Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sassy but Sweet Cosmetic Pouches and Catching up on Journal Entries

A friend/former neighbor asked me if I could make a pair of cosmetic bags for a Valentine's Day gift that she wanted to mail out next week. She didn't want fabric with hearts on it and she didn't want it "too cutesy". I said I could have a pair done in an hour and I would send her the photo. If she liked it, she could have them. I also told her I would give her a gift tag allowing me some play time with my cricut explore!
Here they are tied up with some bright pink tulle.
Inside fabric of small case matches outside fabric of large case....

Gift tag option #1 (not glued together yet)
Gift tag option #2 (not glued together yet)

There. I got that project finished! Now I will catch up on my second and third words in my journal!
 My word for the second week of January was grateful.  In case you did not see my recent post explaining my journal and word for the week, please CLICK HERE

I love the quote on this page (above) by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude."

My word(s) for this week is LAUGH/SMILE.

On the right side of the page, I made a pocket and filled it with personal anecdotes/memories that make me smile when I think of them. I have more to add too!

I love this quote!

When I chose smile as my word for the week, it made me think of the song sung by Louis Armstrong, When You're Smiling. I have been singing it ever since, it is stuck in my head! I was even singing it in the shower! It does lend some proof to the theory that a simple exercise of choosing a positive word for the week does make you more mindful and does promote a happier disposition. If you want to get this song stuck in your head too, here's a link to the Louis Armstrong version on Youtube. 

Last but not least, my dog Ellie, keeps us in stitches! She is such a funny, sweet, loving girl! She is a rescue from Georgia and we are so lucky to have found her photo on Facebook.
Wanna smile? Rescue a dog or cat from a local rescue!
 Ellie likes to sit with us in the evening on the couch for extra cuddles and love.

Next week's word will be PASSION. This will tie into the post I am preparing for Jemma's Passion, Purpose, Productivity Project on Monday. If you are following along, here are some relevant links:

Passion, Purpose, Productivity Project

Jemma's Blog--At Home With Jemma Click Here!

Dewena's Blog--Dewena's Window Click Here!

Honora's Blog--Pondside Click Here!



  1. Hi Linda!
    I absolutely love these! They have turned out cute-but not too cute, so I just know your friend was very pleased! You have such talent with your needle and thread.
    I am enjoying your "words," what a creative and pretty way to stay focused throughout the year. I also like Emerson's quote-another wonderful way to live a passionate life, by being grateful, it is amazing what wonderous things we become aware of when we live this way!
    Thanks for the inspiration both with your sewing and your journal.

  2. Hi Jemma,
    lol, thank you! You're so kind! Putting my thoughts together for Monday's post! I admit I was a bit skeptical at first but the words do seem to help keep me focused. I have been enjoying your posts and those by the other gals involved.Looking forward to more!

  3. Hi Linda!
    I sure like the pink cosmetic bags. They turned out cute, but not too cutesy!

    1. Thank you Diane. Lol! Is cutesy even a word? I used it and so did you....it's trending I guess! Have a good weekend!

  4. Your chosen words are excellent! Your "gratitude" word has been much on my mind this week.

    Your Ellie is so pretty! Her silky black fur reminds me of our two long-haired black dachshunds who are 10 1/2 that we also adopted from a rescue organization a little over a year ago after they had been in a shelter for 6 months. They are 2 litter mates who at 9 years old were given up by their family when the mother became bedridden, cared for my caregivers who didn't like dogs. Can you imagine what these two brothers went through? I hope to spend the rest of their lives trying to make it up to them. I am so very grateful for finding them through pet finder.com.

  5. Thank you Dewena! Your little guys are adorable and so lucky they found their way to you! Our dog has been through a lot too and seems to have health issue after health issue. I was up with her last night as a matter of fact. Rescue dogs make wonderful companions, this is our second rescue and she is the nicest dog! We are grateful to the very nice woman who drove out of state to rescue her from euthanasia. Ellie apparently overstayed her welcome at the pound. I found her on Facebook. Fits nicely with the word of the week: GRATEFUL!
    Have a wonderful weekend Dewena!