Wow, OKnickers, that looks great! I want an overall shot, too!
I've finally got started on mine. Combining a too-small pair of pants and a too large shirt into a sort of vest thing. It's all very vague at the moment, but I'm counting on it firming up as I go along. Photo when there's finally something concrete to look at.
Okay, that's my favourite Gypsy package so far, weird though that is. I love the doll, and the odd little felt caravan makes me a bit weak. That your daughter has them talk to each other just makes it perfect!
SecretAgentStarChild, I looked in several references but couldn't find any mention of producing mint oil by enfleurage (which is the technical term for what you're doing.) It's usually done by steam extraction. The ever-thorough Mrs. Grieve's Modern Herbal does explain though that the amount of oil in mints varies a lot by species, variety, season and growing conditions. You may have a type of mint that doesn't contain a lot of essential oil, and you may not have picked it at its peak, which is usually just as it begins to flower, early on a sunny, warm day.
To maximize the amount of oil you extract from any plant or flower, you can heat the oil until it's hot but well below boiling, then pour it over the plant material. Allow it to steep for a day or so, then strain out the plants and repeat again using the same oil and new plants. You'll probably want to repeat this five or six times. The hot oil and repeated enfleurage might give you a mintier oil than you're getting now, even if you don't have the ideal type of mint to work with.
What you have to remember about extracting herbal essences is that some are easily soluble in oil and some aren't. Eucalyptus certainly is, but I'm not sure about mint. I'll see if I can find any info for you.
As for drying sage, I'm not sure why it would take more than a couple of weeks. Closets are usually very dry even when the air circulation isn't that good, because the clothing absorbs all the excess moisture. You might try heating your oven up to about 200℉, then turn it off and leave the sage in until it's cooled down again. The extra bit of heat might drive off the remaining water and crisp it up.
I finally bought an electric dehydrator at a yard sale last year, and just love it. It draws quite a lot of power, so would be expensive to run continuously, but it works so fast that you can run it in short bursts.
I have never been any good at remembering dreams. (I've heard that this is a more common problem for men than for women.) On the other hand, I've never really made any effort to try to remember and record my dreams, and everyone agrees that the more you concentrate on remembering them, the easier it gets. Somehow dreams like to be paid attention to, and if you show you're really interested, they'll stick around longer.
The podcast Pennies in the Well has a good piece this week on that very topic: how to remember your dreams, and what to do with them once you're able to recall them.
You look totally real! In fact that Polaroid-like colour shift made me think I was looking at someone's old photo for a moment. Then I noticed the red plastic bucket in the background and thought "Hey, that's not supposed to be there!" Then I recognized the dress.
Ok Mr. Wulf, now I just GOTTA see what an anti-fashionable hippie you were
I was anti-fashionable in the 70's but not because I was a hippie - only because I was still young enough that my mom bought most of my clothes!
And Always, I certainly wouldn't laugh at your wedding photos. In spite of all your jokes about it, your dress is lovely, and you could get married in it today. Corduroy suits were a bit iffy in person, but they look so luxurious in photos! You both look great, in fact. The mothers are a bit floral, I'll admit, and your MIL apparently didn't get the memo about colour scheme! But actually each of their dresses really suit them.