Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jars and Boxes

I love pretty containers.

Pretty jars, delicate boxes, frilly bowls...

At the airport back in Australia before i was leaving to move to the US, my friend gave me a pretty red glass jar. Inside it was filled with 365 happy thoughts. Tiny little folded pieces of paper, each with a handwritten happy thought or compliment about me. That was 9 years ago, and I still have it.

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I love that they can be decorative and at the same time be functional. This is what draws me to the lovely store Nesting Emily. Emily crafts lovely porcelain containers of all shapes and sizes. Jars, bowls, pots - each piece is beautifully created in a soft color palette, and inspired by the beauty of nature. Emily enjoys coming across natural beauty, especially animals that make the average walk more interesting. She is also excited by the handmade community. Emily says that "we are so lucky to be creating in a time when we have so much access to each other and to precious old methods that thankfully haven't been lost yet. They are being passed down."

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Emily first started out on Etsy as a customer. She has her own Flickr account, and from that cultivated some lovely online friendships. It was these supportive friends that encouraged her to start her own Etsy store. So thanks to them, we can now enjoy her stunning handicrafts and the beautiful colors of Nesting Emily. With her favorite colors ranging from moss green to amber, she also has a great appreciation for the fresh dreaminess of matte white.
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Another thing that I love about our new friend Emily is that she loves chocolate and coffee. Her favorite desserts are those that combine the two flavors into something amazing. She has a great love for baked goods, and in addition to the chocolate and coffee goodies, she also is a big fan of Banana Bread.

Emily is such a doll, and is giving away one of her jars to one lucky reader. To win the lovely Key Jar pictured here, just leave me a comment letting me know what little bits and pieces you like to tuck away into jars. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

61 comments:

Sarah Esther said...

i love these Jars! and what a sweet idea of giving a 365- Love jar. We collect them throughout our house. I'm sure my roomies just love it haha

Tali Schiffer said...

That red jar with the notes that your friend gave you, that's such an awesome, creative and so very thoughtful idea!!
I love to tuck buttons into jars. I also love putting all sort of cooking stuff in jars- shredded nuts, baking powder, powdered sugar... you get it :)

Erin said...

Hmmm... I like to keep little things that never seem to have another home in jars, usually clear jars, though. Things like pens, loose change, watercolor paints, rice, beans... just to name a few :)

Mechelle Harrison said...

Dionne these jars a beautiful and yet highly functional. This will definately add style to any room.

matthew_machine said...

I love putting teabags into jars. There's something about it that makes you slow down a little more. It becomes more about the ritual and less about the drink.

Kaye Prince said...

So pretty! The key jar is definitely a beauty! I think jars are great for all sort of things, especially crafting supplies - buttons and ribbons and little bits and bobs that you want to keep together.

MYSAVIOR said...

My love for tiny things that are put safely into pretty little boxes, bowls and jars ranges from my children's baby teeth, hair locks, collected tiny rocks to beautiful pieces of jewelry that are family heirlooms.
When I leave this world my children will find a vast array of these all over our home and won't they have fun opening them all.
♥♥♥

Sarah said...

I tuck away tiny little rocks and bits of yarn into jars and bowls all over the house. The rocks are from all the different places we've been; the teeny yarn balls are leftovers from projects, just 2-5 yards of colorful scraps that I love and can't bear to get rid of.

lwigell said...

Emily is such a sweet friend - one I've not yet met in the flesh but most definitely a kindred spirit. What do I keep in jars? Buttons, beads, trims - all the things I've collected to spin into my yarns.

Lynn said...

Emily is such a sweet friend - one I've not yet met in the flesh but most definitely a kindred spirit. What do I keep in jars? Buttons, beads, trims - all the things I've collected to spin into my yarns.

Cabootique said...

I keep random craft bits (buttons, beads, etc) in jars, and also small pieces of jewelry.

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Emily said...

I fill pretty clear jars with interesting pebbles or marbles and use them as decorations. Thanks for the giveaway!
e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

Zita said...

I collect snail shells in a jar. :)

M said...

The best thing to keep in jars? Cookies, of course.

Jonesy said...

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Tender Branson said...

I love her key jar. The real question about your 365 good thoughts is do you still have all of them?

Ashley said...

I have an obsession with jars! Usually glass ones because I love to see inside, but this key jar is quite mysterious. My favorite thing in jars right now are my tea bags!

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Nicole Marie said...

such a cute gift from your friend! and what an adorable key jar!!

KarenandJason said...

I usually tuck away loose change into a jar. It's amazing how much change adds up at the end of the month. I love vessels, and these created by Emily are just beautiful!

patk860 said...

um lets see...buttons, jewelry, rocks, dried flowers, coins, keys, pens & pencils, my dog treats, sea shells & teabags. did i say i love jars too? i recycle all kinds of jars including cleaning out the yankee candles when they're done. i've never had 365 notes though... how sweet! these are beautiful....

Maki said...

Oh yes, I love love all sorts of jars, cans and container... I need to watch out because I tend to buy and collect (hording - lol) them way too much.... LOL

oh, hello friend. said...

what a sweeeet jar!
i really love keeping old keys + buttons in jars :)
xo.

JAN said...

wow what wonderful jars..thanks so much for the chance..i just looked in my jar and this is what i found..
a angel brooch/pin
a couple of watch batteries
some pennies
and a hair clip
plus a note with a phone number on but no name (doh) lol
thanks once again Jan

Abby said...

I put all my small gifts into them. SO that they are all in the same place and I know where they are

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Lily said...

I love to fill jars with pretty buttons!

Angie said...

Love the story of the jar your friend gave you and LOVE the giveaway jar! I stash in necklaces and earrings in bowls and jars!

Thanks
Angie
rennieangie at gmail dot com

@ByHandGiveaways said...

love notes and change :)

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Jingle said...

I like to keep tiny little supplies like trinkets, charms, and gem stones in jars on my shelves so my storage is just as inspiring as the product itself!

passport in my pocket said...

that was the sweetest gift from your friend... how thoughtful. I would love to do that for someone - thanks for sharing.

p.s. you are so adorable in your new blog photo!!!! :)

Lynnette Kraft said...

Dionne,
Where have you been all of my blog life? :) I am featuring Hannah's blog today - Aspire, and when I popped over to see who was visiting I saw your comment. Not recognizing your name, I thought I'd pop by and see who you were and I'M SO glad I did!

As I've been roaming around here for a bit, I've realized how much I adore the things you adore. Tea parties, old dishes, beautiful pictures, flowers, etc. I'm so glad I found you! Oh, and I love the way you post your pictures in those cute frames with titles. How perfectly charming!

Gotta run, but I just wanted to say hello - and I'm looking forward to coming back. :)
Lynnette

Jenni said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such wonderful comments. :) I just found out I won the bag and its definitly exactly what I needed since this is the anniversary of my layoff. Thank you so so much! And cute blog!!!

Sam said...

how lovely! i keep all of my favorite earrings in a little jar.

Barbara said...

What a sweet thing to give to someone: 365 happy thoughts! I think it's charming. Did you open all of them?

I love packaging too. Always have. The work from Nesting Emily is adorable.
When my dad was a kid, he referred to his pocket "collections" as Peemores. In my family, we still refer to any jar, dish or drawer that is a catch-all as our peemore drawer.
So in this house, I have a drawer full of peemores, not a container. I would love the key container so I can have the extra kitchen drawer back!

Laura said...

At the moment I have a mixture of old looking jars, golden syrup and mustard powder and things like that. And i've filled them up with paintbrushes and have them on my desk, it looks lovely! I often make decorated jars filled with sweets for my friends too! tasty jars are always good :)xxx

laura.foxes6@ntlworld.com

Marci said...

I love this jar. I have never seen anything quite like it before and think it's a wonderful idea! I would love to win, fingers crossed. I tuck paper clips, tacks, buttons, rings, and earrings, lip balms, and many more items into jars. I have them setting on my writing desk, on my bathroom counter, all over the place.
Thanks for the chance to win!
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Damla said...

I put jam, honey, spices, dry vegetables, etc. into jars :)

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

So gorgeous! I can think of so many uses for these lovely jars. What a talent! Thanks for sharing them with us. Oh and I loooove the red jar your friend gave you---that's a true friend. XO Katie

Gaia said...

I'd love it for my bottons or for spices! I use jar for almost everything!

Have a nice week!

photojoy said...

I've never known of a key jar until I read your post. Is it something like a key hanger so that you don't lose it? Or is it rather for decoration? Talking of a key, I usually keep a house key and a car key with me. These are all. I'm just curious.

simplesong said...

so sweet. i love a good container too : ).

Kristin said...

You know someones good people when they gave a passion for choco and java! LOVE that key top jar!

AmbreRose said...

What do I not keep in jars would be the question I think. I have one full of glass hearts, another full of bobbins, another one with all my make up brushes and pencils. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

ThiliBlooms said...

Hello! What a beautiful blog! I love the gift your friend gave you, 365 handwritten happy thoughts, so nice!!
I love jars, I put coins in it or fresh flowers!
Have a wonderful day :)
I`ll come back for more!

Lady V dZine said...

As children, we faced a year where Dad had been laid off for a while, and it didn't look like Santa was coming to our house. My sister (then 6 or 7) told my Mom, "I don't care if I don't get anything but a box of love." On Christmas morning, when she opened her box, it appeared to be empty. But, Mom told her, "I poured all of my love into it before I wrapped it." My sister was ecstatic. We (my Mom and I) have continued to give my sister a "Box of Love" every year since. She is now 33. Each year, the box is a bit different. Some years its a jar or some such thing. But each year, we pour all of our love into it. Sometimes we write love on a bunch of strips of paper.
Thanks for the chance.
ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

Melissa said...

I love this key jar!

I like to keep all my extra buttons in a jar, it looks so colorful and pretty :)

Thanks for the chance to win!

JanuaryWish (at) verizon (dot) net

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I love jars. I put everything in them: tea bags, cookies, rice, buttons, pebbles... gorgeous! xo

Selene said...

Love sticking my coins in them, and counting them when it is fun. What fun!

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prettylittlethieves said...

scraps of pretty paper, fortune cookie messages, little notes, and photo booth pictures

"Julie" said...

I'm a jar/receptacle LOVER and love yours! I keep everything from bobby pins to lip glosses! I just found your blog today and realized you're a fellow houstonian! Love your blog! Will be back to read more!

Carapace said...

I keep my jars full of beads and fabric scraps, pins and pinbacks, pencils and brushes-- everything for crafting!

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Gaia said...

Your pics on Fb always capture my attention!
Have a nice weekend!

craftscafe said...

i love love love Emily's jars! i currently use vintage tea cups & tin cans, glass jars & other repurposed objects to hold my vintage & new beads in & other little jewelry making treasures. (see here if you're interested: http://craftscafe.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/new-crafts-space/)
beautiful post about Emily's work!

JennTRC said...

I would tuck in ticket stubs, love notes from my boyfriend and sea shells! :)

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

jupi said...

What i would tuck away in the jar would be my change

glenda09 said...

If i had a jar I would love to tuck away the craft items Ill be getting soon! Im ral excited to start making things!

glenda.a.silva@gmail.com

jakiesmom said...

on my hutch i have a jar with keys, stamps, nail clippers, special coins i don't want to spend, i think nails that my husband leaves lying around that i don't want my son to get a hold of...about once a yr i organize and clean it out...i love little containers
nannypanpan@sbcglobal.net

Amanda said...

How beautiful! And gorgeous pictures too! I would tuck away tiny acorns I find throughout the year...my favorite! Thanks!

momtoem said...

I like to keep sea shells in jars
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stash mama said...

I keep loose buttons and pins in Jars!!!! ooo hope i win..i really like this jar
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lo said...

I love to keep my pens and pins in jars! And pennies. Something so satisfying in clearing out all the extra random change into one place.

Kim said...

I would use it to hold all my crochet hooks!!!

Beautiful pieces!

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