COVID-19 is taking a toll on all of us. I was reading an article about shared trauma. We’re all going through it. I truly believe it too. I read something online which I am paraphrasing liberally that said we’re all operating at about 90% capacity. I’d expand on that to say some days that number is lower although occasionally we get closer to our pre-pandemic levels.
Fortunately, it will come to an end someday, hopefully soon. Maine recently updated their vaccination scheduled and my husband and I got our first shots last week. While it doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, it feels like progress and movement towards the end of this shared nightmare. When that happens I’ll be ready to jump back in to all the things I’ve been missing for the last year. It’s a long list.
I wanted a colorful visual representation of things to come to help me weather the monotony, constant anxiety and Groundhog Day drudgery of COVID-19.
I decided to make an inspiration jar filled with ideas on all the things I’ll be doing when life returns to normal.
I dug through my stash of mason jars. Yes, I do have a stash of them. I use them often. For this project, I brought out the paint. After priming the base with white, I started adding alternating vertical stripes in the color of the rainbow. I wasn’t looking for perfection here so was happy to free hand it. I could have pulled out the painters tape but where’s the fun in that?
That may have been a mistake. As the project progressed, it was clear that I wasn’t happy with how it was coming out. Trust me, it’s not my first craft project to go south so I know fairly quickly when something is not working. They don’t always translate from my head to the finished product. While I was hopeful I might still be able to salvage my less than magical rainbow, I started working on a different look using a new jar. Good thing I have that stash!
I found some decorative cloth tape and covered the top of the mason jar. While happy with that look, I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do with the bottom of the jar. I started by picking a fun teal and after priming the jar covered it entirely in teal. A few attempts at adding some plastic cutouts resulted in an uneven finish on the paint and an even less appealing jar.
Fortunately, inspiration hit and I pulled out more decorative cloth tape. I had a variety of complementary tapes from my scrapbooking projects and I started layering those vertically along the outside edge leaving a hint of the teal at the top. I added tape around the top to cover the uneven edges of the vertical stripes.
I decided to add one more thing to the cover. I had a metal hair clip stored in a drawer that houses all those things I just can’t stand to throw away and think I’ll be able to reuse someday. Someday was now. The hair clip fit perfectly in the indented space where the mason jar cover pieces come together. I covered it in dimensional liquid to add a glass like look and let it dry.
Now I was feeling the vibe! I glued on some tiled letters to spell fun across the top and added a chipboard travel related accent below that to remind me that better days are ahead. After adding a rustic ribbon to the top, I put it with my collection of larger teal mason jars. It was the perfect spot.
I did try to salvage my rainbow jar. I added silver glitter in an attempt to make it more festive and sadly realized that I had destroyed one of my long held beliefs – that everything looks better in glitter. This jar did not look better.
Fortunately, I was loving my striped one so I was ready to finish things up.
I started compiling a list of all the things I want to do once COVID-19 is in the history books. I’ll continue to add stuff as I think of them but, for now, here’s a sampling of some of my wish list items for the future. While, I’ve been able to do some of them during COVID, it has been with more limitations. I’m looking forward to doing them in a more carefree way.
|Fun, Fun, Fun||And, more Fun|
|Go to a brewery||Go on a wine cruise|
|Have friends over for dinner||Host a cocktail party|
|Take a cooking class||Take a road trip|
|Go to Scotland||Meet a friend for lunch|
|Go to a concert||Go to a comedy show|
I friend told me that once COVID-19 is done, she is going to say yes to everything. I think that is the right attitude.
By the time the clouds lift and we return to some level of normal, I’ll not only be ready to say yes I’ll have a plan on all of the things that I want to say yes to.
Do you have any post pandemic adventures planned?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2021. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Craft Projects for my Home. To read more of my A to Z posts from this year, click HERE.