December 11th, 2011
15th Day of Advent
14 Days ‘til Christmas
“CHRISTMASSIFY” YOUR CANNED GOODS
REMEMBER ALL OF THOSE CANNED GOODS YOU MADE
OVER THE COURSE OF OUR SUMMER OF FUNNER ?
ALL THE MUSTARDS AND JELLIES AND PICKLES AND JAMS
YOU JARRED, OR “PUT UP,” YOUR GREAT “PLUNDER?”
REMEMBER, AS WELL, THOSE TWO BEAUTIFUL PICTURES
YOU DESIGNED FOR THE LIDS OF THOSE CANS?
THE BEAR EATING JELLY AND THE TURTLE WITH PICKLE,
YOU DREW WITH YOUR OWN BLESSED HANDS?
WELL, IT’S TIME, NOW, TO WRAP YOUR JARS BRILLIANTLY,
TIE THEM WITH BOWS AND WITH RIBBONS,
WITH BELLS, AND WITH ORNAMENT DOVES
AND SEND THEM TO FAMILY
BRING THEM TO TEACHERS
TO THANK THEM FOR ALL
THEIR GOOD WISHES AND LOVE
Over our Summer Of Funner, the kids and I made a pantry’s worth of canned goods. We had a Day in Condiments on which we produced a motherload of pickles, relishes and and mustards, as well as a lovely Spiced Blueberry Port Jam. Later, we made sweet jellies flavoured with Chai Tea and Lemon Balm & Verbena. This fall, over here at the Lunchbox Season, we added to our stock by foraging in the neighbourhood for a homemade Rose Petal Jelly. I also made a Carrot Cake Jam from a BH&G recipe that was to die for! [I’m hoping to use my slightly over-thick test-jars for some thumbprint cookies later on during the holiday season! Stay tuned!]
So, we have a lot of jars…And, earlier this fall, we “Glammed Up Our Cans” with a workshop on Canning Label Design. Consider this our second installment in our “Glamming Up Your Cans” Series, or “Lab 2” in which we “Christmassify” our Jars and send them packing….
Today, I’ll have the kids affix the “Glam Cans” labels they made to their jars. Then, we’ll use ribbons, ornaments, office supplies, and found objects to prepare our canned goods for family, friends, and teachers. As soon as we’re finished, I’ll add pictures of our finished work below. The kids will be hoping, of course, to enter the second annual Pimp That Preserve contest over at one of our favourite blogs, Well Preserved, before the December 12 deadline.
Here’s how the insert looks for today’s Advent Shadowbox:
And here’s how the Shadowbox looks from afar:
Labels, Kids, and Cans
Big Teacher Gifts
Two Jars (.25pint Carrot Cake Jam & .5pint Chai Tea Jelly) with ribbons, bells, rulers, and cards that read “Thanks for Helping Me Grow.” We think they look like yule-tide insects!!!
Photo Card, Bells, and Ribbons wrapping same two jars for the Piano Teacher:
Salt Dough Bell Ornament (yesterday’s project) Attached to Lemon Balm & Verbena Jelly for the French Teacher:
All Teacher Gifts
Chai Tea Jelly for the Librarian with a printable card I downloaded, elastic string, and bell:
Smaller Gifts for Caregivers with gift tags and silver bells alongside of the rest:
We’re packaging gifts for shipping to the family, too….Hope they arrive before Christmas!!