Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Once a container now a color-coordinated gift

A small gift of color-coordinated erasers and stickers.
At a classroom in junior high I struggled to learn Spanish. During my free time in high school I wasn't quite picking up on the Japanese language that I took interest in. These days it's about learning Arabic and though I've made more progress on it than Spanish and Japanese, I'm still a beginner.

I have a friend who has a little sister around ten years old, she is also learning Arabic. When I had a small Arabic discussion with her, she had one answer while I had another so I told her I'd go back to the books and look up the correct answer. Turns out she was right so to that she first deserves a "baraak Allaahu feek"!

It's good to give gifts if someone helps you. Gift-giving can even be a random act of kindness. This kid deserved a gift and the positive reinforcement happened to be color-coordinated and upcycled.

It can be a plastic lotion container or whatever else similar that you can find.

The gift I had made her included; pink, light blue, and dark blue erasers as well as a few pink stickers (which matched the erasers) and the stickers could be used by the child to customize the container.
I chose erasers for this gift because unlike an ordinary toy, erasers are something that are practical and functional- every student can find a use for them. But it's not a boring gift because the element of fun comes in with decorating the container and the color-coordination is also enjoyable.

A little lesson from the erasers is that we all make mistakes, there is some nice optimism in erasers because when you realize your mistake, you know that there is hope for success because correction can come and mistakes can be erased.

I made the extras because I loved the idea.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Coaster Lid

When you saved that plastic lid from a can of nuts.

Drinking the recommended daily amount of water is healthy for you but when a water trail is left on your desk- *ponder*...

So I ran into this problem and at first I was going to buy a coaster but then I realized that; I'm environmentally friendly, I could save money, and that this was an opportunity to upcycle!

A few months back I saved a lid from a can of nuts because I wanted to upcycle it but at the time I wasn't sure how I would reuse it. After seeing the trails of water on my desk, everything just clicked.

The lid makes a perfect coaster and if you think something might try to fly into your cup of water then this lovely upcycled coaster becomes a lid (again).

These types of lids come on more than just cans of nuts and they also come in a variety of colors.

A simple, pleasing, and great blessing this is. Actually it's much more than three blessings in one; there's enjoying the nuts (or whatever snack you have), then finding it to be a desk saving solution and another yet again it is another solution if there is an insect flying near your cup of water.

All praise and thanks to the Creator of all that exists for granting mankind this wonderful provision!