Anyhow...now it is a family keepsake for us because it was the first one that I made, and it was for my youngest son, Tim. At the time he was 8 and he was always "hurting" himself and wanting band-aides on EVERYTHING. (He had a thing about seeing blood...that's another story, for another day :D
So when I saw this idea in a tole-painting magazine and just knew I had to make one. The BooBoo Bear was so cute and I liked that you were recycling old jars...I was green before it was cool...I save everything :D
The original instructions called for glass jars, I can only guess it was because it was easier to paint on top of the glass. So, this being my first BooBoo Jar, was from a recycled mayo jar. But I preferred using plastic jars so that you didn't have to worry about the glass breaking while your kids were freaking out over their BooBoo's...right Tim?
See how you write on the lid here...
BooHoo BooBoo BooHoo BooBoo BooHoo
Soon all the other mothers in the neighborhood saw my BooBoo Jar, and then they all wanted one for their kids. Well we could only eat so much peanut butter...yes even my DH...and it takes a lot of work to get those darn labels off...ix-nay on the glue manufacturers of Peanut Butter!
So I made a deal with all the neighborhood mums...that if they brought their own jars, then I'd teaching them how to paint their own BooBoo Jars. They could make as many as the jars they could recycle...one for their diaper bags, one for their cars or even as mini first-aide kits for their kids teachers.
They were such a big hit with all the kids...sometimes they would "discover" Boo-Boo's just so they could get the jar out and get a new band-aide...especially if they had cartoon characters on them! Good thing we have Dollar stores now...because it could get expensive.
Isn't the little first-aide kit adorable...
Now this jar sits in my kitchen and to this day everyone in my family, when they have a cut or scrape, they all go to the pantry and find the BooBoo Jar. This one has always been large enough to hold multiple size bandages, first-aide cream, anti-bacterial ointment, iodine swabs and cotton balls.
AND every time I reach for it, it brings back memories of my youngest and I smile to myself because there were times when he looked like this BooBoo Bear with all the bandages he put on...sweet memories ;}
You just have to say the word band-aide and this is what I think of!
Yesterday when I was reading Kristen's blog, We Are THAT Family, she posted some "Letter Writing Tips" for Compassion Sponsors. AND one of the items that she mentioned that we could fit into our envelopes when we mail our letters was...band-aides...so NOW YOU KNOW what inspired this post...lol Doesn't take but one word to get me going...band-aides...and there is no stopping me...I'm like the energizer bunny...only worse...because I start picking up more inspiration as I roll along...more like a dust bunny I'd say!
So I have stored away a few plastic jars, all of different sizes, that I'm gong to pull out and start making these BooBoo Jarsonce again...ONLY this time I'm going to "auction" them off for charity. This is mainly because I'm not sure about the copy-write on the BooBoo Bear image and I certainly do not want to infringe on anyone's license. SO as soon as I have a dozen,or so, of these jars completed, I'm going to open up the "auction" to all my blog readers...hopefully within the next couple of weeks. The prices will start at $13.00 and go up to $19.00 a piece depending on the size of the finished jar. They will all be filled so that they are ready to throw in your car, your diaper bag, your kitchen drawer or to present as a gift (shipping will be extra). ALL the funds raised will be donated to Compassion International and the many giving opportunities that they offer. Details will be included in the future blog post when the jars are completed and ready for auction. In the meantime, please tell all your friends and family about this and be sure to become a follower of this blog so that you do not miss the auction...can't hardly wait :D