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December 3, 2014

Christmas Tussie Mussie

Day 3 of  "12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party" at Unruly PaperArts and we sure are having fun.

Today I created a Christmas Tussie Mussie... ok I wasn't sure where or why a tussie mussie was originated, so I Googled it... lol
In the 1700's, when regular bathing and indoor plumbing was uncommon, the tussie mussie became popular. A tussie mussie is a small bouquet (nosegay) of fragrant herbs and flowers. During this time, elegant ladies carried tussie mussies to mask the odors around them. Smaller tussie mussies were often worn on the lapel to mask body odor. So there is your lesson for the day ...hahaha
Made from a paper mache cone I purchased at Michaels, covered with scrapbook paper. Using the Sizzix Mini Rosette Die I created the rosette on the front. Applied some glitter to burlap and ruffled it aroumd the edge of the cone.  Sitting atop is a birds nest filled with twigs, floral sprays, & bird of course. A little Smow Tex to the tops.  I had this tiny frame that fit perfect. Printed out the word "NOEL". I attached burlap twine to the sides for use to hang on the tree. 
I hope you decide to join in on the fun. No need to make a project every day, just create something between Dec 1st & Dec 12th and link up to the party. This is a crazy busy time and sometimes we don't take any time for playing with our craft supplies. This project took me less than 2 hours. Hope you were inspired... Happy Holidays ! xoxo Toni

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21 comments:

Jess M said...

Well your tussie mussie definitely doesn't stink! Thanks for the history lesson. I love the little birdie in there. I'm a sucker for a good bird project. Happy Christmas,
Jess

2amscrapper said...

so beautiful! a great link up to admire at Unruly! Helene

Michele said...

i love the sweet bird! it is a lovely tussie thingie. happy 12 days of christmas at UPA! xo

Julie Ann Lee said...

I love this, Toni! It's amazing that you were able to make something so detailed and impressive so quickly and teach us some history into the bargain! I adore that little robin in his nest! This is a really lovely take on the tussie-mussie! Happy Christmas wishes to you! xx

TangledBlueRose said...

Love all the sweetness packed into your tussie mussie, so cool!~kim

crafty creations said...

Brilliant and great explanation of the history behind it

Thanks for sharing with Altered eclectics this month

x Hilda DT

Danie May said...

Toni your Tussie Mussie is gorgeous I love the burlap and glitter trim along with all the beautiful pieces you have filled it with. Beautifully done! xx

Sue C said...

Beautiful project Toni ! A great decoration for the festive season ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Well that was a fun history lesson, I did not know that! A truly gorgeous tussie mussie!
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Leigh S-B
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Nicole Wright said...

Adorable! I love the cone...must search one out. All your embellishments are festive and fun! Great to know about the Tussie Mussie... I was captivated. Thank you for sharing at Frilly and Funkie :) Nicole

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous tussie mussie! Love the burlap trim with the gold glitter, what an eye catcher! So many wonderful bits, love all the snow you added! Stunning Holiday make! hugs :)

Barbara Rankin said...

What a gorgeous tussie mussie. I love the bird and nest on top! Very clever idea!

Becca Cruger said...

Huh I'd never heard of a tussie mussie before. It's quite beautiful! Thanks for the knowledge- you learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu!

steffi said...

What a great make Toni & nice to hear the origin of the Tussie Mussie! Thanks for playing along with Altered Eclectics :o)

Buttons said...

Toni that's one fabulous Tussie Mussie! Love the little nesting robin. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

Heather said...

Beautiful Tussie Mussie Toni!!
Hugs!!
Heather

crafty creations said...

What a wonderful piece of artwork

Thanks for sharing with the Altered eclectic challenge

Carol said...

I just love your Tussie Mussie Toni and the history behind them. Thank you for joining the Pink Team at Eclectic Ellapu this month. Carol DT x

Laurian said...

What a gorgeous project and I love the history of it too!

Thanks for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu and I hope we see you again soon!

Hugz

Laurian

hazel said...

I love your tussie mussie, it's a fabulous festive decoration. Thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.
xxx Hazel.

Erin Stewart said...

This is simply fabulous! What a gorgeous tussie mussie and far too pretty to wear! ;) Thanks for joining us over at Altered Eclectics. Hugs, Erin xx

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