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Pimp My Preserves Entries

Well Preserved is hosting their second Pimp My Preserves contest. Since I am trying to find more ways to interact and force myself to get stuff done, plus I am crafty through and through, I decided I would enter with a couple themed preserves and matching decorations.

Watermelon Mint Composite
The first one I made was for my Watermelon Mint Jam. The fancy one with flecks of mint leaves to balance out the sweet, bright taste of the melon. I knew it had to be PINK and sweet and crisp looking. I stumbled across the sweet pink and white scrapbook paper at Joann’s Fabrics and knew it was perfect. I found the Snowflake ribbon at Michael’s as well as the three dimensional snowflake stickers. A bit of glitter glue and a label by Martha Stewart purchased years ago at Big Lots completes the look with some double stick tape. I think it came out perfectly, at least as perfect as it could without a crisp minty color to mix with the pink and white.
Maine Blueberry Composite
My second entry is a truly New England inspired piece. Maine Spiced Chocolate Blueberry Jam, with the beautiful blueberries I picked with my mom for Veteran’s Day and the Godiva chocolate vodka for flavor. I visited both Goodwill and the Salvation Army in search of trinkets and was awarded with a couple moose ornaments in metals and an LL Bean bear. Some pre-tied bows in satin from Walmart (on clearance) and a tree patterned paper complemented the woodsy feel I was going for. I had wanted something with a deep blue and green color for paper but didn’t see a thing that would suit my tastes.
Honey Plum Composite
The last is my Mint Honey Plum Jam, which is both fruit and refreshing with a depth of flavor to round out the experience. With the recent passing of Sarah Fox from cancer I knew I wanted a strong pink/purple theme that would stand as a tribute to her amazing life and legacy she leaves behind her. A purple dotted paper served as a background for flower letter stickers purchased years ago from Big Lots in shades of green and pink with white petals. A pink chain was linked and looped around the ring of the jar and a pink ribbon with “hope” was hung front and center. The result is a fitting tribute being both strong and pretty at the same time. I think I may work on a tribute pink jam/jelly every year.

So while I could have puttered forever I didn’t allow myself to get too wound up in perfecting things. The scrapbook paper isn’t perfect, since the jars have sloping sides, only really noticed when you try to fit a tube of paper around them flush. Some scrapes from the pliers on the metal chain left a bit of silver showing. The LL Bean ornament hangs a bit low. Some things I can keep in mind for next year perhaps. I am proud of them as they each are unique enough to showcase and match the profile I wanted the jam to have.

I really wanted to research and put together a canning jar of sugar cookie mix. Coupled with a small jar of jam it would have made the perfect DIY thumbprint cookie kit, bundled in a basket with a wooden spoon perhaps. Or maybe lintzer cookies, with a spoon and some cookie cutters? Some things to think of going forward while I select homemade goodies to gift this season (three already went out as a Yankee Swap at the Blue Knights Holiday Party).

2 thoughts on “Pimp My Preserves Entries”

    1. Thank you. Its so easy to think of simple crafty ways to symbolize Maine. I got lucky when I saw that little guy hanging from a tree in the Goodwill near me for .99. Got a couple moose as well to round out some other jars getting sent to people.

      And nothing is more fun that sitting down with ribbon, glitter glue, scrapbook paper and some scissors and “playing” after work. Its like kinder crafts for grownups.

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