The Making of the Gratitude Jar Wednesday, Jan 20 2016 

I had seen ‘The Gratitude Jar’ idea around for a few years and I finally decided to make one. They are really simple to put together, and they are a great way to remember the positives in life. For those of you unfamiliar with ‘The Gratitude Jar,’ it is simply a container (jar) that you put your positive, grateful, happy memories into. The tradition is to wait until the end of the year to open up the jar and read all of the notes, however the notes can be read whenever you like, especially if you need a little reminder that life’s not so bad. It’s never too late to start your own gratitude jar.

Here’s how:

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Air Plant Terrariums and Vases Monday, Dec 1 2014 

I stumbled on light bulb terrariums on one of my internet searches and I decided to make some. As it turns out it takes a bit more work to remove the innards of a light bulb than I wanted to do, and after removing the innards the entrance hole is still quite small. I found a nice alternative — glass ornaments.

air plant terrarium / bayareaassistant.com

Supply List:

Tillandsia’s (air plants)

Glass ornaments (tops removed) and other suitable containers

Sand and/or perlite

Rubber bumpers (sold at hardware stores)

Small figures and ornaments such as: rocks, shells, twigs, moss

Tweezers

Chopsticks

Cardboard or a funnel

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How to make the terrariums:

First, water your Tillandsia and let it dry. Now take your container, and if it is round add the bumpers to where you want the bottom to be. This will keep your container stabilized. Then fill the container about a third of the way up with sand or perlite using a funnel or a flexible piece of cardboard. Add your Tillandsia and figures. Use your tweezers and chopsticks to position the plant and the figures. It’s that easy. Now go be creative!

light bulb terrarium / bayareaassistant.com

Here is where to find information on caring for air plants 

terrarium vase / bayareaassistant.com

DIY Ornaments Sunday, Nov 30 2014 

DIY Ornaments / Bayareaassistant.com
Here is an easy, fun craft that you can do with your kids — Snow Ornaments with miniature figures. They will look great on your Christmas tree or lined up on your mantle, and they make great gifts.

Here is what you need to make these cute little ornaments: Supplies / bayareaassistant.com

Clear glass ornaments (available at craft stores)

Perlite (available at garden stores)

Small animals or figures (available at toy stores and/or craft stores)

Rubber bumpers (available at hardware stores)

Tweezers and/or chopsticks

Small soft brush on a wire (available at most drugstores in the cleaning isle)

Funnel or cardboard

Ribbon

bayareaassistant.comTake the ornament and add 4 bumpers to the bottom of the glass so the ornament will stand upright.













bayareaassistant.comNext, remove the top of the ornament and add the Perlite about 1/3 of the way up the ornament. Use a funnel or some cardboard to pour the Perlite in the ornament.

















making the horse ornament / bayareaassistant.comNow place your desired figure or small animal in the ornament. Once you get the figure in, use the tweezers or the chopsticks to position your figure. Once the figure is positioned, slightly tap the ornament to make sure the figure is stable. Once the figure is stable use your brush on the wire to clean off the dust from the inside of the ornament. If the figure falls over just reposition it.




German Shepherd Ornament / bayareaassistant.comPlace the top back on the ornament. Once the top is back on, you can add a ribbon to the top if you desire.

That’s a Wrap Monday, Oct 15 2012 


 

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Here are fun items for making unique and interesting gift packages. Click on the links to find online sources for the various products.

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Decorative Tape 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not your Mom’s Masking Tape

 

 

 

 

 

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Twine

 

 

 

 

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More Twine

 

 

 

 

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Kraft Paper

 

 

 

 

 

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Gift Packaging: Cello Bags, Pillow Boxes, Gift Boxes

 

 

 

 

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Printable Labels

Deck The Halls Wednesday, Dec 7 2011 

This year I wanted a tree, yet didn’t want a tree. I love the smell of a real tree, but not the mess. I found my solution — a bunch of Curly Willow branches. I don’t get the nice tree smell, but that’s a tradeoff I’m willing to take. This was quick and easy to put together. I just put the branches in a vase with rocks and hung chocolate ornaments on it — you could add lights and garlands if you wanted.  At the end of the season the ornaments will have been eaten and the branches can be saved for another year, planted if they root (Willow branches are fairly easy to root in water) or composted.

 

In The Know… Monday, Jun 28 2010 

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Hello world! Wednesday, Jun 23 2010 

We will be bringing you tips on how to create more time in your life for the things that are important to you, as well as products we like and insider guides to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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