jelly, jam, marmalade and butter.

one of my goals for christmas is to eventually have 100% handmade gifts. this year, i probably hit about 20%. i blame my lack of planning. for my dad and jon's mom though, we made delicious things.

from front to back on the left row: spiced apple butter, cranberry pear jam, orange marmalade and pomegranate jelly (and note the awesome orange dining room walls). the recipes were more or less straight from ball's preserving book and were pretty simple. the results though are quite tasty (except for the marmalade, but i think marmalade is gross. those who like it said it's good).

and then the labels!

made by me using inkscape and printed on label paper.

for jon's mom we packaged them in a basket with kitchen towels to protect the glass jars and for my dad we put them in a red metal toolbox with shop rags for protection.


christmas crafts.

i've been a bit of a slacker posting lately. however, that does not mean that i have been without making things. no worries.

this was the only bit of holiday decoration the front of my house got this year. next year i promise to try harder, but at least it's a start.

i took one of those twig wreaths and spray painted it white. then i used some of those garland branches made up of metallic colored balls and cut them apart and wove them amongst the twigs. it took me awhile to like it, but it has definitely grown on me.

and holiday tags! why buy them when you have label paper and a printer.

the detail on the red one was bit small so i reworked it. i'm much happier with the new version, but i didn't need any more for this year, so i didn't print any more out. if you want some, let me know and i'll email you a pdf!