Hello my dears...
Well, Winter has arrived in the Maritimes..
Snow is here and to stay by the looks of things..
I wish I loved snow but alas I do not..
I don't want to live in Florida, either so I guess I will just have to like it, eh?
Last week I prepared for the little craft show with our daughter..
I made some Patchouli, Lavender and Rosemary soaps..
And Apple Potpourri..
You can make your own..
It is very easy and so perfect to have for yourself or to include in some Christmas gifts..
On a good day try to gather some pine or spruce cones or such..
There is all kinds of things growing that you can collect even if there is snow on the ground..
Anything you can find that would dry and go in a potpourri..
Gather some rose hips and dry them in a dehydrator or even in your oven on a low temp for several hours..
You can put your cones in the oven, too..
Add some bay leaves from the Bulk store..
A handful of whole cloves and allspice and even anise..
Dry some apple slices and add them all together in a large bowl..
Break up several cinnamon sticks, too..
Purchase some apple oil from Walmart or a health food store..
I used one called Macintosh from Winterwood in Sussex..
Add some orrisroot if you can or some other kind of carrier...
Cover with plastic wrap for a week or so and then stir it all together..
I posted a recipe for a Winter Potpourri HERE...
We got up at 5 am and headed to St. John for the sale..
We were early for once in our lives and arrived even before our daughter.. grin..
Here was her booth when we walked in..
Her father is standing there trying to take it all in..
We were very happy to see how creative she is.. smile..
This was the church table...
A lot of ladies donated a lot of beautiful things..
This was all for Missions...
The money for the table rentals and these lovely crafts all went towards the cause..
Here is one of the Keepers of the Home who attends our church..
She along with her children do beautiful work..
Painted signs, decorated trees, toffee and such..
And I guess that is me behind this table..
With my potpourri..
Peppermint Lemon Foot Soaks and Peppermint Foot Powders..
Between the Sheets Lavender Powder, pickles, burlap bags and such..
Our sweet girl...
She kind of hinted that she would like this for purse for Christmas..
We are doing our Homespun Christmas and as this was a purse that was not new but done by Martha so it fit the bill..
And this is one of my customers who has been buying from me for twenty some years..
Needless to say, she is now a treasured friend..
She is so pretty...
All in all it was a lovely lovely day..
So much fun doing this with our daughter and so seeing so many friends and even my cousin...
Shonda is a nurse who has retired for a while and I don't think she can believe how much she enjoyed doing her creative thing..
Everyone was saying she was so much like someone else they knew.. grin..
Afterwards we went to our cottage where Terry did a few more chores..
The Bay was beautiful..
And that was that..
Shonda gave me this gorgeous pillow she made..
She said it was payback time.. grin..
I love it..
I know one thing ..
I am very glad to be retired and not doing craft shows ..
This old gal cannot cut the mustard anymore..
I have been exhausted for two days..
Thanks so much for visiting the Blessed Hearth tonight..
I need to apologize to you for not posting about the sale..
I did it on Face Book and just didn't get to my blog..
I think I thought that I had done it when I hadn't..
My mind is not what it was, either..
May God bless you all..