Fearless Friday, Elephants and Painted Jars

Do not be fearless if you are in the path of Hurricane Irma, please stay safe!  We are watching closely, feeling very lucky to not be in the path this time.   Thank you all for your concern and kind comments.  Prayers to all…

Football season kicked off last weekend  🏈   🐘   ❤️



We get very excited about football season!



The only football thing I had at the beach house was an Alabama crock pot



Do you ever use a crockpot just to keep food warm on a buffet?

Even if you don’t use it for cooking  it works like a charm to keep just about anything you want to serve warm, like sandwiches, chicken wings, nuggets, sausage balls



If you want to get creative you can paint or decorate jars in your teams colors or with football related designs



I recently painted some jars with chalky white milk paint, to organize my markers with color coordinated lids



Jars are great for decluttering your desk area or corralling children’s art supplies



Pinterest has tons of inspirations for painted jars, an easy craft anyone can do

You can use old jars, and even if you can’t get the pesky labels completely off, milk paint or chalk paint does a great job covering them up



Houndstooth is often associated with Alabama football, a representation of legendary coach Bear Bryant’s famous hat



I use a flat square brush for my simplified version, repeating square strokes on the diagonal around the jar



Nothing symbolizes Alabama better than the elephant



They are easy to paint, below is the basic outline of strokes

The secret to painting anything is to break in down into simple shapes




I mix the grays with black and white, leaving a little black and white on my brush unmixed, so the strokes will have variation and dimension

My jars all have raised lettering and designs embossed in the glass so things look a little distorted on the bumpy jar surface in some areas, like the elephants face



I used my jars for flatware and napkins, but painted jars are great for blooms



On a desk or vanity



For gifts or decorative jars, like these simple Holiday Tree Jars



I also painted a platter, much easier than the bumpy glass~



It goes with this “Roll with the Tide” pillow I found at Pottery Barn last year



Rolling with the Tide is perfect for the coast



We were ready for some football!


This was the menu for last Saturday night’s game:


Click on the recipe titles below for the links to the recipes

Hissy Fit Dip   Island Time Chicken Wings  Bacon Bundles   Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Bread   2 Bite Tide Pride Cherry Pies

It is easy to create jars for your own team, use team colors in stripes, dots, or solid colors, ribbons, letters

See tons of painted jar ideas here

Have fun and Be Fearless!

Notes:  Be sure to use paint that is made for painting glass if you are going to paint something that you will be used for food or beverages

The Milk Paint I used is from Walmart and I painted over parts of the paper label I couldn’t remove from the houndstooth jar, it does an amazing job of covering in 1 coat

The elephant face on the jar looks a little funny because that jar has a lot of raised designs, so for best results paint on a smooth surface

Remember if you are painting dishware, use curable paint for glass and do not paint areas where food will be.  Glass paint is not food safe, and will scratch, however many brands are dishwasher safe



Here’s another easy craft you can make from what you already have,



A football field table runner for your game day buffet, tutorial here



Please continue to pray and give to all our Southern & coastal neighbors in need…

Thank you for your visit~

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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Rustic and RefinedBetween Naps on the Porch, Gardens Galore  Make it Pretty Monday

Coastal CharmCooking and Crafting with J&J,  The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Celebrate and Decorate,   Moonlight and Mason Jars    Creatively Crafty

Full Plate Thursday  Foodie Friday & Everything Else    Thursday Favorite Things

Share it One More Time   Delicious Dishes Recipe Party





















23 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Elephants and Painted Jars”
  1. Anonymous says:

    I love the team crock pots Jenna! I saw Walmart had the Eagles last weekend… Stay dry and safe:@)

  2. Lynn says:

    I love the team crockpots Jenna! I saw Walmart had the Eagles last weekend… Stay dry and safe:@)

  3. thefrenchhutch says:

    Glad you are not in the path of the hurricane Jenna. Love your painted jars, especially the chalk white with lids to match the markers. Love all your painted serveware, what a fun way to set the table…….

    • Now I’m worried about you and Birmingham Emily! We decided to stay on the coast next week, to stay out of Irma’s way as she moves across Bama, hopefully it will just be a rain event for you…

  4. Glad you’re out of the path at this time, Jenna. It took my sister 13.5 hrs to travel 7.5 from Beaufort yesterday. Sounded like a horror show as she described it. Great post, full of all kinds of creativity.

    • At least she got there, whew what a mess! We now are staying on the coast because Birmingham is being flooded with evacuees and traffic is becoming difficult there too. Plus now Birmingham is in the cone, agh!

  5. Jenna, I’m glad you won’t be in danger this time. I love your painting styles — you do make it look easy, but I think part of the talent is being able to identify those simple shapes to begin with! Good luck to your Alabama team! Linda

  6. Mary says:

    I love your coordinated lids of your jars for your markers Jenna! The “Roll with the Tide” pillow was made for you as an Alabama fan and with your coastal home!

  7. Jodi says:

    Love the jars and the idea of painting the rings for extra flair!!!

  8. Love the jars and the Roll Tide plate. Have a great weekend. Glad you’re safe!

  9. So glad you are out of the path. I confess, football season does nothing for me. But fun parties do and it looks like you are ready!

  10. Roll Tide Roll, Jenna! I love your jar ideas, and I have too many of them in the studio. I really need to paint them like you!

    I’m LOVING your Crimson Tide decor. You’re inspiring me to decorate the dining room in Crimson and White!

    This Irma thing is making me a nervous wreck. The European model keeps shifting it slightly west. I hope their model is wrong!

    • Me too, we pack and unpack, now we’ve decided we are staying all next week just to stay out of the evacuation traffic and the potential storm weather north. There is a possibility of storm surge here, but not too much. Orange Beach is already getting crowded with evacuees and Pensacola traffic is backed up. Hopefully, you won’t loose power and can paint some jars! Stay safe and make sure you have lots of good books 🙂

  11. Such clever ideas here – glad the hurricane is not hitting your area – I hate watching the news about the destruction – so sad!

  12. Jenna, Roll Tide…love all of your Bama art work! You make the elephant look easy, breaking it down is doable for so,done like me! We continue praying, this hurricane is so frightening and then we have one right behind it.

  13. Jill Kuhn says:

    House paint samples work well too – and they are sometimes cheaper than milk paint. ❤️ Love all your creative uses for jars!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💕

  14. JESS44903 says:

    These are so much fun! How cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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