Friday, October 10, 2008

pomander tutorial from betz white

(pic of felted pomander from betz white site)

recipe to make a REAL pomander from me!

oranges (whole unpeeled, unbruised) or lemons or limes
whole cloves (loads o' cloves)
ground spices such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger
powdered orris root (if you can't find powdered, you can always grind it yourself)

there are plenty of sources of orris root on the web. here's one: caprilands herb farm which just happens to be in my state. get your whole cloves from a bulk herb/spice place as well. do NOT get them in the grocery store. besides being way too expensive, they may not be as fresh.

stick cloves all over the orange (by piercing through the skin. the cloves have a sharp point you know). arrange in pretty patterns or rows. roll in the powdered orris root mixed with the other ground spices. place in a cool dark place for a couple of weeks to dry. tie with ribbon and hang or give as gifts. i have them hanging on several of my door knobs.

(picture of pomander ball from instructables) . you may wonder why i didn't post one of my OWN photos. well i'll tell you. my camera is in my car. it's 2:28 am and i'm on the third floor. i am NOT going down to get the camera take a photo then post it then leave for work. i'll cheat and use the instructables one - the link also includes outofthewoods' directions for a pomander ball - so there!)

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