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.

swearing is caring…

March 7, 2011

SOooo, I admitted that I swear, my dear boy gathered up his courage and told me it really bothers him, we made a swear jar and then I saw this from a dear blog reader/friend Erin:

So… if you ever decide to post a link to an online (paypal) swear jar, let me know. It’ll curb my habit and support some sort of Kindness Campaign at the same time.


And that was it, my kindness brain started to explode. See, it was kind of hard to tell that whole story, but it felt really good, and THEN to have a way to connect kindness just had me so undone, it brought me more joy than I say. The idea that we can grow together, be honest and tender, share a story, someone else share an idea,  get to create a kindness campaign, and have an organic little movement together as a result of all of that-TOGETHER with you, well, that is my bliss dear friends.

So with the help of Jorge, my one true thing and best friend, Josiah, a kindness partner and advisor, and Erin’s brilliant idea we have created


It is a virtual swear jar for us all to come together to turn our swearing into caring!

Stop swearing and collect the money for all the four letter slip ups!

Don’t stop swearing and still throw some money in the jar, you’ll love swearing even more!

Ask your mother to match your donation! (I’m sure she’ll love that!)

All the money collected in our jar during the month of March will go to ROSMY, a Richmond non-profit serving GLBT kids and helping youth be themselves. Josiah and I picked this lovely organization for about 57,000 reasons.

We would love to have you join us! You can follow all the fun at the Facebook event page and on Twitter at @kindnessgirl.

Tell your friends, especially the foul mouthed variety, spread the word as we would love to have you join us, let’s watch what kindness does this time!