Wednesday, December 9, 2009

MY EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT

I have been looking at these four antique apothecary jars for about two years. They have been at a local antique mall for so long, but NOW they are at home with us. I told Bob that I knew what I wanted for Christmas, but I wanted my present early. So, last week we went shopping. I remember these types of candy jars in the ice cream/ bakery/candy stores of my youth. I loved them then, and doubly love them now!

Three of the jars are matching with the tallest one about 12 inches with the smallest at 7 inches. For now, I have filled them with old, special ornaments from my parents. There is one orange ball that reminds me so much of my mother, as she loved anything orange. There also are a couple of balls that have cardboard hangers from the WWII era when all metal was going to the war effort.

The fourth jar is very similar to the others - just a little different. I put one of my vintage bottle-brush trees in it.

I just know that I'm going to enjoy this present on every holiday. What should I put in them for Valentine's Day?

There are so many parties going on, and I hate to miss a good party; so I'm linking to the following blogs. Be sure to stop by to check them out. You won't be disappointed with all of the wonderful ideas being displayed.


Home for the Holidays, hosted by Rhoda at SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY


Vintage Thingies Thursday, hosted by Suzanne at COLORADO LADY

Show and Tell Friday, hosted by Cindy at ROMANTIC HOME


36 comments:

Susie Q said...

Oh Sally! These are absolutely beautiful!! I would love to find something like these...you lucky girl you!!
I may be late to these parties but I hope to drop in to see everyone!!

Love,
Sue
(I LOVE your new seasonal banner!)

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, Merry Christmas! Your jars are so beautiful! I've never seen anything like them before! Now you're going to clocheing/jarring all over the place! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tootsie said...

those are worth the wait!!! I am so glad you got them..they needed a good home...and someone to love them!

Maureen said...

Good things come to those who wait. I have always believed that. Beautiful!

Linda said...

What a nice hubby...soooo glad that they were still there...they are really PRETTY...worth the wait!

Blessings,
Linda

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Sally I love these jars and how pretty you have them decorated!! The one with the snow and tree is adorable!!

Are you enjoying the cold? We got our real tree yesterday. There is a man who has some trees he sells in his front yard. It was COLD blowing snow- Bill said it was almost as bad as cutting a tree down as all the trees were covered with snow!! It took 5 minutes to pick one out- fastest time yet for me to find a tree!!

blessings
mary

Postcardy said...

I'm glad you got your jars. It looks like you will get a lot of use out of them.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

So pretty, Sally! I love your glass jars filled with wonderful Christmas goodies, those vintage ornaments are so special. THanks for joining the party!

Allison said...

Your jars are magical!

ellen b. said...

I'm glad you finally got to get those beautiful jars. They really are so unique. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

9405018--Pat said...

Absolutely Beautiful...thanks for sharing...Pat H
Merry Christmas....

Elizabeth said...

These are so gorgeous and unusual; I can't believe you let them sit there for 2 years!
You could keep out your Christmas ornaments and sort them by color for different monthly decorations. If you don't have enough ornaments in a color to get the look you like, fill the center of the jar with tinfoil-wrapped cardboard tube and put the ornaments around it.

Elizabeth said...

I can't believe you let these gorgeous jars sit in that store for 2 years!! They are so unique.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

I had a friend whos mom used to put shiney christmas balls in bowls and jars and I always loved it! Its so festive!

happy vtt!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very pretty and what a great Christmas present

My Grama's Soul said...

Those are simply beautiful jars. So lovely with your ornaments displayed inside. Nice Christmas present!

Happy VTT,

Jo

Vonlipi said...

Beautiful jars! What had some similar at my parents house! These are great to display treasures and you could use them year round!

PAT said...

I love the jars Sally. What a great Christmas present!

Keetha Broyles said...

More fun vintage ornaments - - - they appear to be all the rage today - - - but I somehow missed getting on the boat!!!!

Such fun.

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

I have and love vintage ornaments. You will have fun decorating those lovely jars year round!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Rue said...

Gorgeous apothecary jars! I love ow you used them too :)

rue

Coloradolady said...

What a wonderful gift....girl, these are beautiful and you could do so much with these, red buttons, red hots,red vintage lace, oh...the list is endless. Happy VTT!

Vicki said...

Hello, Sally,
Gosh, I love those vintage apothecary jars and how you have filled them with your vintage ornaments. How wonderful that your kind husband bought you what your heart really desired. Blessings to you! Vicki p.s. For Valentine's Day, how about red hearts or a vintage valentine.

ceekay said...

They are wonderful. One of the things for Valentine's day could be some vintage little cards....and of course, you can never go wrong with candy...since that what they originally were for. You have received a wonderful Christmas present early!!

Chari said...

Hi Sally...

I just read your sweet note and headed right over...just had to see your early Christmas present from Bob! Girl, I remember you mentioning these beautiful antique apothecary jars...I'm just sooo happy for you!!! They are absolutely gorgeous...very unique! I've never seen any others like them! All of your parent's ornaments looks so beautiful displayed in them...how sweet!!! I can't think of anything more special to put inside your new pretties!!! Girl, I'm just tickled pink for you!!! You're going to have so much fun decorating these for the seasons!!! Thank you for sharing your Christmas gift with us! Ohhh...and your honey sure is a sweetie for getting these for you!!!

It sounds like we're having the same kind of weather as you! Very, very cold but sunny! I'm hoping for it to warm up a bit...it just hurts me so bad getting out in this. I haven't been outside for days and I'm needing to do things! Well my friend, I'm so glad that you let me know about your gift so I could come and see!!!

Love ya,
Chari

Diann said...

Oh, those are lovely jars! I am so glad you got them for yourself!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a wonderful gift! They are lovely.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Those are beautiful jars. I don't blame you for wanting an early present. And your vintage goodies look fabulous in them. Rosie

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow.....Now if you ever decide you no longer want them, I know just where they can go to be loved...by ME!! I have a collection of jars filled with sea shells from the beach...these would look perfect. LOLOL

What a beautiful set. I can see why you wanted them.

Mine's posted now...it's another new one for my collection of Holiday Decor..La Befana

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Sally those are beautiful! I like how the necks are faceted(sp?) and the tops are a neat shape!

Manuela

Lora said...

Very cute jars! You did a great job filling them!

PattieJ said...

Those are gorgeous!!I never know what to put in mine either. lol

Pattie

Lynda @ Elegance Reclaimed said...

These are SOOOO LOVELY !

Wonderful jars and filled with such pretty eye-catcing colours makes them all the more special.

Thanks for sharing and have a grand weekend.

nannykim said...

Thanks for sharing this--they are so beautiful. What a good idea to put the old ornaments in them--I may just do that!! THanks!

nannykim at

http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com/

Southern Lady said...

What an elegant collection of jars, Sally, and they will mean even more to you because your husband gave them to you. I love the one with your bottle-brush trees -- what a great idea.

It's so nice that you have them to enjoy during the holidays ... and I can just picture them filled with pretty things for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter, too!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your jars look so elegant. What a great idea to use the old ornaments.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/