Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to tell the age of a Ball Jar

Have an old Ball jar and want to know the age?

The way to tell is look at the writing. Ball changed the font a few times over the years.

Any markings on the bottom if found really doesn't tell us anything.

I found this chart a few years ago and thought I would share it with you.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tour of Homes

We had the pleasure of decorating an amazing house in West Salem, built by
M&S Resource for the Tour of Homes 2014

Boy, was it a fun project! Crazy, but fun..

Craig, Katy and the contractors were running around getting all the last minute projects done, everyone was in a hurry and Aunt Bee's was right in the middle of it all.

At the end of Friday, all the work, all the decorating was complete and the house was ready for showing.

Thank you Mary for making the fabulous headboard, Debbie for painting furniture,
helping arrange it and putting together the little girls bedroom, Denise for her furniture, decorating and running around town skill, Judy and Larena for all their home d├ęcor and ideas, Mona for her painted furniture and Molly for all the flower arrangements. All of their skill just meshed together and the house looked wonderful!

 If you get a chance go by and check it out. The address is 2996 Ferguson NW Salem, OR and will be on show until Sunday, June 29th.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Talent

We have several vendors with talent that is immeasurable.  And our Susan is one of the best.
She is a paper artist and spends many hours painstakingly folding, cutting and gluing.
These are her creations for 4th of July!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Recycled Garden Borders

It's here! Garden season. I absolutely love this time of year. Digging in the dirt, growing your own sweet veggies, trying to keep all the birds from eating your strawberries. :)

Wanting to spruce up my garden, I found these ideas and wanted to share. The long pathway is a mosaic done on the top side of bricks, wouldn't the glass shine so bright in the sun....just lovely.

 I have thought of using old wire fencing, but never turned upside down and used as a trellis.

And of course you can find all the plates you need at Aunt Bee's

Would love to see pictures if you take any of these ideas and make them happen in your garden.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Drink More Water!

You should drink more water!

I 've heard these words over and over again. But I am one of those people (or maybe the only one) that does not like the taste of water. I will drink it when I am really thirsty and have nothing else close by, but to drink water because I am suppose to, my body says it would feel better for it, just can't do it, no way, no how.

Until I discovered infused water. I thought this doesn't sound to bad, could be tasty.

Shopping at Costco one day  I stumbled upon this set of water infuser pitchers, my chance to see if I can tickle by taste buds.
I brought home strawberries and my new pitcher. Instructions very simple, you cut up the fruit or vegetables that you want to use, place them in the inner cylinder, fill up with water, put it in the fridge for a few hours and you have very tasty infused water. And the best part, I am feeling better drinking water and I don't have to gag each time I take a drink!

Here's a few combinations that you might want to try.


Lemon, Lime and Orange
Raspberry and Lime
Pineapple and Mint
Lemon and Cucumber
Blackberry and Sage
Watermelon and Rosemary
Mango and Blueberries
Orange and Vanilla
Strawberry and Basil
Cherry and Lime
Blackberry and Ginger
Peach and Vanilla Bean
Honeydew and Lime
Pineapple, Raspberry and Mint
Peach, Lemon and Thyme
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

For the Love of Mason jars

The question is.....What can't you do with a Mason jar?

The Mason jar was invented in 1858 by John L. Mason. He invented a machine that could cut threads in metal lids so the seal of the jar would remain tight. Before his invention flat tin lids were sealed with wax which were not reusable and a very messy. There were many glass companies before him making canning jars, but Mason took the preserving of food to a whole new level by making jars so easy to reuse.

I love the history of the canning jar as much as I do collecting and finding different uses for these alluring containers. I own a small collection of old and new jars.
The oldest jar in my collection is a wax seal brown canning jar from the 1850's. Melted wax would be carefully poured in the lip or groove of the jar and then a flat lid, usually made of tin, would be pressed into the wax.



But the cutest of all are the teal 1/2 pint Atlas jars. They are so adorable! I have several and just love looking at them.  When I walk by my little display I reach out, touch them and smile!  I know, crazy jar lady!




5 Quick uses for a Mason Jar

1. Drop in a floating candle in colored water, nice for special occasions
2. For new jars, paint the top lid with chalk paint, write the contents on the top, or a special message
3. For a picnic, use to serve individual salads
4. Use as a drink glass, cut hole in top lid, insert a straw, pour lemonade
5. Make individual cheesecakes in each one.




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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Katelyn's Cake Plates

This is Katelyn filling in for Aunt Bee with more exciting adventures planning my wedding.

We have a vendor that sells cake plates that are made in the USA using molds from
the 1930's. Since she has been here, I have been longing for one to use in my wedding. I recently had my birthday and I was fortunate enough to receive one! I was so ecstatic but didn't know where to keep it before the big day, or after. Of course I could keep it in the kitchen with muffins or cupcakes at hand reach or even in the bathroom to put my lotion and other products on. I currently have it in my window with a plant on it so the leaves and vines drape down. There are many other uses for it, where would you keep it in your home?
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