Hello blogger friends. Summertime is here – finally. The weather is consistently warm, the grass is green and the livin’ is easy...well, most of the time anyway.
Today, I’m participating in the June Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party. The theme this month is Summertime Fun, and for me, once upon a time, summertime meant canning. Now, I don’t can myself, but my mom and my grandma did. I remember all the tables and counters in the house being filled with mason jars and the sink full of apricots and peaches, which gave the house a sweet smell. At that time we had apricot and peach trees on our property, and my mom and grandma took full advantage of the summertime bumper crop. We had canned apricots and peaches for years after this one particularly “fruitful” summer crop.
My grandmother and mom were products of the great depression and they both horded food in a way that most modern women would never think of. Had I gone hungry, like they did from time to time, I may have inherited their fear of depletion, and I thank God every day that I’ve never gone hungry a day in my life. But knowing this about them explained their desire to can fruit and vegetables every summer.
This is why I chose to go with a mason jar project for today’s Blog Party. It brings back lots of heartfelt memories of summertime from my childhood.
I layered my jar onto a die cut tag that I created using a Time Holtz Sizzix die. I added a small tab with the word smile hand written in it because when I think back on those warm summer days with boiling fruit filling the house with the sweet aroma, I can’t help but smile at those fond memories.
I hope you will join in the fun and create your own version of Summertime Fun. The Blog Party is open to players through the 18th, so check it out here. There will be a free stamp set given away to a randomly selected participant, so that should be even more incentive to play.
Thanks for popping in today to take a peek at my latest creation. My appreciation is “jam packed with love”. Until next time, stay crafty.
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