Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Precious Storytelling Sunday - My Mementos Jar

I'm excited to announce that Sian is continuing her inspiring meme of Storytelling Sunday for the third year, this time with a twist - Pick Your Precious. I have to admit that when I read that blog title, I immediately thought of the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy while an image of Gollum falling into the Crack of Doom holding his Precious played in my head. In a way, Sian's idea fits right into this notion as she encourages us to choose an item that is precious to us and share a story (in words or photos) about it.

Back in June of last year, I enjoyed the Lift Me Up! workshop taught by Mou Saha at BPC and created a memory jar. The basic idea was to take a discarded glass jar and turn it into a memory capsule. I called my jar Melissa's Mementos, and I believe it will be the perfect start to my Pick Your Precious stories for 2013.

I chose an empty jar from the few I had on a shelf in the garage. I then put several mementos from my childhood & teenage years in the jar, along with a note about what each item is and where I got it. I decorated the top of the jar and added a tag. The items I chose for the jar had been stored in a box with other items in my closet, but now this Memory Jar sits on a shelf in my craft room where I can enjoy them & the memories the evoke.

 Journaling reads:
The mementos in this jar have traveled with me for many years and remind me of snippets of my childhood & teenage years.
1. Red "M" - hung from the rear view mirror of my first car.
2. TJ pin - one of many spirit pins worn to football games.
3. Leo shell - can't remember where this came from but it always had a place  on one of the shelves in my room.
4. Ten Commandments in pink ViewFinder - another item I've had so long I can't remember where it came from or not having it.
5. Indian headband & necklace - from visit to Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation.
6. Red Puppy Dog charm was from a necklace I had.
7. Ice Skater Pin from our trip to see the IceScapades.
Melissa June 2012

25 comments:

Chipper said...

A few of my friends started memory jars last year, but in a completely different way to you. I like how you have done yours. Their's was more about memories made during the year and not one that stirs thoughts from the past. I really like this idea. I think that Sian has hit on a winner for this year :-)

Alison said...

Love the idea of a Memory Jar, Melissa...I am off to get my post organised!
Alison xx

debs14 said...

What a great idea! I have a feeling that quite a few of us will be out jar hunting after reading this post!

Sian said...

Yes, definitely! I'd love to make a jar too now that I've seen this one - what a perfect inspiration piece for the first StS of 2013. I have a little mouse I made from a shell when I was at Guide camp, and a couple of badges and..when I'm picking out my treasures for the rest of the year I'll be putting the little ones aside for this

Thanks for this Melissa - you have got us off to a flying start for the New Year

Jo said...

I think a memory jar is a great idea and yours is full of lovely memories. Thanks for sharing them :)

Ladkyis said...

Oh I love it! thank you for sharing

Jennie said...

Love the thought of your memory jar - definittely something to consider to put some of the smaller "treasures" I might unearth whilst looking for future "preciousness". Thanks you for sharing. J xx

Sabrina S. said...

Hi,
What a great idea! We should have at least one of them!
Have a nice Sunday,
Cheers from Bordeaux, France

scrappyjacky said...

What a lovely idea,Melissa.

Louise said...

i like this idea. great post and it's not the first time today someone has mentioned the hobbit!

Abi said...

I would love to create a memory jar but would have far too much I wanted to fill it with!

Sheena said...

Love this idea of a Memory Jar, think i need to make one for me know :)
many thanks for sharing x

Mel said...

What a cute idea!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how lovely - one of my friends (Town Monkey) has a collection of these - I'm always intrigued by the contents. Glad you've recorded these preciouses and shared 'em with us :)

Elizabeth said...

What a lovely way to save those precious momentos from years ago. Now where did I put that pretty jar I was saving to use for something special?

alexa said...

That's a wonderful way to keep together a number of little but important items - a super idea!

Sue Althouse said...

This is a new idea and looks really fun to me! Thanks for sharing!

Irene said...

So glad you shared your memory jar as the first of your precious things. It is a wonderful way to house all those little things you want to keep but never know where to place them. I may even have to have quite a few jars!

Mitra Pratt said...

Super cool idea! That is awesome!

S said...

What a great way to gather memories. I have a few mementos that I really need to search my memory about the particulars of their origins too.

Karen said...

My SIL and I made a memory jar for my mother-in-law for her 80th birthday. She absolutely loved it. I never thought to make one for myself. What a perfect start to Sian's Pick Your Precious!

My simple life said...

great idea! Might do one for my kids and give it to them in the future :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love this idea. The jar is so adorable.
rinda

Jana said...

LOVE this jar. It's a wonderful idea. The memories in there are priceless.

Becky said...

I love this idea! A great way to gather those precious memories.