Monday, December 6, 2010

Gadanke ~ Katie’s awesome art journals

Sometime last year I stumbled onto Katie’s blog Making this Home and I started following her immediately. In a world of home décor bloggers who love to go all out on the decorations (and I do consider myself one of them), and who can never resist the urge to bring just one more thing into the house, because it is such a great deal (and I definitely am one of those women too), Katie is refreshing. Her Berlin home was only teeny tiny and that is how she wanted it.

And yes, she can even fly a plane!

Katie and her husband Martin purposely strive for a simple life and they take their readers along for the ride. Watching Katie NOT buy any clothes for over a year now, is so inspiring and has made me think twice about adding something new to my overflowing wardrobe more than once.

In 2009 Katie started her business GADANKE, and it has been thrilling to watch her make it thrive. Gadanke, is a new word made up out of the German Danke (thank you) and Gedanke (thought), and I think it is perfect. Because Katie’s journals are just utterly perfect for using as a Gratitude journal, but they also challenge you to journal your thoughts in new and imaginative ways.


Made out of 100% recycled materials these journals really stand out in a crowd. Katie adds special themes and pages to the journals that act as writing prompts and at the same time she gives you all the space you need to fully express yourself.

The journals come in different colors, like this adorable baby journal.

You are loved

And there are journals for special occasions too. If you are quick you could still get this special Christmas journal in time to put under the Christmas tree.


It’s even on sale now. And look what you’d be getting. Such loveliness inside.


Katie herself is turning the Love Letter journal into a year-long love letter to her Martin. And when I read about that project, I immediately decided to make one for My Love too. I have been taking pictures of him every  month especially for that purpose (shhht, don’t tell him, he is still clueless about that).


I think this idea is so wonderful. When prompted by Katie’s lines it is so much easier to write heartfelt messages to your love, than when staring at an empty blank page.


One of my good intentions for 2011 (yes I have already starting compiling the lists Glimlach), is to start a gratitude journal. And the Gadanke~The Little Things is the perfect journal to start with.

Look at this awesome list to help the thankful thinking along:


My only problem is that I can’t decide which cover I like best, the red or the blue.


Would you like to have a journal? For yourself or for someone you love? Enter the giveaway and one journal of your choice could be coming your way.

Anyone from anywhere around the globe can enter, you don’t even have to have a blog.

Here is how you can enter:

Feed knop copy copy

Go to GADANKE and check out all of the options there. Then come back here and leave a comment telling us which journal you would like to have and what you can use it for.

For a second chance….

Number 2

Become a follower of Songbird and come back here to let us know. If you already are a follower you can tell that in your second comment too.

Number 3

Follow Katie in her journey of a simple life on two continents (talk about living simply) and comment again.

Number 4

Tweet or Facebook or write a post about this giveaway and you can enter a fourth time.

That’s it. Lots of opportunities to win, and you know you want to win….

Be certain that Katie or I can contact you so make sure your email can be found in your profile or in the comment.


This giveaway will be open until Monday 13. December, when I will let a Random thingamagee select a winner.

Good Luck,

vogeltje A2


Random Winner

The winner is number 19:     Miss Marple!!

Congratulations Miss Marple and have fun with your journal.


  1. I love a chance to win one of those Journals. I especially love the Love Letter one.

  2. I am a follower of Songbird, so yeah for a second chance.

  3. Oh, I love the She journal. I would give that to my 20 y/o daughter who is in college and just branching out on her own. Maybe she could (or would!) share it with me one day! Nice, very nice giveaway!

  4. Yea, I finally figured out WordPress' Subscription doo-hickey, so I'm now following you (and so many others!)

  5. Yea, I'm following Katie as well now! (Interesting life!)

  6. I would love the baby journal for my yet-to-be-born niece.

  7. Couldn't find a way to follow Katie. No 'follow' button. =(

  8. I think I would like the Joy journal. I often write and keep notebooks.

    I don't like lines and like the freedom to draw/write/turn the angle of the page. I think the Joy journal would give me plenty of flexibility as a notebook.

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  9. I can't decide if I like the She journal or the whimsy of the Something Serious with Something Silly journal better!

  10. The She journal for my second daughter please!!!

    My first giveaway is also posted and I would like if you could come visit! its a gift card so I am sure it would be useful.

  11. Absolutely loooving the journals! Such a great idea to write a year long love letter :)
    Please, please, please I want one!
    Also a big songbird fan btw;)

  12. O yeah, anonymous from previous comment can be found under: :P

    ps: still loving the journal...

  13. Journals are really nice:) especially SHE journal!!! Good luck!

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  15. I follow songbird..and loooove the SHe journal:):):)

  16. I adore the "she" - Journal in Journal in Kraft and it would be soooo cool to win one of these great journals!

  17. You know I am already a long time fan of yours! ;-)
    Dikke kus!

  18. I subscribed to Katie's blog - just lovely!

  19. ...and I have been following Songbird for a while :)

  20. i'd love to keep this in my purse. i am constantly writing things down.

  21. Oh these are so wonderful!! I love them. I want many different ones!! I will start with the one you are doing love letter. I would like the thankful one and the one about home too. I will have to get some after Christmas.....well, maybe before if I don't go broke.

  22. I am following her blog now! JUST GREAT --Thanks for telling us!

  23. I also liked her on facebook, because I love this idea!

  24. These are gorgeous! I love the She one, and the home one (Love Where We Live) and the red one (The Little Things). Beautiful!

  25. I was already a follower of songbird.

  26. And I subscribed to Katies blog tru google reader.

  27. Oke, i went over to her site and loved it! It would be lovely to win the she journal...

    Oke, ik ben er geweest, wat een leuke site, bedankt daarvoor! Ik zou het super vinden om de she journal te winnen, wat een creativiteit!

  28. Ik was al een hele tijd een volger van jou, je engels is trouwens perfect!

  29. O ja, ik ben natuurlijk volger geworden van haar site. Kon eigenlijk alleen maar een button rss feed vinden dus het maar op die manier gedaan. Is er ook een button volgen (via google of blogspot)?.... ik heb hem niet gevonden in ieder geval.

  30. Ga proberen om deze give away op mijn site te plaatsen maar blog nog niet zo lang dus weet niet of het lukt :-)

  31. Oke, is gelukt! Was voor mij de 1e keer om er een give away op te zetten dus ben blij! Fijn weekend...

  32. Ik vind de bruine "she" journal mooi!
    Volgend jaar ga ik mezelf proberen terug te vinden dus daar zal ie mooi bij te pas komen denk ik zo.

  33. o ja, en ik volg je al een tijdje!

  34. I would like the thankful journal. I like to remind myself of all the good things I have to be thankful for ~ especially when I'm having a not so good day.

  35. I love these journals -I just went over and purchased three one for a gift and two for me:-)
    I love them -I got two of the "She" journals and one of the "Love where you live" If I won I am going to choose the "Love Letter" for ne to surprise my husband.

  36. I follow songbird

  37. I subscribed to katie's blog through google reader

  38. I just became a follower and found your blog today! Awesome giveaway!

  39. How adorable. Last night at a Christmas party we talked about having a little notebook tucked into our purses for documenting, reflecting and sharing. This would be perfect. I love the SHE personal journal 1.0 in natural pine bark. Soooo adorable. And I love that she has refills for the journals. So creative.


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