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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Organizing With Jars

Good morning everyone...
I would imagine all of you are in the midst of your summer activities by now...
We are definitely on a summer schedule here - 
sleeping in late, no real meal schedules, lots of pool and beach time.....
lots of activities.
This week little Miss A went off to her first ever week of camp.

Vintage, Paint and more... Miss A going off to camp

As you can see, she was all smiles and quite excited...
we were the ones having the qualms and sniffles.
Thank goodness it's only a week 
I remember my days at camp as a child 
  I am sure she will have all kinds of stories to tell us when she does get back.
Can't wait to hear them.

So, on to today's project....

Vintage, Paint and more... using recycled jars for orgainizing craft items

I am always looking for ways to organize all the craft items 
that I feel I  have to have around.
One of the areas I have the most problems with is my scrapbook supplies.
There are so many pieces that need to be organized 
if you put them  away they seem to be lost 
or forgotten - then never used.
I am a very visual person 
need all my supplies out where I can see them.
But, I also need them organized, neat and pretty to look at.
So, I am constantly looking for ways to bring all these requirements together.
I also save a lot of stuff - cans, jars, boxes -
try to put them to good use.
When it came to organizing some of my scrapbook supplies - such as wooden letters, 
larger buttons and charms, label holders, book rings 
( you know those big, necessary items)-
well, jars just seemed to be the best way to go.

Vintage, Paint and more... recycled jars for organizing, decorated jars, using burlap and twine on jars

I cleaned the labels off the jars with a little trick I read about somewhere.
First peel off as much as you can 
then rub with olive oil and they come right off.
You need very little "elbow grease" when using this.
All that glue residue just slides right off.
Too bad I didn't read this years ago because I have 
done a lot of scrubbing, peeling, and seething over those stuck on labels.
Now, they just come off  lickety split... love it...
They were ready in no time.
No storage solution can go undecorated by me.
So, I painted all the lids with DIY white chalk paint ( it was out already)
you could spray paint them.
Then they received some great embellishments.
I used burlap, raffia, twine, buttons, bits and pieces of all sorts 
that I had lying around to pretty them up a bit.

Vintage, Paint and more... jar organization, using decorated jars in decor, decorating with jars

Here are some of them being displayed on my desk.

Vintage, Paint and more... using jars in a vintage decor, recycling jars for vintage decor, vintage decorated jars, using jars for organizing

I love how they turned out and how they add to the vintage feel 
of the room.
As you can see here I have also used some tin cans to help 
with my organizing problems.
I love using recycled pieces to organize with 
I change my mind a lot and they are basically free.

What have you recycled to organize and make your life easier?
Tell us about it in the comments - I love to hear from you.
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  1. I re-use jars for storing crafting materials, Lego pieces, or Barbie-doll accessories. It certainly saves a lot of trouble.

  2. Jars are very practical in many uses. We also have jars filled with nails and screws. Only problem is, that those jars should organize, too :-)

  3. I've always wanted to get into jars, but I just can't fit :D Really though, love it. I'm starting to utilize jars for 3D craft projects, but it would be nice to use them to organize too. Only have one though right now.

  4. I love this idea and have many jars that I have kept just to do something like this, now to do it... Pinning this.

  5. I love using jars to organize! I like how you decorated them. And thanks so much for the olive oil tip... that will save lots of time :)

  6. I love using jars, they are so versatile! Love how you embellished them!

  7. I love the jars! So cute. I have a bit of a jar obsession so this is right up my alley.

  8. Using jars to organize is a great idea. There are so many ways to decorate jars. =0)

  9. So cute Cathy! I am going to be using this as inspiration for my summer mantel decor!

  10. I know a few people who do this, it's a great space saver.

  11. Nice jars and they are so nicely decorated! Great idea! Coming from Pinterest party, have a nice weekend!

  12. Hi, Cathy! SO cute and a great idea. Thanks so much for linking at our first On Display Thursday link party. We are so happy to have had you stop by! Enjoy your weekend. - Bre @ Average But Inspired

  13. VERY Cute!
    Just popping by from Whimsy Wednesdays....


  14. I love organizing with jars also. Yours turned out great Cathy! Hope little one has a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. I absolutely love how you decorated your jars!

  16. ohhh so super pretty! You sure went above and beyond on decorating these - they are simply lovely!! I too like to have stuff where I can see it otherwise I forget it. But when you find it again it's always a nice surprise! Thanks for linking with the creative craft challenge!