My apologies for a lack of posts, my computer died and it took awhile to get a new one.

Have a late secret Santa gift or just don’t have a clue what to give to a family member or a friend?

Give something truly from the heart,  for anyone who likes to read (print) book, writes in a journal or just needs to keep their place in something! Also if they don’t do any of that, you could always make one to be a necklace (justs be sure its long enough to be wrapped round the neck, to look like a choker, or just drape around one’s neck.


I’ve started making  book thongs this year. I had purchased a couple in the past in Waldenbooks

and a friend gave me one as well (sadly it broke I used it so much! I still have yet to repair it)

In my opinion, they are better than those boring ribbons that are bound in journals (and likely not the color(s) you want), and these are much nicer looking than actual bookmarks. They are like jewelry for your book! They also stay in place better than a book mark (which always sseems to fall out) as they are weighted by the beads and charms.

Here’s a few of the ones I’ve made on your left…

The first one is a holiday gift for a friend who Likes penguins

The one in the middle was part of mom’s mother’s day gift, one year.  Mom said its so pretty it should be earrings (I think she was referring to the bottom part)

The Chinese themed one on the right is mine. I need to get a better picture of it as well as, I should take a picture of the journal(s) it should be with, (see the bottom of post.


To make these you need some beads, some charms, as well as chord/string.

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I have leather like cord as well as some hemp twine.  Just be sure if you are buying the beads specifically for this project, that you make sure all the beads have the same size hole and the chord fits in the beads!

I’ve seen some book thongs (like the one on right)  where people have made them fully beaded (with small seed beads for the spot where it goes in the book, but that will mess up the spine of the book, as well as the book thong won’t stick in the book as it should.)

I have also thought of making my book thongs long enough to be a wrap around necklace/Choker.

One of My favorite things about book thongs is I don’t think I saw any 2 alike in the store. And when you make them for you they have your personality and likes (color, maybe interest like a Harry Potter themed one) Even when you make a gift for someone, likely it’s not just made for their interests and personality nor does it show yours, with these it does both!



If you are giving it as a gift, I came upon this cute little card one could make

I’m going to have to see if I can make some business cards with that on it (or my own version) to stick with mine.

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I sell the book thongs by request, you tell me a color and a theme you want and I’ll see what I have in stock to make it and give you a price on how much it will be. I can also make matching earrings and other things if I have enough of supplies. You can make your requests in the contact form below.


Here are those Journals The Chinese themed bookthong goes with.


Want to order a bookthong?


Silver & Pearl Necklace



Still have a couple of gifts to give? Why not make them!?!!?! You have enough time.  why not make a whole set use the idea for a bracelet then make matching earrings for mom, grams or an aunt? You can also do more and just make bracelets.


Simple OL Jewelry DIY on How to Make a Silver Gray Pearl Necklace with Ribbon Tie:

33 Gifts you can make in less than an Hour

With the Holiday around the corner I thought this would be a great post to get to work on. Do 1 a day or a few a day (or over the weekends. I always love getting a handmade item, it shows your friend or family member you put thought and a lot of time and care into the gift.  handmade gifts to me (if if you do not need or like it) show me that the person who gave it to me really does care and love me.


So consider these the crafts for the week as there is a little of everything


some of my favorites from the list

#1 Grown-Up Hot Cocoa KIt grown up Hot Cocoa kit. No it’s not handmade, but any alcohol during the holidays is needed for me to deal with my family.

#3 Recipe Cutting Board for this Recipe cutting board you will likely need a burn tool

#4 i do like the geode ring, but if Its only hot glued on it may not hold for long

#6 Bookmarks Tassel and Pom-Pom Bookmarks  anything made Is fine, but I prefer beaded book ‘thongs’


 I came across these years back in Waldenbooks, picked up a few (one in which was overused so finally fell apart) and last year I believe my friend Alisa gifted me one. I’ve made one or 2 in time but I usually end up keeping them!

#8 Did one of your favorite earrings, Pins or some other piece of Jewelry break?Upcycle it into a magnet.

(or if you want I may be able to fix it.!!! take a picture let me know what it was and I’ll let you know if I think I can or not)

#18 Colorful Bangle

The Pencil case & knit/crochet needle pockets

#23 Cat-Toe Flats