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Book in a Jar

My Aunt Pat calls them Book Jams. When I was getting ready for the Waterfront Festival I was planning on creating some small chapbooks…then on the Friday before the festival the chapbook became a “Book in a Jar.” We are Sunshine in a Jar, after all. It makes sense that we should have books in a jar. We sold them for $10 and they were a big hit!

Each jar was decorated with ribbons and stickers. Inside were colourful, hand-cut slips of paper.

For the Festival I made three titles:

Questions in a Jar: 50 Questions for Friends and Families.

Fun for Camp Fires, Road Trips, Picnics, and More!

Sample Questions:

  • If you were to plan the perfect family party with an unlimited budget, what would it be like?
  • What is your worst memory of school?
  • If you were to drown in a liquid other than water, what would you choose?
  • Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?

Sunshine in a Jar: 50 Quotations to Uplift and Inspire

Sample Quotations:

  • “We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.” Gayle Forman
  • “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” Mario Fernandez
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
  • “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” Mother Teresa

Creativity in a Jar: 30 Activities to Boost Creative Energy in Your Life

Sample Activities:

  • What drives you to take risks, to dive deep into yourself? Make a list of ten things and then plan when you will try them. Aim to take more risks for the next week and see how it changes your life and your creative energy.
  • Schedule a weekend just for you. Unplug from social media, email, and the phone. Stay home and create for the whole weekend.
  • Why do you create? Spend some time exploring your “why.” Put it down on paper and then post it near your creative space.
  • Go dark. Spend twenty minutes free-writing about your creative shadow, describing how it looks and moves and speaks. Write about all the dark places creativity has taken you—in the things you write about and in the way creativity changes you. Fill the page with fear and pain and sadness. Later, return to the page and see where you can offer light.


I plan to create some more “Book in a Jar” titles for the 2016 Cobourg Waterfront Festival.


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