Love and Blessings Rose Journal

Rose Journal 8aGood day, friends…

I’ve been wanting to transform a mini composition journal I’ve had for quite some time.  I had some ideas in mind, but nothing seemed to motivate me to really sit down and pull the ideas together.

Then a few days ago my neighbor’s mother passed away.  We’ve known our neighbor and her family for 19 years.  My son grew up with her eldest son and daughter (twins), and I’ve watched all four of her children grow to be fine young adults.  I wanted to do something special for her, so I sat down and worked on the journal.

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I painted the binding, and used some lovely scrapbook paper for the cover.  Then I decorated it with some lace and leaves from a wonderful package I won from Terri at Artful Affirmations.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

I added some roses I had sculpted many years ago using polymer clay.  I also had quite a few rose petals I had also sculpted and incorporated some “falling” petals on the journal.

I thought that she might like to use it to write down some memories of her mom.  Upon giving it to her, and to my surprise, she said that she was going to use it for the very thing I had in mind.

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.  I hope you enjoyed the little rose journal.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

A Little Something Extra

If you’d like to see more creatively designed mini books, stop by and visit Florence at Florence and Freddie.

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Yesteryear Embroideries
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 22:06:13

    What a beautiful and touching gift! Straight from your heart! I am sure she will always treasure it.

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  2. austine
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 20:47:30

    That is a really great idea for a personalized and special gift. I will have to remember that in the future.

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  3. Marianne
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 12:54:29

    Thank you all for your dear comments. I’m hoping to create more of these…each a little different.

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  4. Mary Howell Cromer
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 10:56:35

    i love your journal!

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  5. micupoftea
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:59:19

    That was a thoughtful gesture, Marianne~ The dainty elegant details are lovely. I am sure that she liked the pretty journal and will be comforted when she uses it…but more than that, she will be touched by the thought you put into it.
    shawn

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  6. Brenda
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 12:03:35

    The journal has turned out so beautifully! I love the soft colors and your roses are so perfect. I love the “falling” pedals! It gives it a “real” touch! A gift from the heart is the best. My condolences to your neighbor.
    Hugs,
    Brenda

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  7. patty
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 03:19:11

    The journal is simply beautiful. I am sure your friend feels very special to have it and will enjoy it immensely.

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  8. Jenn
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 19:46:32

    That’s beautiful and very thoughtful. I’m sorry to hear of their loss and yours.
    It’s quite neat that she intends to use it for the same purpose you had in mind. Makes that long wait so very worth it, (to fix it up), doesn’t it?

    I signed up for Pink Saturday on Saturday and then got distracted and didn’t get very far into visiting much. So a belated happy Pink Saturday . . . and hugs.

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  9. Sares
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 02:19:05

    What a thoughtful and gorgeous gift, made with love and compassion. Happy Pink and may you have a wonderful week!

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  10. Sandi
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 16:49:35

    How beautiful, Marianne! I love the colours and the femininity of it. Hope you’re having a delightful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  11. Leah H.
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 16:45:33

    Beautiful journal..

    Visiting for Pink Saturday- hope you can stop by..

    http://www.sweetposh.info/2012/06/pink-swimsuit.html

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  12. Linda Adams
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 16:06:18

    Marianne, The journal is gorgeous and what a sweet gift for your neighbor. I’m sure she will treasure it always. Happy Pink Saturday and Sunday. I’m a new follower. Joyous Wishes, Linda

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  13. michele s
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 03:48:06

    your journal is gorgeous! happy pink saturday. xo

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  14. Terri
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 23:32:45

    Beautiful treatment of your journal! I love the rose pattern, the lace, leaves, rose and sentiment…I am sure your neighbor feels your love for her and her family. The rose you made is really pretty! I am glad you are still enjoying the giveaway goodies : )
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  15. KatherinesDaughter
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 22:51:38

    Beautiful and inspiring…xo

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  16. Vicki Thompson
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 20:34:08

    I meant “treasure”

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  17. Vicki Thompson
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 20:29:51

    Absolutely beautiful, Marianne, I know your neighbor will teasure it always. Such a thoughtful present for her. Marianne, you asked about the painting of the woman in the bonnet on my header. I think I got that from pinterest. I have been trying to read the artist signature on it and can’t really see it that well. I wish I knew who had painted it. I would love to have a print of it hanging in my home. Hope you have a happy and blessed weekend, dear friend. Sending loads of love to you~Vicki

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  18. Deb
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 18:18:20

    This is so beautiful Marianne you have made it into something so special and wonderful 🙂 take care and have a happy weekend

    Bee happy x

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  19. chrissieS
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 18:07:50

    So beautiful and a lovely present for your neighbour at this sad time.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  20. Florence
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 17:52:44

    Oh, Marianne, this is exquisite. Such a beautiful gift to give your friend. Perfect for the purpose. Love the handmade roses. Really is gorgeous. Thank you for the link back. You are very kind. Enjoy the weekend.
    Regards Florence x

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