One thing's for sure: mason jars are awesome. They're widely available, inexpensive, and work equally well inside the kitchen and out, and their looks are oh so au currant in design mags these days.
Celeste snagged several dozens from Freecycle, and came up with two awesome projects to transform them from clear and functional to something special. First, she figured out a way to paint the jars to give them the tinge of the unnecessarily pricey vintage glass you see in antique shops:
Then, she came up with a way to add just enough chalkboard paint to make 'em snazzy:
Get the full tutorials at Celeste's guest post on Tatertots and Jello