Love Is…

Love is...Remember those old comic strips with the adorable pudgy couple so very much in *in love*?

I used to wait impatiently for everyone in my house to read the newspaper every day so I could cut them out (my grandmother, bless her soul, took over doing this for me even after I was in college!).

I’d deposit them in a big ole envelope and then on crafty-feeling days, would pull out the envelope, color the strips in with colored pencil, glue them to color-coordinated construction paper so the colored edges framed the comic, glue the whole thing onto cardboard, punch a hole in the top, laminate them using lamination sheets (not the machine), carefully cut out the hole, and then braid a selection of three colors of yarn at the top for the tassel.

Voilà! Lovely homemade bookmarks something like these at Petitt’s Creations!

Goodness knows where that stack of lovelies is today, but how fun–I just found a site where I can relive those Love Is moments!

And why am I thinking about this today?

Well because a friend in California sent me this gorgeous photo of a bookstore display window:

Bookstore window in San Francisco on Flickr

So lovely! And thank you for reminding me of some wonderful memories.

Happy Love Thursday* everyone!

*Make that Friday. This got auto-published a day late…so…

Happy Love Friday and buon weekend!

9 Beans of Wisdom to “Love Is…”
  1. Gil

    I think I’ll wrap this up to give to my wife for our anniversary Saturday!

    Aw too cute! Happy anniversary Gil!

  2. 10.09.2009

    Did Aristotle say “Love is a single soul dwelling in two bodies”? That’s beautiful!

    It looks like that quote is indeed floated around as coming from Aristotle; who knew?!

    .-= saretta´s last blog ..Expat Interview =-.

  3. ally bean

    I’d forgotten all about that chubby couple. I thought they were so sweet back then. I love that your grandmother helped you in your creative pursuit. What lovely memories you have. Thanks for sharing.

    Glad you enjoyed Aimee 🙂

  4. 10.09.2009

    I got a Love Is over in Russia, it was in a candy wrapper. It was the first I had seen them, and I always thought they were so cute! THanks for posting that link. 🙂

    Enjoy Aimee!

  5. 10.09.2009

    I remember that I had friend that had posters like that. Even little statues!

    Aw, I’m sure they were very cute 🙂

  6. 10.10.2009

    Love that you made bookmarks like that. I used to make them from a book of wallpaper samples!!!

    I was always surprised to see the signature in the corner and note that their creator/drawer was kim . . .

    What a great idea with the wallpaper! Love it!

  7. 10.10.2009

    Now that is a neat way to make some really cute -and special -bookmarks. But one question from the dummy here. Laminated sheets? I don’t recall ever seeing any thing like that. Where do you get them? Are they expensive? And, how difficult are they to work with too?

    Jeni, I got them at Sam’s Club MANY years ago, but I think I saw them at Wal-Mart the last time I was home. I can’t remember. They’re pretty easy to work with once you get the hang of it; they have peelable backs. The most important thing is a clean, dry, flat work surface (wooden table is great)–making sure there are no bubbles is the hardest thing!

  8. A post full of love. Whenever I hear the word ‘love’, I wonder how people will describe the feeling. It’s amazing how it can make us happy and sad. Love is…I’ll never attempt again to answer that because for as long as I feel love, I know what love is.:)

    Very poetic 🙂

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