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2017 – In Our Hands

3rd January 2017
2017 Memory Jar - A New Year's Project


I wanted to share a little New Year project that I put together with the kids. This combines two ideas I’ve seen in past years, the first being a time capsule and the second an ongoing memory jar for 2017.

First, we drew round each family member’s hand and cut that out. Then we decided on 5 wishes and wrote them onto the hands.

Seren (age 5) wishes for a trip to the seaside, the sea being warm enough to paddle in, visits to family and friends and to be a fairy.

Imogen (age 2.5) wishes for kittens! I don’t think this is going to happen. I added in some for her which mainly involve her saying goodbye to baby / toddler-hood (we’re both a bit sad about that!) and moving on from nappies, bottles, creeping in our bed at 2am, the buggy and starting at nursery.

Andy & I wished for similar things! Peace, quiet, love, a tidy house and a new bathroom and kitchen.

The second ‘time capsule’ part was that we measured the girls’ heights with a piece of string each and added them to the jar.

The girls enjoyed filling the jar with the hands, string and more glitter and sequins than completely necessary!

The idea is that we will add to the jar throughout the year with little notes, tickets from days out … that sort of thing.
Then at the end of the year in the lull between Christmas and New Year we can pull out the jar and look at how much the girls have grown, whether our wishes have come true and remember the fun times we’ve had in 2017!

I’m going to be back later this week with more on my goals for 2017 (peace, love and a new bathroom definitely feature).

I hope that 2017 is starting out well for you!

Linking to Thimble and Twig’s #LittleMakes Linky


  • Reply RachelSwirl 4th January 2017 at 12:42 am

    what a fab idea! I must do this with the kids x
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    • Reply Sian 4th January 2017 at 9:00 am

      I’m glad you like it Rachel!

  • Reply Catherine @ Story Snug 6th January 2017 at 6:51 pm

    This is such a lovely idea! I hope that all of your wishes come true for next year. Now I’m wondering what my husband’s wishes for the next year would be!

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    • Reply Sian 15th January 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you! Ahhh you should ask!

  • Reply Fee | One of Each 10th January 2017 at 3:49 am

    Ooo another fab idea I must try! The string bit in particular I just adore! Thank you #littlemakes
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    • Reply Sian 15th January 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Ah thank you Fee!

  • Reply Jemma 18th January 2017 at 2:21 am

    What a lovely idea! We’ve also got a jar but I haven’t thought about adding the tickets etc… that’s a great idea! Thanks for linking up to #littlemakes
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    • Reply Sian 31st January 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you! And no problem – what a lovely linky.

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