So, this is my blog's SEVENTH Thanksgiving! It is definitely an old lady in blog years, and I am proud that it's still around and kicking.
One of my goals is to use this blog to show my progression from baby writer to better writer, to agented writer, to published writer (come on, universe!). Those types of blogs always encourage me the most because they show that 1) getting better at writing takes a ton of time and hard work, and 2) it can be done. And isn't it fun to read someone's early blog entries and discover that they, too, struggled with querying/revising/coming up with an idea/typing words?
The one thing you'll find out about me is I am disgustingly optimistic. My positivity is a cockroach that can't be killed. Each time I sink into a puddle of misery and anxiety, I bounce back even more determined than before. So I'm still holding out hope that I will achieve this blog goal. Only time will tell...
Anyway, every Thanksgiving, I talk about things I am thankful for. And even if I don't mention them, my writer friends are always near the top of the list. They keep me sane and afloat, talk me off ledges, push me to finish my new projects so they can read them, and believe in me absolutely.
They treat my successes as their own, and trust me, that is hard to find. The friends I choose to keep around are the ones from whom I never have to hide good news. And I refuse to rain on my own parades anymore in a business where the parades are few and far between!
This year, I wanted to return the favor to my writing buddies. I wanted to show how much I believed in them, and to give them support and encouragement. So I took one day off this weekend from revising (I know, shocker) and spent it doing something fun and crafty for some of my pals!
The DIY Framed Quotes Project!
I am obsessed with inspirational quotes, as you can tell from my Pinterest board HERE. I pin them, I write them on sticky notes, and now... I frame them.
I found these cute mini wooden frames at a craft store nearby (scroll down to see), and they gave me the idea for the project! I searched Pinterest and Google for quotes I loved and made me think of the friends I had in mind for one reason or another.
Once I had my list, I traced the wooden frames on cardstock (I had postcards!) and then hand-lettered the quotes with black and/or purple gel pens. The ink kept smudging, which was annoying, but I think the trick is to let it dry a bit between steps next time.
I also think I'll use colored cardstock next time, instead of using colored pencils because that also made the ink smudge (even after waiting a good long while for it to dry!). But I still really like the way they turned out, especially after I cut around the frames, leaving half an inch around the border for glueing purposes.
Each frame was pretty thin, so I had this idea that I would glue two framed quotes back-to-back. So if my friends got bored with one quote, they could flip the frame over! Voila!
I used a glue stick, because I didn't have anything else on hand, but I would definitely use liquid glue next time. Hopefully the frames are staying together... they're in the mail right now.
And here is what the finished product looks like! Cute, right?!
I flipped them all over and here are the quotes on the backs:
I had so much fun with this project, and I think it's a nice, unique way to say "Thanks!" and give encouragement to writer buddies in turn.
Let me know if you try anything similar, because I want to see pictures!
Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating it this week. I hope you get to spend it with people you care about, and also some delicious food!