leaving a legacy

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good morning and happy friday! are you enjoying your in-between time?

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i love the days that separate the hubbub and mayhem. they’re filled with moments that are quiet and contemplative.

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they give us a chance to reflect on what we’ve just accomplished both throughout the year and in the past few weeks.

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the other day i was called a ‘media hoarder‘ by a genius at the mac store. i wasn’t offended but realized that so much is being stored, whether real or virtual. but if it’s not seen and shared, what good is it?

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it got me thinking about the written word, blogging, journaling, chronicling and creating. over the holdiays my god-daughters told me they wanted to learn script writing but it was being removed from their school curriculum.

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where would we be today without those who left their mark on the world with bound books, whether hand written, photographed or filled with pressed flowers and keepsakes?

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this post got to be a little long because i delved into one of my favorite obsesions: journals. it almost seems like a trivial pursuit but some of them are even published like peter beard’s above.

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i’m especially drawn to old textiles. each page is a once in a lifetime experience with real fabric and handwritten notes

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A British reverend’s daughter named Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) kept a meticulous diary of the fabrics she used and details of the garments she made with them. The original diary is now a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. It was reproduced in the 1980s and published under the title A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson’s Album of Styles and Fabrics.

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second to fabrics is a love for pattern

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maybe it’s time to go through all the photos, the ephemera, scraps and souvenirs and turn them into something special.

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it doesn’t have to be complicated

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so for now i’ll leave you with some images i came across while working on the post. maybe it will inspire you to start your own journal this year.

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there could be one for travel

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another for fashion

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one for ideas

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a love of vintage

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things to accomplish

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recipies

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or something to pass down

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the one above is diane keaton’s and the the one below was cecil beaton’s!

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these may help jumpstart something for you:

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you can store them in something special and take them out as you get inspired to work on them.

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maybe it’s a sort of voyeristic thing but they’re fascinating to look through

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and endlessly entertaining and unique! no one but you can make yours!

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i believe writing is a powerful tool that we should foster, maybe scrapbooking too. with all the technology today it’s so easy to lose the magic of the page. if you keep a journal or are starting one this year, let us know and maybe we can share pages with scapbook saturdays or something fun like that. till then, enjoy your down time and i hope you have a great weekend!

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December 27, 2013. illustration, Journals, Life.

17 Comments

  1. Connie* replied:

    Media hoarder! That’s perfect. I’m one, too. Boxes and boxes and envelopes and notebooks and boxes of stuff I carry around with me every time I move. And every year my New Year’s resolution is to organize it all. Looooooove this post. In fact, I love all of your posts. Maybe I should start a collection…. ;-)

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi connie, thank you! my dad just confirmed that i’m hoarding when he looked over my hard and virtual memory. i’m about to transfer the files now, maybe it will get me more organized. i appreciate your love and support and send it right back atcha!

  2. Peggy Braswell replied:

    I have a journal from every year I have been on the earth (well,since I could write)+ Each day I write in it + Love them! every new year I have a collage party for the “girls”- boys can come also but they never make a collage. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      wow, that is amazing! i bet that would be a beautiful set of volumes to publish! have you ever thought about it?

  3. laurenkellydesigns replied:

    This is so inspiring!!! Thank you and happy new year!

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi lauren, thanks and great to hear from you! i just checked out your blog and love your DIYs!

  4. Ann Wilhelm replied:

    What a marvelous idea….think I will give it a try! Thanks for your inspirational ideas, LOVE!

  5. Joni Webb replied:

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! those antique diaries of fabrics – amazing. amazing story. what a fabulous, fabulous post!!!! wonderful!!! wow!

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi joni, it’s such fun when someone else shares a passion…those fabric diaries can be found throughout paris at the flea markets (by the page) and at the Maison et Objet (at the kiosks). otherwise they’re in museums. that’s why i obsess over the markets! they’re museums where you can touch and buy!

  6. Cindy replied:

    Beautiful post Claudia. Happy holidays!

  7. MJH Design Arts replied:

    Thank you so much, I needed this push/inspiration. Yes, we do create our own lives every single day. Blessings for 2014
    Mary

  8. Nikon replied:

    The journals are amazing! So much crammed into the pages!
    Very creative, Claudia, great idea & selection of shots.
    Have a great New Year!

  9. senjiva replied:

    Why would a school cancel script from the curriculum? Do people no longer need cursive? I cannot write without cursive!

  10. Sandra replied:

    What a wonderful post! Loving your blog. Happy New Year! Xo Sandra

  11. Ray replied:

    I know I’m responding late, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the post. The images you chose are amazing. I also love that you gave different ideas for journals.

    @senjiva – Many schools no longer teach script/cursive writing. Students print or use a computer keyboard. It’s sad because they probably couldn’t read the thoughts contained in some of the images Claudia shared. To them it probably looks like doodles not words.

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