Tuesday, March 8, 2011

From Hotel Coasters to Encouragement Book

Recently I posted about going through a few trials and tribulations and how important it is to maintain perspective. Per Steve's urging, I retreated to my studio and found myself looking at  some cardboard coasters I'd picked up from our stay at a hotel. I decided to make something just for me, using the good stuff, like Karla, from Karla's Cottage challenged us to do.. The front is covered with a bingo card and added embellishments.
Inside I used vintage french text on one side and vintage image from old sheet music. Then I added reminders..quotes and verses to encourage me..to help me keep perspective.
Such good reminders.."pursue what is good"....
What I didn't notice till I saw this picture was how the tag covered the verse to then read "Always Pray". Somehow I don't believe that was an accident! ;-)
I pick up Bibles at the thrift store..and I got clearance from my pastor that it's all right to use scripture torn from the Bible in artwork! ;-) The other side is again from old sheet music..such beautiful graphics!
I really cling to promises of God. They sustain me, nurture me, and encourage me!

"One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations."
{St. John of Avila}


  1. It is beautiful...not only in the style, but in the message!

  2. gorgeous..just gorgeous! what a great way to use hotel coasters!

  3. That is darling Myrna and I'm glad you made it for yourself! Beautiful! Look forward to seeing you!Toni

  4. What a sweet little book -- I think it gave you peace!

  5. Love this great idea and the message is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Vicky

  6. Hi Myrna,
    I love your inspiring little book! God is so good and it is important for us to be reminded! Thank you for sharing.

  7. You have turned something ordinary into something so special, the little book is beautiful.

  8. Okay, I want it---now, right NOW! Judy

  9. Oh, I love your coaster book. It looks like something I would think of making. Yep, Karla is way inspiring for me. I love to visit her blog and love a good challenge now and again. I am your newest follower. Come say hi over to Something special if you have the notion!

  10. Your coaster book is gorgeous! Aren't you glad you were urged to go to your studio to spend some time there? Steve knew where you needed to be.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Don't you love those happy accidents that you find in artwork? that is an extra good one!

    Thanks for joining in and showing us your good stuff.

  12. What a lovely book you made, such a wonderful item to treasure :)