Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Free Printable Halloween Steam Pumpkin Carving Template

Bwahahaha! It's that time of year again. Sharpen your carving tools and your creativity by making a unique Halloween Steam Pumpkin. Our steam pumpkin was made using old, rusty canning rings, something all of you canners surely have! Our template includes 3 fun mustache options for your pumpkin. This is a great activity for children and parents. The adults can do the carving and the kids will have a blast adding decorations to the pumpkins. 

Download our FREE Printable pumpkin carving templates with step-by-step tutorial. 

Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com

Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com
Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com

Download our FREE Printable pumpkin carving templates with step-by-step tutorial. 

Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com
Now comes the fun part! Clean out your junk drawer & attach fun embellishments to the pumpkin. Ideas: Add watch bands for the eye goggle straps, old keys for the nose, spice jar lids, toy car steering wheels, old watches & number dials, circuit boards, chains, screws, fasteners, springs, gauges, thumbtacks, & eyelets.

Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com

Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com

Old candy thermometers and keys make fun embellishments!
Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com

Insert eyelets, push pins, and screws to add some bling to your steam pumpkin!
Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com

Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com
Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com

Free Printable Steam Pumpkin Carving Templates & Tutorial | CanningCrafts.com

Download our FREE Printable pumpkin carving templates with step-by-step tutorial. 


Friday, October 6, 2017

How to Save Tomato Seeds from Your Garden

We grow tomatoes every year. This is in large part because my husband has an unhealthy addiction to homemade salsa. Some years our tomatoes are gangbusters and some years they’re a bust. This year we lucked out with our super-tasty Sungold Cherry tomatoes. I most definitely want more of these suckers in the future. So here's a refresher on the art of saving tomato seeds.

How to Save Tomato Seeds | CanningCrafts.com
First you need to find fruits that do not have diseases or harmful micro-organisms. This means that they need to be free of splits or insect holes. Choose the most perfect examples you have so that next year’s plants will work with the best genes possible. Also don’t forget to wash off your fruit before cutting them open.

How to Save Tomato Seeds | CanningCrafts.com

When it comes to saving seeds from your favorite and most tasty tomatoes, there are 3 routes you can take: 

1. Basic Drying

This is (almost) the easiest method. Slice the tomato open and squeeze or cut out the largest seeds onto a plate. Then arrange the seeds in clusters of 3 or 4 onto a paper towel or coffee filter. Let them dry naturally for a week or two until there is no moisture. Store as-is or cut the towel apart into individualized little seed starters. You can store these in an envelope until next spring. Using the basic drying method, seeds keep for one or two years. Use the fermenting method (step 2 below) if you want to store them longer.
How to Save Tomato Seeds | CanningCrafts.com

2. Fermenting

The fermentation process allows tomato seeds to store for up to 6 years and still be viable. This is because you're removing the gelatinous sac that encompasses each tomato seed. The gel is what stops germination from transpiring until the seed is planted in the ground. But, the gel can also contain diseases that may damage the growth of the plant. So removing the residue is essential to long-term seed storage.

How to Save Tomato Seeds | CanningCrafts.com
To remove the gel, slice your fruit in half and squeeze or scoop the seeds into a bowl or jar. If the seeds are not floating in enough tomato liquid, add some water to help separate the seeds from the pulp. Cover the jar with cloth and let the mix sit uncovered in a warm, out of the way place for 24 to 48 hours. Fair warning, this will start to smell funky which is normal. If you are saving several varieties at once, don't forget to label each jar so you can identify the seeds later. The seeds are ready when they are sitting on the bottom (if using a glass jar, you will be able to see them). Skim off the pulp and whatever funk has developed on the top of the jar. Then strain the seeds at the bottom and rinse them with water. Any remaining gel should come off in the rinsing process. Allow the seeds to dry using the paper towel method from the “Basic Drying” section above.

How to Save Tomato Seeds | CanningCrafts.com

NOTE: Older seed saving methods suggest fermenting seeds for up to 4 days or longer. A newer study indicates that it's best to soak seeds for only 1-2 days. Fermenting longer than 3 days decreases the seed germination rate. You do not need to have a layer of mold on the seeds either. 

3. Forced Volunteer

Now this method IS the easiest. All you have to do is select the spot in your garden where you want your tomatoes to be next year. Bury cut tomatoes or the gel/seed mixture 2 or 3 inches deep, then place a layer of mulch over that. Wait until springtime to remove the mulch, gently stir up the soil, water and wait. You could also let your tomatoes naturally drop in the garden and seed themselves wherever they darn well please. If you grow tomatoes, you already know how easily volunteer plants spring up. The benefit to doing forced volunteer plantings is that you know what variety is growing where. But there's something very fun about having "Mystery Plants" too! With any luck, you’ll have another round of your favorite and most tasty tomatoes next season! 

We designed these FREE Printable Seed Saver Packets just for you! Our free seed saver packs are great for saving seeds from your garden. Store seeds for yourself or use them for gift-giving seeds to your friends. Just print, cut, fold, and glue the seed packets to store your vegetable, fruit, or flower seeds. We hope you enjoy using these free packets. And PLEASE, share these with your fellow gardeners and seed savers.
free printable vegetable seed packet from CanningCrafts.com

Have you saved tomato seeds from your garden before? If so, which method did you use to save the seed? Let us know in the comments below.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Custom horizontal oval honey labels for mason jars

We added 6 new custom oval honey labels to our shop. These horizontal oval honey label designs are also available in large vertical oval labels and round labels. Horizontal ovals labels fit quilted mason jars or other jars. These custom oval labels are personalized with a name, type of honey, contact info, or size. Just peel and stick the honey labels to your jars—no cutting involved! 


Custom Honeycomb Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Honeycomb Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Honeycomb Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Honeycomb Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Honeycomb Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Honeycomb Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Honeycomb Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Honeycomb Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Honeycomb Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Honeycomb Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Honeycomb Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Honeycomb Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Yellow Oval Honey Bee Jar Labels

Custom Yellow Oval Honey Bee Jar Labels

Custom Yellow Oval Honey Bee Jar Labels

Custom Yellow Oval Honey Bee Jar Labels

Custom Yellow Oval Honey Bee Jar Labels

Custom Yellow Oval Honey Bee Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Rubber Stamp Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Rubber Stamp Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Rubber Stamp Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Rubber Stamp Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Rubber Stamp Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Rubber Stamp Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Rubber Stamp Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Vintage Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Vintage Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Vintage Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Vintage Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Vintage Oval Honey Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels

Custom Kraft Oval Honey Mason Jar Labels