oranges + cloves = xmas

the sun is shining (!!!), my camera works, and the michael jackson episode of the simpsons was on tv. what a day! to celebrate these delightful events, and to make my house smell like christmas, i made these dried orange slices.

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just slice up an orange and stud the slices all over with cloves. then dry them in a low oven. it takes a while, mine were in there for about 3 1/2 hours.  it’s a good project for when you’re going to be home doing other things. your kitchen will smell delicious all afternoon and if you go out and come home you’ll think you’ve been in there baking treats instead of running around in town looking for suet. more on that tomorrow.

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the idea for these is from bbc good food, a good reliable source for recipes, especially if, like me, you find the idea of english food irresistibly exotic.

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Sewing room!

I made this sign for my sewing room door out of perler beads.

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It really comes in handy since it can be hard to tell this is a sewing room at all, what with all the books and fabric and things obscuring the sewing machine (basing this judgement on my friend who took one look in the door and said “oh! so you’re using the spare room as a storage space now!”). Anyway, the door is usually closed to keep our curious bunny out. This way the mystery of what’s behind the door is removed, and it brightens up the dark hallway.

The inspiration is here, found via pinterest.