Category Archives: Literary Jewelry

Posts about my handmade literary jewelry for book lovers inspired by classic books, poems, and literature.

Getting Cozy With Sherlock Holmes

This time of year is always a little bit crazy for me. With the holidays fast approaching, there’s always too much to do and I have to forcibly remind myself to take a little time to rest and recharge. I don’t know about you but my idea of self-care is to carve some time out of my busy schedule to relax with a good book and a cup of tea. And so for this week’s bibliophile style guide, I decided to create a cozy autumn outfit perfect for reading the day away.

 

Cozy Reader

 

I started with a warm and comfy cabled sweater and added a Sherlock Holmes bracelet from C. S. Literary Jewelry’s line of Leather – Bound Book Bracelets. Add in some fun Sherlock accessories, (like this Sherlock travel mug and messenger bag), and I am all set for an awesome day of reading and relaxation.

What do you think, book lovers? What do you look for in the perfect self-care day? Let me know in the comments below!

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Until next time, take care and happy reading!

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Five Fabulous Gift Ideas For Fiction – Loving Friends

With the holidays just around the corner, here is a helpful gift guide of five great Christmas gift ideas for all kinds of book-loving bestie.

The Adventurous Friend
Perfect Gift Idea: Three Musketeers Friendship Bracelet

The Adventurous Friend’s love of excitement and fun is only matched by their loyalty to the friend at their side. They’re the friend you can count to mix things up and they will always have your back when you get in trouble – although to be fair, they probably had a hand in getting you in trouble in the first place! And what better way to celebrate your Adventurous Friend’s love of action and books than with a friendship bracelet inspired by the swashbuckling bff’s, The Three Musketeers. (See also: this Three Musketeers Ring)

 

The Kindred Spirit
Perfect Gift Idea: Tea With Anne of Green Gables Necklace

Everyone should have a Kindred Spirit in their life, the kind of friend who knows how quirky and weird you can be and still loves you! The Kindred Spirit is the type of friend who has seen you through every scrape and blunder and is always there with a cup of tea and unfailing love and support. Personalized with your choice of teacup and teapot charms, my Tea with Anne of Green Gables necklace is the perfect choice for a best friend gift that is as quirky and unique as your kindred spirit is! (See also this Kindred Spirit Friendship Ring.)

 

Sisters Forever
Perfect Gift Idea: Sense and Sensibility Stacking Bracelets

Sometimes your best friend is family and sometimes it just feels that way but either way, you can’t go wrong with these stacking bangle bracelets inspired by the Dashwood sisters from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. (See also: Sense and Sensibility Tea Necklace and Tea With the Little Women Necklace).

 

The Other Half
Perfect Gift Idea: Sherlock Holmes Friendship Ring

Where would Sherlock Holmes be without his trusted friend, Dr. Watson. Both Holmes and Watson bring something to the friendship that the other is sorely lacking and their lives, not to mention the mystery genre, is certainly the better for it!  For your Other Half, I recommend these Sherlock Holmes Friendship Rings. Perfect for the bff that is the Watson to your Sherlock (or vice versa), these rings come individually and in a two-ring set. (Purchase the set and save 10%!)

For more great Christmas gift ideas inspired by books and literature, visit the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop or check back here for more holiday gift guides for book lovers and bibliophiles!

Until then, take care and happy reading!

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November at C. S. Literary Jewelry

Don’t Miss The C. S. Literary Jewelry Thanksgiving Sale
November 17th, 2017

November is shaping up to be an exciting month here at C. S. Literary Jewelry. In just a few weeks, shops and businesses everywhere will be kicking off the holiday season and rolling out their Black Friday deals. But I’ll be kicking things off a little earlier with my annual Thanksgiving Sale. Every year on the Friday before Black Friday, I hold a special, one-day sale. Available EXCLUSIVELY to my newsletter subscribers, this sale is my way of giving thanks for the wonderful customers that have supported C. S. Literary Jewelry throughout the year. And, while I am planning some great deals for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, the truth is that my Thanksgiving Sale is my biggest event of the year and you won’t want to miss it!

This year, I am offering a 30% discount on everything in the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop. If you’d like to save on beautiful holiday gifts for book lovers, click here to subscribe to my mailing list and you’ll receive an email with the exclusive coupon code on the morning of the sale.

Until then, take care and happy reading!!

 

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes With a Bookish Twist

Halloween is just days away and I am still scrambling to put together my costume. If you’re like me and looking for a last-minute Halloween costume with a bookish twist, here are some ideas you may want to consider.

 

 

Hamlet

 

Shakespeare’s Hamlet gets a modern makeover with this Halloween look for theatre lovers.  All you need for this “biker Bard” outfit is some distressed denim, black leather books and jacket, a skull, this cool Hamlet tee from FictionalFoxDesigns and this literary leather bracelet from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop.

 

Casual Halloween Monster

This Halloween outfit was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Casual and comfortable, all you need for this Frankenstein costume is some Halloween makeup, a green top, and this Frankenstein Leather Bracelet. Put it all together and you have the perfect costume for scaring up some Halloween fun or a relaxed evening at home, munching Halloween candy and reading.

What do you think, book lovers? Which of my bookish Halloween costumes do you like the best? Let me know in the comments below!

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A Poetic Christmas

The Rain in Portugal: New PoemsThe Rain in Portugal: New Poems by Billy Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The holiday season is a crazy time with gifts to buy and wrap, holiday meals to prepare, and Christmas parties to attend so it can be a little hard to find a lot of time to read. When this happens, I like to pull out a book of poems. Poetry is perfect for hectic times because it can be consumed in small bites and because it reminds us to slow down and experience the moment rather than rushing through it. This year my poetry book was Billy Collin’s latest collection, The Rain in Portugal. I am never disappointed when I pick up a Billy Collin’s book but I particularly enjoyed this one because I had the opportunity to hear the poet read a few of the poems at a poetry reading a while back. (As a side note, I just want to mention that Billy Collins is a wonderful reader and speaker, as well as a wonderful poet, and if you have the opportunity to see him read in person, I highly recommend you go!)

Ask anyone who knows me and they will you tell that I have an obsession with T. S. Eliot’s The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock so it comes as no surprise that my favorite poem in the collection was “Note to J. Alfred Prufrock.” And “Note to Prufrock” wasn’t the only allusion to great poems and poets in this collection. One of my favorites things about Collins as a poet is that his poetry reads as a love letter to poetry, which makes it a poetry lover’s dream come true.

The Rain in Portugal also contains a playful look at rhymes, a wistful meeting between the poet and the sister he never had, and a interesting take on the cosmology of the universe involving Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. All in all, The Rain in Portugal will make a wonderful addition to my poetry book collection and would make a lovely holiday gift for a poetry lover.

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Looking for more holiday gifts for poetry lovers? Check out this lovely gift guide: 15 Gifts That Poetry Readers Will Be Overjoyed To Unwrap This Holiday by bustle.com or visit the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for handmade jewelry inspired  by your favorite poems and poetry.

Need more Christmas gift ideas for book lovers? These holiday gift guides have some great suggestions:

That’s it for me today but I would love to hear from you. What’s your favorite collection of poetry to read when life gets crazy? Let me know in the comments below. And until next time, take care and happy reading!!

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Of Children’s Books and Birthdays

Of Children’s Books and Birthdays

Not many people realize it but November is a magical time for book lovers, particularly book lovers with a fondness for classic children’s books. It tends to get overlooked because of the holiday bustle and rush but this past week is chock full of literary birthdays, including some of my all-time favorite authors. Today we celebrate the births of Lucy Maud Montgomery, (author of the Anne of Green Gables books) and Mark Twain, (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and much more).  Yesterday I wished a very happy birthday to C. S. Lewis (the Narnia books), Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), and Madeline L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time) and Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden) celebrated her birthday on Thanksgiving.

There’s a chapter in Anne of Avonlea when Anne’s friends gather to celebrate her birthday with her. There’s only one problem. It’s not her birthday.

 “I was just on my way over to invite you to help me celebrate my birthday on Saturday,” said Anne.

“Your birthday? But your birthday was in March!”

“That wasn’t my fault,” laughed Anne. “If my parents had consulted me it would never have happened then. I should have chosen to be born in spring, of course. It must be delightful to come into the world with the mayflowers and violets. You would always feel that you were their foster sister. But since I didn’t, the next best thing is to celebrate my birthday in the spring.

I almost wish I could do the same thing with all these wonderful birthdays – just move them to another time of year where they can get the attention they so richly deserve! Many of these authors wrote some of my favorite books and created characters that became life-long friends and it seems a shame that their birthdays should get drowned simply because they fall on or around Thanksgiving. But since that seems a little silly, I am simply going to mark the occasion with a cup of tea, a slice of cake, and by reading one or two of my favorite passages. It’s a busy time of year for me, with lots of orders to make up and ship out, but this is one of the joys of re-reading stories that I know so well. I can open to almost any part of the book, read a page or two and then get back to the rest of my day without wondering what will happen next. It’s like a quick little visit to an old friend who is always glad to see you!

You can also celebrate your favorite children’s book with a piece of C. S. Literary Jewelry inspired by Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, the Narnia books, and more.

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Thanks for visiting, book lovers! Until next time, happy reading!!

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Spotlight Saturday – Christmas Nativity Bracelets

Looking for beautiful Christmas jewelry that celebrates the reason for the season? Check out these Nativity Stacking Bracelets from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop.

#Christmas is coming soon. Celebrate the reason for the season with #Holiday themed stacking bangle bracelets inspired by the #Nativity story and the birth of #Jesus. Each bracelet features a charm with text from a #bible verse from the #nativitystory in the books of Luke and Matthew and depicts a different #Nativityscene, including the #christmasangels delivering glad tidings to the shepherds, the #holyfamily with Joseph and the #virginmary watching over the #babyjesus in the manger, and the #starofbethlehem ⭐️ shining over the #threewisemen as they bring their #gifts to the newborn #King 👑. The perfect piece of #christmasjewelry for all sorts of #holidaycelebrations and a wonderful expression of your #Christian faith, the nativity bracelets also make wonderful #holidaygifts. Visit my #etsyshop (link in bio) to get a set for yourself. . . #holidayjewelry #keepchristinchristmas #religiousjewelry #nativitystory

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Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers – Dracula’s Bride

Hello again, book lovers and welcome to the final installment of my Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers series. Today’s costume was inspired by the seductive but deadly brides of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel. Featuring a dramatic black and red lace dress and handmade Dracula jewelry from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop, this dramatic vampire costume is perfect for well-read creatures of the night and bibliophiles that REALLY love the night life.

Dracula's Bride

 

Still looking for the perfect finishing touches on your own Halloween costume? Don’t forget about my Halloween sale with a 25% discount on all Halloween jewelry inspired by horror books and Gothic literature. The sale ends in just a few days so don’t miss out. Click here to shop.

I hope you enjoyed my book – themed Halloween costumes. Have a great Halloween everyone and happy reading!

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