DIY Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns

DIY Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns

I love Mason Jars. I love using them as glassware. I love using them as decor. I just love love love them. So I decided to create some hanging lanterns using Mason Jars. These are super easy to make and are cheap! I spent less than $40 and ended up with 12 Hanging Lanterns.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
A case of Mason Jars (I used the Pint Sized ones)
Frosted Glass Spray Paint
Diamond Glitter Spray Paint (optional)
Rubber Bands
LED Electronic Tea Lights
Jute
Hot Glue Gun

Directions:
On a few of my jars, I added some rubber bands so that I would have some detail other than just the frosted glass effect.
I spray painted all my Mason Jars with the Frosted Glass Spray Paint.
I spray painted half of my Mason Jars with the Diamond Glitter Spray Paint (after the frosted glass was dry).
After all the paint has dried, pull the rubber bands off.
Next, I tied a small piece of jute around the lip of the mason jar, fairly loosely.
I then took a longer piece (aka the hanger piece) and tied one side to the loosely tied “lip” string and then tied the other side to the lip side. I then finished tying off the “lip” piece.
I used my hot glue gun to “glue” the knots to keep them from unraveling.

I then placed a tea light in each one and hung them from the trees. I chose to put the lids back on the jars to help keep the bugs and water out.

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Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns 3

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Book Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

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The Storied Life of AJ FikryThe Storied Life by A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Goodreads.com Synopsis:
In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books-and booksellers-that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest book store for this book. I absolutely loved it. And it’s a quick read. Add this one to your reading list!

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**This book was the April Selection for the She Reads Online Bookclub. Find out more about She Reads here.

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42 Tempting & Tasty Brownie Recipes

42 Tempting & Tasty Brownie Recipes

I have been craving brownies for the last week. I was so hoping to make some this weekend but our schedules prevented that bit of baking from happening. I’ve rounded up 42 super yummy brownie recipes for you (and me!) and I can’t wait until I can find time to do some baking!!

Featured in the Graphic:

The Kitchen is My Playground | Oreo Brownie Bars
Roxanna’s Home Baking | German Chocolate Brownies
Life, Love and Sugar | Fudgy Brownies with Crunchy Butterfinger Crust
Mom Endeavors | Peanut M&M’s Party Brownies
The Kitchen is My Playground | Raspberry Truffle Brownies
Roxanna’s Home Baking | Tiramisu Brownies

More AMAZING Brownie Recipes…
Hairspray and Highheels | Slutty Fall Brownies
Pandora’s Deals | Brownie Cookie Combo
Frugal Foodie Mama | Cinnamon S’mores Brownies
Little House Living | Zucchini Brownies
Thrifty Jinxy | Salted Caramel Brownies
Summer Scraps | Caramel Turtle Brownies
Stockpiling Moms | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies
Back for Seconds Blog | Homemade Samoas Brownies
Thirty-One Ten | Ooey Gooey Mint Dark Chocolate Brownies
Frugal Foodie Mama | Peanut M&M Buckeye Bars
Southern Girl Ramblings | Mint Oreo Marshmallow Brownies
Little House Living | Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Back for Seconds Blog | Peppermint Patty Stuffed Fudge Brownies
Confessions of an Overworked Mom | Brownie Pecan Tart
Fantastical Sharing of Recipes | Andes Creamy Mint Brownies
Frugal Foodie Mama | Fudgy Secret Ingredient Cherry Brownies
Gator Mommy Reviews | Mint Brownies
Thirty-one Ten | Gooey White Chocolate Chip Brownies with Powdered Sugar
All She Cooks | Gooey Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies
Roxana’s Home Baking | Espresso Brownies with Espresso Frosting
Gator Mommy Reviews | Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
Sweet Pea Savings | Nutella Brownies
Back for Seconds Blog | Turtle Cheesecake Brownies
Fantastical Sharing of Recipes | Cosmic Brownies
Chocolate, Chocolate and More | Lunch Lady Brownies
Momma Young | Pringles Brownies
Architecture of a Mom | Secret Ingredient Samoa Brownies
Keep It Simple, Sweetie | Caramel Brownies
Life, Love & Sugar | Quick and Easy Brownies
Little House Living | Made from Scratch Brownies
Fantastical Sharing of Recipes | Ultimate Thin Mint Brownies
The Experimental Home | Mint Brownie Bites
A Mitten Full of Savings | Dark Chocolate Fudgy Brownies
Food Done Light | Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies
A Family Feast | Bog Hollow Cranberry Brownies

Which ones are tempting your taste buds?

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