You never know what you’ll find on the side of the road…

Peeling paint, rickety and old…yes please!

My husband knows me pretty well.

The other day he told me he had a surprise for me. He had found something on the side of the road in Grey Lynn, next to all the beautiful old villas.

I had absolutely no idea what it could be.

When he got home he unloaded this lovely, rickety chair.

White chair with watermark

It was love at first sight and was put to work as yet another plant stand.

Just look at that gorgeous flaky, white paint!

White chair with flaked paint

You never know what you’ll find on the side of the road.

Love it!


10 Ways With Jars

10 Easy Ideas With Jars

We all have an abundance of them.  Whether they’re beautiful Ball jars you picked up at an antique market, or those less than desirable pasta jars shoved in the back of your cupboard.

I have assembled the top ten ways with jars right here!

1. Store Herbs and Spices

Got millions of coffee jars that you keep putting in the recycling bin?

I spent one industrious afternoon taking inventory of my pantry and then printing millions of labels on my computer.  Not fancy labels ready to stick on, oh no, I’m too cheap for that.  I cut them out and stuck them on with tape.

Old coffee jars reused for herbs, spices and much more

Old coffee jars reused for herbs, spices and much more

2. Mason Jar Planter

Use an old piece of wood and secure clamps onto it.

Screw wood into the wall. Then, fill your jars with soil and plant your plants.  Tighten jars into clamps.  Bingo.

3. Jars as Vases

Jars really do make the best vases.

I spent a small fortune on vases and never found one I was completely happy with.

But jars come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s always plenty squirreled away in the pantry if one isn’t quite right.

4. Glass Jar Photo Frame

Don’t buy a new photo frame, make do with what you have.

This is so simple and creates a really great effect, just make sure your jars are spotless.

Having trouble getting the labels off?  TIP: Just fill the jar with water, microwave for 1 and a half minutes and the label should peel off when the glue softens.

5. Candle Holder

There are so many ways you can do this.

  • To plant an unstable candle just fill the jar about a quarter to half full with rice. It has the added bonus of absorbing the wax making it easy to clean up.
  • Float a tea light in water
  • Wrap wire around a jar and hang it like a hurricane lamp

6. Store Silverware

Don’t hide your favourite silverware in the drawer.

Display it in a jar with a cute ribbon or twine wrapped around the neck to give it a rustic feel.

7. Green Gifts

How about making your own green gift for family this Christmas, or maybe you have a friend with a birthday coming up?

Check out  these ideas:

  • Bath salts
  • Hand cream
  • Carpet freshener (see below)
  • Wardrobe freshener (see below)
  • Sniff jar (see below)

Just write/print a small label on recycled paper with instructions (if necessary). You could even tie an elegant silver spoon to the jar with twine or ribbon.

Carpet freshener

(Good Magazine )

Add 20 drops of essential oils to a cup of baking soda.  Mix well in a small bowl.  Seal in a jar with a lid and stand overnight or longer.

Sprinkle it over the carpet, brushing it deep into the pile.  Leave for an hour before vacuuming.

How to make a wardrobe freshener:

(Good Magazine )

Punch six large holes in the lid of a small glass jar.  Fill the jar with cotton balls and soak the balls with fragrant oil.

Replace the lid and put the jar in your wardrobe.

How to make a sniff jar:

(Good Magazine )

Ingredients: Small lidded jar, a few cotton balls and essential oil

Method: Squeeze a few cotton balls into a jar and add a few drops of essential oil and replace lid.  Voila!

8. Decorative Storage

Why not buy some cheap transfers from your local craft store and gussy up an old jar or bottle.

You could also print a silhouette and use it as a template.  Think, numbers, letters, cameo silhouettes, you could even use paper doilies.

9.  Dessert in a Jar

Yes there is such a thing!  You can find all manner of recipes too.

What a great idea for a thank you gift.

10. Garden in a Jar

Are you an apartment dweller? Is your garden  restricted to your window sill?

Why not grow a bulb, wheatgerm or sprouts in a jar.

For more ideas you can also check out:

Well, I hope I inspired you to think twice about throwing away that jam jar.  Do you have any nifty ideas you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear about them, post your comments below.

Inorganic rubbish collection

Photo montage…

I’d been looking for an outdoor seat to put under our Titoki tree in our pint sized backyard.

Another fabulous find from Grey Lynn

This one was perfect.  The centre board was rotted through and it was a bit rickety. This photo was taken after it was repaired and before it was repainted.

This was destined for the rubbish dump, it now has a new home in my backyard

This was destined for the rubbish dump, it now has a new home in my backyard