Springing For Joy

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain

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Secure Matches, Safe Candles

by Karen Whitworth
by Karen Whitworth

Here’s a great idea for storing matches. Starting with a small, 1-cup Mason jar, use the lid to trace a circle on the back of a sheet of sandpaper. Cut it out, place it on top of the rim lid and then screw the lid ring on and voila! It’s a secure and waterproof match station. To have a match opening, do what Lauren at The Burlap Bag did, and cut a small opening for shaking a match out. In this case she lines the sandpaper with thick cardstock to help the lid stay firm for match striking. Brilliant!

Store candles nearby and you’re prepared for a romantic evening, a soothing bath, or to light up your home during a power outage. Knowing where to find the candles, and some matches to light them with, is another one those little tips that keeps things calm and stress levels low, especially in the event of an outage when everything suddenly goes dark. And the best healthy option for our candles used indoors (or in a car for winter safety) is beeswax candles with lead-free wicks.

source TheBurlapBag.com
source TheBurlapBag.com

If you wonder why it’s essential to keep candles in your car in areas with temperatures below freezing, it has been proven that the heat generated by one burning candle and the body heat from even one person keeps the air in the cab of the vehicle above the freezing point. This is a potentially life saving tip. I never travel without being prepared for an unforeseen event that might cause me to be stuck without a running vehicle (and the heater) and too far from buildings to walk. Staying safely in the car and waiting for help is the best plan in these situations. But while you wait, stay warm with a lit candle or two.

For safety’s sake, be aware that having loosely stored matches shaking and jiggling in a container (such as when traveling in a car) is a dangerous idea. Friction can cause unintentional ignition, so if you’ll be keeping them in your car with your emergency candles, secure the match sticks together into a bundle with a rubber band or string before placing them in this striking jar.

Lauren is witty at her and hubby Josiah’s great site The Burlap Bag. About this project she writes: It’s a super easy project. And the mason jar is perfect for taking camping or for just lookin’ pretty. Basically: put STRIKE ANYWHERE matches in a jar. Strike-on-the-box matches won’t work. Cut the sandpaper to the shape of the mason jar. (We put a firm piece of paper under it so the sandpaper doesn’t push down when a match is struck.) Of course, we had to take it one step further by creating a hole in the lid so you can easily get the matches out! Who wants to unscrew a lid every time you want to light a candle? I sure don’t. Yeah, I get that tired by the end of the day. Sue me.  Fun humour and a great idea. Thanks Lauren!

Lovely Upcycled Cans

Art by Joanne Hall
Art by Joanne Hall

Rather than always tossing them directly into recycling, here’s some images I’ve gathered to celebrate the elevation of cans. Let’s get creative with upcycling and give a second life to utilitarian food cans. May these ideas help inspire our own creative projects.

Joanne Hall is the artist who created this particular painting that brightens my heart. It has the delightful title of Ode To A Tin Can With Lilacs and is the inspiration for today’s post.

As you may have gathered, I’m absolutely enchanted with sharing at least one work of art with each of my posts these days (and for the foreseeable future). I will always include a link to the source of the art if any reader might like to learn more about the artist and where to purchase their paintings. Links are at the bottom of the post or in the image.

source: Martha Stewart
source: Martha Stewart

Back to giving new life to old cans, I adore a cluster of cans that have been brightened up with paper or paint to hold flowers. At my own wedding I wallpapered cans to hold a collection of white flowers. So while I’ve done some crafting with cans, a few of these ideas are brand new to me.

I love these cork-covered cans complete with dog silhouette stencils. The table number and luminary ideas are perfect for brightening evening soirees. And I’m always looking for ideas to help tame my scarf collection and this image of a bundle of cans tied together is clever!

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. ~ Wikipedia

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