Thank You Notes

“Whether you’re up or you’re down, whether you’re confident or unsure, listen to your heart.  For your heart knows why you’re here.”
–Ralph Marston

Thank You Notes

I am a big fan of thank you notes.  They let the person who gave you a gift know how much their thoughtfulness meant to you.  I hope this is one tradition that never dies.

I decided to make some homemade thank you notes again this year.  I started without a plan.  I had a sheet of watercolor paper, some watercolor paint and some sharpies.  It was really fun to just doodle away.  Here’s a sampling of my fun.

Thank YOU for reading my blog and commenting when you have time.  It means a lot!  🙂

Ralph Marston is author and publisher of The Daily Motivator, one of the web’s most popular and enduring destinations for original positive motivation and inspiration. Since 1996, Ralph has published a new, original, positive message every Monday through Saturday without missing a single publication day (the archive of more than 5,000 messages is available on The Daily Motivator website).

In the fall of 2001 Ralph first created the beloved “Right Now” video presentation which has given a sense of peace and hope to millions with its simple, profound message. Since then, he has created several more similar presentations, all available for free from The Daily Motivator website.

Ralph is the author of three books, and his words of wisdom have been quoted countless times on thousands of websites, in books, magazines, newspapers and other publications.


Thank You Note from my Beach Series

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin

Thank You Note from my Beach Series

Photoshop CS5 Product Mock Up

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I enjoyed a day with friends and it was great!

Here is another one of my little product mock ups.  It’s a very slow process, from painting each little individual icon, then scanning it in, cleaning it up, removing the background and creating patterns and borders.

I have no prior experience with Photoshop CS5, but Tara Reed has published some great ebooks and videos, which I am using to learn and create these little items.    She uses CS3, but I found the CS5 at a really good price at  I am such a babe in the woods in that program, but I’m trying very hard to enjoy the journey.  😀

About Ursula K. Le Guin

American writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s beautifully crafted, lyrical novels transcend the science fiction and fantasy genres; her books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and have won the National Book Award and the Pushcart Prize, among many other honors. She was born in Berkeley in 1929, met her husband in Paris, and settled in Oregon to raise her family. Her best known novels include The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Earthsea Trilogy.

Thank You Notes – December 28, 2009

“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.”
– Henry Moore

Thank You Notes

4″ x 5.5″ Mixed Media

The card is Canson Mi Tienes paper, cut into 8″ x 5.5″ pieces, then folded.  To get the colored paper scrap, I laid a piece of gauze across some inexpensive sketching paper and dabbed watercolor around it.  After the paper dried, I tore it into random pieces and glued them to the card, using some thinned Elmer’s glue and a paint brush.

I added a small piece to the envelope flap, too, for fun.  I added a little splash of watercolor to the corner of the envelope.

I added some torn white paper to the inside, to write my message on, and wrote Thank You on the front.  I added some little dots of acrylic to the front, too.

I can’t wait to fill them out and mail them to my friends and family.

Never underestimate the power of a simple thank you note, to bring a smile to the ones who were kind to you, in any way.  I’m a big thank you note person, all year long.

About Henry Moore

British sculptor Henry Moore is known for his voluptuous abstract figures. He was born in 1898 to a poor mining family. After Moore served in World War I, he became the first student of sculpture at Leeds School of Art; a sculpture studio was set up specifically for him.. As he studied primitive arts, his own work became more abstract. He established The Henry Moore Foundation in 1977 to promote public appreciation of art. He died in 1986. His work can be seen in public spaces all over the world.