Monday, March 31, 2014

The beautiful new GREEN Heritage canning jars and a GIVEAWAY!


You may remember that last year I was taken with the blue Ball Heritage Collection jars.

Well, this spring I was delighted to learn that Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball brand home canning products, is introducing a new limited edition of Ball Heritage Collection jars in a new color--spring green!  Available in both regular-mouth pint size and wide-mouth quart size, these are "Perfection" jars,  celebrating the 100th anniversary of the the Ball brothers' "Perfect Mason" jar.


Aren't they gorgeous?  These jars pay tribute to the original jars created in 1914 in Muncie, Indiana.  Of course, these jars meet all modern standards for quality and reliability, and after 100 years they are still 100% made in America.

Here are a few ways I'll be using these lovelies in my home this spring.

Of course they make wonderful drinking glasses, and doesn't the green color look great on my front porch?



 For my next party, I think I'll use them to hold cutlery.



And as a simple flower vase, these can't be beat!


I'm in the process of making some changes to my kitchen, including painting my island--you guessed it!--green, so these green jars arrived just in time for me!



Best of all, these green jars look gorgeous mixed with last year's blue jars.  Just look:



Aren't they lovely sparkling in the sunlight?  So pretty that I just had to create a Waterlogue from the photo:


I know you're going to love these as much as I do, and I'm thrilled to be able to give away a case of these jars to one of you!

Here's what you can win:



Just follow the simple instructions and enter via Rafflecopter.  If you're reading in an email, click over to my blog to enter.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


**Disclosure: Jarden Home Brands provided me with a case of these jars to preview and will provide a case to the giveaway winner.  I received no compensation for writing this review, and all opinions are strictly my own.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Soul Care


Today I am thanking God for spring and all that it signifies. Won't you join me?


With love to you, my friends--

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Grace at Home No. 99


Welcome to the 99th Grace at Home party!  I'm so glad you're here!

This is the place to stop for a moment and treasure the fact that we are recipients of God's grace in all aspects of our lives and to share the ways we make our homes reflections of that grace.

Last week's party was full of all kinds of inspiration.  Here are just a few of my favorite posts:

Diane from An Extraordinary Day created a beautiful tablescape featuring branches from Bradford pear trees.  Isn't this lovely?

Piano top spring decor ::Flowering Pear Branches ::AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Kathy from Miss Grace-Filled Life created a simple and lovely spring mantelscape.  All these flowering branches have inspired me to do some springy decorating of my own!



Tammy from The Colored Door showed us her new draperies--beautiful striped ones that she painted herself!  Check out her post for a full tutorial.

DIY painted drapes - the colored door

Brandi from Nest of Bliss showed off her new DIY sliding doors.  Aren't these awesome?

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Christine from Little Brags shared some simple and wonderful updates to her family room/playroom--lots of inspiration here for organizing your kids' playthings.  I love the fact that one of the toy baskets here is labelled "Weapons."  That's life with little boys!



And Erica from Let Why Lead wrote a wonderful post about being present with your kids.  You'll want to read "The One-Dimensional Mom."

The One-Dimensional Mom
Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Not your typical Spring Break


I could have titled this post "A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do."

Or "What it looks like when a mom gets to do something really special."

Or "Why I'm still not over my jet lag."

No matter what I called it, this is what I would show you:


That's one of my favorite photos from Spring Break.  As you can see, it's taken in a modest restaurant.  But this modest restaurant is in East Asia, where I went to visit my oldest son.

The last time I saw him was August 13 of last year.  Here we are just before I put him on the plane, when I was valiantly fighting back tears:



Truthfully, I didn't go all that way to see more of the world.  I wasn't dreaming of international travel.  I didn't need to rack up frequent flyer miles.  I just wanted to see my son.  I wanted to catch a glimpse of what he's doing, to share a bit of his life.

Somehow it doesn't seem like that's it's been too long ago that my son and I looked like this:



But as you might guess from my floral pajamas, this was taken was 1991, and at that time Will was utterly dependent on me for everything.  I'll be honest: during my time in East Asia, I felt almost as though our roles were reversed.  Since I knew nothing of the language or the locale, I was pretty much dependent on Will for everything.  And God bless him: he took awfully good care of his Mom.

The end of my week in Asia brought a big treat.  Before I came home, Will and I got to fly to Beijing, China, where neither of us had ever been.  The very best part of that trip?  Driving out to the countryside and taking a little climb:



And here's my favorite.  I instagrammed this photo with the caption: "Hard to beat climbing the Great Wall of China with your firstborn." 

 

Later, Will instagrammed the same photo.  His caption? "Great Mom. And a wall."

For that, my friends, I'd fly a long, long way.

Have you ever traveled a long distance to spend time with a loved one?  I'd love to hear about it!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Soul Care Sunday


A photo from my travels, and just a little reminder of God's love and care:



Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Grace at Home No. 98


Hello, friends!  Welcome to the Grace at Home party!

Last week I was out of the country, and this week I've been struggling with jet lag, but I'm glad to be here today.

The weather here has been dreadful lately, so springy things are particularly appealing to me.  Here are just a few highlights from last week's party.

Penny from Penny's Vintage Home transformed an old chest of drawers into a beautiful planter.  I love this!


Nici from Posed Perfection created these adorable burlap-wrapped carrots.  Just right for spring decor!

Burlap Wrapped Carrots by Posed Perfection

Look at these adorable Easter eggs created by Christy from Our Southern Home--made from Dollar Tree materials!  Aren't they the cutest things?

Dollar Tree Easter Eggs by Our Southern Home #easter #crafts #Dollartree #eastercrafts #eastereggs #spring


Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!





Thursday, March 13, 2014

Grace at Home No. 97


I'm far, far away from home this week--without my computer!  I'll be excited to share some details of my trip with you when I return.  For now, it's time for the Grace at Home party!


Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!




Sunday, March 9, 2014

Soul Care Sunday


Weary from a long winter, I found hope this week in the two great books: the Bible and the "Book of Nature," God's creation.  My heart needed it!  Perhaps yours needs it, too.


A blessed day to you, friends!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Grace at Home No. 96


Hello, friends!  Welcome to this week's Grace at Home party!

Grace at Home is a place to stop each week and remember how grateful we are for God's grace.  From there, we celebrate all the ways we make our homes reflective of that grace.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's party.

Barb from Second Chance to Dream rounded up 10 spring DIY projects.  I'm going to try some of these!
Spring Decor Projects

And for more spring inspiration, you should see the spring mantel created by Penny from Penny's Vintage Home.   If you're a lover of all things romantic, you really should check out Penny's house!


Liz from The Tuscan Home shared a number of ways to jazz up your kitchen!  Liz has a real gift for home decor, so be sure to read her tips.


St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite small holidays, so I loved this pillow created by Paula of Sweet Pea.  Check out the shamrocks made of buttons!


Here's a post you can really use: a list of 12 must-see TED talks for purposeful women.  Thanks to Erica from Let Why Lead for compiling this!


And I know you'll be blessed by this short devotional from Gail at 1-Minute Bible Love Notes.

Genesis 3:15, Protoevangelium, prophecy of Christ in Genesis, the Fall, Adam's sin


Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Making changes in my kitchen


When we moved into our home in 2005, one of our favorite things about the house was the kitchen.  Here's how it looked back when I started blogging:


Over the years I've changed a few tiny things here and there, but not a lot.




We still love this kitchen, but it's time to make some more substantial changes. Now, some things won't change. We can't change the cabinetry, and we can't change the countertops. That's okay: the cupboards are custom-made solid maple and the countertops are thick granite. But I want more of a farmhouse look in my kitchen, so I'm making some changes.

 Of course, we've all heard this many times, but it bears repeating: one of the the biggest ways to make changes to your house is also the one that gives the biggest bang for the buck: PAINT.  Last year I changed the kitchen wall color to a brighter apple green, but now I've decided to go much lighter with the wall color. I still wanted a green kitchen, but I went for an old-fashioned color (Sherwin Williams Liveable Green). Here's a good look at the new wall color:


And now for the change I'm most excited about--another paint change. As I said, our cupboards are custom-made solid maple, and my family decided that painting all these cabinets is not the way to go.  But that doesn't mean we can't paint any of them, does it? Look!



I realized that when I looked at my kitchen all I saw was a sea of brown. No more! The island color is another Sherwin Williams color, Oakmoss. I think I'm in love.


I left the hardware on the perimeter cabinetry alone, but I changed the hardware on the island. The new knobs and pulls are "Gilmore" from Restoration Hardware. They're very heavy and so old-fashioned looking, don't you think?

I have several more things to do in this room and hope to have my updated kitchen finished before Easter. I keep telling myself "slow and steady wins the race."

What do you think? Do you like the green island?  Have you ever painted kitchen cabinets?

I'm joining these parties:

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March meditation


March is here, and in my hometown it's coming in like a lamb.  I suppose that means it'll go out like a lion, right?

Whatever the weather, here is my prayer for this March:



And as I consider both lion and lamb, I take comfort from these verses from Revelation 5:

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice: "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.  And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."

. . . Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!"

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them,  saying,

"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"

Amen!

**Joining the Soli Deo Gloria party at Finding Heaven.**

SPECIAL NOTE:  I've created a version of the artwork above that can be printed and framed.

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