Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Almond Blossoms Journal - Giveaway

I'm excited to announce a new Giveaway -- a copy of this journal with the name Almond Blossoms.

I bought a copy of the journal for myself and I so loved writing in it, I wanted to share the joy with you. This delightful cover is taken from the Almond Blossoms paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. Here's the quote from the back cover: "Symbolizing new, invigorating, budding life, this journal inspires 'our creative souls to bloom'."

Apparently flowering trees were special to Van Gogh as they represented awakening and hope. I'm glad he found joy in painting flowering trees because now we get to share the joy from the fruit of his artistic labour.

I like including meaningful quotes in my journals. Here are a few that seem to fit today's theme of writing and journaling.

"Happiness:  it lies in the joy of achievement,
in the thrill of creative effort."
~ Vincent Van Gogh

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"The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought;
this in turn makes us think more deeply about life,
which helps us regain our equilibrium."
~ Norbet Platt

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Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers
on the mountains;
God composes, why shouldn't we?
~ Terri Guillemets

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The beauty of keeping a journal is that it is your book.
 You get to choose not only when to write, but what to write.
~ Doreene Clement, from article on Old-Fashioned Living

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
~ William Wordsworth 

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Giveaway Now Closed

Wishing you all a beautiful day!


  1. Ohhhh, the first one never wins... LOL! Sign me up twice please as I was shocked to learn that I was not yet a follower and remedied that pronto.

  2. Hi Brenda!! What a beautiful journey-that turquoise is one of my favorite colors!! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

  3. Those are beautiful, almost too pretty to write in. I was drawn in by the colors. What a wonderful giveaway.

  4. Ohhhh...the journal is beautiful!
    If I won this journal I would use to jot down my prayers and my gratitude's.

  5. Hi Brenda! What a nice idea. I need to start journalling again, so sign me up and have a great day!
    Pam M.

  6. I'm never without a journal. This one is so very pretty. Journaling is a way for me to process a lot of stuff that just gets bottled up.

    I love the quote you've written "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." Sigh.

    I'm a follower - is that the same as a friend?

  7. Ooh, cool! I love journals and special little notebooks!


  8. I love journaling and especially in such beautiful journals that remind me of spring and the colors that return to us in sky and flowers...fresh greens and aquamarine skies.

  9. So nice! I am sooooo glad you are back writing!!! Are you working on another project?

    I have MISSED you!

  10. Budding branches, new life - oh you just have no idea how much I would Love this journal. I have just left an emotionally abusive 16 year marriage - for good this time. My beautiful 15 year old daughter "has my back" as she says. She told me I needed to end this old hurtful book and start writing a new one and people would say, "Wow, I want to read this book again! It was good." I'm ready to start my new book! This man is also her daddy so unfortunately she knows what we've lived in, so prayers would be most appreciated for us both. I'm so proud of my precious beautiful wise daughter. I'd do it all again 100 times to have her! Anyway, would love to win this journal!

  11. Was waiting for you to come back and see your fun giveaway idea. I like journals and if I won this one would neatly as possible...all them wonderful ideas that come my way...before the escape.

  12. Linked your giveaway on my blog in sidebar.

  13. I have also missed your blog. You were my inspiration to start my own blog and I had let my blog slide a bit too when you did.

  14. Very pretty journal and simple bow! You always have a way of wrapping gifts beautifully.

  15. Very pretty journal tied with a simple but pretty bow. You always wrap gifts so beautifully!

  16. The journal is beautiful, but I love the silky ribbons that wrap around it and tied up in a beautiful bow. It symbolizes the knot the love, prayers and tears that would pour onto the pages of the journal.

  17. Ha! I see my comment DID show up the first time! (Does my name get entered twice?!)

  18. Is there anything better than a brand new Journal or notebook! And such a beautiful one, too!

    Glad you are back in the blogging world!

  19. Oh, how lovely! I would love to win this perky journal.

    If I'm not a follower, I will fix that today.

    The reason I like this journal is that it reminds me of Spring and Jesus--both a breath of warmth.


  20. Gorgeous journals
    and what an honor
    it would be to win
    one....Thank you,
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Thank you for
    your visit ~ lovely
    to meet you!

  21. That journal is gorgeous! the snow here has finally started to melt but it's always raining and cloudy, this journal reminds me of the warm sunny days of spring:)

  22. I'm not sure my comment showed up so I'll try again:) love the journal, it's gorgeous and reminds me of the warm sunny days of spring which i love!

  23. Thank you soooo much for joining in my giveaway. I've enjoyed reading your comments about this pretty journal.

    I know I was smitten when I first saw it, and I was sure others would find the colors and design irresistible.

    Best to each of you.....


To My Beautiful Readers,

Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same. ~ Franz Peter Schubert

Thank you so much for leaving your 'footprint' here in my comment box. I do appreciate you taking a moment to share your thoughts today.

Brenda xox

PS. I do not always comment here, but I do look forward to coming and visiting you....