Spreading your kindness around is good

I look just like the girls next door… if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.
Dolly Parton

The Creative Journal

With a beautiful card this book, The Creative Journal by Lucia Capacchione, came in the mail yesterday. It was sent to me from a secret admirer and I was very happy and surprised to receive this unexpected gift!

So far I’ve only been browsing through the book and read the first couple of pages (the introduction) but it looks like the perfect book for me! Its filled with exercises to draw, doodle, scribble and write in your personal journal (which I’m doing every day). My copy is from 1979 though it looks brand new (I can’t figure out if it was printed then or more recently).

It’s described as “a recognized classic in the field of art therapy and creativity” with “exercises to help you find and love one’s self, get in touch with ones’ feelings, and dreams.” Sound good, right?

The card say in Swedish; Tack för att du delar med dig. Du är en otrolig inspirationskälla which means Thank you for sharing. You are an incredible source of inspiration! Thank You so much my Silent Fan, you’ve made me a happy and proud girl! I love books and right now I’m very much into journaling, this book will be a perfect addition to my library. :-)

In the mail last week I got a little house:

A house
Isn’t it pretty?! It’s made by Dale Meister of the blog Flight of fancy! I was her visitor number 1000 (!) so she wanted to send me little gift, and this house is now hanging on the wall here. Thank you Dale!

Pink owly I’ve also received two owls recently from friends who like to give gifts “just because” (the best ones!). No, not 2 owls; I’ve received one very cute cell-phone charm owl in pink (that is now adorning my moleskine diary) and one black and red wanna-be-owl that I’m lovingly taking care of!

Yay for generous and kind friends – they are so… friendly? generous? the best people!

I collect good friends, and I love it! I think everyone should collect friends, they are so wonderful to have!

Beautiful card

The red owl is a pouch and was accompanied by a special card for special people!

Little friend

The pink owl is bought in Scotland (thank you Lotta!) and the red one in Ume (thank you Maria!).

Thank you for these gifts and for all the comments, emails and kind act each one of you do for me (and each other) every day! Spread your kindness around because you can’t save it for later!

Oh, and I wanted to show you this tote that my grandmother made:

Owl tote
The owls come from a thrifted embroidery that she incorporated into a handy tote for herself! I just had to snap some photos of the owls because they are so cute.

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11 Responses to Spreading your kindness around is good

  1. I’m always very happy when people around me receive great gifts! *^v^*

  2. iHanna says:

    Thanks Joanna,
    that is generous too! I always get jealous when others receive mail bliss! ;-) Hehe.

  3. Sarah says:

    Lovely to see you receiving kindnesses – a great reward for your wonderful attitude I think :o)

  4. Dale says:

    Hey Hanna! I’m glad to see that you like the house i sent you :). It looks great on your wall there. Thanks again for visiting my blog!

  5. Mia says:

    Glad att den hamnade r?tt. :-)

  6. Jazz says:

    Hello, iHanna! Just popped by to have a look, and I love this blog you’ve got here. I’m going to put you on my resources list on my blog…you’ve got a lot of good stuff here…I think I’m inspired to get going on my own art journal now…

  7. iHanna says:

    Jazz, so glad you like my blog and feel inspired to art journal. I keep two different books at all time, the writing and the arty – but they do tend to seep into each other these areas. :-)

  8. MissKoolAid says:

    “Spread your kindness around because you can?t save it for later!” I love that phrase! Very well put!

    What lovely gifts for you! You deserve all of it.

    *hugs*
    Sophie

  9. Amy says:

    Ahhh I just finished using that book. It’s excellent but I wasn’t able to do all the exercises in it because it was from the library and I sort of skipped some of the more “down” prompts that I wanted to avoid. :) I love that tote! What great gifties!

  10. I’m really enjoying looking at all the fun projects! YAY! I love doing projects. I enjoyed looking at your book on lulu too! :-D SUPER!

  11. Wonderful cool things in your Etsy shop, too! :-D

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