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.
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?...as a fabric cuff bracelet! A bit of a crazy idea, but I kind of like it.
And speaking of jam....here'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?