Tag Archives: jar

Inspiration

Standard

I’ve realised that a few of the things I’ve made this week have been inspired by things others have done. The first thing is one I have seen appearing on several blogs. Have a look here for Rachell’s take on it.

20130101-103551.jpg

This got me to thinking. It’s a fab idea, but I’m just not sure that a jar would be big enough. So what I’ve decided to do instead is write a thankfulness list. Each night, before I go to bed, I’m adding things that I’m thankful for. Some things I’m sure will be repeated several times through the year (e.g. time spent with friends, crochet, a good meal, etc.) while others are one offs. I think this may be challenging on the days where everything seems to go wrong, and I end up grumpy and bad tempered. But I also think it’ll be really good for helping me put things in perspective – even when I’ve had a bad day I still have so much to be thankful for!

(Along the same lines, I just started reading a book called ‘One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully’. It’s written by a woman who has experienced a lot of pain in her life, but found a new intimacy with God through having a thankful heart. It’s really beautifully written, and I’m finding it both an exciting and a challenging read!)

Although I decided against a ‘good things’ jar, I decided that I wanted to make use of a jar in some way. Especially after I saw what Hannah had done for her ’22 before 22′. I loved the idea of washi tape around lolly sticks being used instead of a plain old list – so pretty!

DSCN4598

I didn’t have any washi tape, so I decided to decorate my sticks with buttons (what else?!) instead. And I put them in a jar that was given to me for Christmas. It was intended as a tea light holder, but it will get far more use this way! It is now holding some of my intentions for 2013. So far I have…

DSCN4590

…be thankful

This one links in with my thankfulness list.

...try not to let clutter take over

…try not to let clutter take over

This one might never happen. I hate living surrounded by clutter, but somehow it seems to sneak in without me noticing! But you never know, 2013 might be the year my life becomes clutter free!

...arrange more social crafting

…arrange more social crafting

I added this one because I so much enjoyed the few craft evenings I organised last year. I hope that everyone else will be just as enthusiastic about them!

Now, on to the final thing that’s inspired me. The other day, Katherine from Pillows a-la-mode posted about changing her decorations from Christmas to Winter. I thought this was a great idea – why get rid of all decorations just because the Christmas stuff has to be put away? I particualrly loved her garland, which includes trees made from music paper.

I have a book that I’ve been cutting up at various points during the last year, and thought I’d make good use of the final few pages by making a new garland for my bookcase.

DSCN4568

It was super easy to make – I just cut the stars out of the book pages, then stitched through alternating buttons and stars with a long lenght of embroidery thread. It has joined the general colour and happy chaos of my bookcase, which is also adorned by…

teeny tiny bunting

DSCN4566

more teeny tiny bunting

DSCN4576

…and the full size bunting strung with fairy lights at the top!

DSCN4577

Here’s the whole bookcase in all it’s glorious, chaotic colour…

DSCN4546

Maybe I need to re-think that thing about not being cluttered in 2013…

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already 🙂

The One Year Giveaway

Standard

The time has come – details of the giveaway are finally here! (I just know you’ve been sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for this moment!)

My blog is about to have it’s first birthday. My intention was to announce the giveaway winner on the actual day – then I realised that I’m going away that weekend and won’t have internet access. So instead I’ll announce the winner the day before, on Friday 11th Jan. That gives you one whole week to enter.

But I’m guessing you’d like to have a look at what you could win (because who wants to enter a giveaway with a rubbish gift at the end of it?!)

The winner will receive…

…a pink egg cosy

DSCN4532

…a duck egg blue fabric flower brooch

DSCN4528

…6 red and white paper covered pegs

DSCN4525

…a skinny, ripply scarf

DSCN4536

…a jar of yummy goodies (you can choose a jar of honey roasted peanuts, malteesers, iced gems or crunchie rocks)

DSCN4521

There may also be one or two other little goodies that nestle themselves in amongst the shredded paper 🙂

If you’d like a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me which item you would most like to win (this might give me a clue as to what other goodies to include for you!).

Christmas gifts #1 – The Jars of Happiness

Standard

Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting about some of the gifts I made this Christmas. There weren’t loads (I just didn’t have time!) but there will be a couple of posts coming up.

DSCN4378

This year I decided to make up lots of jars of sweets (and a few other goodies) to go along with each main present.

DSCN4379

They were lined up along the top of the piano for people to help themselves. They went down very well with the children!

DSCN4384

The jars were from Ikea and the sweets were from the supermarket. An inexpensive gift idea, but they looked great all lined up together. The jars would be good filled with all sorts of other goodies too – dried lavender, buttons, ribbons, pretty pins – the list goes on and on!

DSCN4389