Make It: Quick and Colorful Mason Jar Vase

by Craftmel

Make It: Quick and Colorful Mason Jar Vase

Some days I find myself with a real need to get some creating done.  This is usually when the laundry pile is the highest, the floor is in need of sweeping, and dishes still sit in the sink.  Sound familiar?  It is those days that I need to do something that actually gets finished, unlike that bottomless laundry pile.

That's why I love easy projects like these that can be done in minutes to break up the monotony of housework.  Plus, they make the home feel a bit brighter too.

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How to: Make Glowing Firefly Jars

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Glowing Firefly Jars

My birthday is on June 17th, which, when you're a kid, is a pretty great day for a birthday. You never have to go to school, the activity options are endless, and your party can always include a squirt gun fight.

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But, each year I also get another special, seasonal gift. Even now, among the good times with families and friends, I always see the first fireflies of the year on my birthday. It started with those outdoor parties and cookouts as a kid, and continued through the bonfires of high school, the theme parks of college, and now, a quiet evening walk with the people I love the most. Perhaps I don't notice them in the days before, but every year, it just happens: the lightning bugs come out. 

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Quick and Easy Mason Jar Makeovers

by Chris Gardner

Quick and Easy Mason Jar Makeovers

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.  

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The World's Best Idea: Pie in a Jar

by Chris Gardner

The World's Best Idea: Pie in a Jar
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I think all tasty treats belong in individual servings, and most things belong in jars. (Just not brains...)

Plus, with this recipe from Our Best Bites, you can store them in the freezer and have pie whenever the mood strikes! I best they'd work equally well with savory options.

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