5.12.2013

Blue Mason Jar + Handpicked Trail Mix = Busy Blogger Bites

Confession: I'm sort of obsessed with a good mason jar. 
Maybe it's because they can be filled with flowers, food, craft room objects, decorative home decor items or a simple drink, and look equally as cool every time. That being said, I'm definitely drawn to the blue mason jar the most, which for a while was a bit hard to find because they were always rare and/or vintage. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw these beauties!
The jars can be purchased at the Fresh Preserving Store online, and also found in all other stores that sell canning products such as Ace Hardware and select Targets
They're the new, limited edition Ball brand heritage collection, vintage inspired pint sized jars. The Ball brand released them recently to celebrate their 100 year anniversary, and I've seen others around the net using them in lots of creative, cool ways, so I wanted to come up with something of my own.

Here's what I thought of...

Busy Blogger Bites... yummy treats to get you through a long posting night.
:)

I'm a HUGE fan of trail mix... of any sort. As my friend Margie would put it, I'm the kind of person who doesn't mind eating the extra "stuff" in the end (or at the bottom) that others leave behind (yeah, I'm a good friend that way). Maybe this has to do with the fact that I love munchies, or that the mix of salty and sweet totally gets me every time, but either way, I knew that I wanted to make a yummy trail mix for my sweet blogging friends who work late hours into the night coming up with fabulous, informative posts for all of us... and these blue mason jars would be the perfect way to package all the goodness up.

What's better than good trail mix? The PERFECT trail mix...making your own, and loving EVERY bite of it!
As you can see from above I chose all things that I think taste really great together and gathered them all separately from the bulk foods section in my grocery store.
I found everything I needed at WinCo, but you could shop at Whole Foods or any other store that has individually sold bulk foods as well.

After mixing everything together and putting it my cute blue jars, I punched out a circle for the top of my lid, tied a few different colored and textured ribbons to the outside, topped it off with a little printout that I designed in Photoshop, and as easy as that, I was finished!

To me, this would be the perfect little treat to have computer side, while I worked the night away.
Now I just hope that my cute blogger friends feel the same way!

PS: this gift idea is obviously great for ANY occasion, just find a little tag that matches your needs or personalizes the jar of trail mix how you'd like it!

25 comments:

  1. Where did you find the mason jars?

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    1. she provided the link in the blog post :)

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  2. Such a fun, cute gift! :) The trail mix you put together sounds awesome and I'd totally pick out the yogurt covered pretzels first...my fave. :)

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  3. Looks awesome! I've never heard of salted maple crisps but hope I can find them in the Whole Foods bins. I don't have any blogger friends but I plan on doling these out to my kids after school, portioned in snack size baggies. Thanks for the idea!

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  4. I love love the blue Mason jars!! Did you order them online, or find them in a store? I love that you made them into little gifts :) Clever!
    Sending cheerful thoughts!
    Rachel @ Little Bits of Everything

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  5. This would be good for those super late night scrappy nights. My online friend was up to about 3 AM Friday night or I should say Saturday morning. I need to make this and mail it to her... actually I think she lives out by you.. Salt Lake City. :)

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  6. I love it. This would be a great teacher gift too. "For those long nights when they are grading tests". My one question is, where did you find them? Did you order them online or did you find them in a store?!?! Im like you, I LOVE me some mason jars...and I am LOVING these blue ones. Would LOVE to have some myself.

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  7. I ordered a box of the new jars from the True Value store in Front Royal VA. The don't carry the new jars and only took orders. It only took a few days and free shipping to the store. They cost $2 more then ordering on line but I didn't have to pay the postage for the online order. I hope to get another set soon. They are so pretty. Yours truly-Elaine

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  8. Very cute! I love that they can be dressed up for any occasion. We used them for a baby shower recently and they were so fun.

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  9. Great gift idea! The blue is so lovely, I'm going to have to get for some of these before they are snatched up. Love your site and all your gorgeous projects!- Jennifer

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  10. You have no idea how many of those jars I have!! I adore them and the blue esp. I could just stare at them for hours, I know, I'm kinda strange!! That mix looks delightful!

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  11. I love those blue jars...they are beautiful, and what a fun little gift idea.

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  12. You can order the jars from Amazon - they are $13.87, and if you order over $25, you can get free super saving shipping. Hope this helps someone

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  13. You can order the jars from Amazon - they are $13.87, and if you order over $25, you can get free super saver shipping. Hope this helps someone.

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  14. This is a fantastic idea for an after school snack as well! Guess I have a WinCo trip in my future.....

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  15. Can't wait to make these and send them to my blogger friends! I have been looking for a reason to buy those amazing blue jars!

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  16. I ordered mine from kmart online. I had them shipped to my local store so I paid no shipping fees!

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  17. My 4 year old was sitting with me as I was reading your post and he immediately said, "Mmmmm...mom, can we make that?!" Lol...it looks so delicious! And so beautifully packaged too! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Shelley!

    ~Abby =)

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  18. Such a cute idea! I would love one of these babies! I made these before but w/cupcakes for my girls' teachers complete w/a spoon! They ate them right there too!

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  19. I ordered several of these mason jars a couple of weeks ago! Found them on Amazon. LOVE THEM. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them but they were too pretty to pass up. I'm thinking they'll be used at our next party for sure!

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  20. I love these! I just ordered them from Ace hardware, per your suggestion. They even had free shipping site to store and they were only $10.99! Thanks!

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  21. Love the blue jars!!! I am excited to find these! Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. Just picked up a set of blue jars yesterday at Harmon's. Thanks for the cute idea. :)

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  23. I got these at Lowes too. They were hidden on the bottom shelf...but I found them!! :)

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