Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christmas Jam Jar Cloth Covers, Kraft paper wedding labels and ribbons

I've been a busy bee trying to get all of my Christmas items prepped for the season, but I wanted to squeeze in a few new labels designs before the end of the year.

New to my Etsy shop are my existing wedding jar labels printed on Kraft paper. You can have your names and wedding or shower date printed with either "Spread the Love" or "Love is Sweet." Kraft paper labels are only available in the 2" size right now.

A great match for the wedding labels is a set of rustic lace precut ribbons to wrap around jars. You get jute twine, lace, and fringed ribbon to decorate your wedding or shower favor jars. Of course they would look great for any other occasion too.

Pumpkin Butter, yum! I thought I had volunteer zucchini plants in my garden this year, but it turned out to be gourds and pumpkins. So the little orange guys in the photos took over my garden and strangled all of my tomato plants. Boo. But they do look pretty, yea!

I added 2 new Christmas jam jar covers. Red Chevron would be great for jams and jellies. White Snowflake is printed with gold metallic inks, so it looks really fantastic, especially with red ribbon or jute twine.

Pumpkin Butter canning jar sticker...just in time for Fall
I unwillingly grew these little gourds :) 
Spread the Love and Love is Sweet Kraft Paper wedding favor jar labels
This label looks really good with jute twine and muslin cloth toppers also sold in my shop 
Rustic lace and linen ribbon set is precut in 12 pieces to make decorating easy

Red Chevron fancy cloth jam jar covers will be great for Christmas gifts 
White Christmas Snowflake cloth jar covers are printed with metallic ink 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

vegetable and kitchen canning jar labels

A new batch of vegetable and kitchen mason jar labels has been added to the shop!

Carrots, Corn, Cute Pepper, and Cute Pepper Jelly (which is available in 2 versions: Pepper or Hot Pepper).

Kitchen labels have been available in the customizable versions for some time, but they can now be purchased blank without text in Vintage, Hot Pink and Black, and Red or Blue.

Carrots mason jar sticker 
Corn mason jar label 
Cute Pepper canning jar sticker 
Cute Pepper Jelly label is available in Pepper Jelly and Hot Pepper Jelly versions 

Vintage Kitchen Canning jar label is also good for baked goods

Hot Pink and Black canning jar and kitchen sticker 
This label looks great on jars with hot pink and black cloth toppers 
red and blue country kitchen labels

Monday, August 11, 2014

New fruit canning jar labels and chevron cloth topper

I've been trying to stock my shop up with new fruit labels...some of these labels were long overdue! Blackberry JamBlueberry JamPeach Jam, Cute Pear, and Black Raspberry Jam (I've had a Red Raspberry Jam mason jar label available for some time).

Also, a new fabric cloth topper is available in a Blue Chevron pattern. I'll be adding a red and white chevron cloth topper to the shop in the next few weeks which will be great for Christmas.

There will be a new batch of vegetable labels ready for the shop hopefully later this week :)

Black Raspberry Jam canning jar sticker
Blackberry Jam canning jar label
Blueberry Jam Mason jar label looks good with the blue chevron cloth topper!

peach jam canning jar label
Cute Pear canning jar sticker
blue chevron cloth topper for canning jars are great for shower or wedding favors!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

New retro Kraft canning jar labels

When I was growing up, my mom had a huge garden. My sister and I would help out with planting tomatoes and beans. Planting always seemed like the easy part. At least compared to picking beans which always seemed so back breaking when I was little. We used to watch The Victory Garden on PBS and get lots of tips for the garden.

I wanted to design some different garden labels on Kraft paper that had an authentic vintage feel...something along the lines of the Victory Garden advertisements during WWII. So I came up with these red, white, & blue patriotic Kraft paper labels.

New to my Etsy shop are From the Victory Garden, The Fruits of Victory, Grow What You Eat, and I/We Put Up. Some families like to preserve together! So you can choose either "Of course, I Put Up" or "Of Course, WE Put Up" on this label.

There's a series of new salsa labels available too that are available in 4 styles: Mild Salsa, Medium Salsa, Hot Salsa, & Fire-Breathing Salsa. Each are color-coded by the style, so either green, yellow, red, & fire.

I also created a new vintage honey bee canning jar label. This can be used on fruits & veggies, not just honey.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Uh oh, my garden is out of control. And that wasn't a zucchini plant. My bad.

OK, so this year's garden doesn't look anything like I've ever had before. It's a chaotic jungle. I've never seen so much green least not in my garden bed. Things often start out green, but they don't tend to get all big & bushy...and live. I definitely have luck with some veggies. Lettuce, no problem. Green beans, yep, I can do those. Why doesn't everything else do as well as beans? Tomatoes...sometimes I do alright. Green Peppers, Corn, Zucchini? Forget about it. I stopped planting zucchini years ago because it's always a big dud for me. My zucchini plants have never gotten larger than a dinner plate before they start to rot at the stems and die.

So imagine my excitement when I had 3 volunteer plants that I thought for sure were zucchinis? I was elated. I was already planning on making bread, cooking veggie soup, breading & baking it. The plants kept getting bigger & bigger & bigger. My mom & grandmother-in-law often have enormous zucchini plants that come up to your waist and travel 8 feet or more. So I had no reason to believe that what I had wasn't zucchini. Until they kept growing, started vining, and developed little round balls under the blossoms. Crud, this isn't zucchini. It's either pumpkins or those little decorative gourds. I would prefer pumpkins since we carve them at work every year, so they'd be useful. But I'm betting they're little gourds. Dangit.

And all the volunteer tomatoes that I didn't pull up appear to be cherry tomato plants. yea. We like cherry tomatoes, but one plant is always sufficient.

The worst part about my garden is that it's incredibly difficult to get in & out of it with these crazy vining plants because of my electric fence. The vines are going around the fence, so it probably isn't working, and I have to step over the enormous plants which come up to my waist in some areas. They're currently maneuvering their way in & out of my slotted wooden fence too, so I'm sure my neighbors are going to love this.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Custom vintage honey, tomato juice, sauce, and salsa labels now on Etsy

I get a lot of requests for custom honey labels, so I finally added one to my shop. I have several more honey designs that I'll add later this season as well. The first one available is a fully customizable vintage honey label. You can customize the label with your name, type of honey, season, and can even add a pre-printed date or size.

Sometimes it's hard to tell if you have a jar of spaghetti sauce or salsa, so that's why these new tomato canning jar labels are a must! They come pre-printed with Tomato Sauce, Tomato Juice, Spaghetti Sauce, or Salsa. No need to guess what's in the red jar anymore :)
Fully customizable honey bee label. 

What's in the red jar? Now you know :)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Garden is Pure Chaos This Year, and I LIKE it

In years past, I always got very excited with gardening. I would start planning what I was going to plant in the winter months, picking out different varieties, trying to figure out succession gardening, and also planning for the inevitable varmint invasion. But the last few years I've been pretty busy with my etsy shop during the summer, so I've had less time to spend in the dirt. I was also reluctant to get a big garden in because we were thinking of moving.

This year I decided to do something different. I didn't get my garden chart out until the day I planted. I decided on a whim where I was planting everything...and I wasn't going to be planting much. Well, that was the "non-plan" plan at least.

I put in my usual row of lettuce mix, a short row of Endive, Kale, & Swiss Chard. Then carrots, parsnips (which I never planted before, and which didn't germinate), and green onions. I put 2 long rows of green beans in using seed I saved from last year's bumper crop. And the other new thing I put in was potatoes. I've never planted potatoes before so I wasn't sure what to expect. They are big & my garden looks like a big green jungle, especially with the potatoes right next to the beans.

I was determined not to plant any tomatoes because I still have a lot of salsa left over from a few years ago, so I wouldn't be canning them. But, it's always nice to have a ripe tomato from the garden, so I let the volunteer plants grow up. I knew what I might be in for when I made that decision...possibly dozens of cherry tomato plants. So far I know there are about 5 cherry tomatoes, but I'm hoping at least one of the other volunteers is a Black Krim, the best tomato I've ever planted!

I have at least 5 tomato plants in between the beans & potatoes. I have no idea how I'm going to get in there & pick those. One of the benefits of having a raised garden bed is that you can plant a little closer together. But the mistake I made with my raised bed is that it's a bit too wide, so it's hard to reach into the center.

The awesome surprise volunteer is an enormous zucchini plant. What's funny is that every year I would plant multiple zucchini plants & all would fail miserably. The plants would be puny, about the size of a dinner plate, then start to yellow & then rot at the stems. I usually would only get 1 tiny zucchini before the plants would die. I stopped planting it several years ago out of frustration. This volunteer is about 2.5 feet high & probably 100 times bigger & stronger looking than anything I ever planted. The stems are enormous & filled with blossoms. So I guess I just had to have Mother Nature plant zucchini for me.

I also seem to have 2 pumpkins or gourds. One is under the potatoes, which is covering the green onions, and some of the tomatoes. I seriously didn't weed or thin out anything, as you can see from my photos!

Beans, tomatoes, and potatoes, OH MY. 
Volunteer Zucchini... it's covering a row of carrots,
but I was too excited to have zucchini, so I don't mind. 
On the left is Kale, not the curly kind, lettuce, swiss chard, and also
volunteer dill from  5 YEARS AGO! Dill is hard to get rid of. The one blank dirt spot is
from my swiss chard also not germinating. Too bad, because we love chard!
And our raspberries :)