Something New

Yes, two posts in one day.
My dear friend Penny is always creative when it comes to birthday gifts,  gifts which are personal, that is what is most touching.  The first year we exchanged birthday gifts Penny sent to me an altered book cover collage.  If you never did see that post then this is the link.  For last year’s birthday Penny actually created a hand carved stamp depicting the name of my Blog.  Again, when I opened that parcel I was overcome with her thoughtfulness.  The link to that particular post, the carved stamp is HERE.
Last year, during one of our chats,  we got to discussing art journalling, something which Penny had taken up with enthusiasm.  Penny was aware it was an area I hadn’t dipped my big toe into but I did say to her that I was open to dabbling.  It might not immediately be obvious that it would suit the subtle colour palette which I favour but paints have always been my favourite way to create backgrounds (I was known at one time to only shop at a well known DIY store to buy my favourite paints).  Penny obviously remembered our “chat” because look at the incredible gift she created for me.DIGITAL CAMERAA handbound Journal created from watercolour paper.   My face was surely a picture when I opened the gift to see this.
Penny created a beautiful front cover and yes, that it her own calligraphy.
She also took the love and care to decorate the back of the journal.DIGITAL CAMERAWhy “A Penny For Your Thoughts”, well that is the name of Penny’s Blog, here is the link A Penny For Your Thoughts.
My main concern, it is too special for me to spoil by using it! I did voice this concern to Penny! I do joke as I intend to try my hand at journalling once my attention is freed up from other creative matters which are a priority at the moment and then I can sit back and know I have a stunning journal to create in.
What I need to mention to Penny …. I wonder if she knows she has created a binding contract that when I have completed the last page of this Journal I will of course be looking for a replacement lol.
I should add that Penny’s name might be familiar to anyone who reads Craft Stamper.  Although I have not seen any of her articles I just know that Penny will be an incredible source of inspiration for their readers, she certainly inspires me and I am lucky to have her friendship.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marianne
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 01:09:44

    Lynne, that is a lovely and thoughtful journal. I know you will be able to fill it with the wonderful intrigues of your creative mind.

    I was always reluctant to journal, but over a year ago I decided to begin a gratitude journal which quickly evolved into a gratitude/affirmation journal. Then I began adding some colored pencils for emphasis, and I love it. Especially reading back and seeing what has come to pass and how quickly.

    Blessings for you and your thoughts,

    Marianne xo


  2. Rita xxx
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 04:27:32

    What a beautiful gift Lynne. Just to know it was made specially for you must make it a treasure. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Rita xxx


  3. Dianne
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 08:04:47

    This is a gorgeous perfect gift, I believe you would do some fantastic journaling, so I hope in the future you have to to dip your toe in there, you can doing anything Lynne, I truly believe that my dear, thanks for sharing and have a restful healing weekend, big hugs to you..


  4. Annie G
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 08:36:52

    A truly beautiful gift Lynne and one I am sure you will enjoy creating in 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend

    Annie x


  5. Valerie-Jael
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 09:39:08

    Another beautiful gift! have a good weekend, Valerie


  6. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 11:02:39

    Wow what a beautiful gift Lynne!

    have a nice weekend, Alie 🙂


  7. craftytrog
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 11:49:32

    That’s beautiful Lynne! xx


  8. nefertiti
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 16:21:29

    Wonderful gift Lynne! Penny is talented.


  9. Penny
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 17:43:31

    I so hope you have fun playing in your journal, dear Lynne! Even if you start with making some of your gorgeous painty backgrounds and add a picture or a wonderful vintage image – I think you might have a few 😉 – you would make a gorgeous journal! Enjoy!! ……and you always know where you can get another one as I am ALWAYS willing to create a hand bound book!


  10. Janny Jager 't Hooft
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 17:47:05

    Great and beautiful gift Lynne

    Greetings Janny


  11. Hettie
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 18:19:26

    Lovely gift Lynne. Handmade gifts are always the best.


  12. Redanne
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 21:04:42

    Penny’s journal for you is gorgeous and her calligraphy is stunning. What a gorgeous gift to receive. I will watch out for Penny now in Craft Stamper. Hugs, Anne x


  13. Sharon
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 01:09:15

    Wow gorgeous Lynne!


  14. Ira
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 08:10:17

    Such a remarkable gift from Penny this is, Lynne, I am impressed with her writing skills!! Enjoy!!


  15. nicecrane
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 20:49:18

    It is amazing ,Lynne,thanks for your comments,,,,in my blog,,,so feel free to ask me for your favorite product from all my stuff for free….e-mail me to woww,woww and all over enjoy playing my friend


  16. Marjie Kemper
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 03:05:37

    What a wonderful gift! Please, Lynne, use it. You don’t need to post any pages till if and when you want to but go and make them anyway… have fun with them… it’s such a creative outlet and can be only your own.


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