As I shared in my "Changes are Coming" post, I want to start featuring other bloggers around here. There are lots of awesome people in blog land, and it's time to meet them! So, I'm staring an ongoing series called "Meet Someone New." I even created a fancy image for it (above). Fun, right?
First up is Cathey from Cathey with an E! I absolutely love her pallet headboard and her Etsy shop, Tess and Ivy. In her shop, she takes vintage wood pieces like this:
and turns them into awesomeness with hand-painted dots:
I'm. in. love.
Anddd because she's so awesome, she's giving Revolutionaries readers 25% off all purchases during September! Just use the code "REVOLUTIONARIES25" at check out :)
Okay, on to Cathey!
Hello Revolutionaries Readers! I'm Cathey from Cathey with an E. I'm a follower of Christ, a mother to a wonderful little boy, a Sunday school teacher and an organist at church, and recently opened a booth in an antique mall and an Etsy store! I'm honored to be able to share a guest post with you today. I hope you enjoy my tips, so let's get started!
There's nothing better than a lovely smelling home. The scent of fresh-picked flowers, bread baking in the oven, or a warm batch of cookies can make a house smell so wonderful and inviting. But keeping a constant supply of flowers or baking treats isn't always practical. And I'm not a fan of exposing my family to all the chemicals and artificial scents in most room fresheners.
So I started searching for an alternative.
One great tip involves raiding your fridge and pantry. Fill a pan with water and add a few foods and spices to create your own scent. Have fun trying out new combinations! I'll check in my fridge for any oranges, strawberries, lemons, or other fruits that are past their prime to toss in the water. Some lemon slices and little rosemary will smell wonderfully fresh. Orange slices, a little vanilla extract, and some cloves (ground or whole) will also smell great! Strawberries and a little basil or mint are a nice choice in the summer and spring.
If you don't have any fruit to use, you can simply add in a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract or some cinnamon to the water. When heated, your home will smell like you've been baking something fantastic.
I have to admit though, I'm not a big fan of leaving things unattended on the stovetop. I'll use the pan method if I'm going to be in the kitchen, but I don't feel safe leaving it heating if I'm busy around the house. I decided to pull out our mini crock pot (pictured below) that's normally used for making hot dips. I filled it with water and some of the choices mentioned above, and turned it on, leaving the lid off. It worked great! I felt safe leaving it, and just topped it off with water whenever I noticed it getting low.
These ideas will work great for scenting the living areas of your home, but I didn't want to plug in a slow cooker in bedroom, so I needed another solution.
I bought a lavender plant for my garden this past spring with no intention of actually using it; I just think it's a pretty plant! When I trimmed it back to encourage growth, I felt bad just throwing away the sprigs I had pruned. So I tied them together at the bottom of their stems, and hung them in my bedroom, hidden behind my headboard. I decided I would think of something to do with them after they had dried.
The hanging lavender and a few extra dried sprigs.
That night as I was falling asleep, I noticed a lovely calming scent. The lavender was adding a very subtle smell to my bedroom, and it was so relaxing. Once the sprigs were completely dry, I tucked them around my room. Some went behind chair cushions, some stayed behind my headboard, others were placed on shelves in my closet. One is even hidden behind my computer. They fill the room with a wonderful calming scent. It's not overpowering at all, just subtle and relaxing. I'll even take a dried sprig and rub it inside my pillow case. It breaks apart and gives my pillow a little extra lavender scent, making for perfectly sweet dreams! Now I keep a constant supply of lavender drying in my room, all from the one little fast-growing plant in my garden.
Other herbs and plants would work as well in the home. Lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, and various flowers could all be dried and used to scent rooms beautifully. Just tie them together at the bottom of their stems, and hang them until they're dry before hiding them around your home.
Have fun searching through your fridge, pantry, and garden to find inspiration for scent combinations. And be sure to share any great ones you come up with!
Thank you, Bonnie for having me on Revolutionaries!