People & Prompt – The August Blues and Mary Engelbriet

The Daily Prompt for August 27th was this question:

“August Blues/As a kid, were you happy or anxious about going back to school? Now that you’re older, how has your attitude toward the end of the summer evolved?”


I was usually very happy about going back to school. One of my favorite shopping experiences as a child was going to a store with my parents and picking out a new notebook, pencil bag, pens, crayons…all the wonderful supplies that had the potential to help make me a star student. Well, I don’t think I was ever the star pupil, in fact I know so, but I still had a good time imagining myself as such! 🙂 The school supplies were the perfect prop to propel me to what I hoped was great success.


I still love collecting supplies and props that will help me succeed. One of my favorite “school” supplies are notebooks of all kinds. They are a tool to prevent me from forgetting an important date, and keep me on track with menus, entertaining, vacation plans, etc. I also include Bible verses and other inspiring thoughts within the pages of my notebooks.


One of my favorite artist/illustrator/decorators is Mary Engelbreit. I have two of her books. loved her magazine, and still use old pages of her calendars to create the collages that decorate the covers of my “to-do” notebooks.

home companion

I put anything and everything in these books of mine, but when their “season” is over, I am glad to replace them with new blank pages. They aren’t created as a keepsake, they are a tool to keep me moving onward and looking up.


My notebook pages always have a section for jotting down new blogging ideas too! 🙂

You can read more about Mary Engelbreit here: Mary Engelbreit/About Me Page

2 thoughts on “People & Prompt – The August Blues and Mary Engelbriet

  1. My son told me once I had more notebooks with nothing in them than anyone he knew. I have my floor stacked with old journals too. 20 years worth and yes, I do go back and read through them sometime. They need dressing up and you have given me some delightful ideas. I even have ME mugs which I started hiding because others were not so careful about something that can’t be replaced. Maybe it will be the winter of decorating them.

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    1. Timelesslady

      I have empty notebooks too. I use a bit of the paper and then it’s off to a new project. I save them…I look at it this way, if times get really bad we can use them as toilet paper. I shouldn’t joke though….times are getting strange everywhere.

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