Favorite Aged Treasures – Vintage Blue Mason Jars

by on July 23, 2010

We were in a Spring cleaning mode this week, not because it was in the Spring air (cause it’s Summer now) but because we had guests coming over. Within a few hours, we quickly spruced up each room back to tidyness , cleaned the rooms and reminded the dogs to be on their best behavior. The cleaning part is always easy but getting the dogs to not embarass us is always left to mother nature. Somewhere, somehow we failed in puppy training and they still manage to get a crotch sniff in. Or two. Or three.

Anyways, rather than rant about our dogs, I was reminded of my little collection of vintage blue mason jars. I’m not much of a collector of things and would much rather enjoy a collection  of gadgets when someone else is housing them. I don’t have much room, let alone cabinet space to store much of anything, but I always manage to find room in my garage for a few antique blue mason jars.

our roses and parsley flowers love bathing in the blue jars

I love my small handful of blue jars for so many reasons, but I can’t seem to explain why. Maybe is it because they’re so beautiful with their delicate blue hues and their rustic grey caps. Or maybe it’s because they so versatile in the kitchen and for decor.

Using my blue jars as a vase are my favorite alternatives of making good use of them outside the kitchen. They’re classic, delicate  and tell a lovely story of the past. I’m drawn to aged treasures and ghost stories.

Best of all, my garden roses and flowers love spending time in these blue jars. I know it because my flowers tell me so when i photograph them.

have a lovely weekend,

diane

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Half Assed Kitchen July 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Sooo lovely.

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2 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary July 24, 2010 at 4:12 am

Beautiful. I collect old mason jars and the blues are my fave too.

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3 TheKitchenWitch July 24, 2010 at 4:32 am

Those jars are beautiful–the perfect vehicle for pink flowers. Will you come clean my house, too? I don’t have a crotch-sniffing dog, but Twinkle the Gay Russian Dwarf Hamster will be here to amuse you while you work…

Have a great weekend, Diane.

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4 Madeline July 24, 2010 at 5:49 am

I always enjoy your photos as well as your recipes. These blue jars and roses are gorgeous!

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5 Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 24, 2010 at 6:09 am

These are beautiful! I’ve never seen blue mason jars before- I LOVE them!! :)

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6 White on Rice Couple July 25, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Heather- what? you’ve never seen them before? well visit your local vintage/antique store and you’ll be in for a visual treat.

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7 Lilypad July 24, 2010 at 7:48 am

I have a rather large collection of blue mason jars; most are half gallon in size. I also have several half gallon bubble glass clear ones; all have the orginal zinc caps.
I had a gathering recently and used them to hold big sunflowers from my garden-everyone raved about how beautiful they were.

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8 White on Rice Couple July 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Lilypad- oh wow, I would love to be able to hold big sunflowers in mine. That’s sounds so beautiful

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9 Stephanie (Fresh Tart) July 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

So, so pretty. Thanks for the smile!

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10 Ken July 24, 2010 at 7:56 am

I have an amber mason jar but this blue one is so much prettier. Plus your gorgeous photos make it looks extra special.

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11 Tokyo Terrace July 24, 2010 at 8:51 am

Gorgeous post- I love the way you love your flowers and antiques. So sweet!

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12 marla {family fresh cooking} July 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

These beautiful flowers in their perfect blue mason vases would surely distract from the crotch sniffing. I have never seen these blue beauties, just their clear siblings. Thanks for sharing such splendor with us. Have a great weekend! xo

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13 bunkycooks July 24, 2010 at 10:39 am

These jars are just beautiful with the pink roses. They would be really fun to do some canning with, but I have never seen them before. I hope you have a lovely weekend, too!

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14 tea_austen July 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

These are gorgeous. I love old glass bottles and jars, and with your stunning flowers in them, beautiful!

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15 White on Rice Couple July 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

tea- i love old glass bottles too, but just don’t have the space to store them all. It’s a struggle for me to see so many beautiful bottles and not buy any.

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16 Juliemarg July 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

Diane,

Your photos are glorious. Makes me miss the days when I had a romantic 30s/40s garden style vibe at my house. I’ve switched to mid century modern, which I love, but it has no romance.

Hope all is wonderful for you. I’m going back to Rancho La Puerta in September.

Julie

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17 colleen July 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Yes, I have a fondness for these beautiful jars also. So, I have 4 of them in my kitchen above cabinets.
I love your photos with pink roses. :-) But, actually, ALL your photos are wonderful.
Blessings Always with Love and ThanksLiving.

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18 White on Rice Couple July 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm

colleen- i don’t think i’ve ever noticed them. But do look forward to seeing them during our next visit!

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19 Cassie, mamamakesitbest.com July 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I really love these jars too! The pictures are beautiful.

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20 Paula July 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm

We used to use jars like that back home on the farm in Indiana. Now I feel really old. I have never thought they were beautiful until now. Amazing how beautiful pictures can change your perspective.

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21 White on Rice Couple July 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Paula- how lucky you were to have them on the farm. I’m happy that you see the beauty in them now. I love them alot.

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22 Chris, larkcrafts.com July 26, 2010 at 7:32 am

Funny. I was helping a friend clean out his parent’s house and we found a cabinet FULL of these jars—in every size form half-gallon to half-pints. I resisted the urge to take some home—until now. If didn’t occur to me how gorgeous they are as vases. I’m going to get me some!

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23 Vivi July 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm

so beautiful! you put martha to shame!

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24 ginger August 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I keep mine on the windowsill above my sink, empty, and they are so beautiful.

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25 Susan Viles Booker August 15, 2010 at 6:01 am

The pink roses and the blue jar are so beautiful together. My hometown is Muncie, IN, where those old Ball jars were made. I’m always drawn to them and recently purchased several old green jars ranging from pint to .5 gallon to store dry goods in – keeping them away from the mice that find their way

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26 Susan Viles Booker August 15, 2010 at 6:08 am

sorry…stray pinkie! Anyway – the mice find their way into my pantry. I got the jars from a dealer who had a beautiful variety of glass items, including a pint Ball jar that cost much more than usual, around $40, I think. The dealer showed me the mold number, embossed on the bottom. The numbers were used to identify which mold to destroy if it started to turn out faulty jars. Well this jar was from mold #13 and very valuable!

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27 danielle October 19, 2010 at 11:16 am

Anyone know where I could get my hands on a bunch rather quickly? My moms memorial service is in a month and I wanted to use these jars as the vases for the centerpieces. They are so beautiful! if you know email me at daniellecapron@yahoo.com

Thanks!

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28 Cherished Hearts Vintage February 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures with us! I’ve always loved these jars. After dating for a little while, my bf told me he had a shedful of these, as he’d once bought them at an auction, thinking he was bidding on just one box. Some are listed in my Etsy shop, but there are many more.

Of course, some are stashed away for our big day.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/cherishedhearts

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29 SixBalloons June 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

Those are beautiful photos, I can’t wait to use my new Ball Jars as vases. I just scored three at the thrift for 35 – 50 cents each! I just posted at http://sixballoons.blogspot.com/2011/06/vintage-ball-mason-jars.html

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30 White on Rice Couple September 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

SixBalloons- wow, that’s an amazing price. So happy for you!

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31 Ricki Jill Treleaven October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

I just painted this lovely image. I will post my painting on my blog, and link back to this post! :D I actually first saw this image on another blog, not yours. I discovered this when I searched the image. Your blog is fantastic!

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