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Mason Jar Monday October 6, 2008

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I am going to combine today’s Mason Jar Monday with one of the suggestions given in the giveaway entries- Homemade All Natural Beauty Products.

Mason Jars are great for storage, especially of products that need to be kept air tight.

In Fact, Maureen Morlath, Origins’ packaging development manager, decided to use mason jars as packaging for their body scrubs because, “Origins was looking for innovative packaging, especially a sealed jar, and they found it in mason jars. While looking for a unique profile and a way for consumers to mix the product, the design team thought mason jars would be apropos to evoke a preserve and home spa-like feel.”

Today I am posting a recipe for Rose Petal Facial Scrub. Most of the Ingredients are found in your kitchen. The only thing you might need to run out and grab would be white or green clay. If your husband happens to get romantic and buys you some beautiful roses- Here is another great reason to dry the petals and save them. (Side note- dried petals stored in mason jars are also particularly beautiful.) These also make great Christmas gifts!

Rose Petal Facial Scrub

Equal Parts:

Rolled Oats

White or Green Clay

Oil (Almond or Coconut are my Favorites but Olive would work in a pinch)

Mix Oats, Clay and Oil well and add in crushed, dried Rose Petals as a natural exfoliant.

Let me know how you like it!


Mason Jar Monday September 22, 2008

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This amazing idea for housing kitchen herbs comes to us from Better Homes and Gardens.  I thought it appropriate to share this Mason Jar Monday because it is not only a great idea for mason jars, it is also a great way to keep an herb garden during the coming cold months.

From the BHG website,

“Vintage mason jars are the ideal containers for a kitchen herbarium. They’re inexpensive and attractive, especially on a sunny windowsill, and will provide you with a year’s supply of fresh seasonings.

Almost any herb can be started from seed in a mason jar. Chive, thyme, and rosemary are excellent choices. For each, follow package instructions and keep soil warm, moist, and in full light until seeds have germinated. When they outgrow their space, you can cut them as needed, or transplant them into a larger container or into the garden.”

One reader suggests that these potted plants would make excellent Christmas gifts with a festive ribbon tied around the neck of the jar.  What a wonderful inexpensive gift!


Mason Jar Monday September 15, 2008

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Today is Mason Jar Monday here at Weeping Cherries and in the spirit of Autumn I thought we could dress up those mason jars fall style!

Mason Jar Luminaries!  Instead of sand like shown here, consider filling the base with popcorn kernels or nuts for a touch of Autumn harvest feel!  Then insert tea lights in the center and perhaps tie some raffia around the mouth of the jar.  These make a really cute way to greet guests on your front porch or anywhere around the house!


Mason Jar Monday August 18, 2008

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Good Morning!

I am pretty much addicted to browsing Flickr.com anytime that I upload new photos and I came across some images today that were perfect for Mason Jar Monday.  So the photographer gets her credit, here is the link to her Randsburg Ghost Town Collection that I found these pictures in.  Flickr.com doesn’t let you save images from their website so you will have to click here to see this creative use of a mason jar!  Here is another angle.

This inspired me to do some research on DIY mason jars turned light fixtures! These instructions are courtesy of Design Sponge.

mason jar lights

what you’ll need:
-vintage mason jars
-hanging lamp kit with low wattage bulbs (try your local lighting store, home depot or lowes)
-ceiling light plate

1. punch holes in each mason jar lid, large enough to fit the light bulb cords through (appx. 1 inch). as always, be safe and use gloves and a steady hand when punching holes. to punch the hole you can use either a hammer and nails (which you’ll need to then widen for the cords) or a larger tool that you can tap through.

2. unscrew the lid, insert the bulbs into each jar, feeding the cord through the holes in the lid. whitney suggests using a lamp kit that includes tension clasps to keep the bulb from sliding.

3. tighten the lid back on the jar and adjust the bulb to its desired height (using the tension clasps).

4. using a store-bought ceiling light plate- drill holes into the plate to pull all of your cords through (depending on how many jar-lights you will be hanging). pull the lights through, allowing enough cord to hang the lights at your desired height, and then tie a knot at the top to keep them from falling back through the ceiling plate.

5. contact your local electrician to install the lights into your ceiling- we do not suggest trying to install these yourself unless you’re a trained electrician.


Mason Jar Monday August 10, 2008

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I would like to begin Weeping Cherries’ very first Mason Jar Monday with a use that is very near and dear to my heart. THE SPOON JAR. I would like to extend a plea to all you lovely ladies- Let’s bring back the spoon jar!

I grew up with a spoon jar on the kitchen table and it is a tradition that I was excited to continue on. I need a new connector cord to upload pictures from my camera to the computer, so I was searching online for pictures of a spoon jar that I could post for you and I realized something tragic. It appears that no one knows about spoon jars! After searching and searching, I finally came across a blog that renewed my hope. Di blogs on her website, “Stampin’ With Di“,

“As we were in the kitchen, I opened up a cupboard and I saw “it” and my heart went pitter pat. I said “I want the spoon jar, and the spoons that are in it” now to some this would seem silly, I mean who uses a spoon jar anymore. But this gave me such good memories of eating cereal, soup, ice-cream, and hearing the spoon jingle against the jar as you took it out, it is a special memory to me and I wanted it. I have the spoon that was Granny’s favorite, she always used it.”

Granny’s Spoon Jar posted by Stampin’ With Di

A Spoon Jar creates memories. I have amazing memories of the Spoon Jar growing up and I hope to create memories for Aralyn of the Spoon Jar in our home. On our table sits a large glass jar, which my Mother-in-law found for me, filled with spoons! Teaspoons, Tablespoons, Iced Tea Spoons, and Dessert Spoons… mine face down because I am a freak about germs and people touching the part my mouth touches, but other than that much like Di’s Spoon Jar.

Side Note: Kudos to my Mother-in-law for finding me five awesome mason jars this weekend at a garage sale :)

Here is your Mason Jar Monday Assignment #1: Take a large Mason Jar. Decorate it or leave it plain, whatever you chose, and make your own family Spoon Jar. Take Pics, Blog about it and leave your link here. Together, we can bring back the Spoon Jar and make great memories for generations to come!



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