I love the accidental pressed flower. Not as a serious hobby thing. More for fun.
It starts to itch when Autumn is closing in on us. The need to keep little remains of Summer and its sunlight, warmth and colours.
To find a forgotten pressed flower on a gloomy Winter’s day in a book is the best you know. You’ll be transported back to last Summer, meanwhile knowing that Winter is followed by Spring again, and so on. If you want to be reminded of sunshine on a more daily base you can stick them on the wall, put them in a jar (don’t stick your nose in that jar later…it doesn’t smell of Summer) or just put them in a vase.
I also found another way of use. Before my new phone had even arrived I was searching Etsy for the best of the best cases. The offer is amazing, the prices – after shipping costs – beyond my wallet. Thus, I decided on a so called cheap-skate case, see-through because my phone is pretty and gold, while I was saving up for a proper case. Almost at the same time I remembered my stock of last year’s pressed flowers.
One and one still makes two!
The result is simple but makes me happy every time I see it. If I do get bored with this flower, I can always pick another flower to replace it with. Maybe I’ll pick a Victorian scrap. Or a feather instead. Possibilities galore!
Every year I’m surprised. All news channels look back on the year and it turns out I’ve forgotten at least 95% of it. Largely. Besides the feeling of surprise, it makes me feel a little ignorant, too.
However, these news channels all show why my brain banished most of those news items, as most are terrible tragedies and other depressing facts. But it’s not only these facts that I seem to have forgotten. Also the good things that happened, the beautiful moments that popped up along the road I travelled during that year – blurry memories as well… That saddens me a bit as it occurs to me that remembering such things could give a nice positive boost at the start of the new year!
So this year I started my 2014-in-a-jar. I found the idea somewhere on the internet and immediately decided that was going to be the trick for me.
It’s easy as one-two-three. You can make it yourself. Use an old jam jar. Or a weck jar. Maybe you’re more the box-type. Shoe-boxes may do, too! There are no rules.
My year in a weck jar
You can make your own too
Or maybe this is more your style?
These I made for friends
If you feel totally lost at only the thought of that jar, here are some guidelines. Just to help.
This is how it works…
My weck jar has really helped me become more aware of interesting moments and beautiful happenings. It absolutely is a good way to stand still and see what you have. To realise it’s not all that black and negative. And to be thankful for it.
Tomorrow I will open my weck jar and carefully read the collected moments. I will use them to write a short review on my 2014. Then the jar will be ready for 2015.
And so will I.