Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Cape May Lantern

For today I'd like to show you the lanterns I make from mason jars,

Cape May Lantern

I call it the Cape May Lantern  because I make them when I am down the shore, in Cape May County, and I only use white pebbles collected from the Cape May Sunset Beach.

Sunset Beach in cape May is where they find the "Cape May Diamonds" They are much like these white ones but a bit more clear and when polished and cut they shine like a diamond and make gorgeous pieces of jewelery.

I might start also collecting the peach color pebbles but for now, I have a bit of obsession for only the white ones. Some come with a hint of grey, and some with a hint or vein of sandy beige.
 It gives a nice glow from the little tea lites, and a whole bunch of these lanterns creates a magical ambiance in a yard or lining  a path for a ceremony.

You can dangle them from tree limbs, or just set them on your deck.

 Wire twisted around the neck to form a lantern handle .
 A bit of twine tied around the neck in a little nautical knot.
I try to always use the Atlas mason jar, they have been making glass jars since the 1800's here in America. Sometimes I use butchers twine, or jute twine, and sometimes sisal rope. I like the neutral and white combinations.
These come in  handy when we have power failures, which we seem to have a lot of when the heat is on, and everyone is burning the air conditioners.

To me it's just nice to have the time to be able to craft things that I like  to look at ...and that serve a useful purpose. It's the Good Life!
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  1. I like your Cape May Lanterns. Great use for those pebbles. We always grab a bag full of pebbles when we visit Sunset Beach but we've never put them to such a good use. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. What beautiful lanterns! I love the color of the rocks. They are just perfect.

  3. What a pretty lantern! I love vintage mason jars, too. And the nautical knot adds a fun and whimsical touch!!!

  4. I saw some of these in "COUNTRY WOMAN" magazine,and I've been wanting to make some myself,I love this beach theme!

  5. Your lanterns are so beautifully styled! I love the whole concept. The white rocks are fabulous! The lanterns would look best in masses.

  6. Hi Eileen, I really love these lanterns. It's so romantic. and your white stones remind me of the movie, "Somethings Gotta Give" where she collected the white beach pebbles. The nautical knot with the twine really just makes it!
    xoxo Debra

  7. What a great idea! The stones from just a certain beach give the jars a story to tell. They are just wonderful!

  8. I've been collecting these jars for a while and thought about doing something just like this! I love your jars-they look so pretty at night!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,

  9. These lanterns are sweet. I've never heard of those lovely white stones being polished for jewellry but they look nice in the bottom of the jar.

  10. Lovely idea. Beautiful white rocks. Karie

  11. Fabulous, its wonderful what you can do with beachy finds and glass. I am just back from a trip to Florida and had to bring some shells home with me..see what I did with them Here ... what do you think?

  12. Soo cute!! I love this- sharing it at the party tonight! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  13. These are really clever, simple and functional! I love that they hang. Visiting from French County Cottage.


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