Canning jars arenít just for canning anymore.

The company that makes Ball canning jars saw jar sales increase 31 percent in 2102, a phenomenon it attributes to uses such as home decor and crafting.

So creative types might be interested in a vintage-inspired jar introduced recently by the manufacturer of Ball jars, Jarden Home Brands.

The Ball Heritage Collection Jar commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Perfect Mason Jar, which offered a jar, lid and band in a single unit for a perfect fit. The commemorative pint jar is made of blue glass and is embossed with a vintage Ball logo and anniversary dates.

Itís available from www.FreshPreservingStore.com or retailers that sell canning supplies. The suggested retail price is $9.99 for a package of six jars.

ó Mary Beth Breckenridge