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Fragrant Spice Sachet



You can make a cute and fragrant decorative little sachet using a simple muslin bag and spices that are probably already in your kitchen.  Spices such as whole allspice, cloves, and anise stars all have their individual wonderful and strong fragrances and when they are all combined, you will have an amazing rich and robust spicy fragrance.  


These little bags are so cute and aromatic and so easy to make. Fill your muslin bag with your spices and you can further decorate it by tying cinnamon sticks to the drawstrings and attaching decorations to it.  For my sachet above, I made a little tissue paper flower and appliqued it onto the bag. Tissue paper flowers are fun to make and they are adorable little decorations for lots of crafts. Click the link below for simple instructions to make tissue paper flowers.





Fragrant Decorating Idea – Bay Leaves


Calendula, also known as Pot Marigold, is a great addition to soap, bath, and beauty products like bath salts and body scrubs. In addition to moisturizing dry skin, it has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities and it helps wounds to heal by stimulating collagen. These qualities make it effective in balms and salves for rashes, irritated skin, and wounds. The bright golden petals also make great additions to fragrant potpourri blends displayed in decorative dishes and jars.



Fall Decor Idea


An attractive and fragrant idea for your Fall decor is to display scented candles with whole spices like cinnamon sticks, anise stars, allspice, and cloves. These very fragrant spices will add to the scent of your candles. You can use scented pillar candles, votives, and even bakery candles which look particularly awesome when they are displayed with spices.

*Always use caution with a lit candle and keep away from anything flammable and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.



Holiday Gingerbread Fixins


This cute and fragrant fixins blend is perfect for Christmas. It has a fragrant combination of cinnamon and citrus smells. This blend is easy and fun to make with dried rosehips, dried citrus peels, dried orange slices, dried whole slit oranges, and cinnamon sticks. I also added cedar leaf tips for some green color. You can also add whole spices like cloves and anise stars to add to the lovely fragrance.

The cutest things about this blend are the little cinnamon gingerbread ornies. For these great smelling little ornies, you will need to make the cinnamon crafting dough, it’s really easy to make, all you need is:

1 cup ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons white Elmer’s glue

3/4 to 1 cup warm water


As you can see, these aren’t the kinds of ornaments you’re going to be able to eat after they’re done. The glue makes this dough get nice and hard when it dries, so your ornies are going to be pretty much indestructable, and they’re going to smell fantastically cinnamony. You can also hang them on a Christmas tree (or anywhere else) too, but if you plan to do this make sure you poke holes in them for string or ribbon when they’re still soft and pliable because as I already mentioned, this dough gets really hard when it dries out. And believe me, I speak from the experience of having a real DUH moment because when I first made them for my fixins, after they were dry it dawned on me that they would make great hanging ornament too…yeah I’m a swift one ain’t I? So needless to say I ended up making a new batch, but it’s fun so I really didn’t mind.

To make the dough, take a large bowl and mix the cinnamon and Elmer’s glue first and then gradually begin adding the water until your dough reaches the consistency of play dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for about 1/2 hour, this helps to make the dough more pliable. When your dough is ready, cut and roll pieces of it out with a rolling pin, just like you’re making cookies, to about 1/8 inch thickness and make cut outs with your cookie cutters. And if you plan to hang them, cut holes in the part where you want to pass your string or ribbon through.

Now for the drying out part, I recommend air drying them because first of all, they dry more evenly and thoroughly this way and second of all, there is less chance of the edges curling upwards. I’ve tried both air and oven drying and they come out much better when you air dry them even though it takes longer, it will take a couple of days and make sure that you turn them over frequently because this helps to keep the edges from curling.

After they are dry, you can leave them as is which would give your fixins a nice rustic primitive look, or you can add some color with acrylic craft paint. You can paint buttons, bow ties, eyes, and mouths. You can also use glitter, or glue little bowties that you cut out of paper or fabric, wherever your creativity takes you.

I also want to add that there are many different crafting dough recipes out there, some of them use applesauce along with the cinnamon. I just posted the recipe that I personally like because I find it pliable and easy to work with. If you decide to try it out, I hope you have fun!

Fall Decor Items


Shades of bright Fall colors like oranges, yellows, reds, and greens are fantastic for decor ideas. You can arrange pretty and colorful Fall items to make wonderful and creative displays. Pumpkins of course are a staple for Fall and you can enhance your pumpkin displays with colorful flowers and leaves. You can use natural Fall leaves or artificial ones that you can find in crafts stores and even dollar stores. Acorns and pinecones are also great additions.

You can add some natural fragrance to your displays by using dried whole fruit and fruit slices.  Dried whole slit oranges (pictured above) look and smell fantastic and they’re perfect for a Fall display. You can also use dried orange slices and dried apple slices and enhance their scents by adding fragrant whole spices that have Fall-ish colors like tans, browns, and oranges. Some great choices are whole nutmeg, anise stars, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and mace.

Fall is a season for wonderfully scented candles like pumpkin pie spice, vanilla sugar, maple sugar, and a variety of other yummy bakery scents. Whether they’re jar candles, pillar candles, or votives, they look great among Fall displays. You can even get pumpkin pie scented candles that are actually shaped like pies (pictured above) topped with whipped cream wax and they give a unique and charming look to your displays.

Other Fall accents that can round off your displays are scarecrows, gourds, and berries. There are also these cute little pods that are called putka pods (pictures above) that are perfect little Fall accents because they’re orange and shaped like mini pumpkins. They’re actually the fruit of the Glochidion Ferdinandi tree, also known as the cheese tree. The little fruit are dried and used in crafts. They don’t actually have a scent in and of themselves but they’re commonly used in scented crafts like Fall potpourris and fixins blends and even by themselves displayed in a bowl and sprinkled with fragrance oil.

All of these wonderful colorful crafty items can be arranged either by themselves and a few at a time for small displays, or they can be arranged all together in one large display to give your home or office (or wherever else you want) a nice warm colorful Fall feel. I hope this post inspired your creativity.


* If you’re going to use candles in your displays, please use caution especially if they’ll be around flammable items like dried leaves, flowers, etc., If you light them, make sure not to leave the lit candles unattended.



Primitive Salt Dough Ornies


Salt dough ornies are a great addition to your country primitive home decor. They are very easy and fun to make, you can make holes in them and hang them or you can add them to rose hips for a prim fixins blend. They are made the same way that you make dough cookies but these ornies ARE DEFINITELY NOT EDIBLE. Not only would they taste terrible but they become hard as a rock, they are purely for decoration purposes.

To make them, you will need cookie cutters (for my ornies in the pic I used a round cookie cutter and a bird cookie cutter), acrylic paints ( I used orange and black) and paint brushes and your dough. For the dough you will need:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water


In a bowl, combine the flour and salt and slowly begin adding your cup of water until your dough becomes smooth and pliable, you might not even need to use the whole cup of water to get the dough to your desired consistency so you can knead it and work with it.

When your dough is at a workable consistency, working on a lightly floured surface, knead it and roll it out flat with a rolling pin and cut shapes with the cookie cutters. For mine I used to round cutters for the prim Annie faces and the bird cutters for the crows. If you want to hang them, poke holes in them with a straw. After you’re done cutting your shapes, place them on baking paper on a cookie sheet and bake them. The temperature and timing depend on how thick your ornies are. Slow bake them with the oven temp set at about 200 degrees until they become hard and dry.

Remove them from the oven and let them cool. Once they are cool, you can begin decorating them with your paint. I used the orange and black paint to draw and color the Annie faces and hair and the black paint to color the prim crows. I didn’t poke holes in mine because I didn’t want to hang them, I used them as a display with scented rose hips, cinnamon sticks, and whole nutmeg for a fragrant primitive fixins blend.

Of course you can used whatever cookie cutters you want for your shapes and whatever paint colors you want and you can even use glitter and other embellishments to decorate them. If you poke holes in them, you can hang them with ribbon, or jute, or string, or raffia.

And please remember to use caution if you are making them around children who might think that the ornies are actually cookies and might try to bite into them and eat them.



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.