I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Herb Harvest

Hi everyone! It's still warm and sunny here at the beach. One dry day last week my friend and I harvested herbs in her garden. [My friends with tropical garden and sunflowers.] She mostly grows her herbs in pots, but she had a nicely producing lavender patch also this year.
We cut lavender, mint, and citronella.

We decided to transplant the rosemary and try to winter it over indoors; we did not cut any of it.

Citronella is a new idea. I am thinking to mix it with rosemary for closet sachets, to repel any creepies that might wish to sneak in this winter. I'll have to do some research to see if it repels moths too.

I also cut the pods off the canna plants for my dried arrangements . I love their purple-red woolly look.

Back home I made bunches of the scented herbs and hung them to dry.

They'll be ready to use soon,

in sachets like these toile hearts, for my etsy shop.

This batch of hearts is a French text toile, linen and cotton. Not scented so far. They can be used on a little tree, or in a bowl with pine branches, or folks can add their own perfume and use them as sachets. I also offer the option of having the hearts scented by me with essential oils, in bergamot or lavender.

Target had very cute trims! The hearts will get a tape bow, and a fleur de lys charm or an antique button. Their cellophane gift bags will be tied with the sweet little green paper Trees, if purchased for the winter holiday season.

I'm planning other sweet little things, including sachets made from this gorgeous vintage purple toile.

And sewing emeries, and a doll quilt!




gone to the beach...


  1. I can almost smell those lovely herbs! I never clip mine, but I know if I did, they would just sit here collecting dust....LOL You, use yours! Oh, and to respond to a comment on my blog, yes! my new little doll does remind me of Susan's strange sailor doll....LOL It must be why I just love her. :) Kit

    1. Hahaha, I knew you d know who Petey the sailor doll is!
      I make make some refillable linen envelopes, you can tuck your herbs inside. Tying dried herbs in a hanky is an easy way to use them also.

  2. Oh, I can almost smell the aroma of all those drying plants.

    Someone brought me a sprig of lavender today. The office smelled so wonderful all day.

    Take care and hugs to Mo.


  3. I like the canna pods, they certainly look interesting! I don't think I'd ever seen them before - my mom liked cannas but no one I know grows them.

    I bet your room smells good with the herbs drying! According to an article I read, moths don't like lavender, rosemary, mint, thyme, cloves, peppercorns, lemon, eucalyptus, and ginseng. And cedar, of course!

    The Saturday after Black Friday is apparently the official "Small Business Saturday" when everyone is encouraged to shop small and local shops! So hopefully you'll get some traffic in your shop!!

    Good luck, it's nice to see you busy again!

  4. Such loveliness! Hmmm...I might NEED a toile heart and......

    1. I hope you visit my shop and find a little treasure or two!

  5. What lovely shades of green. How nice to be able to still enjoy the herbs in November. Sounds like a nice way to spend a couple of hours.

    Ohhhh, look forward to seeing all of your new hearts in your Etsy store.

    What do you think Mo is contemplating?


    1. Mo was thinking: zzzzzz... taken just before he nodded off in the hot sunshine.


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