Oct 4, 2014

A Ball of Fun with Jars and String

*String, Jars, and a Tangled Ball of Fun*

Hello my dear friends!

I have been out of town with my barber husband for a week and just got back today. We went to a little fishing cabin and enjoyed the beginnings of autumn in nature - a lake - some fishing - campfires - zero cell coverage, and just sitting on the porch discovering more stars than we have seen in ages! On the way home, we stopped and antiqued a bit and as I unpacked my goodies on our back table, the light was hitting my treasures "just so" and so I grabbed my camera and took a few shots.

I am on a mission to rid of all things plastic. Well, almost all things plastic. And my first project is to rid of all my tons of spice "jars" that I get when I pick up a little spice here and there from the markets. I hate those little plastic containers they come in when I am buying just a tad. Some spices do come in glass, but many (actually most) come in plastic. 

Why the sudden disdain for plastic? Well, it really isn't sudden, but I am finally getting around to do some changes in my lifestyle that has been on my  mind for some time now. Plastic just isn't healthy (for our body and our planet), plain and simple. We have collected some vintage refrigerator jars to hold our water (and we love them!) as well as vintage glass refrigerator food storage containers to replace tupperware. So, I am determined to rid of plastic wherever possible, and replace it with only vintage jars to hold all of my spices and ingredients. I found these little jars and I love the "shot glass" bottom that a few of them have! 

I found the cutest little "baby" mason jars (1 pint) that are perfect to hold larger quantities of some ingredients such as my variety of sea salts, pepper corns, whole basil leaves, cocoa powder, baking soda, vanilla sugar, corn starch, and so on.

And then I found this fab vintage counter jar that is perfect to hold some course cornmeal I bought at a little Amish grocer while on vacation. But even better? For only $18, I get the fab jar filled with spectacular string! Can never have enough string, twine, rope, thread, yarn, or whatever else type there is out there. I just love it all, actually. 

So, I had to play a bit...

I think even though I am 50, I am still like the kid at Christmas who spends the morning gleefully playing with the boxes and wrapping paper...give me a jar of string and you find me in my own box of joy.

It's "late" and we are still technically on vacation, so we are settling in to watch a movie, eat Amish snacks, and have the kitties on our lap tonight. I hope your Sunday is spent in your own "box of joy"!

from my house to your house,



amy of studio four corners said...

I have a thing about string too...absolutely lovely finds...

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love the way you play Elizabeth!
Your little getaway sounds like it was just perfect...Happy Sunday!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Lovely post ~ your vacation sounds like it was a wonderful time away together.

I prefer glass to plastic and have been slowly changing things over as well. Love your counter jar (and strings!) and would love to find one like it for the flour. :)

Gorgeous photography as always, Elizabeth!


primjillie said...

I'm the same way about jars - you can't have too many! I try to transfer as much as I can to glass when I buy something in plastic. I love seeing how much I have (left) and the texture adds so much to the kitchen (and elsewhere). Now I have to focus on my addiction to plastic water bottles. I did buy a vintage thermos after seeing yours and plan to use it to carry my drink of choice to the beach.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

E, is there anyone (besides Anne) that could make string look so gorgeous??? Beautiful post, as always! Hope you enjoyed your Amish snacks...what exactly would those be? I'm curious!

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Amy

Something about string, right? Kindred spirits ;-)

Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Sandi!

It was a very nice holiday. Very quiet. We had one night of a down pour and it sounded so neat on the metal roof!

Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Lin

Thank you for visiting. I was talking about your cottage last week with my honey as we sat in our tiny cottage - we didn't have cell service, but I need to show him your blog - he was very interested!

Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Primjillie (love that name)

I know...water bottles are still on my list of plastic to get rid of - but not sure how? I carry a bottle of water to the car every day - need to figure that one out too.

Don't you love the feel of glass and how the food tastes so MUCH better when in glass vs plastic?

Thanks for visiting
Big hugs

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Tina

I know, Anne could make a squashed bug look creative.... :-)!! Amish snacks...cheese curds, Amish bread, some cold cuts, and Birch Beer soda (like a very strong root beer). Nothing exciting, but not expensive at all - that is the fun part!

Thanks for visiting
Big hugs

susan hemann said...

I to have been on a mission to rid my house of plastic. I've been at it for a few years because I'm fussy. I like to look for old jars. Great photos. I like to play as well. Today I put a black candle in a stone cherub for Halloween.
I also found a skull glass jar so I filled it with black beans.

Rue said...

I'm beginning to think you're even more right about us having so much in common! I'm getting rid of almost all the plastic in my house too. In fact, I've been collecting replacements for all that tupperware in the form of vintage pyrex. It looks so much nicer and I agree.... it's much better for us.

Those jars and that string were great finds :)


Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Rue,

Thanks for visiting. I still have some plastic, but with time, hopefully a lot less. There is just something about feeling glass that makes something ordinary seem a little special. I have vintage glass water bottles for the fridge and love them!

Big hug

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