Friday, January 10, 2014

For the Love of Mason Jars and Boobs




{Author's Note: That title got you, didn't it? You are either offended or intrigued, right? I may have the wrong audience for this title, but please bare with me...}

Every so often, when my parents come to visit, my mom brings me a special surprise.

It could be cookies, a hand knit scarf, a craft project to keep the kids busy or…

an old mason jar.

I was so excited when I took this beauty out of the bag the last time they were here. It was just what I had been searching for.

You see, when we built this house almost 10 years ago we picked out the lights ourselves.


My husband and I thought we were so clever to not get the builder grade brass lights….no instead we got…

silver boob lights.

You know what I am talking about….they look like upside down hanging boobs.

And hey, I like boobs just as much as the next guy {kidding…sort of}, but I do not like them hanging from my ceiling.

For the sake of this blog being Rated G...I am not even going to give you a visual {I may or may not have lost the photo.}

Anyway, I knew just the right place for this jar. The mudroom.

So we got to work making a few Miner adjustments.


{One} 

Get a light hanging kit at Lowes in the lighting section.

I know what you are thinking....duh. The lighting section, that is obvious.

But it wasn't an easy find…it had to be a hard-wiring kit not plug in I had already been to a couple other stores with no luck.

And this one was on a bottom shelf under all the glass light shades, kind of out of eye sight.

{Two}

Thrilled that I finally found what I needed, we fit the lighting kit to the lid. My hubby cut the lid so it would fit using tin snips.

We worried though that the light would get to hot and crack the glass {andwe worried that we were destined to be stuck with a boob light forever}.

{Three}

But I suggested that we drill holes in the lid all the way around using an 1/8 inch drill bit so the heat could escape.



{Four}

Then my very handy husband got to work wiring it into the ceiling {according to the directions that come with the kit}. 

*Reminder: Turn off the electricity for doing this project…
we do not want your hair to stand on end.

You will need to determine how long you want the light to hang so that the door will open or you can walk under it without hitting your head or so the kids can't use it as a pinata.
                    
{Five}

And after he wired it, we turned the electricity back on and bam…we had light…

Mason Jar Light...
Clear. Bright. Oh. My. Goodness. I can see to put on 2 of the same shoes light!


Every time we complete a new project, that space becomes my favorite. This time was no exception.

I think I turned on that light and just stood there starring at it for 10 minutes.  I never did that with the boob light {"Um, my eyes are up here. Thanks"}.

    

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Public Service Announcement…

Speaking of boobs, please remember to do a self breast exam once a month. 

And since it is the beginning of the month and the beginning of a new year, this is a great time to start. 

I have far too many women in my life who have suffered from breast cancer. I don't want anymore to go through that. 

Here’s to your health and no more boob lights!





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nancherrow





16 comments:

  1. I have been looking for just the right light to hang over the kitchen sink. I do believe I just found it! I have tons of Mason jars just waiting to be pulled out of the darkness of the cabinet and put to good use. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. You are welcome, Jayne! I would totally love a mason jar light over my sink, but we have recessed lighting in the kitchen, so that would be tricky to do. I hope yours comes out fabulously!

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  2. Your new light fixture is fabulous! I love, love, love it. Got to go look around for a place to put one!

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin! I want to do more, but am afraid of overkill.

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  3. love it soooo much Trina! ox

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  4. i love the mason jar pendant light
    and yay for no more boobies hanging
    from your ceiling!

    (never thought i'd say THAT in a blog comment)

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thank, Alison! I never thought I would write about boobies either...but when the idea hits you, ya just gotta roll with it!

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  5. Love this idea...we are thinking of hanging three over our dining table. Just curious, did you use regular bulbs or Edison bulbs?

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    1. Hi, Karen! I actually used a regular light bulb. It is a little smaller in size then a lamp light bulb, b.c I couldn't fit a regular sized one in the jar. I didn't use an Edison though...they can be pricey.

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  6. Love Mason jar lights and this is so cute ....great job.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie. An oldie, but a goody {even if a little racey}.

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  8. love the light, I think I prefer it are more than boobs too!
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

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    1. Thanks, Marie! I am currently working on getting rid of the remaining 3 boob lights in my house. So now I have 4 for sale...know anyone who wants them? ;)

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