I don’t bake anymore- at least not very often – because I can’t control myself around baked goods. At all. So I have to limit my exposure. One of the things I miss about it are the fabulous smells – especially this time of year. Cloves are a favorite and lately I started simmering cloves in a crock pot – I throw in citrus peels too if I have them. I tried adding cinnamon – that was a little too much for me. But the cloves are magnificent – a warm, clean smell – just enough – and I’m surprised at how much it affects my mood. It’s such a simple and pretty much free thing that brings me a lot of happiness.
And if some is good – more is better. I’m experimenting with homemade clove citrus cleaner. I Googled recipes and it could not be simpler to make – add white vinegar and citrus peels to a jar along with optional spices – cloves in my case because of the new clove obsession.
Full disclosure – I don’t know if it works yet. My jar has been sitting for about a week and I’ll test it out in about another. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Have you tried this? I clean with vinegar often but hate the smell – so I thought it was worth a shot. Plus it looks pretty.
Another simple and happy and pretty inexpensive thing that brings me lots of joy – my plants. Potted plants and stuff I pick up in the park and plop in water – sprigs of white pine etc. Most of the potted plants were given to me or found abandoned on the sidewalk in Brooklyn. The one exception is the Norfolk Pine. I spent 30 bucks on it 3 years ago to serve as a christmas tree. It will again this year too – I give it a shower about every ten days and coffee every once in a while – it loves it.
In other news – the mr. socks pattern is getting close – maybe next week or right after Thanksgiving. You can sign up here if you’d like and email when the patterns is available.
There are a couple mr. socks prototypes in the shop right now along with several new green shoed tiny ladies. Also – this is the last time the tiny dolls will be offered at their current price – there is just too much time in the fully wardrobed little dolls so if I do make more there will be a significant price increase.
P. S. If you’ve been making your own tiny rag dolls from the pattern stay tuned for a winter coat pattern coming soon.