Tuesday, 2 June 2009

A smile costs nothing! ;-)

This morning, I was at my mum's, 'crafting'.
We did 'quilling'... but we spent so much time talking and laughing even more ...that not a lot was achieved really!!
Somehow, the conversation got around to, 'people who do not smile' ;-)
We have a shop in town where the owner does not smile at all..my mum often spends a lot of money in this particular shop !
All of a sudden my mum said, 'Do you remember that bookmark you gave me, years ago?'
Well I didn't... and so off she went to find it!
And of course,she returned with a box full of bookmarks..loads of them!

She proceeded to tell me that now I had something to blog, seeing as our quilling efforts were somewhat 'naff'!!

So I brought them home to look through them and I fell in love with these National Trust bookmarks right away.
And various other lovely designs.

Lots of historical ones too.

And many more that I have not yet discovered!

Keep smiling!



KC'sCourt! said...

What a lovely collection, a collection that has been built up over a long period of time no doubt.
Your're right it costs nothing to smile. I used to work in a local Post Office and when the new owners took over the job was't fun anymore and one day a customer came in and I served her and the first thing she said to me was you've lost your smile - well......I thought its about time I change jobs too and I did, now I work in the local craft shop (I have worked thee about 5years and I will always remember that this same lady came into the shop and said you've found your smile again!

Floss said...

Wow. I keep bookmarks (many from re-used birthday cards) in a basket on my bedside table, but that is a collection on a different scale!

When I was 11 we moved to a village where there was a woman who didn't smile. It really stands out in an otherwise friendly Devon village, doesn't it? I passed her every day on my walk to school and I made it my rather evil mission to 'make her smile', even though she so clearly didn't want to. After a year or so she did smile at me. I learned later that her child had died, and then I felt mega-evil for making a joke of her. However, it's possible that by smiling nicely every day I did her some good, despite my less than perfect intentions.

THIS'N'THAT said...

Looks like the national collection of bookmarks, so bright and colourful!
Yes, I know what you mean about smiles. So often I get customers chatting about shops which they've enjoyed at home and away from home ... and most times, a friendly smile is a big part of what makes them feel happy to be there:)

Simone said...

I bet you smiled when you saw all those bookmarks! What a lovely collection.

Rosie said...

Gosh, I have a few bookmarks in a drawer but nothing on this scale - they are very pretty. I have two or three I use regularly and I have a favourite one - some I bought myself others were given me - I do like a nice bookmark:) I wish people would smile more often - fewer people say 'good morning' as they pass by than used to.

Hen said...

Oh my, thats quite a collection, lovely. They would be very useful in our house as the Muchkin can never find a bookmark.
Hen x

louise said...

Now I know where you get your love of collecting from, your Mum! I do wish I lived near you, I would have so much fun rifling through your family treasures! I shall try to think of the 'smile' motto with every miserable/rude customer I serve at work. I am a person who smiles, a lot! x

Mary Poppins said...

Wow, what a beautiful collection I adore bookmarks and especially love the child like ones with lovely mesages that I have picked up from various churches.

I agree a smile costs nothing, one smiler here, I often smile at strangers walking past me in the street, and guess what. I always get a lovely smile back :)



sue15cat said...

What a lovely collection of bookmarks.

I agree with you and Mary Poppins above, about smiling, I often smile at complete strangers and say hello, half smile back and half look at me as though I'm the village loony!! Still it has to start somewhere.

Sue xx

Ragged Roses said...

What a collection! I used to have loads of bookmarks when I was younger as I always have been a bit of a bookworm, these days I seem to use scraps of paper more and more ...

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a collection Sal - I can see where you get your collecting instincts from!

twiggypeasticks said...

What a lovely collection. As I've mentioned on my blog before Twiglet and I smile and say Hello to lots of people. Smiles are made for sharing.
twiggy x

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I love the smile one. Great collection!

skippinginthemeadow said...

All those lovely book marks have brought a smile to my face :o) they're wonderful! I thought my collection of about 10 was huge lol

skippinginthemeadow said...

All those lovely book marks have brought a smile to my face :o) they're wonderful! I thought my collection of about 10 was huge lol

Menopausal musing said...

Now that is some collection! :O) x

Rowan said...

What a wonderful collection of bookmarks - the source of several prospective posts I should think. I feel sorry for people who never smile - it costs nothing and often spreads like ripples in a pond. There should be more of it.

Josie-Mary said...

OMG that is some collection of bookmarks!!! I've had the same one for 10 years now, I made it myself & put the date on!!
I always smile... have you noticed??... thats my job but it can get you into trouble, once I smiled at a older man at work when I was working on the first floor alone. He commented that I had a lovely smile but nearly an hour later I was still trapped with, he was going on about how Exeter had changed & he voted BNP!!!! I was praying someone who save me!! Take note be careful who you smile at..lol!!! :)

Melanie said...

What a lovely post! xxx

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Julie said...

what a lovely collection - you've reminded me of a (much inferior) collection of bookmarks that I used to have growing up - am tempted to start again, not that we need anymore collections round here!

Smiles cost nothing do they - I do find people are more willing to smile in this glorious weather though - long may it last.

Guenievre (from France) said...

Ohhh, my God ! I love your bookmarks ! Especially those with birds and little animals.
Lovely treasure !
I love reading and bookmarks are important too !
Have a nice Sunday !