Well, it’s year number two in the new house and the second Christmas. Although I decorated last year for the holidays, it just seemed like nothing felt right this year. I do enjoy the lights, wreaths, ornaments and other accouterments of the holidays but I like to balance the manufactured with some handmade and so the search began. It seems like I spent months worrying over what to do, what to keep and what to toss. It’s funny how a friend’s engagement led me to a quite fantastic idea. While looking for engagement gift ideas for someone more nontraditional than not, I stumbled upon something I had seen before, but saw in a new light now. They are a sort of “wine glass” with the old trusty mason jar perched on top of a stem of some sort, in my case a candleholder. I’m no stranger to thrift stores, mason jars or glue so this was just my sort of thing…….
Always a fan of a thrift store find, I cleared out the local shop of all their hideous colored and clear tapered candlestick holders, vases and bowls. In shades of pistachio, rose, baby blue and even so wild as rich, dark greens I saw potential. Looking more for intricate shapes and a variety of heights, I didn’t care what the color was. Lucky for me it was Black Friday and even the thrift shop had a deal – fifty percent off everything!
My finds were then given a serious makeover – a few cans of spray paint and several hours to dry later, they had new life. After letting them dry completely, I used some of my trusty Amazing Goop to attach mason jars to the tops of the candleholders and vases. In the jars I’m displaying Christmas ornaments and brightly wrapped candies. I love a good find, a good project and a good deal – this one hits all three! I’m even now thinking of them doubling as candleholders once again, this time with votives maybe?
Here they are with some small ball ornaments and candies. I just love them! It’s just what I needed for the holidays to feel right!