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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!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.