Snowball Viburnum in Blue Ball Jars ::


It’s been really windy around here lately.

I even have to wear a cute ball cap so that I don’t end up eating my hair while I take my daily constitutional.

Doesn’t that sound so important….daily constitutional?

The wind was so strong that it kept blowing my cap off my head.  My ponytail fed through the expansion hole in the back didn’t even help to keep it on.

My dad used to say, “The wind doesn’t blow for nothing.”

It’s a funny remark.  But…whenever the wind kicks up, I’m reminded of his phrase.


Snowball Viburnum as a cut flower ::


The wind didn’t cease through the night.

The next morning I woke up to see a branch from our so very skinny Snowball Viburnum bush leaned so far over it almost touched the ground.

I asked my husband to lop it off for me and bring it inside.


Centerpiece :: Blue Ball Jars - Snowball Bush ::


I love the color of the blossoms when they are still green.

White is nice.

But green, is, well, more dramatic.


Simple & Easy Table Decor :: Vintage Blue Ball Jars & Viburnum ::


In the end we can say extraordinary things come from the wind.

Like this super simple centerpiece for my table.

A fun table runner made of book pages.

Vintage blue Ball jars.

A few stems from that skinny Snowball Viburnum bush.

How much easier does it get?


I know you might want to know more about the book page table runner making appearances lately, or the pleated collar around the Ball jars.   But, you’ll just have to wait.  I know…I’m a tease.

Oh…and if you don’t have your own vintage Ball jars, you can buy new look-a-like blue Ball Jars, by the case.  Just think of all the fun you can have.  (And yes, this is a shameless plug.  If you purchase the jars I just mentioned or anything else via this link on Amazon, I will get a tiny commission. [wink] It helps pay for my internet connection….thanks!!!)


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  1. I would love a slip of this..I don’t have a snowball bush…beautiful

    • Diane says

      Right now is a great time to pick up these bushes at the garden center. They usually aren’t expensive.
      Thanks Cookie!! Hope your day has been extraordinary! 🙂

  2. Pinky says

    I love snowball viburnums too! The green color is BEAUTIFUL! It is VERY windy here too! What’s up with that??? XO, Pinky

    • Diane says

      I’m sure there is a good reason for all the wind….but it sure has been a lot! HaHa!!
      Thanks for stopping by Pinky!!
      Blessings sent your way!

  3. Beautiful snowballs. I love the green when they are first blooming. In fact I love them all through the growing process and when they a dried on the branches.

    • Diane says

      Thanks Pat! 🙂 Last year I didn’t have any snowballs…my first year in this house….because of a hard freeze we got. I’m thrilled to even have them!

  4. Hi, Diane. Beautiful blooms! I have a Chinese Snowball bush that has never bloomed, and I’ve had it for 3 years. I know they’re different than the viburnums, but I’m not sure how different. Do you know anything about the Chinese snowball and possibly why it hasn’t bloomed? Thanks!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Kim!!
      You know, I don’t know, but give me time, I’ll try to find out for you. 🙂

  5. Jenna says

    Now, that is totally stunning! Love it!

  6. Glenda Kremer says

    BEAUTIFUL again! you are amazing! I have old blue jars–sorry!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Glenda!!
      Old jars are BEST!!!!! You are very fortunate. Mine were gifted to me a long time ago….I love them!

  7. What a fun thing to find after a storm!!! You really showed them off beautifully!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Yvonne! It means a lot to me coming from you. I so admire your touch with displays. 🙂

  8. Mel says

    Ah…..look what the wind blew in! I see it found you, too! OH my gosh…. I tried to remind myself that it would dry off the soaked fields–but geeze….blew everything to kingdom come, including ME. LOL Oh, but–How adorable in the blue Mason jars. I love those jars–they hold buttons and doo-dads and STUFF around this house–various treasures. I might haffta dump the treasures out and put one on the table….or three. LOL And then I’ll have a pile of STUFF on the coffee table to play with, too! 😉

    Yup–DEFINITELY like the book page runner in the middle of the table. THAT…was a brilliant idea. As was snagging the bent bough. We don’t have snowballs around me, but they’re in the city gardens and I love ’em in the fall. Now I’m lovin’ ’em in the spring. What a gorgeous shade of green.
    And if I could FIND your email, I’d send on ‘details’. LOL Where DO you hide that thing! 😉

    • Diane says

      You are so right about the wind. It was a bit much!!!!! Talk about an understatement! 😉 Haha!
      You could do like me…throw it all in a basket….and leave it there…and then when you move….your wonder…what IS all this stuff?!!! And throw it in a bag and then a box and move it in tact to open a box and say….arrrgh!!!…and close it up and say…Later!! 😀
      Thanks for the kind words 🙂 And sorry about the e-mail…I did send one to your e-mail that comes up on my side of the comments…I must have entered it incorrectly. Mine is located in the little series of buttons on the top right…with the Facebook icon, etc. It’s the one with the envelope. But…we’ll make it easier…basketladydi (at) aol (dot) com. 🙂 So Sorry!!!

  9. How beautiful and simple! I love the soft green of the snowball blooms along with the aqua canning jars. The book page runner is a fun idea too. I’m visiting from HOME at Rose Chintz Cottage. Blessings, Pamela

    • Diane says

      Hi Pamela and Welcome!! Thank you for your sweet words. Isn’t it just the best when something just falls together and puts a smile on our faces?
      Hope your day is Extraordinary!

  10. Angela says

    Beautiful! I would love for you to link up at

    Thank you,

    • Diane says

      Thank you for your kind words and invitation Angela!!
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!!

  11. We’ve been windly here too, and it is helping to dry up the garden so I can get on there to plant potatoes! I love your beautiful jars and flowers. The jar collars are just adorable! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


    • Diane says

      I know wind has its purpose and I’m glad that its presence is a blessing to you. Michigan sure got a lot of rain!
      Thanks for your kind words….you’ll see more to this project soon…this was actually an impromptu part B. 🙂

  12. You’ve got a terrific site! Thank you for sharing the post at the BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Party at BeBetsy. Hope to see you again soon. Sharon

  13. Adorable idea.

    Yes… it’s windy wherever is. But as long we have sunny day, for me? Don’t matter §:-)

    Happy TS,
    /CC girl @ D´BoX

    • Diane says

      Haha! I’ll just blow it your way!! 😉
      Happy Weekend!

  14. Sandi says

    We have wind most of the time here where I live and very seldom something that beautiful blows in. Your blooms are gorgeous. Green or white, I love Snowballs. Dried, they’re beautiful too. Thanks for sharing with us at my HOME and enjoy your day.


    • Diane says

      Awwww…thanks!! You know I would never have picked a flower like that green….but I sure will now! 🙂

  15. Diane says

    So simply and unbelievably lovely! We have had some windy days lately, which is fine with me. I adore the wind!!
    Thanks for sharing your table!

    • Diane says

      I vote for breezy! Windy….at this rate I’ll need a stocking cap…just to keep something on my head and my hair not flying everywhere. Haha!!!
      Thanks, Diane! Blessings!

  16. Great idea with the book pages – I’ve not seen that before. Thanks for sharing that!

  17. Lanita says

    Thanks for sharing this great centerpiece – love how the flowers look in the Ball jars! I really like the book page wrap around the jar – can you give instructions on how to do that? I would appreciate it!

    • Diane says

      Hi Lanita! Thank you!! Yes…I plan to do that in an upcoming post. This was actually an impromptu plan B….there’s more fun afoot!
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary!

  18. WOW! They are extraordinarily beautiful! I never would have thought to pick them when they are green and the arrangement is so pleasing to the eye 🙂

    • Diane says

      Thank you Anne!!! It surely was a delightful blessing! 🙂

  19. It puts a smile on my face! My hubby cut roses from our bush for a sweet little bouquet today! Also a reason to smile!

    • Diane says

      Roses!!! It will be a while before I see those. 🙂
      How sweet of your dear husband to bless you that way!

  20. Athena at Minerva's Garden says

    This is so pretty–I love the book pages tied to the top of the glass jar!

    • Diane says

      Oh Athena, I’m so pleased you like them. I was a bit shy in sharing them as I thought some might find them…um. goofy? I love it too! Thanks!!

  21. These are so pretty! I love that shade of green! What a cute embellishment with the book page and the book page runner! Diann and I think you for joining TTF this week!


  22. Felicia says

    I planted my first snowball Bush last year in memory of my precious grandmother. She had one that was huge and we would beg for a blossom. She was so stingy with that Bush and would only let us girls have one blossom each. I never understood why until mine bloomed for the first time this year. It is so beautiful and I just can’t bear to take a blossom off. Somehow, I think she must be smiling down at me.

    • Diane says

      Thank you for sharing your dear story Felicia. What a precious memory. Snowball bushes just make me smile.
      Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend. 😉

  23. So beautiful! Way to make the most of that storm. 🙂

    • Diane says

      Thank you Erica!!
      Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend! 🙂

  24. Oh, I used to have a Viburnum bush but we had to remove it when we had some plumbing line work done out in the yard. I really miss it! Those pleated book page collars are adorable!

    • Diane says

      I bet you do miss your Viburnum, Jennifer. 🙂 Hopefully you can plant another one.
      I’m blessed to know you like the little collars I made for my jars. It’s funny, but I was afraid people would think they were silly.
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary!

  25. Ruth says

    Love the book page runner, and the blue mason jars, love the flowers, too. It all looks perfect. Things are just starting to bloom here and get pretty.

    • Diane says

      Spring has been long in coming this year. And then we got a frost…hard enough to make the leaves on our neighbor’s Tulip tree turn brown…flowering bushes and more, too. 🙁
      Thank you for stopping by Ruth, and for leaving your encouraging thoughts.
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  26. Love your father’s quote. It’s wonderful. Out here in West Texas, the wind does blow for a reason.. to bring in dust, to keep us cool, and keep the flies and mosquitoes away. I love your blue jars and the snowball stems. The pretty collar on the jar is probably my favorite touch! xo marlis

    • Diane says

      Oh Marlis…I love all the reasons the wind blows in Texas except for the dust. Yikes! I hear that’s a housekeeper’s nightmare.
      Thanks for popping by with your sweet words.
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  27. These are really sweet! I love the book pages and the colors jars. Perfect!

    • Diane says

      You are so kind to pop by and say that Taryn. 🙂 Thank you!!

  28. OH! I love that little collar! I love the blue mason jars too. They are beautiful all by themselves. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this Post at Katherines Corner.

    • Diane says

      And Meredith…thank YOU for popping by and encouraging me with your sweet words.
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  29. Love the Snowball Vibernum. The ones in the South peaked about a month ago. This is one on my very favorites as it was my Mother’s. I did a post on it as well. Love you artful arrangement!

    • Diane says

      Ours are just peaking now, Mary Lise. I do with they would last longer…but the rains will come and they will fade. Last year we didn’t get much because of an unexpected hard freeze. Somehow they survived this year’s freeze.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind words.

  30. Diane, I love the little blue jars, the gorgeous flowers, and the book page runner! Thank you so much for sharing. The color of those jars makes me want to go out and find some ball jars in that luscious shade. A friend just bought some and loves them.

    Dropping by from Claudias, and I enjoyed this very much.



    • Diane says

      Oh thank you Sheila…I have so much fun with those jars! They are a very happy color. I hope you can find some too. 🙂

  31. I love the flowers, the blue jars and especially how you used the book pages.

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Betty! It was a bit of fun for me. Glad you enjoyed it, too! 🙂

  32. Becky says

    I am new to you blog and what a nice surprise to find my favorite things here. I enjoyed my visit! Love old ball jars and flowers!
    Have a nice weekend.

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Becky! You just made my day!!
      Wishing you an extraordinary week!

  33. So pretty! Love those blue mason jars too, and your book pages are such a great idea!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Shauna! You are so talented….I am blessed by your compliment.
      Hope your day is extraordinary!

  34. tammy says

    love the table runner 🙂 Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

    • Diane says

      It’s so easy and fun to make….you must try your hand at one too, Tammy! 🙂

  35. Sally says

    Your writing is so charming, really delightful. 🙂
    Love the collar you made for your jar and the runner, so much fun and great reusing!

    • Diane says

      What a nice thing to say! Thank you sooo much Sally! [hugs]
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  36. Rikki says

    I am super excited to have come across this!! I have one of these bushes in my yard and have been scouring the internet to figure out what it is, I finally gave up and BAM! Here you have it all layed out for me when I wasnt even looking. And now I have some great information on how to use the blooms, much thanks!!

    • Diane says

      That is awesome!! I love delightful surprises like that! Rikki, I’m blessed that I could be part of your solution.
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  37. Love the snowballs too. I agree with some of the others that I like them in all stages – green through dried.
    Hope you had a great weekend,

    • Diane says

      That really are extraordinary bushes!!
      Wishing you an Extraordinary week, Beverly!

  38. Hi Diane!

    You were featured this week at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Party!! Grab a featured button here

    See your beautiful flowers with all the other featured links at look for the BRAG ABOUT IT No. 5 Party! We hope to see you again this week for another fun, fun party.

    Thanks so much for visiting BeBetsy! Sharon and Denise

  39. Love your post and blooms ! Coincidence…my post “little things in life ” or something like that also has snowball bush blooms in it…when I picked mine some were white and some still green. The bush is ALL white now but between it and my lilac blooming right now I am loving them both

    I love the photos in your post with the light streaming in and those blue jars are so pretty! I SHOULD get some as I plan to can later on in the season. I will bookmark your site so I don’t forget to order them from YOURS if I do ( or use your link : )

    • Diane says

      How fun is that?!! The snowball bushes were lovely everywhere this spring. It must have been ‘their’ year to shine.
      Thank you for the lovely thoughts….I feel so warmed blessed, Debra! [hugs]

  40. Gorgeous and so perfect in the jars. Great way to enjoy and display them. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

    • Diane says

      I had so much fun with that little project, Marty. Isn’t it funny how the littlest things can bring such joy to our hearts!
      Thank you for your thoughtful words.

  41. They look so beautiful in the jars! The pages look great with it. You have the perfect touch for creating beauty. I am always so inspired by you! Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.

    • Diane says

      Awwww….thanks Kathy! That makes my day! [hugs]

  42. love them, and in such a perfect setting with the mason jars!

  43. Cathy says

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  44. Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous post at the Say G’Day Saturday linky party. I’ve just pinned it!

    Hope you can join in again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  45. Great blooms! They’re so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing at the Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope to see you again this week!

    • Diane says

      Thank you for your kind words, Mary!! I LOVE your ‘hop’ for the fascinating variety of tips and talent.

  46. Diane, I love your impromptu tablescape! Even more I love your positive attitude of finding joy in the little unexpected things in life! Those blue jars are fabulous and I agree the green color of the flowers is more striking than white. Thanks for sharing!

    • Diane says

      It wasn’t too long ago that I would have turned my nose to the green. I’m so glad that I got over ‘that’ stage! 😉
      Thanks for enjoying my little grouping too. Sometimes the best things just come together. Gotta love serendipity.
      Blessings, friend!

  47. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Oh so pretty!

  48. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your beautiful flowers on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board.

    homework &

    • Diane says

      I am so blessed that you would feature my flowers, Carolyn. That little gathering of jars and flowers was truly a favorite post of mine…so that makes it even more special. Thank you!!

  49. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful Jars at Project Inspired! I featured them today here! and pinned to my features board!


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