2.08.2012

a piano banner and a prayer jar, all in the name of love.

taking care of business first. the winner of the Oreck AirInstinct Giveaway, valued at $499.99 is: da da dum... comment #115 - Lily from a Lil Story!  congrats, girl!  i know you are going to enjoy it as much as we do. 

what is free and beautiful and joyous, something you can give, something you can receive, something you can delight in, something that comes from above? L-O-V-E. it is more than just a mushy, well written Gold Crown card.  it is the best of all, more precious than any other gift.  it can melt a heart of stone, it can rip down walls, it can make you feel deeply, it can bring you to your knees, it can save your very soul.

love is in full swing this month and i'm taking the opportunity to really teach my kiddos about the Father's love for us, what it means to love others, and how we can love because He first loved us. inspired by my friend's prayer pail, i knew i had to make a prayer jar.  out of, of course, my favorite kind of jar, a mason. because to love is to pray for.  our friends, family, neighbors, are all planted in our life for a reason and one of those is for prayer.  i'm thankful to know we have friends and family praying for us; i want our family to be that for others as well.

one of the best parts about this?  it cost me $1.  i raided my single rubber maid keeper of craft supplies and determined i'd make it work with what i had (minus the $1 paper heart doilies).  it also took me five minutes or less. probably less. best kind of craft? yes. now, i'm certain you can figure this out on your own. even so, here's the rundown.

put your people's names on pieces of paper.  


if you want to be over-the-top, attach a little label with something about love or prayer or both.



fold all the paper names in half and fill your jar on up.


mix them around and draw a name. bingo!  you just found the day's prayer request.


the paper heart doily has many purposes. and they are all wondrous, i'm sure of it.


also while in the craft rubbermaid raid, i found some baby clothespins i bought in the fall for a baby shower.  they are the cutest little things and i officially want to use them in every craft i ever make (which is not really saying much, since i make two crafts/year, but still. i do. i am devoted to these things). i felt almost as genius as Sasha the Queen of Crafty, (almost. Sasha, don't be offended. please?) when i pulled together the country goodness of some twine, paper heart doilies and mini clothespins.  it kind of makes my heart pitter patter.  


i strung them across our beauty of a piano. but wait, it still gets better.


my mom was over and randomly found some pictures and put them along with the hearts. she totally gets the Sasha award.






i am pretty convinced that my piano will never again go without a banner.

so that's how we're celebrating this month of love around here. how 'bout you?

30 comments:

  1. Love your ideas, Carissa! I couldn't help but notice the really old picture on your mantle. Is that you??

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  2. I'm sure you know "love is a good thing" by Andrew Peterson, it's one of my favorite songs and when I read the first bit of this post that's the first thing that popped into my mind.
    I love the prayer jar, brilliant idea!

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  3. i love your banner!!! so cute and simple... just my style with the doilies and baby clothes pins!

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  4. I have a very similar heart banner that I used last year on my fireplace...have to dig it out!

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  5. Love these ideas. I ma doing the jar! I am putting the doilies on my list for the store!

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  6. The piano looks great with the banner!! Kudos to you and your mom for coming up with an awesome (and cheap) banner!!! You are so crafty:-)

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  7. so cute! i love the prayer jar too. well, done! :)

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  8. Aww, what sweet ideas! I love how both the piano banner and the prayer jar are so simple, and yet they look so nice. I may just try my hand at making them myself . . . :)

    ~Elizabeth Rose

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  9. what beautiful ideas! :)
    i might have to do the jar with my kiddos. ;)
    and that banner...adorable!
    xo

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  10. SO cute! Love the way you attached the pictures to go along with the doilies! I am totally going to steal your prayer jar idea! This will be perfect for my girls during their quiet time! And I will have to use a cute jar too! It all turned out beautiful!!

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  11. That jar idea couldn't have come at a better time...I just made a prayer list last night but it's so...blah. The pretty paper & new request a day is so cool & refreshing!
    Also, the banner is SO CUTE! You definetly know your way around a craft bin. ;)

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  12. Love love love the jar/label. And the whole concept of course.

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  13. What a beautiful way to celebrate love! We might still have our Christmas tree up... so it's getting hearts and doily decor this week!

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  14. one of the many reasons while I love blogging is finding all the inspiration that's out there to incorporate with my kids. I've been trying to figure out a way to have a day where we pray together for others and make it interesting for them ina visual way. This sounds like it fits the bill. Thank you for sharing, it is an awesome idea.

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  15. Wow!! I can't believe I won- I should enter blog giveaways more often- I never win stuff in person, but online I must be lucky! :) With a new baby coming- perfect timing!! Thank you so much for hosting!

    And I love the prayer jar idea! I am going to do that with the boys. A great valentine day lesson about love for our family and friends :)

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  16. You're so much more creative than I am, Carissa. Yes, we've done the prayer jar idea before, but I believe we used an old, warped Tupperware container that was permanently stained with spaghetti sauce.

    Yours is much lovelier. :) And way to go - instilling godly values in your little ones.

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  17. This is a great idea for kids and adults!

    Your banner is so cute and yay for your mom going that one extra step of putting pictures on it! I agree your piano should always have a banner. ;)

    oh oh, I made your roasted broccoli last night and me and G approve. I forgot to put the parm on it at the end and when I said this he said he was glad...since apparently I put cheese on everything and he acted like it was a bad thing. =/ haha So I give the roasted garlic a HUGE thumbs up!! Thanks for the recipe.
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  18. Love the prayer jar, I am totally steeling that! I also did a banner of hearts hung from clothes pins...it is too cute. yes? Glad you got your crafty on, I find it does good things for the soul :)

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  19. I need to make this. Like really soon. Just for myself. Why? Because it's just so darn cute and I would look forward to finding out who the prayer is for.

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  20. I love this idea! I pin ideas on pinterest all of the time with the intention of making them--but I so very rarely make the time to actually do it! Yours turned out so so pretty--and I love the idea of the prayer jar.

    I also think it's wonderful you are sharing with your kids about love this whole month! Such a fun idea! :)

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  21. Well, now, Momma definitely made a good suggestion. The pictures were the "icing on the cake." I love it and the prayer jar is just the absolute best idea. I just may have to have one. Valentine blessings to you my friend!

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  22. I love these ideas! Super adorable :) I just joined your blog because I already love it, only viewing it once!

    Rachel
    http://alongthewaywithrae.blogspot.com/

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  23. LOVE every little thing about it. What a great prayer idea, and thanks for the idea on what to do with all these cute mini clothespins I have sitting in a jar! Your piano looks great, and I agree that it should always have a banner:)

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  24. WOW CONGRATS LILY

    as for jar love it

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  25. That is so creative and incredible. What a great Mama you are!

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  26. Ooh, that's beautiful! I love doilies. :)

    hugs,
    ~bree

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  27. carissa, this is delightful. i might be crying from the sweetness. i love you, and i think you are neat.

    xo

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