Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tomato Time!

This is such a great time of year - actually, it's almost over in these parts, since we've had frost advisories lately.  But we still have a few more days to enjoy fresh, ripe tomatoes fresh from the garden!

A while back I wrote a post about canning - I still haven't tried it but this year, I almost have to!  We have tomatoes coming out of our ears!!!

I know many people who will not eat raw tomatoes.  I was one of these people up until I was about 25.  They were okay on burgers and sandwiches but the thought of eating one plain - or in tomato juice or soup, for that matter - gave me the heebie-jeebies.  I would see my mom fixing herself cream of tomato soup and think, "How can you EAT that?!".  Something happened, though - it was like a switch was flipped on my taste buds!  Now the lowly tomato is one of my favorite foods.  Chunky salsa, tomato soup, Bloody Marys (tee hee) - I love them all!

I love tomato labels, too!  :D  I have quite a few of them.  Most of them came from Etsy but a few are from Manto Fev and Old Stuff Only.  Some are bilingual (French and German or Dutch), which I LOVE.  And the images are so wonderfully bold!  You may not be able to read the label but you sure as heck know that it contains tomatoes!  Here's a perfect example of how illustration was used versus photographs.  I wonder if we'll ever get back to that point?  No one has a lot of money to spend right now and photos are so easy to process, so it may be a while until we see companies using illustrations again.  And even then, they'll be digital illustrations, not hand-drawn or colored.

It may be an odd thing to want to collage, but I've actually created several with the tomato as my muse.  The color is fun to work with and there's just something so cheerful about them.  With the arrival of these labels, no doubt I'll create more! :D

1 comment:

  1. They're wonderful! I just love the "pouring one" - funny!