Fun Friday: Keeping Your Books Close

Isn't this interesting? Called a "booklace" by North Carolinan artist Phyllis. It's a wearable miniature hardbound book, one-of-a-kind, with a handwritten message inside. This particular book has pretty green jewels and a gold piece set onto pretty green and white papers. There's a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote inside in the same cheerful shades of green as the book's covers. I'd never seen anything like this and thought it was perfect for a Fun Friday.

The book pendant is accordion folded and slides into a brass frame; the entire thing measures 1-1/8x1-1/2 and is a quarter-inch deep, all hanging off a cord of mercerized cotton, all for $20. It's a really interesting little treat, one of many available from Quill Chick. Phyllis was actually calligrapher to the Governor's Office of North Carolina (and here I didn't even know there was such a fabulous gig out there!) and took up bookbinding as a natural extension of her affection for paper. She will do custom orders as well, and as an artist is happy to work with you and offer different creative ideas if you feel stumped, so she might be a good one to keep in mind for gift-giving, don't you think?

Have a great weekend!

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