The Simple, Handmade Beauty of a Clove Orange

One of the most pleasing Christmas party hostess presents I received in past years was a hanging clove orange. I remember being touched by its simple beauty and the fact that it was handmade.

So this morning, I decided to make a few clove oranges to brighten up our kitchen table

and another to hang on the kitchen door. A friendly welcome of colors and scents to anyone popping in for a visit :)

It was very meditative to put all of those cloves in the oranges. A pleasant way to begin the morning, accompanied by spiced chai tea and a piece of chocolate covered gingerbread from the bakery.

Hope you are having a good one. Happy birthday to my grandmother who is turning 91 today!