Apr 11, 2012

It's A Book! It's A Purse! It's a...

Book Purse! The shop owners at Etsy never cease to amaze me with their talents. While perusing the website I came across a shop called Novel Creations, that sells book purses.

The owner Karen, works at a used bookstore and she recycles the covers of books (that would otherwise be thrown out) into purses. I never thought about books having a shelf-life. She's sold like 854 (according to her site)!

Have you guys seen these? What do you think? Like? Don't Like? After doing a search, it seems they've been around since 2007 (probably longer)! LOL

I thought this shop was cute. It's called The Write Stuff Design
I love the way she incorporates outfits and shoes in hers. 
I'm whimsical to the max and think they're lovely, but I don't know if I could practically carry one. Could you?

77 comments:

NOLA Cleophatra said...

They are awesome! You couldn't carry much in them though. You'd have to have a back up purse or just be going out on the town.

Jasmine of ❤AdamAlexMommy❤ said...

i've been a huge fan of book and magazine purses forever! i remember 10 years ago, i was looking on ebay for a magazine clutch.. and they were all so pricey. nowadays, it's much more affordable. the hello kitty one is so cute! i think i'd like a handle-less version better... so a clutch sort of thing... :)

hope you are well, and have a great day!
xoxo
jasmine

Tamara @ Go Fish Style said...

LOVE IT!!!

TheTinyHeart said...

Those are so cute! What a really creative and unique idea! I love that she gives the covers a new life :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Fashion art and other fancies said...

Charming. Must pop over to her etsy page for more. A friend of my family does the same. Very creative.

habbott2 said...

That is such a cool idea! And I especially love the Hello Kitty one!

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CottonCandyINK said...

super super cute! my soon to be 8 year old would love this ;-)
she loves to read and she loves purses

Jennifer Fabulous said...

As a bookworm and classic literature collector, I'm practically hyperventilating right now. These are SO AWESOME!!!!! I'm freaking out! :D

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

So cute, like Kitty´s book :)

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A BRIT GREEK said...

Totally genius and so totally cute! Gotta love the hello kitty one right?!

Hope you've had a lovely Easter kitten!

Big hugs from Greece,

x.o.x.o

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Love them, I would definitely carry one! Going to have a look :) xx

Tiffany said...

Oh, those are adorable and so much fun!! I don't know that I could practically use one for every day, but I'd definitely use one for a night out with the girls or date night.

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Cute idea for a purse, really fun and sweet.
xx


The Urban Umbrella
xoxo


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amy b.s. said...

i so love this idea!

Mrs C ♥ said...

Not sure how practical it would be either but it's sure a cute idea! I thought I was kinda creative until I discovered Etsy & realized the thousands of ladies who are worlds ahead of me!

PS - I found you on Instagram..I'm 'mrscairel'

JustPatience said...

Wow, so cute. Perfect for avid book readers.

Bonnie said...

As an English student, I am totally nerding out right now. This is awesome.

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Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

Those are very cute. Dracula and Pride and Prejudice are my favorite, I've seen these before but only while quickly browsing I'm go glad you did a post so I could really see how pretty they are.

Lindsay said...

So adorable! I love how books are being their own items, like bags or ipod holders. It's really cute and fun!

miss b said...

How very creative - some of my favourite books too!
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Oh to Be a Muse said...

I think these are so darling so I had to pin them! Might feature them on my FB as well. Awesome find, Kim!

Vanessa. said...

I love them!

And great blog, I'm following *

Fashion Tales.... said...

I've loved these book purses every time. I think it's brilliant and even better that it's recycled. Great share dear. -xo

Prayer Notes by Cynthia said...

I love these purses! I might have to purchase one! Blessings!

Eloquent English said...

I think I could def sport one! xoxo A-

littlemissandrea said...

This is so cute! I've never seen anything like it! Like you, I never thought that books would have a shelf life, but I know that the library here in my city has a day each year where they just give tons of books away! I guess it has to do with meeting the demand at the time when popular books come out.. and overtime they just have too many and need to reduce their collection. Sounds familiar.. like my makeup LOL

The Jones said...

This might be the single most amazing thing I've ever seen. GETTING ONE NOW.

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Lynn said...

This is such a great idea! I think it would make an awesome gift to a book lover.

Lynn
CARMEN VOGUE

Laura said...

What a fun idea! :)

Sam said...

Eep! Now you have me obsessed! Love these, it shows that us fashion loving girls are be both book smart and stylish at the same time ;)

prettymeggy said...

wow this is pretty cool and very cute too!!!! i love books and this one i never seen before.. very talented she is!!!

take care dear... i've been absent for days and i'm catching up :)

xoxo, Haus of Gala

Cara said...

I love the idea of the book purse, a vendor at our local farmer's market makes them with the gold gilded classic books and they are just so lovely and clever. I'm not sure I'd carry one because there's no closure at the top but I think they are so fun.

Cara said...

I love the idea of the book purse, a vendor at our local farmer's market makes them with the gold gilded classic books and they are just so lovely and clever. I'm not sure I'd carry one because there's no closure at the top but I think they are so fun.

Juneli said...

How cute are those book purses! I'm always so amazed at the creativity and innovation that some people possess.

Teresa said...

this is genius and.. CUTE!!! i love the vintage vibe<3

xx
teresa
www.trend-ish.com

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

What a great and unique idea! My sister would LOVE the Hello Kitty one!

mary said...

I so love these book purse it's fabulous!

Letter U

Head to Toe Chic said...

wow, so unique! I love it!! The Wicked one is my favorite. I loved that post you sent me on the ombre hair by the way :)

xo,
Angela
headtotoechic.blogspot.com

mr. pineapple man said...

A very sweet blog indeed!
I guess you can call that a bookbag :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Is it weird that I'd want it just to have it (I love just admiring things at home, hehe!)

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Cilla B said...

Love these especially the pink ones reminds me of my barbie purse from years ago lol

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

These photos are great! I'm new here... browsing around and decided to comment instead of lurk. :) I LOVE the look and feel of your blog so far- off to check out some more! Happy week, sugar! xo

Celebrity Owned said...

So interesting and unique!!! I think you would really enjoy our online shop..( i peeped yours). We are having a giveaway on our blog! Check it out and enter to win! http://bit.ly/H6zWJ4

xx Julie xx
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Suzie Q said...

Oh my gosh, these are the most adorable things ever! I love it! =)

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Nico Saich said...

Kim! I REALLY love these purses. But I do agree with you that they would be difficult to use practically. I think a nice long shoulder/cross body chain would be perfect instead of a top handle. The LC Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland would be my next purchase!Thank you so much for the comment. I need to stay in better contact with you. Do you ever get over extended when it comes to blogging? Happy to be visiting!

-Nico

www.SatinAndSalt.com

A Heel in Mint said...

They are so cute!! Love the Alice in wonderland one. :)

xx
Heel in Mint

Little Rus said...

I've seen some on Net-a-porter a few months ago. Thought they were fab, but waaay too expensive. Love the idea because it's such a unique thing and they make you smile.

xxx

fluff and fripperies said...

A book purse - amazing! Unfortunately it wouldn't work for me though as I have to carry around pretty much everything I own on a day to day basis. it seems! xo

Natascha Coester said...

Cute and different :)

oomph. said...

so cute...she does nice work! I always wanted one of
Those secret compartment books!

[oomph.]

FashionCherry said...

very very cute little bags!!! how original - fashion seems to have no real limits

http://fashioncherry.co/myla-launches-new-lingerie-collection/

M said...

they are so pretty!

Mica said...

So cute! Not big enough for me unfortunately, but very cute! :)

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when BABI speaks said...

these are unique pieces! I like the hello kitty ones, so cute!

Babi
www.whenbabispeaks.com

MosaMuse said...

aww very cute!!
xo
MosaMuse

MosaMuse.blogspot.com

Lyosha said...

OMG! awesome! I need that bag! thank you so much for sharing, dear!

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog
P.S. you are so supportive and sweet! thank you so much for that!

Kirstin Marie said...

These are the coolest things I've ever seen. I love the way they look!!! I saw these in my reader last night before bed & was excited by them!

Well... said...

Oh my word, I have never seen these, but I think they're a wonderful idea!
As a bookworm, I'm actually quite loving them. Haha, wow, that's so creative of her to use them like that.
Its true they're small though...hmm, definitely wouldn't use it when you've got a lot to carry!

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songbird said...

oh lordy these are brilliant!!!!kudos to her for thinking of this..book lovers will love love love this!

my thrifty closet said...

brilliant designs and very well executed. She is very creative. The alice wonderland theme is very whimsical. Thanks for sharing the links...Hope you are feeling better Kim!

mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Samantha said...

Oh I LOVE these, especially the Hello Kitty one! I've always been a fan of the magazine clutches, and these book purses are so clever! I probably would get one! :)

xo, sam

Stacey said...

What an awesome idea! I've always been interested in book cover illustrations, and these purse designs are just too cute!

Elle Sees said...

those are too cute.

Grace said...

OH my gosh. This is too awesome. I actually collect these barnes and noble covered books. I bought one...and then another..and then another...it's a bad habit. but the covers are all so great!

A Southern Drawl

Miss Meadows said...

As a lover of books and reading I adore these bags!!! They look like the type of bag Alice in Wonderland might carry around! :) xo

Dawn said...

Kim, these are beautiful. People are so creative!! My book would be one of alfred hitchcock's thillers...boo! dawn suitcase vignettes xo

Fashionista622 said...

I'm a reader and a fan of innovation! Kim this was the cutest idea I've seen in a long time. You always find special items and sites that are unique. You keep us coming for more...LOVE!
xoxo
Have a great weekend sweets.

Maria

http://onestyleatatime.blogspot.com/

Vintage Makeup said...

Those are the cutest things ever!! By the way, your blog is ADORABLE! :)

Ivana said...

They look so cute! They would be a perfect gift for a book worm like me :)

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

ftashion said...

This is really cute and creative! I would carry one out! Wow, the book covers she used are all so pretty.

Fang Ting
ftashion

aki! said...

If I carried one, it would definitely have to be an encyclopedia cover because I need more space.

But I am checking to see if they have anything Sherlock Holmes related.

Punctuation Mark said...

i love them... my faves is Jane Eyre for sure!!! Hope you had a nice weekend!

Jacqueline said...

Cute! And very on trend right now!

-Jacqueline

www.jenesaisquoifashion.blogspot.com

Claire said...

these are so super cute and fun!

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Shels415 said...

These are so darling! I love them!

XOXO
Shels
http://followyourbliss4ever.blogspot.com/

Lilith said...

Never seen anything like this. Cute idea for a bag

following, and looking forward to future posts.
xo
lilithfashion.blogspot.com

Marissa, Rollable Flats said...

cute stuff! love these purses! :)