Tuesday Treasure: Orange Pomander Artisan Potpourri

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Orange Pomander Artisan Potpourri
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Have you ever tried making an orange pomander? It’s hard.

The traditional way is to stick cloves in an orange, and set to dry somewhere cool and dry. Rotate daily and wipe with a vinegar or bleach solution, to keep the mold away. Several months later, if you are lucky, you will have a yummy smelling orange pomander. That sounds like a lot of work.

The quick and easy way, the modern way, uses an oven. I tried this method a while back. I turned the oven to 250F, and I made 2 shallow slits in the orange, one on each side of the orange (to speed drying and for skewers). Then I stuck cloves in the orange. It was hard not to stick them so close that the holes ran together and the cloves fell out. I put the clove designs around the slits, too. Then I stuck the skewers through the slits and I laid the skewers across cake pans, trying to make sure the oranges didn’t touch the pans. I put them in the oven. I checked on them every half hour or so. Four or five hours later, the oranges seemed to have dried all the way through. The designs were ruined — the slits had opened up during baking. But I thought, well, I’ll keep them around, it’s not a bad first try. Better luck next time, right? Nope. There won’t be a next time, because within a week the pomanders were molding. Oops. I don’t want to waste more oranges.

But I’ll tell you what I did. I do know how to dry orange peel in an oven, so I took dried orange peel, and cloves, and a cinnamon stick, and I chopped, and I mixed, and I added orris root to keep it dry and tangerine essential oil to make it smell more citrus-y, and I let it all age in an old, clean jar for a few weeks. And it smells just like an orange pomander, so delicious and yummy, and it’s perfectly preserved. You can buy it in my Etsy shop. I did all the work for you, and there’s no danger of mold, and it will scent your room or car for you for a long time.

If oranges aren’t your thing, I have lots of other potpourris, like tropical pineapple and apple pie, just to name a couple, in the shop already, with more on the way.

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Friday Feature: Orange Haze

My orange and pink beaded butterfly tassel is in this beautiful treasury by Lynn from FlowerCouture on Etsy.

‘Orange haze’ by FlowerCouture

Enjoy


Sunset Trees Art P…

$15

Orange You Glad Ste…

$20

Women’s Orange …

$24

Happy Poppies Set o…

$5

Huge Original Paint…

$148

SALE Chakra Bracele…

$35

Swarovski component…

$40

Crochet Slouchy Hat…

$22

Holidays Sale Carne…

$36

6×4 Art print matte…

$6

All Natural Orange …

$5

70s Vintage Mini Dr…

$44

Red Gold Flower Orn…

$10.4

Orange and Pink Bea…

$18

Orange Button Black…

$7.5

Tropical Silk Flora…

$40

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Saturday Surprise: Orange!

‘Orange!’ by lizbethsgarden

Great gifts in orange from the Etsy DTeam!


Reversable Scarf, C…

$24.00

Homemade Play Dough…

$5.00

Memory wire bracele…

$14.50

Girls Dress Long Sl…

$44.00

Polymer Clay Beads …

$10.00

Crocheted Hair Scru…

$3.49

Etched agate copper…

$25.00

Happy Hands heart p…

$3.50

Boho Country Chic G…

$38.00

Knitting Project Ba…

$16.95

Felt Flower Hair Cl…

$6.00

Burnt Orange Art Gl…

$65.00

Hunger Games bracel…

$40.00

Set of 8 Postcards …

$8.00

Crochet Cotton Mesh…

$10.00

Vintage 4 Seed Pack…

$6.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Tuesday Treasure: Beaded Scarf Tassel with Butterflies

Need something to perk up your clothing now that spring is coming? I have the perfect beaded tassel for you. Bright pink and orange, with happy silver butterflies floating on the beaded fringes, it is guaranteed to make you smile.

If you like it, please visit my Etsy shop to purchase it and see other beautiful and unique beaded tassels.

Tuesday Treasure: Butterfly Tassel in Pink and Orange

Gorgeous yellow and orange beaded tassel with pink beaded butterflies. Each butterfly is hand-beaded with glass Japanese seed beads. The beaded fringes are finished with vintage orange beads. Update: Sold! A purple one is coming soon. Contact me for details.

The tassel arrives rolled in felt, which protects it from tangling during shipping and also makes an awesome gift wrap.

Be sure and check out the rest of my Etsy shop for more beautiful beaded tassels and other handcrafted items.

Also visit About My Crafts on this blog and follow me on Twitter.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, only 3 days left!

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