Friday, August 07, 2009

A nice gift idea

Okay, I just posted this over on my Christmas blog, but I know that not all of my readers check in there regularly (most likely because I don't post there regularly) so I thought I would share it here. Recently, I found at the dollar store the most adorable little journals. They are about 5 inches square.

The end papers are pretty, too.

And even the pages are imprinted very faintly with roses.

I had mentioned that the little journals would make a sweet addition to many types of gift baskets. Now I have another idea for them.

Today I was glancing through a Gooseberry Patch Christmas in July booklet. I came across a quote which a friend of mine would absolutely love. Two ideas merged into one as I thought about this little journal.

Wouldn't it be a lovely idea to fill a journal with inspiring quotes and verses, to share with a dear friend or someone who needs encouragement? One could use fancy lettering, one's best handwriting or printing, or even calligraphy, to write the quotes, and then embellish the pages with simple drawings or leafy, vine-y stickers. I am definitely going back to the dollar store and buy several more of these!

Here are a couple of quotes to get you started in your thinking. These came from a calendar and no author was given for them.

"Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending."

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow."

Once you get started on this project, I guarantee you will see wonderful quotes everywhere you look. There are whole books of quotes available. You will find quotes in the things you read. You may have special quotes from people in your family. Bible verses are good to include, too.

Hope someone else has as much fun with this idea as I'm already having!


  1. Yes, Mrs. will be very lovely to have a book dedicated to quotes and beautiful thoughts from you and others you admire.

    Maybe, even share it with your children, when you have aged and are ready to pass on some wisdom ;)


    lady m

  2. Hello, lady m!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughtful comments! I actually already do have (and I imagine you might, too) a little quote journal where I have jotted down Scripture verses and quotes offering spiritual encouragement. I will no doubt draw heavily upon those in making up these little quote books.

    Stop in and visit anytime!
    God bless,

  3. i’m an associate of mary anne radmacher’s and saw you’ve enjoyed her quote, “courage doesn't always roar.” i know mary anne is so happy when people find inspiration from her words in the context of their daily lives. for more work from mary anne’s hand visit her website and her product site mary anne has written several books and shares her work in many forms including conferences and classes. If you’d like more information feel free to e-mail me at thanks for sharing her words and your idea!

  4. Jessica,

    Thanks so much for sharing that information. I am very glad to know where the quote originated. It has been a meaningful, encouraging thought for me and no doubt for many others. Thank you so much for helping me know whom to give the credit to.



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