"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Tuesday

Warm & Spicy Winter 2014: Homemade Winter Potpourri {4 recipes}

Part 2 in the Warm & Spicy Winter 2014 Series

Ready to make some Winter Potpourri? I'm glad to share the delightful scents of this chilly season with you! Grab your herbs, it's time to get started!


 

DIY Homemade Winter Potpourri

First, you should know that you don't need to be particular about these potpourri recipes (nothing like baking!). You can substitute and change whatever suits you. If you don't have it, don't worry! Pick something else, or leave it out. :]

Next, choose from the following recipes for a combination of pretty and wonderfully fragrant winter potpourri!

Vanilla cookie

  • Vanilla (extract is a less expensive option than whole vanilla beans)
  • Wood Chips (oak or maple, cherry or manzanita)
  • Pearly Everlasting (sometimes called "maple flower")
  • Whole Hazelnuts, Almonds (in the shell)

Holiday Berry

  • Rosehips (dried or fresh)
  • Lemon Peel (dried or fresh)
  • White Carnation heads (dried or fresh)
  • Dried Elderberry, Cranberry, Hawthorn Berries,  Mulberries, etc

Christmas Tree

  • Fir or Pine (clippings from a tree work great! small rounds, bark, needles...)
  • Mulberry/Cranberries
  • Rose Petals
  • Mini Pinecones

Cocoa Mint



Giving your Potpourri as a Gift

These mixes would be so lovely combined with the Scentsational Holiday Gift Jar method of jar gifting! When you've put your candle (homemade anyone?) in the canning jar and added the potpourri mix around it, you can decorate your lid with festive red ribbon or add a touch of pretty color with a spring of berries (just tie them on with your gift tag/label).


Know how to mix a scent that lasts:

Potpourri posts on making use of what you have:

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Next in the series will be a Holiday Mix of Potpourris (Christmas & Winter Potpourri Recipe Round-up)!

This post shared on: Front Porch Friday, So Much at Home, The Art of Home-Making Monday, Homemaking Party, Wellness Wednesday   

Friday

Warm & Spicy Winter 2014: Candle-Making Links

Ever since I started brainstorming for the Autumn POTpourris post, somethings been nagging at me. So I've dreamed up this post mini series! To start with, I'll brief you on my recent job...


 

"Candle Dipping Lady"


Shortly after I began my potpourri brainstorming, I started working for a small business run by a friendly local family. The job is messy, busy, and so fun! I get to "play" farm, old fashioned living and crafter! First it was candle dipping - I became the official Candle Dipping Lady - and later included shopkeeping, beading, taking care of the animals, with a hint of potpourris... I love it!

Wednesday

Blog Hop: Wildcrafting Wednesday Christmas Edition!

Holiday Christmas Fun: Blog Hop


How fun! The ladies who host Wildcrafting Wednesday have shared their code this week, so instead of being a link-up hosted by only four blogs, it's a "blog hop" so everyone can share their special Christmas Edition 2014!  I've gotten some pretty fun inspiration from them over the years (especially from Woodwife's Journal posts, and this year it's been Entwife's Journal that's kept me coming back), and am pleased to share the Wildcrafting Wednesday 2014 Christmas Edition blog hop with you now. :]




Welcome to a very special Christmas Edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday!


Christmas is a magical time of year that brings memories of family and traditions and food and celebrations! It's a time for gathering and sharing things we hold dear. It's a time of renewing time-honored traditions and maybe finding a few new ones too. In honor of this Christmas season, we've asked our favorite bloggers to share their
  • favorite holiday crafts, 
  • DIY gift ideas, 
  • home-made decorations, 
  • traditions, 
  • favorite memories, 
  • and real food recipes.
Who knows, you might even find a new favorite yourself. :) 

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