etched in kind…

March 22, 2011

I’ve been itching to etch lately. Years ago, one Christmas I was super pregnant with Jack, living in our first real house and at the peak of homemaker bliss. We were so tight on funds so it was a handmade holiday. I discovered etching glass and promptly personalized beer mugs for all the men in my life. They were a hit but I haven’t etched since.

The idea popped back in my mind when we started the Swearing is Caring project. I thought the swear jar needed something special so we made a “Kindness Changes Everything” jar today. All you need is a jar, some letter stickers (lots can be found in the scrapbook section), and some etching cream. I made a few more because it’s hard to stop once you get started.

A few tips:

1. Make sure the stickers are smooth and press down firmly so the cream doesn’t wander.

2. Leave the cream on longer than the bottle says, I usually wait twice as long.

3. Try to brush on the cream as evenly as possible, and use a good amount.

4. Simply wipe off the cream with a paper towel, then rinse with water and peel stickers off.

Besides the kindness changes everything jar, I made a LOVE jar with little strips of love inside. I placed the jar at a local park with a little tag that says, “Take all you need.”  It was a spin off from a flyer I saw online (so wish I could remember where so I could credit this lovely idea). Some times even a little strip of paper (or 50 strips) can remind you that you are indeed loved.

The JOY jar was for me and filled with chocolate as I’m sure most of the little joys in my everyday life have included the divine confectionary. It’s nice to include yourself in the crafty goodness every now and then.

Can’t wait to see if the love is gone tomorrow…and find out where we can spread some more.