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A birthday GIFT with meaning.

What do you know about your friends


Do you know where they were born?  How about their maiden name?   Their birthdate?  How many siblings they have?   Do they have tattoos? Do you know their favorite ice cream flavor or do they like Pie vs. Cake?   

Well, I thought I would put myself to a test and create a 
personalized birthday gift for a pal.  She just redid her art room with new paint and furniture so this will be a perfect new accessory decor item for her!


  • I thought of what could I do to make it truly unusual and specific to her based on her life.   
  • I found a socket that you can make into a lamp and attach to a mason jar.   OK, I can do that.  
  • I then got an Edison bulb for the socket.
  • I proceeded to fill the jar with our fabulous ephemera packs that related to her.  

  • she likes playing board games  
  • she lived in Pittsburgh long ago 
  • she is a fabulous quilter 
  • she likes to be silly and acts like a kid sometimes
  • she loves dance music from the 60's and 70's
  • she enjoys wines 
I added dice, spool of thread, mini playing card, monopoly houses, Pennsylvania Railroad Monopoly card, bingo chip with her birthdate, wooden domino, some handwritten notes, I rolled up a 10,000 dollar Chinese Heaven currency bill, beads, gems for her bling, a vintage photo of a baby and all sorts of baubles.  I added her initials from scrabble tiles.  She has Catholic guilt, so I included holy medals.  Confetti, sea shells and more went into the jar.  

She can add a lampshade or not, Edison bulbs are good to go.

Squeeeel, it was FUN!




I will wrap it up and present it to her.  I think it will be like one of the Pinterest soothing bottles, there is so much to look at and find in the contents.  
I sure hope she loves it as much as I did making it.

This post did not include a wood project but there was wood in the jar, a thread spool, scrabble tiles and bingo markers!

COOL Thing about AlteredPages is our one of a kind items. We try to find great stuff for you.  We know you can shop big box for all the usual things, but we have them too!   

Have a wonderful Sunday and stay tuned this month for more fun with our Team.   


Also, stop by to see the Mason jar items we have at www.DIYDesignStudio.com

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