Archive | August 2014

Dried Rosehips


Rose hips are tiny fruit which contain the seeds of roses after the flowers have been fertilized. Once the roses have been fertilized and the petals fall off, little rose hips develop on the stems. The center of rose hips are filled with seeds, and when birds and other animals carry them off and break them open to eat them, the seeds get spread around, forming new rose plants.

Rose hips are usually bright red or orange. They are rich in Vitamin C and can be used to make jams and jellies, as well as sauces and syrups. They are also used to make tea.

When rose hips are dried, their color becomes a rich deep dark red. Dried rose hips are great for crafts and their deep rich color makes them a great addition to country primitive style crafts. They’re a staple for country primitive fixins, especially when they’re combined with cinnamon sticks and other rustic spices and pods, cones, dried fruit peels and slices. They look great when they’re placed around candles and other country primitive displays.



Rose hips give a wonderful rustic country look to any display even placed in a bowl by themselves, especially when they’re scented. In order to scent rose hips, place them in a container with an airtight lid and put enough fragrance oil so that the surface of the rosehips has a sheen. You don’t want to add too much fragrance oil so that the rosehips are moist and gloppy. Keep them in your container for a few weeks so that they will retain the scent. Shake the container around frequently so that the fragrance will disperse evenly. Since the surface of dried rose hips is not as porous as a fixative, they won’t actually absorb the oil as well as fixatives do, but they do retain scent well, so don’t worry if your rosehips have a sheen on them.

For a lovely country primitive look, rose hips can be displayed in primitive jars, rusty tin bowls or plates, with bakery or grubby candles, muslin or dough ornies, berries, and a variety of rustic fragrant spices, acorns, pods, cones, dried fruit slices and peels.


Potpourri Ideas: Apple Potpourri


This apple potpourri is a fragrant blend perfect for Summer, Fall (omg is it almost here?), and Winter. You can make this beautiful potpourri blend with dried apple slices, dried bay leaves, pear pods, apple pods, twistie pods, and pine cones.  You can add apple fragrance oil to enhance the scent.

This blend also contains one of my favorite potpourri ingredients – cedar roses:



They are cones that are shaped like roses. These cute cones go perfectly not only in a rustic primitive potpourri blend but also a pretty flowery blend. They are actually the bottoms and insides of the cones of the Deodar Cedar tree. When the full cones fall off the trees they start to break down and what remains are these cute little rose shaped parts of the cones.
All of these ingredients are available in potpourri supply stores. You can even find some of them in health food stores and aromatherapy supply stores. You can find so many wonderful ingredients in these stores and you can work this blend according to your tastes and preferences, adding whatever ingredients and fragrances you fancy.