Giveaway: Top Five Picks! we’re not in canvas anymore tote-o

We’ve picked our top five quotes for our quote tote giveaway. Congrats Becki, Eileen, Kristine, Beth, and Majal. The quotes are …

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”- Mark Twain submitted by Becki.

“Love is an endless act of forgiveness, over and over again. Forgiveness is the key to the heart, the heart is the key to love, love is the key to forgiveness, in an endless dance with the heart.” -Eileen Widman submitted by Eileen.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore submitted by Kristine.

“He who works with his hands is a laborer,
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman,
He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.” -St. Francis of Asisi submitted by Beth.

“I’d rather have flowers on my table than diamonds on my neck.” -Emma Goldman submitted by Majal.

What’s your favorite quote? I’d love to hear it! Post your favorite quote here and I’ll send our top FIVE quote picks one of Alicia’s “modern technology” totes. (We’re always on the prowl for good quotes.)

“Modern technology owes ecology an apology.” Alan M. Eddison

17″ h x 12 1/4″ w, 6″ gusset

My graphic designer, Alicia, made these fabulous re-usable canvas totes and recently sold them at our local Co-op, where they sold out! I snatched up five to give away, and am selling the rest here! They are made in the U.S. from 100% natural unbleached cotton fabric. I LOVE the eye-catching, thought-provoking quote she used. Remember, friends don’t let friends shop without a re-usable bag.

  1. My favorite quote is – drumroll please – btw, it’s from Phyllis Diller – drumroll again please –

    “If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door greet him with, ‘Who could have done this? we have no enemies’”

    She also said “My photographs don’t do me justice – they just look like me.” Hilarious!

    She did NOT say “I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” Erma Bombeck did. I quote Erma all the time as well!

    This exercise got me to thinking, do I quote anyone or anything that is not funny? Nope. And you can quote me…

  2. Susie says:

    Okay, I don’t know if you can handle this, but this quote comes to me when I’m having a bad day: “When you’re sliding down the bannister of life you’re bound to get some splinters in your career.” That’s from “The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog” by John Erickson. Maybe someone else will come up with something more pithy. 🙂

  3. Jen in TX says:

    Oh, there are so many good ones–I keep a notebook with my favorites. One of my favorites is by Franklin Jones: “Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

  4. Pam says:

    I have flying monkeys…don’t make me use them!

    Don’t remember where it comes from, but use it often..

  5. Shirley Bradbury says:

    “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

    great timing, I just read this on my FB wall from a friend and loved it. Then saw your post 🙂 Thanks.

  6. Becki from San Diego says:

    I thought these were cute;

    Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
    Mark Twain

    Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.
    Mitchell Kapor

  7. Ashley Kreyling says:

    “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.” -Thomas Paine

    That quote blows me away. 🙂

  8. Teresa Morton says:

    To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions, that communes with her environment, that isn’t afraid of facing challenges.
    – Paulo Coelho

  9. Diane says:

    My latest favorite quote is by Maya Angelou, ” When someone shows you who they really are….believe them.”
    This can be when folks show you they are good or bad…it is something I remember when I go out…who do I show people I am????
    Blessings to you.

  10. Marie says:

    ‎”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

    then my other favorite is

    “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Theresa

  11. Majal says:

    Love this tote so much!! Here’s one of my favorite quotes- “I’d rather have flowers on my table than diamonds on my neck.” -Emma Goldman. I love picking wildflowers and bringing them inside. To me, so much lovelier than jewels!

  12. Vanessa says:

    Today is the golden tomorrow that you dreamed of yesterday, and so it shall be until the end of time. This day then, is your day of opportunity.

    I don’t know who said it, it’s from a vintage poster.

  13. Hassie says:

    “The Value of A Woman”

    “Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God
    counts her tears. The woman came out of a man’s rib;
    not from his foot to be walked on; not from his head to
    be superior, but from the side to be equal; under the arm
    to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved.”

    Author unknown.

  14. Faye says:

    Use it up.
    Wear it out.
    Make it do or do without.

  15. Andrea says:

    They say, “You are a savage and dangerous woman.” I said, “I am speaking the truth. And the truth is savage and dangerous.”

    – Egyptian feminist Nawal El Sadaawi

  16. Patty Byrd says:

    A people free to choose will always choose peace.
    Ronald Reagan

    All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
    Ronald Reagan

  17. Michele says:

    This is one of my favorite quotes:

    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field.
    I’ll meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass
    the world is too full to talk about.”
    ― Rumi

  18. Laurie Dimino says:

    One that really hits home and makes you stop and think about whats really important in life….

    “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

    A great quote form a great man…Steve Jobs

  19. Beth says:

    Wow! What a great tote! awesome giveaway! 🙂
    my favorite quote is:
    “He who works with his hands is a laborer,
    He who works with his hands and his head is a crafstman,
    He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.”
    -St. Francis of Asisi

  20. Patricia says:

    “Fear prevents forward progress” Joyce Myers.

    This has helped me so much in the past!

  21. Meg says:

    Love this list! Ain’t nothin’ like a good quote! My latest fav, “Please excuse the mess, my children are busy making memories.”

  22. Brandy says:

    To borrow from the Oct/Nov MJ magazine (pg 73)
    “tuffet up, girlfriend!”

  23. Eileen Widman says:

    From a great friend of mine Georgia Robb when I was young and just getting married.
    “Kiss him in the morning when you get up, Kiss him again when he leaves for work, Kiss him when he comes through the door, Kiss him when you go to bed. Settle all your differences before you go to bed and Love him all your life”
    This is how to keep your marriage on fire and strong.

  24. Debi Chandler says:

    “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” Dorothy Bernard

  25. Rachel Daly says:

    My favorites:

    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

    Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

    Exuberance is beauty. – William Blake

  26. Jennifer says:

    Shoot for the moon. If you fail you will still be among the stars.

  27. Celia says:

    ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of Freedom’ has always been my favorite.

  28. Kristine says:

    “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore <3

  29. Eileen Widman says:

    “Love is an endless act of forgiveness, over and over again. Forgiveness is the key to the heart, the heart is the key to Love, love is the key to forgiveness in an endless dance with the heart.”
    Me, August 5 2011
    Live each day. loving every minute of it!

  30. Eileen Widman says:


  31. Amy Stingle says:

    Not sure where the quote is from…. but here it is:

    “You can shed tears because she(he) is gone, or you can smile because she(he) has lived.”

    I also like “Make God laugh…tell him your plans.”

  32. Beth says:

    Wow!! I am so thrilled that my favorite quote was one of the 5 picks! With all of those great quotes, I know this must have been a tough decision. Thanks again for such an awesome giveaway! 🙂

  33. Debra Davis says:

    “One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”

    – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

  34. Jan Culton says:

    I forget where I read this:
    “Preach the Gospel always; if necessary, use words.”

    I love the idea of talking less and living out my beliefs more.

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