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Friday, May 3, 2013

I'm feeling blue....

in a good way.  
Have you seen these, yet?  
Ball Canning Jars, to celebrate their 100th anniversary, 
has released a new, blue jar!  Yippee!  
I don't know about you but I love those old, blue jars!  
These were too cute to pass up and were a must to add to my collection.  
If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen this so, my apologies for boring you with them again!  But, I had to share!

Pics are clickable.
Even the packaging looks vintage.

I found mine at Lowe's but I'd imagine you can get them about anywhere that sells canning supplies.  The price... $9.99 for 6.  I only wish they made them in more sizes.
Speaking of collections, I normally house my jars in my craft room but I brought them outside to show you how I use mine and how these new jars compare to the old.

The new jars seem a bit brighter than the old ones but they blend perfectly!
Pretty, don't you think?  
As you can see, I've got all kinds of blue jars and they're all 
from the Ball Company.

After I took the pics of the canning jars nestled in my fabulous, pink bubble wrap, I had to have a pic wrapped up in it.  
What could be more fun than pink bubble wrap?
Nothing.  That's what.

I did not get to run in the 10K (6.2 miles) in Richmond.  VA.  :-(  My knee was not any better by the time of the race, so I had to bow out.  
My dad however, ran the race and I am so proud of him!  
He ran it in 1 hour and 18 minutes! 
He said that was not his best time and I think he was a little disappointed, 
but I think it's awesome!
I am so proud of him.  
He is 77 years young and getting younger every day.  
He is an inspiration to me and to so many others as well 
for his hard charging run at life!  
These pics were taken at various points along the race so they're not the best shots, but you get the idea.  
Way to go, Dad!  I'm super proud of you!
I hope I look nearly this good at 60, much less 77!
Well, I hope I don't look quite so masculine but you know what I mean, right?

I finished my Margaret Cottam Sampler by La D Da.
She is stitched on 36 count WDW with 2 over 2.
I added two colors of floss to this - a lighter pink by WDW - Red Pear and Caper, also by WDW for the grass and the trees.  
The colors originally charted for this just weren't working for me after I started stitching it, so I decided to add some pink, and I love how it turned out.  
I also put in a few eyelet stitches for interest.

That's it for today, my friends!  I hope you are all doing well and that Spring has finally sprung, where you are.  

I have been singing this song all day:

It has indeed been a long, cold, lonely winter.  
But finally... "Here Comes the Sun".
Have a listen.  It will make you happy.
We miss you, George!

Remember, if nothing else works for you:

Loving all things British, today!

Have a great weekend, my friends and thanks so much for stopping by.
Welcome to my new followers, I'm so glad you're here and I so appreciate you taking a moment to leave me a note.

Be well,


marly said...

Congratulations to your Dad. I couldn't sprint to my mailbox. My nephew's fiancé got my 4 dozen of very old and very large blue jars for her collection, right before she broke up with him!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love the blue Ball jars and I'll have to look for them next time I shop.
Congrats on finishing Mary C. She's so pretty!

Jonette said...

Your sampler is beautiful! I must look for those blue jars. Thanks for sharing. Love that your Dad is so active!

Robin in Virginia said...

Need to look for some of those blue jars! And yes, Terri, there is something better than pink bubble wrap and that would be blue! LOL

Have a great weekend!

Robin in Virginia

PS Thanks for sharing the pictures of your Dad! Pass along my congratulations to you!

Vickie said...

Congrats on a beautiful sampler. Hooray for your father. That is amazing isn't it?!

Charlene ♥ NC said...

At least you were prepped for the run! Congrats to your dad, and there's next year. I found my blue Ball jars at Ace, the helpful place. Margaret looks very pretty with your additional colors!

Bertie said...

Gorgeous jars! MC looks fabulous, congratulations;))

cucki said...

Aww the sampler is so beautiful..
The blue jars are amazing..
Big hugs x

llknbillburg said...

Hey Terri, Love your Margie! I've stitched that one too and I really like the changes you made in yours. Congrats to your Dad on the race! I'm with Marly, couldn't sprint to the mailbox but happy to urge on others! I'm going to have to find some of those blue jars. Sooo cute!!! Laura

DebbieSFL said...

I will have to go to Lowes tomorrow--i love the blue jars!!

Shelleen said...

Congrats to your dad. Love the blue jars and that bubble wrap looks good on you :-)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW! Your Dad is an inspiration, just the motivation I need.

I did not know about the Ball jars and will check them out at Lowe's tomorrow.

Your sampler is lovely, I need to get this from my stash and start stitching.

valerie said...

Congrats to your dad on his marathon run! Wonderful he is in such great shape! I may hyperventilate if I have to run more than a 1/2 mile. Love all your blue glass jars! And good job on your Margaret Cottom sampler! Have a great weekend!

Margaret said...

Love that shirt!!! lol! Where'd you find that? OMG! Anyway, I'm so impressed with your dad -- wow!!! I can't even imagine running 10K at my age. 77! Congratulations to him! My DD started running and she's up to 5k and very happy about it. :D Love your Margaret Cottam finish! Love the ball jars too. I did see your instagram post and had to get some myself. lol! The pink bubble wrap is fantastic!

Simply Victoria said...

Just saying "hi" as a new follower. Those blue jars are great. I have a couple of very old ones from my mom with blue glass lids attached with wire. You've inspired me to use them!

Glenna said...

Love the pink bubble dress--LOL. And the blue jars. AND Margaret Cottam AND your amazing dad, and Lord, Girlie, you keep getting younger looking.

Ellen said...

Beautiful blue jars, love them! Margaret is gorgeous!

Your dad is amazing!


Barb said...

I think your Dad is amazing. I can see why you are so proud of him. The blue jars are great and the sampler lovely.

Brigitte said...

Sorry to hear that your knee kept you from joining the 10K run. But your father made up for both of you, lol. Congratulations to him - me too, I'd like to be as fit as he is when I'll be 77.
And congratulations to you on finishing the lovely Margaret Cottam sampler.
Love this blue and pink blog post, lol.

daniela said...

Splendidi i tuoi vasi blu!!!
Bellissimo il ricamo!!
Grazie per la tua esplosione di vita!!
Bravissimo tuo papà!!!!
Un abbraccio

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Vous êtes trop belle ma douce amie ! Les bocaux sont géniaux j'avais déjà vu mais je ne savais pas à quoi ils servent???? La broderie est de toute beauté ! Je suis heureuse de vous lire plus souvent ! gros bisous à vous et à vos deux hommes de la maison, calins aux toutous slurps !

P.J. said...

Love the color enhancements you made to the sampler; it makes it all the more sweet looking!! Hope your knee is in better condition soon. Congrats to your dad, he is an inspiration!!! Heading out to play in my flower beds very shortly, have a super Spring weekend.

Catherine said...

Got my jars! I too noticed the color ~ I was wondering if age has anything to do with it ~ but it is probably more the glassmaking process tht has changed.
Congrats to your dad ~ he is amazing!! I don't think I could do that!
Beautiful finish. Love the colors in that sampler.
Enjoy your weekend!

Mary said...

Gotta love those blue Ball jars, both old and new. There's something so summery about a fresh bouquet arranged in one.

Margaret looks awesome!

Anne said...
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Anne said...


I found your blog through Brigitte's blog.
The blue jars are great, I've never seen them before.
Your stitching is beautiful.
I enjoyed visiting your blog.

Fiona said...

Congratulations to you Dad quite an achievement at his young age. Your sampler looks great. Love your blue jars, there is something about blue glass that is very appealing.

Melissa said...

Many congratulations all around! First must be to your dad for running and finishing the race!

I love Margaret Cottam and she is on my list to stitch. I love the changes you made! She's so pretty.

You look very fetching with the pink bubble wrap boa!!!

Dona said...

How great about your Dad! I know you are proud of and for him!

I love those blue jars, too. They are pretty.

Congratulaions on your pretty Margaret C. finish!

Shirlee said...

Congratulations to your dad! Tell him we are all proud of him : ) I love those jars! I ordered some from Amazon but had no idea Lowes carries them! I might have to get another set : ) The La D Da piece looks great, & I love your pink bubble wrap creation : )

Sherry :o) said...

I love your shirt and congrats to your Dad! wasn't m.c. a quick, fun stitch?! Looking forward to last in a bit...

And I agree, we finally have spring. The past couple days have been glorious.
Hugs, sherry :o)

Lucy May said...

Going to look for those Jars today! Thanks for sharing that with everyone!

I put a mason jar into my latest painting earlier this morning and we use use mason jars as everyday glasses in the kitchen all year round! I my be swapping out the plain ones for blue ones!

Love that t-shirt too!

Rita said...

Congratulations to your Dad. What an inspiration!!

I love your blue jars.

Beautiful sampler! I have her in my stash.

I'm enjoying the activities with the end of my DS's HS career but look forward to getting back so stitching more when it all ends. S

woolwoman said...

Margaret is just beautiful - I love how you personalize and tweak colors in your work. I don't seem to be adventurous that way. LOVE the blue Ball jars - I'll be on my way to the local Lowes tomorrow night to see if they have any down here. Sorry you didn't get to make the run - glad your dad did so well. Mel

Katrina said...

Wow congrats to your dad!!!!!!! That's so awesome, sorry you couldn't race with him.

Love the blue jars and your Margaret is gorgeous. I may have to copy you if you don't mind??? I always prefer a bit of pink over too peachy colors.

Annie said...

Your jars look so pretty when you group them like that and use them as vases.

Your sampler is just beautiful. I always go for more pink! And you look lovely wrapped in it!

Yea for your Dad! We all gotta just keep on keepin' on as best as we can!

Ellen said...

A belated note to let you know how much I enjoyed this blog post.

My husband wanted to go to Home depot to pick up some things, and I convinced him to go to Lowes instead so I could get some of those wonderful blue I need to decide what to do with them.

Sorry you weren't able to do the run, but a big congrats to your father.

And your sampler---another finish for your collection.

What a riot you are with the pink bubble wrap. I've never seen anyone modeling it before--maybe a new career for you?

Gayle said...

Hey Terri - I've been seeing those great blue jars several places lately - love your flowers displayed in them! Looks like you've been doing lots of cross stitch lately - wish I had the patience to do some myself, but it just ain't happening! LOL

Mindi said...

Love your finish of Margaret Cottam, and I hope you don't mind if I borrow your color choices. I've been holding off on starting mind because I just wasn't happy with the dark colors, but hadn't taken the time to really sit down and figure out what to change.

Carol said...

You and your pink bubble wrap--so cute, Terri :) I hadn't seen those blue jars, but Lowe's is right next to the library where I work, so you know where I'll be on my lunch hour!!

Your sampler is gorgeous--love the colors! Sorry you couldn't make the run with your dad, but how nice that you could be there to cheer him on. I do love Richmond and my oldest son is seriously talking about moving back down there (he graduated from UR) this summer so I'll have a good excuse to visit :)

Sharon said...

Love your finish-so pretty, it makes me want to pull mine out and start it. However, I won't be as quick as you-LOL Congrats to your Dad! That is awesome. Who knew bubble wrap could be so becoming? ;-)

Melody said...

Those blue jars are so pretty! I had no idea they were making them again. What a good idea.

Your sampler is looking wonderful!

Congrats to your Dad!

Annette-California said...

Love that red T-Shirt Terri:)Your dad is awesome - wow. I am going to hunt for those blue jars today - love them. Okay I love your whole post - Margaret is gorgeous, congrats of finishing her. You look adorable in the pink wrap, too fun.
love Annette

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Sorry, I just couldn't get past that pink bubble wrap.....Your something else my friend,,, something else. and that's a good thing.
As always Cheers

Giovanna said...

I really like your version of Margaret Cottam - congrats on the finish. And "Here Comes the Sun" is one of my favourite songs. Ever. But then GH was my favourite Beatle :-)

Anne said...

Loooove anything blue...especially blue jars!! I'll have to go hunt for some! That pink bubble wrap is a hoot and looks good on you :D Love Mary Cottam. She is such a pretty sampler! So great that your Dad runs and stays fit.


Jackie's Stitches said...

Congratulations on finishing Margaret! Love your color changes. I haven't gone out yet to get the blue jars but I MUST have them!

Kaisievic said...

A fabulous, happy post - loved reading all of your news.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

I haven't seen the Ball Canning Jars around here yet, but as soon as I find some, my mits are getting on them and bringing them home! Did you know Ball Company is an Indiana company? Made in Muncie Indiana home of Ball State University :) So why are they not to be found in INDIANA? Lol!

LOVE Margaret! And go Daddy GO!

Mmanka said...

Beautiful sampler! I put it on my wish