Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tart Sweets

I had this idea to tart up some jars of freshly made preserves--"tart up" meaning make cute and suitable for gift giving, vs. tart up in the make sour sense.  I figure I owe this to all the people with whom I have deposited pickles, lest they assume I only give them boring and uncute and sour edible things.
So I was digging around on the internets looking for some kind of label for my jam that went beyond the standard piece of masking tape + Sharpie or boring, traditional canning label.  And yes, it did occur to me to make some myself but I seem to score a big fail every time I  try printing labels at home, and since I wanted them round and awesome and I was too lazy to go out searching for blank round label stickers and then get crabby by trying to get Gimp and the printer to obey me,  I went the pre-printed route via zazzle.  There I found stickers perfectly sized and with non-permanent adhesive.  Awesome.  Plus I didn't even have to fuss with getting a nifty design on them, but I did lose another bit of my life to obsessing about color and font selection.
While I was creating stickery goodness, I got the idea that some kind of tag would be cool, too, so I went ahead and wasted another hour finding the perfect template and text for some custom wee notMOO cards.
Fast forward to later that night, and I'm still obsessing about the whole schema for my little jars of jammy awesome.  I got distracted looking at stationary and die cut tags, and happened across a reference to washi tape, which I had not heard of so of course I had to Google as I do all terms I am unfamiliar with.
And thus I tripped into the bottomless pit of awesome.
Did you know about washi tape?
HOW DID I NOT?
Earlier this canning season I had been wishing for some of that paper sealing tape like you'd find stuck over the top of a bottle of olive oil or booze or something, but I didn't know what to whisper to Google to find such an item.  In any case, it turns out washi tape is about that exact thing only much, much more neato because it comes in a bazillion patterns and colors and widths.  Combined with the previously ordered printed stuff, a tarty jar scheme was born.
Being indecisive me, I am now the proud owner of more washi tape than I am likely to use in a decade, along with some equally awesome colored bakers twine which was what got me wading around in this whole sticky mess in the first place.
Here's how I put it all to use:
jar cuteness

Now I want labels and tags and fabulosity for ALL my canned stuff!

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