About this time of year, the only thing you can smell in Wisconsin is dinner in the oven, or the dry smell of "heat" coming from the furnace. So, you start to crave smelling anything fresh and ALIVE. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be in the middle of this?
Well, this is the next best thing. Lavender buds. Did you know that in the language of flowers, lavender denotes purity, silence, and devotion?
I bought a pound of lavender buds a while back and still had some left. So, I printed some beautiful images from the Graphics Fairy onto TAP (Transfer Artist Paper by Leslie Riley), and then onto plain white cotton. TAP is the only transfer paper I have found that can be printed in an inkjet printer, ironed onto fabric, and still not leave a plastic-like surface on your fabric. Just trim it close to your graphic and iron it on. I bought mine on Ebay, since I had a hard time finding a store that carried it. It comes in packs of 5 sheets for around $15.
I did a little old-fashioned embroidery on some more . . . just write out a word or phrase with a pencil and stitch away! Then, with a pencil or freehand, design your own little version of a lavender stalk. The simpler, the better, with embroidery. It doesn't need to be complicated to have charm. I just used a couple straight stitches and some french knots.
Then hang the sachet on a little hook inside your linen closet, or put a little sachet
in between each folded towel!
on a cold, February day!
"Ladies fair, I bring to you
lavender with spikes of blue;
sweeter plant was never found
growing on our English ground."
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