Mother Bird: Holistic Living

Ode to Mason Jar

blue.masonOh, Mason Jar, how I love thee.

Beautiful Mason Jar, for so long you were only used to preserve our delicious food. Stored away in a cellar or dark pantry for weeks or months. One day someone realized how versatile you could be and it was like a new species was discovered. I love you in every size, especially the cute 4 ounce jelly jars that I make beeswax candles in. I love to use you as a drinking glass because you’re so durable and my kids won’t break you if they drop you on the floor. I love you in vintage blue to use as a vase. I love to brew my kombucha and kefir in you. I love to use you as a travel mug and for snacks on the go. My heart is happy to see so many people loving you as much as I do.

The End.

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Lids with star cutouts make cute piggy-banks!

It’s been a little while since I added a blog post because I got lost wandering around Pinterest. I’m still not sure how I found my way out, it’s all a blur of crafts, kitchen backsplashes and baby animal photos. Regardless of the very real likelyhood that you will also lose yourself in Pinterest-land, I urge you to go on there and search “mason jar” and you will see hundreds of creative ideas for my beloved glass vessel. Aside from the uses I listed up there in my poem (if I can get away with calling it that) I have used a mason jar to replace a ceiling fan globe, I use them to store seeds, elderberry syrup and tooth paste. I recently came across small jars with adorable lids that my kids are now using as piggy banks. I also bought some decorative lids with straw holes to put on jars my kids use to drink out of. I took an 8 ounce jar, attached it to a stained piece of wood with some copper, added some hooks, and now I have a unique scarf holder/vase hanging in my entryway.

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Attach jar to wood: hanging vase. Add some hooks, voilĂ ! Scarf hanger with vase.

Besides Ball and Kerr, there are also beautiful Weck jars. They have their own style and I am just as excited to use the ones I bought for something that has nothing to do with canning!

Do you have a fun repurpose idea for canning jars?

 

Kim Smith

Hello and welcome! Once upon a time I was a licensed animal nurse. When I had my first child I decided to leave my career and stay at home with baby. Having a child changed my perception of everything...food, products, environment, education, work, life. Everything. Since then I've been on a journey to create a more simple, holistic way of life for my family, to include the cats, dogs and chickens (and any other feathered or furry creature we have). I believe that every choice we make can bring us closer to, or take us farther away from, a harmonious existence. And our wellbeing is multi-faceted, if one area of our life is out of whack it effects everything else about us. What we eat, what we put on and in our bodies, how we integrate with our environment, how we spend our time with loved-ones, how we nourish our brains and imaginations...it ALL matters. I want to share information with you that I find truly valuable in living holistically; taking care of our whole selves. Thank-you for visiting! Kim Smith All photos used are my own, unless otherwise noted.

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