this to create a card or gift tag.
I admit to owning a Kindle, in fact the boys bought it for me but I do still love a 
bookcase full of books.

Huge thanks to you all for your encouraging comments, they are such a comfort.
I did laugh out loud when Amanda referred to 'Embersonettes' - that is so good!
We had a relaxing weekend although Mitchell was kept a little busy....
He is looking to earn some money (having a girlfriend is a costly business!) 
and the shop front needs a face lift. 
Yes, that is the outline of feet and it does say 'Chiropody' and 'Treat Your Feet' !!
Some time ago the shop was a chiropodist ....
(thankfully I've never found any toenail nail clippings - yuk!)
They applied lots of vinyl stickers and the owner before me just painted over them.
We realised the stickers were beginning to reveal themselves so the only course of action was to peel them off and sand the wood down before repainting.
That is quicker said than done!
Mitchell is going back today to start the painting, wood is being replaced so no more rotting bits - 
it will look all spruced up ready for later this year when I get back in the swing of things :)

Thank you again dear friends, I will be dropping by to leave posts,
I enjoy writing them and of course, hearing from you all.
Much love.


Carolyn Bell said...

Hi Christine as always you are all in my thoughts, my heart goes out to Elliott, what an awful thing to have done to him, I hope they can come up with something to help him very soon. Love Carolyn x

Wendy L said...

Bookmark is glovely (this is gorgeous/lovely). Was a mistake but decided to leave it in.
Well done Mitchell on the

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Love your bookmark, would be a nice little extra to put in with a card.
Keep up the good work Mitchell.
Take care Christine we are with you and Elliot all the way.

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Lovin the book mark and I have that die so will try this one I don't have a kindle I do have lots of books would make a nice addition to a card for birthdays.
Good work Mitchell not much fun getting those stickers off yuck!!!
Take care sending you all BIG hugs
Love Annxxx X

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. I echo Wendy L's sentiment of glovely :) Nothing beats curling up with a proper book and seeing them on display, even if a kindle etc. is very handy at certain times. Looks like Mitchell is doing a grand job on the shop front. You will all be in my thoughts and look forward to hearing from you when you get a chance. Take care.

Jane Willis said...

Love the bookmark. Although electronic books are convenient, I don't think they will ever completely replace printed ones. You can't SMELL an e-book, or write a dedication in the front, or press flower petals between the pages!

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Christine a fab bookmark, really striking in the Black and White! Well done Mitchell it must be love lol!! Wishing Elliott a much better week this week! Susan x

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine

I have this die and must confess to not having used it very much , your bookmark is gorgeous i love it , so i will dig my dies out of the box and make some book marks to go with the notebooks i have already finished ready for Christmas stocking fillers .

Mitchell is doing a grand job bet it will look good when he has finished .

Hope all goes well today Christine as Lydia says we are with you all the way .

Elaine H X

loftylass said...

The bookmark is lovely Christine and very striking in black and white (I think I'll be making a few of these for little extras!) I too have a kindle but do enjoy 'real' books...
Mitchell is doing a grand job ridding your shop front of those stickers... not much fun though.
As ever you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Janice said...

Love the book tag. I have a kindle but prefer to read books. Husband uses it mostly whilst out fishing. Glad to see Mitchell earning money. Janice x

Maggie said...

Hello and what a lovely day today. It will lift the spirits and give us all hope for a glorious autumn. What a pretty bookmark, such a simple idea with only one die but it really works. Fingers crossed this week will be better and Elliott can overcome his worries. Will be thinking of you all. xxMargaretxx

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
I love your bookmark, the Black & White flowers are very striking, and I also love my Kindle, it's one of the best pressies I have ever had. Mitchell looks like he is doing a great job, what a good lad he is.
Love Chris X

hazel young said...

Lovely bookmark Christine, i'm sure Mitchell will make a grand job of it all and it will be looking gorgeous for Christmas trading. xx hazel

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, glad things are progressing with the shop and hopefully all goes well with everything, love the bookmark so pretty all my love and thoughts are with you love Jean Z xx

Elaine said...

Another fabulous craft idea ! Love the black & white. Glad you had a relaxing weekend. Mitchell is a star !

Maddie, Nottingham said...

Morning Christine, Lovely bookmark and would be a pity if we ever lost the BOOK and only had e readers. Well done Mitchell you are doing a sterling job there. Hope you all have a good week this week.

Janice said...

Hi Christine
Lovely to see you posting today. Your bookmark is very classy, I love it!
Good to hear your weekend was relaxing, well not too relaxing for Mitchell! He's making a good job by the
looks of it 😉
Really hope that Elliot has a better week, thinking of you all as always.
Take care
Janice x

Anne O said...

Hi Christine
A very stylish bookmark. I don't have those dies, but something similar to use instead!
Best wishes to you and your boys - thinking of you all.
Anne O

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine

looks like you are keeping Mitchell busy, plenty of work to keep him occupied. Love the bookmark idea. I have a kindle, nice for taking away on your holiday's and while waiting around in hospital's and doctors surgery. I do still read books though. Linwood Barclay is a fantastic author if you see them about pick one of his books up. keep your chin up Elliot, and look forward to hearing from you regarding progress in due course.

Laura O said...

have this die a while ,great bookmark .good luck to you and your boys both of them.Laura O

LoraineC said...

Pretty bookmark, I have a kindle but do miss a book. Good luck Elliot this week hope things go better than last week. You're doing a grand job Mitchell !! X

Mary by the Sea said...

Hi there Christine, don't have a kindle. Do understand how useful they could be, but so love the feel of a book. So for me the bookmark is a real joy.

well done Mitchell, what a lovely job.....

Take care, Mary, xx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Love the bookmark,really looks great in black and white.
Mitchell looks like he has got a lot of work to do,but I am sure it will look great.
I hope Elliott has a better week this week. take care. x.

Anonymous said...

I hope the spruce up of the shop front doesnt go the same way as the quick tidy up of the back of our house, these things never turns out to be the 2 day jobs you thought they'd be! Love the bookmark, JuliaTx

AnneRD said...

Well done Mitchell I am sure you will do a great job of painting. Glad you are settled into college life.
Lovely tag Christine; hope Elliott will be able to start his treatment soon. Anne x

Maggie said...

Hi Christine,love today's book Mark, it's so elegant.Hope that Elliott has a better week and that help is available to get him through this difficult time. I'm sure that Mitchell will make a good job of the shop front- he's got a good incentive!
Take care much love to you all, Maggie xxx

Carol J said...

Sending hugs. xxx

baconbits said...

Morning Christine
Such a fab bookmark, I know a few peeps who still like a good book and this would make a good addition to a card.
Good luck Mitchell with the stickers - you are doing a grand job for your Mum.
Hope this week is easier for Elliot and that the therapy helps.
Thinking of you all and sending big hugs.
Amanda x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Your bookmark is gorgeous. I also have a Kindle, but because I love books too, I usually order the book and also the kindle version, because I have 3 bookshelves ha ha, but always read from the Kindle, it is easier ha ha.
Mitchell looks like 'he's having fun' ha ha, he's learning early that girlfriends 'cost money', but he's combining helping Mum and also helping himself ha ha.
Huge hugs to you all.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Lacelady said...

I have this die! But I didn't recognise it in black and white, I'll definitely be trying it that way.

Well done Mitchell, it doesn't seem 5 mins since you did all the shop front, but he's doing a good job.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
Love the bookmark. Like you, I love the kindle but I also wouldn't like to do without library books and of course, reference books in the tried and tested medium of PAPER.
Well done Mitchell, with the shop front. I know you don't mind spending the money on your girl friend (do you have a choice?lol)

Hope things are getting better for you, Elliott.

All in all, my good wishes go to all of you. And Christine, I take my hat off to you.
Stay strong, Rose

Maggie said...

Hi ! no doubt your work ideas is really really creative. keep it up.
you shared your work with us, we are waiting for more and different themes. thank you

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