Painted Mason Jars

I have been admiring painted mason jars, like these ones http://pinterest.com/pin/545428204840556446/ for a while now.  I am on vacation (yippee!) so I have some free time to do the things that don’t get done while working Monday to Friday. Off to the thrift store I went. I picked up these two mason jars for $0.69 each. What a steal. They were not marked with a price tag, so the cashier invented a price. I liked the price.

The tutorials I have read regarding the painting process advised to use acrylic paint, which I did. I chose this colour, Pool by Martha Stewart. It was $2.88. I have seen it cheaper, however, I was already at the store and thought I would pick it up. To paint the inside of the mason jar, you squirt paint into the bottom of the jar and turn it upside down to allow the paint to run down the sides of the jar. Easier said than done. My paint didn’t budge. It sat there in blobs. I put the lid back on the jar and shook it. I stuck (what I could) of my hand and swished the paint around. I finally resorted to the utensil jar. I needed something long with a flat edge. The lobster pick was the best man for the job.

The tutorials I have read advise to turn the jar upside down to allow it to dry. He was turned right side up for the photo. Mine has been drying for a day and half and only the top rim is dry. Here he is drying. So exciting I know.

Once dry, I will add flowers to spruce it up and will give you an update. In the meantime, there he sits drying.

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New (to me) treats

I must share my lastest treats from a thrift store. I cannot explain how happy it makes me to find these wonderful items.  I love that they are cheap. I’m frugal, but have been referred to as cheap but I don’t care. These treats were such a steal. I couldn’t leave them behind.

First I found the mini lemons and oranges in original packages and never opened. Yesss! I have seen these in a big box store selling for $4.99 a package. I scored them, yes both packages for $1.99. Smile:) The lemons are now in a tear drop dish I had. The oranges will remain in storage for the time being.

My second treat is the letter “P”. You ask why “P”? My middle name starts with P. I have wanted a letter for quite a while, but couldn’t find one and I’ve been searching stores, antique shops, yardsales, the dollar store.  You get the idea. I would find every other letter, C, Z but they don’t have any significance to me so they remained at their temporary home rather than my postage stamp. This little number letter was $2.99. Yippee! I am comtemplating painting it a different colour (as I lovingly gaze at it across the room) but for now he will remain silver. I think it would be nice to have it pop amongst the glass and silver.  Turquoise or yellow maybe? I tried (on numerous occasions) to convince my significant other that a letter would look great in his office or living room but no such luck. One day, a letter will magically appear in his house. An orange one.

Another treat I found was this wire basket for $2.99. Yes, I took a picture with the price tag, just in case you didn’t believe that it was such a deal.  I love the colour and shape. He is an oil rubbed bronze colour which can’t be appreciated from the picture. I don’t have a home for him yet, but I will find one. Oh yes I will.  Perhaps he will reside in the boy’s kitchen on a temporary basis. I know just the spot.

What thrift store treats have you found?