Canning Workshop: Freckle Hen Farm

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This past weekend I took a mini road trip to Fayetteville to attend a Canning Workshop hosted by Natalie of Natalie Creates for one of her first workshops on her farm, Freckle Hen Farm. I was look forward to seeing Natalie again and finally seeing her farm and her most adorable home!

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We started off our day getting to know each other and checking out all the wonderful swag that all the  gracious sponsors sent for each of us and then we headed right into canning. I was really excited to learn how the canning process worked and actually get my hands dirty with my first canning experience.

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After we boiled, peeled, and unseeded our tomatoes. We let our tomatoes cook down and then learned about the proper way to store your tomatoes so it does not go bad. One thing I did learn for sure is lemon juice is oh so important friends!

photo 4 (4)After enjoying a yummy lunch made by Kara of Arch Craft, we got picked up by Hogs Head and headed into Prairie Grove for some junking! I scored a few great pieces and I am excited to hang them in the house!

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photo 2 (8)Before the workshop ended, Natalie had a little craft station for us to decorate our jars of canned tomatoes and I love how everyone’s jars turned out!

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I had such an amazing time on the farm and getting to meet so many fun and creative ladies! I may have to consider a farm in my future after having such a great time on the Freckle Hen Farm, but I may have to convince the Mister first!  If you get a chance to attend one of Natalie’s workshop, I highly recommend it! I hear there is another in the works perhaps early next year!

DIY: Egg Carton Gift Box Idea

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Ah, packaging is my weakness! I have always loved paper and packaging items and it is so fun to put together a unique package for gifting. I  try and find unique boxes and various things that I can use to package items and this time, I went with some mini egg cartons I picked up from Sweet Shop Lulu. I never have a game plan in mind when I get ready to package a gift, I look around and see what items I can work with that I already have. Lately one of the items I been using is the Wrap It Paper from Hazel and Ruby. It comes in a roll with several sheets and I can use them for so many different reasons.

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To add a little definition to my package, I decided to use some yarn and braid them. It is just like when you use to make friendship bracelets as a child but instead I used yarn. 007014015I then used some extra paper and punched out a flag shape and embellished with a gold glitter sticker and layered it over some glitter paper cardstock. Super easy and extra cute! There is never a right or wrong way to package a gift, it’s definitely the thought that counts!

And, the winner of the May Designs giveaway is Carla of Pint Of Ice Cream! Congratulations! A email is headed your way!

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