Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn Scented Leather or Felt Bookmarks DailyBuzz Moms 9x9

Fall into Fall with Autumn Scented Leather and Felt Bookmarks

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Fall is
Guzzling Hot Cups of Tea
Cuddling in Big Sweaters
Cold Noses on Brisk Walks
Changing Colors
Warm Spices Baking

There is something so comforting about the spices of Fall. While summer's taste pops with fresh bursts of garden flavor, Fall's taste is soothing and warming with the late harvest. Pumpkins. Apples. Pears. Butternut Squash. All perfectly rounded out with cinnamon, clove, orange peel, and a little love. This is exactly what inspired me for this blog post. Not only did I want to enjoy the taste of fall in delicious baked goodies, I wanted to carry it with me all day and find it tucked in between the leaflet pages of a well-loved book. And what better way to enoy Autumn than through scent, one of our most powerful senses!

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Leather and felt are both wonderful bases for scents. As bookmarks, they are safeguarded until we open the leafy folds off a book to have them release a breeze of Autumn Spice to our tickled noses. Also these leather and felt swatches can be tucked in clothes drawers and hat boxes to impart their lovely scent onto clothing. Perfect to combat stinky shoes as well!

Tucked in a folded paper envelope or a book, these make great gifts! Simple yet elegant and you can tailor each gift depending on the person and their scent personality.

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I originally saw this idea in a book called Aroma. Mandy Aftel scented cut leather with rose and perilla base. I got the idea from the book but the essential oil mixes are all my own. If you would like to see other great ideas from Mandy Aftel, check out her other books on amazon.

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For the Essential Oil Mixes:

I've created three blends for you to use or work from and create your own. Put all the drops in one bottle and let sit overnight (or longer if you choose) to combine.

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Orange Spice
5 drops Clove EO
5 drops Cinnamon EO
20 drops Sweet Orange EO

Rosemary Thyme
20 drops Rosemary EO
10 dropsLemon EO
5 drops Thyme EO

Rosy Ginger
10 drops Ginger EO
5 drops Clove EO
15 drops Rose Absolute

Cedar and Pine
5 drops Lemon EO
10 drops Cedar EO
10 drops Pine EO

Each bottle contains enough to make at least five scented bookmarks. You can multiply these bases to make as many as you like.

Not only do these smell divine, essentials oils are also very therapuetic. Many are antibacterial and can help increase your immune system.

For the leather, I suggest untreated leather chamois from the Auto Supply Store or this product on amazon . Recylced felt sweaters are a great alternative to leather. For the felt, I suggest natural wools or felted sweaters (I used a purple Gap felted sweater) but felt from the craft supply store works as well. (Just make sure it is natural materials - Essential Oils are powerful and can actually deteriote plastics). I buy all my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Directions for Scented Leather or Felt Bookmarks
If using felt, skip to # 3.

1. Wash the leather in soapy water.

2. Wring out and hang to dry (I let it dry overnight).

3. Cut into 2"x5" or so rectangles (or any size you would like).

4. Mix essential oils in a small dropper bottle (let sit overnight or longer to allow them to marry) and then drop 5 drops on leather or felt swatches and enjoy! Give as gifts with extra oil or tuck it in books or drawers for fall-scented surprises all around the house.

What is Fall to you?

What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

Do you have a favorite scent?


  1. LOVED this post. what a wonderful project and the photos are lovely. thank you!!

  2. I love this! What a great idea. Thank you~!

  3. Great work have done.
    leather aroma creamLeather Magic’s leather aroma cream is use to infuse the smell on traditional leather.


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