Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mason jars & memories

I hope everyone had a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend, full of special memories and a time for reflecting on the brave servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for us. 

There are just certain things that appeal to me more than others, and I have to say these sweet little Mason jars and wood crates really top that list. It seems like the more we move into the future the more we want to embrace the past, and decorating your home with vintage finds certainly fits in this category.

I remember all those canning jars laid out on the kitchen counter of my grandparent's 
home and  filled with all sorts of farm fresh fruits and veggies ready for the root cellar. I've always loved these jars and after seeing them all over blog land for quite some time, I knew I needed to get busy and create a little display of my own. 

I love wood crates of all sizes, but I knew with my limited space that I needed something small that would hold a few quart  size jars. I found this small crate at a craft store and stained it with some minwax in chestnut. I love all the rustic crates and boxes that are out there, but being thrifty minded I got the look that I wanted for so much less. 

I don't have a garden yet, that's on my list along with so many other things, and since I was in a rush I went to the florist and found some stock flowers. I wanted lilac or lavender, but the stock was a nice replacement and I tried to fill in my jars with some baby's breath. Next time I'll have a few more flowers to fill in the jars a little better. I love the combination though. I added them to my table to get an idea of how I wanted to display them. 

I love the clear jars and I'm looking for a few more, maybe vintage light green, as well as the glass lids that come with some of the vintage jars as well. 

The pink stock looked like a lavender color at the florist when I first saw them. I love pink as well though.  I'll have to keep these in mind again because they have a spicy sweet scent that even my hubby liked. I also liked the ruffled  look of the petals. 

I'm just displaying it here to show how it looks. The sun just wouldn't stay out for me. The crate will probably go on my kitchen counter. It isn't that large, but it really fills up our tiny dining table!

Of course I had to put my jars on the windowsill and try and catch a few rays. 

I'll be using this little crate a lot and changing it with the seasons. Maybe I'm sharing too many pics of these jars here. How many times can you show flowers in your Mason jars I wonder? There is no limit with all the creative bloggers out there. 

If you have some Mason jars that are your favorites I hope you'll share your ideas. I just wanted to share a little sweet something that I enjoy. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. VERY pretty displays..the flowers are beautiful and there's nothing better than a mason jar for a handful of garden flowers! :)

  2. Diane, you created such a pretty flower display with your mason jars! I love them on your windowsill too. What a nice deep sill you have.

    Have a very blessed day.
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  3. That's so pretty! I just adore jars and flowers from the yard. Much more so than something from a florist. :)

  4. Pretty farmhouse style with those jars and flowers...just what I like!
    Farmhouse hugs,

  5. This is just too cute! I love using mason jars as vases and have quite a few around my house right now, too!

    Visiting from Tweak It Tuesday :)


  6. Hi Diane, what a lovely display! I adore the way you used your Mason jars and the delicate look of that small crate... every home looks more charming and cozy with flowers, doesn´t it? Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments, you are always welcome.

  7. Your box turned out so great! love the flowers in mason jars too. They look great in the crate.

  8. Your flowers look just beautiful! It reminds me I want to plant some baby's breath. Looks like you have a great floral shop :)

  9. I absolutely love flowers in jars. Beautifully done!

  10. All the displays are lovely. I especially love the one on your window sill. The light is magical.

  11. These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


  12. Oh I love mason jars ~ I have some clear ones and some of the aqua too. They're so great for so many things. Your flowers looks so pretty and feminine too!

  13. Beautiful, beautiful. I love canning jars also. And they bring memories to me also. What a beautiful display you have. Thanks for sharing, Karie

  14. Your jars are so pretty. I love to use jars for my flowers too. The crate is an excellent idea, I will have to look into making one for myself. I'm here from the Sweet and Simple Fridays hop and am a new follower too. :)


  15. Flowers in jars just go so beautifully together. Very pretty. Deb

  16. I love flowers of any kind in a jar or a pitcher....reminds me of my grandma. Your display is beautiful! Have a good weekend.

  17. Flowers seem to look fabulous in any container, but these jars are great and so is your crate for them. I have boxes of my grandmothers jars and love to use them.
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  18. Very pretty!! I just love flowers in mason jars.

  19. Hi Diane,

    I made myself at home and took a little walk around your very pretty blog to find sweet and cozy images that kept me popping over to more posts! From your farmhouse whites to the gorgeous splendour of your outdoors and today's pretty petals, I had a wonderful visit! Thank you for sharing!


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  21. I host a weekly link party called "Seasonal Sundays". This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I'm having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I'd love to have you join the fun!

    - The Tablescaper

  22. I love the simplicity and softness of your pretty bouquets. I am now following your blog from MHC and look forward to reading more :-)

  23. Hello Diane,

    What a beautiful way
    to display such
    beautiful flowers!

    The memories are
    priceless. Thanks for
    sharing them with us.

    Bear Hugs,

  24. Jars of any kind are my favorite containers for flowers, so I love seeing how you have used your Mason jars. Somehow I feel that flowers are more at home in simple containers that let the flower be the star.

  25. Love the crate and the sweet jars full of flowers - it looks so pretty.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week - nice to meet you!


  26. Lovely floral vignettes Diane and I LOVE the stocks. They always remind me of my grandmother who used to enjoy growing them in her picking garden. Thank you for sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday.

  27. My grandmother would probably laugh to know that I use old mason jars for decoration. Your little box with them is so cute.


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