Thursday, 30 September 2010

September Wrapped Up..

..and with a bow on top. I have put together my complete Learn Something New Every Day project and here it is:

It started out as this box


and now each day has a little card of journalling slipped inside an envelope.


It's been a great class and I'll miss those prompts arriving in my inbox every morning. The big thing it has taught me, I think, is to be more mindful, more alert to the little things that make up a whole day. Learning doesn't have to be big. Little can be perfectly fine.

Most of my stories are only little, after all. Lately I've had a few of you ask me if I'm ever tempted to add or embroider to make a better tale. The answer is a definite No! Every conversation is a true one.
Every happening has happened. In this house I don't need to put words in anyone else's mouth. They all have more than enough of their own. But what I do do, is write things down as soon as I can I have a very dangerous notebook and I use it a lot. On Monday, for example, I wrote " I was doing a bit of vacuuming the other day when I spotted a gin bottle under the desk in the dining room" (because I just had) and then I added "This came as a bit of surprise" (because it did). Now, this might become part of a story about our Autumn hedgerow harvest, or it might never appear again. I don't know yet. I'm going to do a bit more listening every day before I decide. Then you'll be the first to know. Hey, Listening Every Day: do you think there's a class in that?

Today I'm Loving..a new cookery blog I found. It was the name which drew me in.  A Sofa In The Kitchen. Love it.

32 comments:

Deb said...

Sian! I love how your final project turned out. Such a great idea to turn a simple packaging into a work of art. Leave it to you!

And I love that your stories are to the point and simple. This is a great keepsake...a real treasure...

Maya said...

It turned out great! Love it and love your stories!

Cheri said...

Sian - your finished project is gorgeous and I love the way you photographed it with the fall leaves in the photo. Perfect!

Sarah C said...

What a fantastic way to do your LSNED. Love how it looks. Great idea for the next class lol

S said...

You finished up a month-long project perfectly on time. I'm so jealous. It looks really nice, and I'm glad you had the chance to be a little more observant - it's not like you already weren't. Good for you. What's up tomorrow?

Maria Ontiveros said...

Beautiful! I love the mystery of it. I've got one blank card left for today and then I'll be all done.
Rinda

alexa said...

Such a pretty box and idea! I love the thought of all those individual pages stacking up and their little journalling notes... I admire your 'dangerous notebook' - a great title for a blog or a series of something on your blog!

Denise said...

What a lovely idea, very effective and I love your sentiments about learning - lessons really don't have to be big things - great post Sian x

Alana said...

Love the box you made for the project, makes an interesting change from albums. I'm also interested in this gin bottle....was you so sloshed that you couldn't remember leaving it there? At what time of day was this? And was it empty? Did you see any pink elephants?

Rosemary said...

This looks so intriguing and now I must go back and read about this project from its inception to this conclusion. Which sounds like fun because I enjoy your posts!

Amanda said...

I'm intrigued about the gin bottle was it empty? :) I love how your project turned out it looks great in the box and you have the satisfaction of having recycled something or is that 'upcycled' Whatever it is, it's lovely.

Micayla said...

The class completed looks all pretty in that bow. What a great idea to store it like that.
I agree with what you say about writing stuff down, we often forget the little things. I decided I am doing a 31 days of October mini album to document our lives and hopefully get me journaling daily again. I am really looking forward to it.
xxx

Melissa said...

I love how you used the card box - great job completing the class. I think the Listening Every Day topic would make a great mini-album project.

darkpoetess said...

love the box, and really made me smile to hear that there are no embellishments to your stories. makes the funny bits all the funnier x

Tinkertaylor said...

Just catching up on my blog reading and just have to say how much I love your new look. Also loving the idea of a listening day!

scrapchick said...

Album looks great! Nice post.

jennifer said...

The finished project looks fab in it's box, it's a great way to keep it all together. It's so pretty with the ribbon round too! I like the idea of having a 'dangerous' notebook to hand at all times! xx

Amy said...

Vacuuming at your house sounds like fun ;-)

laurie b said...

what a great education. thanks for letting us learn along with you.

Karen said...

Such a great finished project! I so wish I had kept a notebook like yours when I had kids in the house. I thought I would remember much more than I do!

Rachel B said...

I love your final project Sian, it is gorgeous!!!! I really like the idea of keeping the envelopes in their original box :) x

scrappyjacky said...

I love your album,Sian...and will miss seeing your pages....and I love the idea of 'listening everyday'.

Sandra said...

Just as someone else has written, I like your idea of the box rather than an album, you're more likely to sit and pick that up again. As for your idea of listening ... well, I for one, would be lost without you listening to me. So always a BIG thank you for that. x

Karen said...

Beautiful finished project, what genious to use a set of note cards and thanks for the link to the cookery blog.

Kirsty.a said...

Your box looks so beautiful. I'm already trying to decide how to do JYC this year. At the moment I'm fairly sure i'm going to use 6x4 cards ina divided page pratector to fish off my Document 2010, but now I have another idea to choose from - a 'card box', if you don't mind, that is.

Scrappi Sandi said...

I love how your LSNED project turned out..I'm still a way behind, but I'll get there!! I'm hoping to even finish JYC this year too!!

Love the idea of a class called 'Listening Every Day'!! & thanks for the link to that cookery blog...!

Can't wait to find out where that gin bottle came from...you didn't say if it was empty or ful!!!

humel said...

Oh my, the project is stunning - I *love* how it's come together! Something to treasure, for sure :-)

And I so have to get myself a dangerous notebook - I shall make it immediately. I've enjoyed having a little notebook with me at all times through LSNED and I've noted down a lot of details I'd have forgotten otherwise. I don't think that notebook was dangerous enough though ;-)

I'm now wondering what I'd find if I did actually vacuum my house... xx

Clare said...

The finished project turned out beautifully, I'm sure it will be something you can look back at in the future.

Carmen said...

It's gorgeous Sian and I think I shall miss all your learnings too.

Latharia said...

My LSNED is just a bunch of journal blocks so far. Kudos to you for wrapping yours up, literally & figuratively! Just gorgeous! :D

Clair said...

Sorry it's been a while :)

Your project is just gorgeous Sian. I couldn't picture how it would turn out when you showed us the orginal box at the beginning of the project, but it's be-ooo-tiful!!!

Winnie said...

It looks fantastic Sian! I'm hoping to finish my little book this weekend.

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