31 Dec 2009

Celebrate

The bookmark from England. There is a place for the Christmas greetings on this bookmark.



Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to all my friends and blog readers!!!

22 Dec 2009

Veliko Turnovo

The bookmark with the photos of Veliko Turnovo from Bulgaria.



Veliko Turnovo (Veliko Tarnovo) is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Turnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture.

The old city is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora. Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility.

21 Dec 2009

The Cat from LT

The leather bookmark with a cat from Lithuania. It's handmade.



I love these footprints :)

20 Dec 2009

Ireland



Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island in the world. To the east of Ireland is the island of Great Britain, separated by the Irish Sea. A sovereign state named Ireland, the same name as the island, covers five-sixths of the island. Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, located in the northeast of the island covers the remainder.

18 Dec 2009

Electric Tram

The paper bookmark with the electric tram from Lisbon, Portugal.



The other side of this bookmark:



Transportation in Lisbon is more charming than in most cities. Much is owed to its geography; a part of Lisbon has been built on its seven hills. No visit to Lisbon is complete without riding the 1930s trams.

17 Dec 2009

Drenthe

The magnetic bookmark with the photos of Drenthe from the Netherlands.



Drenthe is a province of the Netherlands, located in the north-east of the country. The capital city is Assen. It is bordered by Overijssel to the south, Friesland to the west, Groningen to the north, and Germany to the east.

16 Dec 2009

Papyrus

One more papyrus bookmark from Egypt.



Papyrus (pronounced /pəˈpaɪrəs/) is a thick paper-like material produced from the pith of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus, a wetland sedge that was once abundant in the Nile Delta of Egypt. Ancient Egypt used this plant for boats, mattresses, mats, rope, sandals, and baskets.

14 Dec 2009

Good ideas

These bookmarks are from the Philippines.



Some ideas on these bookmarks:
* God gives us friends to brighten our world.
* Live with passion, give with kindness, and love completely.
* Dreams take time, patience, sustained effort, a willingness to fail if they are ever to be anything more than dreams.
* A day without a friend is a day without the sun.

9 Dec 2009

Mother and Child

The magnetic bookmark from Russia. It shows the painting "Mother and child 3" by Mary Cassatt.



Mary Stevenson Cassatt (May 22, 1844 - June 14, 1926) was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists.

Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

8 Dec 2009

Washi

These bookmarks are made from traditional Japanese paper - Washi.



Washi is a type of paper made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.

Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts. Origami, Shodo, and Ukiyo-e were all produced using washi. Washi was also used to make various everyday goods like clothes, household goods, and toys as well as vestments and ritual objects for Shinto priests and statues of Buddha. Washi was developed from the traditional Chinese paper-making process.

3 Dec 2009

Symbol of Australia

The bookmark with kangaroos from Australia.



Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the continental mainland, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

The kangaroo is a national symbol of Australia: its emblem is used on the Australian coat of arms, on some of its currency, as well as by some of Australia's best known organisations. The kangaroo is important to both Australian culture and the national image and consequently there are numerous popular culture references.

2 Dec 2009

The Beauty of Tuscany

The bookmark from Italy with a landscape of San Quirico.



San Quirico is a town in the heart of a town in the heart of Tuscany.

Tuscany (Italian: Toscana) is a region in Central Italy. The regional capital is Florence.
Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy. Tuscany is a charmed land, equally blessed by the genius of man and nature. Tuscany enchants us today with quiet lanes bounded by tall stone walls, green cypress trees, vineyards, rust-colored farmhouses, gently rolling hillsides and creamy-colored villas.
Six Tuscan localities have been UNESCO protected sites: the historical center of Florence (1982), the historical center of Siena (1995), the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987), the historical center of San Gimignano (1990), the historical center of Pienza (1996) and the Val d'Orcia (2004).

1 Dec 2009

Kirby Lonsdale

The bookmark from the United Kingdom.



Kirkby Lonsdale is a historic market town just inside the south east boundary of the County of Cumbria, on the River Lune, in England. This market town has some lovely riverside and country walks. The town has many attractions including Devil's Bridge (said to have been built by the Devil himself) and St Mary's Church.

30 Nov 2009

Mosquito in a book



The rubber bookmark from Moscow, Russia.
Why will you never catch a mosquito reading a book? Because it will become a bookmark without a second look:)

27 Nov 2009

Love and Butterfly

The bookmark with a butterfly from the USA. The Greek proverb is written on it: The heart that loves is always young.

26 Nov 2009

Philippines

The wooden bookmark from the Philippines. Hancrafted and handpainted using ethnic designs of tribal people in southern Philippines.



The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. An archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines has the 5th longest coastline in the world. The islands are categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city is Manila.

23 Nov 2009

King Ramesses II

The bookmark from England.



The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture situated in London. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.
The British Museum gives information on Egyptian life, gods and goddesses, mummification, rulers, pyramids, temples, time, trade, and writing.

King Ramesses II was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh.

20 Nov 2009

Tulipomania

The metallic bookmark with a tulip from the Netherlands.



The tulip has come to be a loved symbol of the Netherlands. Many tourists visit the country just to see the bright coloured flower and the astonishing view over the bulb fields.

Tulip mania or tulipomania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. At the peak of tulip mania in February 1637, some varieties could cost more than an Amsterdam house at that time.

18 Nov 2009

Elk of Norway

The magnetic bookmark with elk from Norway.



Elk is the largest existing deer of Europe and Asia resembling but not so large as the moose of North America. The elk is the largest type of deer, sometimes two metres (6.5 feet) high at the shoulder and with big, flattened antlers.



There is a famous traffic sign, unique to Norway, picturing an elk framed by a red triangle to warn people of the danger. This traffic sign is so popular among tourists as well as Norwegians that it is actually possible to buy copies of it...

17 Nov 2009

Romania

The bookmark from Romania.



Iaşi is a city in the north-eastern region of Moldavia in Romania. Because of its impressive buildings, Iaşi ranks as the second cultural town of Romania. Called “The city on seven hills” and "The city of great loves", Iaşi represents a symbol of Romanian history.

16 Nov 2009

Kinkakuji

The bookmark from Japan with the picture of Kinkaku-ji.



Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku, is a three-story building on the grounds of the Rokuon-ji temple complex. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf. The pavilion functions as a shariden, housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha's Ashes). The Golden Pavilion is set in a magnificent Japanese strolling garden. The pond in front of it is called Mirror Pond. There are many islands and stones on the pond that represent the Buddhist creation story.

11 Nov 2009

American Flag

The bookmark from the USA with the American flag.




The flag of the USA consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 U.S. states and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that rebelled against the British monarchy and became the first states in the Union. Nicknames for the flag include the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner.

10 Nov 2009

Barcelos Cockerel

It's good to have my sister living in Portugal, because I receive Portugese bookmarks:) This one is with the Barcelos cockerel.



The legend of the Barcelos cockerel
:
A 13th century legend tells the story of a pilgrim who on his way to Santiago de Compostela stopped in the small town of Barcelos, in Portugal. Here he was wrongly accused of theft, for which the penalty was death by hanging. The pilgrim only had his faith to call upon and he appealed to Our Lady and St James, the patron Saint for Protection, that justice be done. The pilgrim found the Judge that was to decide his faith just as the Judge was about to start eating a roast cockerel for this dinner and the pilgrim pleaded, “ If I am innocent, may that cockerel get up and crow!” The cockerel rose up immediately and crowed loudly. From that moment on the cockerel has become a symbol of faith, justice and good luck. It is also a symbol of Portugal and brightly coloured ceramic cockerels can be found all over the country.

6 Nov 2009

Let Love Bloom



The interlocking magnetic bookmark from the USA. Function inspired by beauty.

5 Nov 2009

Girl with a Pearl Earring

This super-duper magnetic bookmark is from the Netherlands.



The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks. The painting is in The Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa".

Tracy Chevalier wrote a historical novel, also entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), fictionalizing the circumstances of the painting's creation. In the novel, Johannes Vermeer becomes close with a servant named Griet, whom he hires as an assistant and has sit for him as a painting model while wearing one of his wife's pearl earrings.
The novel inspired a 2003 film and 2008 play of the same name.

28 Oct 2009

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

This leather bookmark came to me from Latvia. Cat on the roof.



By the way, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's best-known works, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955, has been restaged several times since, and was adapted into an acclaimed 1958 motion picture.

27 Oct 2009

Lucy Cousins

The bookmark from Finland with the illustration of Lucy Cousins.



Lucy Cousins (born February 10, 1964) is an author-illustrator of children's books. She is best known for her books featuring Maisy Mouse but she has also published other children's books including one about Noah's Ark. She is a mother of four and lives in Hampshire, England.

26 Oct 2009

Ebru Art

The bookmark representing the art of Ebru from Turkey.



The word ebru means in Turkish the technique of paper marbling. Ebru is a classical Ottoman art in which dies are used to marble sheets of paper, as well as create decorative illustrations, namely flowers.

23 Oct 2009

Klaipeda

A hand-made traditional Lithuanian bookmark.



Klaipeda - is a city in Lithuania situated at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it flows into the Baltic Sea. As Lithuania's only seaport, it has ferry terminal connections to Sweden and Germany.

22 Oct 2009

Paddington Bear

A magnetic bookmark with a famous Paddington Bear from London, England.



Michael Bond based Paddington Bear on a lone teddy bear he noticed on a shelf in a London store near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve 1956, which he bought as a present for his wife. The bear inspired Bond to write a story, and in ten days, he had written the first book. A Bear Called Paddington was first published on 13 October 1958.
Paddington Bear with his old bush hat, battered suitcase and marmalade sandwiches has become a classic English children's literature icon. Paddington books have been translated into thirty languages across seventy titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

Paddington Bear is always polite and well-meaning. He likes marmalade sandwiches and cocoa, and has an endless capacity for getting into trouble. However, he is known to "try so hard to get things right".

20 Oct 2009

Traditional Lithuania



Hand-crocheted bookmark of linen fabric with a geometric design is an example of traditional Lithuanian handicrafts. This bookmark also has pieces of amber - Lithuania's national gemstone.

19 Oct 2009

Norway

No need to explain where this bookmark came from:)



Norway (Norwegian: Norge) is a Nordic country in Northern Europe occupying the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, as well as Jan Mayen and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The capital city of Norway is Oslo.

3 Oct 2009

Flowers



I wouldn't be surprised that these bookmarks were made in China:) But I found them in Lithuania.

29 Sep 2009

Kyoto Garden

Flower garden in Kyoto (Japan) bookmarks.



The Kyoto Botanical Garden is a major botanical garden with conservatory located next to the Kamo River, Hangi-cho Simogamo, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. It contains about 120,000 plants representing some 12,000 species, and is organized into the following major areas: Bamboo Garden; Bonsai Exhibit; Camelia Garden; Cherry Trees; European Style Garden; Flower Bed; Hydrangea Garden; Japanese Iris Garden; Japanese Native Plants; Lotus Pond; Nakaragi-no-mori Pond; Peony Garden; Perennial and Useful Plants Garden; Sunken Garden; and the Uma Grove.

25 Sep 2009

Museum treasure




The metallic bookmark from the state memorial museum "St. Isaac's Cathedral" in St. Petersburg, in Russia.



Saint Isaac's Cathedral or Isaakievskiy Sobor in Saint Petersburg, Russia is the largest cathedral (sobor) in the city and was the largest church in Russia when it was built (101.5 meters high). It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great who had been born on the feast day of that saint.

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