Monday, November 19, 2012

orange craving

if you have been reading my blog for a while
you already know that right about this time of year I get a big orange caving

I dry slices in the oven
.... and then use them to make stuff (of course!)

how I dry my orange slices:
slice the oranges relatively thinly - about 1/4 inch thick I guess
lay out on wax paper on a cookie sheet
bake at 200 degrees (f)
check every hour - flipping the slices over is a good idea too
do this until dry (about 3 hours?)

... and save the end bits!
drop them into a saucepan with a cinnamon stick and some water
simmer and smell .... my, oh my, it's like heaven

and then comes the fun part
... making stuff!
like these ornaments

ornament DIY ingredients:
dried orange slice
hot glue pieces of lichen in the middle
hot glue a deconstructed pinecone on top of that 
(or some other kind of bead, button or bauble)
dip in melted beeswax 
(beeswax: a fantastic preservative - and it smells great too)

 .... here's a link to the wreath I made last year ....


JoZart said...

Ooh! I can smell it in England! It's as good as it looks..
Jo x

Sue said...

Your house must smell lovely and festive!

Gayle Price said...

Gorgeous ! and thanks for the "how to do". Your last photo is stunning, do you mind if I PIN it ? xx

Yvonne said...

OH, I do love the smell of oranges. Your dried orange idea here is really cute. Lichen? It's not wet enough here to have it, but may could find it in the store...maybe. :)

*jean* said...

hmmm...yum! oranges, pinecones & beeswax...lovely ornaments, kimmie!!!

Corrine at said...

I can smell it from here Kimmie and I do adore those little orange wreathlets! How pretty. xox

DAWN said...

You are a rare gem and these are little off shoots of your brilliance!! I love how fresh and alive they appear and that special jewel quality in the sunlight is a marvel!

Halle said...

Simple it! I'm going to have to try the orange trick on the stove...likely would be good with lemon as well with maybe some thyme or rosemary...

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

These are so very pretty ... I must give this a go, thanks for the how-to Kimmie :D

Tracey Fletcher King said...

gorgeous... xx

Rita said...

Cute! I could almost smell them! :)

~*~Patty S said...

oh so lovely
your house must smell yummy too!

great idea about using beeswax to keep the slices from turning dark!

Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving...we are back from a week in sunny Colorado...catching up and back to reality :)


Linda said... always! Now I'll be drying them as well as carving and studding with cloves ;-)

Catharina Maria said...

They are beautiful , I have also make them like Linda , with cloves .
Love ♥RINI♥
I will try this too Kimmie !

Lynn Cohen said...

So clever and so beautiful. And smell good too I bet.