What do I mean by "make it count"?
I want our time together as a family to be meaningful ...
I want to enjoy every moment, activity, movie watched on the couch, dinner together, baseball game ...
I want to do a little good in our community each month and make a difference, even if it just a small one ...
I want the time I spend at work away from my family to be productive and beneficial ...
I want the projects and recipes I share here at shaken together to be well planned, well executed and beautifully photographed (well, as beautiful as I can with a point & shoot camera, ha ha!) ... this is definitely a work in progress :)
I'm going to try to do a monthly update on our efforts to make our days count!!
Since our family of four is still under the weather after a bout with the flu and I knew our New Years Eve would be low key this year, I decided to whip up some New Years decor so we can still celebrate together! And I incorporated my one little phrase into our simple New Years decor!
These DIY projects require a few basic paper crafting supplies and a little time, but they are the perfect last minute projects to add some festive fun to your New Years Eve! I used kraft, black, a touch of silver and a star theme for these quick crafts!
First up, cupcake paper confetti pockets!!
I stamped 2013 on the plain kraft cupcake papers and added a few stamped stars. I put about a tablespoon of sequins (you can also use confetti) in the center of the cupcake paper. I folded up two sides and then pinched the other sides together, closing it with a strip of black polka dot washi tape.
For the black/white zebra pockets, I added sequins, folded up the sides and stapled the pocket closed with a kraft paper star.
Next, I put together a make it count memory jar!
I grabbed a big mason jar and a little berry basket full of paper strips so we can document the best days of 2013 ... I can't wait to read these next year :) I stuck in a metal sign (originally a "dill" garden marker that I covered with a stamped kraft paper sign) with a reminder to make this year count!
I created a 2013 banner with kraft paper, polka dot paper, ribbon and black eyelets and tied it to this wire hanger from Pick Your Plum - love it!
There are little mini party hats that I made by cutting a large kraft paper circle in half and stapling it together in a cone shape. I added black circle stickers for polka dots. Finally, I pushed silver pipe cleaner through the top of the hats and then curled it around a pencil for a twirly topper! These are lined up in front of a LIVE Bingo card tucked into a vintage floral frog. Love the stars on the Bingo card!
Finally, I made these make it count pockets so we can jot down our goals, hopes, wishes, resolutions and plans for the future.
I used a kraft paper CD envelope, added a strip of scrapbook paper, trimmed down these cool ruler-ish East of India paper chain strips, added a piece of washi tape and stamped 2013 and make it count. Inside each pocket, I added a manila tag, from the office supply store stamped with i will try, a piece of lined scrapbook paper for our 5 goals and a basic index card stamped with prompts for i know, i hope and i can.
So, tell me ... How will you be ringing in the New Year? Did you decide on your one little word? Are you a resolution maker or resolution hater?! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
This project or recipe was shared at all the blogs on my Link page! Go take a peek ... they rock!