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cranberriesHappy Upcoming Holidays from Us to You – we hope you have happy days, little stress, many sales, lovely creative & quiet time, and hopefully – some rest. We appreciate our friends and followers so very much, and look forward to hearing more from you about your interests, your work, and YOU!

Please write to us via this blog or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. any time! We'll do a little something on the holidays we celebrate soon – and keep you posted on our ever-so-humble adventures. This week we're sorting out who will 'do' Thanksgiving & Where, trying to beat the traffic jams before shopping season gets out of control, and reveling in a little free time to do simple stuff like bake cookies and walk the dog. I'll share a little thing I found on Pinterest*, in case you'd like to do it – I have cooked this stuff up three times so far and I think I will do it many more times before the holidays are over – the house smells heavenly.

Here's what you'll need...

 a medium sized pot or crockpot

 1 tablespoon vanilla

 3 cups apple cider

 sliced oranges

 sliced lemon

 fresh cranberries (the grocery store didn't have fresh cranberries when I wanted to do this, so I used dried ones and they worked just fine)

 whole cloves

 cinnamon sticks

 fresh rosemary

 fresh Christmas tree or wreath stems (seriously!) (I didn't have this so I went without it and it was still divine)

Once you have all of your ingredients in the pot, fill it up with water all the way leaving about an inch from the top. Then pop it on your stove and let it simmer away, within MINUTES, your entire home will be perfumed with the scent!

You can do this about 20 minutes before you have over; I do it when I'm all alone or just with the animals – it just makes the house smell lovely and puts me in the holiday mood.

I hope you enjoyed this little tip on how you too can make your home smell like the holidays. I'd love to know if you've done this before, or if your recipe is a little different then mine. Leave me a comment below or on The Bead's Facebook page, letting me know what you do to make your house smell like holidays (and/or about your latest projects, sales events, new items, etc.!)

Until Next Time,


*Here's the link to the original recipe:




+1 # Ellen W Gonchar 2014-11-17 19:15
I usually use candles for fragrance but have printed out this recipe.....soun ds divine!!
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