Thursday, January 10, 2013

In your words blog hop

Hiya!

Today is my day in the blog hop….

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Before I show you my project I would like to thank Mdm Samm and Linda for all their hard work organising the hop!

And here is the list of the bloggers who will be posting today in the hop -

Life in the Scrapatch (Pat B.)
Just Sew Sue (Sue B.)
Nati's Little Things (Nati)
Amy's Crafty Shenanigans (Amy)
Pig Tales and Quilts (Thearica)
Scrappy 'n Happy – you are here! 
Little Mushroom Cap (Amira A.)
Moosestash Quilting (Joan K.)
Sowing Stitches (Beulah aka. Carol)
Just Quilt It  (Kathy G.)

Go and check out some ways to use words and be inspired! Some are having giveaways too!

Now the rule for this is to use a word or words that reveal who we are or more about us.

This is might reveal more about me and what I am trying to bring into my life this year. I have a feeling it might be a year with some interesting challenges so this is what I am doing -

Reflection 1

I decided to make a Reflection notebook. At the end of each day, just before bed I sit down and try to think of the positive things that happened during the day. And also things that I am grateful for.

Last year I started doing this verbally with the boys each night at bedtime, no.1 son tends to dwell on the negatives so I am trying to get them to think about the positive things that happened and it has made a difference. No.2 son reminds me when I forget, he says “I haven’t told you my favourite part yet”!

Reflection 2

I used one of my current favourite fabric ranges – Noteworthy by Sweetwater as the feature fabric. And embroidered the outline of the letters using Cottage Garden Thread in Cherry Blossom.

Reflection 3

On the inside I put a pocket to hold my pen. These fabrics are from Feather n Stitch. You might see the pen is a Paper Mate ‘Ink Joy’…I thought that was cool. Bringing the joy in with the pen too!

Reflection 4

I even did a little basic scrapbooking…I thought this would be a good reminder of what I am trying to do each time I open the notebook.

I looked up the words on a online dictionary and printed them out, glued them to some pretty scrapbook card and fortunately the finished size fit the book perfectly!

Reflection 5

Here is a little peak at the first page. I am just keeping it short and sweet.

Reflection 6

So this year I am going to reflect on the things I am grateful for and the positive things that happen each day!

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105 comments:

Samelias Mum said...

What an absolutely fabulous idea. I might just borrow it and involve my kids in telling me their favourite parts of the day.

Your Reflection book is beautiful.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

What a lovely idea. Thanks for providing inspiration to the rest of us.

Oops-Lah said...

What a beautiful note book! But what I love even more, is the idea behind it. It's so important to reflect, and it's great that you instill that into your young boys already. We should all reflect more, be more grateful and think more positively! I'm sure the world would be a better place! Thanks so much for sharing. xx

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That is a great idea! Enjoy doing your reflections each day.

Amira@littlemushroomcap said...

Lovely.. I love it.. I like the idea of printing the words out with definitions.. That is a great notebook!

Cecilia said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Thearica said...

Terrific project! One I might just adopt!

nähtina said...

fabulous idea.
Love the book.

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Scrapatches said...

Your Reflection notebook is wonderful. Sew inspiring. I love the fabrics and everything about it. Sew beautiful and useful. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This is just so creative and inspiring. Love the involvement with the kids - there is too much negativity in the world - to make them look at the good - brilliant!

Judy B said...

Love your notebook cover! What a wonderful idea to jot down the good things every day. Thank you for sharing.

Nati said...

Such a great idea, love the book cover, the colours, the word and the pocket...well I guess I just love it! Thanks for sharing.

Sue Bone said...

Gorgeous, I don't have any noteworthy yet. :)

Martina said...

Hi Jess, this is awesome. I love the little details and just everything about this journal. What a great idea. I am really inspired. My youngest one also tends to be very negative. I want to try this to! Thanks so much for sharing.

Sunshine Girl said...

Great book and what a lovely idea.

Charlie and Wendy said...

What a lovely idea Jess and it's so pretty! Love it!!

Quiltsmiles said...

Jess, that's a beautiful journal cover and so nicely made. It's nice to meet you. Jane

charlotte said...

Beautiful Journal cover. I love that fabric line right now too. Perfect choice.

Aletta said...

What a pretty notebook! I have recently started writing in a notebook too, to sort my thoughts.

Fiesta said...

Yesterday I did an activity with my students where they had to reflect on something positive about their day and it was an eye opener. I am going to continue their journaling process.

Just Quilt It said...

What a great way to remember your blessings, daily and looking back over the year. This was a beautiful project.

barcord said...

Lovely notebook Jess. I love a notebook......will never live long enough to fill all the lovely journals I have not been able to resist. Must pass them along sometime. Hope you and your friends are safe in this hot weather you're experiencing.

Gill said...

What fabulous idea!
Thank you for sharing!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Reflection is a wonderful word - great project!

Cindy Staub said...

Your journal is lovely, thank you for sharing.

Patty D from NC said...

beautiful journal and what a great idea. thanks for sharing.

Britt-Inger said...

What a great idea to write a journal. Your cover is sew awesome and wonderful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea

Mara said...

What a great book idea and I have heard about having the kids tell you a positive thing that happened in their day so thank you for reminding me that I need to incorporate this into our night routine.

Sowing Stitches said...

What a treasure...When your sons are older and they look back....how cool that will be!!!

Martha said...

Such a great job! I love it. Thank you for sharing with us and have a great day.

Barb said...

That is such a neat idea, and you've constructed the journal with such great fabrics and design. I especially like the pocket to hold the pen.

Madame Samm said...

Hello Jess....Yes we need to REFLECT more...I think I will take a moment more here lol

krislovesfabric said...

This is a fabulous idea and project, thanks for the inspiration!

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Fantastic idea and beautiful project. You are teaching your kids such a valuable lesson in this.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

That is a good word for all of us. I love what you did with it.

Susie Q said...

Hi Jess what a lovely idea, I think I will copy it, hope you don't mind!!! Thanks for sharing. Susie x

JCnNC said...

Your inspiration has hit a lot of us and we thank you for that. Wonderful work. Judy C

Just Carol said...

I've written in a journal my whole life (with a few being-lazy breaks) and love this idea. It is beautiful! I need to make this for gifts--love it!

Linda said...

What a wonderful idea! I love that you are teaching your sons to be more positive and that you're doing it in a concrete way! Your book is beautiful both in looks and concept!

carla said...

Hi!!! Very pretty and a wonderful idea!!!

sew.darn.quilt said...

This idea is wonderful and that you've involved your children makes it even that much more special. It's nice to impress upon the positive instead of dwelling on the negative.
Thank you for sharing :)

SIMPLESEW said...

To sweet and artistic

Terry said...

What a wonderful to teach your children. Very nice

Kathy said...

GREAT idea! I may have to copy! ;)
I love your book! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy H said...

What a great idea. It will be a great remembrance for your boys later on too. ALso something to look at and remember when some days don't go as well as we like.

Kate said...

Such a great idea to discuss the positives with your sons each night - you're a good mom. I very much like your journal cover.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great idea! I love your word, and the creative direction of your project. May it be a wonderful year of positive happenings, and may your book be jam packed full of grateful reflections!

Bev Kirk said...

inspiring.... glad to peek in and I enjoyed your site! keep sewin' and quiltin'

Karma Willow Designs said...

another great project that brings quilting to other parts of your life -- this is great

Judith said...

Sew Lovely! I love the reminders sewn into your journal cover. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

JanesQuilting said...

Your Reflection Notebook is a great idea. And it looks so pretty. More people should think of making one. Thank you for sharing with us.

Hooked on Quilting said...

Lovely, thanks for sharing!

Tammy said...

What a gorgeous jouranl you have created and a brillant motivation behind it. Thank you for shareing your project with us.
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Mary Ann said...

Great idea!

Nancy M. said...

what a wonderful idea and with your boys as well. That will surely help them be more positive. I could use some reflection in my life and your word has got me thinking already. Thank you.

Patty said...

Oh Good Job. I like your notebook. I just might have to borrow the idea.

patchouli moon studio said...

Very nicely done. I love to make journals and book covers out of fabric too.

Mary Ann said...

Great journal!

patricia gooden said...

This is an excellent project. Your intentions and your creations are both beautiful. Best wishes for an fantastic 2013.

Marcia W. said...

This is a wonderful idea -- such a cute response about telling the most favorite part of the day

robin said...

What a beautiful journal. I love the fabrics you used, and I like your idea of helping your son to see the positive. :)

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Great journal!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Jess, wonderful idea and so very pretty.

Sheila said...

It is beautiful , lovely way to end your day , reflecting on the positives :-)

Abbigail said...

What a wonderful thing to be doing with your kids! Great idea! Love the book cover.
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BizyStitches said...

I must be going blink it took me awhile to find where to make a comment. LOL.. Love your project and I'm glad I'm able to tell you that I do. Thanks for sharing and being in the hop.

gpc said...

How very beautiful. You did an amazing job.

Janet said...

What a lovely journal and sentiment too. My DD does a similar thing around the dinner table, what was the best and worst part of their day.

Rosa said...

Great idea.You did a wonderful job!

CeLynn said...

What a great idea! I like this a lot better than trying to keep a journal. Thanks for sharing :)

Jenny said...

what a lovely idea. I write down some things I am thankful for in my journal in the mornings...I love the way you made the cover, added a place for a pen and that your first page is the reminders of what the book is for.

Lyn said...

I love your book. Very nice. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Diane Swett said...

love your reflection journal, and it is great that you are teaching your boys too. I keep and informal grateful jounals too and have encouraged all my kids (8 of them) to do this too. I am a follower too now..

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful journal cover! I have a prayer journal and I'd love to have a cover for it - I should take your idea and make one. :) blessings, marlene

Verna G said...

i love your notebook but even more i love the idea that you sit down with your children at night and reflect on the positive things that happened. Great idea

Cathy said...

This is special. And inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Farm Quilter said...

What a wonderful way to remember the year!!! Great idea!!!

sandra said...

Love it Jess, if only more people would do it with their children too. Your cover for the journal is beautiful.

LJ said...

What a grand idea and a grand project. Love your reflection journal. On top of that, what a great idea to share "gratitude" with your boys. I know it'll be something they will always remember. Beautiful!

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

Great word. I have a similar journal....it just needs a lovely cover like yours! Thanks for sharing.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here: this is a great book cover, I think you will enjoy reflecting in this book for a long time. The cover is just adorable, and so creative

evelyn said...

Beautiful journal cover. This is a fabulous idea. I love that you have your boys involved. It will certainly help one see the positive side, and learn to look for it when it isn't easy.

Amy said...

That is a gorgeous cover! Makes you want to pick it up and use it. Nice work!

Annette Schultz said...

now that's a great idea one I should start doing and maybe give to my mom's ( mine / hubbys's and a couple great ladies that call me thier spare kid)
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Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a super idea and your book is beautiful! Love your word and all that it means. I'm trying to be and to stay positive during some challenging times. I know I have lots kf Blessings and that should be remembered. You did an awesome job and thank you for sharing it with us.

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lefuntz said...

I used to keep a journal. I made one for my first granddaughter before she could even write. She is 14 and still keeps a journal. I should start one again. I love the inside of your notebook. Especially that little key! Thanks for sharing.

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Absolutely beautiful - what a wonderful idea :) So inspirational!
And your blog is gorgeous - i love the design!

annmarie said...

Wow - that is impressive - wow!

Wendy said...

what a wonderful project. The notebook cover is gorgeous and Ilove the whole idea of this journal. And that birdy pen pocket is just fab!

Connie said...

What a precious book and a neat idea that you do with your boys every night! Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

Your notebook is stunning. The journal is a wonderful idea. I lost a son recently and am having a hard time finding any happiness and I think this idea may help. Thanks for the idea.

Pamela said...

Awesome! Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Darla said...

Smart idea!

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Cathy said...

Cute. I will have to make one for my grandkids.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

Karrie S said...

I love the word "Reflection". Good pick! I'm also in love with your super cute scrapbook! I love the birds. I may have to "borrow" your idea for my own in the future ;) Thanks for sharing.

PatSloan said...

what a super idea, and i love that you have started to do this with your children each night. What a gift to them, to reflect on the day and find the positive.

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Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

What a fabulous idea!!

nicolesender said...

What a nice thing to do with your sons. It will teach them to "reflect" on the day and view life in a much better way.
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Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

What a wonderful way to stay positive and encourage your children to think positive.
Thanks for sharing.

toekneechestnut said...

Wonderful! Jess, that book is such a good idea and you have made it with great thought and care it will be a joy to use and keep. I really like your word..reflection..it is a good word indeed and your application is perfect. Thank-you for sharing.
Thanks also for the idea for keeping cool..chilled flannels are needed in the heat.

~Marica~ said...

Wonderful contribution to InYourWord's Bloghop!

Maria Kievit said...

Very nice idea. We should all reflect on positive things in our lives! Thanks for sharing.

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