The "Redeeming Tree"

February 26th, 2016 in projects     
PlentyPlace Kerry Messer, contributor
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Each ornament symbolizes an activity I enjoy and want to spend more time doing. This visible reminder encourages me to fill my moments with more than just the things that have to be done. 
This idea for an alternative to a to-do list came from my collection of broken watches. The thought of minutes going to waste made me think of ways to be more purposeful with free time. 
 
I gathered brooches, charms, and trinkets that represent things I want to do for my family, hobbies I want to try, and goals to pursue. With hot glue, some thrifted wine charms, and jewelry-makers jump rings...the ornaments were a breeze to make. 
Just a little paint to personalize a thrifted sconce to hold the tree. 
To-do lists stress me out because I mostly see what I have NOT accomplished. This tree helps me focus on the positive things I actually did do...such as try a new recipe, paint with my kids, etc...
Have you seen those little wire trees stores sell for Easter or Halloween? Thats what this tree is made from. I just wrapped it with yarn to suit my style. 
The Scrabble message on the rusted clock face comes from a favorite scripture, Ephesians 5:15. I need this reminder that life is short and eternity is long.
Each ornament symbolizes an activity I enjoy and want to spend more time doing. This visible reminder encourages me to fill my moments with more than just the things that have to be done. 

Each ornament symbolizes an activity I enjoy and want to spend more time doing. This visible reminder encourages me to fill my moments with more than just the things that have to be done. 


Broken bits and baubles are now visible reminders to balance duty with delight. I start the week with an empty tree and add ornaments representing activities whenever I make time to pursue them. 


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Comments (2)

PlentyPlace writes: You're so kind. Thank you! The posts I see here on JMS always get me thinking in new ways. This is such a fun site.
~Kerry Posted: 8:37 am on May 15th
suewhitney writes: Hi Kerry,

This just may be one of the beautiful and inspiring posts ever on JMS. I love everything about it. Kudos to you my friend!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:22 am on May 14th
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