The words “reduce, reuse, and recycle” have gotten a workout since the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. But one of our new favorite “re” words is repurpose — finding a new purpose for an old material to give it new life and avoid the landfill. This kitchen features a perfect example of repurposing as old Mason-style ball jars become eye-catching industrial pendants.
The space is a beautiful blend of old and new with the combination of wood, stainless steel, granite, tile, and the nostalgic jar lights. To get this look, take a peek at our Vintage Ball Perfect Blue Mason Jar Pendant, part of our collection of Vintage Industrial Lights. You can customize this unique light with a powdercoat finish color for the lid and your choice of a standard cord or seven different colored cotton cords. Each of these American made jars is original and finishes will vary.Read More
What do you buy the Southern Foodie who has everything? Try these American Made goods! We’ve selected some of our favorite gifts from around the internet—just in time for Cyber Monday! It’s heartwarming to know that these gifts are not only hand crafted with love, but they’re also kind to your wallet!
1- Shopping for eclectic ingredients is a breeze when your money is well organized with a Horizon Three Wallet by Makr ($90).
2- Be it home, or a vacation dream, you can always have a little bit of Texas with you whenever you cook with the Texas State Cutting Board by AHeirloom ($48). Also available in other states.
3- The newest addition to Barn Light Electric’s Industrial Home Utility reflects a retro look while it’s ultra-durable and vibrant porcelain enamel finish will certainly last! The Enamelware Cup by Barn Light Electric ($16) is the gift that will certainly keep on giving.
4- Perfect for dining nooks and pantries, The Bowie Wall Sconce by Barn Light Electric ($79) this little light has farm style without the bulk and size of traditional goosenecks.
5- The Ball Jar Pendant by Barn Light Electric ($95) would make a charming ornamentation for over your kitchen sink or island. We especially love the Chevron cord!
6- Need a gift for newlyweds? This little Love Birds Bowl by Artifacts of Life ($39) would look adorable in their little nest as a candy dish, fruit bowl, or even a place to hold your butter pats.
7- This little work of folk also serves as a functional kitchen towel. Hand screened and sewn, the Cake Vintage Multi Fork Knife and Spoon Kitchen Towel by Susabelle Boutique ($37) is also printed on organic cotton blend fabric!
8- Sift in style with the Designer Flour Sifter by Jaconb Bromwell ($40) and while you’re at it, be inspired by the recipe printed on the side.
Mason jars are emerging all over the decorating circuit. From Mason jar wine glasses all the way to unique Ball Jar Pendants, these iconic pieces aren’t just for canning and preserving anymore! Don’t believe it? Just do a quick Google search for “mason jar crafts” and see the possibilities emerge!
The Mason jar candle is a little bit more time consuming than most other DIY projects, but probably the most rewarding! You can use these for a variety of options, maybe even a centerpiece at a rustic country wedding. What you’ll need:
One 12 oz. bag of wax flakes per jar
Dowel rods or wooden skewers
Start off by melting the wax over low heat. Keep in mind that it should never smoke, burn or boil. Stir throughout to ensure even consistency and temperature. While the wax is melting, center the wick in your Mason jars and secure them with the rod or skewer. Once the wax has completely melted, add in your scented oil and stir.
At this point, you’ll need to pour the melted wax into each Mason jar. It will take a while for the wax to cool completely, so kick back and relax. Turn on your favorite college football game and play the waiting game! Once the wax has cooled and hardened, remove the securing rod and snip the wick down to a safe length.
These Mason jar candles make great gifts, and are more personable than a standard store bought candle. Add some matching fabric over the top and secure with the lid. All you need now is a gift tag for that special someone!
Don’t forget to vote for Barn Light Electric in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards! You can vote once a day from now until September 24th. Check out our nomination page and vote today! Thank you!Read More