Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Winter Potpourri

Before you take down your Christmas tree, snip some little branches off for a nice, piney winter potpourri.  Now add some spices.

 Cinnamon sticks.

 Star Anise.  (But not too many maybe.  They are gorgeous, but they smell like licorice.)

 Whole allspice.

 Cardamom pods.

I mixed the spices with Christmas tree greens, spruce greens, three different shapes of conifer cones, oak branch lichen, fresh lavender, and fresh rosemary in a big beautiful copper leaf bowl.  I then sprinkled plenty of ground cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves.  Not all of these things are fragrant, but I wanted to create a potpourri with fragrance, texture, and beautiful forms, too.  The fragrance itself is very natural and subtle.  You probably have to get close.  But, mmmmm, it smells so good.

10 comments:

Phyllis said...

What an excellent idea!

boatbaby said...

I LOVE this idea... I can smell it through the screen. Just what I needed today becuase it really smells like boy in here. yuck.

Amanda said...

beautiful as it is fragrant, I'm sure!

marcia said...

Sounds glorious. We don't have a real tree( gasp!) but have loads of different evergreens on our land. A great project to do with the children in my earth school!

Another award for you because you constantly inspire me :)

http://www.childinharmony.com/2011/01/blog-award.html

happy day!
love marcia

Heather said...

This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

suzanne said...

Dear Beth

A happy new year to you~ Thank you for your message. My computer is now up and running and can finally belong to our little online community again. With pleasure you can use a photograph.

Love to you
Suzanne
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Alyson said...

I love this idea! I will have to use this.

Thank you.

Alyson

www.peacefulmamma.blogspot.com

95acresofsky said...

I love the way that natural elements rarely clash as long as they are in balance. A bit like life!

Sunshine Mama said...

This is such a great idea and it looks so natural!

Chapter Forty said...

This is delightful and a very good reason to get a real Christmas tree.