Tuesday

Stocking the Empty Gift Pantry™ & The Magic Mason Jar Filled With (Potential) Lights




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The energy of this new year has



ignited my enthusiasm


to get things in order.



As of late,



I've been organizing and



restocking our Gift PantryTM.



It's looking a bit bare



after the busy


holidays.

One of our the girls' good friends kindly polished these
vintage pieces of silver to add to our Gift Pantry...

& I found the classic glass candlesticks at an after Christmas sale.


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Were you wondering...


how I put together the




Magic Mason Jars


Filled with (potential) light??


I gathered a few mason jars and washed & dried them well... ...gathered rusted lids that were no longer usable for canning & painted them silver... After they had thoroughly dried,I brought them into the kitchen. When rummaging through the pantry I came across these old tart pans. I played with the tart pans and ended up gluing them atop the Mason jar lids to add a bit of charm.
I filled a few jars with these candles (below).
The Asian candles were found at the local Dollar store...
the Chanukah candles were found at the grocery store,they were on sale after the holidays, I paid only one dollar per box.
Here they are (below)... waiting for me to add them to our Gift Pantry!
Want to know more?

Click
HERE to read more about the Gift Pantry concept.

17 comments:

Laurie said...

That is such a great idea! Very beautiful, I love it!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Laurie! I'm so glad you like it...it was really fun to do and next time I think I'll be more organized and put together a dozen or so for the Gift Pantry! They would be cute with a multitude of other items inside as well. I was also thinking they would be cute organizer for the Food Pantry, holding rice and grains! Also, if you're putting together a breakfast basket, you could put pancake mix into the jar and it would be so cut inside a basket with other breakfast goodies. But I digress!
Thanks again.
Warmly,
Tracey

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Tracey leave it to you to find a wonderful way to reuse rusty jar lids! Now I wish I hadn't thrown mine away a few months ago!! Love the little tart idea on top and your "Frugal Luxuries" ribbon is just so sweet!! Did you make the ribbon?

Looking forward to seeing more of of bright and frugal ideas this year!

blessings
mary

Julian said...

beautiful! Well, now i know what to do with my little tins! I have started a gift pantry, so i am looking forward to seeing what types of things you are stocking yours with!
Christina

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

LOL, thank you for the compliments Mary Ellen!! Necessity is the mother of invention, to be sure. I didn't make the ribbon, I ordered a box of it a few years ago when we hosted our workshops and have a ton of it left over!! I found the box when I was cleaning out the sparest of spare rooms so you'll probably be seeing a lot more of it! ;)

Good thoughts and prayers to you and your lovely family.

Warmly,
Tracey
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Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Christina! Thank you so much for the nice words. To give you a quick preview, you'll see vintage china, silver, linens, jewelry and vintage papers and cards. You'll also find new items (like the candlesticks) as well as new DVD's, CD's, books and all manner of gift cards (I like to buy these when I have a little extra cash~~however, make sure they have NO expiration date and that you are buying them from a stable company that isn't in danger of going out of business before you can use them). Plus lots, lots more!!
Thanks again for your nice note.
Warmly,
Tracey

scrappy quilter said...

What a wonderful way to reuse items. Usually when my jar rings are rusty I throw them into recycling. However I'm going to see if I can make some of these. I love them. I agree, you come up with the most wonderful ways to being creative. Great job!! Hugs

Dana and Daisy said...

i love the idea totally. Where may I ask did you order your lovely ribbon with your name on it? I could think of all kinds of things to put that on for myself!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thank you Carol! I always love hearing from you my kind friend. It's so funny that reusing the rusted canning lids stood out in this project...I almost didn't include that step in the post! LOL I suppose it was just my innate frugality that kept me from wanting to waste the good lids. I plan on making some jams and jellies this years...to stock the gift pantry! We are down to only one jar of my "Plum Surprise" jam (made last year using fruit from my dad's plum tree). Hope you are enjoying your new year thus far.
Blessings and good thoughts to you and your family!
Love,
Tracey
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Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Dana! Happy new year to you and your family. I bought the ribbon from a wholesale place called "Century" about five years ago. It was a little pricey (for me) due to the fact that they required a $90 plate fee for the first order. However, the ribbon itself was not too expensive because I bought it in bulk (from them). I used a lot of it during our workshop days, and still have a big box remaining. I think there are some ribbon places who don't charge plate fees, however, because I wanted to use a natural fabric ribbon it was necessary. Hope this helps. If I find more info about it I'll let you know!
Love,
Tracey
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Storybook Woods said...

Love, love, love !!!!!! Clarice

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I knew this would be right up your ally Clarice!! I am still loving your use of the lovely little tea cup inside your flour canister...used as a scoop!
Love,
Tracey
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Storybook Woods said...

Hey Miss, beautiful Tracey, I was wondering what glue did you use ??? xoxoxo Clarice

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

LOL...I used dabs of Marine Glue on the parts of the tart pan that touched the lid. It dries clear and is water proof so you can wash the whole thing if need be. I found it at the hardware store (it comes in a tube) they told me it's used on boats a lot. :) Hope you have lots and lots of fun with this!! I came up with so much once I started working. Loved your post on the gift bags Clarice!!
Love,
Tracey
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Storybook Woods said...

Marine Glue so intersting, I will have to look for this. Thanks xoxox Clarice

Gumbo Lily said...

I really like this idea of repurposing the Mason Jar. The tart pans give the jar a whole different look and style. You're so smart. Thank you for sharing the idea with us, Tracey.

Jody

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

So glad you enjoyed it Jody! Thank you for the great post on the almond croissants and the current one giving us a the great "boot cleaning" quote...and the glimpse of your sweet pony, Pete!
Warmly,
Tracey
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