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Creative Clock Characters and the Movie, Bicentennial Man

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on November 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

A robot that makes clocks. How did the movie, Bicentennial Man, remind my husband of the unique clocks you'll find at Creative Clock Designs? Find out more here.



Turning Your Childhood Toys into a Gift for a New Generation

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on May 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

If you still have toys from your childhood...

...and if you’re looking for a special purpose for them...

...then, I hope today’s tip may inspire you – or spark creative gift giving ideas – that can make another child happy.

My husband, Matt, and I both have memories from growing up (stuffed animals, toys, ornaments). We are however in the process of minimizing some of our belongings.

But we came across one childhood collection that Matt was still strongly connected to: his toy cars, trucks, and others – including some really neat farm vehicles.

Matt’s young nephew loves playing with toy vehicles. He is also familiar with the farming lifestyle (his grandparent’s own a farm).

We thought he might like some of Matt’s toy vehicle collection. And, we decided to make them a Christmas gift because we like giving thoughtful gifts to our family’s children at Christmas time. But we also like to save money.

So we sorted through Matt’s collection. Put some toy vehicles (including some farming ones) aside. Then wondered, “How do we present them?”

I knew these weren’t new toys. They needed a little cleaning. They showed some age. They didn’t come in a fancy package.

And, I believe “presentation” is important when you give gifts. I believe how you present a gift can make even the simplest gift (like older toy vehicles, in our case) even more special.

So we did something different.

We got a utility box from Dollarama. Now, that may seem odd at first. But for $3 we got a sturdy plastic utility box. It came with a handle. And I liked all that because Matt’s nephew could carry his toy vehicle collection around with him – or have a place to store them if his mom or dad needed him to tidy up his toys.

The utility box also came with orange dividers that moved in and out of slots. This meant we could customize the fit for the toy vehicles.

Here’s a closer look at the utility box...

And, here’s how it looked when I put the toy vehicles inside after adjusting some of the orange dividers:

I’m really happy with how it all turned out. And, when Matt’s nephew opened his Christmas gift – and saw his toy vehicles, he seemed to like his gift. I remember him carrying the case around with him, toys inside. He even asked his dad to return one of the toys to the box... in the spot where I had originally placed it. 

Even if Matt’s nephew only enjoyed the toys for the day – while we visited on Christmas -- it was a nice feeling to see Matt’s childhood toys now making a new generation happy.

How can this spark ideas for you?

If you have childhood toys you’d like to pass on to a new generation, here are some questions to ask yourself:

1) Out of all the children you know, who has similar interests you did? (In Matt’s case, his nephew loved toy vehicles, just like Matt).

2) Now that you know “who” might best enjoy your childhood toys, decide “when” you can give them. For example, will you give it as a birthday gift or as a Christmas gift? (We chose Christmas.)

3) And, how can you present your childhood toys in a special way? Gift boxes and gift bags are great. But, if you look beyond those, you might uncover a treasure find. In our case, a utility case held the toy vehicles perfectly.

If by chance, you know a number of different kids who might enjoy your childhood toys, certainly divide the toys up – so all can enjoy what you have to give.

My ultimate hope is, by sharing these ideas, it may spark ideas for you. If they do, may you please share them in the comment section of this blog? Thank you so much!



PS: On a little side note -- we did keep several of Matt’s toy cars from his collection. Some are on display in our movie room. (I like displaying things that are meaningful to us.) In this case, we both liked the classic TV show The Dukes of Hazzard (Though, it’s been years since I’ve watched it.) Still, the toy cars complement our display nicely. Here is our display:


Turning a Gift Box into a Vase for Granny Rea's Birthday Flowers

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on May 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader:


That’s the word two residents – where my grandma lives – expressed when they saw her flowers. My grandma loved her flowers, too.

I’m grateful.

You see, I had wondered what to get Granny Rea for her birthday last month.

Before visiting my grandma, I prayed for the right gift for her.

Flowers. That was the answer. (And I am grateful the idea came to me, through praying.)

I chose artificial flowers so they can stay with her longer.

My grandma has Alzheimers. So I know, as I write this, she won’t remember who gave her the flowers or even recognize them in her room. But at least in the moment we were there, and gave my grandma her birthday flowers, she was happy. And, a few of the residents were happier too seeing a beautiful arrangement of flowers.

The two residents were so enthusiastic, that, I wish I had brought extra flowers – to give to them.

The flowers for my grandma came from Dollar Tree -- a store where everything is $1.25 or less. They had a gorgeous selection of Easter and spring flowers and I picked out a variety that went well together. Matt was searching for a vase. What he found was a gold, circular gift box – but it was perfect as a vase.

So here is an idea I’d like to share with you: If you too, like the long lasting specialness of artificial flowers...

...Instead of a traditional glass vase, look at gift box options. It can add that extra special touch. Here is a close-up of the flowers and the circular gift box (which we turned into a vase simply by removing the lid and arranging the flowers inside it)...



I know it's a bit hard to see with this smaller image. But I hope what I shared can help spark ideas.

Or, if you have ideas on creative flower arrangements, I welcome your thoughts in the comment section of this blog.

Thank you so much.

As for my grandma – it really is a wonderful feeling seeing her – and the residents brighten up – from something as simple, but special as flowers.

We watched one of my grandma’s favourite movies – Alexander's Ragtime Band... enjoyed chocolate brownies and another chocolate treat. Drank apple juice. And, had a nice time with Granny Rea on her birthday weekend.

When it was time to go – I must admit, I always find it hard to leave my grandma. But in “sprinkling some goodness,” through birthday flowers – it invited a few of the residents to talk with us and spend a little time with us.

And upon leaving, one of the residents, seemed to sense I was having a challenge parting with my grandma.

And, she said she could take care of my grandma. As we left, and I looked back, there she was, sitting with my grandma. Keeping my grandma company.

We do let the nurse on duty know we’re going. But, it meant a lot to me to see a fellow resident with my grandma, wanting to be by her side.