Collected

10.08.2012

Several weeks ago I received this large jar that I ordered from Antique Farmhouse or Decor Steals, I can't remember.  I was hoping it would come with the greenish and white worn lid that was shown on the site, but I got the rusted lid instead. That's okay it still works in the great room on the drop leaf table.

After I got the jar I wasn't real sure what I was going to do with it. I changed up the vignette on the drop leaf table so I could use it there and just started sticking some things I have collected in it that would fit.

Over many days and walking by it I would think of something else to add. I added this old key, that came with a gift from a friend, to the top of the books.

I placed a vintage shoe form in that I had put away in a drawer. Then after I took apart the summer items stuck in the urns on the mantel I placed the black sea fan in. The little round mushroom looking thing is from the base of a tree in our yard.

Then last week I received a piece of sheet music in another package with something I bought from French Larkspur which I will share soon. I rolled it up and stuck it in the jar. Then Mr. Savvy had collected some rocks on the beach in Rhode Island last week that we stopped and walked on. It was so nice to smell the salty beach air. I told him I would add the rocks to this jar.

While changing things up on this table I added this cute little squirrel salt and pepper shaker set from Pottery Barn given to me for my birthday last month by my daughter.

I thought this would be a cute touch of fall on this table.

Now, when I walk by I can see the things I have collected.

Do you have collections stored in a jar?


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47 comments:

  1. Looks great!

    Love that jar and find especially interesting to see what you have put inside.

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  2. I have beach glass collected on a shore of Lake Michigan on a marriage retreat with my sweet husband, someday I'm going to find the perfect little vessel to put it in.

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  3. Kim I love that jar. The shoe form is just darling. And great pics from your trip I enjoyed them very much they look like postcard pictures.

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  4. Kim that is a huge jar! LOVE how you displayed yours! Oh you will have fun changing it out too!
    xx
    Anne

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  5. The idea of putting the books in the jar is unique and keeps old books from dust. Great idea I'll have to steal!

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  6. Just today I posted about one of my jars full of stuff. Love yours with the touches of nature. Sally

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  7. Kim that jar looks fabulous the way you have it filled! Do I spy a new lamp? I like it.

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  8. I love that jar and how you put collected items in it. It's so interesting that way. Wish I would've ordered one of those jars now.

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  9. Now I wish I would have ordered that when I saw it. It looks great filled with all your fun treasures :)

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  10. I love your jar collection! The little books did it for me, perfect. I like the rusty lid but you could easily paint it with patina metal paints to get your greenish and white look you were after. I like using the tips of a sea sponge to get a really organic look.

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  11. The jar must be of some size to fit all those things in there. Great display and the S&P shakers are adorable.

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  12. I think that is a very clever idea Kim! What a pretty look. Mr. Squirell is cute too.

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  13. Had to laugh...I have all the books in your stack of decorating books (as well as several more, as I'm sure you do). The jar looks great! Can I copy that too?

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  14. The jar looks so interesting with the wonderful old books and the sea fan, such great texture. I collect shells and sand dollars that I've found on vacations and keep them in a large glass jar.

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  15. What a great idea for the jar! I was so surprised to hear that you were in Mystic, CT and Rhode Island. I live in RI (wish we could have met). Your blog is fabulous and I come check it everyday. You are a great inspiration to see each day. Keep all your great ideas rolling because you are great at what you do!

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  16. That is a big cool jar and the books look good in there. I am amassing wine corks in an antique Lance cookie jar.

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  17. Wow, Great jar to be large enough for all those wonderful goodies! I really like the combination of items you filled it with.
    Mary Alice

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  18. What a Fab jar!! Wonderful treasures inside as well. Mr. Squirrel is so adorable :-)
    Oh... darling lamp !
    Cheers, Gee

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  19. That jar is fantastic! Love all the treasures you put inside especially the books. Let's see, I have old marbles in one jar and sea shells in another. I like the way things look in them!

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  20. Since moving into this new house I have found that I ahve WAAAAAY to many collections!!! I am going to have to get rid of alot of things. But, slowly. I want to make sure I can't use things. I LOOOOVE that new jar AND how you have filled it. I also like the rusty lid. XO, Pinky

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  21. No collections stored in a jar, but that's a cute idea. Your tabletop vignette looks great. I like the rusty red of the lid..........Sarah

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  22. That new jar is terrific!!! Collections should have meaning, I say, and yours in the jar are perfect!!!

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  23. How special to be able to walk by and have sweet memories every time you see your treasures in the jar! Love your new squirrel!

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  24. I love the size of the jar. It looks great with all of your collectibles. I have a jar filled with sea glass. But sadly I bought it! We aren't lucky enough to find it on our beaches.

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  25. What a nice idea. I bet when you open the jar you can smell the sea air :)

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  26. beautiful! i love how just containing all those precious collectibles into one vignette gives them so much more purpose & impact. so pretty!

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  27. You are the master of the vignette! You have a gift for displaying items and making them look like a million dollars. Maybe you should get a job with pottery barn helping them set up things for their catalogs! Beautiful!

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  28. I love your "collections in a jar"....you so carefully put together wonderful textures and subjects that it draws you to want to gaze at so many wonderful items...I love it...and that squirrel is the cutest!!!

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  29. I don't yet - but I will! Love this rusty lidded jar and everything inside! Great idea to add your RI rocks - great memory.
    Kelly

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  30. I love that you have added bits and pieces from here and there. A real collection you have gathered over time. It is beautiful Kim.

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  31. Hey Kim you could go into business just selling those jars decorated. Look how many wanted that jar after seeing yours. Great inspiration.

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  32. I love the jar. I like the rusty lid and the items inside are so pretty. I love the little squirrel, too cute.

    Cynthia

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  33. Your vignette is great and I love the use of the jar for collections. How fun is that. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  34. I never thought of turning a big jar into a collection storage, how clever.

    Bliss

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  35. Looks great! I really liked those jars too. I want them in my laundry room - but my laundry room isn't ready for glassware yet!

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  36. that is a nice big jar. love the rusty lid on it!

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  37. I am the self-professed queen of collections in a jar!! I have vintage glass fishing floats, shells, coral, starfish, rocks, bird nests, feathers, moss, and photos all in different jars all over my home & change them out seasonally. I plan on doing a candy cane collection this year in jars on one of my hall entry tables. Love using jars, no dusting!!

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  38. Kim, I just love your collections displayed in your jar. Love the books especially because I would never have thought to put them in there! I have a collection of cookie cutters in a small jar, but I need to use a larger jar as I have accumulated more just recently. Hmm...possible blog post!

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  39. I bought this exact jar recently from Decor Steals! Love the idea of putting a collection inside. Thanks for sharing!
    Amanda

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  40. What a pretty collection of interesting items in your new/old jar, Kim. I love skeleton keys and those old books with the beautiful covers. It's fun to place items that have personal meaning for you, such as the rocks from your recent trip, in there as well--I imagine it would bring a smile when you glance at the jar. I collect buttons in jars, but I think that's about it. It may have to give it a try!

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  41. I love the jar, but moreover love how you've filled it and displayed it. This caught my eye immediately as I was looking around your blog!

    Thanks for showing!

    Nancy

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  42. I don't have a jar filled with little treasures but now that I've seen yours...I want one!!! It looks great.

    Jermaine

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  43. that can store all kinds of seasonal goodies...all four of them!:)
    xoxo

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  44. This is such a pretty tabletop! It will be fun to see what you do next with that jar. i'll bet it won't stay in the same place for long.

    ~Lynn

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  45. What a fun idea. I love the fact that you just kept adding things as they moved your whim! I like the rust top!

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  46. I love that jar, Kim, especially the rusted lid. Your collection inside is so pretty. I don't have a jar collection, but I do have a very big glass cylinder of shells I've collected over the years from various of our New England beaches.

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