Thrifty Craft Thursday: Sunshine Baskets

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Thrifty Craft Thursday: Sunshine Baskets

Spring’s commin’….yeah, we’re still waiting for “spring” to get the memo, but…can’t you just feel it’s impending arrival?  If you’re like me, you’re ready to unfurl those pent up wings of yours, turn your face to the sky, and bask in the warmth and glow of the sun.  All seems right with the world when we’re in that moment…soaking it up, enjoying it.  It’s even better when we’re on the same page as those closest to us and can share the experience with them.  Unfortunately, while you’re feelin’ all sorts of cheery, golden yellow, your partner, family member, or “Bestie” may find themselves more closely resembling the color “blue”.  Sometimes the depths of sadness need to be felt and explored for healing to ensue.  But for those times when a thoughtful gift is just the thing to lighten someone’s day, a Sunshine Basket might just be in order.

These days, we all gather inspirational ideas from Pinterest.  My sister is one of those girls who actually implements  the ideas that speak to her.  She’s also just a really good friend…one you appreciate having in your corner when you’re going through one of those “blue” days yourself.  While she would be quick to credit Pinterest with the idea of the Sunshine Basket, I credit her.  Recently, she gave one to someone close to us.  And while we all know these physical gifts aren’t what ultimately heals the soul, it served its purpose as a spring board to better days.  It was enough to let our loved one know, “we know”, “we care”, “we’re thinking of you”, and “we’re keeping you close in our hearts”.
So, what’s in a Sunshine Basket?  Anything “sunny”, of course!   It doesn’t have to cost a lot.  Remember what you’re mama told ya?  It’s the thought that counts (most of the time!)!  Ha!  Many of the items in this Sunshine Basket came from the Dollar Section at Target!  Would you like a few examples?  Start with a yellow basket, bucket, box, or bag.  To fill it, I found yellow grass left over from Easter, on sale for 25 cents.  Score!  But really, use anything.  Even cotton balls pulled apart slightly to resemble those happy, fluffy clouds might be cute.
IN the Basket went:
  • Calming Chamomile herbal tea
  • a yellow mini pedi set
  • Johnson’s “Melt Away Stress” Lavander & Chamomile body lotion
  • purse size package of Kleenex (yellow design, of course)
  • Sunny Seeds (chocolate covered sunflower seeds in every color of the rainbow!)
  • Sunflower grow kit
  • special notepad 
  • Sunshine CD
Other ideas might include:
  • sugar cookies decorated with yellow frosting to look like a sun
  • eye cream or roller ball for puffiness
  • aromatherapy oils.  21 Drops advertises that they carry an oil for everything from “headaches to heartaches”
  • yellow colored candy (think Lemon Heads, butterscotch discs, Werther’s Originals, Reece’s mini cups, yellow Starburst, Juicy Fruit gum)
  • yellow fingernail polish
  • flowers
  • flower seeds
  • oranges (SWEET citrus!)
  • lip balm in a yellow tin
  • candle
As for The Sunshine CD, I’ll share with you the titles that were on the one my sister gave.  
This person was a young at heart 50-something woman.  The music reflects someone who would appreciate music from years gone by, and still ‘hip’ enough to get into some more current tunes.  Some may appreciate songs with a spiritual bent to them.  If any of you have any other  song ideas, I’d love it if you shared them!  
CD Titles:
  • Stevie Wonder: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  • Johnny Nash: I Can See Clearly Now
  • The Beatles: Here Comes the Sun
  • Bob Marley: Sun is Shining
  • Bobby McFerrin: Don’t Worry; Be Happy
  • Sheryl Crow: Soak Up the Sun
  • Katrina & The Waves: Walking On Sunshine
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers: Three Little Birds
  • John Denver: Sunshine On My Shoulders
  • Ann Murray: Sunday Sunrise
  • The Beatles: Good Day Sunshine
  • Stevie Wonder: A Place in the Sun
  • Harold Arlen: Over the Rainbow-Wonderful World
  • Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken
  • Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
  • Cool & The Gang: Celebration
  • Elizabeth Mitchell: You Are My Sunshine

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One Comment on “Thrifty Craft Thursday: Sunshine Baskets”

  1. LOVE these sunshine baskets…I’ve given 3 now. Sometimes it isn’t easy to say the right thing at the right moment when someone is hurting or just having a bad day. This is my way of saying it without needing to talk at all! My last basket also contained a card I found at the $1 store (which was only $.50). I have never even looked at the $1 Store cards, but this one not only said the perfect words, it also had a big rainbow on the front. Nothing makes me happier than finding the PERFECT card 🙂 Thanks for the love Smiggs 😉

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