Thursday, January 9, 2014. Happy New Year 2014

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy New Year to everyone. Hope everyone had a memorable holiday season. I am back and ready to blog in 2014. Sorry I have been absent, I had some computer issues that kept me from being online.
One new segment will be "where to shop Wednesday's". I willbe posting great finds in stores locally and online for everyone to check out. Thank you for all the comments they really help to see what you  would like to read about on my site.
Well,let's start with mason jars.
Do you see them everywhere and wonder if you should buy them and then what to do with them?
First alittle history on them. They were invented and patented in 1858 by a ms from Philly, John Mason. They were originally used for canning to preserve food. In1903, Alexander Kerr created a wider mouthed jar and made adjustments to the jar. In 1922, Better Homes and Gardens magazine was started, but it went by the name, Fruit, Garden, and Home. The magazine featured canning receipes. during Workd War II families were encouraged to grow their own food and over 3 million jars were sold between 1939 and 1949.
In March 2010, Pinterest launched and was a place to share DIY projects and mason jars were a crafting staple, used for cases, drinking vessels, home decor, and storage solutions.

Here they are being used as a lighting fixture, courtesy of  Pottery barn. The mason jar used to equate to "country", but I don't think so anymore. In this example it's just clean and casual.

I love this. Using handled Mason jars with colored straws. The striped straws were festive for the 
holidays, even for adult beverages. 

On Pinterest I saw painted jars and then used as a container for cotton balls and tips. Here they are used as a case. my daughter did this and they jars look so pretty sitting on her vanity.

This is my favorite. What an easy and inexpensive way to make a lighting fixture. The jars are filled with those little sets of lights that twinkle. This one is from an etsy shop, Treasure Again. 
This was also on that same Etsy shop and makes a great table marker for a shower, wedding, or any party. These jar lids have the slots for easy flower placement.
Stay warm and check back soon.

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