Well, dressing up a gift for the neighbors.
One of my neighbors had a birthday this last week. I wanted to gift her with something but not something that would just sit around the house and need dusting. Both she and her husband have health issues so I didn't want to make or bake something that would be hazardous to their health, either. Not saying I'm a bad cook or anything like that but I couldn't remember what things they need to stay away from - sugar, salt, fat, dairy, red meat - you get the picture. After thinking about it for a bit I hit on a gift idea - simmering potpourri. I did a search on Pinterest looking for a recipe or ideas that used things I had on hand and came across one that called for orange rind, apple peel, cloves and cinnamon sticks.
I just happened to have cloves and cinnamon sticks in my cupboard. I don't always have apples and oranges sitting around but we had just picked up our order of apples and oranges from a local member of FFA (Future Farmers of America
) who was selling them as a fund raiser (this is done yearly). How about that, everything I needed.
Now to package everything up nicely. I have a package of lunch-sized brown paper bags that I thought would work - okay, not the whole package of bags, just one. I didn't want it to be naked, so I dressed it up with a bit with burlap, lace, and buttons, then added a sprig of evergreen (it was fake but it looked nice) and a bow. I added one of my snowflakes to it but in such a way as it can be taken off and put on their tree.
Instead of sending just orange rind and apple peels I put in a whole orange and a whole apple; dropped in a palm-full of cloves and several sticks of cinnamon. I printed out the directions and put it in the bag also.
I thought it came out nicely. It smelled good just sitting in the bag.
My neighbor really liked the gift and the bag it came it. I know they'll like how it will make their house smell because I made some up for me, too. Can I say I helped dress up their house for the holidays, too?
"Remember, the greatest gift is not found in the store but in the hearts of true friends."
Labels: birthday, decorated bag, gift wrap, potpourri, snowflakes