Now that I am exploring the world of canning, I thought I'd check to see what kind of fun things there were out there for my new-found love.
Thankfully, I came across Alison's Canning Crafts site on etsy. Alison makes adorable labels for both regular and wide-mouth canning jars. She even customizes label art or creates new designs for specific canned goods.
When Alison first got started with her Canning Crafts business, she combined her gift in graphic design with her love for gardening and salsa making. She started to design her own canning labels because she couldn't find anything unique enough to dress up her salsa that she was giving away for gifts. Her husband told her to just write on the lids with a Sharpie, but the artist in her couldn't do it! As a result, Canning Crafts was born.
I got to personally check out a few of Alison's labels...and I love them. I promptly put one of them on my jar of canned cherries that I made last weekend with a friend. They are self-adhesive and come in a sheet of 20 for $4 (that's .20 cents per jar for all my frugal friends out there! Not bad to add just the right touch of embellishment for a gift or even in your own home. I love to look at pretty things too, you know!)
I think these labels are such a great idea. Canning itself is new to me, but in the past I've given jars of homemade chocolate syrup and such away and it drove me nuts that I didn't have a quick, easy way to embellish the jar just a tad to make it gift-worthy. I've found my solution in Alison's labels. (Not that she has labels for chocolate sauce but she did send me a generic one that would work just fine!)
Here is a peak at a few of my favorite labels from her etsy shop.
Even if you've never canned before, doesn't this one just make you want to give it a try??
Love this one! (And, Alison even sent me her salsa recipe along with my labels. I plan to try her recipe since we planted about 20 tomato plants this year!)
What a great idea!
Here are some of the ones I get to use (plus the salsa recipe-thanks, Alison!)
Alison's photography is much better than mine, but here are my cherries proudly displaying their label.
And a few canning tips in general (can I even give tips since I'm new to it myself!!) But, from the little bit I've done this is what I've learned...If you're new to canning you might want to pick up a kit like this. It makes the process go much smoother!
Also, a good reference is the Ball Blue Book. This handy little book and I plan to get well-acquainted this summer!
Be sure to check with friends and relatives who don't can any more. They're probably more than happy to pass on their canning supplies to you. It will help get you started anyways.
AND...whether you're new to canning or not, you're gonna love it if you win a set of Alison's canning labels. She is giving away $20 worth of labels (5 sheets of labels) to one randomly chosen reader. The winner gets to choose from any of the $4 sheets in her shop. Lucky you!
Here is what you can do for a few chances to enter. Please be sure to leave separate comments for each entry that you complete. Thanks!
- Check out Alison's etsy shop and tell me which label is your favorite.
- Go to Alison's blog and vote for which type of label you would like to see in her etsy shop.
- Follow Purposeful Homemaking.
- Like Purposeful Homemaking on Facebook.
- Sign up for Purposeful Homemaking e-mails.