MOOD | TIMELESS
Time is a funny thing. How it moves is a mystery. Suddenly a year begins to peel itself away as we are still moving forward. But our minds naturally circle back. We revisit what we’ve done and what we’ve loved.
My sister and I made things from stuff our mother put in front of us to keep us busy. About this time of year we cut out paper snowflakes, strung popcorn and cranberries, and poked cloves into oranges. This last one is a huge scent memory for me. It’s also one of those timeless things which brings me back to my younger self.
I’m placing a little bit of those same things in front of you. Pick them up and watch time spiral ‘round. I’ll be circling back with you.
All my love, always.
ORANGE & CLOVE POMANDERS
From the French phrase, pomme d’ambre, which means apple of amber, the long history of orange and clove pomanders evolved from an ambergris pomander of Medieval times, thought to purify the air.
Certainly the uplifting scent of sweet citrus melded with the warmth of clove is one to welcome at any time, but especially so during the winter months. Believe me, you’re going to love how intoxicating the scent can be. Find yourself in the meditative wonders of making, by following these steps:
• Fresh oranges
• Bag of cloves
• Wire or straight pins
Think a little bit about a design or pattern for inserting the cloves. If you’d like to make it easier to press cloves into the skin of the orange, you can use a toothpick to poke little holes first.
Traditional patterns include simple longitudinal lines from top to bottom of the orange, but this is your pomander! Try diamonds, zigzags, ornate swirls or spirals, or crosshatch patterns.
Insert cloves little by little to complete your pattern. Use a length of wire to thread through the center of the orange from bottom to top and leave enough to loop at the top for hanging. Or, leave room to wrap a ribbon from bottom to top of the orange and pin it in place. Tie a bow at the top, and/or bottom if you like!
Cloves will draw out the moisture of the orange over time and it will shrink in size. Some like to dust the orange with additional spices of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, or cardamom.
Hang your pomander at the center of a doorway or entryway to provide a bright fragrance for all who enter. Create a pomander centerpiece for your kitchen or table to enjoy for many many days.
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