Sari Silk Ribbon Bookmark – Handmade Gift for a Book Lover

handmade sari silk ribbon bookmark instructions

How about some craft time creating this simple sari silk ribbon bookmark? A perfect handmade gift for your favorite bookworm.

make a sari silk ribbon bookmark

This is a super easy make using sari ribbon and a handful of beads, charms & embroidery thread. Spend some time crafting these beautiful bookmarks for your own collection or as a gift for that special book reading or journaling friend.

Where to start….

Craft supplies for sari silk bookmark
  • Selection of beads. These were all spare beads from various other jewelry craft projects I have done. Try breaking up old dress jewelry you no longer like or from thrift store finds. Etsy has some great bead suppliers too. Try this Etsy store for a wide variety including Tibetan beads and charms.
  • Cellphone lanyard. These were a lucky thrift store find for me but you can also buy them online and on Etsy. Take a look here
  • Embroidery thread. Again, these were already in my sewing stash but you can find them very inexpensively at Michaels, Joanns and online at Etsy & Amazon
  • Small, flat charms. You ‘ll need to choose slender and flat charms as these may sit inside your book pages so you don’t want too much bulk. Try here for a large selection.
  • A pair of scissors. Glue or clear nail varnish (optional)

How to make your own sari silk ribbon bookmark


Cellphone charm loop with beads on

Thread your beads on to the cellphone lanyard loop. Be sure to leave a wide enough loop for your sari silk ribbons.

make a sari silk ribbon bookmark

Cut three sari ribbon lengths, group together and thread through the end of the lanyard loop. I mixed my colors but you could always stick to one.

Use ribbon lengths of 10-12 inches remembering that the finished silk tassel will be half of that length. The beaded cellphone lanyard loop will add an extra 2 inches to the tassel length.

For this bookmark I used three 10 inch lengths of ribbon to create a 5 inch sari silk ribbon tassel.

Sari silk ribbons secured with embroidery thread

Use embroidery thread to wind around the ribbons and tie in a double knot. You can secure your knot with a small dot of glue or some clear nail varnish if you choose. Trim the ends of the thread.

Looping through embroidery thread for a handmade bookmark

Thread a folded length of embroidery thread through the loop on your cellphone lanyard and feed the two tail ends back through to secure.

This bookmark would also make a great embellishment for a journal or sketchbook.

The embroidery thread is the part of the bookmark that will slide between the book pages so cut the length accordingly. For this project I kept the embroidery thread 5 inches long – the same as the tassel.

Pull tight and finish with your tiny charm. Knotting securely in to place.

And there you have your finished sari silk ribbon bookmark. Ready to go either on its own or tucked in to that new book you want to gift!

This bookmark would also make a great embellishment for a journal or sketchbook.

Three handmade sari silk ribbons

Sari silk ribbon bookmarks like this one are also available at our sister Etsy store, maycontainpaper, if you prefer to purchase!

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Yoga Wisdom – Inspiring Stories of Yoga Off Of The Mat

yoga wisdom book and tea on cozy blanket
Inspiration beyond the yoga mat

I love a yoga book and am always excited to explore the pages of a new one.  Like yoga teachers, all yoga books have something to offer the student and Yoga Wisdom, for me, is one of those with a great deal to offer.

Quite often yoga books focus primarily on the physical aspect of yoga. Nothing wrong with that at all but yoga has much more to offer. This book takes us beyond the mat to explore the bigger yoga picture.  

Yoga Wisdom describes the road she has travelled with yoga as her main traveling companion.

Yoga Wisdom documents the personal yoga journey of its author, Stephanie Spence.  Her book describes the road she has travelled, both physically and metaphorically, with yoga as her main traveling companion.

Weaved in to Stephanie’s memoir are the experiences and stories of a number of yogis & teachers.  She has interviewed a whole host of yogis who have embraced yoga as an integral part of their lives. This gives the reader an opportunity to dip in to the yoga journeys of others going beyond the physical practice on the mat.

Practicing yoga off of the mat and beyond the ‘workout’ can support us when dealing with life’s challenges.  

Their stories shared here describe how life can be messy and sometimes difficult. Taking our yoga practice off of the mat and beyond the ‘workout’ supports us when dealing with life challenges we encounter.  

The yoga journeys described are all unique with their own inspiring outcomes.  Each yogi interviewed has followed their own yoga path to overcome their personal challenges.

Copy of Yoga Wisdom with Mala and sage box on a yoga mat
Place a copy next to your mat or yoga altar to inspire your yoga & meditation practice

Yoga Wisdom is broken down into chapters that all have a specific theme and open with a phase of Stephanie’s life and story. This is followed by a section of other yogi’s personal stories and experiences.

The closing pages of each chapter, written by Stephanie, incorporate topics for self study, exploration and inspiration. I particularly liked chapter three’s ‘top 10 reasons to get to know your yoga teacher’. Chapter five offers great suggestions for supporting personal development.

Yoga provides us with the tools to help us embrace change

Yoga provides us with the tools to help us embrace change and do the inner work that moves us beyond habit, circumstances and self limiting beliefs.  This is one of those books that illustrates the magical transformation that can come from a yoga practice.

This is the perfect book to dip in to during quiet moments.  Place a copy next to your yoga altar as motivation for your yoga or meditation practice.  I for one will be adding Yoga Wisdom to my list of life inspiring favorites books.

Yoga Wisdom was recently awarded The Nautilus Award. This award recognizes books promoting spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change.    

Go read a copy now because if that’s not a stamp of approval, then what is?

YTT Journal Page for Yoga Teacher Trainees

downloadable PDF yoga teacher trainees

A yoga teacher training (YTT) is one of the most valuable, life enriching things you can experience.

As a yoga teacher trainee you will evolve your practice and nurture curiosity & self inquiry.  You will find yourself letting go of things that no longer serve you. Old patterns of behavior that stifle you will become obvious and start to unstick.

A big promise, right?  A lot of life changing claims going on there. But if there is one discipline that will move you to make fundamental changes in your life then yoga is it.

Journal using a dedicated YTT journal page

If you are enrolled on a200 hours training you will find that much of the curriculum is there to ready you for leading a class in a teaching capacity.

Knowledge of poses, alignment principles and safe sequencing are all vital skills to learn but there is so much more to the YTT experience.

Any good 200hour teacher training will include elements of the yoga sutras & philosophical aspects of the practice, breath work & meditation alongside physical asana training.

Download your FREE Teacher Trainee Journal Page here

Do your research and find the best fit for you. Get to know the teachers and curriculum involved. Choose the right training as YTT’s are a big financial investment. Here is a great pre-teacher training checklist to take a peek at!

As you work through asana you will be introduced to different philosophical themes prompting discussions with your fellow yogis. This will influence your understanding, teaching and day to day ‘living’ your yoga. 

You come to realize that it’s not all about what happens on the mat.  It’s what you take from your mat into your daily interactions, habits and lifestyle that are the essence of yoga.

As you embark upon your yoga teacher training journey consider creating a personal journal to document your thoughts.

Many students choose to enroll in teacher trainings not to teach but simply to enrich their own practice. Studying for personal development has tremendous value in breaking through personal obstacles, both mental and physical.  Being surrounded by like minded people in a learning environment is both enriching and inspiring.  

A training can be overwhelming when there is so much to read, study and absorb. One of the most valuable things you can do for yourself during a training is to journal. Use a dedicated YTT journal page to document emotions, transitions and those ‘aha’ moments. 

free download journal page

There is so much to read, study and absorb during a training but a journal doesn’t have to be an elaborate effort. Just a few sentences or bullet points to explore your own thoughts and experiences has great value.

Even journaling your thoughts weekly or on the first and last day of a weekend training will give you insight about your journey.  Nothing elaborate or long winded, just a few sentences or bullet points to explore your own thoughts and experiences.  You’ll find it to be a useful and inspiring exercise.

What changes do you observe between each journal entry? Even journaling your thoughts once a week can be enlightening if the prospect of daily journaling feels too overwhelming.

Print off your FREE YTT journal page and incorporate it into your yoga teacher training folder. 

Once you are in the journaling habit you’ll discover what a worthwhile and useful practice it is and continue beyond training.  Regular journal writing will be a valuable self care tool to compliment your yoga and meditation practice.

If you prefer, find yourself a dedicated notebook for your journaling or spark your creativity by making your own dedicated yoga notebook .

How has a journaling practice supported your yoga?

Fun Yoga T-Shirts

fun yoga t-shirts
photo credit tyler nix on unsplash

Who doesn’t love a new yoga t-shirt for class? Make a statement in one of these fun yoga t-shirts while doing your yoga thing or for day to day lounging.

As much as I love yoga clothing from all of the mainstream stores there is something more satisfying in wearing a unique handcrafted t-shirt.

Take a look at these fun yoga t-shirts made by crafty yoga types and support their creativity while brightening your practice or making a statement.

fun yoga t-shirts
Short sleeve t with fun down dog slogan

Short sleeved cotton T for your down dog fan

Fun yoga t-shirts Rich red short sleeve T with good vibes slogan
Getting those good vibes in bright red

Rich red T to get those good vibes going. Love those love hearts!

fun yoga t-shirts
Fix that yoga ponytail
fun yoga t-shirts
I love this color! Breathe more 😉

Bang on trend terracotta color with funky graphic and slogan ‘breathe more’

For those moments when your balance is iffy or your inversions just aren’t happening! Handprinted, sleeveless T

fun yoga t-shirts made by crafty yoga types

turquoise t with lotus design
cool in turquoise

A cool, colorful, comfortable T with lotus print. Short sleeved and cottony comfy

Well, who doesn’t?

Who doesn’t? Top tip on a top T! First I do the yoga….

Keep it simple. YOGA

Soft, comfy tee for class or lounging. Which will you do?

Soft grey t-shirt with ganesh image on front
Ganesh – the remover of all obstacles

Every yogi’s favorite. Ganesh – the remover of all obstacles on a soft shortsleeved T.

All of these fun yoga t-shirts are made by the talented crafters of Etsy & Amazon Handmade. Great designs to complement your practice and cozy up those lounging days. Grab a t-shirt to reflect your yoga personality and sense of fun!

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Creating a Yoga Blog – What I Learnt Along the Way

creating your yoga blog with laptop, notebook and pen
Photo credit – Galymzhan Abdugalimov on Unsplash

There are plenty of useful, quality blogs out there helping and advising on how to start your own blog. These are some of the things I’ve learned while creating a yoga blog.

Over time I’ve learnt that building a blog can be time consuming and challenging but also inspiring, motivating and fulfilling.

However, I’ve had moments of wanting to say goodbye to blogging but after lots of effort and trial and error I’ve found the winning formula for me. Take a look at this little list of things to consider when you’re building your yoga blog.

Yoga Blogging – What I Learnt Along the Way

– Keep It Simple

For me, this is key. Start simply and in time build. Yes, there are countless great features you can incorporate in to a blog. Do you need them all? Probably not. Do you want them all? Probably not.

If you start simple then there is a good chance you will continue with your efforts and maintain a blogging habit.

If you are considering a yoga themed blog, there is a good chance you are already teaching or studying to teach. Combine that with your own practice, work, home and family commitments and you may not have too many hours to dedicate to writing.

Start simple. See what topics you enjoy sharing and blog from there. Take a look at my yoga blogger Pinterest board for some great user friendly ‘start your blog’ articles.

By keeping it simple you avoid the overwhelm. After all, as a yogi, teacher trainee or yoga teacher, you will want to spend time practicing and studying yoga.

– Practice Non Attachment & Let your Blog Evolve

My own blog has evolved a couple of times since I started. Initially it was a blog to cover all things yoga – FAR too broad.

Then it changed to focus on those new to yoga and in middle age – but for me, too restrictive.

Then it became the blog it is today combining yoga & creativity. My two favorite things to do in one blog 🙂

It took a while to get here, but now it’s here it’s working.

– Be Time Realistic

Be realistic about the time you can dedicate to blogging. We all have busy lives and spending several hours a day blogging is unrealistic.

If you have an hour or two a week to spare then start there. Create realistic goals and deadlines. Post useful, quality content once a month if that is what your time realistically allows. Which takes me on to the next point…

– Create Useful Content that you Enjoy Writing

Work toward providing value and entertainment while creating community. Inspirational and helpful content that informs and solve problems goes a long way.

There are many great yoga blogs already out there but work on content that you really enjoy researching and sharing. Be sure to find your own unique niche or focus and allow your own individual personality to shine through when creating your yoga blog.

Avoid getting caught up in being everything to everyone when you’re creating your yoga blog. Covering all the bases is far too expansive a project brief and a lot of work.

I started blogging and was way too keen to cover every facet of yoga. Yoga is a BIG subject. Focusing in on a niche you enjoy is the way move forward.

Start your blog - tips to keep it simple
Start simple. See what topics you enjoy sharing and blog from there.

– Limit Social Media

If you are an expert in different social media then this point may not apply. I, however, am no expert!

I found that when I was trying to cover multiple platforms I was making a real hash of it. Spreading time so thinly across several platforms was no fun, time consuming and, in the end, not helpful.

You have many social media options to choose from. I decided to limit mine to the two I enjoyed and understood the most. Pinterest and Instagram were my chosen two and I focus on those alone.

In Summary….

I learnt a great deal over a long period of time creating my yoga blog. Looking back though, I wasted far too much of my time in the early days trying to learn about and incorporate every possible blog widget available.

The reality is, just starting and producing useful content for readers that you enjoy writing and sharing is the foundation of a great blog. You will learn about and pick up all of the other features as you go along.

Avoid getting bogged down analyzing what you think you should be incorporating into a blog and start creating the content that is important to you. The results will be true to your vision which, in turn, will ensure authenticity – an important part of maintaining a successful blog.

Evolve over time at your own pace adding to it gradually as you discover what aspects of blogging interest and inspire you.

If it becomes a chore, your blog will stall. So start simple and evolve from there.

How was your start to blogging? Smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?