I've been pretty quiet lately. I've had some family concerns to take care of, but I'm back today to share a special project with you all. I'm sharing an exercise that I've done with my Girl's since they were little and have decided to introduce to my step-son's. I will try to keep this short as possible, but it's a concept that take a little bit of explanation so hang in there with me!
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So, I'm going to share with you Our Apple's. They are Hope, Respect, Kindness, Self Worth, Peace, Empathy, Sympathy, Humility, Faith, Pride, Honesty and Help. The Apple's are primarily used as a tool for those rainy days, when things aren't going so well. They're used as a tool to address the not so good things and calmly open up discussions to work towards making things better. It also helps to show how quickly your basket can become empty. It's tangible. The goal is to keep you basket as full as possible. It's also a way to give a big fat shout out to what IS going well. I have nooo problems saying to my kids "Wow look how many Apples you have!" Then I do a dance and embarrass them. It's cool.
Hope, Respect, Kindness, Self Worth, Peace, Empathy, Sympathy, Humility, Faith, Pride, Honesty and Help are imperative to each of us as living, thinking, feeling human beings. When we lose them, give them up or (sadly) never have them, we become unhappy. The more Apples we lose or the less we have, the unhappier we become and the more conflict we have, internally and with those around us. No Bueno.
Each person in our house has their own basket of Apples. When someone has a bad day, needs to talk and is having a hard time doing so or someone is behaving poorly, we get the baskets out and start talking about what Apples come out, and how to get them back. I will admit, I have those days, where I'm just done. I don't want to adult and I don't want to Mom. So I gather the Fam, get out my basket and start taking out my Apples.
Trust me folks, it's not a perfect, but it sure helps a bunch. One of our kids is going through a really really difficult time and this is fairly new to him. He has A LOT of Apples that need to find their way to his basket, but I'm starting to see a little bit of HOPE in him. I almost feel instead of Apples, his should have been Basketballs, so he could make a slam dunk with each one...
I made all of these in about 20 minutes, so they're nothing fancy. To make these, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out an SVG by SVG Cuts. It's the Teacher's Apple File from the Give A Gift Card SVG Kit. I removed the hole on the leaf, the gift card tabs and reduced the image by 50% before I cut out the file. The red and green cardstock are both AC Cardstock that I get from All Scrapbooks Steals.
I added a little bit of Green Wink of Stella on the Leaves and Brown Wink of Stella on the Stem and some green twine from American Craft.
I printed out the words on plain white cardstock and used a Stitched Circle Die by Simon Says Stamp. That's it! Easy Peasy. Although these were so easy to make, I couldn't help but think that these would be great as a single Stamp and Die Set.
I also wanted to take a second and share this AWESOME card! Ruby from a A Rare Ruby Crafts sent this to me! I just love it!! If you haven't checked this girl out, you should. Not only is she so talented, but she is one of the sweetest people I know and I feel so blessed to call her my crafty friend. Thank you Ruby!
It's almost the end of Week 3 of Jennifer McGuire's Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. This week was all about the Kiddo's. This has been very near and dear to my heart. I always make a point of making sure our little ones (even if they're not my own), at the very least get a smile from me. Lately, I've had to look closer to home and make sure one of mine is getting one of those smiles a little more.
Last, but certainly not least, don't forget you can help support the Kind Campaign, by purchasing the Hero Arts Acts of Kindness Stamp Set and the Hero Arts Bit of Kindness Stamp. Hero Arts will donate 25% of the purchase to the Kind Campaign! So cool!
Up next, I will have a couple of cards to share using the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit! Woot!
In the meantime, I hope you've enjoyed my project today. You are welcome to join me on Facebook and Instagram. I would love to see you there!
Until next time!
A Tiny Miracle