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?


Image Transfer

Depending on what you are working with there are 2 ways to do this

The first is if you want to ‘trace’ something into your journal or on a report etc. I learned about this recently.

This one is great for those of you that journal, or might want to make your own picture but can’t quite get it just right so you can use a few different images to put it together to create it

Get some GRAPHITE paper  this can be erased after you have gone over it in the color you want.

make sure when you purchase in a store it says graphite as Carbon will not erase.


Transfer an image to wood, clay etc by using

a printed image, and some baby oil!  as seen here

Pen Pal Kits

I’ve been Pen paling (yeah the snail mail way) since summer of 1994. I do still write to a couple of my original pals, as well as have some new ones. This year I thought of the idea of making a pen pal kit for a couple of mine. It’s a thoughtful gift, the box gives them something to lean on as well as store their paling supplies in, if they do not have a desk. Plus You can also (if you’d like) personalize the top of the box with a monogram,  re-paint it or even use a nice tack paper on it especially if like me you use the good Cigar boxes. Sometimes you don’t even need to as some are nice enough looking.

Whatever your decision make sure  you personalize it with some things they like as well as the sort of stationery they normally use (like Notecards, a writing tablet, or printer paper.) Include a pen, some stickers, and other assorted items.

Take a look at what I’ve included in mine.for my Pal Alisa (it was her 2016 holiday gift)


Sorry this cuts short

Fabric tags

Good idea and at the same time I saw this it made me think, why ‘dress up’ the gift pouch when I could just make one with the fabric itself?

Or at least cover it to make a reusable little pouch.  Not to mention that last part in the instructions having the card stock tag Wrapping: (I forget the name of them) over the fabric to me is a waste of time. If you are going to do that, the tag should not fully cover the fabric it should be 1/4 – 1/2  the size

Instead of making a separate paper tag, I’d just use the fabric I used to make a tag and include the person’s name so they can use it as a bookmark or something else. Or use a different pattern/color of fabric.

My idea for fabric tags is highly different than what is here. Why not make a tag you can maybe even put a few candies in (like how some hang a candy cane from a gift) You can even include a couple of dollars in it or instant lotto tickets. Also why not include the person’s name on the tag which in turn if they have a christmas tree they can hang it on as an ornament, or use as a bookmark, and if you include a magnet in it can be used to find messages on the fridge or on a hook and be used on a daily or weekly calendar they are only limited by their imagination.

Most of my ‘scraps’ are used for my Patchwork, but I have used it to make other things for family or friends like the gift bag I made last year for my friend Alisa… she likes horses  and it had some on there with other western accent designs (she lives in Arizona). She just loved it I told her I made the bag for her gift but so she can reuse it for whatever she would need it for.

I got a whole heap of fabric items from my aunt Mary (I think I might be able to open my own store!!)  it was like I think 4 big shopping bags FULL!!!  but one of them was a Horse with Horseshoe design, maybe I’ll use some of it for a ‘tag’ or envelope or make something else with it when I get an idea.

Another great idea for this is why not make your own Halloween treat bags? (or for the kids you know best in the neighborhood or just use them as prizes for a party etc.)

The trick or treat bags are usually 3×6 inches in size and usually have 2 or more pieces of candy or other items in them, unless they are the birthday party LOOT bag size and therefore

The Party bag size should be bigger, prizes should be larger and have some sort of candy, and other item in them (small toys etc)  Besides, they can reuse them for whatever they want and this way its part of the treat!

Make them with holiday designs or if there’s a birthday use a balloon or happy birthday design. Or find the kid’s favorite cartoon or game design on some fabric. and so on. These work for Host gifts for wine bottles (but you may have to pad it a bit)  It’s like 2 gifts in one! They not only get the gift but can use the gift bag you make for them to throw things in for road trips to keep the kids entertained or can be used for a way to organize a purse, back pack, suit case etc. (Depending on the size you make it)  or reuse for another gift.

Make it as a back back, handled or drawstring  design 


I make the ‘Utility’ tags for $5 for one   (that’s with their name, and are the sort that can be used as a bookmark, magnet, ornament etc)

Standard without Names  is $10 for 20

Bags are $5 per bag.  you can contact me here