30 Dec 2010

Happy New Year!!!

The handmade wooden bookmark with a snowman.





Happy New Year to all my blog readers and my friends!!!

29 Dec 2010

Christmas Surprise

The interesting plastic bookmark from Bulgaria. Thanks Christina for this Christmas surprise!



28 Dec 2010

Antarctica

The bookmark with the image of the Adélie Penguin (a species of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coast). In 1840, French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville named these penguins for his wife, Adélie.



Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent, encapsulating the South Pole. At 14.0 million km2 (5.4 million sq mi), it is the fifth-largest continent. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice.
Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Only cold-adapted plants and animals survive there, including penguins, seals, nematodes, tardigrades, mites, many types of algae and other microorganisms, and tundra vegetation.

23 Dec 2010

Feliz Natal

The handmade bookmark from Portugal. Made by children and bought in Christmas fair.
Feliz Natal (Portuguese) = Merry Christmas (English) = Linksmu Kaledu (Lithuanian)

20 Dec 2010

Bulgaria

The woven bookmark from Bulgaria. Thank you, Christina ;)



Bulgaria is a country in Southern Europe. Bulgaria borders five other countries: Romania, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. The 378-kilometer (235 mi) Black Sea coastline covers the entire eastern bound of the country. Bulgaria's capital city and largest settlement is Sofia.

Bulgaria is one of the biggest producers of rose oil in the world. The reason for this is hidden in the high qualities of the Bulgarian Kazanuk rose ("Kazanlashka roza"). The rose oil is called "the liquid gold" of Bulgaria.

16 Dec 2010

Angels

Two magnetic bookmarks with angels from Russia. Sent by Marina.





The phrase on the yellow bookmark can be translated as "Happiness close", and the blue one: "You're my angel"

15 Dec 2010

Stamp Bookmark

The laminated bookmark with Japanese post stamps from the Netherlands. Made and sent by Siuzanne :)

14 Dec 2010

Hermitage

The bookmark with the famous paintings from the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Sent by Marina. I'm happy I had a possibility to visit that museum - it's really amazing, and one day is not enough to see everything :)



The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums of the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. Its collections comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.

The paintings on the bookmark:
Vincent van Gogh "Cottages" (1890)
Henri Matisse "Dance" (fragment, 1910)
Pierre Auguste Renoir "Portrait of the Artist Jeanne Samary" (1878)
Camille Pissarro "Place du Theatre Francais, Paris" (1898)

13 Dec 2010

Puffin

The magnetic bookmark with a puffin from Malta.



Puffin - an unmistakable bird with its black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. They shed the colourful outer parts of their bills after the breeding season, leaving a smaller and duller beak. Used as a symbol for books and other items, this clown among seabirds is one of the world's favourite birds.

These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water. They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil. Their short wings are adapted for swimming with a flying technique under water. In the air, they beat their wings rapidly (up to 400 times per minute) in swift flight, often flying low over the ocean's surface.

10 Dec 2010

Japanese Crane

The bookmark with the Japansese Crane from Japan. Sent by Ayumi.



The Japanese Crane, also called the Red-crowned Crane or Manchurian Crane, is a large crane and is the second rarest crane in the world. In East Asia, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. When it matures, the Red-crowned Crane is snow white with a patch of red skin on its head. This patch of skin becomes bright red when the crane becomes angry or excited.

In Japan, this crane is known as the tancho and is said to live for 1000 years. A pair of Red-crowned Cranes were used in the design for the Series D 1000 yen note.

9 Dec 2010

Federico Fellini

The bookmarks with Federico Fellini in Franco Pinna's photographs from Italy. Sent by Katerina from Russia.





Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 – October 31, 1993) was an Italian film director.
He won many awards including four Oscars in the Best Foreign Language category. His films offer a combination of themes including memory, dreams, fantasy and desire. They are often intimate looks at people at their most bizarre and the term "Felliniesque" is used when depicting an ordinary scene that has been altered by the addition of hallucinatory imagery. Many current filmmakers such as Woody Allen, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar and Terry Gilliam have claimed to have been influenced in their work by Fellini.

5 Dec 2010

El Salvador

The metallic bookmark from El Salvador. Thanks to Blackthornhiei for this special bookmark!!!



El Salvador is the smallest, and also the most densely populated country in Central America. It borders the Pacific Ocean between Guatemala and Honduras.
It has a population of approximately 5-6 million people. The capital city of San Salvador is the largest city of the Republic. The colón was the currency of El Salvador between 1892 and 2001, when El Salvador adopted the U.S. Dollar. The Colón continues to be legal tender.

3 Dec 2010

Bukowski design

The cute Bukowski bear bookmark from Slovenia (thanks to Simona).





P.S. It's Barbara Bukowski design, not Charles Bukowski :))

2 Dec 2010

V Sign

The metallic bookmark with a V sign from a souvenir shop in Lithuania.



The V sign is a hand gesture in which the first and second fingers are raised and parted, whilst the thumb and remaining fingers are clenched. During World War II, Winston Churchill popularized its use as a "Victory" sign (for V as in victory). In the United States, it is also used to mean "Peace", a meaning that became popular during the peace movement of the 1960s.

27 Nov 2010

Samurai

The collection of 6 Samurai bookmarks from Japan. Thanks to my friend Ayumi ;)





The samurai (or bushi) were the members of the military class, the Japanese warriors.
Samurai employed a range of weapons such as bows and arrows, spears and guns; but their most famous weapon and their symbol was the sword.
Samurai were supposed to lead their lives according to the ethic code of bushido ("the way of the warrior"). Bushido stressed concepts such as loyalty to one's master, self discipline and respectful, ethical behavior.

After a defeat, some samurai chose to commit ritual suicide (seppuku) by cutting their abdomen rather than being captured or dying a dishonorable death.

26 Nov 2010

Trinidad

The magnetic bookmark with the photo of the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco in Trinidad from Cuba.



Trinidad is a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba. It has been one of UNESCOs World Heritage sites since 1988.

That's me in Trinidad several years ago ;)

25 Nov 2010

National Colours

The handmade bookmark with the colours of the flag of Lithuania.



The flag of Lithuania consists of a horizontal tricolor of yellow, green and red. It was adopted on March 20, 1989, almost two years before the reestablishment of Lithuania's independence following the end of the Soviet Union.

23 Nov 2010

Park Guell

The paper bookmark with the photos of Park Guell from Barcelona, Spain.



Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated high above the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí".

I really love this Alice in Wonderland-like park, especially these serpantine benches:

22 Nov 2010

Devon

The leather bookmark from England.



Devon is a large county in southwestern England. Devon is the fourth largest of the English counties and has a population of 1,141,600.
Dartmoor is an area of moorland in the centre of Devon, England. Protected by National Park status, it covers 954 square kilometres (368 sq mi).
Dartmoor Pony has lived in south-western England for centuries and is used for a variety of disciplines. Because of the extreme weather conditions experienced on the moors, the Dartmoor is a particularly hardy breed with excellent stamina. Over the centuries it has been used as a working animal by local tin miners and quarry workers.
Pixies are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the areas around Devon and Cornwall. They are usually depicted with pointed ears, and often wearing a green outfit and pointed hat. In modern use, the term can be synonymous with fairies or sprites.

21 Nov 2010

Day of the Dead

The two-sided magnetic bookmark with skulls, flowers, graves and all other attributes of the Day of the Dead from Mexico.





Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated by many in Mexico and by some Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration when eating and partying are common. Due to occurring shortly after Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday, although the two are celebrated differently.

19 Nov 2010

Butterfly

The bookmark with a butterfly from Hong Kong.



Malta

The wooden bookmark with a flower from Malta



Malta is a southern European country and consists of an archipelago situated centrally in the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km east of Tunisia.
Malta covers just over 300 km² in land area, making it one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries. Its de facto capital is Valletta and the largest city is Birkirkara. The country has two official and national languages: Maltese and English.

18 Nov 2010

Sand on the Bookmark

The bookmark made with sand from Mexico. It represents pre-hispanic motives.



Thank you, Karen, I love that bookmark - it's my first bookmark from Mexico and the first made with sand! ;)

16 Nov 2010

Karagöz and Hacivat

The woven bookmark with Karagöz and Hacivat from Turkey.



Karagöz and Hacivat are the lead characters of the traditional Turkish shadow play, popularized during the Ottoman period. The central theme of the plays are the contrasting interaction between the two main characters: Karagöz represents the illiterate but straightforward public, whereas Hacivat belongs to the educated class, speaking Ottoman Turkish and using a poetical and literary language. Karagöz's native wit always gets the better of Hacivat's learning.
Until the rise of radio and film, Karagöz-Hacivat plays were one of the most popular forms of entertainment in Turkey.

12 Nov 2010

Utamaro

The bookmark with Utamaro painting from Japan.



Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) was a Japanese printmaker and painter, who is considered one of the greatest artists of woodblock prints (ukiyo-e).He is known especially for his masterfully composed studies of women, known as bijinga. He also produced nature studies, particularly illustrated books of insects.
His work reached Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, where it was very popular, enjoying particular acclaim in France. He influenced the European Impressionists, particularly with his use of partial views and his emphasis on light and shade. The reference to the "Japanese influence" among these artists often refers to the work of Utamaro.

11 Nov 2010

Precious Patterns

The woven bookmark from Thailand. Two in one: bookmark - keeps books marked, and bookweight - keeps pages open.
Beautifully and meticulously selected cloth with design oriented towards gold-printed pattern.



9 Nov 2010

Mont Saint-Michel

The bookmark with the image of Mont Saint-Michel from France. Thanks to Quentin.



Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre (just over half a mile) off the country's north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island is 41.
Mont Saint-Michel was previously connected to the mainland via a thin natural land bridge, which before modernization was covered at high tide and revealed at low tide.
The islet, celebrated for its Benedictine abbey, has small houses and shops on its lowest level. Above these stand the monastic buildings, many of which date from the 13th century and are considered outstanding examples of Gothic architecture. The entire islet is crowned by the abbey church, about 73 m (about 240 ft) above sea level.



I dream to visit that place! It's so unique and beautiful...

8 Nov 2010

Mr. Funny

The magnetic bookmark with Mr. Funny from London, England.



Mr. Funny is one of the characters from the Mr. Men series - children's books by Roger Hargreaves started in 1971.

Mr Funny is the funniest person in the whole of Happyland, quite the funniest you have ever seen. To start with, Mr Funny lives in a teapot that has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. What is even funnier is the fact that his car was not in fact a car, but a shoe with wheels!
All the animals and flowers that saw Mr Funny in his show-car laughed so hard, they laughed themselves in two, laughed their tails off or laughed themselves out of the ground.

6 Nov 2010

Marilyn Monroe

The magnetic bookmark with the image of Marilyn Monroe from Denmark.



Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. By 1953, Monroe had progressed to leading roles. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comedic effect in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range, and her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics, and she received a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959).

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as the possibility of homicide, have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has often been cited as a pop and cultural icon.

5 Nov 2010

Provand's Lordship

The laminated bookmark with the photos of interior and exterior of Provand's Lordship from Scotland.



The Provand's Lordship located in Glasgow, Scotland, today stands as a medieval-period historic house museum. At Provand's Lordship you can step back into Glasgow's past in the only house to survive from the medieval city. Now open to the public, Provand's Lordship has been extensively restored to give a real flavour of life in medieval Glasgow.

4 Nov 2010

Tulip

The wooden bookmark with tulip from the Netherlands.



It's not my only bookmark with a tulip, you can read about tulipomania in this post

Otter

The laminated bookmark with otters from England.




Otter - a nocturnal animal inhabiting rivers, streams and coastal areas. It mainly eats fish and shellfish, but also waterbirds and rats or voles.

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