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


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


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


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


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


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.


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