Fall weather makes me want to sit around a bonfire and roast s’mores with my closet friends. In a best-case-scenario, we’re sitting below a starry sky with caramel swirl marshmallows and ghiradelli chocolate. We listen to Lorde on the stereo until the sun comes up, and then we take the canoes out to watch the sunrise on the water.
Sounds like a perfect weekend, right? It’s based on actual plans for an upcoming cabin weekend, but, as for now, I’ll do my second favorite fall activity: read inside while I listen to the rain fall in the streets. In this best-case-scenario, I’m drinking mulled apple cider and surrounded by candles.
Jon and I took a drive out to the country to see the changing leaves, and the trip inspired me to make fall-inspired mason jar candles. Perfect for keeping me company while I’m reading on rainy days. If you’re interested, the process is detailed below:
Fill the outer rim of a mason jar with fall leaves:
I used double-sided tape to secure a candle wick at the bottom of a mason jar:
My wick stood straight for the majority of the project, but toward the end I secured it between two knives:
I melted soy wax in a microwave-safe bowl:
And then poured the wax into the mason jar and around the candle wick. When the wax dried, the candle looked like so:
An easy way to find out if your friend ‘carrot alls’ is to ask them to watch your puppy for a weekend. For some reason, ‘carrot all’ made me think of ‘carrotalls’ – like carrot overalls, and I ended up drawing this picture:
But, dear reader, what we’re here to talk about today is not carrot alls, but thanking people with carrots. Jon and I are going out of town for my birthday, and I sent my next-door-neighbor a text to see if she would mind puppy sitting for me:
I know, I know, she is the best. She said presents aren’t necessary, but I disagree 100%. I figure everyone loves carrot cake, and what could be nicer than carrot cake in a mason jar? An ‘Eat now or save for later’ sort of thing? I decided to fancy-it-up a bit and do three layers: caramel, carrot cake, and homemade cheesecake frosting.
I used a box cake:
Made the cream cheese frosting from scratch:
Put caramel bites on the bottom of the jar:
Added the carrot cake:
And then topped the cake with the homemade cream cheese frosting:
My DIY projects last week left made me want to sing along with Vanilla Ice to “can’t touch this…” Perhaps I’m biased, but I thought thought the mason jar flower vase and makeup brush holder would have Pottery Barn executives calling me to learn all my secrets. Especially when they realized I was doing all my crafting for less than $5.
The only shortfall, as far as I could see, was that I didn’t have a matching set to make it look organized. I decided to change that by crafting a matching toothbrush holder and soap dispenser. Like magic, I now have the entire line of mason jar bathroom products.
The toothbrush holder is the easy-as-pie design that inspired the makeup brush holder. To replicate, simply fill a mason jar with white sand, and stick your items inside:
The mason jar soap dispenser is a little more complicated because it takes 3 steps instead of 2. For this, simply use a pushpin to make a hole in the top of the mason jar, and then stick a pump from another soap dispenser inside (I found a soap dispenser at the dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar):
To add a country chic feel, spray paint mason jars to match the decor of your house, and then fill with flowers.
You can see how I made the makeup brush holder here, and instructions for the mason jar flower vase are here.
Let me know if you have any other questions, and enjoy the simple project 🙂
For a long time, I felt an incredible sense of urgency to meet exotic people in foreign cities. I wanted to explore new lands and experience different ways of living. Above all, I wanted to learn, as quickly as possible, where I belonged.
A lucky few are born somewhere they feel comfortable, and rarely venture far from home. Others, however, associate home with a place they’ve never been, and they spend their time searching, searching, searching for somewhere that feels safe.
I know it sounds cliché, but my search for belonging ended when I met Jon. You know all those songs about how a person feels like home? That’s exactly how it was. We met, and after a few short weeks, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be. My search was over.
This post ended up being of the mushy-gushy-grab-a-tissue variety, and I apologize. The thing is, I’m beginning a number of DIY projects for the apartment and the idea of belonging is on my mind. Today the crafting revolved around mason jars: I turned one into a makeup brush holder, and then I transformed another into a flower vase for my friend, Amy.
Here is a preview of the flower vase I made for Amy:
Jon’s been spending more time than usual at the office, and yesterday he brought a bag of snacks to keep in his desk for early mornings, late nights, and unexpected weekends. His snack bag included gas station favorites like pretzels, beef-jerkey, and cheese-sticks. No doubt perfect for road-trips, but I instantly thought about how his stash could be improved.
Images of his favorite foods raced through my mind – a dazzling mirage of caramels, cotton candy, and ice cream— and I started googling recipes to see what would keep well in his office. The answer seemed obvious when I stumbled upon strawberry shortcake in a jar: it’s berry season, Jon love anything with cake, and the jars are perfect for storing in the office kitchen.
I whipped the cream&sugar, diced the angel food cake, and headed into the office to see my sweetheart.
If you love the recipe as much as I do, check out the artist Benedicte Caillat for similarly-artsy recipes.