Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jar Full of Memories

Hey Friends!
Is everyone else avoiding melting? We are in a severe heat advisory until Thursday at 9pm. It's way hot here- too hot even! Have to remember to keep drinking lots of water! I wanted to share a project that I completed awhile ago- just haven't blogged about it!

I used to love to scrapbook- buy all the papers, make the perfect pages that described exactly what I was doing or what I loved. I just can't find the time to do that too much anymore. Plus, my creativity is being reserved for house projects.

When I first started religiously stalking reading blogs, I saw a cute post on one of my fave blogs Young House Love about putting sand from your vacation in a jar. I knew I would do something of the sort, but took it a step further.

We went to Vegas in May and knowing my plan, I kept EVERYTHING I could get my hands on. Little knick knacks from the trip & stops along the way. When I got home I dumped all my "junk" on the coffee table- it made me smile thinking about where all the little pieces came from.

Here is all my junk. You can see casino vouchers, our room key, drink stirrers from the plane and casinos, show tickets, airplane tickets, matchbooks, pressed pennies, restaraunt menus, Grand Canyon certificates, "girl" cards, champagne cork from our limo ride, and lots of other goodies! I also made sure to get a postcard- I thought that would be good to use as our label, I put the dates, where we stayed, who went, etc., on the back of the post card!

I found the jar at Ikea on a recent trip. It was big and I loved the shape, I think it was $3.99 if I remember correctly. Now that I've started this jar tradition I keep my eye out for cool jars at garage sales, thrift stores, etc,. Wait until you see the one I found this weekend!

Here is the front of the full jar. You can't tell from this picture, but the post card is glittery & sparkly. I made sure the postcard featured our hotel that we stayed at on it.

Hahah this side makes me laugh. When I told people that I was going to Vegas the ONE thing everyone on the planet prepared me for was the men/women on the street corners handing out "call cards." Some of the poses on these cards are way more X-rated then my little eyes should see. I kept some of course to put in the jar- when I had stuffed everything in there, I turned it and saw that this little lady was covered up in the exact appropriate places. How funny!

I AOK may or may not have picked up a little dirt from a certain ravine/valley/hole in the earth in Arizona... PS: we saw Mystere- I hated it...

You can see 2 of my favorite things from this angle... first my receipt from my Crepe purchase in Paris. I love crepes- they seriously can turn around my day in a minute flat. You can also see my shoe covers from when we went to the Sky Walk on the Grand Canyon- holy cow talk about crazy. You literally look beneath you through a glass floor. They said if you were to fall from the sky walk it would take about 15 seconds to get to the bottom- that is waaaay too long in my opinion!

What do you guys do to keep your vacation memories? I love our jar, it's budget friendly and doesn't take up a bunch of room, a pretty quick project too! I can't wait to collect more!

Happy Tuesday!

This week I am linking up to: Savvy HomeMade Monday over at Home Savvy A to Z, Take a Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts,  CraftOManiac Monday over at CraftOManiac, Nifty Thrifty Sunday at Nifty Thrifty Things, Get your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog, Craft & Tell over at Cherished Bliss, Show Me What You Got at Not JUST a Housewife, Running with Glitter (such a cute blog name!), Passionately Artistic, The Newbie Party at Debbiedoos, KISS over at The Tattered Tag, and Hookin' up with HoH over at House of Hepworths!


  1. we all have these jars and turning them into memory jar is a fantastic idea...
    I will be honored if you will add this project in our weekly linking party every Wednesdays at
    Have a great week,

  2. Maggie- Thank you for the sweet comments! I would love to join your linking party! Thank you for asking! Hope you have a great week too -C

  3. What a great idea, would never have thought of that! Saw you on link party, now google following you. Please pop by and maybe you could follow me too, Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

  4. This is GENIUS! I love the idea so much more than photo albums and scrapbooks!

    I'm your newest follower.

  5. This is such an adorable keepsake. I have seen many variations...yours is great! Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  6. What a great idea! And all sizes of bottles can be used...Just love it, great idea for kids too, brilliant! Did I say I like it!!?


  7. Hi Cameron~

    To answer your question, no I have not avoided melting. We have had 40+ days of over 100 degrees here in Oklahoma. However, it just got better now that I have found your "cool" blog. :) What a super fun idea for using jars. I invite you to link to my {K.I.S.S.} Blog Bash. Also, feeling "cool" yet again because I am your newest follower.


    Drop By The Tattered Tag

  8. Thank you all for the sweet, sweet comments! I'm smiling from ear to ear! :)


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