Before you take down your Christmas tree, snip some little branches off for a nice, piney winter potpourri. Now add some spices.
Star Anise. (But not too many maybe. They are gorgeous, but they smell like licorice.)
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.