Clove Clementines...a favorite childhood craft
(push whole cloves into a clementine or orange and enjoy the spiced aroma!)
A Christmas Tree, of course!
I like to view the tree from W's perspective...it looks so grand and magical!
The rather odd looking white tube is our Christmas Tree "straw"...Jay fashioned it out of PVC pipe so we wouldn't knock so many needles off the tree every time we bent down to water it...works well..makes sense...looks weird...
I strategically placed these chunks of beeswax on my dining room bookcase; next to a basket of Stockmar crayons...every time I walk by, the mingled scents charm me...in fact, I sniff those crayons more than often...anyone who has them knows exactly what I mean!
dyeing silks with clove, cinnamon, and black tea bags...easy, natural, yields great results that smell inviting...
The senses of smell, taste, visual sight and warmth are so crucial to a child's development and spirit...and mine, too. Smells can be overwhelmingly pleasant...or unpleasant. They can take you back to a place once visited..wanting to be remembered (the musty smell of my grandparent's basement) or quickly forgotten (the girl's locker room in middle school...ohhhh...or the cafeteria..). Too often we overlook the power and importance of smell; what it can do to our mood....even our well being!
Breathe deep....what brings you back? How do you keep pleasant smells in your home naturally?
What olfactory memories do we hope our children will have?