There is a lot that can be appreciated from a rural lifestyle. Fresher air, the great outdoors, being more self-reliant and much more. People are always worried about where their food is coming from, and how processed it is. Living in rural areas, you may need to know how to grow, raise, hunt or catch your own food. With all of the reality TV shows that depict rural lifestyles, it has gained in popularity. And there is nothing wrong with that! But for many of us we can’t buy some acreage and live the farm-house dream. But we can learn skills or traits and do things more common in rural lifestyles to get the feel for that kind of life. This first blog will be about an object, once only common for canners or moon-shiners but is now found on just about every craft table or social-media outlet: Mason Jars.
Mason jars come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Originally designed for canning and storing of foods, there seems to be no limit to their versatility. They were first designed and patented in 1858 by John Landis Mason (see below), for which they get their name. The two most common names of Mason jar manufacturers are Ball and Kerr, which are now owned by the same company.
Without that guy, Pintrest would be pretty much be just about Paleo-diets and inspirational quotes.
Along with variations of sizes and styles, they also come in a variety of colors. Clear, blue and green are the most common. There are tutorials on how to make your own specifically colored jars online. So maybe you cannot find an “antique blue” wide mouth tall size jar, but now you can make one!
Mason jars are now sometimes even bigger stars at weddings than anything else (except the bride). They are used as decorations, name holders, souvenirs and much more. Lord knows we had them at my wedding! Only mine had spent ammo casings and green army men glued to them with flower peddles that had beer-bottle centers. (You’re welcome, future husbands for the ideas.)
Mason jars are an economical way to get a dozen new drinking cups. You can also use them to store any number of items. For gifts, you can fill them with homemade hot chocolate mixes or baking goods. There are websites dedicated to these kinds of things!
You can even make homemade jams or jellies, like what they were originally made for! I like the wall-mount bathroom holder project. And the best part is all of the resources on how to do-it-yourself!
Like that cute little pet-fishing-lure thing below? Yeah, I came up with that! Follow this link to learn how to make them. (Holiday gift idea, I think so!)
Companies have been making specialty products for all of us Mason-jar lovers! Here at our store we have several different kinds of mason-jar drink ware. I love the Beer Mug but our home is not complete without the Wine Glasses we got!
Mason jars were once a symbol of rural life and rustic flare, but are putting the lid on other mainstream drinking products. The almost limitless uses for them and the creativity that once can express with them is awesome.
Until next month! But keep an eye out for other mason-jar projects that may be coming along. If you’re thinking about sharing this blog with others just remember it can be like FarmersOnly.com where “city people just don’t get it!”