Friday, July 18, 2008

Vintage Mason Jars

I've started picking up these vintage mason/bell canning jars because I just love the aqua hue of the glass. I bought two from St. Vincent de Paul (Catholic thrift store) and bought two (including the smaller one) at an antique fair a few weeks ago. They have zinc lids and just are so pretty!

I don't really know what I'm going to do with them, although I have lots of ideas running through my head. The small one would be pretty with a candle inside, especially if I was able to pick up a few more in that size--although supposedly that size is more desirable and thus harder to find...or so I've been told. I like the idea of tying ribbons around the necks of the jars and using them as a centerpiece. And of course they would make pretty vases for some flowers from the yard.

Look at the color--so pretty!!
I was reading Blanca's blog today and spied vintage mason jars on her kitchen table holding some silverware. That's an adorable idea, but my little ones are too little for that to work. It wouldn't be long before I encountered a baby doll with a fork jammed down her mouth. (Today I retrieved a cheerio from the mouth of Handsome's favorite doll--apparently he was giving her a snack and wedged a stray morsel in her mouth.)

I turned to Google for ideas and found quite a few--most of which centered around turning the jars into lamps, lights, drinking vessels, and soap dispensers...none of which really interest me. If I had more room on my counters, I think I would fill the jars with noodles and whatnot and actually *use* them rather than just display them...but my kitchen isn't big enough for that.

So, for now I just keep them and bring them out occasionally to admire them gleaming in the light. Hopefully by fall I'll figure out something to do with them--they just seem so "fall" to me for some reason!

8 comments:

Jessica said...

Great jars...wish I had some fabulous ideas to share with you though....

Blanca said...

Love the jars. Thanks for the sweet comment. Something will come to you, my jars sat empty for a while and then one day it just popped in my head.

Good luck and if I think of anything I will let you know.

Blanca

Kitty Scraps said...

I love the jars, I think they are beautiful on their own and when you come across the perfect thing to put into them, they will be prettier still.

Susie Harris said...

I love the color of them too. Maybe they remind you of the fall cause thats when my Grandma started canning. It's kinda a fall thing... Wouldnt they look so cute filled with candy corn and those lil pumpkins... I just cant wait till fall... Susie h~

Tausha said...

oooh super cute!! I love vintage bottles!! I am with you, I love the color! They don't make things like they used too!!
I am thinking what you could do with them. Do you have a place that you could put them in your bathroom? Maybe with cotton balls, makeup brushes, toothbruses, anything tall that you store. Just a thought. I have some shelves that I picked up at walmart for 10 bucks-I hung them above my toilet in the bathroom. It solves the storage problem, plus it fills the desire to decorate the bathroom!!

Marie said...

I love your jars! I have a bunch of them. Some of my favorites were given to me by my husbands grandma. A few more I bought at antique fair in Lancaster, PA about 10 years ago. I always buy them when I see them for a good price. I don't actually USE them... though I should find a use or stop buying them. lol

Shannon said...

I am always drawn to those jars. They are so pretty. I've never bought any though because I don't know what to do with them. :) Can't wait to see what you decide!

Meshellyn said...

I recently found your blog and am digging through the archives. You are so inspirational to me as I venture out to decorate our home... finally! What did you ever end up doing with these jars. I bought some a few years back and they sit on a bookshelf attached to my fireplace. I'd love to see what you did with them!!!