I think you might be talking about oranges alone, rather than the cloved oranges called pomanders.
but I have made some pomanders this year as gifts and they are easy to make and last years (the last time I made them was about 7 years ago, my mother still has one in her linen cupboard and it still smells wonderful)
take a medium sized unblemished orange, poke holes close together all over with a skewer, or the tines of a fork (which have about the right spacing and four holes at once) put a whole clove in each hole until the whole orange is covered. (I cover the oranges in quadrants, leaving narrow blank spaces around the equator and at right angles to the equator, so I can wrap with a ribbon to hang up) I think its easier to push the cloves in at this stage when the fruit is soft.
you should roll them in a mix of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and ground orris root powder (this can be hard to find but apparently 4 drops of sandalwood essential oil works instead--this fixes the scent, so they remain scented for so long) 4 parts spice to one part orris root. I tend to wrap them in paper at this stage, with plenty of the spices and leave them in a warm place for a couple of weeks.
its the slow drying and the spices that preserve the citrus fruit, the orange darkens and gets very hard.
hang it with your clothes for a completely chemical free, natural, environmentally friendly, moth repellant. It smells wonderful
This is a recycled paper bag from my local wholefoods store, they are made from a couple of sheets of newspaper, by a charity that works with street kids in india. The sheets of paper appear to have been glued edge to edge, forming a tube, then the bottom folded in (like a regular paper paper sack), with a strip of cardboard in the bottom to make a more solid area to stand on. The handles are made from strips of paper folded small. Its amazingly strong.
this idea could be used to recycle old newspapers (perhaps newspapers in a different language to you) old magazines etc. would make great gift bags, which could be easily painted, decoupaged and then recycyled after the holidays.
I received days 12-7 from travelbug, arrgh its killing me not to be able to open them. There was a very sweet pencil holder, hello kitty, for my daughter, which she loves but I want to open packages!!!
I received an awesome package from faemystique, it was her first swap and boy has she excelled! She made me a fabulous fabulous shrug. I adore it not only is it very well made (invented out of her own sweet head) but also had a clever design to ensure that the fit is adjustable so it fits me perfectly. She also added some alaskan themed goodies, some candy, fridge magnets and a fridge note pad. I love everything and feel very spoilt.
lots of pix, Now it drives me nuts when people apologise for the state of themselves, their room, the mirror, the planet whatever, in their pix, but in this case the pictures really dont do justice to faemystiques work, blame the camera work of my 12 year old!
the truly fabulous shrug
the very clever lacing at the back which allows the size to be adjustable (the ribbons at the front do the same for the armholes (see I said she was clever)
detail of the sleeve and edging
I love everything about this, the shape, the sleeves, the colour the ribbons. My 12 year old daughter really wants it, not a chance!
wow I am envious of your postal rates. I kept the weight down as much as I could, travelbug is definitely not getting individually wrapped items, they are all wrapped in days. But if I sent everything together via regular airmail, it would have cost in the region of $100! to post and that was keeping stuff very light (lots of fabric!) In two packages it still cost about $50, go figure, the difference between box-rate and package-rate. If I tried to send a 29lb package I would have needed a second mortgage!
I dont know if you can get them where you are, but the burda pattern magazines are excellent, they carry at least 30 or more garment patterns in each issue, all overprinted on a couple of pull out pages, you have to trace off the pattern pieces you want (and add seam allowances), The fashions are very up to the minute as its published monthly rather than the quarterly pattern collections in shops. for the beginner sewer they often carry a seperate pattern that doesnt need to be traced. Their patterns are rated too in terms of difficulty, so you can choose easy ones. Even if you are paying more as its an imported magazine, you get a lot more patterns for your money than if you have to buy them individually. http://www.burdamode.com/
I learned to sew by using patterns years and years ago, see if there is someone who lives close to you who is prepared to help you out with the first one or two, its invaluable to get help from someone who is experienced, they will show you all the short cuts.
I have been making my own clothes on and off for nearly 25 years and I never bother drafting my own patterns, I find good basics, alter them slightly if necessary and then use them repeatedly, there arent too many different ways to clothe the human body after all!
thats a bummer, there is not you can do with the top except fill it in, with gauzey material though, the harness wont show through except close up. Maybe a choker of flowers and then fill in the neck line with a light material, then you could have a few rows of flowers across the hips to cover the bumps from the harness underneath