Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Faith Bracelets

   
     It feels wrong to do a "sales pitch" on these bracelets this week, and it also feels wrong to not highlight them in a post. So, I'll just leave the photos here with the link in the caption.

     I've talked with a lot of people who are fans of my work, and of other recycled book projects. The most Christian people I know love the Bible bracelets. I've also literally had people set my bracelets down and walk away without a word after finding out that the Bible was used. So, I'm gonna lay it out here:

     I use real books in my craft. To do anything else (such as photocopies) is copyright infringement. It is theft. If I photocopy a book, I am essentially stealing income from the author. If I purchase a Bible to destroy, then I have still contributed to the income of those who produce and sell the items. Books, including Bibles, are mass produced. If I use one in my craft, that means that another will be made in it's place. If I use a rare vintage copy, then all of the other rare vintage copies have just increased in value.
   
     If I sound defensive, it is most certainly not my intention. I am proud of my craft and I am always giddily happy when I find out how much something I have made means to its recipient. I do still get (very slightly) hurt feelings when someone doesn't like it. Doing something well will always attract someone who doesn't like it, and that is okay.

     Copyright infringement is rampant today, with the availability of Disney items, Outlander inspired, Harry Potter, etc. I know that what I do can go either way. Because of that, I will always recycled the actual books. Never photocopy. Upcyclying a legally purchased item is acceptable and I want to make sure I always CMA, ya know?

     Enjoy these bracelets and have a blessed Easter season <3

King James Bible Bracelet

Vintage Hymnal Bracelet

Angel Wing Bible Bracelet

King James Bible Bracelet


   

Monday, March 12, 2018

Les Misérables

   
     The first theater production (besides school productions) I have ever attended was Les Miserables, at San Francisco's Curran Theatre, when I was 21 years old. It was amazing and I never forgot it. I was even shamed for wanting to name my first child Cosette. Luckily for everyone else, my first child turned out to be a boy!

     I found the story of Les Miserables to be very moving and the songs are incredible.





     Has anyone read the book? I have not. It is huge, and I'm betting, very good. If there is a story that is guaranteed to give you a hangover, this one is it. I wandered in a daze for weeks just from seeing the stage production. 

     If you have someone in your life who is crazy about Les Miserables, these bracelets would make the perfect gift.

Les Miserables book page bracelet

Les Miserables book page bracelet



Les Miserables book page bracelet

Les Miserables book page bracelet
     The red, gold, and blue version can be found here and here

     The white and gold version can be found here and here


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

John Steinbeck


     In honor of John Steinbeck's birthday (February 27) I made some new Steinbeck bracelets! I have Cannery Row already in my inventory and I made some The Red Pony!

     As a child, I was looking for something new to read. I have always been a fan of horses, so my mother suggested Steinbeck's The Red Pony. Wow, what a fantastic book! I was hooked on The Red Pony, and every other Steinbeck book that I read thereafter.

     I live within easy driving distance to Steinbeck country - Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula in California. Cannery Row is only 1 1/2 hours drive for me. It's pretty cool to be able to see in person the things that were written about in Steinbeck's books.

     For these The Red Pony bracelets, I used my own vintage copy of the book. Nothing says love quite like repurposing your favorite childhood book ;)

The Red Pony book page bracelet
 
The Red Pony book page bracelet

The Red Pony book page bracelet

The Red Pony book page bracelet

Cannery Row book page bracelet

Cannery Row book page bracelet

Cannery Row book page bracelet

Cannery Row book page bracelet

To see more:
The red and gold Cannery Row bracelet can be seen here and here.
The teal Cannery Row bracelet can be seen here and here.
The red and brown The Red Pony can be seen here and here.
The white and bronze The Red Pony can be seen here and here.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Walking Dead


     My kids are big fans of AMC's The Walking Dead. My daughter even named her (late) puppy after Daryl Dixon!

Dixon, the Keeshond

      I don't watch myself, but I can appreciate the attraction to these shows.

     The mid-season premier is today. Are you excited about it??

     These bracelets were created using "The Walking Dead, The Fall of the Governor Part One", by Robert Kirkman, and Jay Bonasinga. 

The Walking Dead book page bracelet

The Walking Dead book page bracelet

     This bracelet can be found on Etsy, and on Geminivintagestore.com
   



Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Joy Luck Club


     I expect that anyone who has grown up in an immigrant family can see some similarities between their family and the one shown in Amy Tan's book, The Joy Luck Club. The Joy Luck Club walks the audience through first and second generation conflicts between a Chinese mother and her American born daughter, while taking the reader into the memories of the mother.
     My own grandmother was a second generation daughter, born of parents who immigrated from Poland right before WWI broke out in Europe. While I never saw any of this conflict first hand, obviously, I do how much it affected families.
     I found this book to be a very interesting read. I found it a little bit disturbing around the mother/daughter relationship, but that is one of the things that makes it so captivating.

     Have you read it? What did you think?


The Joy Luck Club book page bracelet

"And then he put down the wrong birthyear, 1916 instead of 1914. So, with the sweep of a pen, my mother lost her name and became a Dragon instead of a Tiger."
― Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

"And then he put down the wrong birthyear, 1916 instead of 1914. So, with the sweep of a pen, my mother lost her name and became a Dragon instead of a Tiger." ~ Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club book page bracelet

The Joy Luck Club book page bracelet

     What colors and charms would you use if you were to make changes? Maybe a tiger?

This bracelet can be found on Etsy, and on Geminivintage.com.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fifty Shades Freed


     Fifty Shades Freed.....it is out. Have you seen it yet?? I have not, so I cannot even pretend that this is a review.



        
     If you are suffering from a Fifty Shades hangover, I have some hair of the dog for you! These make excellent friend gifts too, your besties would love it.

Fifty Shades book page bracelet gift set 
Fifty Shades charm bracelet handcuffs



Fifty Shades book page bracelet gift set 

Fifty Shades book page charm bracelet

     See my whole selection of Fifty Shades items here, or in my Etsy shop.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Little House on the Prairie


     What was your favorite book, or book series, as a child? I loved the Little House series. As soon as I was reading one book, my mother would ask me what the next book was in order to have it ready for me.
     I loved this series and I was endlessly fascinated by the pioneer life depicted in these books. I loved the wild setting, the primitive homes, the animals, and the adventures described in this series.

Ingalls family

     These quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder really move me. I am fascinated by her moment in time, just as she thought about other past moments in time. Now is now, and these nows are being left behind in time so very quickly.


Quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder

     While I do not live in any of Laura Ingalls Wilder's home towns (although she did spend two months in San Francisco), I feel fortunate to live in a place that has preserved its history. I have spent most of my life living on land worked and owned by cattle and land baron, Henry Miller. When I have the opportunity, I check out old homes and museums. The Little House books fueled my interest in history and for that I am grateful.

     If you have ever visited any of the Ingalls or Wilder homes, if you are a huge fan of the TV series, or if you have fond memories of reading this series as a child (or, as an adult, its that good!), you will enjoy this souvenir of the stories.

     Here is the inspiration for the pink and blue choices for these bracelets:

Quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder
     And, the bracelets.

Little House on the Prairie book page bracelet


Little House on the Prairie book page bracelet

Little House on the Prairie book page bracelet

Little House on the Prairie book page bracelet

     These can be ordered on Etsy - here is the pink, and here is the blue.
     They are also available on my own geminivintagestore.com site - the pink, and the blue.

     Enjoy and be sure to get out there and see some history!

     Air hugs! ~Christine