Downtown Columbiana will be hosting a special event on Saturday, February 6th from 10am until 8pm. The shops will be open for extended hours and there will be promotions, giveaways and FREE chocolate throughout the town! Also, check out the new brewery, BirdFish Brewing Co., as well as, the new South Main Street location of Amanda’s Candy Cottage. Reclaimed Rose will be hosting a small make and take from 5pm until 8pm. Customers have the opportunity to create individual Tussie Mussies and fill them with chocolates. Read on to find out more…
TUSSIE MUSSIE MAKE AND TAKE from 5pm-8pm
Join me and Holly Tripp from Glittered Lucille to create a one of a kind, vintage Inspired Tussie Mussie. “Tussie-mussie” is a quaint, endearing term from the early 1400s for small, round bouquets of herbs and flowers (also known as nosegays) with symbolic meanings. These became popular fashion accessories in the 1700’s when regular bathing and indoor plumbing was uncommon. Elegant ladies carried tussie mussies to mask the odors around them. Smaller tussie mussies were often worn on the lapel to mask body odor. The notion of tussie-mussies can be sentimental, as each one is personal and unique; every sprig and blossom in each little nosegay conveys a “meaning” in the old-time language of flowers.
Depending on which herbs are included, a wide variety of personal messages can be sent. Doilies are traditionally used to bind the stems in these arrangements. For our project, Holly and I will be supplying the cone base of the Tussie, as well as, vintage ephemera, lace, buttons, jewels, pearls, trimmings and other embellishments to adorn your Tussie. Rather than filling them with flowers or dried herbs, we will be filling them with aromatic and delicious chocolates!
In modern days, these ornamental pieces of art can be used to hold preserved bouqets, give a small gift to a loved one, or even hang ondoorknobs or hooks for vintage flair. The cost to create your own Tussie Mussie and fill with chocolate is $5. Children are welcome to particpate. Registration is not required, just stop in during even hours, 5pm-8pm.