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Monday, October 8, 2012

Blue Ball Canning Jar Pendants

It's been a while since I posted anything... but here I am again. We're still working on our kitchen reno, and that is what today's post is about... the lighting.

I found an idea on Pinterest and knew I had to have it in my kitchen! We had purchased very inexpensive pendant lighting on ebay... each fixture about $12 which included shipping. I knew the lampshades wouldn't stay, at least not in their original condition, but I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go. We've renovated our old dark farmhouse kitchen into a pretty country cottage style, and I love it... but where to go with this lighting?
Note to Photographer...er... self:  check out the background mess before taking the photo.
 
You can see the vintage fixture in the middle of the kitchen, and I added a pretty little  vintage looking chandelier over the kitchen sink.  The contemporary pendants were okay... but not quite right...
 
 
though they did provide the much needed light
over the breakfast bar area...
and then there was this...
 
 
Posted on A Thrifted Market on Sept 3, 2012...
I knew I had to do it... and good thing was, I already had
a really nice blue canning jar collection...
but how to hang them?
 
 
Then I found these from Etsy seller Liz at Tremendous Treasures...
 
 
I used the holding ring from the pendant fixtures to determine what size hole to cut in the Frog screen and colored it in with a Sharpie marker...
 

 
I pulled the screens out of the jar rings, but figured out pretty quickly that wasn't going to work for cutting... OUCH!  So, I put them back in and then got my Ricky to do all the wire cutting...
 
 
I was hanging them as quickly as Ricky cut the holes... this one shows a pint size jar... but I decided to go bigger!
 
and make sure all the dirty dishes are in the dish washer before taking another photo...
 
The quart size jars worked perfectly!  I just love my new vintage canning jar pendants.  They look so pretty in my cottage farmhouse kitchen.
 
now that's more like it!
 
I'm still playing with light bulbs... but I love these... I really-really do!
Tell me what you think?
 
I'm joining Blue Monday at Sally's, because I think these pretty blue Ball canning jar pendants are the perfect blue bling for Monday!

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Costal Charm 'cause this is a Nifty-Thrifty idea!

Knick of Time Tuesday since my vintage Ball canning jars are what makes this project sing!

21 comments:

SmilingSally said...

What a creative idea! Thanks for sharing.

Happy Blue Monday, Dixie.


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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

So good to see another use for canning jars!

Blue Desert Sky

Candy said...

Well of course I really, really love 'em too! Your Ricky knows how to handle wire...lucky you.
Yes, my day is coming soon. Born in 56 and turning 56, and wishing the scale would read 156...
As that sign at Round Top said, "Wish you were beer!"
Love ya!!!

Kim, USA said...

You are a winner what a great idea!

Kim,USA

chateau chic said...

Love your jar lights in your kitchen!
Mary Alice

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Those look great! A perfect fit for your farmhouse kitchen!

Laura said...

Your kitchen looks wonderful !
And I love what you did what your jars-

I hope you are doing OK.

Fall is coming slowly in the valley-

Laura
White Spray Paint

A Thrifted Market said...

The jars look great as lights!! Glad you were inspired by the pic of LaurieAnnas..she is super talented. Thanks for shout out my friend!

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

They turned out wonderful and look great in your kitchen! Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday - I'll be featuring you next week and there will be an "I Was Featured" button waiting for you at the party!

Blessings,
~Angie

donna baker said...

Now I know what you've been up to. The jars go great with the cottage decor. Do they cast the blue light in the kitchen?

Sue McPeak said...

CAN you say Cute Country Lighting? I CAN and you sure CAN! Great idea and inventive CANNING Jar use. Thanks for visiting CITexas Gal and commenting on my Dear Jane Quilt post.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

WoooHoooo! So cute! Love this, Dixie!

xoxoxoxox,

Sheila

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

...ha ha ha ! I always check out the background mess first...and then click anyway!

I'd never get a good photo if I had to stop and clean first! :)
Love these blue jar lights. My daughter like them and I think she wants some in her new kitchen. I'll be saving this on pinterest so she can see it!

have a great week.

Pat

Sheila said...

Small Edison bulbs would work great for these. They are vintage looking and are starting to pop up all over now. Just a thought. Great job. I love them.

Jan's Place said...

I absolutely love these! I came over from Knick of Time Tuesday!

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow...very original!!!!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Perfection...love them :) Laurel

Joan J said...

Love love love the lights! I also noticed the (glasss?) handles on your cabinets in the photo. Are those vintage or ?? Would love to know where you got them.

trash talk said...

I'm laughing at your "background" 'cause girl...I do the same cotton pickin' thing!
Do you hire your Ricky out...'cause I love this and I can't trust my C.D. with anything sharp?
Deb
P.S. MY Dixie is back...YAY!!!

lynn said...

these look just wonderful, dixie! happy easter:)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I love them too! Brilliant! Now to see if I can make some one of these days.