Monday, June 29, 2009

Basket Full of Lavender

I have been really blessed lately. I don't say that in a boastful way, but rather a thankful one. I have recently won a couple of give aways from some lovely fellow bloggers. You remember the personalized stamp from Purple Lemon Designs? It is really great. And the way Kelly had it packaged was just darling. But I'm not going to show you pictures of that 'cause I don't want you finding out my address and start stalking me or something. :D I wouldn't want to make you jealous with my housekeeping skills and all, if you became a stalker, that is. Yes. My house is a wreck. We've been sleeping on air mattresses in the living room and had my whole bedroom torn apart in the rest of the house while it was being painted this weekend. But, that's an entirely different story.

However, I do want to show you what I received from Kate at Centsational Girl. I won her give away basket full of lavender products from Lavender Bee Farm in Sonoma County, CA. I really like lavender. A lot.

When I opened the box, it was topped with shiny lavender colored tissue paper and a card from Kate. Aaaaw.

The card was a really nice touch - and so beautiful, too.

This is a picture of everything in the box - including a Sonoma County Farm Trails Booklet and a dozen recipes featuring lavender.

A lovely sprig of fresh lavender tied with a soft blue, shimmery ribbon. This now adorns the strip of woodwork that separates my two kitchen windows.

A darling beaded sachet of dried lavender buds. This is going in my room - just as soon as I finish putting it back together. :D

Lavender hydrosol linen water. Obviously, this can be used as a linen spray or sprayed on pillows just before bed to induce a good night's sleep. But, it can also be used as a skin spray to refresh on a hot day or to soothe irritated skin. I am looking forward to using this.

A tin of lavender and sea salt culinary blend.

A jar of all natural honey. I have to add here - I love natural honey. I never buy the over processed stuff from the grocery store anymore. Not only is there a variety of flavors available in natural honey, depending on what plant the bees used to make it - but eating raw, local honey is supposed to help build up a tolerance to the different pollens that can plague a person with seasonal allergies. I think there is a lot of truth to this because my guys haven't had near the problem with allergies since we switched to local honey. It also has it's nutrients in tact when it is raw. Can you tell I like honey?

This Bee Bar, made of beeswax and olive oil, is supposed to be for elbows, heels and rough spots. It's so pretty, though, that I almost hate to use it. But I will. :D

This picture doesn't do justice. These are linen table napkins with scalloped edges and embroidered lavender detail in the corner. My camera batteries died before I could get a picture of the four of them opened up. I couldn't find any more batteries, much to my disappointment. But, they are gorgeous, with a generous size and a beautiful hand. I don't know if I want to risk getting spaghetti sauce or something on them that won't come out. I may try to think of a more creative way to display them without ruining them. I love, love, love them.

So, now you've seen all my wonderful goodies. It almost felt like Christmas with each new product I pulled from the box. Thank you, Kate for another spectacular give away.

Now, I'm off to move some furniture and wash some dishes.

Have a great day!


  1. What a beautiful gift.

    So true on that local honey thing, too. My cousins suffered from allergies for years, and that was trick. Cleared up most of it.

    It's hotter than blazes here today, and I've procrastinated on getting much done, so I suppose I'd better get a move on...the hubby is coming home soon, and I don't want him to think I'm a total slouch...even if our A/C is down. I'm melllllting.

  2. Your photographs are so lovely ! So glad you won. Thanks for the mention, and enjoy the wonderful products.



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