Weeping Cherries

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A Very Merry Mason Jar Monday December 1, 2008

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Who could resist a gift like this? Martha Stewart explains how to make one:

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“The shimmering magic of snowfall is always transfixing, whether it’s outside your window or inside this classic toy. Homemade globes let you create a wintry scene straight out of your own imagination. Almost any jar works for this project: Baby-food, pimiento, and olive jars are good choices (WE like mason jars). Look for plastic or ceramic figurines (metal ones are prone to rust) at flea markets and hobby or model-railroad shops. Synthetic evergreen tips are available at many floral-supply stores. If the jar lids are not in seasonal colors already, paint them with oil-based enamel paint. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry. Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don’t add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it’s flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again — and let it snow.”

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A Very Merry Mason Jar Monday November 23, 2008

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Peppermint Candy Cane Jar

I absolutely adore this Candy Cane Jar craft idea from Michaels.com

“Cheer up any table with this festive Peppermint Candy Jar. Store candy canes, chocolates, or peppermints for holiday visitors, or fill it with gingerbread cookies to give as a festive holiday gift. This is one gift wrap that won’t be thrown away. And, it will continue to be used as a decorative/storage container.”

The website has a list of materials and directions to complete this jar exactly like the picture, however; I like to just look at crafts and then figure out my own way to make something similar.  If you are one that likes to follow the directions to a tee: click the above link.

Also, Michaels is running a rather large sale this week on Christmas/Holiday materials.  The weekly ad for my area included a 40% off coupon plus 3 bonus coupons.

I found another take on a Candy Cane Jar here:

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If you make a Candy Cane Jar please remember to take pictures and send them to weepingcherries@live.com to have them displayed in an upcoming Mason Jar Monday.  Happy Crafting!

 

A Very Merry Mason Jar Monday! November 17, 2008

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Mason Jar Snowmen

Aren’t they cute?

As I was scanning google images for holiday craft ideas, I ran along this one and thought it would be perfect for this week’s Mason Jar Monday. You could display them or fill them with treats as a Christmas gift.  Whatever the use, these little men are sure to melt even the coldest heart :).

Directions from HG TV:

Materials:

large glass or plastic jar, such as a Mason jar or clean mayonnaise jar
1 cup lukewarm water
medium bowl
craft glue, such as Elmer’s School Glue or Eileen’s Tacky Glue
5 large sheets white tissue paper
scissors
6″ plastic foam ball
knife to cut foam ball
white craft paint
hot glue gun
empty toilet paper roll
sheet of thin cardboard (an old gift box or card stock will do)
blue craft paint
paint brush
silver glitter
small beaded eyes
orange Tic Tacs
small plastic gems or small buttons
2″ wired ribbon
small red bow
1 red pipe cleaner

Steps:

1. Clean jar thoroughly and allow to dry. Paint lid with white craft paint, let dry completely.

2. Cut tissue paper into two-inch wide by five-inch long strips.

3. Mix together water and glue to make decoupage mixture. Use approx 1/3-cup of glue, enough to make mixture tacky but not too thin.

4. Gently dip tissue strips in decoupage mixture. Carefully slide each strip through index and middle finger to remove excess mixture. Beginning at the bottom, apply strips to jar, overlapping each course, until the jar is fully covered. Smooth out strips as you apply them to eliminate air bubbles. Let jar dry thoroughly overnight.

5. To create the snowman’s hat, slice toilet paper roll into 2-1/2 inch sections. Using toilet paper roll as a template, trace onto cardboard to create a same size circle for the top of a hat and a larger circle for hat’s bottom. Glue on both circles and allow to dry.

6. Paint the hat blue. Once hat has dried apply thin coat of glue and sprinkle glitter onto hat.

7. To create the snowman’s face, cut away a section of the plastic foam ball, creating a flat bottom so it will sit flush against the jar lid. Attach plastic foam ball to jar lid with hot glue.

8. Attach hat to Snowman’s head with hot glue, if necessary cut away a section of the plastic foam ball so hat will fit securely.

9. Cut one-inch piece of red pipe cleaner and hot glue on to create snowman’s smile.

10. Using hot glue, attach snowman’s eyes and orange Tic Tac nose to snowman’s head and glue three buttons or sequins to front of jar.

11. Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar, shape wired ribbon to create fullness. Add small red bow to the center of each ribbon.

12. Fill the jar with holiday treats.

If you make them- take a picture and email it to me at weepingcherries@live.com.  I will post the completed craft pictures on the following mason jar monday post.  Happy Crafting!

 

Just Around the Corner… November 15, 2008

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…its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Starting this coming Monday (that is in two days) be sure to stop in for a Very Merry Mason Jar Monday. Every Monday up until Christmas I will be posting Christmas crafts for decor, gifts, etc. all using a mason jar.

Can you tell I’m excited? Stay tuned…

 

Mason Jar Monday November 3, 2008

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The mason jar makes a perfect container for an on-the-go sewing kit.  I think this would be perfect to toss in the car for a portable emergency repair pack.  No more worries about ripped seams and popped buttons after a full meal at the Cracker Barrel. Eat away, this kit’s got your back, or stomach as the case may be.

Excerpted from Martha Stewart.com:

“With just a little retrofitting, an old-fashioned Mason jar can become a new sewing kit with a built-in pincushion on top. To begin, separate the lid’s sealer and screw cap. Trace around sealer on cardboard. Using a compass, draw another circle on linen or cotton, 1 inch larger in diameter than the first. Cut out both circles; make cushion by placing batting between fabric and cardboard. Turn screw cap upside down, and apply hot glue to inside edge of rim; quickly press cushion into lid until cloth protrudes smoothly above screw cap’s opening and cardboard is flush against rim. Apply hot glue around edge of cardboard, fold over excess fabric, and press down. Glue top of sealer to cardboard. Fill jar.”

 

Mason Jar Monday October 27, 2008

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What more obvious use for mason jars is there than canning? Today, I am going to bring you an excerpt from Heavenly Homemaker’s blog on canning 101. If you haven’t visited her site before, I highly recommend it.

So, here you are: Canning 101by Heavenly Homemaker

“Just in case you may be unfamiliar with the beautiful art of canning fruits and veggies…I thought I’d do this post to explain some of the basics. Then later, I can post about the specifics!

Here are some of the basic supplies you will need in order to can food. Some of these supplies are not entirely neccessary…just really, really helpful. Some of these supplies are entirely neccessary.

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If you are planning on canning fruits or veggies, you will need jars.
(Oh, how I love jars!) I like having both quart and pint sized…
and my favorites are the wide mouth jars.

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You’ll also need lids and rings. The rings you can re-use year after year,
but in order to have your lid seal, you must use new ones each year.

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This handy dandy tool is a magnetic wand, which I use to retrieve lids
and rings out of hot sterilizing water. (See below) I love this tool!!

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This tool helps me grip the jars as I pull them out of the hot water bath.
Since I’ve had this tool, I have broken fewer jars and burned myself less often.
I SO recommend one of these.

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This wide mouth funnel is a lifesaver when you’re trying to get
your produce into the jar without making a big mess.

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A water bath pot is pretty neccessary…
if you’re planning to seal your jars in a water bath.

Okay…next…

Here are a few things you need to know if you don’t want to die from botulism

*Using the hot water bath system to seal your jars is only safe if you’re canning something acidic. Otherwise, food must be sealed in a pressure cooker. Food that I know of to be safe to can in a hot water bath: tomatoes, apples, peaches, pears. If you aren’t for sure what’s safe…please look it up to be sure before you use a hot water bath to seal your lids!

*You need to sterilize your jars, lids and rings before you put food into them. All I do is put my clean jars upside down into a shallow pan of boiling water for a couple of minutes.

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I do the same with my lids and rings.

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See, this is where that magnetic wand comes in very handy!

*When you put your jars full of yummy fruits or veggies into the hot water bath, I recommend putting them in before you start to boil the water. If your water is already boiling hot, you run the risk of breaking your jars and losing all of the work you put into filling. So, put your jars into the pot of water, then turn it on to begin to get hot. Once it finally starts to boil, then start your timer for the recommended boiling time.

Okay…this will all make more sense with my other posts about canning specific fruits and veggies. But…that gives you the basic information you’ll need so that those posts will make sense. Or maybe none of it makes any sense and you’d rather just come over and watch. (Watch, nothin’. I’d hand over a knife and some apples and tell you to get busy.) )

Sidenote: Sarah, I am holding you to your word that we are going to can next year.

Side-question: To all readers- what is your favorite thing to can/favorite canning recipe?

 

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!

 

 
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