Okay, it's obvious. I have never paid much attention to Mason jars. That is, until my grandma blogger friend, Connie, authored a few ingenious posts that really caught my eye. She demonstrated a little known way to save cooking time and cleaning effort by subbing a Mason jar for the pitcher on a household blender. Enlisting her husband's help, other jars became enchanting solar lights. More of them were commissioned to hold party food or to bear gifts to family members. I was amazed. What else can this remarkable woman do? Not surprisingly, I wasn't the only one asking this question. Another talented blogging grandma recognized Connie's skill and acknowledged it publicly with a charming gift. Debra artfully arranged a lovely bouquet of garden flowers in a Mason jar and posted a picture of it on her Homespun blog in tribute to the resourceful home keeper we both admired. That gift was reciprocated by Connie shortly thereafter, followed by a second one posted for me last week. And then a really cool one from Debra went to Lisa at Grandma's Briefs. With those thoughtful gestures, an alliance of virtual-gift-sending-grandma-bloggers and "Mason Jar Monday" were born!
Connie's home page has a "pantry" that will virtually store the fruit of her lovely idea. Right now it is nearly empty. There is plenty of space on the "shelves" to fill with Mason jar gifts designed for someone special by readers, followers, bloggers, me, and most importantly....you! We are all invited to participate in a celebration of the versatility and potential of these timeless utensils that evoke nostalgic memories of the warmth and emotional safety of steamy kitchens occupied by aproned grandmothers working hard to deftly transform bountiful garden produce into preserved quantities enough to last an entire winter season. Has a Mason canning jar ever suggested an unpleasant memory to anyone? Nope! Didn't think so!
Interested in showcasing your creativity by gifting a fond virtual message to someone you respect and admire? Here's a summary of rules for the "Mason Jar Monday" project....
- Use any size or color Mason, Ball, Kerr, or other canning jar as the base of a home made gift to present to someone either in person or in a virtual online picture.
- Post a picture of the gift on your site on a MONDAY only and title the post "Mason Jar Monday." Identify the recipient, and post a link to his/her site. Comment at the recipient's blog to say that a gift awaits at your site. Link back to your post.
- Once the recipient has "received" the gift and acknowledged it, place it in the Pantry at Family Home and Life
- Non-bloggers may photograph a gift, present it, and then email the picture to Family Home and Life; include giver and recipient's first names. Your gift will be added to the pantry.
- Submitted gift designs must be your original concept and work. Please do not post pictures from any other blog or site. To do so is to violate copyright law.
growing pumpkins and sunflowers for the benefit of our grandchildren. After that fun experience, I don't think I will ever see a sunflower again without thinking of Grandma Kc! In subsequent emails, she related that both she and her granddaughter, Amara, are huge fans of ladybugs. In fact, they collect the little critters! I studied and studied my newly discovered Mason jar, discarding several ideas before the perfect one occurred to me. I would grace the lid with a sunflower, creating an ideal place to store premium seeds for bird feeding. A ladybug button perched atop would allow me to acknowledge how much I enjoy reading Kc's posts from Amaraland, the supportive comments she leaves for me here, her friendly reply emails to my comments, and the painstaking tech help she has given me in the past..(How many people do you know who would take step by step pictures of their own computer screens so that "totally clueless" here (me) could learn how to properly link up sites? I only know a few, and one of them is Grandma Kc!)
So, Grandma Kc from Amaraland, with affection for your fun loving and helpful spirit, I present my first ever "Mason Jar Monday" creation to YOU!