5 12 2012



I had a helper last night, any excuse to get on the forbidden table!  Shorty is always interested in everything I do.

Here is a picture of the pineapple finished.  I forgot to add where I saw this pineapple and who made it.  This was in the magazine “A Simple Life” winter 2013 issue.  A wonderful magazine about the simpler things in life and where to find them and how to make them.  Kris Casucci of Walker Homestead in Brookfield, Massachusetts did the Pineapple.    The Walker Homestead is a place where I hope to visit this coming year.  Full of wonderful primitive things.    Check out their website.



I have made these swags for years.  I have made them with dried oranges but it certainly is easier to just do the cranberries and bay leaves.  You can purchase bulk bay leaves online and you will find how much of a mark-up there is in grocery stores.  It was pretty shocking to me.  Taught me a lesson about buying hers in bulk to save money.  ATTAR HERBS AND SPICES is a good place to buy in bulk.  They are  in New Hampshire.



You will need some strong thread.  I use carpet thread.  Fresh cranberries and dried  bay leaves.  You could use rose hips instead of the cranberries or anything else that is locally grown.

 Tieing a large knot at the end I usually start with a small handful of bay leaves and run the needle through it.  Then I will add  two or three cranberries and go on till its finished.  Tie a large knot at the end or tie the two ends together.


I leave the swags up during the year the bay leaves will emit a fragrance long after they yellow.



I use bay leaves for many things.   Whenever I get a new rug I scatter them underneath it, they keep moths at bay.

I always have bay leaves in my flour to stop those flour moths.

And finally a story about my friend Lenny.  She passed away many years ago and all her spinning and weaving things came to me to disburse and sell.  I came across some single ply handspun just sitting in a box with bay leaves surrounding it.  She was so cute, she always marked everything, where it came from, when she spun it and what kind of sheep it was.  These skeins that I found were spun in 1949.  I am sure the bay leaves protected them from moths.


I decided to use this swag around the dining room light.  

Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog..                               Carole


4 12 2012


The weather is too warm with temps almost in the 60’s today.  It will be in the 40’s tonight and almost the same tomorrow.  My pussy willows are budding.  The same thing happened last winter too.  They budded at this time of year, but they were still beautiful in the spring.



This is my old sweater. I wear it all the time, it’s an old friend. It is close to 30 years old.  I thought it was older but did my calculations again.  I bought the wool from a farm during a shearing day.  Picked out the sheep and her name was Lydia.  She was beautiful.  I  spun all the wool and knit this sweater using the old Jackie Fee book for help.  When the sweater was finished I showed it to the farmer and she said oh too bad I didn’t realize the wool was so nice and Lydia went to market.  That made me feel so sad.  That is one of the reasons I decided to get a few sheep.

I just recently came across an article about a group of women getting out the information that local yarns and handspun yarns last a lot longer than commercial yarns.  This seems to be true.  I see people at sheep and wool festivals with the same sweaters on from year to year.  

Of course good care at the end of the winter seasons will keep a sweater in good shape.  All my sweaters are hand washed  and stored with some essential oils and this one had pennyroyal and mint in the box.  It smells wonderful and the pennyroyal keeps the moths away and the mint keeps the mice away.





1 pineapple

whole cloves


Using the pineapple itself as the pattern poke the cloves into the grid-work.  You will need to get them as close as you can.  When it’s all done roll the pineapple in cinnamon and either hang it to dry or place it in a platter with greens.  I have never done this but I  do the same with  oranges  every year.  They last for years and I hope the pineapple does too.







I tried several things to make the holes although most time the clove will go in, but a large metal sewing needle does the trick.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful evening.     Happy Pomander making.         Carole