Category Archives: Literary Jewelry

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

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 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.

Children's Book JewelryVisit the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy Shop.

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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Halloween Party at Gatsby’s

You’re invited to a Halloween party at Gatsby’s house with this bookish Halloween costume inspired by The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald! This fun and flirty flapper girl outfit captures all the Jazz Age glamor and excess of the 1920s while beautiful Great Gatsby book jewelry from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop adds just a touch of bookish charm for fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.

The Great Gatsby


What do you think, book lovers? Are you ready to Charleston the night away with Gatsby and Daisy this Halloween? And what book lovers Halloween costume should I feature next? Let me know in the comments! And if you are looking for more Halloween costume inspiration, you can:

Until next time, take care and happy reading!


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Quoth the Raven… A Poetic Edgar Allan Poe Halloween Costume

Quoth The Raven...


Celebrate Halloween in poetic style with a Halloween costume inspired by the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem, The Raven. One thing I love about this Raven costume is that it is all about the accessories. You can go as crazy as you like with the outfit itself or you could opt to go with a basic little black dress and it would work just as well. You can also play around with the overall tone of your raven costume. I opted for a Goth style costume with a black lace top, a fringed skirt (to suggest the Raven’s feathers) and these stunning black lace boots. I added a black lace choker, raven feather earrings, one of Novel Creations’ gorgeous Edgar Allan Poe Book purses (a stylish way to carry all your candy from trick or treating), and a Raven Ring from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for lots of Gothic flair and drama.   But substitute a pair of ripped black jeans, a black t-shirt, (may I suggest this one), add a black leather jacket, and swap out the lace boots for combat boots and you have a pretty awesome Punk Poe costume. A black corset and a black feathered boa makes a sexier, burlesque-style raven, while a Raven top-hat and this awesome Raven walking-stick gives your Raven costume a cool Steampunk vibe.  So many options!!! Add a Raven mask like the one shown above or skip the mask and go wild with hair and makeup. It’s up to you.

For more Edgar Allan Poe – inspired Halloween fun, check out this Pinterest board of ideas for a Raven – themed Halloween Party!

Stay tuned for more book – themed Halloween costumes and ideas and inspiration for literary Halloween celebrations. Until then, happy reading!


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Welcome October!

Literary Jewelry for Fall

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!!

Long Island Women's EXPO 2016

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Autumn at 221B Baker Street

Give your fall fashion a little literary flair with this Sherlock Holmes outfit. Inspired by the famous Arthur Conan Doyle mystery books, this fall outfit is perfect for autumn adventures, solving mysteries with Sherlock and Watson and features a classic woolen dress, a plaid blanket scarf in gorgeous earth tones, knee high boots, and a handmade Sherlock Holmes Book Brooch from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop.

Autumn at 221B Baker Street

Want to see more like this? Elementary, my dear book lovers!

Until next time, take care and happy reading!!

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