Message on a Bottle

Yesterday I made this bottle…while thinking of my Brook.  She turns sixteen tomorrow…sweet sixteen…all too soon.

I adhered a portion of a pretty napkin around a recycled spice bottle using a glue stick.


To make the flower all you need is some lacy fabric and some wire.  And I used more wire to hang a crystal.



The message wrapped around the top of the jar is from an old song, “You’re as sweet…


…as the flowers of springtime”.  So perfect for this delightful time of year…and so perfect for my wonderful Brook.


With Brook in my life there will always be beautiful blooms…


…and there will always be sparkle and light.


Our children are flowers in the garden of life.  And because of this, life is rich…as the soil…that nourishes.













7 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Jeanette in Illinois

    How beautiful!! Your precious creation and your pure love for Brook…

    Wishing her every happiness on her special day, and always!

    March 23rd, 2014

  2. laura H

    oh happy day!!! Happy birthday Brook, and may you have many more with sunshine, family and music. enjoy .
    love your project Becky. I have a stash of pretty napkins for whatever may come along. good to let the ones we love know how special they are. I’m sure Brook loved it and she’ll treasure it and you.
    just made a pouch for Shelby for her kobo. a project for me to learn how to put in zippers. doesn’t matter what it is, just that we make things because we love them. enjoy your week.

    March 23rd, 2014

  3. Becky, your poet expression of how a daughter fills our hearts with joy and love perfectly describes how I feel about my daughter, Michelle.

    Since I’ve started following your blog, I noticed that many of your beautiful creations come from your love for Brook. You are both so blessed to have each other.

    Happy Birthday to your dear Brook & as always, thank you for the inspiration,


    March 23rd, 2014

  4. Jani Howe

    Happy Birthday to your darling Brook, may the 2 of you always be as close as you are now. Your love for Brook shows in all the work you do, Becky, as does your love of life itself, and the joys you have found along the way. I also love your little ‘turning bottle into beauty’ project! I also enjoy finding a new and prettier life for various tins, bottles, etc. to use for storage, but with FLAIR!! Keep up your joyous and beautiful work. I’m wearing my bracelet today — it always helps me find ‘ideas’!

    March 23rd, 2014

  5. Becky Shander

    Thanks for the happy wishes ladies…you’re always so kind.

    March 25th, 2014

  6. A mother’s love for her daughter and the precious time as she turns Sweet 16. Your Message in a Bottle is lovely and represents your feelings perfectly. Creative Birthday Bliss Dear…

    March 26th, 2014

  7. Smiles I know Brook loved it! Yes, they illuminate our world with magic and the chance to see treasure-all over again! Happy Belated Wishes to your beautiful Brook! 😀

    March 28th, 2014

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