Today's Wonder of the World is...Bookplates!
Flickr photo by Sprouthead
Are you a bookplate lover? Or does the word bookplate make you think of the last time you caught dinner crumbs with the pages of your favorite book as you finished just one more chapter?
In case you're new to the world of bookplates, allow me to play Marian the Librarian for a moment and give you a definition. Bookplates are simply small labels that you adhere to the inside front cover of a book. There are two types, children.
Type One: For Ownership.
Are you tired of lending out a favorite novel to a no good moocher friend, who promptly drops it in the bathtub, runs it through the dryer, and then forgets who lent her the book in the first place? Put a bookplate in the front with your name in permanent marker! Problem solved! At least part of it. (You might want to get some more friends!)
Type Two: For the Author's Signature.
You'd like to give your friend Mr. Peabody a book for Christmas by his favorite Russian author, Boris Badenov, but you want to make it extra special so that he'll introduce you to his short, smart looking boy Sherman, whom you've had a crush on since way back. You're certain Mr. Peabody would LOVE a signed copy, But Boris Badenov lives all the way in Russia, and you're not even chummy with any Alaskans. What to do?
Visit Mr. Badenov's website and discover that Boris gives away signed bookplates for free!
Send him a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and he'll dedicate it to Mr. Peabody, sign it, and send it back to you! Great, right?
What a coincidence!
Guess what I have, just for your gift giving pleasure?
Random House gave me permission to use Betsy Everitt's pretty artwork from my book cover, and I love the way they turned out!
If you're giving French By Heart as a birthday or holiday gift, or have one yourself and just want to show people how messy my handwriting is, read my sidebar for directions. I'd love to send one to you!
But enough about me and my bookplate.
Allow me to show you some others.
You can find plenty of cool ones on Etsy. My favorite shopping place!
Let's start with this post's opener, from the Etsy shop Sprouthead.
Flickr photo by Sprouthead
By the way, ex libris means from the library of.
I also love the ones at Taylored Arts. Like this one.
Photo from TayloredArts
And for the kiddies, check out this one from Oiseaux.
Photo by Oiseaux
And please, hop over HERE to see the bookplates a creative girl named Meeralee designed for her friends. They're hilarious!
If you'd like to see other author bookplates, drop by this site, and follow the links.
Speaking of dropping by, what are you doing tomorrow?
Oh come on. Who needs laundry and groceries anyway?
I'm joining in Vanessa Valencia's Halloween Party Conga Line, and I'd love for you to drop by! There will be free food and prizes and plenty of fun sites to visit!
Have a wonder-full Friday, y'all! And a great weekend!
PS. To start your weekend off right, watch Marian the Librarian in this favorite scene of mine from The Music Man. There are bound to be some bookplates in that library--and if there aren't, who cares?! It'll make you want to dance!