Wednesday, June 1, 2011


 I have always been enamored with the idea of gratitude journals.  In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is easy to lose sight of all the reasons to be thankful.  This post is my online version of a gratitude journal entry - it is dedicated to some of the things that are making me smile today...

I would like to start by thanking MaddyRose for giving me this award.  Every day is Christmas over at her blog (she creates the most amazing Santa figurines) - Who wouldn't love a daily dose of that magic?!?
She also shares my sense of humor... On my lovebug post she left the following joke:

How do lovebugs get from here to there?
They fly United!

Ha!  I definitely appreciate someone who can make me laugh!  Thank you MaddyRose!

Normally (as part of my award acceptance), this would be where I write "7 Things About Myself", but in the spirit of gratitude I would like to offer "7 Things I Am Grateful For" (in no particular order):

1.  I am grateful for this amazing package I received in the mail from my dear friend, Jenny Blair!  I was so blown away by her thoughtfulness I actually cried.  Her artwork is amazing and her heart is big... very, very big... truly.  Please be sure to stop by her wonderful blog and etsy shop and show her some love. 

2.  I am grateful for the love and support of my family and friends.

3. I am grateful for my home (even with it's seemingly endless and ever-growing list of DIY projects)!

4.  I am grateful for the ability to do what I love.

5.  I am grateful for the big bright sun that is finally shining.

6.  I am grateful for the creative people at Ben & Jerry's who continue to amaze me with their incredible flavors...  "Cinnamon Buns", "Late Night Snack", "Clusterfluff", and of course the classic "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough".  (Seriously, I think coming up with new and unique flavors would be an unbelievable job!)

7.  I am grateful to all of you... my beautiful blogging friends who take the time to leave me such thoughtful comments, make me laugh, and never cease to inspire me!
Which brings me to the second part of the award...

I would like to give this award to all of you!
You can take this award and post it on your blog (please be sure to leave a link in the comments if you do so I can learn more about you too).


 You can just tell me something I might not know about you (or maybe something you're grateful for) in the comments!


  1. it's so nice to be grateful. we seldom take the time to truly appreciate all the moments that enhance our quality of life. good for you to acknowledge all the things that have blessed your life.

  2. great idea as always Kristin. I like the Ben and Jerry one.

    I'm grateful for good food to eat and for the beautiful things around me.

  3. Ohhh....gratitude journals. Now there's a simply marvelous idea. I like it! Hmmm...LOVE your little sheep. :D

  4. Yes, I love the idea of gratitude journals, everyday i write in mine, 5 things I am thankful for! i think i will write a post about that....thank you for the idea!
    YOU DEFINITELY deserve awards for your blog and your art....your creativity is amazing to me....! i find you an upbeat positive inspiration in the blog world! xoxox

  5. congrats on your well deserved award and for reminding us of the little things to be grateful for. your art and blog are such an inspiration to me and i am very grateful to you and Eva for creating Paint Party Friday! I've met so many great people through ppf!

  6. oh lovely lovely lady.ThankYOU!!!
    You brought a wee tear to MY eye :)
    aaah gratitude..the list is never ending!Each day brings more opportunities to be thankful for..but right now I have to say a big thanks to computers, bloggy worlds and gorgeous girls who make me smile with their beautiful touching words xxx

  7. Honestly, being a natural pessimist, I am grateful for optimistic people like YOU...and my dear husband who always sees the half full glass of water. :-)

  8. Kristin - yep, you are so deserving of the award. Your work is GREAT, your approach INSPIRING, and kind comments and hints to others (like me) MOTIVATING!!!! I am truly GRATEFUL that I have come across people like you in blogland!!!!
    cheers, dana

  9. This is just such a lovely post Kristin! I think I will start one of these journals today!!! I am grateful for all of my family, including me, being healthy and happy. I am so grateful for getting to know such wonderful inspiring people like you through blogging!!!

    Hugs and thank you for this inspiring post!!!

  10. Wonderfully well done. Now everyone can see just one of the reasons I passed the award on to you. I'm not sure this is going to make it into your comments list as I'm still being lockout on some sites.

  11. I am so grateful to have you as my partner in Paint Party Fridays!

    And to learn something new and quirky about me and being organized, please see June 1st post on my little blog!

  12. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog and for the lovely compliments. I've never felt so accepted before! I'm so glad I found you guys!


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