Okay. So today is supposed to be the day that I show off a really easy project with Kelly and Linda and Andrea and Karah.
As in it’s a cinch.
As in easy peasy.
And while I do have a project….that is easy and fun and you should totally make it and then invite your friends over so they can see how great and creative and talented you are and make them think that they should be reading blogs that have easy projects, so that they, too can look like creative geniuses….just like you.
But you see….even though I do have a project.
That is so not even the point of this post.
It all started when I remembered that I had these.
And then I saw this.
Did you see it?
Did you see that amazing photograph?
Did you see the candles in the jars with that beautiful sunset in the background? As if they were hung there for a late-night garden party. A garden party where there was fresh-squeezed lemonade and hay bales and fiddles and crickets chirping and soft music in the night and dancing under the stars.
Of course there would be fireflies at the lemonade, fiddle-playing, cricket-chirping-hay-bale party.
And as soon as I saw it I knew. I knew that I was going to make that project and take a picture.
A picture just like that.
So I gathered up baling wire, jute cord and glue dots and mason jars.
And then I wrapped the wire around the rim of the mason jar and created a handle….like this.
(see how easy it is…so far)
Then I took battery-operated candles….flipped them over and added glue dots to the bottom to keep them in place.
I put the candles in the jar and tied the jute rope around the wire and my husband tied them to branches in a tree.
And I waited until sunset.
Everything was ready.
Everything was in place.
The candles were hung and swaying in the breeze. The sun was setting on the horizon. The stars were just starting to twinkle in the sky and I heard a cricket chirp.
This was it.
This was the moment for the lemonade, fiddle-playing, dancing under the stars picture.
Where’s the sunset in the distant background?
Where’s the stars twinkling in the night sky?
This is only a picture of a black empty background and an out-of-focus mason jar with a candle.
There is nothing remotely romantic or fiddle-playing about this picture.
It doesn’t inspire me or make me want to sit on a hay bale or hum Cotton-eyed Joe.
It doesn’t really even make me want to drink sweet tea.
This is a great project.
You should really make it. Or this version. Or this version.
It is summery and romantic and incredibly easy.
And if you happen to make these candle mason jars and you are a really great photographer who knows all about aperture and slow shutter speeds and higher ISO numbers….will you take the picture?
Especially if there are fireflies 🙂
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