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...