Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 29

This Gift Wrapped in Glass is for the Artist in the house.  In the past, that has usually been me. Our boys toyed with art for a while, then seemed to grow out of it.  The other day our son Ted informed me that he wants to learn how to draw. This came as a real shocker.  Ted was the boy who HATED ART. He would scream and cry when I would try and get him to hold a crayon.  Suddenly at age 17 1/2, he wants to learn art? Wow! I never would have guessed that in a million years! I took his cue as the perfect opportunity to create The Artists Jar.  I started with a two quart, wide mouth Mason Jar for this project. I also purchased a few small art supplies including: mini art mannequin charcoal pencils kneaded eraser various drawing pencils of different hardness variety of colored pencils pencil sharpener Washi tape for decoration I gathered a few other supplies such as water color crayons and pastels (these we already owned) and packaged them in little plastic baggies closed with a bit of colorful Washi tape, as they can be quite messy. I also pulled out some water color pencils, art brushes, and a pad of sand paper (for sharpening the soft pastels and charcoals). I found this cute little set of charcoal pencils in a carrying box at Walmart. I decorated the outside of the box with a few pieces of Washi Tape. I love the funky eye glasses print. So festive! On a whim,…
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Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 18

Today I tried to calculate how many Mason jars I have used so far in this series. I know I bought two shopping carts full of various jars, but I also used some old ones plus a few more I had picked up at thrift stores here and there. I estimate we are approaching the twelve dozen mark, possibly even more.  I have jars on every single shelf in the house and am fast running out of room. Still 13 more posts to go! I think I will need more shelves. Today’s Gift Wrapped in Glass is not going to be on the shelf though. It has to be refrigerated. This is  Homemade Maple Syrup. It does not involve trees, sap buckets or smelly boilers. That is far too complicated. It involves only simple ingredients: Here’s the proportions: 1/2 tsp. Maple Flavoring (Mapleene is a good brand) 3 cups water 2 cups brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Bring water to a boil, add sugar, stir until dissolved. Turn heat to low, add liquid flavorings. Simmer for 30-60 minutes until it reaches desired thickness. Remove from heat, place in jars with lids and bands. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Makes 1/2 pint. I added some colorful faux leaves to the jar by punching the leaf with a hole punch and stringing it on raffia.  A label for the top was the finishing touch. No trees were harmed in the making of this post. Lots more Gifts Wrapped in Glass to come!