As if canning jars were not useful enough, here is another good idea for how to use them. Tall, clear ones work best. Just slip in an interesting print, scraps of paper or even a photo. Several together make a nice display.
My daughter and I collected these Osage Oranges, also known as Hedge Apples, in the Nethermead in Prospect Park. We always look for them in October when they fall from the tree. They are large, chartreuse-colored and wrinkly (like brains.) They have a wonderful citrusy smell and are said to repel cockroaches and spiders. I have a bowlful of them out on my table. For more info, you can go to www.hedgeapples.com