Friday, April 25, 2008

What's in the Jar?

Strolling down a store aisle, I spied some glass jars @ 75% off! We all know that these are a MUST HAVE in decorating and organizing. I already have a couple of glass containers in my sitting room, so these beauties will go in my studio to hold bits and baubbles of supplies.

First, I wanted to show you a few things that you can display in your own jar.

sea shells and eggs

miniature Madame Alexander dolls

fabric yo yos

pink shredded paper

miniature tea set

sheet music tied up with ribbons

silver candleholders

lemons and oranges

silverware

crepe paper bird nests

cake decorating supplies

I'd love to hear your ideas!

Update: Be sure to read the wonderful comments. There are some really fantastic ideas!

65 comments:

Secondhandrose said...

Thanks for all the good ideas Ele! I especially like the little tea set in the jar. What about a jar layered with pretty hankies?
Karen

Katie said...

Ok, to add to the list of what to put in the jars, let's see, faux petit fours, mini tiaras?

Miss Sandy said...

Lovely ideas and great bargain on the jars!

Counting Your Blessings said...

I don't think I have anything better than your wonder ideas =) We have some at the store with little tulle sachets with lavender in them but that's kinda generic. I love the silver candleholders you put in! Blessings.. .Polly

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh what a fabulous collection of treasures in your glass jars
Alison

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Pretty hankies, sachets, mini tiaras and faux petit fours are grand ideas! Can't you just visualize faux frosted goodies layered in a jar! Lets hear some more ideas bloggers!

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

Blingy broken jewelry pieces, bits of vintage trims, random millinery flowers, a foofy boa or loose feathers, dried Valentine rose blossoms, limes and mini eggplants, glass glittered stars and spheres, little slips of paper imprinted with wishes and dreams, old rusty skeleton keys and homeless chandelier crystals....that's all I have for now! =0] xoxo

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

Oh wait....sparkly fleur de lis and gold or silver Eiffel tower ornaments, vintage Christmas ornaments, vintage chenille stems, old family photos....

Lisa Gallup said...

I am always looking for glass jars at second hand stores. I store scrabble tiles, chandelier crystals, old buttons, old wooden thread spools, and ribbons. :) Love your jars! Scroll down a few entries on my blog and you can see a pic of some of my jars. :)

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

wowow!!!!! what a gorgoeus collection of jars. LOVE the hankie jar! I am going to "borrow" that idea. LOVE It!!!! xoxo Heather

Beth Leintz said...

The last time you showed jars on your blog you had me running to Hobby Lobby to look at them- and now you're tempting me again! My plan is to put fabric yo yos in them, and millinary flowers- but I also like the idea of prisms and pearls.

Cottage Way of Life said...

What a deal! Sue was just looking for some more of those the other day. We like to put ribbons in them too. :)

Have a good weekend,
Sarah

Rose said...

Lovely. I think I will get some for my old seed packets. I love the yo-yo's to.

LiLi M. said...

oooh I love your jars! I'm always looking for those too, as you can use them for decoration and storage for almost everything. I have jars with wooden spools and ribbons (already mentioned), vintage Christmas decorations, feathers, pebbles especially those with mother of pearl outside, vintage buttons sorted by color and fake diamonds, but real ones will look ok too I guess.
I like your ideas as shown, thanks for inspiration!

Couture de Papier said...

Thank you for ideas for a bunch of glass jars I rescued from the trash!!
Denise

Lori said...

Ele, your jars look amazing!!! i don't have any ideas, you even added things i never would have thought of like the dolls and the tea set...

Vintage Amethyst said...

Such lovely ideas.
Love Alison x

Marilyn said...

What a find!! I Love your Ideas... How about for the Scrapbooker - scraps of ribbon & beautiful colored fibers. Love your Blog!!
Love, Marilyn

Lori said...

Love your ideas Ele! How about a layering of cookie sprinkles, or colored marshmellows. maybe some ruffles and ribbons, the possibilities as you know are endless!!! 75% off, oh how luckey are you!!!! Love,Lori

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You ladies are really good! So many fantastic ideas!

rosechicfriends said...

Ele,
I just love this...you have been reading my mind...right now my large ones have robins eggs, and nests in them...but if you look at my latest blog entry...I just found a HUGE conglomoration of differing sized jars that I am using for my craft room organizational project...I plan on putting ribbon roses, shells, wooden pieces, beads, buttons, and more in them...alas when I get my craft room done. But GREAT ideas!

Hugs..Lorena

She'sSewPretty said...

I put pine cones and ornaments at Christmas. You and the other ladies have some great ideas! Never would have thought of the tea sets. How cute that would be!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

I have faux frosted goodies in kars all over my kitchen. I think Katie got that idea from me. But anyway, I LOVE your ideas! They are all beautiful!

The Urban Chic said...

Ele, I can't add much, but I do have 3 almost identical to yours and I have beads, buttons, and old broken jewelry in mine. Miss you all and hope to be back soon. Hugs, Pat

Miss Rhea said...

I love Katies idea of faux goodies !! I am boring, I just have old jewelry in mine, oh, and some satin covered vintage eggs. Your are just lovely !!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Its all in the arranging and you can make anything look great!

Dona said...

Paper, tin, and porcelain roses.With out the stems. Love the tea set idea.


Dona

Wonderfully Sew Knit said...

Beautiful. LOL I think my favorite are the mini dolls.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Ele, what a wonderful bunch of ideas! Yours and all of the lovely comments. I am coming in here late, but I have wine corks in mine...from special occasions..
Penny

shirl said...

What great idea Ele! You must have had fun trying all thoses different things in the jars! You sure did get a bargin at 75% off! I put all my millinery flowers in one of my jars. They look pretty in my craft room!
Shirl

Cherub Kisses Boutique said...

Hi Ele!!
Just stopping in to say hello :o)
I just love those jars ... you always do put together the most unique ways of putting things together :o)
Hugs,
Dionne

vickie said...

Ele, every one of them are so pretty! Love the little tea set and the silverware.

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I love all those ideas! My favorite is the mini Madame Alexandra dolls :)

Diane said...

What a great way to use those jars, I think they culd make anything look wonderful!
Hugs, Diane

Linda said...

Hi Ele,
Another wonderful post, packed full of great ideas, love them all.
Cheers Linda

celestina marie said...

Hi Ele, I love your jars. I am a jar fan too and have them scattered around with my treasures like, dried roses from my hubbies bouguets, old buttons, ribbon roses, old vintage jewels from my mother, dog bones, ribbons,bird nests, pretty rocks, stones, bath salts, craft supplies. pearls, hat pins, handmade tags, pretty pens and art pencils~~ oh the skies the limit. Love your pictures
Hugs, Celestina,
La Rea Rose

Stephanie said...

Ele, what clever ideas & wonderful pictures! Bet you know my favorites ~ your yo-yos & the Madame Alexander minis!!

I have pearls, Christmas ornies (pink), feather boas (pink), buttons, rhinestone jewelry, & eggs in some of mine. Not nearly as original as your ideas!!!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Sugar Bear said...

Some fabulous inspiration! I love the silverware idea.
Karla

Sharon said...

Ele thank you for sharing your creative uses of jars. It's all so pretty and something I would never think of, great ideas.

Pearl Maple said...

Wow what fun decorating ideas. Followed your link from Natasha today and really enjoyed all your fun creative posts.

PAINT MINE PINK said...

MARSHMALLOWS !!!! umm but they wouldnt last very long in the jars at my house *wink*
I have my paper roses in jars and glass glitter too.

Love some of these ideas the girls are having and i cant believe you got them at 75% off !!!
Good grief!


xo Shann

Bertie said...

Ele, WONDERFUL post as always. What creative ideas!! I put little rose shaped bath soaps. Great bargain on those jars. I'm coming shopping with you next time!

Bertie
Aunt May's Cottage

Alecia said...

Wow! You have some beautiful jars! I dont have any that fancy, lucky you! I use baby food jars in my studio to hold tiny bits and mason jars to hold various craft supplies. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas.

Hugs,

Alecia

firefly said...

I would fill one with buttons ... one with all pearl white buttons, another with any and all button varieties.

:)
firefly

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Beautiful jars! And great ideas for display!

Actually I think I like the simplest idea the best...the shredded pink paper.

Kimberly :)

Lizzie said...

The jars look so pretty- but its hard to come up with an ideas as good as the ones already shared.

Maybe rhinestone buttons with vintage lace scraps tied up in ribbons?

And because it fits *our lifestyle*, perhaps extra pacis. LOL

Joy @ The Vintage Rabbit said...

OMGosh!! I bought several myself this week! Thanks for all the great ideas1
Smiles,
Joy~

Natasha Burns said...

Your suggestions are fantastic Ele!!! I love those jars, they are a fabulous shape. I couldn't think of half the things you did, I think you covered every base!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

What great ideas! Limitless possibilities...hugs, DebraK

Inspired Tokens said...

Wonderful and creative ideas. I can't believe that you found those @ 75% off. How lucky are you? I love all the ideas that you shared with us...and the comments. Let's just say, the possibilities are endless. Perhaps layers of dried beans and lentils for the kitchen. Or maybe pink rose petals for a soft touch in the bedroom or bath.
Thanks for sharing, I love this post.

Tara said...

Ele

I am thinking about a collection of corks from bottle of champagne!

:0)
Tara

P>S> Great buy!

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Ele,
Thank you for this wonderful post, it
was so fun to see all your wonderful
ideas...I have several of these jars and enjoyed reading everyones ideas Pinkie Denise

Stephanie said...

Hi Ele! My childhood toys posts are up ~ stop by when you get a chance!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

FrostingsNSparkles said...

Your jars are fantastic, what a pretty lot of inspiration!! They all look so pleasing and tempting!

Pat said...

Well, I just found your blog and read this post...what an inventive person you are. Now, I have to go out and find some more jars! Thanks for the inspiration! Pat at birdnestontheground

Kelley said...

Oh my. I don't have even ONE. Surely I NEED to go get a bunch... a shopping I will go!

Yours look so lovely. Pink shredded paper - simple and pretty. And dust free treasures to boot!

Inspired! Thanks!

Donna Layton said...

Ele! I love your blog. Absolutlely beautiful and inspiring. For some reason when I put things in those pretty jars it never seems to turn out as lovely as when you awesome decorators do it. The other day I decided to put some vintage anagrams in my pretty jar and never did it because I figured it would fall flat. I think I'll give it a try now:)

Sophie Rose Designs said...

Hi Miss Ele!
Thanks so much for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment!! I just LOVE those jars!!! You've got so many wonderful ideas of what to put in them!!
I noticed on your previous post that you were doing some housekeeping on your blog list and it got me thinking....I don't think I have Ele on mine! Yikes!! I just added you!!!

*hugs* Dara

HippieDog said...

Love the dolls..........but you probably already knew that! I thought I already commented on this one..........sometimes it's so late that I forget what I'm doing half the time :) Happy weekend lovey. xo

Susie said...

Loved all your ideas Ele! I see buttons, vintage lace, marbles, ribbons, lemons, costume jewelry bling, and on and on!
Susie
The Polka Dot Rose

Silver Bell Cottage said...

What lovely ideas. I'd love to see a jar filled with pearls. :)
Alexandra

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Great ideas Ele! And your readers came up with so many great ideas too! Wow!
Barbara

Betzie said...

Fabulous, fabulous post...I LOVE your jars and now must run out and find some! How about pretty crystal and brass door pulls?? I love collecting these and now have a neat way to display them! Thanks!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Great ideas!

Hooked on Houses said...

How quirky and fun to put some of these things in jars I never would've thought of--like the dolls! Love it! -Julia :-)