Celebrate the gorgeous colors of fall with beautiful book jewelry in golden autumn tones. Visit the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop to see lovely handmade jewelry inspired by your favorite books and poems, including my:
And if you are in the Long Island area, be sure to stop by and see my work in person at the Long Island Women’s EXPO. You can get a head start on your holiday shopping, pick up a little treat for yourself, and support wonderful women entrepreneurs!! Hope to see you there!!
Labor Day has come and gone and while there are still a couple of weeks before the official start of Autumn, I am already looking ahead to the Fall season. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the cool, crisp weather, (especially after the heat we had this summer!), the beautiful colors of the leaves, picking apples, and carving pumpkins. And so, in honor of my favorite season, I decided to put together a fall outfit inspired by the famous poem, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Featuring warm, autumnal earth tones and a Robert Frost Poetry Pin from the C. S. Literary Jewelry, this cozy outfit is perfect for all sorts of fall activities from exploring the road less traveled by, reading a book of poetry, or wandering around local fairs and festivals.
Speaking of local festivals…. If you live on or near Long Island, NY, you won’t want to miss the Sachem Library Fall Festival on Sept. 17th. The library is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and has pulled out all the stops to put together a festival to remember! I’ve been hard at work, putting together my booth for the festival and I’m very pleased to announce that in addition to my handmade literary jewelry, I will also have a selection of beautiful book purses from Novel Creations. Hope to see you there!!!
I’ll be spending this weekend at a Holiday Craft Fair at the lovely Whisper Vineyards in St. James, NY. It’s C. S. Literary Jewelry’s last live event of the year and I am looking forward to meeting all the folks who will stop by our table, doing a little holiday shopping, and toasting the start of the holiday season with a glass of wine, (or two) and I hope to see you there!
Today’s going to be a busy day, with lots of last minute preparations to make, but before I head off to put the finishing touches on my table for the fair, I thought I would get us all in mood for a weekend at the vineyard with a Friday Favorites collection of handmade gifts and goodies for wine lovers.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at C. S. Literary Jewelry with back to back craft fairs and events, the Sachem Library Fall Festival and the 15th Annual Long Island Women’s EXPO.
Sachem Fall Festival
First up, Rob and I were at the Sachem Fall Festival which was held at the Sachem Public Library. I love doing events at libraries because that’s where we find our tribe – the book lovers and bibliophiles that love books as much as we do – but this event was extra special because this was the library that made me a book lover. This is where I got my first library card when I was very little and I cannot tell you how much time I have spent here – both as a kid obsessively taking out the latest Babysitter’s Club books and now as an adult. And it just seemed like a perfect fit to bring my handmade literary jewelry to the place where my love affair with books began! I was also thrilled to carry a selection of Novel Creations gorgeous, gorgeous book purses. I always tell people how beautifully my jewelry and Karen’s purses go together but now they could see them together in person!
The day was lovely – we couldn’t ask for better weather or for a better spot. Our table was right under a shady tree, the perfect place to stop and chat about books while shopping and I had a great day meeting and chatting with all the wonderful folks who stopped by our table! The only way the day could have been better was if I had managed to sneak away to see more of the event – from all accounts there was much fun to be had – but there’s always next year!
Next we had the Long Island Women’s EXPO at the Middle Country Public Library. This was our third time exhibiting at the Women’s EXPO and it was our best year yet. We always have a blast at this wonderful event but this time around it was even better because I had a chance to explore some of the other tables (and do a little shopping myself). Here are some of my favorite tables.
Top: Potter, Susan Broderick explains her process to a customer
Bottom: The lovely Maria Paray poses next to her table of stunning silver jewelry.
Beautiful Teapots and Cups of Relaxations by CSH Designs
(I am enjoying a cup of tea from one of these gorgeous mugs as we speak!)
Gorgeous decoupaged necklace and domino brooch pins from Creations by Monique
(I came home with more than one of these cool pins! They’ll make great Christmas gifts!)
Now that the festival and the EXPO are done, it’s time for me to take a little break. I’ve got a cup of tea and a great book with my name on it! But before I go, I want to say thanks to the Sachem Public Library, the Middle Country Public Library, the Miller Business Center, and all the wonderful volunteers who made both the Fall Festival and the Women’s EXPO such a delight to participate in. I can’t wait for next year! And a very special thank you to everyone who stopped by our table. It was lovely meeting you!
Things have been insanely busy here. I’ve got project after project stacked up waiting and a deadline (or two) that is fast approaching. But it’s been so quiet in here while I was sick that I wanted to make sure that I made time for a quick, fly-by of a post to let you know all the cool stuff that’s been going on behind the scenes here at C. S. Literary Jewelry.
First up, I have been working on getting ready for two cool, upcoming events, the Sachem Public Library Fall Festival and the Long Island Women’s EXPO. In addition to my handmade literary jewelry, including several new designs (more on that in a bit), I will also have an assortment of Book Purses by Novel Creations for sale at my table. I just got the box from Karen at Novel Creations yesterday and I let out many a fan-girl squeal as I went through the box. Each purse was more gorgeous than the last and I am anticipating having a little trouble letting them go. (I am especially in danger of having a “Gollum moment” over the incredibly cool Hobbit Book Purse – “No! My Precious!” by I will try to restrain myself.)
If you’re in the Long Island area, I hope you’ll come out to one (or both) of these great events and stop by our table to say “hi!”
And there’s more where these came from. I have about 20+ new literary jewelry designs in various stages of completion and I really can’t wait to finish them all so I can share them with you. I’ll be adding them to my Etsy shop over the next few weeks so sign up for my newsletter or follow C. S. Literary Jewelry on Facebook to be the first to see new literary jewelry inspired by: Jane Austen, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Sherlock Holmes and more.
CSLJ Book Club News
Due to illness and a personal scheduling issue, I’ve had to push back the start date for the CSLJ Book Club’s discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird to Wed., Sept. 23rd. I am sorry for any inconvenience and hope you will be able to join us as we talk about this classic book. We will be also having a bonus book club discussion of Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman on Sept. 30th. From what I can tell, Watchman is a book that has inspired by very strong opinions among book lovers and I can’t wait to hear what you thought about the book and its impact on Harper Lee’s legacy. Click here to see our updated reading schedule.
I am also in the process of picking which books we will be reading next year. Based on your feedback, I have the list of options narrowed down to two books, including Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but I need your help to make the final selection. You can let me know what books you’d like to read next year by taking this short survey. Thanks!
Well, that’s all I have time for today. I’ve got to get back to working on some custom designs, shipping out orders, and getting my new jewelry designs ready for their debut at the Fall Festival and Women’s EXPO and I hope to get a lot of it down before #HandmadehourUSA on Twitter at 7 pm est. I’ll be back tomorrow with a book review of Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Neveen but until then, happy reading and have a great day!
This past Thursday was the Long Island’s Women’s EXPO and as always, we had a wonderful time! I want to take this moment to thank all the wonderful EXPO volunteers and staff who organized and ran this great event. I also want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by our table and checked out our handmade literary jewelry. As someone whose work is mostly done at home and on the internet, it is truly wonderful to get a chance to meet customers face to face and chat with them in person. I also really enjoyed browsing the other tables at the event and did some shameless hinting to Rob about these cups and the fact that Christmas is coming up soon.
I didn’t get a chance to take a ton of photos but my Mom was kind enough to snap some for me of our table and display, including several new pieces that made their debut at the EXPO and will be added to our Etsy shop in the next week or so. Enjoy!