Scent of Gratitude

I am a knitter, and as a knitter, I read knitting blogs. Now that I don't knit quite as much as I used to, I've narrowed my knitting blog list down, but I still enjoy Carole knits. She posts several times a week - and only a small part of what she posts is about knitting. Her blog is mainly a chronicle of her life, and I enjoy seeing her photography, reading her stories, and, yes, checking out her knitting.

She does a regular Thursday (I think it's Thursdays) post called Three Things.  This week's three things was Three things that are the scent of gratitude for you.  That one intrigued me, so here's my three things:

  1. Steve's cologne - Ever since we strarted dating, Steve has worn the same cologne. I hope they never stop making it, because, for me, it is Steve's scent.  It's Lagerfeld.  I love how it smells, I love it on Steve, but most of all, when I smell it, I am grateful for my wonderful husband.
  2. At Rotary last week, the guest speaker was the owner of Charleston Bread. Listening to the owner talk about the bread she bakes and seeing pictures of it had me craving her bread.  So, on Thursday evening, I stopped at the bakery on the way home to pick up a loaf of bread to go with our spaghetti for the evening. The store has a small parking lot next to it. After I parked, and got out of my car, I could smell the bread baking.  That is the scent of gratitude for me. Baking bread.
  3. Around here, we are starting to think about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has a certain smell, doesn't it? Turkey cooking? It is the scent of gratitude for me - it reminds me of family gathered around the table, sharing a meal.

What scents are scents of gratitude for you?


I belong to a digital alumnae chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. We meet most often via Facebook and email, but once a year, the group gathers for a Founder's Day breakfast with the Collegiate Chapter we support.

This year and last year I was asked to stamp nametags for the gathering. In this image are 120 approximately business sized nametag inserts for plastic holders. The carnation is from Garden Charmers by Penny Black, stamped with Lobster Lawn Fawn ink and Moss Hero Arts ink. The lyre is from a very hold Hero Arts wooden block set, stamped with embossing ink and embossed with fine gold powder. The paper is MFT sweet tooth - an almost white card stock.

The misti tool was a great help with these; I also used the new corner set to pull the card stock away from the Misti corner but still have a "corner" to position it with.

World Cardmaking Day

A couple of Saturdays ago was World CardMaking day. I would love to have had a long period of time to make several cards, but I didn't have that kind of time that day. I did sneak in one card, though.

This one is influened by Lisa Spangler ( from Texas. The state outline is from Studio Calico. The mountains in the state are made from curved lines drawn with zig clean color real brush markers with the color spread out using a waterbrush. 

I like the look of the card and have already sent it off to remind someone far away that he is thought about.


A couple of weekends ago I attended a conference. At the tables were coloring pages and colored pencils. I tried to resist. Really, I did. But there was this black and white page and pencils and who could resist! At first, I just colored during the break, but then I found myself drawn back to the page, so I colored and listened. That must have been what they wanted people to do, right? Why else put them on the table?

I did learn that I can listen and color at the same time. I kind of knew that, but this confirmed it.

The whole time I kept thinking that I could do a better job with my own (much larger) collection of colored pencils. Who can color with just 10 color choices, anyway?

Three Things not on a Thursday

Carol at Carol Knits does a weekly post on her blog called Three Things on Thursday. I was thinking about what to write about this week, and that prompt of hers came to mind.

  1. I ordered a new fountain pen a couple of weeks ago. It's a TWSBI Eco.  I ordered the one with no color with a fine nib. It's a demonstrator pen - the first one I've owned.  I filled it with Diamine Ancient Copper ink. I anticipate that I'll be using it for the headers in my November bulletin journal.
  2. I ordered this traveler's notebook cover through Amazon. It's a really pretty brown leather, and not very expensive. I really want this one, but decided to go with a less expensive one for now to see if it will work for the purpose I'm planning for it. I think this will take the place of my Plum Paper planner. I love the Plum Paper planner, but I only use it to plan my work as communicaton coordinator at my church - it's really more than I need. I created an insert for the traveler's notebook with my weekly spread for my work at church. I ordered an undated monthly insert from Penguin Paper Co. on Etsy. We'll see how it works.
  3. I pulled out my crochet hooks this evening to fix a "run" in my mom's prayer shawl. I told her I wouldn't be able to match the pattern. She didn't care: "put a flower on it." So I did.

Watercolor Cards

I've been playing around with drawing and watercolor - oddly enough, with fruit images.

Flower Card

While we were in Pittsburgh at the end of August, I worked on some art while Steve rode his bike in an event. The front panel and cards below it were a product of that time.

The flowers on the card were stamped using stamps I received from my mother's cousin, who used to stamp, but doesn't any longer. I drew in the leaves to fill out the design.  The paper is Nennah Desert Storm, and I colored the images with prismacolor pencils.   I like how it turned out.

Prismacolor pencils look different on kraft cardstock - trying out different combinations.

Completed front panel with the pencils I used

Finished birthday card