Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dressing-Up Jam Jars

I'm pleased to tell you that I have a project published in the Winter Issue of Somerset Life. It's on newsstands now or you can order it online.  I submitted a nostalgic way to dress-up a glass jar and one of my submissions got a full page photo!  The stylist and photographer at the publishers did a great job with the photos for the article and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Since we are talking glass jars or jam jars, I thought I would share some photos of one of the project ideas I submitted, but didn't make the cut.  (Of course, I understand limited space!) But if anyone is visiting because of the article, I thought they might enjoy another idea for dressing up a jam jar. 

I call these my Sweet Cuffs.  They are made from fabric scraps and embellishments.  The cuffs are meant to be wrapped around a homemade jar of jam to dress it up. 

Or you can even buy some jam and give it a homemade touch with these cuffs. 

I designed the cuffs to either be tied or attached with a hook and loop closure so your gift recipient can use them on their brunch table with other jars or even....are you ready for this? a fabric cuff bracelet!  A bit of a crazy idea, but I kind of like it.

And speaking of's a helpful hint.  I know the idea of canning food can be a bit scary for some of us.  Botulism is not a gift I want to give my friends and family.  But that doesn't mean you can't make fresh, homemade jam!  Just cook up your favorite recipe, but only make enough to last for a few days.  Once it's done cooking, pour the jam into a clean glass container with a lid, and put in the fridge.  It should last you about a week. (At my house, it never lasts that long-as soon as my husband finds out there's fresh jam in there, it's all over.)  I can't tell you how much better tasting fresh jams are.  We're short on in-season berries during the winter, but you can always do a marmalade if you have the urge right now.  Oh!  I just might have to do that now.  Do you have any favorite winter fruit jam recipes to share with me?  Pretty please?  With a Sweet Cuff on top?