Hi book lovers! I’m back with another holiday gift guide for bookworms and bibliophiles. This week’s list is full of bookish gifts for your inner child inspired by classic children’s and YA books. Since tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, each of the 15 gifts on this list come from an awesome small business that I discovered on Etsy. Please take some time this weekend to show them a little love! Many of the shops featured here, including my shop, C. S. Literary Jewelry, are having Black Friday sales and you won’t want to miss out on your chance to get great literary gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Enjoy!
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)
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.)
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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It’s Small Business Saturday, the day we celebrate and support the local mom and pop shops in our community and independent creative entrepreneurs (like me!). I hope you’ll celebrate the occasion by making a purchase from a small business today. Your support and patronage makes a HUGE difference in a small businesses’ ability to survive and thrive and, speaking on behalf of all small business owners, we appreciate it more than we can say.
If you are looking for some wonderful small businesses to support today, may I suggest some of my favorite Etsy shops, including:
(Speaking of Papuan Lass, have you entered my Winter Giveaway yet? You can win a gorgeous Papuan Lass Narnia Ornament for your Christmas tree! Click here to enter)
And of course, feel free to visit my Etsy shop, C. S. Literary Jewelry for beautiful, one of a kind holiday gifts for book lovers. As a thank you for shopping small at CSLJ, I am offering up to 30% off your order and free holiday gift wrap for the rest of the weekend. Thanks for visiting and happy reading!!!!
Happy World Photography Day, book lovers! I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before but back in the days before C. S. Literary Jewelry when I had a lot more time on my hands, I really enjoyed going out with my Nikon and looking for fun things to photograph. My favorite thing to shoot was portraits, especially at events like festivals, Renaissance fairs, and historic reenactments, but I also enjoyed shooting flowers, animals and pretty much anything else that caught my eye. In a lot of ways, photography is a lot like the Dr. Seuss book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. You just need to “keep your eyelids open and see what you can see.” In fact, the best shot I ever took, of a trumpet player leaning on a lamp-post in Central Park, was something I spotted while heading to shoot something else. I never made it to the event I originally intended to shoot butthat unexpected moment more than made up for it!
I don’t get much chance to get out with my camera anymore but in honor of the day, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from my days as an amateur photographer.
And if you have an interest in photography, I recommend you check out this review of one of my favorite photography books, The Moment If Clicks by Joe McNally.
I could sum this review up in three words. Seriously cool book!!!! Joe McNally’s The Moment It Clicks is the best photography book I have ever read. A must-read for any aspiring photographers, especially anyone who is interested in taking amazing portraits, the book features tons of incredible pictures, many of which you will recognize from magazines. For each shot, McNally shares the story behind it and the lesson he learned from it. You get to see the creative process behind his work, both the times when inspiration and circumstance aligned to produce an amazing photo and the times when he was left scrambling and improvising. McNally also shares the technical elements of each shot… how he lit it, what he used to shoot it, and why. These details alone makes the book worth it and believe me, I will be absorbing that wealth of information for quite a while.
But even if you have no interest in the technical aspects of photography, this book is fascinating. With it portraits of interesting people, both in front of and behind the camera and its insights into the challenges, sacrifices, joys and frustrations of being a professional photographer, The Moment It Clicks is simply an amazing read.
In two weeks the literary world will celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death but I’ve decided to start the festivities a little early. And so I dedicated this week’s Friday Favorites collection to the Bard and created a treasury of unique Etsy finds inspired by the play, Hamlet. Perfect for book lovers, theatre lovers, actors, teachers and librarians, these wonderful literary gifts are sure to delight your favorite Shakespeare fan. You can also find lovely, handmade Shakespeare jewelry here in the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop.
Like what you see? Click on any item to see it (or buy it) on Etsy. You can also see the full collection here. Enjoy!
Hello again book lovers and welcome to a whimsical April Fools Day edition of my Friday Favorites, my weekly collection of wonderful handmade goods and goodies from the Etsy marketplace. Since today is April Fools Day, a day for wackiness and general craziness, I decided it was the perfect day for a Mad Tea Party with Alice in Wonderland and gathered together everything you need for an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, with Alice and the Mad Hatter, including some charming Alice in Wonderland teacups, an adorable Alice in Wonderland Tea Cozy, and of course, my Tea With Alice in Wonderland Novel Tea Necklace.
Daylight Savings Time is upon us and soon we will be turning our clocks ahead. This year, rather than focus on the hour of sleep I will be missing out on, I decided to think of the whole thing as more like time travel – a once a year opportunity to spring forward a hour into the future. And so, this week’s Friday Favorites collection is a Steampunk style collection of cool time – themed Etsy finds.
This week’s Friday Favorites collection contains charming sheep and lamb – themed goodies from the Etsy marketplace. Perfect for knitters or the nursery, these sweet Etsy finds are a wonderful reminder that Spring is on its way! Like what you see? Click on any item to see it (or buy it) on Etsy or your can see the full collection here.