Tuesday, December 6, 2011

seasonal changes afoot





Seasonal changes are taking place. The snowflake curtains have been rehung, I think my favorite time of day for them is early morning when everything looks gray. But they're really beautiful at night, too. It's hard to choose. One thing I do know is they are among my favorite of all the things I've ever made in my whole life.  And so simple. (We're always wondering if the humidifier is working and, yes, you can see that it's working just fine!)

The winter potpourri is five or more years old and I keep it in a half-gallon jar in the basement most of the year. It's a blend of whatever I had on hand and whatever essential oils I was drawn to at the making. It's still nice and fragrant but I'm slicing and drying new citrus as the old has browned so much. I've read that potpourris can be kept going for years and years and I fully intend to do so with this.

I like doing a little something each day. I go to the basement and poke around and see what I can find. My only rule is it has to be something I really love. Shopping in my own basement. How 'bout that?

Hoping the seasonal changes taking place in your home unfold softly and easily. xo

16 comments:

deanna7trees said...

oh i bet the smells in your house are divine. and those snowflakes are fabulous. makes me want to snip some of my own.

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Deanna -- they are so worth taking a little time to make -- I'd love to do this on a larger window for a more dramatic effect!

Marie said...

I love your snowflake curtain and I did not know that you could keep potpourri for very long. What a great idea to put it in a big glass jar and refresh periodically.

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Marie -- I think as long as a potpourri doesn't mold or start decaying, it's possible to keep it going. We'll see!

Suzanna said...

The snowflake curtains are so beautiful...are they made of paper...or is it thin felt?

Deb G said...

That's my understanding too, that as long as potpourri doesn't mold... Your snowflake curtain is so beautiful.

handstories said...

what a beautiful curtain! love the idea of shopping in your basement. mine's full of all kinds of wonders and junk. the other teacher's at school refer to my mystery basement (they'll never see it) as "cindy's world of curiosities", because i usually have whatever they need & then some.

Nancy said...

Oh Peggy, I remember when you hung this last year. And now here it is one year later and we are still here and for some reason that feels very special and important. They look so unique, each one its own design. Many many years ago I used to push cloves into oranges at this time of year. I'd forgotten all about that! Thanks for the memories :)

Jacky said...

I was *taken* with your snowflake curtain last year...it is truly wonderful. I love things hanging in the window. I would love something like this hanging in my window (even though we dont get snow here).
Thanks for sharing again.

Jacky xox

Trish said...

How wonderful. I love your curtain.xxx

woman with wings said...

Suzanna, thanks -- they are made from regular printer paper!

woman with wings said...

Deb, come to think of it, I don't think I've ever had a potpourri mold -- maybe because I always make it with dried plant material. Am drying another pomegranate along with more citrus. Might as well go the whole hog!

woman with wings said...

Cindy, oh yeah, that's how our basement is, too. And my parents before me. The basement was one of my favorite places as a kid!

woman with wings said...

Nancy, I think we started blogging about the same time, didn't we? A whole year gone by already...still feels nice though, yes?

woman with wings said...

Jacky, thanks -- I'm always thinking we should get some proper window coverings but then I probably wouldn't do stuff like this! Maybe these could be your snow next winter!

woman with wings said...

Thank you, Trish!