our friend s throws the greatest parties. the food is always delicious! the decoration? impecable. and to top it off, she always has a fun activity planned for her guests as well!
her party tonight was no exception. s provided the supplies for us to make pomander balls!
i was unfamiliar with pomander balls until s's shindig. apparently, they originated in the middle ages and were used to mask unpleasant smells. (i don't need to elaborate about the unpleasant smells do i? good.) also, there seem to be many different ways of making them (with different fruits and spices, with utensils, with glue??, etc). we simply forced cloves through a small citrus fruit. so it was fun and satisfying.
anyway, here is the first pomander ball that i made. it's a fairly simple design and was pretty true to s's sample that was provided.
leff made a cute smiley pomander ball. happy and fragrant! mmmm!
and here is my second attempt. pac man. because, well, i think in 8bits a lot of the time. (it's quite embarrassing.)
this had to have been one of the most fun craft activites that i've ever completed at a party. it was simple enough for the noncrafters to pick it up quickly but still open ended enough for those who wanted to make something more complicated. plus they smell wonderful! i cannot wait to make more of them.