Lavender: Two Ways


Dried Lavender.


I love lavender.  For me, it is such a relaxing and calming aromatic that I can’t get enough of it.  I keep dried lavender and  lavender oil around the house and try to use it in as many different ways as possible.

Making sachets with dried lavender is nothing new.  These particular sachets that I made are for a friend who will be giving them out at a family birthday party.  They are particularly sentimental because each one is made using her grandmother’s vintage linen napkins and handkerchiefs.

I made a point of hand sewing each one shut, once they were stuffed with the dried lavender. It would have been easier to use a sewing machine to finish up, but I really wanted them to have the handmade feel, so I finished each one up by hand.

Also, I use lavender oil and mix with water to make cold compresses for being outside on a hot summer day.  I used to attend bootcamp where our instructor would freeze cold compresses and bring them to us for summer work outs.  Even though it was 5:30 in the morning, here in Texas, it was still 85 degrees outside even before the sun came up.

Since our instructor worked so hard in creating the work outs, I offered to take on the cold compress duty.  However,  I put my spin on it by adding lavender oil to the water before I saturated the facecloths.  Jackpot.

It was such a pleasant way to cool off, I started making them and keeping them in the fridge to grab throughout the summer.  They are great for a day of flea marketing or antiquing, hiking, picnics, and outdoor summer celebrations.  When my mother comes to visit, she sits on the front porch alot and these little compresses do the trick in cooling her off and are very relaxing.  On occasion, I use them as a compress over my eyes to go to sleep.  The lavender smells so lovely and the coolness of the face cloth is very soothing.

The trick, I learned, is to wring out the wash cloth until it is just a smidge beyond damp.  Roll them up and put in zip lock bags and put in the fridge to grab for use.  If you are going out for a day long outing, put them in the freezer overnight, then put them in an insulated bag for use throughout the day.  Just a few drops of lavender oil to a bathroom sink full of water and you will yield about 12 or so cloths.  If you prefer a stronger scent of lavender, just add more drops of oil.

Try it…you will be glad you did!



Post Publish Update:  I got an email this evening and according to, it is lavender month this month.  Here is a recipe (from them) for Lavender Lemonade and some relevant links for lavender products:


Lavender Products

Lavender Lemonade:

Herbal Lemonade Boil 2 cups of water and pour over a 2″ sprig of rosemary OR 1 heaping tablespoon of lavender flowers. Steep for 5-8 minutes and then remove herbs. Add 1/3 c. sugar or honey and stir to dissolve. Pour into a 1 quart jar and add 1/4 c. lemon juice. Fill the rest of the way with cold water. Chill and taste, adjusting lemon and sweetness to taste. Serve over ice, with a small fresh sprig of rosemary or lavender if you like.

Vintage, hand made lavender sachets.

Packaged in a bundle. Easy to grab.

Lavender Cold Compress stored in the fridge.

Lavender Compress ready to grab at the next summer picnic.


Lazy Sunday Afternoons

Lazy Sunday Treat.

If I am lucky and can manage to have a productive week, by the time Sunday gets here, I can choose to be a little lazy if I want.  The truth is that there is always something to do around the house, particularly my house.  So some porch time with some homemade Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade is just the ticket.  Recipe to follow.  Enjoy!

Mercury Glass votive holder used as a vase.

Vintage hankerchief with satin ribbon and a barrel clip to keep the flying critters away from the lemonade pitcher.

Very refreshing.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade


  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen unsweetened raspberries (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (1 liter) bottle chilled sparkling water or 1 (1 liter) bottle club soda
  • ice cubes
  • fresh raspberry (optional)
  • lemon slice


Combine frozen raspberries, sugar and 1/2 cup water in medium saucepan.

Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and berries thaw.

Increase heat and boil 3 minutes.

Strain raspberry mixture into bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids in stainer.

Mix lemon peel into raspberry syrup in bowl.

Chill until cold.

Stir raspberry syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling water in large pitcher to blend.

Fill 6 glasses with ice cubes.

Pour raspberry lemonade into glasses.

Add fresh raspberries to each glass, if desired.

Garnish with lemon slices and serve.