Catching the glitterbug

I love having the time to embark on big craft projects. So when I got the chance to plan a floral surprise birthday party, I jumped on Pinterest for some inspiration. The glitter jars I made were so simple, while being somewhat time consuming. But they were so pretty with colourful flowers in them and made for the perfect giveaway present too!

I absolutely love glitter. My husband was less enthusiastic and just shook his head and said ‘You’ve got glitter on your face!’. This only made me less inclined to go and wash my face. You can never have too much sparkle. Be warned though, we had gold glitter absolutely everywhere.

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What you need:
– Jars
– Mod podge gloss
– Brushes
– Glitter
– Newspapers
– Masking tape

What to do:
– Make sure the jars are washed with soapy water, clean and dried thoroughly.
– Put masking tape to make sure you have a nice and even cut off point in the area where you apply the glue.
– Apply a thin layer of mode podge and then sprinkle glitter on top. Give the bottle a shake to get rid of excess glitter.
– Leave to dry for at least 2 hours. I left them overnight.
– Apply another thin layer of mod lodge over the glitter. This is to seal the glitter so that it doesn’t go everywhere. The mod lodge dries clear so don’t worry about the initial white colour.
– I decorated with red and purple ribbons. You could do the whole bottle too or use different coloured glitter.

The surprise party turned out to be a success. I spent two weeks before the party making the glitter jars. The night before was spent on making the cakes. I made a naked floral cake with a vanilla french buttercream, and since I had some buttercream left over, I also made some vanilla cupcakes. Yum.

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Wrapping up the #winterwarmerproject

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My #winterwarmerproject was a 50% success. As in, only half of the participants received their parcels, which is such a shame because in the past, I’ve never (or rather the postman) ever lost a package.

But that’s the joys of snail mail. You never know when you’ll receive it. It could be 2 weeks or 2 months. And when you send it to a country where you can only send regular post (not registered, nor express), then you truly leave it in the perils of the postal system and just hope for the best.

I had a lot of fun working on the #winterwarmerproject. I tried to personalise some items as much as I could, but also included things anyone could use. Doing this, I spent many enjoyable hours on craft and creativity and made me quite excited to think of the person’s reaction when they opened the parcel.

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There were times when I did procrastinate and didn’t want to start, and other days I would have easily spent hours wrapping packages and painting people.

I do wonder where the rogue packages ended up. None of them returned to me so it can be absolutely anywhere in the world, in postal limbo. It maybe looping around from country to country, one day hopefully reaching the right recipients. Or maybe it got delivered to a completely random person by mistake and that person is right now enjoying some tea and chocolate while using the bookmark to hold their place.

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I’m now planning another creative art project, but this one I’m doing for myself. The idea came about because I received an unexpected but lovely gift from a long-distance friend. Cannot wait to share it with you.

As for my #winterwarmerproject, I’m very keen to try it next year as well, and maybe try and include more people. I have a whole year to plan this. Tomorrow is the first day of spring, so I can start looking forward to picnics in the sun, tasty gelato and of course, beach days!

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Starting the #winterwarmerproject

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I’ve always enjoyed making cards. Making cards for birthdays and anniversaries. Since I have some time on my hands now, and to practice some painting and get more into craft activities, I thought I would make some cards and send them off to some of my favourites, via snail mail of course. And then I thought, how about, I send the cards to people who would not really expect it from me. Then I thought, why stop with cards, add a little something else, a little gift and send them just to acquaintances and the #winterwarmerproject was born.

The idea behind the #winterwarmerproject is that I am sending a little cheer-up gift to someone for no reason at all and giving and making other people happy makes me happy. I am facing my first Melbourne winter and I thought anything that helps make my soul warm can help in keeping me warm.

Getting inspiration from the #springtimesurpriseproject, and combining my love for craft and snail mail, I thought I would open my project on Instagram and a few lucky people who follow me will get a small gift pack from me. Then they can spread the warmth and cheer by doing the same for someone else. If more people want to be a part of it, I can coordinate something but right now I will be starting small.

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I love sending parcels, postcards and cards to different corners of the world. It’s so easy to just send a text or Facebook message these days, keeping in touch via snail mail is quite underrated. It sometimes does become a hassle, having to go to the post office, find a box, make sure you pay the right amount for postage and then pay that extra 70cents because you chose the wrong option on the self-service postal machine. But finding packages in your mailbox is still a fun thing!