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.

just a click away

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is it me or do the days just fly by? maybe cause i’m getting ready to leave  that it seems like there’s an endless to do list.

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of course all i’d like to do is be creative and cut and paste but for now i’ll have to put that on hold and just enjoy the fruits of others’ hard labor.

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i thought you may enjoy some more art journals. do you do one yourself?

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there’s such an endless source of creativity out there.

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i guess inspiration boards and art journals are nothing new!

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there’s something that’s so much fun about books with layers. they’re so tactile and unique. well maybe i’ll have a chance to play with mine a little more tomorrow. tonight i borrowed some inspiration and got the jolt i needed. i’ll never get over having so much creativity a click away just when i’m fading. alors, bonne nuit!

September 1, 2011. Inspiration Boards, Journals. 9 comments.

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