I've been making some of my items and selling at other shops this year. With our Main Street shut down most of the year, it really put a damper on the amount of traffic we got through town. I am really sorry to say that it closed a couple of businesses and it really hurt the pocketbook of all of the others. So here's hoping that we get our traffic back now that Main Street is open again. We sure had lots of people out last weekend with our "Christmas on Main Street" and I hope it continues!
So I've been making potpourri for the holidays and a couple of my favorites are Orange 'N Clove and Gingerbread. I make the potpourri with whole rosehips, and then a combination of other spices and botanicals. The Orange 'N Clove has cinnamon sticks, dried orange peel, star anise, some little tiny hemlock pinecones, and some uva ursi leaves for a touch of green color. My Gingerbread potpourri also has whole rosehips as well as cinnamon sticks, dried gingerroot, some cassurina pods, and my little gingerbread men. Then they are both scented with fragrance oils and sold by the bag or by the scoop.
I make the gingerbread men out of a sort-of salt dough that I found a recipe for years ago. It combines flour, salt, and lots of cinnamon with some water into a crumbly dough. I improvise and use a combination of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger for the spices in the dough. My whole house smells good when I'm baking the little guys.
|Cutting out my little gingerbread men.|
|Rows of my little g-men waiting to go into the oven.|
So it's back to work for now. Today I'm beefing up my inventory on herbal eye pillows and lavender sachets. Then I'm back home this evening to continue to clean the house for the Thanksgiving crew to arrive on Thursday! I LOVE all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays!!!