It's true! I try to control it, and most of the time I do quite well. However, every so often, a product makes its way into our home solely on the merit of its packaging. Which is how a bag of lemons made its way home from the wholesale warehouse with us a few weeks ago. One look at the adorable Mr. Lemon on the label, and I was sold. So to the Bee Sweet lemon company, a hearty BRAVO! Put a little lemon puppy on them next and I'll be buying them by the caseload:
Who could resist? Luckily, I had plenty of recipes that called for lemons, so I made the following:
- Lemon Coffee Cake
- Lemon Salad Dressing
- Lemon Pepper Roast Chicken
- Lemon Basil Roast Chicken
- Gimlet Au Naturel Cocktails (a tasty little cross between a gimlet and a G&T that we came up with)
As I was unwrapping the lemons, I set aside the wrapper. The scrapbooker in me said "save it, it's fabulous" while the woman who's been purging her belongings snapped "throw it out!" This time, the emotional scrapper won, although I did neatly trim one incidence of the repeating pattern from the label and threw the rest away. I put the scrap in my junk drawer (dangerous, I know). Several times over the next few days, I would see it and think that I should just toss it, but one look at those big lemony eyes and back in the drawer he'd go. I just knew he had a purpose! And one day, while cleaning the kitchen counters with my homemade lemon cleanser, inspiration struck!
Here's how my lemon cleanser looked before inspiration struck:
Nothing wrong with it, but other than the "L" scribbled in Sharpie on the bottom, there's really no way to differentiate between the lemon, the cinnamon, or teatree scents. But now...
This should barely qualify as a craft, it's so simple. All I did was position the scrap of label on the bottle (hold it in place with some double sided tape if you need to) and then I neatly placed strips of clear packing tape over it until it was completely covered. That's it! I have no idea how long it will last, but the bottle cost a dollar and the label was free (since I used the lemons, it doesn't count as a useless impulse buy. My blog, my rules!) So if it wears off in a few months, oh well! The label is plastic-y, so it will probably last longer than if it were paper. Plus, it's a great bit of free advertising for the Sweet Bee company! Anyone who makes labels this cute deserves a plug! Now I'm on the lookout for labels for my other scents!
This may have been the quickest turn-around of any bit of ephemera I've saved in the name of scrap-booking. If you don't think this is a big deal, ask any scrapper about their "stash" and you'll quickly understand!
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