Sunday, July 12, 2015
Lovely Calming Lavender...
Have you ever created a lavender wand? Simply made with long stems of lavender buds and ribbon. This one in the photo was made by my French friend (no blog) Catherine. I learned how to make them several years ago when I visited Cache Creek Lavender Farm to harvest lavender for drying. They had a workshop on how to make the wands and I was thrilled to learn. Many years ago a wonderful elderly lady gave me a wand that she had made many years before. Although it was very dry and brittle it still had that wonderful lavender aroma when you placed it between your hands and gently rolled it back and forth to release the calming scent. I was quite intrigued with her gift to me.
This year I was visiting my French friend Catherine and she generously went out to her lavender garden and snipped some long stems of lavender for me. Then she proceeded to teach me how to make this lovely lavender basket with ribbon. I am smitten with this and thrilled beyond words to know how to make these. I actually made this one while Catherine made a separate one. Her basket handle was much better than mine as it was more rounded on top. I am pleased with this one being my very first attempt at a lavender basket. Next year when the lavender is in season I shall be wanting to visit a lavender farm and harvest lots to make these gems. They make wonderful gifts and last for a very long time. I still have sachets I made and filled years ago that are in my closet amongst my clothes. I believe they also retard pests from eating cloth which is a nice bonus.
What have you created with lavender stems and/or buds?
Our weather has been glorious the last several days. Very cool and beautiful blue skies. We did actually have 5 minutes of rain one evening. I was literally outside thanking the heavens and praying it would continue. They were the largest rain drops I had ever seen. I am grateful for any rain even if it was only 5 minutes of moisture. It is supposed to once again turn very warm this week. I have begun my annual Whooly Thyme trimming on my flagstone seating area at the pond. It will take me many hours and many days to complete this task. I have to get on my hands and knees to find the flagstones and cut the Whooly Trim. I use my orange handled Fiskars scissors as they work the very best for me. I do love our pond and seating area. Every year I share photos. Maybe when I finish I will post another photo.
My High on Life July tag line is working well for me. Each and every day I am finding a solid reason why I choose this to focus on this month. I prefer to be happy and have a positive attitude rather than get down with all the drama that can surround us in this daily life. Creative Bliss and High on Life July my friends...