I purchased a basic simple wreath from the floral department at the grocers.
The price was good but I felt like it needed something more.
The DIY spirit in me spurred me on to add something...
I mulled it over for a few days
every time I went out and closed the door I knew I had to act.
I had made a bowl full of dried oranges...
to add to Christmas gifts.
I followed the directions that Annie Diamond
at Most Lovely Things had shared in the December issue of BHG.
Basic directions are to cut oranges into 1/4 inch slices
place on a rack atop a cookie sheet.
Bake at 225 degrees for 3- 4 hours until dried.
I thought they might look good on the wreath.
I used florists wire and tied them onto the fir boughs
tucking them carefully into the fronds.
I think it looks natural and dresses up and adds interest to the simple wreath.
The theme for this year's wrap is simple and natural.
The local Michaels store had a wide variety of choices for wrap.
I opted for plain and printed kraft paper with a simple twine and tags.
My current favourite scented candle...
~ Sand and Fog ~
The Sand and Fog brand of candles use soy wax and essential oils.
I prefer a "woodsy"scent over "sweet."
The vintage wood box is my "new" recipe box.
I found it at a local consignment shop.
The new box prompted me to go through all my recipes...
what a job!
Mom's recipes as well as mine were organized into categories
some were rewritten, most of mom's recipes are for the holidays.
She was a plain cook but loved baking.
I've been baking quite a bit lately...
cakes mostly, to serve as dessert or an afternoon treat with tea.
Bath salts are a simple hostess gift.
This recipe is inexpensive, quick and easy to make.
(you can double or triple this recipe)
If you look at thrift shops you can find some pretty glass jars.
I like to add a pretty ribbon and a simple tag.
If you are gifting a spa "pampering" basket
think of including:
a soft towel
Do you remember those expensive flavoured instant coffee beverages sold in the grocery stores?
I am not sure if they still sell them?
Years ago a friend gave me this recipe and she shared it with many friends.
We all made batch after batch of this drink...
It has stood the test of time and is still a tasty beverage.
Looks pretty in a simple clear glass jar.
Think of a canning jar or a decorative canister.
Make some for yourself while you are wrapping the gifts this season!
I'll be making some of mom's cookies and fruit loaves in a few weeks.
Hope to share some of the recipes here on the blog.
Have you started to get ready for the festive season?
Are you feeling creative?
Will you make some or all of the gifts that you give?
If you are in The US you might be getting ready for Thanksgiving.
Hope that you are able to join with friends and family this year.
Thank you for popping by the blog...
Commenting continues to be a challenge,
I have reached out to Blogger
but it seems that there is little tech support available.
So far it hasn't stopped me from posting...
it is a fun hobby.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~