Friday, 1 May 2009

How do you use yours?



For ages I have saved all these images from a Bonne Maman campaign that was featured in country living. I love these pretty little jars as I'm sure everyone does! Their simple shape and chequered lids are surely a kitchen design classic. I have a few that are filled with velvet flowers, old buttons and pearl topped pins. What would or do you keep in yours?

All images from country living magazine.

34 comments:

Hand Knitted Things said...

I share your love of these sweet jars. I keep pretty buttons, ribbons, braids in mine to show them off. I like the candle idea in your posting, must try that.

Gina said...

Mine are full of buttons... several full of different colours.

Rose said...

well i had never seen this before so thank you- gorgeous pics. Before I would have used the jars for little vases but not I want to make bonne maman jelly!

nicki said...

After having a speedy look around my house, I've realised just how many jars I have....many of them Bonne Maman ones!

And they're filled with:
buttons
bits of broken jewellery
herbs or spices
dried leaves and flowers from the
garden......and so much more!

I might have to do a group of photos like the Country Living one!
Nicki x

Magatha-May said...

these are beautiful images. I love the bonne maman jars and the ones with the sea shells is my favourite

sofia barĂ£o said...

I have some but not Bonne Maman (I might the one in the world but I don't like their jam, too much sugar) and I use one with a candle and the other just like you with buttons, ribbons and also I have one with some shells. 2 of them are wrapped in lace.

Stiletto said...

Hi! you are indeed a veritable magpie just like me. The craziness of this collecting frenzy only dawn on me when I start to feel crowded out by all the clutter; Shelves and drawers spilling out. Now, I am trying to go lean and mean. Perhaps now is the time to embrace minimalism.

Valerie said...

You are giving me some wonderful ideas. At the moment all I do is pass the lovely jars to a colleague who makes jam to raise funds for two organisations, Women's Institute and Associated Women of the World. I'm in a real quandary now.....

jamjar said...

I love these jars too, buttons and ribbons are in mine!

Loulou's mum said...

Ohhhh ! Bonne maman jars. Our favorite jam (right now : violet figs) and we keep the jars for holding buttons, small playmobil parts, crayons for my daughter and pens for us, holding spices in the kitchen, sometimes for small bouquets when we are on the countryside etc I could go on and on. We keep a lot of things in Le Parfait jars too.

trupeach said...

i have a jar of marbles and a jar of buttons. and, sometimes i use one as a glass. what a happy post!

The Curious Cat said...

I love those pots full of shells - they are gorgeous! What do you do for a living??! xxx

Pearl Maple said...

Cute jars, those checked lids really do make them special!

Dixie said...

I love all these ideas... but I use mine to can refrigerator pickles... they don't require sealing... they just have to be refrigerated to keep... maybe this year I'll use these ideas and save myself some work!

Miz.November said...

I love the geraniums in the seashells. Wonder if they will actually grow like that?

Gigi said...

Oh, I love this post! Bonne Maman is my absolute favorite jam, red raspberry being my favorite of favorites. I use the jars for everything--making salad dressing, storing spices, holding paper clips. I'd never seen these photos before. Thanks for sharing them!

-Gigi

Dionne said...

My friend uses all her jars and glasses. She has never bought a proper glass in her life - she just has lots and lots of jars.

Karen said...

I love glass jars, especially classic simple ones like the Bonne Maman ones! Right now I have some filled with nuts...flowers...trail mix...

pranksygang said...

they are very cute! i love all the images.. esp the first one!!.. the buttons look awesome in the jar!..
amazing post! thanks for sharing :)

Jim @ CoolStuffForDads.com said...

These look great for the home. Unfortunately, I am not too creative or crafty, I'd probably just keep spare change in mine.

Good Mood Factory said...

I use mine for colour pencils and small brushes as well. They are simple and pretty.

umama said...

These remind me of your estate sales.... cuteness wrapped in cuteness!

Concha said...

I've uploaded these same images on my blog some months ago! :)

I'm a huge fan of BM jars! Today I made a new header for my blog and managed to include two jars on the photo. I use them for buttons.

Have a lovely weekend!

spenge said...

i have jars everywhere, too!...
beads
sharpies
scissors
buttons
pecans
cumin
2¢ stamps
paperclips
chinese fortunes
quinoa
kosher salt
bits of colorful string

A Bun Can Dance said...

Bonne Maman jars are the best, aren't they? Why buy others when these come free with the best jams around? Mine are full of buttons, ribbons, bits and pieces in my sewing room and there's one in the fridge with half a lemon (which will be used for tomorrows hot water and lemon drink!). I love the other ideas in the photos.
D x

Hallie said...

mine are filled to the brim with antique jet beads and appliques waiting to be turned into...i haven't decided, too many options.

Janet said...

Gorgeous photos! I keep scrapbooking supplies - ribbons, buttons, flowers, brads, etc. - as well as office supplies like paperclips and rubber bands. I also have one special jar that I've applied decals to to label it "Paris." It's my "to Paris Someday" savings. And there's actually some money in it!

Wendy said...

Love these jars.

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

I've been getting country living magazine for years..., and I can't wait to read it when it comes! In fact, I have old issues all over the house!

Love the jars!!!

amy said...

pencils. buttons. jam. love this post.

Lolla Moon said...

I keep buttons and lacy bits in them too. :) I made a post on my blog today about the box with six miniatures of Bonne Maman (don't know if it's a new product, but I had never seen it and loved it, had to buy).

Your blog is beautiful.

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i fill mine with buttons! i also have a few extra in my kitchen for storing leftovers.
xox

Shana Daisy said...

Very good idea!!
I save so many jars some of them i put stones in.

Anna Lloyd said...

nuts and seeds. I love their organic shapes!