Thursday, June 28, 2012

glowing mason jars

i've seen a lot of pictures recently of people either buying solar lights, taking them apart, and using them in mason jars, or people using twinkle lights to light up their jars. i've always loved the look of mason jars as lighting, but both of those options would mean me putting out some money in order to make them look good; so instead, i decided to look through my craft box. under the paper flowers and bottles of glitter, i found a bottle of glow-in-the-dark paint. hmmmm....

mason jars
glow-in-the-dark paint
strips of fabric
burlap and lace

the result: low cost lighting


first: take clean mason jars of varying sizes and designs.
using a typical paint brush, paint the inside of the jars with glow-in-the-dark paint.
for best results, use more paint on the bottom and gradually use less and less as you paint up the sides of the jar.



next: use scraps of fabric, twine, burlap, and lace to decorate the jars. i often like to mix the textures of burlap and lace.

you can choose to give the jars a colored tint using food coloring and mod podge on the outside of the jars. the tinting won't really change the glow, but will give the jar a cool color during the day.



then you just set them outside, let them soak in some light, and wait for it to get dark.
sorry, i don't have a good picture of them glowing...my camera isn't that great.

inconsistancy: theme of my life right now

alright, so i haven't been doing the best job at posting much this summer, mostly because i've been doing a lot of writing on the side. i know i know, why aren't i sharing it??? well mostly because i'm not ready yet, but someday in the future (whether that be in the next few month or in the next few years) i will be ready to share it, and it will be a wonderfully healing experience for hopefully not just me (but if it is only for me, that would be ok too i guess). anyway, with that in mind, my blog might be all over the place the next couple months. sometimes, there might be posts that make a lot of sense and are thought provoking. other times, there will be post, like this one, that you have to chew on and squint at in order to understand what i'm saying not because it's profound (that rarely happens) but because it's poorly written. hopefully most of the time, there will be posts like the next one about crafty things i'm doing or yummy things i'm eating. so...here goes.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

trying to convince my emotions...

this summer feels like it's going by so slow; i mean so much has happened that i feel like it should be at the very least half over, but honestly, it's just beginning. i guess i should be excited knowing that although this past month and a half has been full of crazy surprises, wonderful accomplishments, and weird changes, and that i still have two and a half months left to go; who knows what wonderfully crazy weird things are going to happen then!? but recently, i've been missing the familiarity of knowing exactly what summer is going to look like before it ever happens. i mean obviously at camp i was continually surprised by what God was teaching me and my campers, but for the most part, i felt like i knew how He was teaching me: through speakers, campers, fellow counselors. now it's all up in the air, i'm still growing through the influence of my friends and my church, but also through not knowing what's coming next. i have been surprised more and more by the ways in which God has empowered me this summer to truly trust in Him and gain confidence in His protection and my abilities. as much as i miss camp...i know i'm exactly where God wants me to be.