The journey in creating and finding the beauty in Life

The journey in creating and finding the beauty in Life

The Good Stuff Challenge

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Karla and Mrs.Stagg's had a challenge to utilize your 'best stuff'.  This idea really was wonderful as times I tend to 'hang' on to some of the good stuff mainly because I love it and others as I buy with a tendency not to know what to do with it yet.

With spring stepping up to the plate here in South Carolina, my mind has turned to the gardening magazines, catalogs, etc with popping of my bradford pear tree.  We moved into this 'old' new house a year ago this past week and have to say the original owner's planted some very beautiful flowering trees, hydrangeas, and alot of lilitrope but there is so much improvement yet to be done, I decided a garden journal was needed for this house.  I dug out this kraft journal I had for years and scrounged in my vintage papers and such--then the beautiful image, although not vintage yet--only 11 years young, that I have been saving --this was it!  You see this is the last blank note card I had left from my wedding.  Perfect for this lifetime house we moved into last year.  I really love the rustic of the burlap with the pearls, roses, and vintage inspired stamping.  Sorry for the darkness--it's been raining for 4 days straight.




And a look at the inner page:


Then I decided I wanted my other favorite look--I used some of this vintage wallpaper I had been holding onto--just enough to fit the other half of the Kraft book.



Now --I should use one for the front yard and the other for the back yard! Oh well, it was fun and love making to different looks. Please visit Karla's blog for the rest of the links.
Off to tend to a sick little one--
Happy Sunday!

17 Sweet Thoughts:

  1. Oh I love both. The little bag is soo sweet but I love how you used the photo too!! Clarice

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  2. This turned out so, so pretty. I truly love it. I like the old hanky, especially.

    Thank you for participating in the challenge. I appreciate your inspiration.

    Lena

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  3. How wonderful to use a sentimental card for your journal! Just beautiful.

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  4. This is a truly spectacular journal. I think Hydrangeas are my all time favorite ( we cant grow them to flower here)
    Keep smiling and creating, hoope your little one is better soon

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  5. What a gorgeous journal, you did such a wonderful job, but after looking at some more of your posts, I see you are very talented. I will be back, love it, love it.

    Ginger
    Glitter and Roses

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  6. Hi Kris, Love it! Love it! so cute!
    Celeste, The Victorian Tailor

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  7. That turned out beautiful! This has been a fun linky party! karen...

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  8. I love your craft book. It has the looks I love too. I did something similar, but mine is a blogging journal. Some say hi and check it out. My url didn't work quite right
    in the linky list!

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  9. Ohhh how I adore this!!!!! So beautiful, I love every singl ething you used, just stunning and so inspiring to me! Love the card and all the colors are so pretty. I cant wait to come back and see pics of your beautiful garden :) I am so ready for spring and blooms. Beautiful post!
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  10. A garden journal, what a wonderful idea! Mine is such a mess and I love the idea of using "the good stuff" to make something you can appreciate over and over as you use it. Thank you for the great inspiration!

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  11. Kris, your journal is gorgeous!
    I also love how you used your muslin bag and flower from me. :) They look lovely.

    I was also reading the rest of your posts and catching up...and just a quick note about nap time...When my girls "outgrew" their nap, I found that they really still needed a little rest/quiet time through the day so we simply implemented quiet time if they did not want a nap. (and of course, sometime they still fell asleep) But they either cuddled up in bed and "read" books or cuddled on the couch and watched a quiet time movie. This still gave me a break, and gave them some down time that was still important.
    Hope that helps a little.
    xoxo, Cerri

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  12. Loved the one where you used a page from a shorthand book! I took shorthand in college in order to become a legal secretary. Ended up teaching school instead! However, want to let your know your work is gorgeous. Will be back again soon!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Kris, this is just beautiful. Your book is so pretty and so special. I always shudder on using what little wallpaper I have, too!

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  14. It's so hard to use the wallpaper -- but so worth it! Look how beautiful it all turned out!

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  15. Gulp. It must have been a big step to use that last wedding card. But you produced a lovely momento that you will enjoy everytime you look at it.

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  16. OMG I just found a Gregg Shorthand book at a yardsale this weekend and I thought the pages inside were so pretty! That's an amazing coincidence I come here today to look at your gorgeous work. Good stuff, for sure!

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  17. love them!!!!!!!!!!
    :)
    Happy week,
    Rosa

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