Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Can do!

I love this time of year.  Not only are my allergies, which have plagued me all summer, subsiding greatly, but it's also harvest time in the garden.

This year we planted three tomato plants, one celery plant and one cucumber plant.  I have NO idea what I was thinking with three tomato plants - we can't keep up!  The tomato crop this year is phenomenal and they're the perfect size - not too big and not mealy at all.  My lycopene levels must be through the roof!

So what does one do when faced with an overabundance of vegetables at harvest time?  If that person is smart they get out the ol' Ball jars and get to work.  I am not that person.  :D

I love the idea of canning but there seems to be a pretty hefty time commitment to consider.  I don't know if I want my kitchen torn up for a weekend just to can. What would be REALLY cool is if there were a community kitchen somewhere that one could rent for an afternoon.  I would definitely consider canning then!

At least I have the luxury of choosing!  It wasn't that long ago when everyone canned out of necessity.  The people of my generation (Gen X) take frozen foods for granted but we are the first generation to have grown up with them as an ubiquitous product.  I know Birdseye was in existence when my mom was born in 1946 but not everyone had a freezer yet.  Doesn't this blow your mind?  When I read my old Life magazines I marvel at the "new" products in 1948 that we all now can't live without.

Nevertheless, canning is making a BIG comeback.  Whether it's because of the whole "organic" movement or just out of nostalgia, it seems like more people are canning than I've ever remembered before.  I have to say that I will NEVER turn down canned goods if they're offered to me - salsa, pickles, jams or jellies - it really IS better when it's canned homemade.

But let's get to the heart of the matter - the ephemera!  I LOVE all of these old brochures and household labels!  I have picked up brochures here and there in my travels but this one was specifically given to me by my friend Dina.  She is one of those amazingly thoughtful people who find the perfect ephemera for the right person, and I have gotten many wonderful things from her.  I think this brochure is my favorite.

The Domino Sugar labels are super cool, aren't they?  I've had them for quite a while.  One of the packets is pretty stuck together but the rest work very well.  I don't know about you but I LOVE things like this, and you just don't see them anymore!  People create their own, customizeable labels with software now.

I also love canning in my art work!  The Ball and Kerr jars lend themselves beautifully to packing tape transfers (one of my FAVORITE transfer techniques!) and the nostalgia factor is through the roof for these pieces (except for the last one - I got kind of morbid on that piece)!

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