Winter Potpourri

[ 3 ] January 9, 2011 |

Beth first wrote about this wonderful winter project on her blog, Acorn Pies. She cut branches from her Christmas Tree before throwing it out. You can still do this project by taking your kids out for a walk in the woods or your backyard to collect some evergreen branches and pine cones. – Anisa

– Evergreens
– Pine cones
– Spices (Cinnamon sticks. Star Anise, Whole Allspice, and Cardamom pods)
– Bowl

Cardamom PodsI mixed the spices with discarded Christmas tree greens, spruce greens, three different shapes of conifer cones, oak branch lichen, fresh lavender, and fresh rosemary in a big beautiful copper leaf bowl.  I then sprinkled plenty of ground cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves.  Not all of these things are fragrant, but I wanted to create a potpourri with fragrance, texture, and beautiful forms, too.  The fragrance itself is very natural and subtle.  You probably have to get close.  But, mmmmm, it smells so good.

See the details and more photos on Acorn Pies.


Category: crafts

Beth Curtin

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Beth Curtin is a portrait artist who primarily works in artist's colored pencils out of her studio in a mill building in Pawtucket. She also enjoys crafts such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, handspinning and toy-making. Her blog, Acorn Pies, emphasizes the joys of art, nature, and outdoor play and publishes craft and toy-making tutorials. In addition to her portrait work, she is currently creating a series of hand-colored lino prints of children at play. These lino prints and Beth's crafts are available online in her etsy store, Beth is married to Bill Curtin, a professor at Brown, and they have three children: Nicholas, 23, is an executive chef in New York City; Cammie, 20, is studying neuroscience at Middlebury College; and Peter, 8, loves to figure out how things work. Learning and creativity figure large in the life of Beth's family.

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  1. Elyse Major elyse says:

    i like the idea of adding fragrance to this mix! very fun.

  2. Such a great idea! You can even go on a potpourri scavenger hunt with your kids beforehand to collect things. (You know me, I’m always looking for ways to get ’em outside!)

  3. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    I agree, whatever works to get your kids out and moving around. My kids are more adventure story oriented. My kids would love to get outside to forage for these goodies if pretended we were in Sherwood Forest. And then I would have the bounty for the potpourri…

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