Welcome to Mary & Martha

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Mary & Martha!   


THE MARY & MARTHA MOTTO

Meaningful Entertaining .  .  .  Made Simple.  


Over 2000 years ago Mary & Martha began serving in their home.  They learned through their experiences that having people in your home isn't about the act of entertaining, but it is the method by which we invite guests into our homes to Love On Them.  (In fact, the greatest Guest felt so welcomed in their home that He was entertained there many times).  

Fast forward 2,000 years and Mary & Martha pick up on their story - Love God & Love Others.  Meaningful Entertaining .  .  .  Made Simple.

I decided to join the Mary & Martha team as a consultant because 1.  The products are beautiful!   2. Because I love the message behind the products.   3.  Because they offer online shopping for the convenience of their customer.  Mary & Martha does specialize in hostess home gatherings & I love to gather with my friends for a party, but at this stage in my life, I have a hard time finding the time for everything!  Can you relate?  So, my goal as a consultant is to introduce my readers to this great product line and offer the convenience of online shopping.  If you would really like to host a gathering in your home, you can go to my website and find a consultant in your area.  Anything you order from my Mary  & Martha  website will be shipped directly to you - so there's no middle man.  You don't have to wait for me to receive the order and then ship it to you! 

Before introducing you to the Mary & Martha line, I felt I needed to purchase a few items myself so I could genuinely share the quality of the product with you.  I certainly would not try to sell you something that I wouldn't use in my own home!  So here are a few of the Mary & Martha products I've purchased.



My very favorite item is this huge ampersand tray!  Mary & Martha encourage their customers to "Live in the & - Loving God and Loving Others".  This Ampersand tray is a subtle reminder to "Live in the &".  It is solid wood and is handcrafted in India!  It has found a new home on top of my fireplace mantel!  


This pretty pitcher and serving platter is part of the Mary & Martha Grace & Gratitude dinnerware line.  The dinnerware features a beautiful Queen Anne's Lace pattern along with the words grace & gratitude and some of the larger pieces are inscribed with words of gratitude.  

Here are some more pictures of the dinnerware.  Each place setting includes a teal "gratitude" salad plate.  The quality and details on this dinnerware is amazing!  You can see the entire collection in the catalog at the end of this post.


The last item I want to share with you today is the Acts 2:46 tea towel.  I thought it was too pretty to just dry dishes, so I decided to make it into an art piece for the kitchen.  I purchased a basic artist canvas at AC Moore with a 50% off coupon.  Then I used a general purpose spray adhesive to attach the tea towel to the canvas.  I made a simple frame and painted it black to frame out the piece.  It's now hanging in my kitchen!



The Mary & Martha catalog is lovely and is the best way to view the products.  You can flip through the entire catalog below.  

2014Fall-Catalog.pdf


Each month Mary & Martha has a special offer for their customers.  Here are the specials for the remainder of August.




It's time for a Giveaway!

Today I'm offering a giveaway for the Praise Tray and 4 Grace & Gratitude Mugs -  a $104 value.  I shared the Praise Tray with you yesterday HERE.  It's the perfect size to hold mason jars,  Granny Smith Apples, baby boo pumpkins, a french baguette, and of course - the four Grace & Gratitude mugs that will come with it.  Here's a close up shot of one of the Grace & Gratitude Mugs.




I tried to make this giveaway one that is easy for everyone to enter!  I hope you'll help me spread the word about the giveaway and these beautiful products!  

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Let me know what you think of Mary & Martha!


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How Old is Your Vintage Mason Jar?

Monday, August 18, 2014



I did a little shopping this weekend - out at my favorite antique and "junk" spots!  I found some really cool old Ball jars.  They are quart sized and have sloped shoulders.  Some of the glass is wavy and many have bubbles.   I had never seen any like this before, so I brought them home.  After doing some research online, I found that these are probably one of the earlier sets of Ball jars to be manufactured. 


Dating an old Ball jar can be more difficult than I had thought.  But, I found this chart on Pinterest, which was very helpful!  Unfortunately, there was no source to credit.


The jars that I found have what is known as the "triple L".  It is the first one in the second row shown above.  Why "triple L or 3L"?  - because some thought the fancy loop at the end looked like a third L.


This site, West Saint Paul Antiques, has wonderful information on dating fruit jars if you would like to find out more about an old jar you may have!  Here's the section of their site that describes the ones I found.

About 1895, Ball began using machines (these jars have smooth lips) and began to phase out the old blowing methods. This transition took several years. The machine made jars exhibited a new script style which was never seen on any of their handmade jars. The script style was that of a cursive Ball with an extra loop at the end, known as "3-L" Ball jars. They also continued to make the MASON'S PATENT NOV 30th 1858 jars (machine made smooth lipped varieties) up into the early 1900's. The very first machine made Ball jar is not positively known, but most likely was either a Ball STANDARD or a Ball IMPROVED MASON. This script style was used up until about 1910. Ball produced many jars with this script style, the Ball MASON jars and ones with just Ball and no other embossing appeared right about the turn of the century. (3-L jars c1896-1910)

So, I'm pretty confident that these jars do date c1896 - 1910, which makes sense because one thing that drew me to them were the awesome bubbles and waves in the glass.  And, each one is slightly unique in placement of the raised lettering - which would indicate that they are not machine made.  All of the jars I found have zinc lids with the milk glass inside.  Some of the zinc lids have Ball embossed on them, but others are just plain.


I'm going to sell a few of the ones I picked up on my Etsy site if you are interested.  I'll be selling them in sets of 2.  I've decided to add a section in my site for "farm fresh finds" - I need to begin to purge some of the things I've been picking up over the years!  I'll be sure to let you know when I'm adding something new to the shop!  


I displayed the jars on this fabulous wooden tray!  It is painted black with jute twine wrapped around the handles and has a stamped copper plate on the back that reads - "Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow".  If you like the tray - I'll have it available tomorrow as a giveaway!  Stop back for a chance to win it!


Happy Monday!


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A Sentimental Purchase - A Vintage Typewriter

Saturday, August 16, 2014


My Mom was a typing teacher.  And, because we lived in a small town, many of the school teachers were well known in the community and were parents of many of my friends.  So, it wasn't unusual to have your parent as your school teacher at some point in your 12 years of school!   When I told my own kids that, they thought it was the most terrible thing ever!  But, it was pretty common, so I didn't think much of it when I had my own mother as my typing teacher.    



I remember my mother standing in front of the class with an overhead projector image on the blackboard of the home row keys.  She would use a pointer and point to the keys of the home row   A   S   D   F      ;   L   K   J.   And, we would say the key names as she pointed to them with our hands on the keyboard and hitting each key as the name was said.  We were not allowed to look down at our hands!  If she saw one of us looking at our hands, she was quick to let us know!


Those were the days of the IBM Selectric, typewriter erasers with a brush on the end, and you made copies with carbon paper!  Perfection was important - erasing was frowned upon and had to be done very carefully - absolutely no holes in the paper!  The standards were high and typewriting was a valued skill!   


Years ago I purchased an old Underwood Typewriter, but sold it at a yard sale!  I was pretty young and we needed the money, but I've always regretted getting rid of it!  Last weekend I was out at some of my favorite vintage shops and saw this old Underwood and the price was right!  In fact, it was very similar to what I sold my original one for many years ago!  So, I decided to bring it home!  It's pretty dusty and needs a good cleaning, but it still works!  


If you follow along with me, you know I'm pretty sentimental and really like to incorporate items that have been passed down through my family.  I have another vintage typewriter in another spot in my home - it's my mother's own portable typewriter she used when she attended college.  It has the original case and instruction book!  But, I love the classic design of this old Underwood too!  And, any time I see a typewriter, I can't help but think of my Mom!


Just a reminder, if you are a new blogger please come back next Thursday, August 21, for the very first "Find Your Voice" Party for new bloggers!  The information is below!  If you've been blogging for a while, I'd love it if you would share the graphic below with your readers who may be new bloggers!  I'm hoping this will be a great way for new bloggers to connect and learn from each other!  Thanks so much!  



Hope you have a Happy Weekend!


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