Monday, December 1, 2014

Maya Angelou Mason Jar Quotes Craft

A Gift Mason Jar of Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes

Includes:  Top 20 Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes

We can all use a little inspiration!  Maya Angelou was the queen of motivation, so we thought she would be a great subject for our Quafts series (Quotable Crafts):

Maya Angelous quotes - mason jar crafts
Maya Angelou Quotes In Mason Jar

You will need:
*mason jar (any size)
*card stock
*hot glue or you can use sticker paper
*gray string
*any kind of print software program
*pic of Maya Angelou

For the outside of the quote card: On white card stock--I used a print program’s mailing label template and added a black rectangle border around it.  The label was 3.69” x 1.19” in size.

I put my pic of Maya Angelou in the left corner.  Then added the words, "Inspiration with Maya Angelou" in black and highlighted the words in a gray rectangle box.

Inside quote card:  I used gray paper and a blank page from a print program.  I made a smaller black rectangle border:  3.5” x 1”.

I typed the quote inside the box.  Glue or use sticker paper to combine front and back of the two labels into one. Fold in fourths.

crafts with Maya Angelou quotes
Crafts Maya Angelou Quotes Page for Mason Jar


To decorate the jar:  I made a black rectangle in a blank page of a print program.  I sized it to the flat part of the front of the jar.  I added the same pic, but a bigger size of it.  And added white text: "Inspiration with Maya Angelou".

Lastly, I made four black circles.  Inside each black circle was a smaller gray circle.  Two  of the circles I added the text: "Maya Angelou quotes".  The other two circles the text: :"Take as needed:".  I cut out the four circles.  I glued the two circles together (to make them sturdier) adding gray ornament string between the two glued circles.

Maya Angelou quotes
Maya Angelou Inspirational Quote Mason Jar Gift Craft

Top 20 Maya Angelou Quotes 

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
-Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. -Maya Angelou 

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.  -Maya Angelou Quote

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.  -Maya Angelou 



Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. -Maya Angelou 

You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise! -Maya Angelou 

No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. -Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes
Open Heart Maya Angelou Quote 



I've learned that whenever 
I decide something with an open heart, 
I usually make the right decision. 
I've learned that even when I have pains, 
I don't have to be one. 
I've learned that every day you should 
reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, 
or just a friendly pat on the back. 
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. 
I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, 
but people will never forget 
how you made them feel. 
-Maya Angelou



Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. -Maya Angelou

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. -Maya Angelou

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.  -Maya Angelou 

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.  -Maya Angelou

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. -Maya Angelou

How important it is to celebrate our heroes and she-roes! -Maya Angelou

I am a Woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal Woman,
that's me.
-Maya Angelou 

It’s the fire in my eyes, 
And the flash of my teeth, 
The swing in my waist, 
And the joy in my feet. 
I’m a woman. Phenomenally

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion! -Maya Angelou

Life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.  -Maya Angelou 

Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.
-Maya Angelou

This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.  -Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be! 
-Maya Angelou

You can't use up creativity 
The more you use
The more you have
-Maya Angelou 

Taking the lid off the jar for inspiration!

This is a great way to take the lid off the jar for inspiration!

Check out our webpage for more quotable crafts!:  inspirational crafts

Make a general quote jar too!   Here are some motivational quotes for the New Year to come! 

Your visit is always appreciated.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Party Game

 Your Letter To Santa

Great Party Game For Adults & Children!


When was the last time you wrote a letter to Santa?
 Why should the kids have all the fun. 
If it's been more than 7 years since you wrote your last letter to Santa, 
this game is for you!


Christmas in July Santa Letter
Christmas Santa Letter Game

*Give a Santa Letter to each guest to fill out in secret.

*Please note: You are not signing your name at the end, you are putting a nickname.  Examples: Santa’s favorite,  Your #1 fan,  Your snow angel, etc.

*Collect all the letters and shuffle them up.  Give each person a letter to read out loud so one person doesn't have to read all the letters.  Randomly pick someone to read first. The letter they read is now referred to as letter #1.

*After the first letter is read, have each guest write  #1 on a blank sheet of paper and put who they thought wrote the letter.  Then continue clockwise for the next person to read letter #2.

*After all letters are read and secretly guessed, the person who read letter #1 will read again the letter to refresh everyone’s memory.  Then the 1st letter reader will say who they thought wrote it. Then clockwise again, the next person will say who they thought wrote letter #1.   The author will be revealed as you go around the room and someone says that they thought they wrote it because, well, they did.  

*If you guessed correctly on who wrote letter #1, then you give yourself a point.

*Continue until all the authors have been revealed and points scored.

*Give out small prizes to anyone who guessed all authors correctly. Prize suggestion-bag of Christmas candy.

*Give out a bigger prize to the funniest letter to Santa. Prize suggestion: A frame for the letter and a bag of candy.

Sample Santa Christmas Letter:

Dear Santa,
How are things at the North Pole. I bet Mrs. Claus has been busy making eggnog. I have been very okay to rotten this year. Well, except for the one time when I was actually good. I would really like to find a Rob Lowe bust under the tree. Also, please bring Joe a Sweet Brown t-shirt or two. I will leave you and Rudolph some carrots for you Santa and cookies for Rudolph. Next year I promise not to improve. Merry Christmas, Your Favorite.

Text of Letter:


Dear Santa,

How are things at the North Pole.  I bet Mrs. Claus has been busy __________.  I have been very _____________this year.  Well, except for the one time when I ____________.  I would really like to find a _____________ under the tree.  Also please bring (another person) _____________a _______________ or two.  I will leave you and Rudolph some ______________ and ________________.  

Next year I promise to  _____________.

Merry Christmas,
_________________(nickname) 

Feel free to share your Santa Letter in the comment section below!

Santa Letter Christmas Cheer Quote Party

For inspirational Christmas quotes, please visit our new Christmas page: http://www.behappyzone.com/christmas-quotes.html

Merry Christmas
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Top 5 Ways on How to Celebrate Halloween Throughout the Year  

“It was always said of Scrooge that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!" - Charles Dickens.

Many try to keep the Christmas spirit throughout the year, but what about those whose favorite holiday is Halloween??? What are we to do???

5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween and Famous Quotes

1. Celebrate Halloween by using Halloweenean language on an ongoing basis:

*When life gives you lemons don’t spin it, admit it!  Wrong order at the drive-thru and  you didn't notice till you got home?   Expecting flowers and dinner for Valentine’s Day and you got an electric mixer.  Well….

Charlie Brown Halloween Quote
Charlie Brown Halloween Quote Top 5 Reasons

Yup, you got a rock!

*New nick-name for friends, acquaintances and those briefly encountered - call them “pumpkin“.

* Don’t cuss!  If you must, try using "son of a witch" or go "Zombie off"!
And don't forget this classic put-down: "Your mummy wears army boots!"

*But if you really need to let off steam, try howling at the moon. I always feel better after a good howl :)

2. Eat Halloween Treats (Food & Drink) All Year Long!

*Oh yes, they sell candy corn all year long!  
Candy Corn + Peanuts = Pay Day Candy Bar

*Treat yourself to a fun size candy bar once a day.

*Monster Mash once a week!

Halloween Quotes Top 5 Food & Drinks



Cocktail - The Monster Mash

1. large size green slushy
2. 1 shot of sour mash whiskey
3. 2 red eyes (freeze cherry Kool-Aid) in round ice cube trays.  

Make many and put them in a punch bowls.  Feel free to change the color of the eyes with different flavors of Kool-Aid.

Serve with ghoulash...










3. Dress Up at least once a month in Halloween Costume!

If you are not daring enough to dress up as a pirate for no reason at all, then find or makeup reasons to do so.

*Dress up as a Pilgrim or Santa to help out an organization during the Holidays.

*Join the local theatre.  Who knows maybe the will do "Pirates of  Penzance"

*Do plays at home with the kids-endless costume dress-up.

*Have themed days at work: beach day, favorite football, etc.

*Go to the supermarket or bar as the opposite sex or a famous person.


Halloween quote and pumpkin poster
Top 5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween Quotes and Posters

4. Watch Old Scary Movies or Read Horror Books

Vincent Price, Alfred Hitchcock, Bella Lugosi, Stephen King, Poe, H P Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, Lon Chaney, Ed Wood, Boris Karloff, Bram Stoker, just to name a few! 

"It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open."

"I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create."
 -Mary Shelley (Frankenstein)

Oh My!

5. Year Round Halloween Decor for your House

*Although a black cat is not decor but a pet, when you have one you tend to buy black cat knickknacks.  Your friends buy you black cat trinkets as well.  Your house soon becomes a domicile dedicated to the witch's favorite sidekick. If you love Halloween, a black cat is a purrr-fect year round reminder.

Halloween quote spider web poster
Halloween Decoration Decor for your House

*Castles do not require dusting:
The cobwebs in my house just became decorations! Thanks Halloween!

*Stock up on pumpkin scented candles and light them throughout the year - they smell so good.

*Decorate with the candy corn that is found later in the couch cushions.  Go batty...one day your candy corn art may be famous.



Happy Halloween quote, witch poster

Brew up a little Halloween every day of the year!

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
― William Shakespeare

For other famous quotes, please this page of our website: famous motivational quotes





I witch you a Happy Halloween, pumpkins
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Song Parody: Promote Your Blog & Writer’s Block  

 A shout out to Weird Al Yankovic who inspired me to try to write song parodies as a kid to even now! You are the best! 


Beyonce Knowles - Put A Ring On It Lyrics

Song Parody - Beyonce - Promoting your blog

All the groovy guests, all the groovy guests
All the groovy guests, all the groovy guests
All the groovy guests, all the groovy guests
All the groovy guests, all the groovy guests
All the groovy guests, 

If you like this blog, you should Stumble Upon it
If you like this blog, you should Stumble Upon it
Don’t let this blog go to the way side, share it     
If you like this blog, you should Stumble Upon it

Beyonce Song Parody Promote Your Blog

Beat It by Michael Jackson Song Parody

Writer’s Block Song - Weird Al Yankovic Style


You want to be a writer, with lots of great fans
So blog it, but no ideas to be had
Weird Al Yankovic Michael Jackson
Just blog it, blog it, blog it blog it
Take a plunger and unclog it

Kids are loud. The cat and dog are in fight.
It doesn’t matter if the cat is wrong or right.
Just blog it, blog it
Just blog it, blog it
Just blog it, blog it
Just blog it, blog it

You have the recipe to your Aunt Ethel’s fudge
And you want to lose weight but your scale won’t budge
So make it, photograph it and let us all indulge
Just blog it, just blog it

You like to add goat’s milk in your long hot bath 
You help with the spelling, but are lost with the new math
You’ll write it, then we’ll read it
Then we’ll join you in your life path
So blog it, the no brainer idea you had
Just blog it, blog it

Kids are loud The cat and dog are in fight
It doesn’t matter if the cat is wrong or right
Just blog it, blog it
Blog it, blog it, blog it

Just blog it, blog it, blog it, blog it
Writer’s block goin’ be defeated
Showin' how funky and strong is your fight 10
It doesn't matter who's wrong or right 9
Just blog it, blog it
Blog it, blog it, blog it

Sharing is caring! Your share would be greatly appreciated:

If you like this blog, you should Pinterest it
If you like this blog, you should Pin it
Don’t let this blog go to the way side, share it
If you like this blog, you should Pin it

Other Song Parody Blogs:

Hostess Twinkies Comeback (<-link) to the tune of I Believe In Miracles (You Sexy Thing)
Rosie O'Donnell  Song Parody To Grease The Movie And Musical Sandra Dee
Over The Hill Birthday Songs for the 70th Birthday (Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song), the 60th birthday (song parody of I Am Woman) and 50th Birthday (The Monkees Theme Song)
How an idea becomes a USPS Stamp -- In celebration of Jimi Hendrix getting a stamp, a song parody of Schoolhouse Rocks' I'm Just a Bill
50 Ways To Leave Your Stress --A Zen-ful song Parody of Paul Simon's song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
+ others if you want to go trolling through our other blogs!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Huge Collection of Inspirational Quotes: Heaven, John Lennon, Friendship +


If you haven’t visited our website (sponsor of this blog) or it’s been awhile, this is a great time to as we have four new pages!

Inspirational Quotes About Death - Grief and Bereavement

This page includes coping with a recent death, the beauty of the fact our loved ones are in heaven, how to Memorial, Remembering and Accepting. Lots of quotes and posters.  Check out this page quotes on death

Departed Loved One In Heaven Quote

Long Inspirational Quotes in Free Form and Posters

This is a great quote by Maya Angelou:
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

 Visit our website for more long quotes


Inspirational Long Quote Poster


If you have a painting in you, paint.
If you have a song to sing, sing.
Don't judge your creation.
Just create it.

Banish doubt & fear and
step out of your own way
if you have to.

Write if you're a writer &
invent if you're an inventor.

Do what you were born to do.
Only then you will know
a remarkable life.
-Toni Sorenson



Famous Friendship Quotes

From our Famous Friendship Quotes page: 

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. - Charles Dickens 

Because You Are My Friend: 
When you're sad, I will dry your tears. 
When you're scared, I will comfort your fears. 
When you're worried, I will give you hope. 
When you're confused, I will help you cope. 
And when you're lost, and can't see the light, 
I shall be your beacon shining ever so bright. 
This is my oath; I pledge till the end. 
Why you may ask? 
Because you are my friend. 

For more great quotes to celebrate friendship

Famous Friendship John Lennon Quote



John Lennon Quotes and Birthday Beatles Song Story

This page includes great posters, amazing John Lennon Quotes and a Birthday Story that you can customize to for your Beatle’s Fan Birthday. Using loads of Beatles Songs, the story was written using song titles. Here is an opening sample of the story:

It was Another Day In The Life of Jack. Working Eight Days A Week, Driving The Long and Winding Road, Across The Universe, to the tin foil factory (where he worked).

You’d think he was living Back In The USSR.

So don’t Ask Me Why, after A Hard Day’s Night, this Nowhere Man, decided All Things Must Pass,
And Like Dreamers Do, and With A Little Help From His Friends (Here, There and Everywhere)

 he… to finish the story go here Beatles Inspired birthday story.





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They will give your spirit a
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Poetry Day 

Attention-Attention: Exercise your freedom of bad rhyming speech -- August 18th is Bad Poetry Day! Maybe you are a poet? Maybe you just don’t know it? Oh my!

Bad poetry day
Bad Poetry Day August 18th Bad Poems

Bad Poetry Day is August 18th 

Origins: A group of old high school chums decided to write bad poetry to send to an ex-teacher. Awesome! 

I thought I would share with you my bad poetry since I have a challenge for you later on. So here is my poetry writing history:

Rare Gold Star Poetry 

I retired from poetry writing at my zenith. I was in elementary school and got a rare gold star for my poem, "A Skinny Black Cat."  Always stop while your on top, especially if you really do not have any talent for poetry writing.

A Skinny Black Cat

I once had a skinny black cat
And all it did was sit on a mat
It broke in the house
And ate a five foot mouse
Now that cat is fat, fat, fat!


Night Time Cold Medicine, Sylvia Plath and Bad Poetry

Coming out of retirement - The back story:

I was researching with a terrible cold (I'm a little wired on the nighttime cold medicine--sometimes that happens) quotes and poems for my Facebook page.  That when I discovered Sylvia Plath.  I was hooked from the first quote.

The combination of Sylvia swirling in my head, nighttime cherry cough syrup and the fact that my parents moved from the buffer zone of over a 100 miles away to 2.3 miles down the road a year ago March 17th, culminated in the following poems that I bravely submitted to Poetry Magazines.

Yup, this is what happened:

Sylvia Plath poetry writing quote
Sylvia Plath Bad Poetry Day Poems Poster

These are the best and tamest of the group of eight poems that wrote that night:

Sylvia Rose And So Did I 

I try to write but nigh
My voice gets stifled in your lies
Until one night I got a visit from Ms Plath
And she sent you to the grave before my eyes
Sylvia rose and so did I
Now you will have to endure both our wrath


Original Poem - Poetry 
You deemed everything manual labor
Making your coffee-manual labor
Getting the mail-manual labor
Throwing away your trash-manual labor
Doing the dishes-manual labor
Even clearing your dirty dishes from
your nightstand-manual labor

Seeing what’s on tv-manual labor
Fetching your shoes-manual labor
Finding your lost stuff-manual labor
Doing anything you don’t want to do
-manual labor

And you told me you were retiring
from manual labor
You deemed everything manual labor
Doing anything you don’t want to do
-manual labor
You loving me-manual labor


Princess 
You think you are cool
Having everyone waiting on you
But we think you are cruel
And are waiting on you
to die

Poetry - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good:

So what happens if you are celebrating bad poetry day and the unthinkable happens?  That’s right a good poem accidentally gets written. Yikes.  Well I suggests, sending it to our website for possible publication

poetry quote
Submit Your Poems Dirty Harry Quote

So do you feel lucky poet?

Follow this link: submit your poems to submit your poem and for further information on publishing terms. Please only send us poems that are written and owned by you. We will do our best to accept as many poems as possible!

Lewis Carroll writing quote
Lewis Carroll Quote Good Poetry Poems - Bad Poetry Day


The Bad and Ugly Poetry:

Leave your bad poetry you write to celebrate the fine day in the comment section below!

Love short poems?  Read some famous haiku poems and some inspirational thought haiku.

Find time to rhyme!
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dedication to Peanut Butter Quotes and Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe 


Song Parody It's Garry Shandling's Show 

for my Peanut Butter Blog:

This is my peanut butter blog
The blog to peanut butter
Dreamed of peanut butter and now I have this crazy blog
I’m really just getting started,
How would you like a blog to peanut butter

This is the blog to peanut butter
The opening quote is coming next
Then a cookie recipe that takes three ingredients
We’re almost to the part where I will drool
Then we’ll have a peanut butter blog

This was the opening to my peanut butter blog!

Duct Tape Peanut Butter Quote Emergency Kit












I Love Peanut Butter Quote:

Nothing comes between me and my peanut butter... nothing.  Not even chewing gum in my hair!  -Jackie Bishop

Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 Cup (over flowing) of peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup of sugar

Mix the 3 ingredients with a spatula and chill for 30 minutes.  Roll in balls and put on baking sheet. Then take saucer and put a layer of white sugar on it.  Take fork and lightly coat in sugar. Then press down on cookie in one direction. Coat fork again and press cookie down in the opposite direction. The famous criss-cross pattern!


easy peanut butter cookie recipe
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe Quotes

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes in a preheated 350 deg. Oven

Makes 18 cookies.  Why 17 cookies are only shown?  I take the fifth or was it the 18th amendment.  Consult my lawyer either way!


3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe
Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe Quotes 


5 Peanut Butter Quotes -Let’s Celebrate Peanut Butter:

-There's nothing better than good sex. But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex. -Billy Joel 

-There are only three things in my emergency kit: duct tape, peanut butter and a spoon! -Jackie Bishop

-Who needs a girlfriend when you have a dog and peanut butter? -Quote

-Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter. -James A. Garfield 

-If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream.  -Barry Goldwater Quote


peanut butter quote
I Love Peanut Butter Quote Poster

I Love Peanut Butter Quote Poster:

If anyone ever tells you you put too much Peanut Butter on your bread, stop talking to them.  You don't need that kind of negativity in your life!













This is the Ending to My Peanut Butter Blog:

Recommended reading while eating Peanut butter:  Happy Encouraging Poems on our website.


Our Fans are the peanut butter to our jelly!  Thank you!
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