Sunday, September 26, 2010
Denise for pointing me in the direction of Plain and Joyful Living's Handmade Holiday, which should give me some encouragement and motivation.
And now- here is my first offering. I always enjoy putting together themed hampers or gift bags, and I thought that some sensually indulgent beauty bags would go down well. For several weeks I have been macerating lavender; rosemary; and lemon peel in glass jars full of almond oil, on the conservatory windowsill, somehow miraculously escaping the attention of James. I strained these off today and added a few drops of the relevant essential oil and a few garnishes. I will either decant the oil into pretty bottles, to use as a bath or skin oil, or use them to make a body butter or cream.
I have also begun to knit up some wash cloths from linen yarn, and I am quite pleased with the result. Add a soft beeswax lipbalm, a couple of bathmelts maybe and a handmade soap from my neighbour, tuck them all into a calico tote bag, and I think that would be a lovely gift. I would like one anyway, and that is a good enough reason.
I could also use the rosemary and lemon in a foody type bag, but I will see how I do with the body pampering sets first. I will post more of my ideas as they progress, but don't be looking for a weekly update or anything, At least it's a beginning.