Monday, September 19, 2011

"Wisdom of the Saints" Journal

This year my Little Flowers Girls' Club will be moving on to Wreath IV and studying the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit! Our first meeting, which will be held next week, will be based on the gift of Wisdom and St. Teresa of Avila. Since one of the symbols for St. Teresa of Avila is a "Book," I came up with a "Wisdom of the Saints" Journal for the girls to make as our craft, in which they can record their favorite quotes from the saints!

This craft would also tie in nicely for the 6th meeting of Wreath II based on the virtue of Wisdom and St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), substituting the image of St. Teresa of Avila with a coloring page of St. Teresa Benedicta.  It would also be a great craft for any children, not just Little Flowers, to make for the actual feast of St. Teresa of Avila, which is coming up next month on October 15th!

Craft: "Wisdom of the Saints" Journal


Blank Book (I purchased these from Rainbow Resource)
Coloring Page of St. Teresa of Avila from Waltzing Matilda
Colored Pencils, Crayons or Markers
Glue Stick
Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets


Re-Size Coloring Page to fit on the front of your blank book or notebook. Add "Wisdom of the Saints" to the top of the page and "By (little flower name)" to the bottom.  (I will have these pre-printed for our meeting, with each of the girls names already printed on the bottom.   I was able to make these quickly in Word.)

Have each girl color the image and glue to the front cover of their book.  (My oldest daughter colored the sample page.) 

Trim laminating sheet to 1/4-1/2" past each side of the book, cutting the two outside corners at an angle, so that you can wrap it around the edges to secure. (I was able to cut the 9x12 sheets in half, using one sheet for two books.)

Instruct the girls to fill the book with their favorite saint quotes, the "Wisdom of the Saints!"

St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us! 

P.S. Does anyone happen to have the pdf saved from the St. Teresa of Avila paper doll I have linked to in the past? We've made it a few times, but I can't seem to find the file on my computer (I think it might not have been transferred over from my old computer), nor have I been able to find it again online, and would like to print some out for our meeting.  If so, could you please email me a copy?


  1. We don't have a Little Flowers near us:( You think starting a group over the internet would work? I'm thinking within a blog. We have 7 daughters so we make a club just in our home.

    Love the ideas Jessica,


  2. Pamela ~ This has been on my mind since last year, when a couple others were wishing their daughters could join us for Little Flowers, even if only long distance/online. However, with 7 daughters you could easily have your own group! My group will have 8 girls this year, but when I first started I was planning on having a group even if it ended up being just my own two daughters at the time.

    This year my group will be completing Wreath IV, and I have created a lap book to be made throughout the year that could easily be shared for others to join us! I also have almost all of our crafts planned, 3 of the 7 Notebook pages, some of the snack/cupcake decorating ideas, all of the coloring pages, and some book/resource ideas. If I am able to finish it all up in the next week or so, I just might be able to pre-share it this year and then offer a link up at the bottom of each of our meeting posts so that those that "joined" us (in their own homes) could add a link to pictures from their meetings! The girls (both local and not local) could all choose a pen pal for the year too! That might be fun? I will have to think about it a little more.

  3. Oh that sounds great!!

    Let me know if I can be of any help.

    It's funny to hear you say something about pen pals in your post:)

    Did you get my email about the Wisconsin postcard exchange, and starting a pen pal friendship with our girls?

  4. Yes, I did. :) And thank you! I'll try and email back soon. . . I am forever behind when it comes to my email inbox.

  5. Oh, I understand!! Don't worry about it. I just thought it was funny you brought up the pen pal idea. I think it would be such fun!


  6. Hi, Jessica!

    My daughter & I have always enjoyed reading your posts about Little Flowers, and we also do not have any group near us that could/would do something like that. I just want to 'second' Pamela's suggestion/encouragement to you, that if you do decide to start up a group/linkup through your blog, my family would love to join in something like this, too!!

    Thanks for so generously sharing all of your ideas!

  7. Does it matter which wreath a girl begins with? If you decide to implement an online club, my daughters would love to participate. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Okay... I put together a seperate post with my ideas for an "Online Group." I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    Here is the link:

    Shower of Roses Online Little Flowers Girl's Club

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