Comments on: Lavender Sachets http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:34:27 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Christa http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286230 Christa Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:03:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286230 I am always looking for creative ways to decorate, so I love your blog! The lavendar satchets will come in handy because I have three lavendar plants. I look forward to harvesting the flowers and the scent!

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By: Tracy B. http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286222 Tracy B. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:24:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286222 I wish I had know about this store when I was in London. I couldn’t find any fabric stores when I was over there. Since I love sewing, I try to collect fabric from the countries I go to.
(I have some beautiful fabric from Honduras, but haven’t been able to convince myself to actually cut into it yet, lol)

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By: LH http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286216 LH Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:23:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286216 I like to find things that are local specialties as souvenirs. We got wool sweaters in Ireland, a delft tea set in Holland (we found a shop that had “seconds” so I was able to get a big elaborate set for a low enough price my mom wasnt even too worried about me breaking them), etc.
Some of our favorite French souvenirs were a bunch of copper pots from a place called Ville-de-les-Poelles or something like that. We got to walk around the copper factory, and they let us take the little drops of copper that had cooled on the floor which we used as treasure for Lego pirates.

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By: Lissa http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286209 Lissa Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:41:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286209 You might want to check with US customs and any regulations about bringing seed/plant products into the states. Sometimes those issues can be rather tricky and I’d hate for Mimi to be sad at the airport.

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By: Lindsie http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286206 Lindsie Thu, 28 Jul 2011 07:25:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286206 My friend makes the most wonderful lavendar lemonade. You should try it – http://thebaldgourmet.com/recipe-lavender-lemonade/. It’s pretty tasty! Thanks for your ideas and stories from France.

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By: UK lass in US http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286203 UK lass in US Thu, 28 Jul 2011 03:59:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286203 PS. the sniffer dog was being very thorough on our recent return – I had to prove that my sandwich was cheese only – and they seemed to be more concerned with looking for food / plant material than for any drugs etc!

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By: UK lass in US http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286201 UK lass in US Thu, 28 Jul 2011 03:53:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286201 Don’t cut into the fabric yet! From US Customs’ page:
Plants and Seeds
Some plants, cuttings, seeds that are capable of propagation, unprocessed plant products and certain endangered species are allowed into the United States but require import permits and other documents; some are prohibited entirely. Threatened or endangered species that are permitted must have export permits from the country of origin.

Every single plant or plant product including handicraft items made with straw, must be declared to the CBP officer and must be presented for CBP inspection, no matter how free of pests it appears to be. For information on importing plants or plant products visit the Plant, Organism and Soil Permits page.

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By: RebeccaNYC http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286193 RebeccaNYC Thu, 28 Jul 2011 02:43:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286193 I dry mine by putting it in a big vase, and it looks beautiful for ever…it does turn greyish after awhile, but when I walk by I love to crush a few flowers and the scent is amazing, even a year later. BTW..I have brought home huge bunches of lavender in my suitcase in a shoebox (many times) and have never had any trouble with customs. Even when they opened my suitcase right in front of me, (the smell was amazing), they just zipped it right back up and waved me through. I think they will not bother you with little sachets. You could also mail them home.

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By: Kathy Weier http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286186 Kathy Weier Thu, 28 Jul 2011 01:14:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286186 I see everyone has beaten me to how to dry the lavendar, so you should be set on that. That fabric is gorgeous!

I don’t know how we started it, but my husband and I began a Christmas ornament collection for every big trip or event from when we got engaged through present. When we go some place on our list of to do items is search for the perfect tree ornament so it’s like a little scavenger hunt. When we get home we write the date on it and it goes in the box. The major bonus is at Christmas time we get a walk down memory lane of everywhere we’ve been as well as our first apartment, first house, first pet, and most recently, first baby. I can’t wait to open up the box at Christmas with her when she is older and show her the treasure we found for the tree when we brought her home!

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By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286166 Jenny Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:37:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286166 Lovely idea! When we travel, my daughter collects t-shirts. After our years abroad are done I plan to have them made into a t-shirt quilt so she’ll be able to cuddle up with it and remember all our adventures.

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By: Ann http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286165 Ann Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:09:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286165 The lavender is ready to pick for drying when the flowers are just beginning to open. Pick bunches, bind with a rubber band and hang upside down in a dark place (preferably but if going into sachets it won’t matter the same). When dry use garden gloves with ‘dimples’ on the palms and rub the flower heads between your hands – over a sheet to keep it all together.
When using lavender for cooking ALWAYS make sure you use an angustifolia variety or what is also called English lavender. Others won’t kill you !! but won’t taste very nice. Another tip for using in cooking is to put the buds through a coffee grinder and then you’re not spitting out ‘bits’ !!
I’m bookmarking your page to follow your French life as hubby and I plan to visit in about 18 months.
We have a lavender farm here in New Zealand – don’t know everything by any means but hope these tips help. Another good site for the lavender wands is that of Labyrinth Hill Lavender.
Souvenirs – I’m another that loves books – usually about the things/places we’re visiting. As I’ve got older I’m trying to declutter so have given up on ornaments, though I like to get fridge magnets – except now I need another fridge to display them on!!

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By: Jenn P. http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286154 Jenn P. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:33:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286154 Martha Stewart has a great article on harvesting/storing herbs, including lavender. You might want to check that out.

I love Libertys fabric.

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By: Anne http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286147 Anne Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:42:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286147 I like to bring home something that I will use, like a great dish, a toy, or a fancy dishtowel. Every time I use the item, I think of the wonderful trip.

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By: susan http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286141 susan Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:57:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286141 I hate to put a damper on this fun project but I believe that there are customs restrictions re bringing plant material in to the US. You might want to check on this if you are planning to bring them home with you.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286132 Design Mom Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:10:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286132 Oh dear. I hope the recovery is swift. I feel that way about certain things I ate while morning sick. : )

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286131 Design Mom Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:09:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286131 I’ve only been once and I miss it too!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286130 Design Mom Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:08:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286130 “smell like cat pee” made me laugh!

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286128 Lauren Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:02:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286128 I love lavender. I grow it in pots around our yard and I used to bring it into the house to dry so we could enjoy the fragrance year-round. But last summer, I got brave with our new ice cream maker and made some honey lavender ice cream. And it tasted… just like you would expect lavender to taste. And, unfortunately, I can’t bear the smell anymore. I’m hoping in a few years I will have recovered :)

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By: elz http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286119 elz Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:08:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286119 We used to go to Liberty all the time when we lived in Britain. I wish I would have stocked up more now that it’s been at least 20 years since I’ve been back!

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By: From Belgium http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/lavender-sachets/comment-page-1/#comment-286117 From Belgium Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:54:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12598#comment-286117 Well, don’t laugh. But we collect books, or at least my husband does… (and I say don’t laugh, because we have about a 1000 already and we’re only 30). Each holidy he must must must browse at least one bookstore, preferably second hand and see if he finds any ‘gems’ (which are usually dog eared and smell of cat pee). If love to read and love to browse bookstores, but I do not like second hand books, unless they are in pristine condition.

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