Club Creative Studio wishes you and yours a very Happy New Year.
The year 2013 can be a full year of inspiration and appreciation if you welcome it into your life. My daughter and I wish to share a project that you too can do to help you kick off the new year. Are you ready to learn how we are getting our year off to the right start? If you want to resolve to show more gratitude in your life and appreciate the positive and good things that happen to you, this project is for you.
This is a project that is meant to creatively hold the written positive thoughts and actions of an entire year.
We have cleverly and fondly named our project. We call these creations our “Joy Jars”. Our decorated jars are going to be the hub spot for our daily written sediments of one aspect in the day that was a positive or uplifting aspect of that day. So that we can remember the event, on a small slip of cut paper, we are planning to write down at least one highlight of the day that gave us joy. For an entire year, we hope to continue to fill the jar and stuff in the numerous slips we accumulate. On New Year’s Eve, 2013, we will begin to open up each tab collected and smile at all of the great things that happened to us through out the year in gratitude. Are you inspired to create your own Joy Jar in 2013?
We went on a hunt to a few of our local thrift stores in hopes to find low-cost and interesting glass jars with lids. We felt pretty lucky in finding jars that cost $2.00 and $3.00 each. I am sure that you may be able to find something even less in price, recycled, or even around your home that would also suffice for the same purpose.
We decorated our jars in different ways. My daughter used many inspirational word stickers, and decorative tapes on her glass jar. She placed them on and around her entire jar so that no matter which way the jar was displayed, it would show a decorative side. She created a simple look but, it is still cute and colorful.
Glass jar decorated with stickers and decorative tapes.
Finished Joy Jar
Completed Joy Jar.
The jar that I embellished included hand-made polymer clay beads, hand-twisted wire, and pink and red seed beads. I glued the large clay beads on the flat areas of my jar. The jar already had scroll raised designs so adding twisted wire also added the feeling of movement and whimsy to the over-all look.
I added seed beads to wire on my decorative jar.
I used my hand-made clay beads and wire to embellish my jar.
This is the lid of my jar topped with a hand-made clay bead. It is an easy open lid with the added embellishment.
To get an idea of some of the simple joys that you too may want to add to your “Joy Jar” read a few of the comments shared from the Club Creative Studio Business Fan Page on Facebook. I asked the fill-in-the-blank question: ____________ brings me joy. These are wonderful examples of sediments that can be added proudly to a “Joy Jar”. Are you inspired to make your own jar? Being specific in your highlighted statement will be the best prompt of recalling the gratitude you felt when reviewing it a year from now.
Family brings me joy– Kristy
Peace brings me joy- Anna
Inspiration brings me joy- Dawn
Champagne and the feeling after a workout gives me joy- Lauren
Making Earrings brings me joy- Rachael
When a child really understands something funny, the laughs they bring, that gives me joy- Michelle
Being surrounded by beautiful things brings me joy- Karen
Hearing a baby laugh brings me joy- Lynnette
My kids and husband bring me joy- Valerie
Another Finished Joy Jar
Enjoy creating your “Joy Jar” with your own mark of creativity.
Happy New Year as you take your creative spirit into 2013. I welcome you to follow this blog for more creative prompts, projects and information. Also, be sure to check out the evolving creativity in Club Creative Studio Art on the website: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com
- The Happiness Jar (vandclover.wordpress.com)