Friday, August 17, 2012

A Farmhouse Staple: The Mason Jar! - Farmhouse Friday #26

There are certain staples that come to mind when thinking about the farmhouse, and the Mason jar is certainly at the top of my list!  Why?  Because this wonderful, multipurpose vessel has the magical power to bring family together.

Can’t you just picture time in the farmhouse kitchen filled with generations of family – grandmother, mom, and daughter – all using Mason jars to can (otherwise known to my family as “putting up”) preserves, pickles, and other delicious goodies loving made from secret family recipes?  What are some of your favorite foods to can?
No meal around the farmhouse dinner table would be complete without a Mason jar filled with sweet tea or lemonade!

Visions of kids spending balmy summer evenings catching fireflies include the reliable Mason jar as a temporary home for the prized catches until it’s time to count and release them.  Then the Mason jar goes back on the shelf to wait for the next night’s fun!
 
The Mason jar provides additional time with kids and, yes, even husbands, when families work together on fun farmhouse projects. 
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Kids can create decorative masterpieces by using Mason jars to display flowers, buttons, or candles. 
Moms may want to fill them with handwritten notes, capturing precious memories to pass down to kids.
And husbands can certainly join in helping to create beautiful lighting fixtures.
What are some of your favorite ways to repurpose Mason jars?

15 comments:

Lori said...

I have some and have silver spoons in one, they never tarnish. Also have one filled with matches. We always know where to fina a match to light a candle,

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Our youngest daughter and I spent one summer collecting hundreds of blue mason jars for her lodge wedding centerpieces. At the time, we were able to find crates full of them for just a few dollars! We placed 3 different sizes of jars on each table which was covered with a burnt orange tablecloth and filled the jars with sunflowers. It was perfect! Afterwords we divied them up between our 2 daughters and myself. I don't think there are many vintage blue jars left to purchase in the midwest. :@

Ruby Grace's said...

I always think of my Grandmother when seeing mason jars. She always had her cellar full of canned goods and would send me down to get a jar of something when she was cooking for dinner (sauerkraut was my favorite). She also always had a mason jar in the center of the table full of green onions next to a plate of fresh stuff from the garden. Great memories.

Amber said...

So in love with Mason jars! We use ours as traveling mugs and cups for the car. Sweet tea with lots of ice and a sprig of mint. Always with a shake before taking a sip. I even saved smaller lidded jars (jelly) for the kids. They love it!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I also love to collect and use old mason jars. I love any old ones, but especially aqua with zinc lids. I use them for flowers, lamps, pencils and pens, tealights, and just grouped together on shelves and in baskets.

Anita said...

I love them!! Though, here they are used mostly for canning veggies still. My mom gave me a blue one of my grandmother's that I filled with locally made soap, and I have one hanging in a window with a candle in it. 15 clear ones, just got filled with diced tomatoes I canned this week. I sometimes use them for flowers, but mostly for food. A friend is having a chandelier made from blue ones I cannot wait to see!

pink*cherub*moon said...

I love Mason jars and have many of the aqua ones in my collection. I use them to store candy, beans, rice, buttons, clothes pins, cotton balls, the list goes on! I also like to fill them with a little sand and add a tea light to take out on the screened porch at night. I recently saw that you can use old solar light parts to turn the lids into solar lights. I can imagine how beautiful the aqua looks, all lit up at night! I may have to try this, altho' I hate the thought of cutting into any of my collection's lids. Maybe I need to buy specific ones for this project =:) Thank you for sharing your beautiful posts! Hugs, Leena

pipigirl said...

i take flower heads, dry and put them in. maybe a feather or 2 & a grain head. pretty neat looking. then i take a small doily and put over top and screw on the jar screw. not the lid tho as it takes away from the lace. get lots compliments...use both aqua and clear. they both look nice.

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I also really like to gather and use old mason jars. I really like any old ones, but especially turquoise with zinc oxide covers. I use them for flowers, lights, pencils and pencils, tealights, and just arranged together on racks and in baskets.

Bohemian said...

Mine house various Collections of Smalls & Craft Supplies... and Sand/Seashells Collected at various Beaches... and one even holds some bark from a 300 year old Tree that used to stand on our property.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Lulu said...

I am getting marries in a few months and absolutely loving how many mason jar ideas are in your post and all over pinterest too! Planning on having flowers on our tables in them, and also have them hanging at different heights with candles in!

Thanks for the great post, I just became a follower of your blog:)
Lulu

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I love to collect mason jars! I use them in the kitchen to store dry beans and pasta and in my sewing room for buttons. I have several vignettes using just empty jars...especially the blue ones. They speak so much of days gone by. And, of course, I'm dusting them off for some making butters and jams not too long ago. Somethign I hadn't done in a long time.

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