Handmade Pressed Flower Jewelry Dish

Recently I came across this pretty ceramic soap dish made by Salt Marsh Pottery. It was one of the items we used to sell at the herbal gift shop. As I was looking at it I wondered if I could make a little jewelry dish from polymer clay. Pressed Flower Jewelry Dish     So I… [Read More]

Homemade Echinacea Lemon and Ginger Cough Drops

When my sister and I owned the herbal gift shop, echinacea was a very popular herbal supplement, reputed for boosting your immune system. Though I have no medical training, and make no claims to the benefits of echinacea, I thought it would be nice to make some cough drops with echinacea for my family. This recipe for… [Read More]

DIY Potpourri from Your Garden

Have you ever made potpourri from your garden? If you are growing flowers and herbs you might want to try this age-old craft. After all, it’s so easy to make and can be adapted to all kinds of preferences and tastes. The Materials Plants (flowers, herbs, seed heads, pine cones, citrus peels… see more below) Fixative (cellulose fiber,… [Read More]

Say Thanks with a Great Hostess Gift

A good guest should not come to a party empty-handed so here are a few ideas  for a great hostess gift for your next party. Bring a Bottle Bring your favorite wine or liquor. Make it special by wrapping it up in a new tea towel. Simply fold the tea towel in half length wise. Then… [Read More]

How to Make A Tussie Mussie

  During the Elizabethan Era, people and even men carried small fragrant bouquets held up to their nose, to mask the stink and filth in the streets. Later, during the Victorian Era, where everything was formal and ornate, these nosegays began to take on meaning. They called them “tussie mussies,” which became a social grace and… [Read More]

A Handmade Christmas Gift – Bayberry Candles

In colonial times, it was quite a find to discover that boiling bayberry berries produced a beautiful wax that was fragrant and burned cleanly. The only problem was that it took many, many berries, as much as 15 pounds to produce one pound of wax. This is why we don’t see many today but you… [Read More]

Affordable Gift Ideas for Gardeners

I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite things to buy for your gardener friends or even for your own stocking this year. This time of year can be overwhelming and I know that we all want to give special gifts to all the wonderful people in our lives. I am always… [Read More]