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A Clear Solution

It’s often said that little things please little minds. In my case I’m sad to say it’s 100% true! On Sunday I wrote that I was at a loss to know what to do with my many blunt needles, since the demise of the 35mm film canister. As ever, I put the question to the Slow Sunday Stitchers at the weekend and you came up with lots of suggestions:

  • most popular was the old prescription pill bottle,
  • then there was the sharps bin at the doctor’s surgery
  • or the inventive little plastic breath-mint box.

But the suggestion that really caught my attention was Colleen’s Mason jar solution. Mason jars are the ones with the metal lids and the separate ring screw-top (in the UK these are the original Kilner jar I believe). Colleen suggested you make some holes in the lid (you could use a bradawl) and drop your used needles inside until it was full enough to dispose of by taping up the holes and sending it off with the trash (which would take some considerable time!).

What I Did

Tiny Kilner jar with a homemade label, to store blunt pins and needles. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

On my weekly shopping trip today I popped into a kitchen shop and picked up a mini clip top Kilner jar (above); I’m a sucker for Kilner jars! No more blunt needles hanging around on my lamp base – or anywhere else they might fall. A cute jar needs some cute decoration. Yes it does!  A bit of repurposed ribbon and a white pin from a clothes label, plus a parcel label a friend gave me and Bob’s your uncle – that’s me happy for the rest of the day!  See, little things.

Thanks again to Colleen for the solution and the smiles. How would you decorate yours? Need some ideas? Look at this amazing Pinterest board One Million Ideas for Mason Jars!

I’m linking up with Lorna for this week’s Let’s Bee Social, see you there.

Happy stitching

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com


6 replies
  1. Colleen
    Colleen says:

    Wow it’s like winning a prize to see my name in the lights so to speak . In the interest of total disclosure it’s in my local quilt shop that I saw this mason pin jar I just passed what was done there along , not my original idea.
    I do like how you took that information made it your own cute function pin holding decoration
    Your newest best friend from the San Francisco Bay Area of California USA

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Ah Colleen the pleasure was all mine – and it makes me smile to have made you smile! Whether it was your idea or not, it was you that passed it on and I’m making good use of my little jar so far! Thank you so much!


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