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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Canning Jars

One of my secret things that I love, I mean I get weak in the knees about blue canning jars. You used to be able to pick them up for nothing but as people find more and more uses for them in decorating they are becoming more and more expensive. This year Ball has re-released it's blue pint jar for it's 100 anniversary. 
 My husband asked me what I was going to do with them when they arrived. I looked at him blankly and said, " Do with them?" He said, " Are you going to can with them or what?" I said, " No, I think I will just stare at them." So they have been in my box on my table. They are on my hutch.


 This next picture is a original 16 ounce canning jar. It is more green than blue. The glass in the original is quite a bit heaver. When my Mom moved into her house back in Oklahoma, the people before them left cases of blue canning jars in the garage. She gave me two. She was like I am with mine, I am pretty stingy.
 

 My DIL told me on Saturday. ( I did share with her.) That at our favorite hardware store, they have a whole end cap full of cases of them. I might just have to go there just to look at them. The problem with this hardware store is that when my husband and I go we walk around for a hour at least saying to each other, " "Hey come over and look at this?" It is so much fun.

This morning is a beautiful morning. The light  draws me outside. I find my eyes staring at the patterns the new green leaves make in the early morning light as the breeze continues to blow this morning. I just had to share with you today. I don't have time to sit today, and when I get back today the light will have changed.
Like life, it goes by so fast, and it changes so fast it is impossible to catch.

Have a lovely Thursday, I am so thankful for the light. Because it reminds me. " Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me." ( John 14:1)

~Kim~

20 comments:

  1. I'm with you on the canning jars. When we bought our neighbor's house...along with the contents...I "inherited" some of the old blue jars, as well as some clear ones with the glass lids. Treasures!
    Enjoy the beautiful day! It's lovely here too!

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  2. love your porch. 'i think i'll just stare at them.' so cute!

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  3. Hehe, that still just cracks me up that you said you would just stare at them. I do too. I couldn't possibly dream of using them! That would be silly! I'm so thankful for mine and I have to resist the urge to go clear out the hardware store. ;) They are just so pretty. I can't wait to see you tomorrow!

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  4. Oh wow, they re issued them? How awesome! I'm glad you finally got to buy some. They make such great vases. :-)

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  5. I think that I love your beautiful newly painted porch more than I love the blue jars. Blue Balls canning jars are nice to look at but you can't sit on them. Oh I'm just kidding...
    I love the white flowers in the jars. Are they feverfew flowers?
    Have a nice rest of the week.
    HUgs,
    JB

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  6. That is a wonderful thing to do with your jars. Enjoy them.

    So loving your porch.

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  7. I have seen these around and want to get some myself.We have a new Ace hardware so I will go check it out.I did see them on Amazon but then I have to pay shipping.

    I agree I can place them anywhere and everywhere, love them!

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  8. Love the Ball jars, too. The daisies and the red checked cloth set them off perfectly! That scripture is one of my favorites! Jean

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  9. We used blue Mason jars as containers for flowers on the tables for Country Girl's wedding reception. It was just what she wanted, and it looked really nice. We had to borrow them from friends because in my canning days we used the clear ones. I love the color of them!

    xo Nellie

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  10. Oh what a wonderful porch and rocker, I want to come sit a spell on your porch.....I also love blue canning jars, can never have to many, :) Francine.

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  11. Believe it or not I have never seen blue canning jars before....I love them!

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  12. Hi Kim, I love old canning jars and use them for all sorts of things, from holding buttons to chocolate chips...I'm going to check my local hardware store and see if they have the anniversary Ball Jars in stock. Might you use them as vases for Em's wedding...The sun is shining in Maine today...

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  13. You're right, blue canning jars are so hard to find these days. They are a treat though.

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  14. Love your canning jars, Kim. I use them as vases. I also have one that I use to hold dog treats. Oh, and one for beach glass, and one...I'm sure you get the idea.
    Your porch is lovely. So nice and wide. So many newer ones are so narrow.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  15. I I too love those old canning jars. They're so hard to find. I have an old (antique?) one that I have filled with some of my grandma's old buttons. Seeing them in that jar makes me smile. And that reminds me how my grandma would cut off buttons on any garments that she was having to cut up for quilt fabric. We don't do that (cutting off buttons or recycle clothing fabric) any more, do we?

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  16. love the blue, and the light, after a couple of almost total frustration on the home front, the scripture is esp. dear, have a great weekend!

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  17. Now I need to go out and find these- I haven't seen them yet in the store. I have a few of the old blue-green ones that I love to put flowers in. Have a lovely weekend! :)

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  18. I'm a blue mason jar lover too. I didn't know that Ball was releasing blue jars. I'll have to find some. Your porch looks very inviting.

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  19. you are soooo funny kim, i say the same thing to chuck, he thinks everything should be "needed" and "have a purpose"!!

    i always tell him, don't you worry, these things are awesome for EVERYTHING....the last thing being canning!! xo

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  20. Must. Have. Those. Jars. I mean it! They are lovely!!! No wonder you wanted to just look at them!

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