Thursday, August 12, 2010

preserving summer

Still tinkering with mason jars. This time I am using them to hold sand from nearby beaches.

I find differences in the sand from beach-to-beach to be visually interesting.

I have labeled each bottle or jar in one way ...

or another.

I display my small collection on a shelf in the beachy Blue Mesa-painted bathroom.

Among other things, you'll find my collection of sea glass ...

and now, two more jars: one for cotton and one for swabs.

The print on these is a very pale blue. Probably difficult to see online (maybe click-to-enlarge?).

A very manageable project during busy-summertime.

Look for more fun with jars from me in the October issue of
Romantic Homes in the we love / make it section. {I am thrilled!}

Just weeks of summer left ... enjoy!



Barbara said...

Cute Idea. I'm just jealous I haven't been to enough beaches to pull this off!

One Cheap B*tch said...

What a really cute idea! I love how you have them all displayed too!


stefanie said...

you are just so popular now!!! congrats on another publishing!

A Vintage Chic said...

What a fun idea, Elyse! I'm not surprised,'re always coming up with wonderfully beautiful things to make!

I need to do that with sand from our different beaches--they are all so beautiful...and my collection of sea glass I gathered in Italy at a few different beaches...thanks for the inspiration!

...oh, and congrats on being in Romantic Homes...I love that magazine!'re just fabulous, my friend!

Hope you're having a lovely day!


Jill said...

I love this idea, and I love how you've displayed them-- so cute!

aimee said...

that is such a neat idea. great way to remember fun times at each place.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love that you are preserving summer! What a cute idea! Looking forward to the article in the magazine.

I am having a giveaway on my Comforts of Home blog...come enter!

sharon said...

Great idea! Beautiful blog!

Cindy said...

Congrats Elyse!! I wish I had collected sand on some of my earlier travels in life. You are right many different textures and colors!

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

T's Daily Treasures said...

As always, simply lovely, Elyse! When we were on a trip to Dubai, my son brought home sand from there in a small water bottle -- let me tell you, that caused some hullabaloo in customs. :) We got it through. I printed out a picture of him in the desert sand (which is very dark) labeled it with date and place) and then adhered that to the front a recycled jar. He says he would like to collect sand from different areas -- a Japanese friend of our's does just that, and the colors, textures are so different (definitely not much white sand over here). Hope you have a fantastic Friday! Romantic Homes actually does, sometimes, make its way to Kuwait, so I'll be look for the October issue (sometime in November :/ -- Tammy

Katsui Jewelry said...

I am thrilled for you, too, Elyse. I can't wait to see what you have in Romantic Homes!!!

Country Dreaming said...

Congrats on the magazine feature.


~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Your jars are so so cute, ELyse. You captured the sweet petits perfectly pretty! Have a wonderful weekend. xx

Beach Vintage said...

I love all these ideas for the glass jars.

Theresa said...

Precious little jars of beach sand! I love this idea and also the small jars for cotton swabs in the bathroom!

Thanks for sharing dear Elyse!

Enjoy your day my friend! HUGS!

birdie blue said...

love the jars of sand from special beaches. a sweet idea! we do the same with sea glass.

congratulations on romantic home...i'm not surprised that they wanted to include you!


Sherry from Alabama said...

Your jars are lovely and so elegant! Well, I'm off to fill some Mason jars with fig preserves. I've never tried it before, so wish me luck!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Jennifer said...

love this idea!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

love this idea!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

I love that roundish jar, Elyse! What a wonderful way to preserve Summer! Congrats on being featured! ♥

Anonymous said...

So sweet! Love the light blue font!

NanaDiana said... cute of an idea is that? Thanks for sharing it-wish that I had more time to visit's been one of those summers! Diana

Karen said...

OH MY GOSH! You are just the "being published" queen!
Congratulations! How awesome is that?
The beach I just took my AZ friends too didn't have any sand. We had a super high tide and it all got washed away. Now the county and city are up in arms as to who should "resand the beach". LOL.
Only in Southern California.
:) Have a great weekend! karen

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

You come up with the cutest things, Elyse! That's what I should be doing. Getting things done. It's so hot here you could cook eggs on the sidewalk.


Hi. Thanks for visiting. Are you still doing the Rose Brier blog? I have been a follower of that one.
You have a pretty blogs.
~ Julie

Lisa said...

How fun! I love all your summer treasures!
Hugs, Lisa

Bethany said...

what a fun idea.
you're so clever.
mr t would be proud.
wait, that makes no sense.
thanks for making me laugh tonight and feel less alone.
not picking up shoes.
can't make me.
will for sure take pics.
i'm so excited you're going to help me with that old thing.

Caroline said...

Elyse I love what you did with your jars. Sand was the one thing I forgot to bring back with me from my vacation...would have looked pretty with sea shells on a vintage jar of course.

Lisa Madden Bass said...

I just discovered you this evening, and am happy to meet you! I love what you do (it is my taste), and love your blog. You have really inspired me with the chair you painted and placed decals on. I have several which need restoring, and I wanted to do something different with them; you have given me some great ideas! Thank you for sharing.


koralee said...

Can't wait to see what you are up to in much creativity and loveliness happening over here all the time! Enjoy your weekend take time to enjoy another beach..I will be! xo

Vintage Home said...

OH MY!...can't wait to see!

Jeanne said...

Love your cute Beach jars Elyse. I have a jar of sand in my powder room from a beach on Maui when we visited there years ago. Congrats on the upcoming feature in Romantic Homes....looking forward to reading it.

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

I LOVE this idea! I always bring home a little sand from my favorite beaches, but never know exactly what to do with it. Now I know!

Good to hear form you, and join us for Friday Pretties this week,

Anonymous said...

I'm with Barbara I would love to have gone to enough beaches to fill some jars with sand!! Very cute idea Elyse even if some of us cannot use it! :)

debi said...

Ooooh! I love the idea of the sand in the bottles and jars.
And your jars in the bathroom are fun too.

Scrap for Joy said...

Hi Elyse~
What a charming idea to capture and preserve some beach memories! We're going to Rehoboth Beach Delaware in September and I will have to bring some sand home with me....and not just in my shoes! I will, of course, be watching for your latest article in Romantic Homes. I've been catching up on are my aqua paint idol!! (Thanks for your warm words of encouragement!)

Sweet as June said...

pretty pretty!

Shabbyfufu said...

I've got sand between my toes as I sit here taking a beach break. Love the jars and of course beach glass! ~xo~Janet

Bringing Pretty Back said...

What a great idea! I have sand from beaches we have been to and I have them in jars wondering how to display the sand. Thanks!
Have a pretty day!

Deb said...

This is just so pretty in its simplicity. Love this idea!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Sweet beach memory keepers. You are so clever! I love the beach and what it gives to ones soul! I have collected tiny shells and pretty up little boxes and date them.

Have fun getting the boys ready for the new school year! My, time moves so quickly doesn't it Elyse?

Love you dear,

Lynn said...

What a unique way of capturing the essence of each beach!

Elsie said...

Congrats on being in Romantic Homes
and I look forward to seeing it.
You always have such cute ideas.

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