16 March 2011

Yackety-yak: Ribbons & Things

For what seems like ages, I have searched for the perfect bookmark. My quest was not for the most beautiful nor the most affective bookmark. Nay! My quest was more a search for the bookmark that would finally really speak to me. I even had a vintage rectangular wooden box devoted to my bookmarks. Then the other day, quite out of the blue and by accident, it came to me. Earlier that day I had received a ribbon sprayed with perfume at Victoria's Secret. I stuck it in my purse because it was so pretty (black with white polka dots). The next thing I know, I take it home, stick in a book, and voilĂ  my quest is over. Just like that the answer is ribbons!? Ironic how I searched for so long and the answer was so simple. Sure I still carry paper around to take review notes but I am now officially obsessed with pretty ribbons for my books.
So I ask you my darlings, what is your favorite bookmark?



Image credit: A Girl Reading in a Sailing Boat (1869) by Alfred Chantrey Corbould

74 comments :

  1. I use to dog ear(hangs my head in shame), but stopped that years ago, now I use whatever I can find. Some of my bookmarks consist of bills, scrap paper, clothes tags, pictures, and that's just to name a few.

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  2. My favorite is just a slip of paper that my son glued a picture on and "wrote" his name. I love it.

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  3. I rarely use bookmarks. The only one I'm using at the moment is a bookstore freebie. I try to just remember the page number I'm on.

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  4. Melissa: I have SO done that :)

    Teresa: O how sweet! :)

    LaCocc: You can do that? I'm horrible at remembering pages. ;)

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  5. RECEIPTS! I learned long ago that they were my best friend. They're always in my purse and if I lose it, I always have another one! :P

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  6. Tipsy: Handy! I love it! :) Do they ever leave ink spots?

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  7. I tend to use whatever is nearest me. Or close the book and I hope remember the page number. However, one of my favorite bookmark's is of a faerie. It has a gold tassel with a purple bead. I had a scented bookmark once. Those are nice!

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  8. Ah, how wonderful Juju! Definitely a good bookmark. As for me, I'll pretty much use whatever's available, and usually keep some "disposable" ones at the ready (i.e. ones that is they get bent, lost, or torn...I won't cry...~tear~). I actually use to make bookmarks when I was in school. Yep. Just use your imagination, some markers, a bit of scotch tape and TADA! Instant do it yourself loveliness. ^_^

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  9. Julie: Scented? You don't say! I would love that! :)

    Odd fact about me: Whenever I think of scented little things like that, I remember my Strawberry Shortcake doll from when I was a little girl in the 80s. She blew strawberry scented kisses.

    GMR: You sound incredibly handy and crafty! Aren't you the one that made Danielle/1stDaughter that gorgeous cover? :)

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  10. I do not have a fav :( I use Lord of the rings cards

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  11. Blod: Right on! Like collectible playing cards? That can be cute! :)

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  12. My favorite bookmark is probably my Masterpiece Classic bookmark that I got free at the the library when the Jane Austen season ran on PBS. It features Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. ;-)

    I love your new blog look! If my blog wasn't titled Black 'n Gold Girl it would definitely have pink everywhere! LOL!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  13. I do have one laminated bookmark that my middle son made me when he was 7 (now nearly 14)for Mother's Day.

    Sometimes I just use sticky notes.

    Whatever I use, youngest son pulls them out and is pleased to hand them to me :)

    carol

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  14. My favorite bookmarks are long narrow triangles with pictures of my granddaughters. My daughter takes them to a photobooth, There are for pictures, usually one or two are silly faces. It's great to take a break occasionally while reading and look at them.

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  15. I have a really wide ribbon that I use for a bookmark. I also have this cute pink bookmark from a friend that says, "Calm down, eat a cupcake" but my cats attack the tassle like it is a treat!

    Honestly, I use almost everything!

    Mad Scientist
    http://madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

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  16. Hello! I came across your blog on another book blogger's page and thought I would check it out. I absolutely love it and I'm now following!

    I would greatly appreciate it if you would stop by my own blog, www.gabriellenesiba.blogspot.com. I'm new to the scene and would love any advice and/or suggestions you might have. Thanks!

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  17. I use blank recipe cards instead of bookmarks. I also keep a pen close by when I read, and can jot down notes as I go through a book. I write where I got the book from, when a review is scheduled, etc. Everything all in one place, it is the perfect solution for me.

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  18. Renee: Ooo that does sound nice :) And thank you soooo much :)

    Dizzy C: Oh no! *laugh* You poor thing. A bad habit you will both surely laugh at some day. You're homemade bookmark sounds awesome. :)

    Margot: How sweet! I love that idea! :)

    Mad: Wide ribbon? *high five* And the cupcake one sounds adorable! :)

    Gabby: Hi Gabby! Welcome welcome. I will definitely check out your page :)

    Janet Ruth: Oh that is so smart! So do you keep them afterwards?

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  19. I used to use papers, business cards and pencils to mark my pages but now I only use bookmarks. However, I hate the bookmarks that come with something attached to it (like a dangly pendant)because I get nervous and worry more about not losing the pretty bauble that's hanging on the thing :/ I can't even tuck them into the pages because I hate the dents that they leave on the pages! (Can you tell that I'm obsessive with my books?)

    I like slim bookmarks that have pretty images though :D This is why I love swag--sooo many awesome bookmarks! <3

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  20. Juju, in response to your question, no I don't usually keep them, but maybe I should! I need to find a vintage wooden file box like you talked about ... and then I am all set.

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  21. I have a TON of bookmarks! I have a Harry Potter set I bought years ago, Eragon bookmarks, cute little ones I buy at my kids' book fairs every year, swag ones...I even save unused free movie passes (if it's a gorgeous one) and those little movie promo postcards. I have several handmaid ones that I've won or received as gifts. Can you tell I'm a fanatic? And I also have a pretty wooden box that I keep them in. I want to start making some handmade ones myself. I'm going to utilize old Christmas cards to make some holiday themed ones and I'm going to make some fabric ones...and others. Who knows...I may even open my own Etsy shop! And by the way, ribbons are an excellent idea! I might make some homemade ones out of ribbon. When I do, I'll send you one. =O)

    Yay, I can comment again! Thank you Google Chrome!

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  22. I like the ribbon idea. I usually just grab a scrap of paper.

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  23. I try to remember my page numbers but I will use whatever is handy. Current bookmark? A small empty bag of cheetos (gross, I know).

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  24. That is such a good idea. I never thought about using ribbons as bookmarks. So very clever! I actually have quite a few bookmarks but there are 3 that I use the most. All 3 were given to me by my little cousin and they're super cool. Two of them are like 3D, so when you move them around they change scenes. The third depicts scenes of Greek mythology and on the back it gives us some facts. This one is one of my favorites. When I was little I use to make my own bookmarks just like GMR. I still have a couple of those! =D

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  25. oooh.... I dogear everything I read. How awful is that?

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  26. Juju- this is a fantastic idea. I never thought of using a ribbon, uh=oh I may just go ribbon crazy...:D

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  27. Haha! I like it! I am traditional I guess - I prefer any kind of hard paper bookmarks - the usual long bookmarks, business cards, even a piece of paper will do. Whatever I see near me.

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  28. Ooh, a ribbon is such a cute idea! I should totally use one! It would look really nice, too. :)

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  29. What a great idea! I could never have thought of ribbons.
    My favorite is the Tom and Jerry bookmark which my sister made for me when she was around 8 years old.

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  30. Answers are always in the last place you look. ;) My favorite bookmark is one my daughter brought me from China. Yes, I'm sentimental.

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  31. a ribbon is a great idea for a bookmark, juju! i have many faves and sometimes have to use whatever i can find!

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  32. I would have never thought of using a ribon. I usually love bookmarks with some cute, whimsical artwork on it.

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  33. Oh, that's a great idea!! Sadly, today I used what was closest to me since I was in a hurry...a napkin from Little Ceasar's lol!

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  34. I agree - ribbons are a great idea for a bookmark! Especially cute ribbon.

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  35. POST ITS! The little ones. OMG! I love them. I carry them everywhere I got to mark up my books without having to mark on them.

    I collect pretty bookmarks, too, but for actually saving my place, I just use post its.

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  36. I don't use bookmarks. I dog ear pages or turn the books over and lay them down open to the page I'm on. They'll probably revoke my book blogging license for this admission. :)

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  37. Awww, that is such a cute idea! I've never thought of using ribbons before but they are perfect bookmarks. I use whatever I have around me for bookmarks. Random pieces of paper, sticky notes, pens, and all sorts of stuff. I do love to use a pretty bookmark when I can remember to but usually I just use whatever I can, as long as it keeps my place I'm okay with it. :D

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  38. I collect bookmarks :) I was have swag ones, paper one, metal ones, book thongs etc etc! BUT I only use two of them...what a waste

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  39. Bookmarks don't last with me for very long. I loose them all the time. So I'm miss dog-ear. I know, I know, sinfull!!

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  40. Oh, I love the ribbon idea! I can just imagine how pretty your books looks all lined up with pretty ribbons sticking out of them! :D

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  41. I love bookmarks too! A ribbon is a great idea, b/c some of the bookmarks I have are heavy and fall out of the paperback when I am carrying it around, etc. A ribbon would definitely stay put. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  42. I typically just r'ber the page numbers and start from there. If I am reading one too many books at the same time then I just use whatever I get ... any bill, card, paper... name it!

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  43. i'm terrible about bookmarks - i love them - think they're wonderful, beautiful, fascinating; however, i lose them constantly - so i just try to remember the page number

    having a kindle helps a bunch

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  44. Since I don't read on an eReader I adore my bookmarks. I have a special box for them, and I'm currently using one of the new Book Depository bookmarks I got from a recent order.

    I love the idea of using a ribbon though, I'm going to check out my craft store and see what they have on the weekend. Maybe with a button or something else cute on it too :) Great idea!

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  45. Hurrah for good bookmarks! I haven't really found one that I use religiously, although I have a bunch. Actually, I tend to use the receipt from the bookstore haha

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  46. Sandy: OMG me too! But for me I dislike I'm always afraid the dangly bit will hurt my pages or book. :) Slim is definitely key! :)

    Janet Ruth: Wouldn't it be fun to go back and read your reviews later? :) Like a little recipe box?

    Michelle True: I love it! I loved reading about all your bookmarks! Ooooo I like Christmas card idea! You should SO open a shop! :D

    Midnight: :)

    Alexis: I'm sooo bad at that ;) LOL OMG that was by far the best/worst answer so far! I love it. Thanks for sharing :)

    Bere: How sweet! What did you make yours out of?

    BookBelle: Say it ain't so! ;) *teasing*

    Aths: Practical is always good :)

    Justine & Beach: Exactly :)

    Misha: O I love when a bookmark carries a memory :)

    Kathi: Amen to that!

    Carrie: I feel ya ;)

    Jenny N: Oooo you said my favorite word. Now I'm wondering what yours look like :)

    Vamp: *giggle* nice :)

    JessicaBookLover: I feel like going ribbon shopping they way they use to in old books :)

    Missie: Little, cute, and practical :)

    Joy & Cherry: LOL You gals and BookBelle! :)

    Anna: :) Been there :)

    BadassBookie: Funny how we do that isn't it? :)

    Becky: :D Try it! You'll be in love. Wouldn't it be cool if you found some ribbon with little cupcakes? :)

    Christina: No prob :)

    Kavyen: Rubber band? Really? :) Does it hurt your pages?

    Stacy: Agreed! :)

    Bella & Tina: Fabulous. I love that I inspired you :)

    Lizzy: Handy :)

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  47. great idea! it will never wrinkle.

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  48. I'll have to try pretty ribbons. I have a weakness for all kinds of bookmarks. It's especially tempting when the displays are set up at the checkout counter of the bookstore . . .

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  49. That is actually a really cool idea. It's funny how certain things just come to you!
    P.S. Juju, thanks for popping to take a look at my the blog and making comments. <3
    www.paulashx-bookreviews.com

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  50. What a grand idea! I'm always struggling to find the perfect book mark. In fact I was considering even ordering a special one with a jewel on one end of it and a ribbon for the place holder. But, I never thought about this option, what an eye opener! Thanks!

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  51. Renee Ann: OMG yes! Agreed :)

    Paula: No prob! Your blog is a blast :)

    Gina Precious: Thanks :) I hope you try it.

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  52. This is a brilliant idea. I use whatever is closest. Usually some junk mail or bill that came in the mail, but I do have a few bookmarks stashed around the house as well.

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  53. Christie: What a great way to recycle using junk mail! :)

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  54. I am so stealing this idea! It's just brilliant.

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  55. Oh I love this post! Hmmmm I came across a bookmark not too long ago that I made when I was around 7. I am quite sentimental about objects so I was thrilled. I quite cherish it. So that would be my favourite bookmark :)

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  56. I love bookmarks but I always lose them and end up either losing my place or using the dust jacket and inevitably creasing it all up. I need a fab bookmark that's super special. You've given me some good ideas with the ribbons and such! PS Love the new blog layout. Beautiful (as usual) :)

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  57. Ohhhhhhh!!!!!!!! That is cute!!!! I may just have to steal your idea. I love it.

    My favorite book mark is one that my best friend's dad gave me ten years ago when I first met him. It's made from metal, but it's really thin and light. It kind of clips on like a paperclip so I don't lose my page.

    My other bookmark is made from a thicker, heavier metal. It's pretty, but it has a tendency to fall out.

    I love the idea of having a bunch of different colored ribbons to choose from as a bookmark. :) You can pick one out to match the book's cover.

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  58. I had a string with pretty beads that was my favorite for a very long time--but somehow bookmarks have a way of getting lost. We used ribbons as bookmarks when we decorated for my daughters wedding.

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  59. I have so many bookmarks and I have one for all my books. I got them either freebies, bought,handmade,or signed. But i love the one that they call it book thongs. kind of sassy and sexy, no?

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  60. My favorite bookmark is one my brother made for me when we were children. It's red braided strings with two red heart beads on it - so cute, and still working wonderfully after all these years (lol, but my brother now denies ever making it for me...too embarrassing for him to admit!)

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  61. Mine is a bookmark with the portret of Varvara Moesina Poesjkina. It's beautiful. :)

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  62. Meredith: Yay! :)

    Blueice: O what is it of? :)

    Kim Butterfly: Thanks sweetie :) Good luck hunting :)

    Cialina: Yay! :) Please do. How cool that your favs are metal. That's quite different :) Oh and great idea matching it to the cover! *high five*

    Kaye: Oh how sweet! I remember those pictures. Coolest centerpieces EVER! :)

    Darlyn: Thongs? *giggle* The name sounds sort of trashy ;) But funny! :)

    YA Book Queen: How sweet! And it's like you carry a bit of him with you. I love it :)

    Nina: OOoooo now I secretly want to see it :)

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  63. Wow, thats actually a great idea. Something so simple and with so many color choices. I usually end up using scraps of paper (whatever is closest) even though I have a basket of bookmarks on my shelf.

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  64. Just dropping by again Ju! Take care!!

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  65. I love ribbon place holders. I have a few that are my fav. SO glad you were able to find that perfect fit with you.

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  66. How simple is that -- and sprayed with some of your favorite perfume. I have some gorgeous bee bookmarks that I don't use, but are in my bee collection. I just happen to like book thongs the best.

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  67. GG: You collect bee ones? How cool! Love it ;)

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  68. I used to use bookmarks that actually made with my sister's scrapbook stash. A few weeks ago, my boyfriend bought me those new magnet bookmarks that were shaped like panda bears. That started my obsession. So now every time I go to the bookstore, I always pick up some more. I have a little collection now. They're nice b/c you clip them to another page while you read so you don't lose them as easily! :)

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  69. Lily Child: Oooo magnets! Fun! I love it! Thanks for sharing and yay for the considerate bf! :)

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