Saturday, November 6, 2010

Apothecary Jars for the Holiday Table


I've been wanting to replace the fruit in our apothecary jars with beaded gourds and pumpkins to reflect the fall season but the desire for all things frugal has kept those desires at bay.  Sometimes beaded fruit can be a tad expensive and our large jars would need a good bit to fill them.


On a trip to Walmart for a few essentials I decided to peruse their sale section for any goodies that might be lurking on dusty shelves and sure enough, there they were...the very items I had in mind and they were on sale for $4 a box!  The addition of a couple of green pumpkins and a yellow gourd brought the total just under $10.  Not bad, eh?  For an added "buy me" factor the boxes came tied up in brown grosgrain ribbon and you know a frugal gal can always use ribbon (; SOLD!!
 

The first box included silk leaves and beaded pumpkins in two different sizes.  Close up they aren't that impressive, which is probably why they were only $4, but they'll be just fine buried among other items inside glass.


The second box contained pears, pomegranates, an apple, berries, pine cones and green leaves.  Of the two, this was my favorite...so many textures and warm colors, plus these items had a realistic quality, unlike the bright orange pumpkins.


I already had quite a few large pine cones left over from previous holiday decor projects and they helped to top off the tallest jar.  Right now these filled and happy guys are just hanging out on the table waiting for their next layer of love...can we say burlap?


Some branches, leaves and candles should finish things off.  I've been pondering over place setting ideas and can't wait to see everything together!  I'll make sure to post photos of the finished product once the holiday draws near (;



39 comments:

  1. These look beautiful! I love their simple elegance! Hope you will link them up to my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2010/11/pink-hippo-party-3.html

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  2. You sure got some amazing deals. Love the look!@

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  3. Looking good. I have almost the same apothecary jars. Have one out now filled with sparkly little pumpkins that I got on sale at Joanne's. Have some fun ideas for filling them & using them in a group for Christmas. Great minds, right? I just became your newest follower.
    CAS

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  4. I LOVE apothecary jars! Those are beautiful!

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  5. Such a beautiful centerpiece! Your jars look great. :o)
    Happy Rednesday!!
    Fondly,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  6. Simple elegance...oh how I love this!
    xo
    Robin

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  7. Very nice! I'm looking forward to a time when I can decorate with glass...for now my two little boys have demonstrated that non-breakables are best!

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  8. How pretty! Such a nice way to display those items and make any table look beautiful. I especially like the last photo, the three sitting on the table runner. Lovely!

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  9. I think they look nice either way you use them. You found some gr eat buys as well.

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  10. These are gorgeous! And I love that you can switch out the stuff inside for every season.

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  11. Those are really striking! Now I need some jars like that.

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your apothecary jars! My next post is going to be about how I made my own, but I still want some all glass like yours!

    I looooove the color of your kitchen especially with white cabinets! We rent, but did get to paint blue over the ugly green wall that went from the dining room to the living room. If I could, I'd paint the whole house in shades of blue/grey!

    http://daisysfavoritethings.blogspot.com

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  13. Your jars are gorgeous and your filler is just perfect. I love your display. Great ideas. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  14. What a lovely post. I just found your blog and I am now following. I hope you can follow me back at Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  15. I love apothecary jars!!!! Thanks so much for linking this up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  16. Those apothecary jars look so nic. I am your new follower and thank you for linking up with me(@scrapaddict4sure.com)

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  17. Beautiful!! Following from a blog hop. Beautiful room! I'm a new follower and would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

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  18. Your apothecary jars look lovely Michele! I like the fruit look too, but whenever I've tried to put something like that in mine, condensation occurs inside. It happened recently when I put little pumpkins in mine. Oh well, now it's time to put ornaments in them, and I know those will be ok!
    Happy REDnesday!
    Carol

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  19. I love apothecary jars! They are so versatile and you got some good deals on the pumpkins!
    Annette

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  20. Looks beautiful I lake it!!!
    Kisses and hugs.

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  21. This is just gorgeous! Beautiful way to decorate for the holidays!

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  22. Love these! Thanks for commenting on my blog and following-I am following you now too!

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  23. Love the jars! You can put anything in them, so versatile. Thanks for visiting me today! I'm a new follower.
    Kim

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  24. They look absolutely amazing, Michele! Love them! I am now following you thanks to Wandering Wednesday and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog:)
    And don't forget to stop by today because we continue with our Show Yo' Flow Campaign, and you don't want to miss the interview we have on Jessica and the amazing surprises she has for our readers:) See you there! Happy Thursday!

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  25. I think your jars are a great investment. I could think of so many ways to use them. Yours are perfect for the season. I can't wait to see how you use them for winter.

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  26. So awesome! Love them! I have been wanting to get some apothecary jars, I LOVE THEM!!!! I am also frugal, so... I will have to save up to get me some :)

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  27. I love these! I have one that I've filled with pinecones ~ thanks for linking up!

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  28. I love your jars and the variety of sizes! Great finds just when you wanted them. I sometimes use the ribbon from the packaging to tie around the lids on mine. I have lots of pinecone based fillers for my cloches and apothecary jars, but I guess that's what the season calls for! : ) I am looking forward to decorating mine for Christmas, though. More colorful and fun, I think!

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  29. A truly beautiful combination. I love the contrast of the sparkly glass with the earthy color tones of the gourds, pinecones, berries and other goodies. It's the perfect table arrangements. Your heights are also very complimentary. Nice job!

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  30. It looks amazing. I've GOT to get some apothecary jars for my own! They are so versatile and fun to decorate with! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's.

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  31. I'd love if you came over and shared this on my linky!

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  32. Do you mind me asking where you got your apothecary jars? I love the look of those three together.

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  33. Hi Cal (: Sure...I purchased these from a friend's shop, but she's since closed her doors.

    The best source I've found has been Save on Crafts. They have an excellent selection altough their shipping is quite high...
    http://www.save-on-crafts.com/apothecary.html

    I've seen many very close to these designs in Hobby Lobby - great prices, huge selection and no shipping if you have one in your area. They have sooooo many jars in their stores, but few in their online shop. Here's the link in case you don't have a store near you... http://shop.hobbylobby.com/search/default.aspx?CFID=2923970&CFTOKEN=86145387&searchTerm=apothecary+jars

    Williams and Sonoma have a couple that are similar...
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/spire-glass-apothecary-jar/

    I hope that helps (:

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