Did I say Friday? I meant today. Thursday.
Oy vey. While I seem to have misplaced a day somewhere, I do remember what I wanted to show you.
It isn't any secret that I love quotations. Whether they are from poetry, someone's personal writings or a speech, I have been saving little bits of paper onto which I've scribbled some "words of wisdom" for as long as I can remember. My Dad used to do the same thing and one of the things I miss were the quotes he would run across and send me.
Quotations are even part of my quilts. When I started putting labels on my quilts about fifteen years ago, I included a quotation... just because. In a few instances, the quotation I used inspired the name of the finished quilt.
When it comes to saving those "words of wisdom", I'm not alone. It seems like everybody who is on Pinterest has a board for "words" of some sort or another.
So when I saw these boxes in a catalog a couple of years ago, it was love at first sight.
Gathered Truths by Sugarboo Designs.
On a side note, if you love quotations and words, I hope you know about Sugarboo Designs. They have created beautiful artwork, frames, pillows, postcards and notebooks using quotations.
Sundance Catalog had one in red. One word -- lust.
The boxes are painted wood and they're filled with 365 cards made from handmade paper, and printed with quotations. But as much as I really wanted one, the price was a little steep for a box of quotations.
But fate intervened one fine day last year... a friend had given me cash/money for I don't-remember-what-reason. A few hours later, with a few extra minutes and dollars, I impulsively stopped into a favorite local shop to find that they had the boxes. Make that "box", singular. The last one -- in black.
Do you know what the best part of it all was? That last lonely little box was marked down -- by fifty percent. I think I heard angels singing... or maybe it was just Maria... I must have done something really good that day because things like that never happen to me. Or almost never.
As much as I enjoy reading the quotes ~ and yes, I've read them all ~ some of my favorite quotes aren't in there. So I thought about making my own box of "gathered thoughts". But I'm not much of a carpenter and I wasn't having much luck finding substitutes. I have some vintage cheeseboxes that I considered using but I wanted something a little different. And that's when I found this Farmer's Market Basket at Anthropologie.
I thought about trying to use my computer to print my favorite quotations onto cardstock but in the end, I decided it would take me longer to do that than just to write them out by hand. So I bought a pad of 140 lb. watercolor paper at Michael's and cut it into cards measuring about 3 1/2" x 4". Since I love the look of really black ink on the heavy paper, I used my regular Extra-Fine and Ultra-Fine Sharpie pens.
Even though writing each card by hand takes extra time, I love the look of them. I know my Dad would have approved as he often asked me to hand-write quotes for him to keep on his desk.
Just to change up the look of the cards a bit, I'm varying the spacing, the margin alignment, the lines, etc.
So there you have it. One of the things that kept me occupied over the holidays.
And with that, I'll leave you with another one of my favorite quotes:
Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision. But today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this day. Sanskrit proverb