I took the blog challenge and finished up my jar over the weekend. I emailed my information and photos over to MarZel and I think I gave her more information that she was expecting, because instead of just a short post about my jar she turned me into a guest blogger!
Since my husband and I are coming up on our one year anniversary (October 10 - this year flew by!) I decided to make my spell jar with the intention of continuing to grow together in both love and life.
For my container, I used a wine bottle I had gotten as a favor from a wedding I was in three days after my husband and I started dating three years ago. After emptying the bottle (yum!) I washed it and let it dry while I gathered by fillings. Some Magical and some whimsical.
- Black Sand to absorb negativity and ground it out the bottom of the bottle.
- Star Anise - a strong herb for helping build inner strength and help you learn who you really are.
- Basil - which helps to soothe tempers and a love herb.
- Lavender - An herb of love and healing
- Cinnamon stick - For Love and healing
- Cherry Seeds - To represent growth. There is an entire layer of these in the middle of the jar.
- Sunflower seeds - for growth and happiness
- Legos - One of the first times my husband and I spent time together, we had a contest to see who could build the best Lego Godzilla. He won, but we've been bonding over Legos ever since. It's one of those things that just makes us happy
- dimes - to symbolise prosperity, also because I've grown to enjoy helping my husband with his coin collection.
- green, gold and orange glass beads - for growth, life and happiness respectively.
- shiny confetti leaves - these were from our wedding last Autumn. I collected them after the reception and have a jar of them that I use for special projects.
- sea shells - these were collected during our first vacation together to Cape Cod, Massachussetts and during our honeymoon in Virginia. These symbolise growth and change as the ocean is ever changing.
- Acorn - a single acorn to symbolise growth and fertility of our minds.
I layered my fillings in the jar, and then poured a few packets of shiny glass pebbles in to fill in the gaps. I went with clear glass to keep the jar light and the reflect the sunshine from windows and catch our eyes, reminding us of our hopes. I topped it off with a cork from a bottle of wine my husband bought me out of the blue one day, bits of my wedding dress and his kilt, hemp and a scrap of a wedding card around the neck of the bottle.
I was looking through my paper stashes (I have several) and came across a movie ticket from our first drive-in movie together - before we were dating and when our relationship was just starting to develop. It was perfect and I used that as my spell card - attaching it to the bottle with a piece of the hemp I had wrapped around the bottle neck.
And, that's it! Hope I haven't made you gag with all of my cheese and sentiment. ;-)