If you read Young House Love or Bower Power, you know where this is going. Sherry and Katie have teamed up to inspire the rest of us little bloggers to stop pinning and start doing, then all post our projects on the same day. I missed the boat the last time around back in July, but no way was I letting it slide again.
If you’re not familiar with Pinterest,
you’ve been living under a rock let me explain: you know how when you see something cool on the internet, and it inspires you or makes you happy or you think you might try to copy it someday, you might save a picture of it on your computer and then never be able to remember where it came from? Or you might add it to your bookmarks, but not be able to come back and find it later on because your bookmarks don’t have pictures? Well, with Pinterest, you can “pin” it, like sticking it up on a giant virtual pinboard, and then you’ll have all your pretty pictures (and where they came from) in one place. Add in the fact that you can share your pins with your friends and see what other people are pinning and, oh my, it’s amazing.
It’s easy to pin all kinds of ambitious ideas and never get around to executing a single one. The sheer volume of inspiration can be paralyzing. I’m pretty good about churning one out every once in a while, though, like this, this, this, and this. But when the two coolest house bloggers on the block tell you to make something this weekend, you do it. So here goes it. My inspiration:
Jars wrapped in lace and twine and used as luminaries. So pretty. I decided to make mine using the smaller mason jars and 1) lace from my wedding dress, and 2) burlap.
I’m super short (five foot nothin’), so quite a bit of fabric had to be hemmed from my wedding dress. I saved the lace overlay and this is the second time it’s come in handy (I have a piece in a shadow frame above our staircase with our save the date). I started by cutting a piece of paper to size, then used it as a template for cutting the fabric.
I ran a line of plain ‘ol craft glue down the back of the jar.
Then, I just wrapped one side up, applied some more glue, and wrapped the other side up. Easy as pie.
I thought about just leaving it like this, but I wasn’t really down with the rough edges of the lace. I decided to glue them under the bottom of the jar and inside the top lip.
Next up was the burlap. Pretty much the same rodeo, except I got kind of crazy and left the top edge unglued.
And here they both are with another mason jar candle I already had. Side note: I never posted about that candle! I made it myself after my neighbor Caitlyn gifted me a candle-making kit. It’s lavender-scented and I love it!
My only wish is that the lace would be closer in color to the scented candle and the burlap. Even though my dress was definitely ivory, it reads as a pretty cool white next to these all-natural ladies. It’s a nice way to have a little memory of the dress I’ll never fit into again, though! Here I am wearing it a little over two years ago: