For the love of Mason Jars

For the love of Jars. Masons

I love jars. I am not sure where it started. I remember finding a rock on the beach with plant tenaciously growing out of

it. I took it home and nestled them in a precious jam jar full of water and table salt. Remarkably they lived and grew until my mother thew it out.

It probably started with my mother. She always expertly cleaned out every all containers, including jars, for future use. The kitchen cabinets were filled with butter, yogurt and magical jars. Did you mother’s cabinets look the same?

I followed suit. My favorites were the Classico spaghetti jars. I would collect them with no idea what to do with them.  Sometimes I would fill them with shells from the beach, or marbles. When I moved I had 9 empty jars that I had no idea what to do with.  I said to myself – you can’t keep collecting jars like this-, and I threw them out. Now, most of my business comes from masons jars and I wish I had those jars back. It was ironic, when I threw them out, I was just months away from launching my mason jar filled online shop.

Tinted Atlas mason jar

Tinted Atlas mason jar

I started tinting masons the soft blue of past jars. A blue that is lost to the past (Ball’s new blue is brighter).  Check my tutorial here.

I was really shocked to find a whole online community semi-obsessed with jars and masons.

Some of the Bottles I got from Europe

Some of the Bottles I got from Europe

My neighbors had seen me painting jars in my back yard. They offered me their cache of bottles from all from Europe. These jars and bottles were all different shapes and sizes I had never seen before, Woo! Be still my heart. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.

Another fantastic source of jars is my local Recycle center in Fort Lauderdale.. I get so excited to see what is there. I always head straight for The “jar” section. On one of my weekly visits to this center, I saw the jar of all jars. The most beautiful jar I had ever seen: a Lovely very large

Turquoise Handled jar turned vase

Turquoise Handled jar turned vase

jar with handles.  I knew it would make the most beautiful vase ever. It did and it was on it’s way to Australia days after I put it in my shop.

Next, I think I will combine y love of the beach with my love of jars and make a beach in a jar with sand and sells in a mason. Do you think jars? What is your favorite kind?

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