At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Wednesday, January 9

WOYWW 188 - Where do the days go???


How on earth can it be a whole week since the last WOYWW??
 
But as you can see, a lot can change in a week!
 
How do you like the new-look blog with the amazing header created by Mary Anne using the xmas gift I showed last week? I am in awe of what she could do - and so quickly!
It just makes me smile every time I see it ;o)
 
And how can it already be the 9th of January??
 
But here's the proof - a cute, vintage lil calendar I found on ebay...
 

... and here's its place on my desk
 

As you can see, I'm keeping to my New Year intention (I don't do guilt-inducing resolutions) of writing more snail mail...

So if any of you lovely WOYWWers would like a REAL card/note/letter in the post, just drop me an email (claire[dot]sauer[at]ntlworld.com) with your mailing address...

I promise to be a faithful (but not weekly!) pen pal :o)

I've covered the addresses with these thought-filled quotes...


... which I keep in a driftwood box on the window sill to the left of the desk


As I go over to my desk every day to change the date, I pull out a quote for the day... here's today's:

Just remain in the centre, watching,
And then forget that you are there.
Lao Tzu

Well, today I shall be sitting in the centre visiting as many of you wonderfully creative people as possible listed over at Julia's Stamping Ground...

And if you have a mo, drop down to Monday's post and see another new challenge I've set myself - it's going to be fun!!

Enjoy xxx



38 comments:

jill said...

What a fun idea with the qoutes a day. Happy woyww, enjoy the rest of the week. jill #10

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Oh love the box Claire! And the calendar, but then I do love e a good, retro calendar.

Argh. Fed up with blogger on the iPad so going away now. But have a great day,

MA (4)

Oh and glad you liked the banner )

Tuire Flemming said...

Well, I lost even three months last year... ;)
Your new header is awesome - and so is the wooden box!
Happy WOYWW!
Tuire #2

Tertia said...

Love the quote for the day, I always write one on my board at school for the girls.
Just sent you an e mail.
Happy WOYWW
Tertia #17

slowlaneblog.com said...

Love the Header and the Driftwood Box is beautiful!!!
#29 Silvia WOYWW

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Happy WOYWW. Loving the calendar (I bought a little wooden box of stamps recently) and the box of quotes. Will send you an email with my snail mail address, as I also love to send 'real' mail !! Ali x #40

voodoo vixen said...

Just came over from MA's and suffering severe spine envy as I would love to be able to do that to the spine of a book!! Your desk is so neat and clean and the vintage calendar took me back to my childhood as my Grandad had one just like it!!

Helen said...

I came hot-foot from Mary-Anne's to see the banner - very nice, and so was your book you made for her. Your driftwood box is gorgeous, I love it!! I must find and store some quotes for use in my journal. Happy WOYWW, Helen 7

okienurse said...

love the quotes of the day and the drift wood box! I love to send snail mail cause it is so unexpected now days. Hope you have a great week! Vickie #31

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Claire, I used to write a lot. I even kept copies of my letters so I don't forget what I've wrote in each of my letters. That is a great plan for the new year! And I love your box full of quotes too! Glad i dropped by!! A blessed new year! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Eliza said...

What a great idea smail mail is a dying thing and I love the quotes. I look at word a day everyday as I love words, strange I know. Thanks for visiting me.

Eliza

Lynn Holland said...

Straight away I thought I like your header and I like your vintage Calender. I've got a perpetual one with sayings on it, I've had it for about 8 years and I love it.
You can't best a lovely piece of snail mail dropping on the mat. Can I send you something Claire ? Email me your address
Lynn-64

Queenie Jeannie said...

One of my thoughts is to send more mail out too! And yes, time really can get away from you, even in a brand new year!

Jeannie #60

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

well done on your new resolution and yes like the wee calendar too,... you are reminding me I have letters cards I must send too, happy WOYWW, Shaz in Oz.x #6

Lori said...

Love the idea of the quote box and pulling one out each day. May have to start one of those.

I am a friend of Sandee. Hope you get a chance to check out my blog.
Lori #81

butlersabroad said...

Love the blog banner Claire, MA is very talented in that department, well, in most departments I think!! Love the little quote box too, great way to start the day.

Hugs
Brenda 73

MrsC.x said...

what a lovely thought i must send more snail mail too but mr royal mail is just so expensive these days!
Happy woyww TFS Mrs.C.xx #28
craftylittlemoos.blogspot.com

Neet said...

Well, have to say I love that driftwood box, got green envy on that one. At the risk of more can you tell us a bit more about it please.
Love the idea of the quotes and the calendar is fab.
Thanks for visiting me
Hugs, Neet 11xx

Robin Spitzer said...

I just love your box! I am going to get me a quote box...I see such wonderful ones and when I need one, I can't find it....this is a great way to think about the quote all day! I am so glad I stopped by your blog today! Just love your box!

Hugs,

Robin #36

Vicki Sheehan said...

claire, your new look is fabulous! i just love, love, love your box with quotes. i shall have to try this myself :) happy new year!

sandee said...

First I have to say that the book that you made MA was just awesome, so very pretty, I love your art as a blog header, very cool. I also LOVE that drift wood box you have your quotes in! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Ria Gall said...

Hi
I love your little calendar and daily quotes system.
Ria

Li'l Pidge said...

ooh a fabulous new header, very swish.

Love the driftwood box, such a great idea with the quotes.
Thanks for visiting my desk already

kyla #18

Ali H said...

Hi Claire thanks for coming by earlier - love your drift wood box !! Ali x #4

Apryl said...

The new blog banner looks GREAT! love that new calendar! What a gem!

Apryl H #9

April Story said...

I like your calendar. I also like the idea of a quote a day - what a very inspiring and thought provoking way to start your day. :-)
April #136

RosC said...

Hi Claire,

The new look is great, sort of clean and clear. Love that driftwood box of yours, and my immediate thought is to make one from my own beach - once all the triffids from the city have gone.

Am also very keen on Lao Tsu and his thoughts. Best philosophy - if we stayed with nature as he did, we would damage each other and the planet much less.

Smiles to you
Ros. #88

Redanne said...

Yes, your blog header is brilliant! Loving he driftwood box too. I got a vintage calendar from Ebay too but altered mine... thank you for your visit, I am late because a lovely friend stopped by yesterday. Belated Happy WOYWW, Anne x #47

Morti said...

Yup, your blog header is Ace and Mary Anne is one very talented lady. And always a blast to spend time with! I love your driftwood box - very tactile, so the idea of keeping such nice quotes in it is great. I don't know if you add new quotes to it regularly, but if you do, here's one you may or may not have already: "The knowledge that time passes makes bad times bearable and good times precious". I don't know who originally said it, but it was written directly onto a friend's corkboard in her dorm room at Uni - and has stuck with me ever since.

Happy New Year - hope it's a good one for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Spyder said...

I love the driftwood box! and me too, likes your header, fab! I'm too much of a chicken to change mine! I think You'll get swamped with pen pals!!
Happy New Year Happy WOYWW!
((Lyn))

Buttons said...

I sit here in awe of your dedication to writing - it's all I can manage to keep up to date with emails/comments! Thanks for dropping by, hugs Jenny #35

Erika said...

Hi Claire, love your drift wood box. Enjoy your writing, hugs Erika.

Shoshi said...

Love the quotes, the vintage calendar and that gorgeous driftwood box, Claire! Thanks for your visit, and it was lovely to hear from you again. I hope you are doing OK health wise. I've been pretty rough the past year, but a lot of it wasn't helped by uncertainty over my ailing parents. Still managing to be creative, on the desk, floor and recliner lol lol!! Glad you are enjoing what I am doing.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi

KatzElbows said...

I just knew you'd make a gorgeous header from the the lovely gift. I think it's brilliant, especially as its the work of two artists and so celebrates the way we all come together and support each other. Beautiful.

Cheers,
Rachel

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What an excellent resolution! Snail mail is so special and such a nice way to keep in touch. It means so much more than email. I think you are right to avoid guilt driven resolutions. Your driftwood box is lovely.

Gita said...

Your driftwood box is fab!! Love it. Thanks for popping over. I got my new desk delivered yesterday so now just a matter of getting it upstairs and put together. :-)
Brigita #113

Elizabeth said...

Hello Claire, your new header banner is fabulous and what a lovely post. Writing to pen-pals is a dying art in this day of almost instant texting and e-mails. I remember having several in different parts of the world when I was a girl - it was encouraged back then - and thoroughly enjoyed receiving letters from France, Malta and the USA :) Love your driftwood box. Thanks for sharing - have a great week. Elizabeth x #69

Tamika said...

That's a good idea because with all this online stuff people have become so out of touch. #108