Crafts & Creative Ideas

Crafting while "Sheltered in Place"

Hi everyone! I hope you and your families are staying healthy, safe, (and sane) during this uneasy and ever-changing time of the Corona virus crisis. 

Welcome to my first “Craft Hop” – it’s essentially a one-stop-shop for you to get some great ideas! 

Since basically the whole world is stuck at home right now, this is the best time to make things with supplies you most likely having lying around the house. I’ve partnered with some other talented ladies who have also come up with some pretty creative ideas. I’ll introduce them below and you can check out their blogs at the links below:

* Jen Frost, from Faith and Fabric, is going to teach you how to quilt a beautiful Double-Sided Lent/Easter Table Runner.

* Elaine Luther, from Elaine Luther Art, is going to teach you how to make Origami Window Stars.

* Lisa Ruble, from Love to Color My World, is going to teach you how to make Woven Mini Rugs using fabric scraps. 

* Monica McConkey, from Equipping Catholic Families, is going to teach you how to make Good Deed Bead Bracelets

* …and I will remind you that the “Let’s Chew on This Jar” is a fantastic tool to use for all these family meals we find ourselves having now, and they’re super easy to make! But you might also want to check out how to Make Glass Plate More Personal, how to Transfer an Image onto a Candle, or even plan your own Disney Dinner & Movie Night (with Menus!)

Several years ago, my moms’ group put together a little mason jar craft filled with 48 questions we could pull out and ask our kids in an attempt to get an answer that required more than a monosyllabic grunt. The questions were taken from a popular blogwhere she described how her child’s teacher sent home a conversation jar that changed the way they were communicating (even with their tweens!). She re-named the jar, The Key Jar as she felt it was the key to unlocking a child’s heart and self-awareness.
I wanted to expand this idea and even include some questions that are faith-based or have a ethical or moral spin to them. So, I gathered one hundred thought-provoking questions to include in this jar. Many are borrowed and gathered from other blogs and websites about communicating with kids and teenagers, and some I made up myself. All of them are great for kids anywhere from Kindergarten through high school. Even the adults at our table enjoy answering these questions!
This is how the jar works:  one person picks a question at random from the jar, reads it aloud, and everyone takes a turn answering it. You may discuss his/her answer (asking other questions) as you see fit. The idea is that you get a peek into your child’s head/heart and everyone gets equal time to share their thoughts and feelings. When you’re done, the question gets put into an envelope for safe-keeping so as not to repeat it until you’ve finished answering all of the questions in the jar. Sample questions include, “If you could know something about your future, what could it be?”, “If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?”, and “Share about a time when someone said something kind to you.”

You can find all 100 questions on a handy print-out → HERE ←. Just print, cut, fold, and stick them all in a jar of your choice. If you print on regular printer paper, they’ll fit nicely in a pint-sized mason jar. If you choose to print on cardstock (for a sturdier, longer-lasting version), they’ll fit better in a larger jar, like a spaghetti sauce jar.
I teamed up with a talented illustrator who designed these adorable lid covers for me/you. Just print, and cut out which circle choice you like best. They fit perfectly on a regular mason jar lid. (If you choose to use a spaghetti sauce jar, you’ll have to switch out the lids). Click here for the PDF; they’re sized just right. 
I’d love to know what you think of this idea and if your family starts using the jar! If you have any questions, I have a series of videos saved in my Instagram’s Story Highlights with more details @createdbeloved, so feel free to check that out. 

“Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

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