Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"One more chapter..." She whispered hours ago

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! 
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! 
When I have a house of my own, 
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
- Jane Austen -




Happy day to you, my friends!
I hope your day is indeed happy.

Today I thought I would show you some fabric bookmarks
that I made after being inspired by Kelly-Anne from The Diary of a Country Girl
These two delightful blogging friends of mine 
made similar bookmarks around the same time and shared them on their blogs.
When I saw them I knew I had to make a couple since I always have my nose buried in a book
and I am always losing my bookmarks {{smiles}}
Maybe by making some that are extra pretty I won't lose them. . .maybe.




Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; 
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, 
and the most patient of teachers.
- Charles William Eliot -


Some books should be tasted, some devoured, 
but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
- Francis Bacon -




Tell me, friends. . .
what kind of books do you enjoy?
As many of you know I love to read
and every night I find myself drifting into another time and place
as I read a satisfying tale.
Often I will read until midnight or two in the morning.


A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, 
because somebody will always be in it, 
taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.
- Lemony Snicket -




Many people, myself among them, 
feel better at the mere sight of a book.
- Jane Smiley -


Fill your house with stacks of books,
in all the crannies and in all the nooks.
- Dr. Seuss -





A little bit about the bookmarks I made. . .
I used cotton fabric and fusible fleece.
The one has delicate lace sewn onto it
while the other has a vintage doily along the side.
Both have been embellished with tiny lace hearts.




I am so thankful for  Kelly-Anne and Elizabeth
and the inspiration they shared as I would not have made these little lovelies
if it had not been for them.
Please stop by their blogs as these sweet ladies will show you
how to make your own bookmarks.




The perfect bookmark for holding your place in any kind of book
whether it's a historical fiction like the one I'm reading by Shelley Shepherd Gray
or a Victorian cookbook that has helpful canning tips
and recipes for tasty jams and jellies.




Happy sewing and reading, my friends.

You know you've read a good book 

when you turn the last page
and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
- Paul Sweeney -

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And before I end this post
I thought I would show you a few new items that have been listed at
Rose Petal Blessings.

Sweet new mug rugs with matching fabric baskets
that are perfect for holding tea bags.






Reversible aprons
with delightful vintage doilies sewn onto them.



New and improved tea bag wallets.
I made these with fusible fleece which makes them more sturdy. . .
why didn't I do that before??



Mug rugs, doilies, candle rugs, snack mats,
or whatever you want to use these little pretties for :)



Glittery snowflake ornaments





And more autumn pumpkins
with lots of sweet shabbiness.



With autumn being just around the corner
I am having an end-of-summer sale in my Etsy Shop.
Simply use the coupon code:
ENDOFSUMMER15
for 15% off your order.
This offer is good until the 31st of August.
And please don't forget that all US orders ship for free :)

Rose Petal Blessings.

60 comments:

Kelly-Anne said...

Dear, dear Stephanie! I positively squealed with delight upon seeing your lovely post pop up in my reader this afternoon... How sweet your bookmarks are and just so...YOU! I love your creative touches...oh, it made me smile to see another dear friend's take on a most useful item indeed! You read until 2am?? Oh my! I love beautiful books that inspire me such as Elizabeth Prentiss' Stepping Heavenward and Karen Andreola's Beautiful Girlhood... But then Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, C.S. Lewis and L.M. Montgomery are also favourite authors with a whole host of splendid books to devour! {{Smiles}}
What fun it was to stop by and be inspired by your lovely creativity once again! I am going to add a little link to your bookmarks in my post now!
Hugs and love to you always, dear friend!

Lorrie said...

There are so many wonderful books in this world. I love, love, love reading, and always have. My tastes are varied, but I'm especially fond of cozy mysteries. Your fabric bookmarks are oh, so pretty!

Elizabethd said...

Stephanie, as always, you have made the most delightful things. Any book would be thrilled to have a marker like those!
I cannot live without a book, and read most things, Amish novels, mysteries, some historical . I won't read anything that has bad language or containing occult etc.

mamasmercantile said...

Not reading a lot at the moment, I tend to read more in the winter months cosying up in front of the stove. LOVE those beautiful bookmarks, inspirational.

Debbie Harris said...

Oooh...when you described those book marks to me the other night I could envision the beauty, but wow, those are lovely! Any book would love having that beauty gracing its pages and what an excellent gift to share with someone special. I'd like to order a dozen please and thank you! :-)
Though I'm not quite the reader as you are I do love to sit and read God's Word and spiritual growth books.

I enjoyed this post today, Stephanie.
Have a lovely day~~ Mom

Karen said...

So many lovely treasures!! I especially like your bookmarks and the aprons. The reversible apron is a great idea.

Lowcarb team member said...

I so liked these words I've repeated them ...

" I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!
When I have a house of my own,
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."
- Jane Austen -

We are blessed to have such a great selection of books to choose from.

I do like the reversible apron you've shown ... wonderful colours too

All the best Jan

magnoliasntea said...

Lovely, lovely bookmarks, Stephanie. I'm forever losing mine, too.
If you've not read The Hidden Hand, Ishmael & Self-Raised then you're in for a treat. We got ours from Lamplighter Books, but The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth is available in ebook form for free online:
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/southworth/hand/hand.html
Have a wonderful day!
Toni

Bernideen said...

All very lovely! oozing with talent!

Creations By Cindy said...

Sweet lady, your bookmarks are lovely as with everything I have seen you create. I wish I had just a touch of your creativity. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Pam Richardson said...

I always feel such a calm when I visit you sweet friend. I lose bookmarks....but yours are so lovely I wouldn't misplace them. I have read several of the books that you reviewed and rated that they were excellent! Thank you for sharing your love of books with me! Pam @ Everyday Living

Christine said...

Dear Stephanie, these are oh-so-pretty bookmarks!
I think we share much the same taste in literature and all the quotes you use are perfect!
Have a wonderful day and enjoy your latest reads - they look good!

Shoregirl said...

Lovely bookmarks and new Etsy items! I enjoy reading too, but I have so many other interest that I don't do it nearly as often as every night. We have a huge library (thanks to my book-collecting hubby) -- fiction, non-fiction, history, literature, inspirational - you name it we have it in a never ending supply! I just finished a book about the white house staff that was very interesting and educational!
Happy reading and sewing! Love seeing your projects!

Roosterhead Designs said...

So many beautiful things Stephanie!
You are so talented and creative; I really Love your work friend : )
[Also, I stopped in @ K-Anne & Eliz's blogs and wow!]
Stephanie, I've had the urge to create with fabric lately, but
have been at a loss as to what to make - but now I've been inspired!
Thank you very much! LOL.
I think I will try some book marks and/or these sweet mug rugs~
I appreciate you : ) Karen O

Elizabeth said...

Oooh, my friend! I so loved this post and your bookmarks are just lovely! I adore the fabric you chose and that lace....be still my heart! It all came together so nicely!

And the quotes you chose to go with this post are just beautiful...and they all echo my same sentiments about reading and books! I, too, often stay up into the wee hours of the morning with a book in hand! When I was much younger and in school, the librarian taught us that, "books are our friends". And that still rings true for me! Oh, the delight and pleasure that comes from reading!! ♥ We are set to go to a huge used bookstore in the Autumn and I am already working on a very long list of authors and books to check out. I'm hoping to come back with armloads of books to enjoy!

I'm so happy that you were able to create some of these lovely bookmarks...and thank you so much for the mention of my blog post! I hope you are having a lovely week so far!

With love and hugs,
Libby

peabea said...

Your bookmarks turned out beautiful Stephanie. Your work is so lovely. Thanks for the tip link on how to make. Appreciated. Have a great rest of the week. ~hugs~

JES said...

Beautiful bookmarks! I am right there with you with my nose in a book! I love all kinds-- especially the old novels written in the 1800's, herbal books, home decoration books, crafting,homemaking, you name it! I love the one you pictured and will have to look into it! That is JUST my style! :)

Lynn Bean said...

Oh those are so sweet and would make lovely gifts for the book lover! I love your vintage inspired apron. That is so pretty and feminine! Have a beautiful book filled day! Blessings Lynn

20 North Ora said...

Stephanie - LOVE all of your works!! You so such sweet and darling things.

Have a great week.

Judy

Cheryl said...

Beautiful job on the bookmarks, sweet friend! My favorite book to read is the Bible...I just find that I cannot get enough of it, and even though I may have read a passage multiple times, it is like it is brand new to me. I don't understand how God does this, but it is so refreshing and such food to my soul. I CRAVE it, and when I don't get to read it like I want to, I feel very much like something is missing in my day. If I have rare time to read, you will normally find me reading the Bible or an edifying book of some sort...one of my most cherished is Streams in the Desert. My dear Papaw read it for years, he passed it down to my precious mother, and now I own that same, dear copy of that book. The pages are literally falling out, but I wouldn't trade that book for anything in this world. Just knowing they both read it, and it saw them through so many dark and difficult times...I pick it up, and it always ministers to me.

Mehrll said...

You are so talented. Love your blog posts even though I am not able to always leave a remark. God Bless You.

Rozen en vlinders said...

Mine favoriet books to read are thrillers and love to made also bookmarks..

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Those bookmarks are so adorable! All your things are so nice. I will have to see if our library has that book by Shelly Shephrd Gray. I have read some of her books. Nancy

Lea said...

What lovely creations! Reading has taken on a whole new meaning to me since I started using Audible. I'm currently reading the Baxter Family Series by Karen Kingsbury. I think there are 27 books in all and I get so wrapped up in them that I forget they are not a real family. I listen while I use the Elliptical Trainer each morning and every night before going to bed. Blessings!

vintageandart said...

Hi Stephanie...such a lot of fantastic inspiration here in your post today...Your bookmarks turned out beautifully, l love the soft colour palette and fused on lace...so much better than dog earing the book which l tend to do:-) The tea mats are also a great idea and the reversible apron is gorgeous. Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week.

Anonymous said...

The bookmarks are lovely as is your blog. I love to read, my sisters and I collect bookmarks. My preference for reading is historical novels,Amish themes,biographies and history American or Foreign. I also like to read children's books now and then. Right now I am reading the"Elsie Dinsmore series,since I never did as a child. I recently finished "Killing Reagan".
Marilyn

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Hello dear Stephanie! It feels as is it has been forever that I've had a chance to visit you! You are so creative to pull together these gorgeous handmade bookmarks! I used to be quite the reader when I was younger, but since having children, I don't have the time to read like I used to. Your bookmarks are so very special! I just love the fabric and lace you chose! I have made handmade bookmarks before, but out of paper. Yours are so elegant and I know you will get lots of use out of them :) I enjoyed seeing the Victorian Kitchen book that you shared, looks like a lovely read indeed! Sorry that I've been out of the blogging loop for so long, and it is so nice to visit with you today :) Hugs to you dear friend!

Mari said...

:) How many times have I thought - just one more chapter...? And then stayed up way too late!
You ar so creative. Your stuff is just lovely!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I did see Kelly-Anne's bookmarks and thought they were so lovely. Yours are so pretty, too, Stephanie! My, oh my, I have such talented friends. I love how you've embellished your bookmarks with your sweet, signature trims. All your creations are beautiful! Yes, sometimes I am so disappointed when a book ends. The characters become friends, and I want to see what happens in their lives! Happy reading, creating and using your talents that Our Good Lord has graced you with. Love and hugs!

Margie said...

Your craftiness never ceases to amaze me, Stephanie. Your bookmarks are lovely! I'm also a bookworm, although it seems to take me forever to finish books these days. I used to fantasize about owning a library like the one in Beauty and the Beast and swinging from the ladder just like Belle!

Tamago said...

Aww another delightful creation. I love your pretty bookmarks! Those little hearts are so cute! I used to read books all the time but have been having little time to do so lately. I like mystery and I like funny stories. Your bookmarks would make reading even more pleasant :-)

janice15 said...

Stephanie, the books markers are adorable. And I love the mug rugs so sweet. Im more or a magazine person. I used to read book when I was younger. Love Kelly Annes things she makes. She is a very inspiring young beautiful woman.. Have a lovely evening with live Janice

Jill said...

I absolutely loved this darling post Stephanie and your beautiful book marks. I love reading as well and all the adventures it can take us on. I read whatever seems to catch my eye, romance, fiction, biographies,and more. I have always enjoyed reading with my girls and they love reading too! Great post, enjoy the rest of your week.

Blessings,
Jill

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

My garden has me much to busy for reading right now, but you always make me want to wind down and spend a bit of time with a book, so I FINALLY made it to our new library this week! I was very proud of myself for making the time to get that far! One book on travel, one for canning, and one suspense! Thank you for keeping me inspired to read a book!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What charming book-marks, dear Stephanie! I don't think you can have too many! I love to read into the wee hours, too. I always hate when I finish a good book - it is always a little sad not to have 'those old friends' to read about anymore. I love auto-biographies of women's lives in all era's, but particularly pioneer times. I think we can learn so much from those who have come before us. Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead. Hugs xo Karen

hobbyloes said...

Your bookmarks are so lovely and I'm pretty sure you won't lose them again.
I like to read about the old days, romantic and Christian books and also about the Amish.
Have a nice day, hugs,
Loes

Weekend-Windup said...

Your work looks beautiful.Love them to see.Enjoyed reading the wordings.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Your bookmarks are so beautiful Stephanie, the hearts are wonderful.
I so love that excetionally pretty apron too!
Have a terrific Thursday :)x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest friend! First of all, thank you for sending me the salt! I GOT IT! It will be used with great joy and love!!!!

I LOVE any book that is engaging with great language use. Poetry and biographies, prose and memoirs are my favorites, and especially IN FRENCH. But any book that adds to my bank of knowledge AND wisdom is for me.

Enjoy your day!

Mildred said...

I think I lost my comment.....Just want to say how precious the bookmarks are and how I look forward to reading a few mysteries this fall. I really like the vintage looking apron too. God bless your day. xo

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I want everything in your shop! And your sale is very tempting! As always I love your latest pretties, the book marks. I read before bed every night and can't sleep unless I do, but not till 2 in the morning!

Debbie said...

i am not a reader, but i want so deeply to be one....i have memory issues. your handcrafted items are lovely, i have never owned an apron. i think that needs to change, yours is gorgeous!!!

Kim said...

I'm with Dr Seuss, I adore books and every nook and cranny of my humble abode is filled with books! One of my pleasurable pursuits in life is to read. It is my passion to collect books on all manner of subjects.I love your bookmarks, Stephanie.Once again you have dreamed up exquisite and unique pretties. How lovely to open a book and see your gorgeous bookmarks sitting there.

Summer said...

The bookmark are beautiful Stephanie! And I loooove that Jane Austen quote ♥

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Danette Bartelmay said...

Hello Stephanie!
Your blog and your Shop are beautiful! I favorited your shop :-)
I LOVE the gorgeous bookmarks. I am a massive reader too. I love Jane Austen. I am currently reading Rosamunde Pilcher, another constant favorite. I have a hardback of hers by my bedside and an audiobook of hers in the kitchen for daytime knitting. I would love to make some of these bookmarks for my daughters and my 9 year old granddaughter for Christmas. My oldest daughter is a librarian. She loves new bookmarks.
I'm so happy you stumbled across me so we can be friends now. Isn't the Lord Awesome that way?!
Blessings to you,
Danette

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I love a good book, and one can never have too many bookmarks. Your bookmarks are so beautiful Stephanie. Will visit the other blogs to see their pretties. Your new shop items are great, you are so talented.

Sandy said...

Hey Sugar - I love to read and have a cup of tea. Every morning with breakfast I have a cup of tea and every afternoon I have a cup of tea while reading. Although I love "real" books, I also love my kindle as I can read at night in bed and not disturb my husband. I like all kinds of books but must admit I do like a good mystery.
I liked this post so much I am keeping it on my computer for a few days so I can go over it again. You are such a romantic and I loved your book marks. I too hate it when a good book ends but then again there are so many good books to be read, it is time to march on!!
Sandy xx

Things and Thoughts said...

I usually read classic French literature.Your crafts are just fabulous,Stephanie! I personally don't know how a needle is held!... But I love to crochet...
All the best
Olympia

Debby Ray said...

Oh I just absolutely think these sweet little bookmarks are just adorable! Want to know a little secret? Remember that sweet give-away of yours I won last spring? Well, I have been using your darling gift tags as book marks in many of my books! If I need a cute little tag for anything, I know just where to find them! Enjoy the rest of your week, sweet girl! Hugs!

Cranberry Morning said...

Such pretty items you have listed, Stephanie! Your new bookmarks are lovely! My favorite books are theology, travel, or British mysteries. There's always something interesting to read. And have you ever been somewhere, waiting for someone, and you realize you have NOTHING AT ALL to read? That's happened to me a couple times, and I scrounge around in the glove compartment of the car to read something, anything! even the car instruction manual if I have to. LOL. Fortunately, now I usually remember to take my Kindle along. Much better. xoxo

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Wow! You have been busy. The bookmarks are adoraable!

Conniecrafter said...

I did see Kelly's post, and you have done a lovely job with yours, those little stitched hearts are so cute and are perfect borders to go with the lace and doily!! Since I have had problems with my eyesight I don't read much but the bible, oh and blogs :) My bible is full of bookmarks that have been given to me over the years. They would make great gifts!
Your mug rugs are so pretty, and love how you have dressed up the snowflakes, I have some of those large snowflakes and haven't used them for years, may have to dress them up a bit and get them out to be used again :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. beautiful things for your shop Stephanie... you are so creative and talented... Barb xxxxx

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie, you have such a talented gift of sewing and I love your pretty creations and the bookmarks. Have a great time sewing!! :)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, Oh how I love your bookmarks. They are just filled with charm and the details are so pretty. I collect bookmarks and would love to try my hand at these too. I love to sew when I have the time from painting.

Your sale is fabulous and you have so many darling treasures in your shop. I love everything!! You are so talented and I know you pour lots of love and heart into each treasure.
Best wishes and lots of traffic to your shop.

Have a great weekend. Love and Hugs. xo

September Violets said...

The bookmarks are very sweet Stephanie! I lose bookmarks all the time too, but hate to be satisfied with a bit of torn notepaper marking my page. You take such care in all that you make, and it shows. I love reading too, but have been having trouble squeezing in time, and the books take longer to read as a consequence.
Wendy

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Stephanie, these bookmarks are lovely. I like the touches of doilies and lace you added. Also, the other items you made for your shop are splendid. I have a hard time combining patterns of fabrics, you seem to do it so well. Thanks for all that you share here, you're like a breath of fresh air. ~ Love Abby

Jessica Cangiano said...

Absolutely beautiful bookmarks! I'm a huge lifelong bookworm and always like to keep a generous number of 'marks to hand as well (presently I corral mine in a vase on one of our bookshelves).

Your resplendently pretty creations always knock my socks off, Stephanie. Thank you for brightening your readers days by sharing those that you do here.

Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
♥ Jessica

Tamara said...

Dear Friend..
Your bookmarks are so pretty as are your new treasures in your shop. Your ornaments are very charming! and... Apron love :) I always enjoy the quotes that you share. I enjoy reading many kinds of books. Gardening, biographies, fiction, decorating, and art books. I'm currently reading For the Love by Jen Hatmaker. It's about grace. I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

Love and hugs..

Mary E. Stephens said...

The things you make are so pretty! :-) And, I love the title of this blog post. That would be me sometimes...."just one more" hours ago. ;-)

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