26 Feb 2010

Dogwood and British Columbia

The fabric bookmark with the image of dogwood flower from Canada.



Dogwood (or to be more exact - the inflorescence of Pacific Dogwood) is the official flower of the province of British Columbia.

British Columbia is a province of Canada. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria and the largest city is Vancouver.

British Columbia is home of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games!!!

25 Feb 2010

Butterfly Effect

The metallic bookmark with a butterfly from Moscow, Russia.





An interesting fact:
The name 'Butterfly' was first coined to describe the Yellow Brimstone Butterfly, a variety commonly seen across Europe. It was actually known as 'Butter-colored Fly' and that later became 'Butterfly'.

24 Feb 2010

Seahorse

The wooden bookmark with the plastic seahorse from Portugal.



Seahorse differ from other fish, it has a head like a horse, a tail like a monkey, a pouch like a kangaroo and the eyes resemble a chameleon's.

Seahorses have a single mate for life. Every morning, they come together, dance, change their color, twirl around with linked tails and then separate for the rest of the day. Isn't this romantic?;) While mating, seahorses utter musical sounds. Mating is usually done under a full moon.
Seahorses are the only animals in the entire animal kingdom in which the male has babies. The female seahorse deposits the eggs into the male's small pouch, these eggs are then fertilized by the male.

23 Feb 2010

Turkish Carpets

The magnetic bookmark with a motive of special carpets from Turkey.



Turkish carpets come in distinct styles, from different regions of Turkey.
Since a carpet is more of a work of art, each design has a deeper meaning. For many centuries, weaving rugs have been a way for Turkish women to express their feelings, wishes,interests, fears, fidelity and love in an authentic way. Most of the motifs change from region to region: geometric designs, the central medallion design, tree of life, the prayer niches.

22 Feb 2010

Al Capone

The magnetic bookmark with the image of Al Capone from England. Quatation: "When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you."



Al Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) is America's best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city.

Hebrews

The bookmark from the USA.
What's written on this bookmark?
"He promised and He meant it!
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10.23



Hebrews is a term used in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh). The Hebrews are generally regarded as either the same people or as ancestors of the Israelites.

20 Feb 2010

Bethlehem

The bookmark from Israel. The photo on this bookmark is taken by George Azar.



Bethlehem is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank, approximately 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem.
Bethlehem is where Jesus Christ was born in a manger more than 2000 years ago. This city has retained a friendly atmosphere and is a host to thousands of tourists each year. The town of Bethlehem has 27,000 inhabitants half of whom are Moslems and half are Christians. Next to Jerusalem, it is Christiandomes Holiest city.

19 Feb 2010

Warm Surprise

This handmade bookmark is from Japan, a warm suprise from my friend Ayumi.

The Great Wave

The metallic (stainless steel) double-sided bookmark with very finely cut-out and engraved illustration (the black areas within the bookmark are cut holes) from Switzerland.

The bookmark shows the icon artwork 'The Great Wave' created by Japan's most famous artist Hokusai.





Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) created this extraordinary picture around 1831. It is known as 'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa'. To the right of the wave the snow covered Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance.

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This bookmark is one the many beautiful bookmarks that can be found in Mirage Bookmark gift shop.

18 Feb 2010

No Title

The bookmark from England:



Devilish Rabbit

The plastic bookmark with rabbit from a bookstore in Lithuania.



Don't be fooled because that innocent smile hides the rabbit's devilish attempts to eat the pages of my books:))

17 Feb 2010

Petronas Twin Towers

The metallic bookmark with the image of the Petronas Twin Towers from Malaysia.



The Petronas Twin Towers (Malay: Menara Berkembar Petronas) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are tallest twin buildings in the world. Designed by Argentine architect César Pelli, the Petronas Towers were completed in 1998 after a seven year build.

16 Feb 2010

Love is Everywhere

Hope your Valentine's Day was ok:) Love is all around: even cats and dogs can be friends!

The lovely bookmark from Germany:

13 Feb 2010

Irish Pubs

The bookmark with the photo of Irish Pubs from the United Kingdom.





The word pub is short for public house. There are over 60,000 pubs in the UK (53,000 in England and Wales, 5,200 in Scotland and 1,600 in Northern Ireland). Pubs are an important part of British life. People talk, eat, drink, meet their friends and relax there.

11 Feb 2010

Wish Catcher

The 2 in 1 bookmark (metallic and card with a string) from the USA. Lending a bit of charm to every book. Designed by Evelia Sowash.

The card bookmark slides into a book. "Each moment is a gift" - written on it:



The metallic bookmark clips onto a page:

10 Feb 2010

Tallinn

The leather bookmark from Estonia.



Tallinn
is the capital and largest city of Estonia. The Tallinn Old Town became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997.

9 Feb 2010

8 Feb 2010

Klompen

The magnetic bookmark with wooden shoes-clogs from the Netherlands.



The traditional all-wooden Dutch klompen (clogs) go back to middle age and became a symbol of Holland such as skates, windmills & tulips. Because of the long association of Dutch people, especially rural workers, and clogs, Dutch people are sometimes nicknamed cloggies or clog-wearers. Despite the fact that most Dutch no longer wear klompen for everyday use, clogs remain popular by people working in their gardens, farms and by planters. The Dutch also consider wearing clogs as being healthy for the wearers' feet.

4 Feb 2010

Yakko Edobei

The bookmark with the actor Otani Oniji II from Japan. The Kabuki actor is captured here in the role of Yakko Edobei.



The Actor Otani Oniji II as Yakko Edobei is a work created by Toshusai Sharaku, an ukiyo-e master who remains popular today. This piece, based on a kabuki play, depicts the villain as he is about to attack, with his hands spread wide in threat and his face full of hatred. A yakko is a manservant often used by samurai to perform violent deeds.

Lichfield Cathedral

The bookmark with the photo of Lichfield Cathedral from England.



Lichfield Cathedral is situated in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. It is the only medieval English cathedral with three spires. The cathedral is dedicated to St Chad and Saint Mary.

2 Feb 2010

Francesco Musante

The bookmark with an illustration of Fransesco Musante from Italy.



Francesco Musante was born in Genoa, in Italy in 1950.
From 1968 he began to exhibit in important Italian and international shows.
A painter whose works are not to true life, Musante expresses himself through images, portraying fantastic stories that are almost always nocturnal and in episodes.

1 Feb 2010

Palm Leaf

The bookmark with a wooden dolphin made from palm leaf, received from Thailand.



In South Asia, palm leaf is used primarily for craftwork and printing. Since paper had not been invented over the past two thousand years, the only writing material naturally available was palm leaf. In Shri Lanka, in 95 BC, Buddhist teachings were initially written on palm leaves. As such, palm leaf is considered sacred and respected throughout the region.

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