Today in Pop Culture History...

August 31, 1949: Richard Gere, the star of such films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Chicago, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Wednesday, January 20

Project for Booklovers and Parents

I am a reader.  I LOVE BOOKS.  I love them so much I am writing my own.  In fact, that is how I got into the blogging thing.  My first blog (my main blog) is Southern City Mysteries.  It wasn't until I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and needed a place to bleed and emote that I began this one.  Luckily, it has turned into more of a happy place than a drown your sorrows type of cesspool.

But back to the point of this post...My father's birthday was January 9th and he is an avid reader as well.  He reads mostly mass-market paperbacks and doesn't hesitate to break their spines or dog-ear their pages, but I thought a nice accessory would be a good gift.  Enter the bookmark.

I have children.  My son loves to draw and my daughter loves stickers.  But you can't just cut a bookmark out of regular notebook or construction paper - too flimsy.  So resourceful me grabbed an old birthday card and cut it into strips.  Because of the card's design, I was actually able to make five bookmarks.  Some superhero/Scooby Doo stickers and several shades of ink later--voila!  Homemade bookmarks!  The kids loved it, the grandfather will love it and I appear the creative mom for a day.

Just thought I would share.  Do you have any creative ideas to share?  I'm always looking for new projects to do with my children, and I am sure other readers are as well.

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Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

The kids, when they were little, used to go "ice fishing." I'd put a handful of ice cubes the sink (full of water) and give them different rods to use (spoons of different sizes, a strainer for when they got tired of fishing.) Had to watch them around water, but it was a nice, quiet indoor activity.

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Avalon said...

Neat idea...will have to slice a card for my little boy...thanks for the idea and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Michele Emrath said...

Elizabeth- That's a great idea! My son is fascinated by ice. We've watched it melt before! It's a great introduction to science.

Avalon- I'm always struggling with what to do with cards we receive. Throw them out? But someone put time and effort into picking them out for us! I usually put them in the art box so the kids can cut shapes out of them later. This time an actual project came of it! Thanks for coming by my blog, Avalon.

Rachel said...

I love interesting cards, I save them and use them as backgrounds and accents on scrapbooking pages. In theory at least, I'm horribly behind. You can do the same for old logo t-shirts you just can't bear to part with.

Michele Emrath said...

Great idea SIL (sister-in-law)! Thanks for the tip. I hate to throw them away, but they sure can pile up.