Labels - Recession style
I don't think that the recession is what has caused me to be even more thrify. I rather have a feeling that it was the overwhelming abundance of the upswing. It just got to be a little bit too much. I, at least, noticed this trend towards homemade and homegrown everywhere around me (i.e. on the Internet) quite some time before the recession hit.
But anyway, I have been experimenting with drying herbs and drying them and making oil infusions myself. I have learned from the bitter past that labeling the jars is essential. I always think I am going to remember exactly what that is in there, but... not so. So I came up with a cheap way to quickly label my jars. I bought a couple of rolls of old adding machine paper for 40 cents a piece. These I tear up and use as labels. They are rather narrow, so suit my purpose beautifully. I store them in an ice cream container that I got while on vacation in Florida. Nothing special, it just took my fancy.
The Green Guide for artists, by Karen Michel (find out more about her at: www.karenmichel.com) is just a really cool book. It contains a lot of recipes for artist materials, gesso, glue, paint and stuff and I made one of the glue recipes. I would really like to make the milk paint! I mean, who knew! Milk paint!
But the recipe for the glue that I used is really simple recipe and easy to make:
The ingredients are:
Glycerin (or honey)
Clove oil (or peppermint, lavender, rosemary, lemon or thyme essential oil - these have good preserving qualities)
1. Mix 1 part Gum arabic with hot water.
2. Combine 5 parts of that mix with one part glycerin (or honey)
3. Add 2 drops of essential oil - I used lavender.
Apply with a paintbrush. This will last about a year.
I use my finger to wet the paper and stick it on the glass jars that I use. This is not a very strong glue, but perfect for paper and I like it because it is easy to wash off. I'm so tired of those labels and packaging that require an army and nuclear devices to get off!