Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Memory Jars

Hi there bloggerettes! It's time for some vintage fun over at Today, I want to talk about Memory Jars. Now, I can't take credit for this idea. I had seen some of these at a craft show this past weekend up in Pa. The ones I had seen were filled with vintage items of the past, such as these pictured here. What fun to look at these jars and see items that are no longer made today. Cats eye marbles, keys, a favorite beer or soda bottle cap, plastic soda bottle covers, a small bottle of Evening in Paris perfume, a glass food coloring bottle or a vintage tin that once held some type of medicine or candy. I was showing my daughter the plastic soda covers, and she thought they were bubble blowers. lol! (click on any picture to enlarge)
These are some items from my childhood home, that I have chosen to put into my kitchen memory jar. My moms aluminum measuring cups, icing decorator, cookie cutters, and measuring spoons. I also found some vintage cupcake toppers, vintage spice can, a bottle opener, vintage clothes pins, and a vintage ice cream scoop. I plan to include some other things, and a few recipe cards that my mom had written. I thought it would be a neat thing to put on my kitchen counter as a conversation piece.

I am using a gallon size jar for mine, but you can make it as large or small as you want to, depending on how many things you would like to display. I am still playing around with it, to get the things to display nicely. I discovered if you put a sturdy clear plastic cup in the middle on the bottom of the jar, it helped so things didn't kind of get lost in the middle. I put the cup upside down, and taped it to the bottom of the jar. This allowed me to stand things up a little better, and because the cup was clear, it didn't show.

The ideas for these jars are endless. You can make one with some vintage sewing items from your mom or grandma. Fill them with silly things that make you happy. Perhaps some childhood toys, like a duncan yo yo, or cracker jacks toys. Make one for a family member with fun things that they love. Scrabble pieces, chess pieces, dice, gambling tokens, bingo cards etc........ Include corks from a bottle of wine from a special occasion too.

You could even do one with vintage candies! That would be a fun gift too! I was able to find a lot of vintage candies in the 5 Below store, if any of you have those stores in your area. I even found little boxes of Chicklets!

This picture is courtesy of Martha Stewart. She shows how to make a memory jar from a special trip or vacation. This would be a fun project for the kids to make and display in their rooms. Include pictures of special places in your jars too. Another fun idea, is to write down special memories of things on slips of paper, to make a paper memory jar. Special holiday memories, something funny the kids said, a special gift someone gave you, a date with hubby, and the list goes on. I hope you enjoyed your visit, and don't forget to visit Suzanne for some more vintage fun! Thanks for coming by.

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Coloradolady said...

What a wonderful idea!! I love jars of all kinds and what a great way to showcase a special trip or things that are very special to you! I love this post...Have a great day!

Leann said...

Love this idea. My friend Bucky has several - she calls them her "junque jars." She puts things that she finds while out walking in them.

Your's has such meaning to it. I may have to do this myself.

Enjoy sweet friend!

C. Joy said...

I have some of these. One holds sewing 'stuff' from my husband's side of the family. All the others hold my buttons. Thanks for sharing.

LV said...

I have seen a lot of vintage jars in antique mall filled with vintage treasures. You are using yours in a nice way.

C'est moi Claudette said...

Oh Deb, that's awesome really. I've never seen these before. See what you find when on holidays?
OMG we are having a HUGE storm right now. i wish I could show you our yard right now OMG. Poor Pepper is our in it : (
Back to the jars. Your goodies are so great. I wish I had stuff from my mom or aunts or more so my grandmother. That would be SO COOL.
Leaving in the morning, can't wait. I best bring an umbrella. I have a feeling you guys are getting the same weather... are you?
What's the forecast for Sat, Sun?
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Cottage and Broome said...

What a cute idea! A nice way to save special items together! If you get a chance please stop by our giveaway. Thanks, Mom from Cottage and Broome