Monday, October 10, 2011

give thanks

Last week at craft night we changed things up a bit and rather than each bringing something different to work on, we all worked on the same project. Alison found a fun tutorial for a burlap banner, so we all set to making our own.

For whatever reason, the lettering doesn't show up well in photos, but it does in person. Go figure. Here is a bit of detail...

Our living room is separated from our kitchen by an old brick chimney with wooden pillars on either side and I thought it would be the perfect spot for the banner. As I was taking the photo, I was annoyed by the thermostat because I felt like it was messing with the aesthetic of the photo. I had to remind myself that the thermostat means that we have heat in the winter and for that I should give thanks like the banner suggests.

On the dresser below the banner, we keep our gratitude journals. In these journals we can appeal to our kinesthetic sides as our thoughts take on the physical form of ink on paper...just one way to bring our thanks to the front of our minds and give them a sort of permanence.

Ann Voskamp tweeted today, "God calls us to *do* thanks. That thanks-giving becomes thanks-LIVING. That our lives become the very blessings we have received." My hope is for this spot to be a constant reminder to us to be thankful and to never forget to live a life full of thanks. It is easy to dwell on things that aren't as we wish them to be, and as a result, be robbed of our joy.

"The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." Psalm 28:7

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Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

I love how your banner turned out... something I always want to remember_"to give thanks". :) Love Ann V too.

Leslie said...

LOVE your banner/bunting! I never thought to use burlap, but I will next time! I think it's in the perfect area where you hung it :)
Yes we should always give thanks, we are indeed, sooo blessed!

Nicky said...

this is adorable... I love your fabric choice with the burlap... and it can work all year long... so cool.


Elise said...

Love the banner, love the sentiment!!
Oh, love the brick and wood, too-so much character!!

hannah singer said...

love LOVE how your banner looks. so cozy.
also, looks like you have a delightful home.

thanks for sharing about always being thankful! been really convicted about that this year, really been trying to dwell there. lord, help me. so grateful for encouragers in the blog world, like you, sweet amy! xo

carina@a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut said...

SO pretty :)

Sadie from said...


love the banner!

also, i am soo very thankful for my gratitude journals, my "grateful goddess appreciation journals", as i call 'em ~ they are my favorite books in the house. ALWAYS good for a pick me up when my spirits need a lift.

Lots of mama love to you!!

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