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Shop Small at C. S. Literary Jewelry

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!).ย  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.ย  Thanks for visiting and happy reading!!!!

 

Don’t miss the C. S. Literary Jewelry #smallbusinesssaturday sale. From now until Monday, Nov. 28th, you can save up to 30% on #handmadegifts ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽfor #booklovers ๐Ÿ“š when you #shopsmall ๐Ÿ› in the CSLJ #etsyshop (link in my bio). You’ll find unique #holidaygifts ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽinspired by your favorite #books, #poetry, and #literature, ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“– including: #aliceinwonderland โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฃ๏ธ#thesecretgarden ๐Ÿ—๐ŸŒฟ #anneofgreengables, #thelionthewitchandthewardrobe from the #narnia series and J. M. Barrie’s #peterpan. ๐ŸŠ I’ll even wrap your #gifts so you can fit in another chapter (or two). . . #thankyouforshoppingsmall #smallbizsat #supportsmallbusiness #creativeentrepeneur #readingtogether #bookwormlife #booksmakegreatgifts #bookjewelry #bookholic #bookgifts #thebookishlife #christmasshopping

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Celebrating World Photography Day

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.ย 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 but that unexpected moment more than made up for it!ย 

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.

The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World's Top ShootersThe Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters by Joe McNally
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 shotโ€ฆ 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.

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That’s it for me today! Until next time, take care and happy reading!

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To Be Or Not To Be…

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!

 

‘To Be or Not To Be’ by C. S. Literary Jewelry

A collection of unique gifts for theatre lovers and book lovers inspired by the play, Hamlet by William Shakespeare.


Hamlet Book Scarf. Shakespea…

$44

To thine own self be true, S…

$25

Ophelia Pen and Ink Drawing …

$16

SHAKESPEARE.. HAMLET.. vinta…

$68

Shakespeare HAMLET Quoted Ar…

$8

Skull Necklace – A Memento M…

$69

Ophelia Greeting Card Shakes…

$4.5

Bedroom Wall Decal Bedroom D…

$13

Shakespeare Book Purse – Wil…

$60

HAMLET, Shakespeare quote, M…

$8

William Shakespeare – Comed…

$4.9

To Thine Own Self Be True Br…

$49

William Shakespeare Hamlet Q…

$19.95

Hamlet, full-text poster, 16…

$7

Repurposed Art from An Antho…

$5

Shakespeare T-shirt, Shakesp…

$29.95

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Friday Favorites – Tea With Alice in Wonderland

Tea With Alice in Wonderland Necklace by C. S. Literary Jewelry

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.

Click on any item to see (or buy) it on Etsy or you can see the full Tea with Alice collection here. Enjoy!

‘Tea with Alice’ by C. S. Literary Jewelry


Alice in Wonderland Bone Chi…

$19.95

Alice in Wonderland Mini Top…

$57.5

Mad hatter / Alice in wonder…

$5

White Rabbit Tea Cup Garden,…

$52

Alice in Wonderland Party De…

$11.99

Wedding favors. Alice in Won…

$2.5

Elegant Alice in Wonderland …

$32

Alice in Wonderland Banner …

$3.5

ALICE in WONDERLAND Tea Cosy…

$4.5

Tea with Alice in Wonderland…

$40

Alice Adventure In Wonderlan…

$55

Alice in Wonderland Felt Art…

$52

Mad Hatter themed Alice in W…

$45

Papercutting Template – Alic…

$12

25 Alice in Wonderland theme…

$107.5

Alice in Wonderland, Tea Par…

$20

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As a bonus Friday Favorite, Alice in Wonderland Tea Necklace was also featured in this dreamy treasury of gorgeous Etsy finds in lovely shades of blue.

‘Dream’ by DLCS


dark blue Silk scarf Hand D…

$42.5

Blue Flowers Handmade, Hand …

$22

Blue Crochet Lace Doily, Mod…

$32

necklace leather pendant, ha…

$35.99

Christian artwork. To everyt…

$5

Blue Birch Forest (ORIGINAL …

$24

Vintage American BIg White G…

$14.95

SALE White pink purple turqo…

$35.19

White wedding jeweled hangin…

$53

Bunny MacBook Air Case, MacB…

$42

Floral Jewelry Earrings, Sum…

$29.99

Tea with Alice in Wonderland…

$40

Constellation Zodiak Dock St…

$32

new -The LITTLE PRINCE #2 – …

$38.9

Floral Pendant blue white p…

$71.8

Blue Onyx and Crystal Dragon…

$34.25

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Friday Favorites – Tick Tock

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.

Like what you see? Click on any item to see (or buy it) on Etsy or you can see the complete collection here.

 


Paris Photography, A moment …

$30

Hourglass Necklace, Pendant …

$36

Engraved Pocket Watch Person…

$45

Clock Hand Cluster Necklace

$25

Black and cream clock Scarf …

$14.99

Antique Bronze Mens Pocket W…

$30

Gears and Clock Hands Steamp…

$15

Steampunk tie mens necktie -…

$24.2

Skull Clock – Black Canvas P…

$8

Vintage clock poster Black a…

$10.3

T.S. Eliot Quote – Do I Dar…

$7.99

Time of Your Life Vintage Cl…

$98

Time traveler Vintage Grandf…

$27

Steampunk decor, Vintage Wat…

$16

Pillow Cover, Steampunk Cloc…

$36

Alice In Wonderland Party De…

$7.95

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Friday Favorites – I Love Ewe

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.

‘I Love Ewe’ by C. S. Literary Jewelry

Spring is on its way and so are lots of adorable baby lambs!


Two Sheep Crewel Embroidery

$6.75

Knitting Sheep Note Cards – …

$15

Unique Wool Sheep Notecards,…

$15

Winter Skull Cap | Sheep Cap…

$39

Sheep wall decal – set of 5 …

$30

DIY Knitting PATTERN – Knit …

$6

Lamb, Sheep, Baby Mobile for…

$65

Ready to Ship NEWBORN Baby G…

$19

Sheep pillow

$495

Yarn Sheep Brooch Lamb brooc…

$9

Sheep Bamboo Knitting Needle…

$3.5

Sheep Print Linen Knitting B…

$48

Sheep Banner, Lamb Banner, E…

$9

Yarn bowl sheep Knitting bow…

$35

Black Sheep Print, Black She…

$24

Sheep Needle Felting Kit – D…

$25

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Feeling Treasured…

What a lovely way to start the day! I woke up today to discover that my White Rabbit Brooch and Cinderella Bangle Bracelet were both featured in some lovely Etsy Treasuries. Like what you see? Click on any item to see it (or buy it) on Etsy or see the full collections here:

Enjoy!

‘I still believe in fairies… <3 ‘ by martika


Princess and the Pea, Girl&#…

$25

Once Upon a Time, book page …

$24.5

Mermaid Cards – Fantasy Art …

$9

Enchanted * Fairy Tale Jewel…

$48

Fairy Tale Jewelry, Fairy Ta…

$16

Fairy tale Once Upon a Time …

$135

The fairy lady- Personalized…

$15

Alice in Wonderland jewelry …

$22

Peter pan You can fly stud E…

$11.99

Cinderella Bracelet โ€“ Fair…

$25

Red Riding Hood Wolf Woods F…

$4.99

Once Upon A Time – A Fairy T…

$31.19

Believe In Fairytales Print …

$5

Wall art, Drawing, Nursery d…

$11.5

Unicorn Ring | Super Cute Ri…

$4.99

Princess Tiny Black Crown Ri…

$39

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‘spring gifts for her’ by fraucreshencko


Scandinavian Print Scandinav…

$4

White Rabbit Brooch – Alice …

$24

Mustard yellow and green jew…

$25

Set of 3 Baby pillows “…

$45.5

Fresh Boho Chic // Openwork …

$9.99

Boho Hair Crown, Flower Girl…

$24

Openwork copper earrings Vin…

$7

collage,Original Fine Art Ab…

$150

Key Lime Crocheted Mini Purs…

$10

Purple Necklace Navy Blue Ne…

$75

Unique Handmade Earrings-Han…

$30

Lotus Rubber Stamp for gift …

$4.85

Earrings – modern, contempor…

$33

Gold Brass Lily Hook Earring…

$30

Mandala Ojo de Dios “Co…

$45

Crochet Bunny Rattle Pattern…

$4

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Bookish Valentines

Valentine’s Day is just days away and love is in the air here at C. S. Literary Jewelry with five new necklaces inspired by some of my favorite literary lovers, including Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, Emma and Mr. Knightley from Jane Austen’s Emma, Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot from Persuasion, Benedick and Beatrice from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables books. These lovely, literary heart necklaces make great Valentine’s Day gifts for book lovers and are the perfect way to share your love of your favorite bookish OTP, (one true pairing).

Hearts Blog

Don’t forget! Everything in the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop, including my new heart necklaces, are on sale this week for 20% off with the coupon code: CUPID16. The sale ends Sunday, Feb. 14th so visit my shop today.

Still in the mood for love? Check out this list of my favorite Bookish Valentines from books and literature and this collection of my favorite heart – shaped gifts and goodies from the Etsy marketplace.

‘Hearts For Valentine’s Day’ by C. S. Literary Jewelry

Wonderful heart – themed gifts and goodies for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day Decor Pe…

$8

Original Watercolor Painting…

$75

Artisan Large Heart Bracelet…

$72

READY TO SHIP Interchangeabl…

$17

Ribbon Heart Cushion – hessi…

$13

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT, Cu…

$39

red heart hoop // upcycled s…

$20

custom heart — tree print p…

$36

trio of ceramic heart bowls

$48

Origami heart inside a 2&quo…

$5

Needle Felted Penguin – Love…

$40

Love Heart Angel Pink Bowl w…

$89

Handcut Hearts Card *Blank I…

$8

The Tree of Love – Book Art …

$415

Valentine Garland Red Heart …

$5.49

WREATH SALE Tulip Heart Wrea…

$72

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