Let the Countdown Begin!

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“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by so quickly you hardly catch it going.” –Tennessee Williams

A beautiful young lady in my life has just begun her senior year of high school, and I know how special and exciting that time was for me.  So, I wanted to do something throughout this year to let her know I’m thinking about her and lend her bits of wisdom about being seventeen.  At the beginning of the school year in late August, I sent her a package with a card I made for her:

chalkboardlrg-002I used a chalkboard template that I got from the blog “How to Nest for Less.”  I also used many of the fonts recommended on that post.  I downloaded most of them from Dafont.  Included in the  package was a beautiful journal designed in all of her favorite colors. (Journal by Paperchase from Borders)

journal1I wrote heartfelt letter encouraging my sweet girl to diligently document her senior year as something she could look back on in the future. I wanted it to be something that she had a hand in creating, but here are some of the suggestions I offered:

  • Will it become a “to-do” list for your busy year?
  • Will it become a “bucket list” for the things you want to experience this year, or in your life?
  • Will it become a gratitude journal listing 3-5 things a day for which you are thankful?
  • Will it become a one-sentence-a-day journal (www.happiness-project.com)?
  • Will you write long, detailed ramblings about the ups-and-downs of your year?
  • Will it become a scrapbook journal with items taped and pasted inside?
  • Will it be a dream journal of all the crazy things that go through your head while you sleep?
  • Will it be a simple journal listing three things that happened to you that day – good, bad or just plain worth remembering?
  • Or, will it just be a little bit of all-of-the-above?
  • Or will you make up your own journal format?

School is almost two months underway.  She assures me she is writing!  I am looking forward to coming up with something clever and meaningful for each month of this year until her special graduation day next May.

“Buttoning Up” My Christmas Gifts!

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“Each day provides its own gifts.” -Marcus Aurelius

I just whipped up a lovely necklace to give as a Christmas gift to a special friend.  My inspiration came from the amazing designs of Molly Bernier from Whimsy House.  Looking at her jewelry reminds me of being a kid in a candy store!  These antique buttons are hard to come by, so I was lucky to get one in a grab bag of buttons from the thrift store.  Score! IMG_1648This was so easy!  1.  Break off the wire attachments on the back. 2.  Use E6000 to glue on a jewelry bail (easy to find on Etsy or Ebay.) 3. Cut a ribbon or cord to length and add clasp hardware. 4.  Enjoy all of the compliments you receive!  I hope you’re finding time for handmade this holiday season!

Loving the Library

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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.  ~Jorge Luis Borges

Yes, I am a librarian, and love that I get to spend each day in “paradise.”  I found a little time to get crafty earlier this week, and I made a little desktop sign for my dear friend and colleague who just finished her master’s degree in library science. It was a lot of hard work, but now she is done!  I hope she will display this proudly and remember how lucky she is to work in the greatest profession in the world!

This craft project is seriously easy and you may remember my post from earlier this year when I made a similar one for a friend’s birthday.  Anyway, I took some recycled game pieces that I gathered from the thrift store and a little “tray” that came from a vintage game…. glued them with some E6000 glue…. and there you have it!

Happy crafting, and happy reading!  I hope you make time to visit your library TODAY!!