Mason Jar Band Wreath

Mason jar wreath lead



It’s late and I can’t sleep. I am still dreaming up Christmas decorations.

Our kitchen just doesn’t have that Christmas feeling yet.

So, I put together a little Mason Jar Band Wreath to add some cheer.

This is a really easy project, it took just minutes to make.

Mason jar wreath

For this wreath you will need the following supplies:

A whole lot of mason jar bands, at least 2 dozen wide or narrow bands

Floral wire


Tartan ribbon with a wired edge

Dried chili peppers

Sprigs of fresh greenery or herbs

Thread the bands onto the floral wire. My wire measured about 14″ long.

Roll up some newspaper and stuff it down inside the bands to keep them lined up into a wreath like pattern.

Twist the wire together enclosing the bands. Make a small loop to hang the wreath at the same time. My bands didn’t actually cover the entire newspaper, I had about a 2″ gap at the top where the newspaper showed through the bands.

Mason jar wreath ribbon

Tied a generous bow at the top of the wreath (it should cover the exposed newspaper), leaving long tails of ribbon.

Thread the ribbon tails through every 2nd or 3rd lid. Each piece covered about half the wreath.

The loose ribbon ends were then tucked into the band at the center bottom so they wouldn’t show.

Mason jar wreath lead

I used some dried chili peppers to decorate the top of the wreath and wired them on to the bow with a twist tie.

The finishing touch was a bit of greenery from our evergreen shrubs outside. I also think that any sort of herb would work well here. You could use dried or fresh mint, sage, bay leaves, or oregano.

I use everything in my kitchen, it won’t be long before those chili peppers disappear!

Hummm, I think I will make a pot of chili today!


Enduro-Sheild Part 2


I have been avoiding cleaning this kitchen ever since we moved here.

It’s FAR too small, I feel claustrophobic in it.

As much as I love to cook, even cooking here isn’t much fun.

Cleaning this small kitchen is even less fun.

I am a rather messy cook, and I splash food everywhere.

I never said I was a clean cook.

If you have read my blog long enough, you know how I feel about cleaning.

I hate it.

Combine that with a too small kitchen and you have disaster.

Enter Enduro-Shield!

I recently tried their Enduro-Shield Shower Cleaning kit and I loved it.

This second kit, is for tile and grout.

I spent the morning cleaning my cooking mess off the tile and grout in the too small kitchen.

With this product, I hope to have to clean a lot less.

The kit comes with a pre cleaner, a protective coating, scrubby sponge, and polishing cloth.

Step one:  Clean the tile with the pre cleaner.

The cleaner sprays on easily and works quickly.

I love that it didn’t have a strong chemical odor, I don’t like heavily scented products.

Spray the pre cleaner on the tile and grout, wait a few minutes, then clean with the scrubby.

Dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Step two: Spray the protective coating on the tile and polish with the polishing cloth.

The protective coating does have a bit of an alcohol smell, but it disappears quickly. Be sure to have good ventilation when using it. The coating dries after a few minutes and is completely clear on the tiles.

It’s just a two step application. How easy is that?

The protective coating allows you to easily wipe off dirt from grout and tile without a lot of scrubbing.

This is good for me, I hate scrubbing.  Especially, I hate scrubbing grout lines.

Now, I won’t have to work so hard.

I was very impressed with this product and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

If you are interested in learning more about Enduro-Shield, click here for more information.

I am grateful to Enduro-Shield for allowing me to try their products.

Happy cleaning!

Changes to Come: Day 7 of Photo Challenge




It’s been fun doing this photo challenge, I have enjoyed mulling over each day’s assignment before choosing a photo to present to you.

Today it’s “Changes to Come”, and it’s a loaded assignment.

There are definately big changes to come around here.  Moving is practically a full time job. It’s not just the prep work that’s time consuming, it’s the paperwork, inspections and so forth.

I am in the midst of chaos. Complete chaos. 

I am dreaming of the day when we can throw our boxes away for good. It’s coming soon, just not soon enough to suit me.

I want to have it all over with before summer.

I would rather spend my summer days digging in the garden.

Or basking on a beach.

Or sipping ice tea on the terrace over looking the lake.

But not moving.

I will share more about our big move just as soon as I can. You can be re-assured I will have lots of projects to work on and share with you in the future.

Actually, it will probably take us about 20 years to finish them all. That’s okay with me. I am not in a hurry.

One project though, is already complete. The kitchen in our future home is nearly perfect in my opinion. Much more to come on that too.

Enjoy the chaos.