The team I worked with last summer/fall does a community service project each year. Even though I'm no longer working with them, I get to help with the project on Thursday. So, of course, I wanted to take each team member a little something for Christmas. I didn't want to do food, because, let's face it, my baking is not that great. Tastes ok, but usually looks a little less than photograph worthy.
I thought about sets of greeting cards, but some of the team members are guys, and they don't do cards. So…I stopped by Shelli Gardner's blog the other day and saw this great potpourri idea. It takes two cinnamon sticks, a palmful of whole cloves and an orange. Mike suggested I use my snowman box, but it wasn't big enough, so I decided to use the snowman as a tag/recipe card.
After I made all 12 snowmen, I found these great cellophane bags in my stamping stash. They're tall and "gusseted." Mom bought them years ago but didn't use them (they've since retired), so she gave them to me. They're perfect for this project! But they seemed a little bit plain. I thought about stamping them with StazOn, but then remembered the Merry & Bright and Icicle rub-ons I had. So each bag has a greeting on the front and snowflakes on the back.
I think everyone will like them. They really make the house smell like Christmas! The only problem at the Cooper home is that Mike loves spiced cider, and this smells just like it. I'll have to catch him before he tries to take a drink of it! What a disappointment that would be.
Here's the recipe for the potpourri:
2 cinnamon sticks
1-2 Tbsp. cloves
3-4 c water
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
Add more water as needed.
I'm off to finally decorate the tree! This has been a crazy couple of weeks, and this is the first day I've had to really work on it. The poor, pathetic thing has been sitting in the family room for over a week waiting for something to be hung on it. My potpourri is helping set the mood. Now for some Christmas music…