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Monday, December 7, 2009

Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!

Summer vacation has started for my kids (and me!) and we are counting down to Maddy's 13th Birthday, the arrival of our dear American friends and, of course, to Christmas!

So, even though we are still getting over the sniffles, colds and coughs we spent the weekend being merry and bright!

We made cookies, pomanders and cinnamon decorations to make our home look and smell festive!


Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!


Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!


Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!


Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!



And we turned these things


Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!



Into Christmas decorations!

Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!

We dried sliced oranges overnight in the oven (about 75 degrees Celsius or 170 Fahrenheit)

The next morning we attached a cinnamon stick to each slice of orange with some twine (I wanted to use raffia but had run out)....and we made Christmas decorations!


 Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations! 

 Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!


We also made pomanders and potpourri with oranges and cloves-they smell wonderful, especially when placed on a platter with some evergreens and tea light candles.


Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations! 

 Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!


Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!


It is so easy to make a Winter Potpourri to make your home smell like the Holidays!

The Scents of Christmas~ Home Made Winter Potpourri Recipe.


All you need to do is mix all of the following goodies together and sprinkle with 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 5 drops of clove essential oil. 

Present it in a beautiful vintage bowl.

Dry rose petals
1⁄4 cup whole cloves
1 cup whole allspice
10 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
8 small bay leaves
4 whole nutmeg
3 Tbsp star anise
2 Tbsp whole cardamom pods


I put the left-over orange slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves and some star anise into my glass candle holders.

Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!


The house really smells like Christmas now!

Deck the Halls with Hand-Made Christmas Decorations!


Thank you dear friends for coming to visit today-I'm so glad you popped in to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under!

Best wishes always,

Natasha In Oz 


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