Saturday, April 16, 2011

Jar Stars

I think Wren deserves the best kid award this week. She has been sick and just not her usual self, but she manages to make her mom smile a lot! Usually reading or running around, her favorite perch has been this chair and blanket.
She even fell asleep on my shoulder yesterday while we were running errands... my first thought was "Seriously, who's kid is this?" I usually even can't bribe her to take a nap or lay down at bedtime for that matter! But I think she is almost back to her usual unstoppable self. I'm just hoping her hearing returns because it has become mighty selective lately...


I think I have also managed to create an auction monster. My sister came with me a few weeks back and she is thoroughly hooked now! It is sure a lot more fun to have a partner in crime with, specially because she is a pretty frequent bidder. And we have managed to pile up quite the assortment of randomness, hers ranging from hunting knives to fireking dishes.
Mine ranging from t-squares to stoneware. A recent auction we were at didn't have a lot of interest so most items were not selling. The solution? The autioneer just combines the unsold item into the next lot, so while you may want to bid on that cute cake plate you may just end up with a box full of jumper cables and an old radio as well.
That same scenario happened to me recently when a cute old Crown Jar came up for bid. I've paid $12 each for a couple at antique malls and their beautiful old crown emblem steals my heart everytime. But by the time the jar came up a whole box of other jars had no interest along with some old stoneware bowls so I was thrilled when I threw up my paddle to bid on 1 jar and got a whole box of goodies for $1. Then reality set in. I don't make jam, I don't pickle... what do I do with a box of old jars? I locate a basket of course and fill them with candles!
Candles are as plentiful in our house as water in most houses. And I am always trying to find new ways to keep 'em wrangled up, so this was a blessing in disguise.


My future plan for the jars is to do a flower arrangement with wild flowers come Summer... but in the meantime I will adore my new/old jars like this.

17 comments:

Ms.Cupcake said...

Looks Great Holly!

Vintage Home said...

Oh what a sweet dear girl!...I love the basket full of candles!

Karena said...

Seriously? $1!!!!! I love what you have done with these.

You little guy is so cute!

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Karena
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**Frugal Contessa** said...

Great score Holly! I love those old mason jars. Especially when they're that pretty blue colour. I'm still so curious about these auctions you attend.

Can't believe how big little miss Wren is getting! Glad she's on the mend.

Big Hugs,

Angelica

a lovely mess. said...

she is just so cute!

Preppy 101 said...

You make everything look beautiful and useful! Love it. xoox

Ann said...

I love this idea! Corraling candles in jars--how simply perfect

Douglas said...

I love them, too! I had a tip that there was an antique market I hadn't been to, so of course, I spent the entire afternoon looking and asking about it. And. Nothing. Man do I wish I could go to an auction! Enjoy them for me!!!! Marissa

Brandan said...

can you explain what these auctions are and how you found them? I'm in the US and am wondering if my city has something similar?

Brandan said...

Can you explain what these auctions are and how you found them? I'm in the US and am wondering if my city has similar.

Sherry Jarwin said...

So adorable and vintage looking! I love it, love it, love it! I, too, love jars... and they can be used for so many things (vases, candle holders, Snapple lids, lemonade glasses... etc). Cheers!

a few of my favorite things said...

I am now hooked on old bits a pieces these days and scored a box full of old jars myself unfortunately only one lid:( Flowers, bulbs and keep sakes crossed my mind but candles hadn't thanks for the idea....love the basket i'm hoping something like that will find my way soon for the right price.

Love your regular posts thank you

Jennifer said...

Looks great! I love the basket and the candles so much!

Kate Lewis-Driver said...

i adore you decorating style and also have candles in every room of the house! used ones as well as some bunched together in jars! just love your bargain finds :) Kate x

Brandy said...

Holly,
I LOVE the new blog design! It's so refreshing and perky...I'm so glad Wren is feeling better. My Gus is battling Texas allergies and teething...not. much. fun. Have a great rest of your weekend!

Swirls of Happy said...

What a fabulous idea! I love it, so pretty ;) Not to mention, Wren is a doll!!

alamodeMaven said...

girl, I love me some mason jars. the candles look great and unexpected. i also would like a big mason jar with lemonade or sweet tea...mmmmm lol happy weekend fun blogger.... xoxo shelli ps-how old is wren? she looks to be same age'ish' as my kendall

 
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