Friday, September 11, 2015

Give Thanks










Are you good at writing thank you cards? I use to be. No gift was ever received without a thank you card voicing my thoughts of gratitude. For the past couple of years though, I have gotten out of the rhythm and it has really bothered me. Each gift received has left a nagging voice in my head that I need to express my thanks. A spirit of gratitude is something I want to instill in Liam but how can I teach what I am myself not modeling?

So in comes this project. It is exactly what I was hoping it would be. Five words that come to mind when I see it:

1.  Bright
2.  Vibrant
3. Thoughtful 
4. Happy
5. Functional 

A case to hold all of the cards that need to hold thoughts of thanks or love or best wishes. I just makes  me want to sit down and write. A little pouch that can hold a notebook for addresses and notes, a set of cards that I am currently working on, a pen and some stamps. A pouch I can take around with me whenever the inspiration overlaps with a free few minutes. I was originally inspired to create a little pouch from Amanda's gratitude wrap . I altered her design by doing patchwork on the front cover. Little 2.5 squares leftover from a previous project for loved ones of mine. Fitting if you ask me because it reminds me of those that I love and the words of thanks that I have for them - that I need to express to them. I am so happy to finally have this project off the WIP list and in use.  I am off to go and write a few notes with that yummy cup of coffee in my picture since Liam is still sleeping.

Happy Friday everybody! Oh! Aren't those cards so cute? I picked them up at Trader Joes when I was last in California. They were only a dollar a piece!

Linking up to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Five on Friday with Amy. 


22 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards, beautiful case and even more important, beautiful sentiments and thoughts behind your desire to send more cards! I recently sent some thank you cards myself and it was lovely to sit and write them and give thanks! Thank you for joining Five On Friday! I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Amy. Your words are always so encouraging! Thank you cards are so wonderful, to be able to express thanks for someone's thoughtfulness... I need to be better!

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  2. A wonderful creation! Lovely bright colors and very practical too! So glad to have visited from Amy's Five on Friday!
    Have a fun weekend!
    Christine

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  3. Beautiful case from which beautiful thoughts will be born.

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    1. Thank you... I hope to put it to good use.

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  4. It is just precious, and a great idea. I love to send and receive written notes, so I may just make something like this for myself and put my fountain pen in it, too.

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    1. Oh I hope you do! It was really fun to stitch up. I love getting notes, I need to be better about sending them!!!

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  5. This is such a beautiful bag you have created for these lovely cards. You have inspired me to maybe try and make one. I wish you a wonderful weekend.

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    1. I hope you do! It was such fun to stitch up. =)

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  6. Hello, thanks for your comment on my blog, I just thought I would pop in to see you too. I love the way you have combined a folk art style with modern fabrics and the hand quilting adds a lovely touch. Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Sue

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  7. How wonderful that you are not letting the art of writing thank you notes die. It seems that fewer and fewer people bother to write them. What a lovely way to store your cards. It's like giving yourself a present each time you write.

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    1. I'm hoping to be better about it. Hopefully this little case will help me! I love that - giving myself a present each time I write. =) This little case does make it feel like a little treat. =)

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  8. Cute case! The hand stitching adds a nice touch.

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I'm such a big fan of your work! Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. This is beautiful. I love the hand-stitching on the front. I made something similar for my daughter a few years back and it held a notebook and 8 coloured pencils. I created it specifically for a long plane ride in hopes it would keep her busy over the Atlantic. It did and has been keeping her busy ever since! She pulls it out on a regular basis and is proud to take it everywhere. I thin the colour and "prettiness" of it inspires her to draw and write. Amazing. That is even better than I planned! ( I agree about Thank-you cards. We don't send them enough - but isn't it wonder to receive them? I must try to send more!)

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    1. I am in the works of making my little boy something similar. He is getting interested in coloring - and he has his own book and crayons that he uses for church... so I've been wanting to make him a special little case. I love that your daughter uses her regularly. Isn't it wonderful when handmades are loved so much?

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  10. Such a super idea, I love your quilted pouch which holds all your thank you cards - such a practical item that must be a joy to use and carry round with you:)

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    1. Thank you! It is a lot of fun to whip it out. I get happy every time I use it. =)

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