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Random acts of Sharing


sharing – unselfishly willing to share with others; “a warm and sharing friend”

unselfish – disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others

 

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and I usually take pause and think about what I am thankful for.  Why am I writing about this now and not closer to Thanksgiving?  In the past month, I have experienced many random acts of sharing, and with the recent events, I decided today was a good day for sharing.

To start, Hurricane Sandy, where folks who were dramatically affected by the storm, as well as others across the nation, are offering time, food, clothes, money and lodging to storm victims who need help. Businesses have supplied disaster recovery areas with food and beverages, as well as pledged millions to help the affected towns rebuild.

I recently went to a friends wedding and at the beginning of their reception, they thanked everyone for coming and sharing their day with them, what a wonderful thing to do.

One of my favorite bloggers celebrated her 1 year anniversary of blogging.  She created a Good Neighbor Award and asked everyone to nominate a fellow blogger that they would like to live next door to, someone to cook/sew/craft/shop/write together, to learn to do something new, to be inspired, or to visit over a cup of tea.  I was incredibly honored to be among the nominees.

I have friends that share their recycling with me.  I know it’s easier to just to put it on the curb, but to save it and give it to me, knowing that I will be repurposed, I am thankful.

I met a woman the other day, a perfect strangers, in a parking lot.  We met so I could buy some vintage Christmas bulbs that she had for sale, and another woman was there, doing the same thing.  I don’t remember how the conversation began, but we started talking about decorating and silicone light bulbs and how expensive they were.  The other woman, shared with me, how to make them yourself, and explained what I needed to use and how to do it. This simple act of kindness is the main reason for my blog today.  If she only knew that she would open up my creative side and that is all I would think of for days.  Thank you Helen!

How to make silicone light bulbs

Things You’ll Need:

  • Clear silicone caulk for outdoors, about 3 dollars
  • Small disposable bowl
  • night  light bulb, dollar store
  • wire or paper clip
  • metal hanger
  • Caulk gun
  • Scissors
Silicone bulbs usually cost about 3 dollars for 2, I made 12 for 6 dollars, and have enough silicone for many more.

Prepare the Silicone:

I placed my tube by the wood stove to warm it up.

Cut the tubing tip and squeeze the silicone into the disposable bowl,  I used an old sour cream container with a lid.

Do not stir the silicone, I tapped it on the counter to remove air bubbles and to settle the silicone.

Making the bulb:

Screw the bulb in the socket to test and make sure it works. Remove the bulb.

Wrap wire around the metal part of the bulb. Make sure the wire is holding the bulb securely.

Submerge the bulb in the center of the silicone until you have only the metal part of the bulb showing.

Pull the bulb out of the mixture,  simply pull straight out. Do not pull fast,  a slow pull will give you a long tip that is important to the look of your bulb.

Hang them by the wire on the hanger. Do not allow the bulbs to touch each other or anything else. Allow to dry three hours, and cure for 24 hours.

If you look closely, you will be able to see the difference between my first try and how they improved as I dipped more bulbs.  I added cinnamon to the silicone to add an aged look.

And the bulbs finished

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

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8 thoughts on “Random acts of Sharing

  1. This is a lovely Post. All to often we overlook the simple kindness that people do to us. From thanking everyone who shared a special day with us to sharing recipes and such like.
    Your Bulbs turned out great and it makes Money saving fun

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