Monday, January 21, 2013

It's The Little Things

One thing I am trying to adhere to (a resolution if you will)... is an attitude of gratitude. Not only thinking about what I'm grateful for, but writing it down in a journal to reflect upon as the year progresses, as gratitude is recognizing that what you already have is enough.

I was inspired when I saw these gratitude and dream jars from Wisteria...complete with little colored papers. I'm far from a DIY gal, but I looked around the house and found, I had what I already needed to create my own.
I picked up the chalkboard labels and chalk at Terrain months ago. This summer, I think. Not knowing how I would use them. I think the jar was intended for my pantry, but never made it there.
These labels would be great for drinking glasses....as they don't come off easily! But, you can wipe off your writing, just like a chalkboard!
I even found these textured papers in my sons' art area. Now, they are cut into little squares, ready for a word or two of gratitude.
My hope is that my boys will join me in writing down something they are grateful for each day and on Thanksgiving, we will pull them out and read them aloud. 

After all, life is about appreciating the little things! And that's something I want them to learn early on. What are you grateful for today?
images: olive & branch on etsy, wisteria, ppt






29 comments:

pve design said...

Elizabeth,
Years ago we started an "attitude gratitude" dinner for all the ski coaches to thank them for all the amazing coaching. I think we as parents can coach our kids to know that the skills, the knowledge and the attitude are all about embracing a grateful compassionate self.
We do a "Thankful tree" at thanksgiving and for Valentine's a "love tree" - branches with paper hearts.
I'll post that soon.
Happy Monday to you. Oh, by the way, did I tell you how thankful I am for all you share and your sparkly self.
pve

The enchanted home said...

Love the idea, how clever! I also love those little chalkboard labels..so cute! Especially love the idea of the kids getting in on it....they have so much to be grateful for and I really like the idea of taking the time to acknowledge it. Great one Elizabeth!

KD said...

Great idea. I love the tie to Thanksgiving. It's so easy to forget that we have so much to be grateful for.

Katherine said...

I really like this idea. I was going to give something like this to each of our adult children as part of their Christmas gifts {albeit that I didn't}. It's a good way to stay on track, to remind ourselves what is really important.
It doesn't have to be a new year to take positive steps. We have family day here in February ....... everybody is going to get jars of promise.

Suburban Princess said...

I started keeping a wish box about 12 years ago - it's always fun to open it up at the start of the year to see how powerful the intended written word is!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Brilliant idea Elizabeth. So easy to let the things we should be thankful for slip away unnoticed. I'm going to pass on this idea to the grandkids too!

Cheers x

Stitchfork said...

Great way to share with family and to remember how grateful we are for lots of things that can get lost in the everyday.
xo
Cathy

Carole said...

I am grateful that I found your blog years ago. What a sweet idea. Thanks

Lobster Meets Peach said...

Thank you for sharing such a brilliant idea! I hope you will not mind if I copy you? It is a wonderful "gift" to help children to be grateful for all they have!!!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Yes, so true, Elizabeth!! Wonderful ideas! I'm grateful for so much: family, friends, clients. Hope you are enjoying the long holiday weekend - cheers, Loi

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

What a great idea, Elizabeth!! I will have to try my own version. I love your chalkboard tags, and the chalk is beautiful. I love Terrain.
Happy Monday.
Teresa
xoxo

Acquired Objects said...

What a great idea Elizabeth. I'm grateful that it's a holiday weekend and I have the husband home an extra day! I was thankful when I woke up this morning for another day to enjoy life!

XXX
Debra~

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Such a beautiful idea, Elizabeth! I've been writing down 5 things I'm thankful for every night for the past month now and it's a wonderful feeling :)

Hope you are doing well! xoxo

Ridgely Brode said...

Such a good idea.. I wish I could get everyone in my house to contribute! I can always try!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Impressive DIY, Elizabeth...and great idea!! I hope you are staying warm! xoxoxo

Leslie said...

Such a wonderful idea! Gratitude is something we are need to consider on the daily basis. Rather than purchasing something new .. I've been considering changing around or re-inventing what I have. Using a journal everyday and getting the boys involved is a wonderful way to reinforce this important thought:)

xxL

lissyparkerltd said...

Elizabeth, I love this idea! Checking my over flowing pantry now.
xo, Lissy Parker

designchic said...

It is so important to teach gratitude to your children and what could be better than by example - so love this idea, Elizabeth!! Kristy bought the chalkboard labels in her cleaning and reorganizing tear - now she can add one more jar and share one with her Dad and me! Love, love this!!

Donna Vining said...

Such a wonderful idea Elizabeth! I love this!! It's always great to be thankful and grateful, but to do it everyday is something special...really become appreciative of what you have.

Donna

I Dream Of said...

Elizabeth, this is such a wonderful idea, and I love that your boys will be participating, too. I needed a little lift today and I'm grateful to you for providing it!!! XOXO

Taylor Greenwalt said...

What a great idea...I love those chalkboard labels....they are so cute!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I love this idea. I have had to remind myself lately all that I have to be grateful for, and how bad things could be. It's all about perspective! I had to laugh about the "schulkreide" too! :)

The Buzz Blog said...

What a wonderful idea, Elizabeth, and so imaginative! We're grateful for having had the weekend with our boys in Vertmont and all of the beautiful fresh powder that fell. We really need to make sure our children adopt an attitude of gratitude!
xxoo
C + C

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, I love this idea too often we rush through life and forget what is really important "to stop a minute and be grateful for all we have". I too am grateful I found your blog :)
Linda B

Fashion-isha said...

I LOVE this and want to do it! I try to live my life focussing on what I have and not what I think I want and don't! Imagine opening this up and reading after a year! I am doing this!
xo
Sharon

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Love this idea! Blogging has provided a way to reflect and be grateful for me. When you actually sit down and write about your life, you really realize just how lucky and full your life is!

Debby Steele said...

Such a beautiful idea and such a good lesson for the boys to see all they have to be grateful for - especially such a special Mom!!! xo

Christy Davis said...

Love this idea Elizabeth!! Such a great way to remind us to be thankful daily

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Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I love this idea and I love the way you did it too! You've got me thinking of what I can use to make my own.

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