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Lavender Winners !

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Congratulations to the following five winners of the lavender sachets plus a fresh bundle shipped to your door !     

lavender winners

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#44:  Shreya“These are perfect – their beauty lies in their simplicity!  Thank you for the tutorial.  I love love love lavender!”

 

#205 Gail Golden“These are delightful. What a great idea. I use lavender at bedtime, so one of these would be a blessing.”

 

#290  Karen P“A fantastic idea! This would be perfect for a bridal shower gift for all the lovely ladies. I adore your blog!”

 

#405 Debbie“You have taught me something today! I would much rather have lavender in my husband’s closet than moth balls! I would love to smell lavender instead!!!”

 

#450  Richella at Imparting Grace: “What a wonderful giveaway! I just bought some lavender sachets in France to use as little gifts. . . they smell divine, but they’re not even half as pretty as yours! Oh, how I would love to be one of the lucky winners!”

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Congratulations to the winners – please contact me via email and send me your full name and mailing address to receive your goodies! 

 

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DIY Lavender Eye Pillows and a GIVEAWAY

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Greetings friends, happy Friday !  You all know I’m on a lavender kick lately as I’m harvesting my plants in my garden.   I’ve made plenty of bouquets this week to give to all my neighbors and friends.  My entire house is filled with the scent right now.

Lavender is one of the most soothing herbal remedies, so much so it helps you sleep better !   So this week, I put my dried lavender to good use by making some eye pillows with linen fabric and simple embroidery.  

  

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Here’s my step-by-step how I made these lavender eye pillows:

Supplies:  Fabric of choice; fabric lining (optional); dried lavender (approx 1.5 cups for each pillow); organic rice or flax seed; sewing machine; embroidery hoop & thread (optional); ink jet printer; scissors; masking tape; cardstock. 

First, I cut my linen fabric to approximately 8” x 10”, then used masking tape to attach it to cardstock.  Make sure your fabric is perfectly flat to the cardstock or it will cause a paper jam.   

tape linen to cardstock

 

Next, I centered this image below in a Word document, then ran it through my computer printer !     Printing with black ink comes out dark brown on the linen. 

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Note, the ink when dry is steadfast to the fabric and won’t run, but try not to get it wet, because it can bleed just a bit. 

I hand embroidered the details of the lavender sprig to the linen with a small hoop and some deep purple thread. 

hand embroidered detail 

Next, I cut some fabric lining to the same size as my linen, then sewed my lining and printed linen inside out on three sides.  The lining is optional, but I think it helps keep the outside fabric texture smoother to the touch, especially if using these on your eyes.   

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To create lavender filling for pillows, combine 2 parts dried lavender to 1 part organic rice or flax seed.  You can use less lavender if necessary, but I have plenty so that’s my math and I’m sticking to it.   If you’re short on lavender, you can also use essential oils to enhance the scent of your flax seed or rice filling. 

lavender mixture

  

Fill your pillow with the lavender mixture, then hand sew fourth side together.

fill and sew

  

That’s it, easy peasy !

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Use them for relaxation, headache tension, or even tucked in your pillowcase or bureau drawer.   And did you know lavender is a natural moth deterrent ?  Place them in your closet as a repellant !  Or just leave them next to your bed as a soothing scent to drift away to slumber. 

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Here’s the best part !  I’m giving FIVE of them away to you, my lovely readers, PLUS a bundle of fresh lavender, from my garden to your door. 

To be eligible, simply leave a comment – the FIVE winners will be chosen by Random.org.  Giveaway ends Monday June 21st at 8 p.m. 

******  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED  ******

 

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Giveaway Winners & Reminder

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Oh, goody goody, some lucky folks are going to get organized along with me !

The winners of the ‘Organize Your Paper Clutter’ giveaway, brought to you by Simplify 101, and chosen by Random.org are:

#76  Courtney M. who wrote:

“My biggest problem is paper clutter that doesn’t necessarily have a “home.” For example, I know where to file regular bills, tax docs, etc. But, when it comes to odd things that I may need to hold onto for a while like a receipt or manual, I handle it 15 times rather than just once.” 

# 256  Linda who wrote:

“Glad to see I am not the only one with this problem! Paper clutter everywhere. Bills, circulars, coupons, etc….. It is unmanageable! It seems like when I go through a pile to sort and clear, all I am doing is shuffling papers and then moving the same pile to another spot. I would love to be organized. Thanks!”

Congratulations ladies, you’ve won a free spot in the workshop – welcome to the club!

paper clutter workshop 

I’ve already had the chance to review Lesson One, and here’s just one quote that really hit home with me: 

“Paper clutter causes stress because our paper represents things we need to do (such as pay the bills) or things we may want to do (use this coupon to get a new pair of shoes) or things we think we should do (donate money to the Heart Association) or things we’d like to do (read about the plight of the honey bee and figure out what we can to help) or things we want to remember (this ticket stub because the circus was so much fun). 

Therefore, each piece of paper has a sense of obligation associated with it.  A stack of paper nags at you, “You should be doing something about me…” which makes it very difficult to relax or even work in focused manner when you’re in a room piled high with stacks of paper.”

Yes!  So true!  This is my biggest problem.  Lesson One goes on to give tips on how you can stop the inflow of paper clutter into your home, plus provides steps for beginning the process of organizing it all.  I’m looking forward to Lesson Two’s big issue:  how long should I keep this piece of paper?   This I need to know !  

I encourage you to sign up and organize your paper clutter along with me – it’s worth your time because it will buy you peace of mind.  But you only have until Friday, June 18th to register, so sign up here

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Oh, and here’s a friendly reminder, the Stars & Stripes Party is coming up on June 30th, so get your festive Fourth of July decorations, recipes, and crafts ready to post so you can link up on the big day.  I’ve got a great craft planned myself !

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Cheers !

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