Sunday, April 19, 2020

Happiness Jar

Hi friends,

I hope everyone is staying safe.  I want to share with you my "Happy Jar".  I've been wanting to create one and today I finally had the time to be creative.

The concept of a happiness jar is so very simple.  A jar you can fill with happy memories as often as you like.  There are no rules!  Just jot down on a slip of paper the happiest moment of your day or week; fold up the paper and drop it in the jar.  I also like to write on my slips of paper the date.  

I'm amazed over time the little things I have forgotten had I not jotted them down.  I am realizing in uncertain times my happiest moments are common every day things, from watching the birds at the feeder, to having Pippin snuggle up on me.

To create my jar, I took a mason jar and painted it with blue chalk paint and then distressed it.  Studio Manu Sound of Music scrapbook paper was used for the lid top, jar band, tag and pocket envelope.  This is one of my favorite paper designs.


The label for my jar was simply computer generated using the 1942 Report font (simple and quick) :-)


A band for around the jar was cut with scallop edged scissors and adhered with double sided tape.


A view of the jar top, which has a cream crochet flower with a flat back pearl in the center. 


Digging deep into my stash of die cuts, I located a Sizzix pocket envelope perfect for my slips of paper.


I decided to get extra creative and added a text graphic to the top of each one before cutting them out.



Have you created a "Happy Jar"?  If not, I hope today I have inspired you to make one!








Supplies:  Mason Jar with Lid
Text:  1942 Report, Enjoy the Little Things Text Graphic
Paper:  Studio Manu Sound of Music Scrapbook Paper, Whisper White
Accessories:  Vintage Tea Stained Seam Binding, Cream 12mm Flower Flat Back Pearl, Cream Crochet Flower, Spellbinders Small Circles #4, Labels Four #3, Small Labels Four #4, Large Classic Rectangles #3, Sizzix Pocket with Scallop Edge Die Cut, Scallop Edge Scissors

Monday, April 13, 2020

Goat Milk Soap

Hello friends,

I hope you are staying safe through COVID-19 and doing your part with social distancing.  Since my position is in healthcare I am still working and keeping busy trying to maintain a clean, germ free home.  

 
All this washing and scrubbing can really dry out your hands.  I've found the best soap to use is goat milk.  It has a creamy lather with a subtle smell of sweet milk.  Goat milk soap leaves your skin feeling clean, soft and hydrated.  


Did you know goat milk is rich in Vitamin A and is perfect for sensitive skin?  Vitamin A can help reduce lines and wrinkles (and who doesn't want that!)  Goat milk soap is made through the process of saponification.  Naturally high in saturated and unsaturated fat, which is gentle and nourishing.


If you are looking for a soap that isn't harsh and keeps your skin healthy, I do recommend trying goat milk.

Until next time ...

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Evergreen Woodland

Hello friends,

It has been such a long time since I've posted on my blog!  If you follow Donna's Designs, I do post from time to time on Facebook and Instagram.  Today I have an evergreen themed card I created layering digital images.  Although I love stamping sometimes I can achieve a much better result with digital imaging.  


This card truly represents how I decorate my home for Christmas.  You will find snowy trees, reindeer, silver decorations and evergreens.  I like to keep the decorations out until mid-January since winter is still upon us.


A peek at the inside shows a snow covered deer among evergreen trees.


I hope everyone had a wonderful and memorable Christmas!  Pippin received a few new toys that he just adores.








Stamps:  Digital Images by Isabelle Salem
Paper:  Fresh Air, Bordering Blue, Shimmery White  
Ink:  Bordering Blue
Accessories:  1/4" Organdy White Ribbon, Spellbinders Small Petite Ovals #2, Large Petite Ovals #2  
Technique:  Sponging, Spritzing
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")  
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