Monday, December 7, 2015

DIY Joy: Creating an Emergency Joy Kit

You know those bad mood days. The days when a dark cloud seems to hover over everything and you just can't shake it? Or maybe you just feel a bit off or blue or not yourself? I've talked about battling those days with Joy Lists or Mantra Jars or flowers.

All of those remedies are good, but for a while now I've been thinking about something even more nurturing, joyful and fun. I imagined something like a first aid kit, but instead of bandages and aspirin, it would contain chocolate and lip gloss.

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It would be pretty and special and filled with small, uplifting bits and bobs.

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I imagined I would sit and light a candle, brew some tea, quiet my mind. A bit of lipgloss, perfume, a sip of tea, a bite of chocolate and I'd feel better.

You don't wait until you've hurt yourself to put together a first aid kit. In the same way you shouldn't wait till you're under the dark clouds to put together your Emergency Joy Kit. Find a fun container and fill it with special treats so you'll be prepared next time a bad mood strikes. (It would also make a great gift if you're looking for easy, inexpensive DIYs for the holidays).

What you'll need:

a container
(think re-purposed & look for possibilities at the thrift store, garage sales or shop from your closets, basement or cabinets)

  • vintage cigar box
  • fun pencil box
  • berry basket
  • woven or wicker basket
  • lunchbox
  • tote bag, purse, backpack or pouch
  • wooden crate (wine crate, pie crate, fruit crate)
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contents
(think of things that will stimulate the five senses, be colorful or joyful or have a special meaning)
  • a fancy chocolate bar or other snack (fruit snacks, mints, crackers, pretzels, chips, granola bar, cup of soup packet, prepared soup carton -- anything that will make your day a little more special)
  • tea bags, hot cocoa packets
  • lip balm or lip gloss
  • perfume (especially solid perfumes or perfume pens or make your own -- I made a batch with lavender and bergamot) or scented hand lotion or salve (sample or travel sizes work well, or make your own)
  • bubble bath or bath salts
  • a joyful color of nail polish
  • pretty temporary tattoos
  • Joy Journal or blank book (make one from my Newsletter free gift) to write a Joy List
  • a pre-written Joy List
  • a fancy, colorful or fun pen or pencil
  • a joyful piece of jewelry (a fun ring, a sweet necklace, a special bracelet)
  • mantras or affirmations
  • a photograph of you as a child or from an especially happy time or a small photo album filled with some of your favorite photos, photos of a special vacation or photos of your favorite people
  • a vintage doily, tablecloth or table runner to help make a special space
  • a scented candle and pretty matchbox (decorating a matchbox is a fun and easy project)
  • a favorite CD, mix or playlist
  • a pretty and/or inspiring magazine or book

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Label your kit and wrap it with a ribbon or bow. Or if your container itself isn't pretty or joyful-looking, wrap up your kit like a present with lovely wrapping paper, special fabric or a tablecloth.

And now I'm ready for the next time those dark clouds threaten.

What about you? What would you put in your Emergency Joy Kit?

20 comments:

  1. This is a FABULOUS idea!!! I absolutely Love LoVe LOVE it! Just went and searched for you on FB and shared this. I'm doing this TODAY. Thank you. Hope your week is full of bright skies and minimal dark clouds.

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    1. Hi, Lisa and thank you! Enjoy putting together your Joy Kit!

      I hope your week is full of bright skies, too!!

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  2. What a lovely idea, Anne! My kit would also contain one of my earliest handmade toys to remind me how far I've come and why I started sewing to begin with. Thank you for this project, which sounds perfect for when I'm frazzled and needing positive affirmation that life is good.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! Putting in one of your early toys is a great idea! Hope you have fun putting together your Joy Kit!

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  3. I love it. I did a similar thing a few years ago. I called it a comfort basket. I gave it to my mom with the same intention. A pick me up on crummy day. She loved the idea. Maybe I will do that again for her birthday. :)

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    1. Thank you, Dana! I love the Comfort Basket idea, too. I can imagine how pretty a basket filled with goodies would be. I'm sure your mom would love one as a birthday gift!

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  4. This is such a great idea Anne! I think I would be more inclined to make one for someone else rather than myself. I would include a positive affirmation card, a tiny packet of sweets, a piece of handmade jewellery in addition to some of the lovely items you mention above. Have a lovely week :-)

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    1. Thank you, Simone! Lots of great ideas for adding to your Joy Kits. I hope you have fun putting some together for friends. They'd be fun to sell at a craft fair, too, if you end up doing one again.

      Hope your week is lovely, too!

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  5. I love this idea. I want to make joy kits for everybody and myself. Thank you joyful girl.

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! I hope you have fun putting together some Joy Kits. I'm sure you'd find lots of fun things to add to them and that you'd put them together with your usual crafty flair! :)

      Sending big hugs!

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  6. Such a fun post! It got me thinking about how to put a gift box together for a guy...a bit more challenging, but still worth the effort. I got my eldest in our family holiday gift exchange. He'll be 34 in April and is a crafty guy. I may swing by the art supply store while out on errands today and see what I can find. Thanks for the inspiration Anne!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Yes, it might be trickier to put one together for a guy. Guess it depends on the guy. I know my guy loves anything with food (and he loves chocolate). Salve or lotion for winter-dry hands isn't very "masculine", but guys do get dry hands, too (and Matthias loves the one I made for him). Crafty bits, sketchbooks, pens & pencils are good, too. Have fun pulling your gift together!

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  7. I love this idea! (I also see some of my favorite chocolate in there...mmm almonds & sea salt.) I think I would add a little felted animal as a pick me up. At home I have this adorbs little felted mouse I purchased on Etsy--something like that. This is so cute!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! A felted animal is a great idea. Would look so sweet nestled in among the other things. :)

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  8. Anne, I missed you. Beautiful and warming post.

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    1. Awww... thank you, Aga. Missed you while you were away from the internet, too.

      Glad you enjoyed my post.

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  9. I love this idea! I will do this for my sister. :-) Perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Carla! What a great thing to give your sister. Have fun pulling it together! :)

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  10. Such a sweet idea, Anne. I would add a spanking new set of pretty colored markers, lovely paper and a self-addressed permission slip to create something wild and beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Judy! New art supplies are always a pick-me-up. And I love the idea of a permission slip. What fun!

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