Oh hey mason

So for the past couple months I’ve been inexplicably saving mason jars. I use a jar of spaghetti, clean it out and then stick it in my cupboard for no reason. It’s a bizarre thing to hoard, but lately I’ve been finding decorative uses for all these jars.

Two weeks ago I showed you my gratitude mason jar. It is slowly filling up. In fact the other day I said something negative about myself and my friend said “Where’s your mason jar, you need a travel one for cases like this.” So maybe next I will make some sort of travel mason jar or just keep post-its with me at all times in case of emergency.

I’ve also been using mason jars as candle holders. I painted them and they add a nice bit of colour to my all white living room–student life means no painting your walls, the HORROR.

This is how I made my candle holders…I feel a bit like Pippa Middleton explaining such a simple craft, but if Pips can get away with it so can I. Well my butt looks nothing like hers so maybe I can’t get away with it. But here it is despite my lack of Pippa bum.

1. You need to clean out any sauce remaining in the jar. Then you have to scrub off any labels. I found the best way to do this was running warm water over the label while simultaneously scrubbing at it with a sponge. 

2. Find a colour you like to paint the jar. My  white living room is accented with burgundy and turquoise so I found some dollar store paint in those shades. Then I painted away. You will need multiple layers. I did three and still stare at the mason jars and find spots that clearly need a fourth coat of paint.

3. Stick a ribbon on it because it’s pretty.

4. Add a candle.

Now you have a mason jar doubling as décor and the perfect ambiance setter for a night at home with a glass of wine and a book.

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Why you gotta be so mean

Do you ever have one of those days where you’re ridiculously mean to yourself? I had one of those this week. My internal monologue sounding something like this “You’re stupid, you’re fat, you’re ugly, you will die alone surrounded by too many cats.”

And as I sat at home wallowing in these hurtful thoughts, I got a text from my friend Jess who saw a self-loathing tweet I had wrote. She wanted to know if I was okay and as I told her  about my crappy day and how crappy I was feeling about myself, she told me she had some stuff to send me. Into my inbox popped multiple empowerment links. As I read them and watched them, I realized these people were right. I need to stop being so mean to myself and instead start being grateful for me and what I have.

So I decided to make a genuine effort to be more grateful, which reminded me of a Pinterest idea I saw. The user used hot glue to write inspiring words on a mason jar. I quickly plugged in my hot glue gun and went to town, writing “live” and “love” on my jar…those felt like inspiring words to work towards. Then I painted the jar over in white and stuck a ribbon on to add some prettiness. Now I had the perfect jar to hold my gratitude.

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Every time something good happens to me or I feel grateful for someone I am going to write it down on a post-it note and stick it in the jar. Then when I have one of those moments where I’m incredibly mean to myself, I can read all the posts in the jar to remind myself why I’m not some ugly duckling with a zero IQ.

I am of course a realist who knows that I will not all of sudden be some really grateful Oprah-like person who is always happy and sees the silver lining…I think to be like Oprah you need her money. But this is a small step to make myself a little less mean and a bit more grateful.

Today I put my first post-it in the jar and it was easy to know what I was grateful for…the amazing person who inspired this idea.

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P.S. For you own empowerment check out these links. The kid is right, if we didn’t have Michael Jordan we wouldn’t have Space Jam and that would be TRAGIC! And a little T-Swift, which all my friends have been singing this week and makes me smile.