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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

My One And Only Ball Jar ...

Hello my dear friends,

today's creation is one that I started and finish almost 3 years ago (yes, you did read right) but I never shared it because after it was completed there was a sort of "technical" issue with it which I didn't foresee. It unfortunately didn't work out the way I had hoped it would and the jar ended up in a back corner of one of my shelves ~ not forgotten but also not often remembered.

Back then, in 2016, I even I started to write this post but also never finished.
 I wasn't sure how I was going to fix what was wrong with my creation and make it the way I saw it in my mind but I did it now and I am so happy! I am finally ready to share it with all of  you. 
I am leaving the original part of this post as it is from 3 years ago and just adding on to it.

June/July 2016 ...

I own many mason jars but ...

... I only have one single old ball jar and it is a beautiful shade of blue.

Wanting to create something every neat with it, I have been putting a lot of thought into what that could be. It took a little time but it then suddenly came to me. Since I love Christmas and Winter the theme was now set. I don't know why but I always seem to end up picking Christmas as a theme in the summer time when it is hot outside.

 Already a picture started to appear in my mind of how I would love it to look like once it is done and now all I had to do is work on it actually happening. My idea was to create a Winter scene behind the lovely old blue shaded glass of the jar with snow, glitter and sparkles and then it should have that special 'thing' as well. Some more thinking was required and I had the perfect idea to make this creation with that very special little touch.

And this special touch was this ...

... a small solar light.

I purchased it from Michaels and was so buzzed I that I did.

 I removed the solar part from the tin lid and then fixed it to an old mason jar lid. Some fake snow and the look was perfect! I finished the inside of the jar as well and it looked just like I wanted it too.

Continue 2019 ...

That is how far I got in 2016. After finishing the jar, I placed the lid on it and then sat it on the windowsill in the sunshine to charge the solar panel. Not a good idea at all because that is when things went wrong. Within minutes the jar started to show signs of condensation which is an awful thing when it comes to fake snow. It can cause it to go damp and even moldy, so off came the lid right away and back to the drawing board I went. I looked but didn't find what I needed to make my little Christmas jar light up the way I wanted it to, so I just put it aside.

 That was until a few days ago. I was again was at Michaels looking for some beads when I stumbled across some Fall jars that had little lights that were meant to be fireflies in it and that was it ... finally the solution to my problem! I bought a few of them and back at home I headed into my studio and grabbed my ball jar once again from the back of that shelf. A little later and it was finally fixed and completed once again and this time the proper way. And I am one happy girl!

Now after 3 year I am finally able to share this creation with all of you today.

It is my one and only ball jar creation and I named it ...

... 'Noel'.

And this is it! ...

I chose to create a little Winter scene inside the pretty blue glass jar. 

And this time I left the original lid ...

... as is without any snow.
You know that less is more thing I like to do at times.

A simple tag all stained and glistening ...

... on a seam binding bow is all the embellishment this piece needed in my eyes because the inside is where all the prettiness lives.

A little bleached bottle brush tree all covered in glistening snow and ...

... one of my little pewter rabbits lives under it quite happily.

The tree is all decorated with a sparkly star ...

... and with pearls and more little sparkles.

And here is that little special thing about this creation.

Once it gets dark outside ...

... you can light it up ~ just as if the moon and stars would shine on a cold Winter night.
And it even has a timer! Perfect in every way in my little world.

This creation at last looks just like the way I wanted it to.
It has the sparkle and glitter I wanted it to have ...
... the Winter feel and snow I wanted it to have ...
... and most of all ...
... that special little touch I so wanted it to have.

I am so pleased that I was finally able to finish and share this creation with all of you and I hope you have enjoyed it. It will be listed in my Etsy shop later on today.

Thank you so much for visiting me here at Todolwen, it is always so nice when you do and maybe you will do so sometime again.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Gorgeous work!! OMW this is beautiful! (I saw on IG : ) The results are stunning Karen; a beautiful decor piece~ Hugs, karen o

  2. Oh what a wonderful dream scene!

    Hugs Ines♥