diy {mommy’s jar}

Okay, so I really don’t know what to call this little project. Lots of random things have kept me from getting to craft much lately. I needed a quick crafting fix…like just something small to hold me over until I could carve out a block of time. Wow, that sounds like addictive behavior. So while fixing lunch, my mind was scanning the random things sitting around my kitchen waiting for new life. In the midst of spreading a little peanut butter on bread, I remembered some little wooden tokens I picked up when we visited Renegade Handmade in Chicago.

I quickly finished piling 4 plates with food and then gathered an old glass jar (I never get rid of glass jars) and an old torn shirt. While sandwiches were consumed, I taped the top of the jar off. Then dashed outside to get a few coats of white glossy spray paint on.

By the time I picked up lunch, the paint was dry and the tape was ready to remove….

Add a strip of an old shirt and some vintage lace….throw in a few coins….and I had myself a little treat jar.

Random Photo Tip of the Day: Aperture is my favorite part of shooting in manual. For me, aperture is what determines the story I want to tell. Without moving, I can choose to tell the story of my son coloring or the story of my latest craft. Aperture gives me the ability to make everything else so blurry that my main story becomes so obvious. I used a f/2.8 setting for these.

So my little jar has some fun little tokens residing in it now. When I see a random act of kindness or great decision made, I pull out the jar and let that little person choose a token. Granted, the tokens are all for things we do on a daily or regular basis…but, the kids still really enjoy the idea of getting to pick their token.

When I first showed them my little jar, they each eagerly asked if they could pick one out. It surprised me which one they each choose. In some ways, I think it will be a fun gauge of what their current needs are from me. I hug them more than I think they want on a daily basis anyway, but if one of them picks the “Good for One Hug”…well, that lets me know that little one needs more hugs….or more time alone on a walk…or more focused time playing with me.

So, they think the jar is for them – a type of reward. Really though, it is for me. It helps me to recognize what is going on inside them and what areas they may not verbally be telling me they need me.

A lunchtime craft. And it looks cute in my kitchen.

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