UPDATE: Giveaway winner: I used random.org to pick a winner, and Blodeuedd’s name came out the hat, but as Blodeuedd is a reviewer who has reviewed my previous novels and I’d planned on asking her if she’d like to review a copy anyway, I picked another name, and so Janet Kerr, you are the winner. I’ll be in touch to get your address details!
A while back the lovely and talented Joan Swan made some beautiful ribbon bookmarks for me, with the cover of my debut novel, In a Treacherous Court, somehow shrunk into a cute, adorable ornament which was attached to one end, and a lovely crown on the other. I’m not sure how she creates the little cover ornaments, I’m both impressed and slightly envious, but when I got the ARCs for my upcoming book, The Emperor’s Conspiracy, I was struck by the lovely red ribbon in my heroine’s dress.
Red ribbons. Ribbon bookmarks. Click. A light went on in my head. My daughter and I went off shopping and after a bit of dabbling, made the beautiful deep red ribbon bookmarks you can see in the photo. I don’t have the means or know-how to make a cover ornament, but I did find some lovely alternatives and for every advance reading copy I’ve sent out so far, each has had a ribbon bookmark that matches the cover with it.
Another thing that we’ve gotten into in the last couple of months is card making. My daughter in particular has had a lot of fun with it, and some of the cards she’s made have really been nicer than most I’ve seen in the shops.
So, do you have a creative outlet that you enjoy? Something that you do with your children or which is just for you? I have always loved cooking and baking, and I do that more and more with my kids as they’ve gotten old enough to participate, but making something like these bookmarks is wonderful because they last a bit longer than my cakes and biscuits
I’m giving away an advance reading copy of The Emperor’s Conspiracy (with a bookmark!) to one randomly-drawn commenter. I’ll draw the name on Friday evening. Looking forward to hearing all the wonderfully creative things everyone does!