Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Cookie Jars Extravaganza - Let's Get Hopping, Round #2

Welcome to the "Gift Jar" blog hop. You might be hopping already and arrived from the previous blog. If you starting here, no worries, just use "Next Blog" arrow at the end of my blog to hop to another one within the theme.

Every year there is Michaelmas Day at my boys' school and this will be my third year running a cookie jar stall. It starts with a trip to IKEA to buy 100 jars, organise a collection of ingredients, put together a group of friends to fill the jars and decorate them. Bada boom, bada bam. 

2015


Actually, it wasn't bada boom, bada bam the first year, let me tell you! And there weren't 100 jars either; only 25 but the details that went into the decorating... 
I didn't have to fill them but I did all the decorating by myself. I didn't really know what I was going to do. It is difficult to ask for help when unsure yourself. I was very happy when I put together these. The jars were beautiful and they were a hit. All sold within 15 minutes!

Not that it would balance the work put into these though. Only the flower on the top consist of three different layers, all cut out manually with scissors. The tags consisted of three layers, all backed with matching DSP (so had to cut six circles just for the tags).


2016



Only naturally, the following year I looked for ways how to make it all a bit easier. I was a tad wiser in a sense of what has to be done and what can be omitted.

First thing I did was to find a partner in crime. I wanted to have several different designs and we came up with two each. We split the load and each took care of fifty jars.

It was a great cooperation of two crafters who worked well side by side and gave each other support. The tops were punched and big shotted, the tags were simplified but still functional and gorgeous. 

I was very pleased with the final look and overall outcome. Same as the previous year, the jars were a huge hit and they all sold with a great profit into the PTA bucket.



2017


And so we are coming to the current year. 
I only have two prototypes so far as Michaelmas is taking place next month. 
In my opinion, they both look great, don't you think? I feel the decoration will be a breeze. I remember in the previous years it took me ages to figure out the colour coordination. I sorted that out by using one design for the top as well as the tag.

I tried to use punches rather than dies which cuts time considerably. I still use dies to cut circles for the top but, to be honest, because I am working on a different project that uses a big shot a lot as well I am combining each run so it feels I'm making a great progress on my monthly plan. 
I'm also cutting time by using the tag punch and the instructions are printed on a label and stuck on the second sheet of that tag.

The ingredients list is hidden on the big scalloped circle on the top and is visible when the jar is opened. I was very excited to use the new SU! blends to colour the images. The scalloped tag is decorated with little jingle bells I found the other day in a local store. The tag is attached to the jar by a colour matching ribbon. Now, only 98 more to go!

Feel inspired? Make your own cookie jar. Click here for a step by step.


Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you liked what you saw. Enjoy the rest of this blog hop. Click on the arrow below to visit Cathy Caine's post.











19 comments:

  1. I can see why you do this every year though Eva, they look fabulous!!

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  2. OMG Eva, wow! Such an amazing effort. They all look awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your story and for all these gorgeous samples!

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    1. Thank you, Jenn. You can imagine how my heart leaped when I found out the topic of the second round...

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  3. Wow Eva! You cookie jars look amazing. No wonder they are a hit every year. Well done

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  4. Wow!! I can't even imagine how many hours you put into those jars! But I have to say I am truly inspired! What lucky kids to have you as a mom who is so involved! :)

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    1. Thank you Diana, happy I passed inspiration. I can't count the hours but hearing my boys proudly recite my accomplishments to our friends just keeps me going.

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  5. Wow the jars look amazing, would love to know the quanties and recipes for the two cookie jars, they sound like the would be yum.

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    1. Thank you. I updated the blog and included the ingredients and instruction at the end. Enjoy!

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  6. These are so fun but wow that is a lot of jars!!

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    1. It is a bit hectic to prepare them but seeing at the end people and kids love them makes it all worth it.

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  7. What a great Tradition, and a lot of work, thanks for adding in previous year jar photo's it's triple ideas in one post.

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    1. Thank you. It's not so bad once you know what to do. Planning the design is the challenge.

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  8. yummo I am going to try these cookies and I bet they taste as fabulous as the jars look Eva well done. I am glad you got onto the hop[ this time around I am still trying. Danielle

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