Summer Smile of Light

Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne.
~Barry Cornwall

Summertime Charm Jar

Catching lightning bugs (or fireflies) in a jar should be mandatory for every child at least once, don’t you think?

We used to hammer holes into jar lids with a nail, fill the bottom of the jar with grass clippings and catch dozens in a space as small as Grandma Heaton’s back yard.

Summertime Charm Card


But, I really can’t remember the last time I saw a firefly. I thought it was because we moved to Texas and it might be too dry for them here. But, unfortunately, I hear these enigmatic, enchanting moon bugs are becoming endangered.

Fire Fly Jar

Scientists are blaming the dwindling firefly population on development and light pollution. I didn’t even know there was such as thing as light pollution. But, they say the spread of artificial lights is disrupting the mating behavior that depends on a male firefly winning over a female with his sexy flashing backside.

Glow Stick Card

Besides turning off our porch lights, there is something we can do . . . You can help Scientists track these amazing insects.

A nocturnal insect this small can’t be tagged and tracked like bears or butterflies, and counting is difficult because some females spend most of their time on the ground or don’t flash. It doesn’t help that the firefly’s adult life span is just one to three weeks.


The Museum of Science in Boston is running Firefly Watch, a 10-year project, currently in it’s sixth year. You can observe fireflies in your backyards and upload the data where scientists can use it to research population trends. Firefly season runs from May to August, so it’s not too late to sign up for this season.

Meanwhile, the Web site has everything you ever wanted to know about fireflies, including how you can make your backyard more hospitable and catch them without harming them.


Tips & Techniques

Thanks to glow sticks, no fireflies were harmed in the making of these projects. I thought this would make a fun gift for a summer party. You can find glow sticks in the Dollar stores and craft stores in the party sections, and at the party supply stores. Be sure to to read the package for safety precautions and keep them in the foil packages they come in until just before you’re ready to use them.

Mason Jar Tag

If you look closely, you’ll see just a little bit of light blue shading around the edges of the jar and under the lid. I followed a tutorial at the Fawn Lawn blog here: Lawn Clippings Video {3.13.13} mason jar tag. Chari Moss has the brilliant idea of using the back side of a clear stamp to create this look. Just check out Chari’s tutorial – it’s fabulous.

To add to the sex appeal (glow) of the little firefly backsides, I colored them first with Copic markers (see below), and then traced them again with Clear and Gold Spica pens. And, because that still wasn’t quite sexy enough, I added some clear Distress Stickles.

I made the bow around the mason jar from just torn strips of yellow gingham. Cheap ribbon, right?! I got the mason jar in a flea market – love my flea market finds.

Karen Giron’s fabulous sketch provided the backdrop for the front of the card: Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #189 (SSSC189).

And, for giggles and grins I got Dirty. It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eyelet at the Splitcoast Stampers Dare to Get Dirty 2013.

Here are the Copic Markers I used and the rest of the ingredients.

Mason Jar Copic Markers

I’ll be back later with this week’s Summer Lovin’ Recipe Swap Quickfire. You’re just going to flip when you see what lovin’ our designers have given our Summer Lovin’ challenge.

Glow Stick Mason Jar

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Sweet Comments

  1. Love your card Linda – your little glowing bugs are too cute! The fabric ribbon adds great texture on your tag 😉
    The idea of fireflies really intrigues me – I don’t think we have them in the UK. Glad to hear there’s a science study being done! Rx
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  2. I absolutely love your jar and your card!! It reminds me of happier times when I was a little girl visiting my Aunt Ruby (AUNT BOOTS we called her) in Oklahoma. I can remember going outside around dusk chasing the fireflies and trying to catch them in an old mason jar. Thank you for bringing back a happy memory! You made me smile and gave good information that I didn’t know about. It would be really sad if the fireflies disappear.

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