"People from a planet without flowers
would think we must be mad with joy the whole time
to have such things about us."
~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oh, the smell of Cinnamon....

I have this wonderful hurricane lantern that I bought last year at, I think, Home Goods. I love this lantern. It's suppose to have a big candle in it but so far I have just filled it with seasonal things like shells in the summer and some leaves and buckeyes in the fall.
 Before Thanksgiving it was looking kind of sad and dusty, so I dumped the contents and washed the glass lamp. I had been wondering what to put into it. I love shells and I thought that some big shells with a small battery string of lights in there would look really pretty. Then I was shopping at Walmart one day and I found these...
They are called Cinnamon Scented Mini Pine Cones and they were only $4.00. Well, they stopped me dead in my tracks just because of the fragrance. As I walked down one of  the Christmas isles  the whole area smelled like cinnamon. I started sniffing and looking for what was giving off this wonderful scent and then I found this bag of pine cones. That was it. I was sold.... $4.00 What a deal!  They are so pretty. Some are  red and teal blue and some are just natural.
So I brought them home, put them into the lantern and placed it on my Mom's old table between the couch and the piano.
What do you think? I can take some pine cones out and add some of my "found" treasures from my walks up the mountain, a few sprigs of pine or some oak balls. I could still put some lights in there. I have this 10 light string that I got at Ikea. It uses batteries. It would fit nicely in between the pine cones. I could hide the battery pack with  some leaves near the top. You have to be able to turn it on and off. I'm open to other ideas if you have some. 
Even if I don't do anything more than this.... it will be a pretty addition to the holiday decorations in the living room. I like natural and simple.... and the aroma of cinnamon is amazing. It just makes you happy.

8 comments:

Karen Deborah said...

I like it! the ideas all sound great. Love the Christmas look. Your making me want some ginger cookies....want to bake?

Pauline said...

Oh, I love the rustic, natural simplicity of this! I think it is just perfect as it is. Maybe I'l play with a few leaves but I'm not into adding the artificial to the natural (although I'm sure it would look lovely!) Well done to come up with this idea!

Madeline's Album said...

It is very pretty the way it is but lights would add a glowing touch. I love the smell of spices this time of year. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Chef E said...

Every time I go to Whole Foods I am knocked over by the cinnamon smell. Took me a while to figure out it was the pine cones, so I bought them and have them on the porch. A neighbor stopped me and asked where I got them, evidently the smell is leaking into their living rooms when they come home, and they thought at first I was baking! Heh!

I like the lamp too, and the pine cones are perfect! Hubby won what he said they called a Hurricane Lamp, but it was nothing more than a vase when we took it out of the box. I do not have fru fru things in my house, I prefer antiques, so I guess his mom will get a re-gift this year for her birthday, oh I'm bad...

Jill said...

It is so pretty as it is. Maybe just a sprig of pine or even a sprig of holly.I love the idea that it is all natural......and of course the aroma of cinnamon...very traditional.
Have a great day!

Jill.

Midcenturymadam said...

That looks lovely! I do love those cinnamon pine cones. I always have a small pot of simmering cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange peels, nutmeg and whatever else I have in my cupboard. It makes the home feel so cozy. I am a nut for twinkie lights but I think it looks great just the way it is. Either way works.

Karen Deborah said...

I like cinnamon pine cones. Last year I found a small cinnamon "broom."
It's lost it's nice smell over a year. The fun thing about those pine cones is they are so cheap you can burn them up after the holidays which really smells great and get new ones each year.

Paxie Panicker said...

This is beautiful and agree it is perfect as is, but it's Christmas...I love the little lights too!