Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone.
Though it bums me out to say so, the truth is that about two years ago, when things started to get a little more nutty than usual around here, I - for the most part- fell out of the 'thank you' card rhythm. It's nagged at me ever since, while I've also reminded myself that there's only so much one can do in a day, right? Right.
But because it's something that's important to me, I kept trying to find my way back to a rhythm. And I kept getting stuck on logistics - getting the address book, cards, stamps and myself all in the same place seemed to never happen when I had a spare moment. A few weeks ago, as I was helping one of the kids write a thank you card, it dawned on me that I wasn't exactly modeling the behavior I was expecting from my children. Ugh. That night, I finally got the idea for, and made this Gratitude Wrap.
The outer linen is from Cicada Studio, and I am pretty much totally in love with it. Aren't those pecking birds so sweet? Some linen on the inside, batting in the middle, and linen bias binding on the edges (from goodness). The pockets I sized for an address notebook (this one from Operation Paper Cut), some cards (currently full of Black Apple and Simple Sparrow loveliness), and stamps (note to self: get some prettier stamps). It has everything I need, compacted into a relatively small space, and I can take it wherever I go - for when I have a quiet, thoughtful moment.
I'm so, so thrilled that this project is finally 'out' of my head, and more importantly - in use. It was one of those really simple sewing projects that will greatly improve simple daily life. Especially when I'm writing little notes of gratitude from wherever I am - like, say for example, the beach. Yes, that feels very apropos, indeed.