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the jam labelizer

February 27, 2012

make your own jam labels

hey, roosters! my mom sent over a link to the jam labelizer yesterday, and i was so excited- it’s brilliant! choose from several designs, fill in your info and either print or save them- simple as that! and, it’s free!

jam labelizer here are a few i made up in just a few minutes. now you’ll have no excuse for not having the cutest jam ever. xox!

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Last year I began dabbling in cheese-making, and not only is it easier than I ever imagined, but it’s a lot of fun, too. One of the easiest cheeses to make is an Indian cheese, Paneer, also called “Lemon Cheese” in some places. It only takes about 1 hour to 90 minutes to make. This recipe will make a lot of cheese, so you might want to try cutting it in half if you don’t need too much cheese. You will need:


1 gallon whole milk

4-6 tablespoons lemon juice

1-2 tsp salt (optional)

candy or milk thermometer

large pot or sauce pan


slotted spoon

cheese cloth or fine cloth

heavy plates


Pour milk into a pot over medium-high heat. Do not bring milk to a boil: when milk has reached just under 200 degrees F, add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice; remove from heat and stir.

Continue stirring milk until lumps form. If milk is not curdling, add another 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Scoop out the curds with a slotted spoon into a colander to drain – line the colander with cheesecloth first, if you have some.

Add salt or any other herbs you may like.

Tip: the leftover liquid from the cheese is the whey – you can save this liquid for bread making – I myself used the whey for making a quick bread such as raisin bread.

Wrap the curds tightly with cheese cloth or a smooth kitchen towel; press the cheese between two heavy plates. Let the cheese set for 30 minutes if you want a creamier cheese, or an hour or more for a harder, dryer cheese. This recipe works well in savory dishes, as well as desserts such as cheesecake.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.


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my diy hammock

June 14, 2011

happy monday, dear friends! i told you i was going to make a hammock this weekend (remember?), and i did! it turned out great and i’ve been enjoying it all weekend. here’s how i did it!

my diy hammock

for the most part, i just followed these great instructions from outside mom.  i had two yards of this striped linen fabric, so first i hemmed each of the long sides. then i hemmed each of the short sides by first folding over a 1/2 inch and pressing, then folding over again about 3 inches to create a sleeve for my rope to go through (see picture below).

my diy hammock

i used a tight zig zag stitch with heavy duty polyester thread to make sure the seams were really strong. i then threaded some rope through each end that i found in my mister’s tool box (hehe) and tied a secure not to each of my posts.  you could also do this around a branch or a tree trunk.

my diy hammock

isn’t it lovely? it’s super sturdy and comfy, just right for an afternoon cup of tea and a good book. :)

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make your own product labels

January 28, 2010

i’ve been trying to figure out how to tag my products for a while now.  everything online seemed expensive with minimum orders of 1000 or more, and i just wasn’t ready to take the plunge! so, i was really excited when i found this solution.   using printable fabric makes the job easy, affordable and quick- i made these in just a few minutes!

using printable fabric from printed treasures allows you to simply run the fabric, right through your printer.  you could use this technique for any number of personalized projects, but made my task of making tags an easy one.  your local sewing or craft store should carry this, but just in case they don’t…

there’s an alternative method! you can simply iron freezer paper to the back of any fabric you have, cut it to a printer-friendly size and run it right through.  who knew?! the freezer paper easily peels right off and you’re left with the same result.  you could then even iron it on the other side to make double-sided labels.

this is my sheet of 30 labels, and i made sure to leave plenty of room at the top for sewing them in to my seam.

tagging your items are an important step in selling, especially if you’re filling wholesale or consignment orders.  letting the customer know where the product came from and how to find it again is so important.  and, tagging helps keep your business fresh in the mind of your consumers!

i used pinking shears to cut them out so as to prevent the sides from raveling.  you could also stitch around them to prevent fraying.

sewn right into the seam of my aprons, it makes the task of tagging a cinch!

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