Friday, December 3, 2010

Angel gifts are complete!!!

Now that I have rummaged through all my jewelry supplies..I have finally finished with my Angel gifts. One of the items that the group had requested for people to donate was for books. Books are wonderful and make an excellent gift for any age. I wrote a saying some time back  "What makes a Book Great? A grouping of words...that allow our minds to travel" Reading for some of us is how we get to experience far away places..mystical places and places that only the written word can take us. However, what does every person need that is reading a book? They need something to mark their page when they need to put the book down for a bit. (unless you are like me and run into doorways because you just can't put it down) Yes...yes...you can turn the corner of the page down....or stick a piece of scrap paper in it. Books, especially good ones, deserve more respect than that...they deserve a bookmark that is worthy to be placed inside the pages to bring you back to where ever your journey was taking you. So far the last of my gifts....I made some whimsical bookmarks.








I think that the book reader that gets one will be very happy and so will I, especially knowing that (fingers crossed) there will be no more pages bent down at the corners. I use to make these and forgot just how much fun it is to twist and curl the wire. I do believe that once I can rebuild my supplies then I'm going to make some more. Heck...I might even make one for myself ^_^ Would you like to make one? Very easy peasy..honest!! I think just giving you some tips and hints here is all you will need. If you do have any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me.

*WIRE* (of course ^_^..any size or type that you like to work with..just keep in mind you want something that will hold it's shape. I used 18 gauge. Using recycled copper wire makes a great bookmark..you will need to hammer it flat once you get your design complete due that most copper is fairly thick but this gives it a really nice look. Cutting a 12-18 length works for me...keep in mind if you want the bookmark hanging out the top and bottom or just the top. I cut a 12 inch length piece.

*Needle nose Pliers* (if you don't want any tool marks on the wire then take some masking tape and wrap it around the ends of the pliers. To make your spirals all you do is wrap your wire around the end of the pliers...as many wraps as can fit...then remove from pliers and then simply flatten them and reshape if needed. To make the zigzags I simply took the wire and laid it in the pliers and bent it over without looping. Make sure you put a small loop at the bottom of your bookmark..wire can stick!! If you are making one that will hang out the bottom of the book you can add a bead to the end or perhaps a tassel)

*Beads, Jump rings and Head Pins* (again..this is what ever you want to use. For some of my bookmarks I used loose beads..just make sure they will slide over your wire...and keep in mind that you want to slide them before you make a twist or zigzag *hard to slide a bead over a zigzag ya know*. I also used the head pins to make some cascading beaded findings and then put them on jump rings and attached to the wire)

Now go make some bookmarks. They make great gifts...stocking stuffers....even a cool gift tag to go on top of that wrapped book you got for someone. Think they will figure out what the actually gift is. ^_^ I would love to see yours if you make some...come back and share.


Until next time.....Hugs, Regi

13 comments:

  1. What super neat bookmarks you've made! I use pieces of yarn as bookmarks lol

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  2. Ohhhh I have done that too...LOL!! Thank you for the lovely compliment.

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  3. Your banner is wonderful. Love that santa and elf.

    How clever are your bookmarks..I love them. They would make amazing gifts attached to a good book. Hope you get one!

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  4. Once again wonderful stuff! Head on over to Wiccan Make Some Too & grab a I've Been Featured button Girl cause you've been featured!
    I would love for you to stop by Wiccan Make Some Too's Wickedly Crafty Saturdays & share this!
    http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/2010/12/wickedly-crafty-saturdays-3.html

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  5. Lovely- my favorite is the one with the turquoise heart! Sorry I haven't been around this past week- life has been crazy!

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  6. They are just great, my favourite is also the one with the turquoise heart.

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  7. Thank you all for the lovely compliments. I had fun making them...I NEED to make more..LOL!!!

    Thank you for the feature Beth ^_^

    Stephanie....I have you in my thoughts and prayers. (as I do all my friends)

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  8. These are absolutely fabulous!

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  9. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

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  10. You are so talented!

    Following you from BabyDealsDujour, we list all the baby daily deals in real-time. Love to see you on Facebook and Twitter too.

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  11. Here from the bloghop.
    I follow you on GFC. I'd love for you to follow me back
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  12. These are lovely Bookmarks. Like the first one with the butterfly.

    These crafted Bookmarks are a delight to look at.

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  13. Thanks for linking this up to Wickedly Crafty Saturdays! I read a lot & I loves me some book markers. Don't forget to pop by again today for Wickedly Crafty Saturdays #5!
    http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/2010/12/wickedly-crafty-saturdays-5.html

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