Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wall Messages

We have a whiteboard at home that I never erase.

Since moving to Houston, we've had lots of visitors come see us from our previous homes of California and Australia, and many of our guests noticed our whiteboard and scrawled lovely messages of encouragement and thanks on it. I love them so much that I can't bring myself to erase them and use the board for what it's actually for - to-do lists. But I would much rather words of encouragement on my wall any day. :)


That's why I was excited to see Candi Winkler's store - Sweet Designs. Her store has lovely wooden wall art, and among them are encouraging quotes and uplifting messages. I love the idea of positive art. Something that not only pretties up an empty wall, but reminds those who see it that life really is marvelous.

Candi is inspired by magazines, fabric, ribbon and patterned paper, and most of all her children. I can definitely see how children can bring a positive influence to art - they are so innocent and carefree. Much like the way we all want to be. Among Candi's favorite colors are chartreuse, followed by shades of green, red and purple.
Candi is generously giving away one of her Family Rules subway-style signs to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment here telling me what the best positive quote you've ever heard is. I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. The winners of the Goody Bag Giveaway are Joana and Jaime. Congrats!)


Sonja said...

"Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it!" (L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)

I would love to win one of these!

laura said...

"happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product" -eleanore roosevelt

Lillian Chang said...

Oh wow, I love that you have a whiteboard like that at home!! :) That's so sweet. I wouldn't be able to erase it either. (But maybe you should take a picture of it...just in case!)

And these are fantastic - I love the family rules sign. I love all sorts of quotes, but I think one of my favorites is: "When we say no, or when we follow our dreams or true callings - people might be 'disappointed' in our choices. Allowing people their disappointments sets us free." - Christine Kane

Jessica said...

My mom always said "it's the simple things in life..." and I always think of that. It is actually the tag line on my blog! :)

Michele said...

Those are beautiful signs and sayings! I would love one for my new apartment. :)

The best saying by Zig Ziglar that has always stuck with me is, "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

Wishing you an awesome day!

Dancing Branflake said...

When the storms come, dance in the rain.

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

you have such awesome giveaways! thanks for the win :) emailing you now...

moonsword said...

"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." ~ George Bernard Shaw
Thank you!

Marta said...

Hi! My favourite quote by writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is ‘Live, and be happy, and make others so’. Thanks for the give-away!
Marta García
martaplayita at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

Oh I love her stuff and I love quotes. I think I have journals and journals filled with my favorites. This is one...

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others"-Marianne Williamson

L. Fields said...

The best way to keep a friend is to be one.

lindsayfields at live dot com

Tali Schiffer said...

What a great thing to have, a message board with writings from your friends from far away! I think that is too precious and yes, you shouldn't erase anything off of it!
The most positive quote, which I carried with me for years was said by Helen Keller - "Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all". I do try to dare and do so I can say I've lived and tried!

Christina- floresdelsol said...

what a wonderful giveaway!!!

my favorite is
" motherhood is a sacred responsibility"

Melanie's Randomness said...

Ooooo I love wall messages. I have one that says Blessings & one that says Welcome Home for my new place! I would love to be entered in this giveaway! My favorite words are "Live in the moment, don't wait to tomorow"!

Melanie's Randomness

jessica said...

love it!!my preferit is this: i love you Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

think happy, be happy... love it! xo

L'Atelier said...

i love your whiteboard 'idea' :)

a quote i read lately that stuck with me: ' a talent is formed in stillness, a character is formend in the world's torrent' by W.J. Goethe
it somehow just said what i needed to hear

Lindsey said...

If someone gives you RULED paper, write the other way. via, my great student, Dustin

"To draw, you must close your eyes and sing." --Picasso

"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." --Mark Twain.

"Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God." --Nelson Mandela

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

These are wonderful!!! Would love to win one!!!

I too enjoy the wonderful beauty in positive art.

My favorite quotes:

"It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny."
-Anthony Robbins

Their story, yours and mine - its what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.

There's no such thing as "impossible". The word itself says "I'm Possible".
~ unknown

"The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person."
-Frank Barron

these are just a few..... :o)

Jessica said...

"Live each and every day to the fullest" :-)

Jess said...

Have you thought about a chalkboard wall??? We have one side of the wall in the kitchen as a "to-do/grocery/menu list" and it provides much more space than a white board! All you need is some chalkboard paint!

Jess said...

oh, and for the giveaway: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think- Winnie the Pooh

Tender Branson said...

Does the board still have room on it? My inspiration is "someone somewhere is better than you, close the gap."

Amanda said...

love that you have a whiteboard in your house. my dream is to have a giant chalkboard where people can leave messages ( a modern guest book).

My favorite quote of the moment is here:


Sarah Mina said...

I love the "Keep Calm and Carry On" sign!


In one of our previous homes, we framed in a large section of wall and painted it white. We then let our guests sign our wall. I couldn't paint over it . . . it became a treasure.


Madeline... said...

I cling to the quote, "You are stronger than you think you are." I say it over and over again in my head when I'm running. It's come in handy as I'm training for my first half.

Mary Lee said...

The Family Rules sign is a fantastic giveaway!

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~Elizabeth Stone


RaettigFamily said...

One of my favorites is:

Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.

ManaRose said...

You will be a way happier and more successful cook if you just accept that your first pancake is and always will be a universally flukey mess.
But, that shouldn't mean you never make another pancake.~ Merlin Mann

Great Giveaway : )

jc said...

"We do not inherit the earth from our forefathers, we borrow it from our children"

Thanks for the lovely giveaway.


redi2adopt said...

My favorite quote is "good things come to those who wait"

great giveaway!

heinzmom at hotmail dot com

Carmilla said...
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Athina said...

"Dreams will always remain dreams if you don't take action"

Don't know by who :)

is_tavrit (AT) hotmail.com

ligata said...
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ligata said...

In everything bad, there is something good!

vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

Vanessa said...

"crying is not a sign of weakness. Ever since birth it has been evidence that we are alve."

there's another quote as well, "god is knowledge personified"

I think both is really meanigful and I like them :)

active mail is chocolates_smiles at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My fave saying is "Life is a painting, cover the canvas". Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”


Thank you for the chance to win

mom2girls said...

Well I am not sure if it is a positive or just very funny but we say it all the time in our house "curiouser and curiouser said Alice" we say it whenever something odd might be happening that needs some explaining ;) we homeschool and read alot, Alice in Wonderland and Alice Threw the Looking Glass are favorites, it is a great quote.

CricketSaunders said...

This too, in time shall pass.

the southern hostess said...

These are fantastic!

"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around." - Vanilla Sky

NLWilliams said...

how you spend your days is how you live your life

Mammamoiselle said...

This too shall pass --- I think it everytime I feel stressed or something happens that is difficult!

Thanks for the chance to win!
stephcrs339 at gmail dot com

Val said...

Family rules...The key to a great life. = )))

craftink said...

Grow old along with me the best is yet to be

fisiwoman said...

My fav is: Smile if you wanna go faster

Ana Belén R.M

leah said...

My favourite is -'This too shall pass'

Lee said...

Use what talents you possess;
The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke


Jacqueline said...

"life goes on" ... and it does! jmmccarr@gmail.com

KM said...

this too shall pass & don't sweat the small stuff.
both are great for stressful days!

Brooke said...

"He who forgives ends the quarrel." -African proverb


Wehaf said...

"No single thing abides, but all things flow." Titus Lucretius Carus

urchiken at gmail dot com

jakiesmom said...

gtow old with me the best is yet to be
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Awww that is sooooo sweet of your guests.... Good luck with the new place and I am wishing you guys all the best. =)

erine said...

I love her stuff! What a great giveaway! Here is one of my favorites:

"Listen to the mustn'ts child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."

-Shel Silverstein

Ms. M said...

"live today as if it is your last day on earth so that you'll don't have regrets later on"

fablanche3petal AT gmail DOT com

Susan said...

Martha Washington said, "The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances."

Dr. Seuss said, "I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"

Jamie Paolinetti said, "Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."

(I couldn't decide my favorite!)

JBlanton said...

My favorite quote is
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss

Basia Marie said...

I love 'Don't tell your God how big your storm is, tell your storm how big your God is.'
I'm agnostic; it just reminds me of the power I have within me, to overcome anything I will face.
-Basia :)


Claire said...

My personal quote is 'Cherish your Bliss' as everyones idea of bliss is different.

Atoxim at gmail dot com

Hilary Claire said...

"Embrace the total freak in yourself and enjoy it, because life is WAY too short to be cool!"

Frances Cheda said...

No more monkeys jumping on the bed. :)

TaylorMade said...

"Beauty does not require a mirror"

skipthelaundry said...

Carry on
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

Koco & Viking said...

Dig her work and would love to have that positivity across our walls. A quote that always makes me smile in bad times, "Pay others no mind who don't have one!". ha ha. Totally giggled out loud. Thank you for the opportunity!

your friends,
koco & viking

info [at] kocoandviking [dot] com


Jen M said...

Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Ghandi

It reminds me that I need to be the best me I can be each day.


SueBooBadoos said...

I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. ~Anne Frank

this has always kind of stuck with me


ManaRose said...

I am so excited I won! I sent you an email : )

Anonymous said...

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

I just love this quote from Marilyn Monroe


elaine said...

This quote is simple but lovely- Live,Love,Laugh.

Elaine R

Kristin said...

Live today as it is your last.
Kristin15172004 AT yahoo DOT com

Jenn said...

"Keep calm and Carry on" probably the best advice and most socially pertinent. Basically stating have some class!
Love it!
email: jennifer(dot)mcgreevy(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber D. said...

The 6 B's by Gordon B. Hinckley

penguinlover_23 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the family rule one! So awesome :)

One of my favorite inspirational quotes would have to be, "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass,It's about dancing in the rain." :)


Chelsea H.

SweetShenanigans said...

By far the best quote I've ever had the pleasure to encounter: “Be Who You Are and Say What You Feel Because Those Who Mind Don't Matter and Those Who Matter Don't Mind.” - Dr. Seuss
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

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nobody's business is everybody's curiosity