A few weeks ago, I was asked if I’d like to donate an item to a silent auction to benefit the American Cancer Society. I jumped at the chance. My mother is a cancer survivor, so the subject hits close to home for me. Encouraging people to bring a healthy lunch from home, rather than eating out so much, is one of the main reasons I make these bags and patterns.
I tried to think of ways to make it a really special donation. I asked my Facebook people, and got lots of great input. My first instinct was to include some actual food, but then I realized that I have to send in the donation months before the auction. No telling what could happen to it by then.
So then I tried to think about it this way: If the concept of carrying lunch in a jar was completely foreign to me, what would I need to know, and what would I need to get started? So here’s what I came up with.
The bag is the blue ticking, my best seller. I included the napkin, of course; 2 wide mouth jars; a bandana placemat; some simple silverware; and a Cuppow lid. There’s also a one-page explanation of the mason jar meals concept complete with ideas for what to bring. And some business cards, of course. If I have time before I pack it all up, I may print out some recipes as well. (Does anyone know where that Salad in a Jar diagram came from? I’d love to give credit for it, but I can’t find the original source anywhere!)
Did you notice that thing on one of the jars? What’s that, you ask? It’s a jar cuff, coming soon to the shop! They’ve been a long time coming, and I’m so happy they’re almost ready! :D