I've mentioned my bookmark collection a time or two (or three or four) here on the blog, and I finally had the bright idea that you might like to see some of them. So I went searching through my files where I just happen to have captured scans of a major part of my collection. My collection includes some of my mother's, gifts people have given to me, and ones that I've made.
Years ago, one of the people I worked with was going back home to Palau (think Micronesia) for a couple of weeks, and she asked me what I wanted her to bring back as a gift. My mind went absolutely blank. I didn't want her spending any money on me really, and I certainly didn't want anything that would take up a lot of room in her luggage. Then the light bulb went off over my head: I wanted a geographically specific bookmark. Unless you go crazy, they don't cost much, and they take up scarcely any room. Ernestine gave me a set of three gorgeous bookmarks from Palau, and ever since then, if someone wants to bring me back something from their travels, that's what I request. It's a win-win for both parties.
Let's take a look at some of the ones I've collected over the years.
|Handmade on paper from Mexico|
|Handmade tatted bookmark gifted to me|
|An online group I belonged to had a meet in Seattle. I decided to make laminated bookmarks as gifts for everyone who attended.|
|I also made bookmarks for each attendee that included their photo and a favorite quote. Everyone seemed to love them and made sure they had one of each. Here's mine.|
|This is one of the bookmarks Ernestine gave me.|
|When my niece Karen visited Monaco, she bought me this bookmark.|
|Here's one I bought for myself when Denis and I visited Waddeston Manor in England.|
That's enough for one sitting, but don't be surprised if I trot out some more of them. Why? Well... you might just like seeing them, and I like the memories they bring back.
Do any of you collect bookmarks? Inquiring minds would love to know!