Vintage French Canning Jars – Floral Friday

Welcome to Floral Friday,

when every first and third Friday of the month my friends and I present

some wonderful floral inspiration to you for your enjoyment.

Today, it is all about flowers in wonderful canning jars.

Do you remember my French Market Rolling Basket Story?

The story of how I trekked it from California to North Carolina?

Well, there is one thing that I did not mention.

When I purchased the market basket, I also purchased  several other things.

At the time, I figured if I was going to ship this basket, I may as well fill it with goodies!

A few of them you will see today for Floral Friday. One more item remains for another day.

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I found these Vintage French Canning Jars in the same shop as the basket,

in Calistoga, California at the Lincoln Street Market.

They are vintage jars with vintage labels applied to them.

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The labels caught my eye . . . especially this one:

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And this one:

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And this one:

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At first, I thought I would just get the one jar,

but thought, it is so much better to have a trio and they would fit in the basket;

however, little did I know about the shipping dilemma to come.

But all’s well that ends well.

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I also loved the sweet lids . . . the one above still had its metal clip.

(Le Meilleur)

It was hard taking photos of the glass lid on this next jar

after I created the arrangement …. but here it is “inside out”. (Le Parfait)

Both the Citron jars and the Ambassadeurs Pur Fruit are by Le Parfait.

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When I went shopping for flowers,

I looked for specific colors that would coordinate with the labels.

Such as the shade of tulips that coordinate well

with the Sirop de Mandarine label.

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Yellow lemons and Meyer lemons are perfect for the centerpiece/vignette on the table.

Lemon themed plates from Pottery Barn await lemon goodies to be placed upon them.

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I saw a photo the other day of tulips popping up

through a blanket of snow.  So I took the white stock flowers

and arranged them to a height below the tulips,

trying to get that popping up through the snow effect.

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While we are on the subject of goodies . . .

Lemon Squares from Trader Joe’s  placed on a plate

elevated by its matching condiment bowl turned upside down.

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Yellow Hyacinths fill the Ambassadeurs jar as I wanted a flower

with lots of texture and fragrance.

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Blues and yellows were my theme for this arrangement in the Citron jar

with pops of subtle pink in the tulips.

I used blue hydrangeas, tulips, white stock, and yellow alstroemerias.

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What I love about using canning jars, whether new or vintage,

for floral arrangements, is that I find it easy to arrange flowers in these wide mouth jars.

You can create simple arrangements, using one type of flower or let your creativity

soar and make your masterpiece of nature.

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Either way you chose . . . as far as flowers are concerned to place in these jars,

it is like the Little Black Dress . . . 

you can dress it up or dress it down.

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Place the arrangements on a table of fine china or everyday dishes.

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For today, it is definitely  casual dress with a hint of fancy.

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When I received the sneak peeks from my wonderful friends of Floral Friday,

I was left breathless at the beauty and creativity of the arrangements and vignettes!

So move on down the road to each of these lovely ladies’ posts

and you will be sure to have a wonderful experience of amazing inspiration and “happy” !!!

The links are below each image.

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So, are you incredibly inspired?!!!

I am so very fortunate to team up with these extremely talented ladies

for Floral Friday! They make my heart happy!

And speaking of happy hearts . . . I wish you all a most beautiful weekend

doing the things you love to make your heart happy!!!

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  1. Swoon Shirley…French Canning Jar Love! I adore your trio of jars with all your beautiful flowers…so glad you were able to pack them up in your basket! The tulips, hydrangeas and stock are a breathtaking combination~ I desperately need a Trader Joe’s nearby! Your vignette is so ooh la la with your grain sack runner, dishes with your plate of lemon squares and I love your impromptu pedestal of the pressed glass condiment dish! Thank you so much for a beautiful start to my Friday morning. I’m honored to blog hop with you. ♥
    Mary’s recent post…Floral Friday: Ball Jar Bouquets and Transferware in the Potting ShedMy Profile

  2. I love those canning jars and your beautiful arrangements. Perfect color combos and the lemon squares look quite yummy! Have a fabulous weekend!!
    Kim’s recent post…Bedrooms, Gardens, Flowers and Furniture….French Country FridaysMy Profile

  3. These are just wonderful! The colors of the labels are so much fun and your arrangements are stunning. Jemma and I went to a flower arranging class last night. It was so much fun! I might share pictures later. 🙂
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  4. Oh, Shirley! So smart of you to buy all three of those jars – they’re gorgeous in their details! I love everything about them – the shapes, the labels, the embossing, even the rusty bales! Besides the size of that market basket shipping box, I bet they had to package each of those glass jars individually to ensure no breakage.
    Let’s talk about those flower arrangements! Those tulips with white stock; the simple yellow (!) hyacinths in the squat jar, and that fluffy arrangement with all the mix…, love all your color combos! Imagine receiving something like that as a flower delivery! I would be over the moon. Light bulb – florists should use vintage containers to send flowers!! Think how exciting THAT would be!
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  5. You know I’d have fought you for these jars! Nothing suits me better than a collection of jars or bottles filled with flowers. I’m crazy about everything you did for this post and you photographed it beautifully.
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  6. I will come back to visit the others. Rushing out the door to meet 2 friends to go to the beach and choose a house for our girls Fall trip. LOOOOVE your vintage jars and the arrangements are gorgeous! I’ll be back, as Arnold would say:)
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  7. Shirley, Your post is lovely! You did three Floral Fridays with an arrangement in each jar. Your jars have so much personality and you showed yours with each floral design. I love how you thought about seeing tulips coming up through the snow and depicting that with stock below your tulips. You have outdone yourself with creativity today. Those lemon squares look delicious and so pretty on your version of the mini vintage cake plate. I love that!
    I could go on and on. Great post!
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  8. Shirley, I love your vintage jars and especially how you have filled them. The fruit looks perfect to pull it all together. You were smart to get all three. Really enjoying all that you girls are doing.

  9. Oh Shirley, I have been literally pouring over every detail in this gorgeous post! The vintage jars and labels are beyond fabulous and the way you have created your florals to fill them is brilliant, each one a masterpiece! LOVE the runner and lemon touches, I must go back for another peek!
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  10. I have never seen jars like these, what a great find. Your arrangements in them are absolutely gorgeous! I love the way you coordinated the colors of the flowers with the labels. I especially love the flowers in the Citron jar and the tulips with the stock. I may need to make a trip to Trader Joe’s this weekend!

  11. Oh, my goodness Shirley! The table is gorgeous and the floral arrangements in the vintage jars are perfection!

  12. As always, your vignette is just gorgeous. Love the jar with the flowers. However, my eye immediately went to the glasses and then the plate which you elevated with its compote dish. This is the pattern I collect and is the Fostoria American pattern. My grandmother gave me her punch bowl, stand, ladle, and cups….the rest is history. I now am only hoping to get 12 crescent salad plates. Hope you enjoy collecting it as much as I do.

  13. Oh my, they are just incredible… like a sweet breath of spring! These are my favorite of all your lovely arrangements so far.

  14. Shirley, I agree with Mary! I have serious vintage French canning jar envy! What wonderful finds, the jars and the French market rolling basket. It was your lucky day. The labels are beautiful and you paired your flowers to complement. I have a fondness for anything citrus. I am making a trip to Birmingham tonight which will include a TJ stop, i think lemon bars are calling my name! Your vignette is breathtaking! Thank you for putting together Floral Friday, it is so much fun teaming up with all three of you very talented blogging friends!
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  15. Mouthwatering beauty! Nuff said! Hugs, Pat
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  16. I LOVE those vintage jars! Your flower arrangements and vignette are lovely.
    Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things’s recent post…Signs of Spring!My Profile

  17. Love, love, love those French canning jars! Your floral arrangements look incredible in the jars. So glad that they came to your home along with the French market basket.

  18. Mary macdonald says

    Love these canning jars I have some of these old jars any idea where I could find some labelbs ??
    I live in NZ , I may be able to print some of
    Absolutely love your site ..
    Hugs from NZ ? ?

  19. Complementing the Fostoria American – my favorite vintage glass!!!

  20. Shirley, what a beautiful vignette with the trio of jar floral arrangements! The American Fostoria makes the perfect compliment! Enjoy your weekend!!!
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  21. Shirley, a lovely post. Your arrangements are so pretty and I do love the jars. Also, your Fostoria pairs with your choices so nicely. I am especially fond of the shade of your gorgeous tulips, they are stunning. I think, perhaps you have outdone yourself ~ everything is beautiful and so inviting!
    Sandra at Maison De Jardin’s recent post…When The Lilacs Bloom !My Profile

  22. the old canning jars are truly amazing, no wonder you had to have them! I’m breathless at your arrangements, just gorgeous. looks like a magazine feature!
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  23. Catherine LUXEREAU says

    Bonsoir, j aime beaucoup vos bouquets : les fleurs sont magnifiques ainsi que les couleurs acidulées cela donne du “peps” !!! J adooore? Bravo

  24. I love the jars. I don’t blame you for getting them. You have a way with designing beautiful floral arrangements. And thank you for giving me a craft project idea. I will let you know if it works out.

  25. Love the blue and yellow it just pops and is so fresh and pretty. The jars are awesome. Great find. Happy Sunday.
    Have a great start to the new week.
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  26. I absolutely love the citron jar, not to mention the lemon squares. Finding them must have been such a treat. They all look lovely but the lemon stole my heart.

  27. What a pretty post. I have old canning jars like that and plan to put vintage labels on them like yours. Clever and delightful.

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