Wednesday, May 26, 2010

warm wintry smells

My Grandma introduced me to this wintry craft. The smell still brings me back, sitting at her old wooden kitchen table with a little apron on, looking out the windows at the snow-covered fields. I think we kept them in bowls around the house or tied them with string and hung them on the Christmas tree. The spicy warm citrus aroma invigorates and refreshens an entire room. The cloves soak up a lot of the clementine's juices, drying and preserving them for up to 12 weeks. The proper word for such a decoration is "pomander", a french derivative, which can be roughly translated to "ball made of perfumes".

Enough whole cloves to prick the number of mandarins or clementines you're using
String or ribbon to wrap and hang

Poke mandarin with an even amount of cloves to desired effect (the more cloves the more fragrant, and your pomander will last a lot longer).
Wrap with string or ribbon
Hang by a window or in a small corner OR place in a wooden bowl



Mama Mogantosh said...

Damn, no cloves in the pantry! Just checked! What a great crafty idea for this rainy afternoon. Will stock for later...

Bianca said...

I love love love the smell of cloves. (I hang one of these babies in my car) They just get better with age.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

love it - reminds me of christmas.

Kristi said...

We have been making these to this week. I also boil cinnamon sticks in a pot with some water, the smell just warms up the house in the evening.

apples&honey said...

It is so strange to watch you go into winter while we slip into summer...
Mike and I made these last year!

Kylie said...

So lovely, I'm inspired, next project I think! Thanks for visiting my blog and complimenting my granny rug. I'm just about to climb under it and watch Sherlock Holmes.

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