October 3, 2010

Having A Ball...




What would my great grandmother think!
That these old canning jars that held pickled cucumbers...
pennies...rocks...were found sticking out of the ground
in her backyard...
are now such a trendy design element!



I wonder if she ever filled them with seashells from their place in Laguna?




Or used the lids for something other than a lid?




Did she ever use one as a vase for all those roses she grew in her front yard?

Nah...she was too practical.

But she did make a mean rhubarb cobbler!


WE'D BE PLEASED IF YOU'D JOIN IN OUR GIVE AWAY

And be sure to join Mary for MOSAIC MONDAY !

And Sally for BLUE MONDAY








25 comments:

  1. I love those blue mason jars! I have several from my grandma as well. I am thinking of investing in some really large ones as a kind of re-vamp of the apothacary jars in the kitchen. And my grandma doesn't see any value in them either.

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  2. The seashells in the jar with the flowers looks very pretty. Great idea!

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  3. What beauitful pictures. This jar is wonderful and extra special because it was your grandmothers. I think she would marvel at our delight in these pretty jars.
    Patricia :o)

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  4. Really exquisite pictures! They capture the imagination! Cathy

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  5. It's amazing how these canning jars are so in style..., but rightfully so. They are gorgeous..., and with the shells..., awesome!

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  6. I love those old Ball jars!! It brings back memories. My mother did alot of canning when I grew up. We lived on a farm, so we grew all our food for the winter and summer.

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  7. Those are wonderful photos. My grandma would have only used them for pickles. But they look lovely filled with shells and flowers.

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  8. I love the jar, it hold such sweet memories! and it looks beautiful in the mosaic!

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  9. Lovely post. I've used old canning jars as a flower vase. Love the shells! Great mosaics.

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  10. The jars are a gorgeous shade of blue. Seashells in them are a wonderful addition.

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  11. I have loved those old jars since I was a kid...MANY years ago. I don't imagine that our grandmothers ever expected we would treasure them like we do...for the purposes we do. I think they treasured them because of their value in the day to day process of living....as a necessity.

    Love them with the seashells...it just says BEACH to me! Hugs- Diana

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  12. What gorgeous photographs, and your mosaics are stunning.
    karen

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  13. I don't have any colored ball jars, but I saw one for over $20 yesterday at the flea market. I held my breath and my purse as I tiptoed by.

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  14. Enjoyed your feature today on the old mason jars. We have had so many over the years when we lived on the farm. We never used them as you did and your family probably did not either. They held some great canned food though.

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  15. I would love to have a jar like that.

    My Blue Monday.

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  16. Love those old jars, too. I have a small lamp made from one, and it is filled with shells and sand dollars.

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  17. Perhaps she stuffed $100 bills in them.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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  18. I am enamored with blue bottles and jars! I was thrifting on Thursday and found 4 more- an bargain at $3 for all in these parts! Your photos are lovely, crisp, and clear.... Nice to meet ya! Visiting from MM.
    ~ Sue

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  19. The blue Ball jars are fantastic! Love what you are doing with them. :)

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  20. I don't know which I love more the jars or the shells.

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  21. I like the container, it so cute with blue in it

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  22. love the seashells,
    they take my breathe away.

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  23. The blue jars must have been sold more south of the border, as I never see them up here at all, and they are so beautiful. The seashells and flowers are lovely.

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  24. They look just lovely with the shells and flowers in them!! May I ask what type camera you use? Your pics are always flawless! Thank you!!

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  25. They are so beautiful, aren't they? And such an iconic image -- they speak of days gone by, and self-reliance, and gentler times... thanks for sharing, Mary!

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