Wednesday, May 7, 2008

gratitude banner

i thought i'd post this picture of the sever family gratitude banner here this week- it's a back and forth project between family members!
the idea was brought to us by the truly inspired master of family ritual, bernadette noll , who created a gratitude banner for her family- a place to honor all the blessings, big and small, that touch our lives. she and i decided to run with this idea, and to teach a class of 8-12 year old girls about making these for their own families, which is what got me to go ahead and follow through with making one- i had to make a sample to show the class, after all!!
there are pockets for each family member, as well as one for all extended family and community and one for the universe. these pockets provide a place for writing down something that strikes gratitude in your heart, and thanking whatever or whomever helped to bring said energy to you by delivering them a little thank you note on the spot.
writing down the gratitudes not only solidifies the wonder that bubbles up when you start realizing how many reasons you have to feel grateful, but talk about generating reciprocity! it's amazing how having the intention to give thanks inspires the same intention in those around you! they are so filled up by the little notes that appear in their banner pockets that they in turn begin to notice and document all the myriad daily reasons we have to step back and say "holy batman, THANK YOU!!!"
and i also love that it's all done in the sweet and unique artwork that is an individuals own handwriting... i love picking up a note from my 7 year old, in her still emerging pen, knowing that not only will the meaning and depth of her words change and evolve as she grows, but the mark that she makes as she grows will also evolve.
thanks again, bern!! we love you!

5 comments:

Average Jane Crafter said...

This is one of my all-time favorite projects. It's beautiful - both in how it looks and what it does. Just so freaking awesome. Y'all rock.

Bernadette said...

Thanks right back at you Kathie for bringing it to such beautiful fruition!

Shannon Lowry said...

Alright, now i have to make a gratitude banner. Damn you crafty evolved people! :) Lovely loverly post Kathie.

Liz in Ink said...

Gratitude for you ALLLLLL! This is such a thing of beauty....

laurasalas said...

Your blog is addictive! And this project looks completely fun.