Monday, August 22, 2011
I've been tucked away in my little corner of the house working on none other than...lavender crafts, of course! Everything from more lavender wands, more lavender pomanders, lavender "kitty-kat" sachets and bundling lavender. Last week, I decided I needed to give myself a break and come up for air by working on lavender in the kitchen rather than down in the basement. At least the kitchen offers a window to look out upon the lavender beds for even more lavender inspiration beyond the several dozen or so sewing projects and floral arrangements I'm already working on down in my workroom.
Apparently, the fresh, clean scent of lavender has really gone to my head while also making countless batches of lavender soap. While in the kitchen I've taken it a few steps further and delved into the making of two new items to add to my lavender repertoire and they are Lavender Mineral Bath Salts and a truly, beautifully textured English Lavender Bath for the bath.
The kitchen smelled of lavender fields on a warm spring day somewhere in the heart of the English Countryside...either that or, I was in a hallucinogenic state after a couple of long days spent mixing and blending various exotic salts, oat meal, lavender and essential oils together. Lavender owes it's name to the Latin word, "lavare" - to wash - a reference in it's use in scenting water for bathing so, for me, it seems only fitting to honor this ancient herb by making a few bath items with it and offering them here in the Blooming Hill Shop.
Lavender Vanilla Sugar, to sprinkle on everything from berries and pancakes to cereal and a good strong cup of tea. After a good long soak in the tub, anyone could use a little comfort food, right? You could say I'm on a lavender high--or maybe even a lavender bender, and I'm loving it! I am beginning to realize, however, that a little lavender can go a long way, so just a little sprinkled on my cereal and berries is quite enough to give them a full-bodied flavor. That, and I don't want to end up in some 12-step program for lavender over-use...although I think that might be a good thing.
just plain lavender on hand, down in the shop too. So, now I have jars filled with just plain lavender, great for culinary use, and I even have it to sell loose, by the scoop, as well. After all, lavender, in it's purest form is probably one of the prettiest things to behold. At least I think so, anyway...
lavender can probably make you feel pretty rosy--in a purple haze sort of way--too.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
|Jennifer and Carl surrounded by the wedding party at the rehearsal the night before the wedding.|
|My brother, Bob, and sister-in-law, Joanne, the happy parents of the bride.|
The flowers were elegant yet simple, elaborate yet not overdone in any way imaginable, revealing once again the simple abundance of what mother nature is capable of in the way of wedding bouquets and arrangements, with a little help from a tasteful and talented florist. The traditional bridal flower used especially during Victorian times, blue hydrangeas, be-decked each guests' table offering devotion, understanding and friendship. What lovely sentiments to tie the wedding guests together with the bride and groom as well as their loving parents.
The entire affair was all about a celebration of family, togetherness and, for me, the beautiful flowers that adorned the entire happy occasion. From the moment, my sister started pinning boutonnieres onto the groomsmens' lapels to after the reception when my cousin, Bonnie, and I were admiring the hydrangeas and even bringing a few home for momentos, it was a grand affair. Congratulations to Jennifer and her new husband Carl.