Day thirteen: Gifts we love

Journal Jars!

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Big Pop originally came up with this idea when she was studying community care and used it for one of her assessments. We both really like the idea and have donated these to market stalls to be sold occasionally.

Journal jars are a creative way to encourage someone to start slowly keeping a journal. The idea behind this jar is that you take out one prompt a day, paste it to your journal page and write a response to the prompt.  The prompts are able to be used in group settings to encourage discussion and also make great gifts for all ages.

Here’s how it’s done:

Materials

  1. Jar or small cardboard box or basket or ceramic pot
  2. Paper or fabric to decorate
  3. Printed Journal prompts (you can access from websites listed below.  They can be printed on plain, coloured or patterned paper)
  4. Scissors
  5. Paste
  6. OPTIONAL – Journal or book, pen or pencil

Instructions

  1. Choose a container
  2. Decorate the container
  3. Paste a label or saying on the front of the container
  4. Cut out journal prompts ( you can use decorative scissors or plan)
  5. Fold journal prompts or roll around a pencil then place in the jar.
  6. Add a tag using ribbon from the ideas below

Resource: Scrapjazz ‘all about me journaling prompts’  

JOURNALING PROMPT IDEAS:

Happiness is…

 

If the phone were to ring right now, who would you want it to be?

 

Do you like progress?

 

10 types of food or dishes you’ve never eaten that you’d like to try

 

What would be the perfect autumn day?

 

If you could choose a different time period to live in, when would it be?

 

Name any life changing books you’ve read.

 

Five places you would like to visit are:

 

Your 10 greatest joys

 

Nobody knows that you…

 

Character traits you think others admire in you.

 

Things you’ve done you never thought you could do:

 

People you’ve met that you gained the most from

People you’ve met that you gained the most from

 

Name everything you’ve done that you’re proud of

Places you’ve visited that you’ve enjoyed

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Helpful Links

http://www.momscape.com/articles/journaljar.htm
http://www.writersdigest.com/writingprompts.asp
http://www.writingfix.com/dailypromptgenerator.htm

Big Pop xx

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Books Finding a New Home

One of the best things about BNN is it will give us the chance to get rid of all the stuff we have lying around but are too sentimental to get rid of (my main weakness is books). I have come to terms with the fact that in order to get our home sorted out and looking fabulous I will have to part with many of the books I have accumulated throughout my reading years – of course I wont be getting rid of any of the very precious books I own… just the ones sitting around taking up precious shelf space.

I had been trying to think of what to do with the books because I want to make sure they get used and don’t just end up sitting in an op shop (I can just picture them on the shelf going ‘please pick me!‘), I used to volunteer at an op shop and know that books are one of the least commonly bought items. And after much deliberation I went into somewhere I’ve past on my many days to and from uni, it’s called the ‘Little Library‘ and is in Melbourne Central. To be frank it’s more of a community service than a shop, how it works is Melbournians can go into the shop and donate their old books or swap and share with others inside the store. I really like the fact that this is all free and not based around making a profit off my belongings, and this way I know my books will actually stay in circulation and be used.

So at some point in the next few weeks my no longer needed books will be finding themselves a new home in the Little Library.

If you want to read more about this initiative check out this link:

http://theworldlovesmelbourne.com/arts/106-melbourne-central-little-library-literary-gem-in-the-cbd.html

Also: Please don’t think I have something against op shops because I don’t – I just don’t want to give them my books 🙂

Little Pop