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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Once There Was a....Mason Jar and a Giveaway!

In my humble opinion, there is little that cannot be stored in a Ball Mason jar.  I have used them for everything from food to buttons.  When my children were little they used to bring me all sorts of yard goodies...

...sticks, rocks, clover, flowers, the occasional bug, lots of acorns and did I mention rocks?  There were lots of rocks.   I wanted to keep them...scrapbook them, but they made for a lumpy book, so I kept a jar on my kitchen shelf for each child, and put each "gift" in their jar.  After a while I had quite a collection and the ordinary treats looked really special in the jar...even pretty.  I still have them.

I thought of another fun idea for jars....a story jar.  Here's what to do. 
 Write open ended sentences on strips of paper...the beginnings of stories.  Each night, have your child pull out one of the strips before bed and have them make up the rest of the story.  It's a good way to encourage creative thinking and storytelling.

You might even get an idea yourself!

If you really want to be creative, write the sentences on patterned paper...It looks really pretty in the jars.
Now, to start you off on this project, comment on this post by Sunday, June 24 at 10pm.  Tell me what you use Mason jars for.
 I will pull one random name from, what else, a Mason Jar and send you your
very own antique blue Mason jar.  Then you can make a story jar of your own.


  1. Like you, I believe almost anything can be stored in a Mason jar. I have jars of seashells, mother of pearl buttons (many of those!), ribbons, pens, old thread spools.

    I enjoy your blog very much and look forward to each post. Thank you for this give-away!

    1. So happy to have you visit Sharon.... Thanks for your kind words!

  2. I'm anxious to hear what stories farmhands 1 & 2 come up with each nite. LOL

  3. Really enjoying your blog. I especially liked the mason jar post. I love jars (smaller than mason jars but I really like the blue ones in your photo) and keep seashells, seaglass and beach sand in them. Yes, beach sand. I collect sand from various beaches and love looking at the different colors and textures all lined up together.

    Nice to "meet" you.

    ReplyDelete happy to hear from you.........