Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vintage Altered Jar - Crafting with Dragonflies

It's time for a new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies! This is a fun one: Alter a jar/tin with a Vintage theme.

Our sponsor is Digistamps4Joy, so I used their Malawi lady with pot digi stamp:
I bought this old glass jar, complete with mother-of-pearl buttons, at the church I live across from, Blessed Sacrament:
See it in the background, from my back porch? They currently own all the buildings you can see, but they are selling everything except the church proper to Marian House, a housing and rehabilitation program for women. Blessed Sacrament has run their own, co-ed housing program in their buildings for years, in conjunction with Marian House, for years... and their basement/gymnasium has become full of items left by residents. I try to stay away from Rummage Sales because my house is already FULL UP... but I wandered over there one Saturday and ended up with two tailgating chairs (I've never tailgated in my life!), an antique side table, a giant spool of orange burlap ribbon, and this fabulous jar-o-buttons! I paid a whole 50 cents for the jar and buttons... I could have bargained her down, but most of the money was being used to ship some of the better things to their sister church in Nigeria, and even I'm not that cheap! Anyhoo, the jar was relatively clean for its age, but it did have some pretty serious adhesive still on it from the long-discarded label, which I removed with the help of Un-du and a small razor. I washed it all in soapy water, which did the trick. The jar itself has some character, so I didn't want to cover it up completely. I used Tacky glue to adhere both the lace to the glass, the the fabric to the plastic lid.

I used one of the buttons for the center of this ribbon rose.

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  1. Oh wow, that digi is something and your use of it so clever in this project. I love it.

  2. This is beautiful!

  3. Love the image you've used.....very striking colours. Hugs Wynn xx

  4. What a fabulous way of turning a plain jar into a beautiful container. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.

  5. Wow this is awesome. Love that digi you used for that spectacular project you created. Love it.

  6. I sure like the view in your outside image of your jar! What a great image, beautiful colors.
    {Hugs} Barb

  7. Great idea CG love it hugs txx

  8. Love the image, and the way you decorated the lid, great re use, blessings Hilde

  9. hey CG, even though your not in my comment numbers I had to stop when I saw your initials and I'm glad I did.
    First of all, when I saw the BS church photo I had to double check where you live because there's a BS church in my old home town that looks similiar. I guess after awhile all those big old churches look the same.
    And I know what you mean about rummage sales, I cringe whenever someone wants to stop at a yard sale. I know we'll be carting home the stuff they just threw out and like you I have enough of my own stuff already.
    Now of course I have to tell you that I love your button jar make over. I love fixed up jars and boxes. Your lid is gorgeous.
    Thanks for playing with us at SFTW.
    Chris V (Easily Amused)


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