Monday, 1 July 2013

Suddenly the Story..


I hadn't intended to hit you with another quote card today. Honestly. But I was rifling through my notebook, looking for something else entirely, when I spotted this and thought - Storytelling Sunday. Pick Your Precious: an extraordinary pleasure in an ordinary thing. That's about right, isn't it?


That's what I've been discovering over those Sundays when I wander the house, search high up on a shelf or crawl under the bed, looking for the little something I know is going to bring a story to mind. The difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is right there in the telling; and we, all of us, owe it to ourselves and our families, I think, to stop and say - look. This matters. Not the thing itself, but what the thing brings us. Its story is our story. Pick Your Precious - next Sunday - and let it speak.

What to pick? Well, it's July: we're off travelling soon, so maybe this time round that might be a theme? Something to do with a journey? a special trip? something you have brought back or a gift from afar? Just a thought: if you are having trouble coming up with an object, ask someone close to you. What does your family or friends think you hold close to your heart? maybe there is something everyone has always wanted to hear more about? You might be surprised by what they suggest. Or maybe a family member has a story to tell? Everyone, everywhere has something to be proud of..

Or something they can't help reaching out to touch every time they walk past it. Or something they think about throwing out every time there is a clearout, but somehow it never happens. Or something that puts a smile on a face every time its story is told. Pick one..take a picture..write three sentences..suddenly, there you have it. A story.

We're halfway through the year now: how many objects have you collected? I know I heard talk of a mini album or two, or a little bound book of simple photos and stories? That's my plan. A history of me (or you) in twelve objects? Next Sunday will be number seven...

35 comments:

Jo said...

I love the quote and it reminds me of the fridge magnet I was given for being slimmer of the week last week: "the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra" :)

Miriam said...

Just perfect! Thanks for the reminder, though I have to confess to thinking about it this morning before I got out of bed!!

Becky said...

A great quote. I have just been writing my story as I have a day off today. It's not travel related though! Might do one of those for August :)

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

A perfect quote for me at the moment. Having met up with 'the boys' recently, most of whom seem to have done extraordinary things (in my eyes) in comparison to my very quiet life!
The dangerous notebook strikes again!

Alinor said...

love that quote!!
and i may have a little something for next Sunday, that would be a first! we'll see :)

Abi said...

Beautiful card and the quote is perfect for storytelling sunday. Can't wait!

Cheri said...

Yes, the quote IS perfect!

Ladkyis said...

OOOH what to write about. OH, oh it could be the spoons or what about the walking stick badges... or the hat with even more badges ....OH, what about the NT passport?
Headache now from thinking too loud.

scrappyjacky said...

That really is a great quote....and your post has given me a thought....I need to go and check it out.

S said...

That a fab quote. And I have to add that another difference between an ordinary story and an extraordinary story may be how well you are listening. I'll be listening next Sunday for sure, although I have no idea yet what story I may be telling.

Beverly said...

A wonderful quote and I love the card design and colors, glad you hsared it today!

Nathalie said...

I LOVE the textures in your card... (indeed much more feminine than mine ;) - The quote is fantastic and must resonate in a lot of scrapbookers' hearts.

Sandie said...

That is a beautiful card Sian, and I love quotes. That is very fitting for me today.

And your theme for this months Story is also fitting. I have a post waiting to be written - I can even start so I can try and be on time!

Louise said...

a perfect quote for a perfect card. I have two stories for PYP lined up...amazingly. I had to write them down before they slip back into a hole, never to be remembered again!! Enjoy your travels x

Sheena said...

Love this quote Sian & the card is perfect x
Think I know what I'm sharing on sunday but really should be getting organised as we go off on our travels on monday!!

debs14 said...

I was struggling to think of what to use this month but your post here today has given me an idea. There is something in a cupboard here that I use every day and no one else dares to use it because although it's an everyday object it's acquired a special place in my possessions. It's not pretty and it's nothing special to any one else but it's precious to me.

Jennie said...

Another perfect quote Sian - and such a lovely card you made with it. Yes I have a few ideas floating around now for next Storytelling Sunday. J x

Jennie Hart said...

I love the card and especially the quote. I wholeheartedly believe in that too.

Looking forward to SS, have I time to make a layout to go with the story I wonder?

alexa said...

Wonderful colours and a great quote to boot ...

JO SOWERBY said...

And you still wonder why I picked you as one of my fave storytellers? This is why,
Jo xxx

Karen said...

Thanks for the reminder, and the beautiful quote. I think it might become a favorite---definitely going up on the bulletin board. I have a list for Storytelling Sunday, but your suggestion may make me rethink this month's precious.

Wendrie Heywood said...

Gorgeous quote and card - I like it a lot.

Mulling over a couple of options for STS, planning on doing that tomorrow as I've got a few hours spare in the evening.

laurie said...

There's something precious about this quote card - the colors, textures, and little notions. :-) Great job of visually representing a big idea.

Jennifer Shaw said...

A beautiful card and an amazing quote.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I've been debating what choose & your mentioning travel has made up my mind. I just hope I can find the photo I want to use as I am not currently in possession of the object itself.

Rachel B said...

Fab quote! Looking forward to joining in with this weeks story ;)

dogmatix said...

What a great quote. I will have to keep the travel idea for next month...this months precious picked itself and the post is written and scheduled to go already *checks temperature, lies down* ;-)

Melissa said...

No story for this month during my blog break, but I have several ideas to finish out the year and am looking forward to a nice relaxing read through everyone else's stories on Sunday!

Ifa said...

I love that quote and the card. I have enjoyed your stories. Wow, can't believe it is going to be number seven soon. Looking forward to it.

Chipper Newman said...

Looking forward to Sunday even though I haven't thought of a story ... yet.

Lisa-Jane said...

I love the idea of a mini book and I wish I had been able to join in more and make my book of 12 but its a great idea for the future. I've just found my precious for the weekend too :-)

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

I already have mine written and ready to post. :o) I love the idea of collecting this year's stories in a book...

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love that quote Sian! I'm working on my story right now. I already know what it's going to be.
Rinda

Gail said...

That's a great quote. I thought I had a story all planned for tomorrow but it's not travel related and in fact is more August related so I'll put that one aside for a month because I've got the perfect thing for a travel related post.

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

Here it is--halfway to the deadline--and I still haven't posted. But I do have an idea (and maybe even a follow-up for next month) so don't give up on me yet.

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