For some unknown and completely irrational reason I signed up for a bookmark swap. The deadline was August 31st, and since that was a Sunday, I was actually early to the mailbox. I mailed mine Saturday. Okay. Not early. But certainly on time.

I loved the bookmarks I made and sent and it was hard to say good bye to them. But the book I gave with my bookmarks? I love that even more. I hope it is loved and adored. It's certainly one of my favorites for bed time/anytime reading around here.

The book is titled Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran. The Illustrations are beautiful beyond words and the story tells of a made up village created by the children in a long-ago neighborhood. It's a priceless tale of youth and adventure.

The bookmarks are all different. This one was made with fabric and Timtex (a really heavy interfacing...the stuff my bowls are made of) and then I made a grommet hole and strung floss through the top. This one was made of ribbon and beads. Inspired by several bookmarks Holli made for me a few years back.
And the last was made from card stock and stickers. The stickers were the skinny long variety designed to be used in scrap booking. I use them for card making and now evidently for book markers. They are also cute on handmade books and many other things. The stickers are very heavy weight card stock type material as well, so when applied to the actual card stock the marker was very sturdy. I trimmed the scalloped edge of the right sticker for added visual interest and used my grommet maker to attach a floss topper.
I'm still waiting for the nice mail lady to bring me my three new book marks and book. I hope she comes soon...I love fun mail.


  1. Love the bookmarks. Very creative and what a fun idea -- a book and bookmark swap. I can't wait to see what you get.

  2. Dear Heather,
    Guess what? I just toodled into town to pick up the mail and whee, there were my beautiful bookmarks and the lovely book! Thank you SO much. I love my new bookmarks and the book I do remember, and it once again has made me a little teary eyed, but in a good way. I am also a huge fan of Barbara Cooney.
    As soon as I get may camera back, I will post some pictures on my blog.
    You have a wonderful space here and I have really enjoyed reading through many of your entries. Your little ones are absolutely gorgeous.
    Thank you again, many times over. I would have said all of this in an email to you, but couldn't see an address here.
    Thinking of you and sending my best wishes for a lovely end of summer and a glorious entry into fall, Ellen.

  3. oh how fun! I love the bookmarks. I have also added Bella to my que. Tomorrow we are getting peaches, beets and corn. It will be a busy day! tons of love!

  4. C'est moi again, dear Heather. Thanks for the note. I sent my bookmark person a copy of Frederick by Leo Leonni. I just bet that you have read it and treasured it too, especially during this time.
    I would love it if you would send me your email address. If you are not comfortable with that, I certainly understand.
    Have a great week..read on!

  5. Those are some very pretty bookmarks...and I'm intrigued by the book you mentioned!

  6. Heather,
    I am a friend of Holli's and I found your blog through hers. I noticed your bookmarks and was intrigued. I'm rather craft challenged but when something looks that cool and it seems easy enough for me, I want to try it. SO I bought some of the items you mentioned and made some today. I love them so far but I haven't found the Timtex or even a grommet thing yet (although I know my craft store carries them). Just wanted to tell you that you inspired me. I'm amazed at what you accomplish with two small kids! I'll be checking out your blog regularly! Thanks for sharing your ideas.


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