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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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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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Edgy Halloween Looks Inspired By Books

With Halloween just two weeks away, I am still scrambling to put together this year’s Halloween costume. If you’re like me and still looking for some costume ideas and inspiration, check out these two edgy Halloween looks for book lovers.

 

– PUNK POE –

Punk Poe

 

It’s no secret that I am a big Edgar Allan Poe fan and I’ve had a lot of fun putting together Poe – inspired outfits in the past, including this one featuring my Nevermore Ring, but this year I decided to go really wild and give my favorite Poe poem an edgy punk rock vibe.  So I started with my Raven Stacking Bracelets from my new line of Leather – Bound Book Bracelets and combined them with some distressed jeans, leather books and jacket, and lots of cool and creepy raven – themed accessories for a Halloween look with lots of poetic attitude.

 

The Raven –  Stacking Leather Bracelet Set

 

– MR. HYDE –

Jekyll and Hyde

 

Next up, I made this cool Halloween outfit inspired by the evil Mr. Hyde from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I really loved this dramatic black and red skull tank that I found on Polyvore so I used it as a starting point for the entire outfit. I added a tailored jacket and top hat for a cool steampunk vibe and then added a lot of fun accessories, including a walking stick with a skull topper, skull ring, and my new Jekyll and Hyde leather bracelet. As the perfect finishing touch to this Mr. Hyde costume, I added a red vial necklace to the outfit to represent Mr. Hyde’s transformation serum that will change him back into Dr. Jekyll.

 

Jekyll and Hyde Leather Bracelet

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So what do you think, book lovers? Would you love to rock out as the Raven this Halloween or embrace your dark side as Mr. Hyde? Is there a particular book or character you would like to see featured in one of my bibliophile style guides? Let me know in the comments!

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And for more Halloween treats inspired by classic horror books, spooky stories, and Gothic literature, check out C. S. Literary Jewelry’s Halloween sale.

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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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Literary Costumes for Halloween

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A Halloween Reading List for Wimps

I am not the biggest fan of horror and gore and things that go bump in the night. So when it comes time to find a good book to read for Halloween, I look for something spooky enough that I get into the “spirit” of the season but not so scary that I have to sleep with the lights on. I am currently reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes (which I am loving) and I have The October Country lined up as my next read but for my fellow wimps who are looking for some Halloween reading recommendations, here are some of my favorites.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Valentine’s Day is just days away and if you are still scrambling to find that perfect gift for your bookish valentine, we’ve got you covered with some great handmade literary jewelry inspired by romantic books and poetry.

And to make life a little easier, we are also offering a 20% discount on everything in my Etsy shop. Visit us at www.etsy.com/shop/csliteraryjewelry and use the coupon code. VALENTINE15 to receive your discount.

 

Mr. Darcy's Heart NecklaceChannel your inner Mr. Darcy.

If your valentine loves Jane Austen, then you can’t go wrong with this romantic Pride and Prejudice necklace inspired by Mr. Darcy’s declaration of love to Elizabeth Bennet. Add this matching adjustable statement ring (and maybe this gorgeous Pride and Prejudice Book Purse by Novel Creations) to create a beautiful Jane Austen gift set that celebrates her favorite book and lets her know just how ardently you love and admire her.

See more of our Jane Austen jewelry here.

 

Brush Up your Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet Pearl Drop EarringsInspired by the iconic balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, these pearl drop earrings are the perfect gift for a valentine who can’t get enough of the Bard and add a touch of Shakespearean drama to romantic Valentine’s Day dinners or elegant nights out at the theatre.

We also have a matching Romeo and Juliet pearl drop necklace and a pair of earrings inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

See our full selection of literary pearl drop earrings and pearl drop necklaces here.

 

Make a statement with our Sonnet Statement Rings

How-Do-I-Love-Thee-Gold-DSC_0259bThese stunning statement rings feature text from some of literature’s most famous love poems. Choose between Shakespeare’s “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day” or Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.”

You may also be interested in our 1 Corinthians – Love is Patient, Love is Kind Statement Ring

 

Send her a love letter

Nothing says classic romance like a love letter and this charming love letter bangle bracelet – alone or paired with a note from you – is sure to sweep her off her feet. You can also add a personal touch by choosing a Swarovski heart charm in her favorite color or birthstone.

Love-Letter-Bangle

 

Celebrate a fairytale romance.

Prince-Charming-BraceletOur series of expandable bangle bracelets make fun and whimsical gifts for ladies who still believe in fairy tales. Let her know that she’s your princess with this Cinderella – inspired bracelet, ask for a kiss (or two) with this adorable Frog Prince bracelet, or celebrate your own personal, happily ever after with this Prince Charming bracelet.

We’re will be adding more bracelets to this series in the next couple of weeks so be sure to sign up for our mailing list and/or follow us on Facebook to find out when new pieces are available!

 

i carry your heart necklaceGo cute and casual with e. e. cummings.

Let her know that she is always in your thoughts (and in your heart) with this fun and flirty resin pendant inspired by the classic e. e. cummings love poem: I carry your heart with me, (I carry it in my heart).

Still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Check out our Etsy shop for more handmade jewelry for book lovers. We also offer digital gift cards for last minute gifts.

Want a personal, one of a kind piece of literary jewelry featuring text from your favorite books, poems, song lyrics, or bible verses? Contact us to discuss a custom piece of literary jewelry.

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More of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas

More of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas

I am a little embarrassed to admit it but the holiday rush is a little bit more rushed than I had anticipated and I keep falling behind on my blogging. My days have  been filled with filling orders, working on a top-secret project (more on that in a later post), introducing new pieces to the shop, finishing my read of A Christmas Carol for the book club, and trying to fit in my own Christmas gifts before the holiday arrives in less than three weeks. (ACK!) I’ve been making a lot of progress everyday but I think daily posts are not going to work out for the foreseeable future, so from here on in, I am going to do the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas in slightly bigger post with more than one reason at a time. With that said, here are this week’s reasons why you should have a handmade Christmas this year:

Day 7 – Convenience
Shopping for handmade gifts in online marketplaces like Etsy is quick, easy, and convenient. Instead of braving cold weather and crowded malls, you can browse in the comfort of your own home, on your lunch break at work, or while waiting for your son to get out of his piano lesson.

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Day 8 – Customer Service
Small creative businesses give great customer service with lots of personal attention and often offer samples, free gift wrap and other little tokens of their appreciation to thank you for your business. (That reminds me. Have I mentioned that I am offering free holiday gift wrap in my Etsy shop this month?)

Day 9 – Community
Many handmade artists maintain active blogs, websites, and social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest where you can get to know the artist, their process, their inspirations, and other behind the scenes information that makes the gifts you buy from them even more interesting and special. By following your favorite artists, craftsmen, and Etsy sellers on social media, you will not only be in the know about new and upcoming products, sales, and special events, but it can be a lot of fun to make friends with others who love some of the same things you do! For example, the C. S. Literary Jewelry Facebook page has a great community of book lovers who are always up for talking about books, new and old.  On Wednesday night, my Twitter feed is filled with great handmade items from a wide range of artists and craftsmen for #HandmadeHourUSA.

(If you haven’t already, I would love it if you would join in all the fun by following me on Facebook and on Twitter)

Day 10 – Collaboration
Another great reason to be part of a handmade community is the chance to collaborate with the artist. Creative business owners like me often post sneak previews of in-progress products or ask for opinions and by giving them feedback, you become a part of the process and help that crafts-person offer the best products possible.

A little while ago, I posted about some new fairytale jewelry that I was designing on Facebook and not only got some great feedback on how to make these great bangle bracelets better but even got suggestions of what stories people wanted me to add to the series next.

Fairytale Bangle Bracelets
Shown Top to Bottom: Cinderella Bangle Bracelet, Prince Charming Bangle Bracelet, and Frog Prince Bangle Bracelet

 

And with that, I have to get back to my workspace and get a few more orders made up and sent out. There is still time for you to add your Christmas gifts to my list but you may not want to wait much longer. My shipping cutoffs are: Dec. 8th (International) and Dec. 15th (U.S.) with regular shipping and Dec. 15th (International) and Dec. 20th (U.S.) with upgraded shipping. Visit my shop today at www.etsy.com/shop/csliteraryjewelry

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