Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Favorite Books

I like these books so much I just had to take a picture of them. Notice that there are some with color and some have a simple gilded elegance. As you can see my love of pansies just had to sneak into my pictures!

Wait a minute - these are not books! *lol*

These are my Book Purses! I saw one on a tv program and the challenge was on. I just had to make one and I have had made several since. I had made one for my friend, Cindi, and you can view it at her blog -

A little story about Cindi's purse - At Ruth's Room, Cindi's aunt and sister also volunteer there and they all have been "simplifying" their homes and donations show up at Ruth's Room from them. Well, this pretty little book just caught my eye and I took it home with me. I read the book which was totally a darling and fun book to read. Inside the back cover was their grandmother's name and address. I thought I could give the book back to Cindi and it could just sit on a shelf and collect dust or turn it into something she could use and take the sentimental value with her where ever she goes. I made it into the purse. I kept the insides and made a new simple cover, to keep the book. It turned out so cute!

These five book purses are going to the Apple Harvest Festival to be sold at my and Cindi's booth on October 3 here in Fortuna.

Let me introduce you to them. Each one has their own uniqueness and a definite one-of-a-kind.

The first one with the round handles and white in color is " Seven Days In May". It is made from a older Reader's Digest book with a decorative cover. The inside is white with tiny red flowers scattered throughout with a small side pocket trimmed in red ribbon. It has metal ring handles, elasticized gussets and a matching coin purse.

The next one to it is "Green Darkness" and the picture DOES NOT do this one justice. This book purse is total elegance. It is totally lined in dark green velvet with a faux pearl closure button with green and black crystal beading on the closure loop. And black handles and silver purse feet.

Number Three is the other black book purse pictured alone - "Reluctant Suitor" has a dark blues and greens flower print lining with a metal clasp and a small drawstring coin purse. The decorative flower is made from the same lining material and is detachable.

"Good-Bye My Lady" is the book #4 - this one is a personal favorite- an eclectic shabby chic style. The cover is a pastel pink harlequin print with gold star accents with a burgundy binding. The lining is a small pink stripe and pink flowers material with a small pocket on the side. The closure loops over a big pink faux diamond button set on a black patch of velvet with an accent of pink velvet ribbon with pink flower buttons on it. This one has a matching coin purse with flower button accent on the zipper. The handles are black and long with a twist.

Book Number #5 - "To Catch An Angel" is very unique. The lining is a black velvet and the outside binding is velvet trimmed in a green braid. A basket broach with red and white rhinestone flowers turned clasp accents the design on the book cover. It has a black wooden handles and a small black velvet drawstring coin bag topped off with a glass ladybug bead.
Thank you for taking the time to preview my book purses. If there is a purse that has caught your attention, remember these are for sale. The prices for these purses are $30 each plus the cost of shipping. I will use USPS Priority flat rate shipping and I can accept PayPal. Any additional infomation about any of the book purses are welcomed -
And I truly would love any comments! Have a Blessed Day!


cindi said...

Gorgeous and I'm so blessed to have one of your original designs. I was thinking about the purse the other day and how my Nana's address (and my childhood address) is in there even though no one can see it. Thanks again, my friend.

Priscilla said...

OMG...I will never look at a book the same again..LOL I am note a big reader, but my husband is and we have tons of books laying around.. I will have to see if I can find a turorial on these...I love your site..I am off to find some more cool stuff here.