New items on ETSY! Baby love

We’re so excited!! Last week we released some new items to our ETSY shop for our baby line! After having a girl, I learned about a ton of new “baby accessories” that exist and wanted to see what I could come up with on my own! I also started thinking about some fun things I could make for a first birthday party (crazy that our baby girl is closer to 1 than she is to a newborn already!). Here is a preview of some things we’ve released that we LOVE!

Burp Cloth and Bib Bandana sets

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High Chair and Photo Prop Banners for Birthday Parties

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baby first birthday highchair burlap banner photo prop - loveinamasonjar.com

We’ve been celebrating

The past few months have been a blur, but definitely not short on fun! Someone in our house turned thirty (I’m not telling who) so we threw a party, and one of my best friends is getting married, so of course a shower was in order! And you’ve got to love a southern California winter because,  both parties were outside in our backyard! We thought we’d share some fun party photos for your enjoyment.

// Rustic Gold Glitter Bridal Shower //

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I love the theme of rustic but fancy gold glitter and so I’m so excited to see what this wedding looks like! And of course, if you’re looking for some gold glitter dipped mason jars, you can find them in my ETSY shop HERE

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Don’t you just love the sweet shower favors that my friend made? They are manicure kits in a mason jar. They have cotton balls, nail polish remover, file, clippers, and of course gold glitter nail polish. Good idea, huh!

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Another hosting staple in our home are the mason jar drink dispensers from potterybarn. So glad we registered for them for our wedding! I can’t tell you how often we’ve used them! We also purchased the galvanized drink dispenser stands from there too. Oh and yes – that banner can be made CUSTOM in our ETSY shop HERE

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// Backyard 30th Birthday Party //

We decided to put the drinks in a wheelbarrow.

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Even the chickens wanted to join the party!

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For dessert, we had to have chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies. My very favorite chocolate cake recipe can be found here and the cookies…well that’s a family secret 🙂

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And of course, my husband figured out a way to hang these globe market lights we purchased for our rustic outdoor wedding 2 years ago, and I’m so happy that we can still use them for lighting in the backyard!

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And thanks to my sister-in-law for taking these lovely pictures of the party!

Happy Spring everyone!!

7 ideas for Rustic Christmas Decorating Fun!

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Although Christmas is now over and I’m sure you’ve already taken down your Christmas decor, I wanted to share with you his post that was started pre-Christmas, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and finish it!

I wanted to share with you some fun decorating ideas that we did this year! I decided that since we already have so many antique, vintage pieces in our house anyway, this year we should incorporate them into Christmas decor! Which actually saved us time and money because we didn’t have to purchase any thing!

I’m talking, simple things like fake snow and candles in mason jars…so fun and easy!

2) Or using a coke crate to make a centerpiece with candle filled mason jars. Add greenery and pinecones in-between and it’s a beautiful rustic centerpiece!

3) We we also used mason jars in our kitchen filled with holly berries!

4) We had an old ladder that we usually keep all our blankets on, but this year we put those away and added burlap and lace stockings to add to the rustic charm.

rustic christmas decor - burlap and lace stockings

5) And notice how we stacked our crates and antiques in the corner to add a little scene with all the presents.

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6) And of course I love the way you can customize chalkboards to the season to add the the decor!

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7) We love this mini christmas tree in a galvanized bucket too!!

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And although this is a bit late, maybe this will inspire you for next Christmas! Pin and save for future reference! 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!!

Thankful Jar. Another Thanksgiving family tradition.

If you don’t want to make a thankful tree to remember and write things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving season, you could also make a Thankful Jar!
Find a jar, cut up some paper, write what you are thankful for, and store it in the jar! It could be a really fun tradition to save each year and look back and see what you wrote in years past.
If you want to purchase this jar above, you can find them in the ETSY Shop!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Fall Wedding Trend – Burlap and Lace

At our wedding we used 40 foot long tables for our guests at the reception, instead of the traditional round tables. It made it feel more like a large family picnic which is exactly what we were going for. Because of the long tables, we decided to use classic white linens with long burlap table runners. And although we got married almost a year ago it’s fun to see that the burlap trend has continued for rustic weddings, especially for those in the fall. Since it is FINALLY starting to cool down and feel like fall here I thought we could talk BURLAP!! Burlap table runners, burlap wrapped bouquets, burlap and lace mason jars, and burlap and lace placemat centerpieces!

First things first, burlap table runners!  To make really long runners (like these pictured) you can purchase whole rolls of burlap from places like Joann’s fabric for a decent price (and don’t forget they have coupons online!). They will cut it to whatever length you want but it will be really wide, and so we found that cutting it into thirds makes for perfect width for table runners (about 15 inches wide). Your table lengths will determine what length you’d like them to cut the fabric.  If they are really long (like ours) it will be quite a task to cut it into thirds, but if you have a long table, you can lay it out in sections and use a tape measurer and chalk to mark the section. Make sure you have a good pair of scissors to cut the fabric since burlap can be kinda rough.  The good thing is, burlap is forgiving since it is already frayed, so if you are a little off, no one will notice!!

Next burlap wedding idea…burlap wrapped bouquets!

Burlap can be a great detail to use to wrap your bouquets with!  If they are first wrapped with floral wire, then it’s easy to wrap any material around!  You can either cut from burlap that you already have to the width of the stems, or you could also find burlap rolls (like these HERE) that is a great width for bouquets.  To secure the material around the stems, you can use twine and wrap it several times (we wrapped it pretty wide) and then tie at the end! 

Burlap can also be great as decor on mason jars for centerpieces!  We didn’t use these at our wedding, but if we had more time I bet we would have!  I actually created these for my ETSY shop because I thought they would make great vases or candle holders!  You can use any combination of lace, burlap, and twine to make beautiful creations!  Just use glue! If you want to order these, Click Here!

Another option for your tables that provides a more romantic, shabby chic feel, are burlap and lace runners, or place mats!  You can always add lace to the ends of the burlap runners you cut, or cut smaller pieces into place mat size (mine are 12 inches square with 2 inch lace on either side).  The place mats can be used to go under centerpieces for round tables!

Just add a little lace trim to the ends of the burlap and you’re done!

If you’d like to order the burlap and lace runners or place mats that are pictured above you can find them HERE!

loveinamasonjar photo shoot – the power of images

The more and more I do this ETSY / blog / pinterest / internet thing, the more I realize how important your images are. The better your photo, the more people will look at your blog or product. Unfortunately, I think sometimes people may not even read what you have to say and just look at your photo.

For my products I do what I can, but with a cannon elph or iPhone camera (and no skill), my photos are just okay… So in light of that, my dear friend and wonderful photographer Bethany Cissel (if you have not checked out her work you must – HERE) was kind enough to shoot a few of our products.

I can not describe how much I love these photos. Bethany is FANTASTIC. It is opening up a whole new world for me, feeling so much more professional and legitimate! Thanks Bethany!!

pretty packaging, kraft paper, stamps and tags

Have you ever purchased something from Anthropologie? Do you notice how well they create the “experience” when buying something?  It’s the little things that make a gift or item you purchase a special treat…And paying attention to packaging makes all the difference.

For instance the logo masking tape they use to secure the tissue paper.
And the matching classic, simple and stylish bag.
And at the holidays they always provide the best boxes and some type of creative ribbon where you basically don’t even have to wrap the present!

I love the simple kraft paper boxes and the shoe lace ribbon. Doesn’t all the extra effort they put into packaging make you want to shop there more?

I really wanted to make my products have the same feel when you open them – more of an experience of receiving something and incorporate some branding… So I started to think about what I could do (and still stay on a budget)…

Remember the Anthropologie masking tape?  I did try to see if I could order some of my own, but it was super expensive.  So, I decided to make it…and here’s how…

First, one of the best decisions I made was to purchase a logo stamp.  I used my favorite local stamp company stampoutonline and sent the a .jpeg of my “logo” and they made it into a stamp!  Super easy and super fast.

And you know what you can do with a logo stamp?! Anything!  So I purchased cheap masking tape at home depot and then got my stamp on!I use it to secure bubble wrap for signs and mason jars…And for tissue paper when I ship burlap banners…
I also wanted to have kraft paper tags to create a thank you card for each purchase. There are some super cute tags out there, but you can also make your own! I did using kraft paper,scissors, a hole punch and reinforcement holes! Just decide on a size and make a “template” and then cut the tags out! Use a hole punch to put a hole in the top, and put reinforcement tabs on either side! And there you go – and you can stamp anything on them!  Basic shipping tags from an office store are also a great alternative…

I had found a great mason jar stamp (at Michaels!) when I was planning my wedding, that I’ve since used for my logo. What do you think?
To affix the tags to your product you can use anything, but I  love bakers twine or even regular twine.

And the final product…

…Not that mine compares with Anthropologie, but they inspired me to think about packaging!