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31  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Pomander balls with tutorial on: November 25, 2013 09:15:13 AM
Aww, thanks!  That's sweet!
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Pomander balls with tutorial on: November 25, 2013 08:56:48 AM
I love making pomander balls.  They smell so fresh and wintery, and are quick to put together.  The idea is that you put cloves into fruit, cover in a spice mixture, and allow to dry.  As they dry, they release their scent, and can last between a few weeks and a few years.

Here's this year's batch, but I'm sure I'll be making more.  These are tangerines and lemons.


What you'll need:
Lemons, tangerines, oranges, limes, or apples
Whole cloves (Cloves are rather expensive, but I found them cheaper in the international foods section of my supermarket instead of the spice section)
Spice mixture (think pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, etc.)

Make sure the fruit is free of dirt and dry, then stick in the cloves in any design you choose.  In the past, I've mostly covered the surface of the fruit.  This year, I went a little lighter.  If you are having trouble getting the cloves stuck in, use a sturdy toothpick, skewer, or other pointy object to make a pilot hole.  My toothpick kept breaking, so I used a mechanical pencil that had a very sharp tip.

Here's a lemon I've covered in cloves, pre-spice mixture.


After the cloves, I rinse the juice off the outside and pat dry.  I have no idea if this step is actually necessary, but I do it anyway.

Next, roll around in the spice mixture.  I like to put the spices in a large bag and shake it up.  Then knock off the excess.

You could go ahead and attach a ribbon at this point and hang it, but I'm going to lay mine out for a few days before hanging.

And, in case you are looking for proof that these dry, not rot, here's a photo of an apple one I made, oh...maybe 4 years ago?  I hung it in my closet as an air freshener and forgot about it.  The scent is long gone, but you can see that it dried, not rotted.  The color of the fruit is from the stain of the spices and drying of the skin.  It's not rotted at all and feels kind of leathery.
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little rosemary wreaths on: November 18, 2013 11:14:53 AM
LOVE!  I'm going to make some of these this weekend.
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reupholstered Sewing Basket on: November 06, 2013 01:41:02 PM
I love the polka dots!  It's so funky and retro!
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fabric & Bottlecap Coasters (tutorial on Pg 2) on: November 06, 2013 01:39:22 PM
EEEEE!  I want to do this!  I'm going to make my husband save his bottle caps from now on.
36  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Fennec fox on: November 02, 2013 05:44:17 AM
Cuteness overload!  Simply adorable.
37  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Plague Doctor on: November 02, 2013 05:43:37 AM
Wowzers! Nicely done!
38  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Knocker from Labyrinth on: October 17, 2013 01:19:02 PM
I squealed when I saw this.  My husband looked at me like I was nuts.  Now I'm going to torture my whole family with the movie.
39  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tales of Horror Altered Book on: October 13, 2013 04:57:16 AM
This is so neat!  Every time I look at it, I see something new.
40  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 91 ENTRIES / Re: Lydia, The Tattooed Lady on: October 08, 2013 04:20:37 PM
Wow!  The pattern reimagined as tattoos is fabulous!
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