Some of the french lavender that my sister harvested has been turned into bath salts thar won’t clog the plug hole.
Fill-your-own tea bags were stuffed with a mixture of dried lavender and dead sea bath salts.
I searched for some lavender themed paper for the packaging but this was the closest I had in my huge supply pile. The reverse of this paper is however lavender polka dots so the trimmings were used to make banner ended tags for the bag ties.
We are in our holiday home for three weeks (hurrah!) with a bonanza of veggies and salad given by friends and neighbours, so I have decided to be creative with these lovely gifts;
broad bean and bacon salad with warm bacon vinaigrette (pop the lightly boiled beans from their jackets, fry the bacon in its own fat til crispy and chop then add vinaigrette to the pan, swirl and combine)
courgette cakes (grated courgette squeezed in a tea towel then combined with grated cheese and a little flour plus garlic or herbs or spices as you choose and fried in pan til golden)
nearly nicoise (runner and/or french beans lightly boiled combined with hard boiled eggs, tom puree, bacon bits or tuna and capers or cornichons only if your vinaigrette isn’t punchy enough)
rhubarb fool-ish (rhubarb stewed with orange juice or elderflower cordial – home made of course – when cool stirred into greek yoghurt or whipped cream or cold custard)
roast beetroot (whole clean roots loosely wrapped in foil and sprinkled with garlic and oil, baked for 30 mins and left to cool before slipping off the skins) gret hot as a veggie and cold when diced with cheese
phew! fridge nearly ready for the next instalment …
Wet day and the window ledge needed cheering up, so a vase of flowers was created without stepping outside
Six pinwheel flowers were cut on the scan n cut with BBQ matches for stalks and buttons for centres. I used blue themed floral papers to match the ‘vase’ (and my mood as the rain seemed endless)
The vase was a can found from recycling with a ball of wool wrapped round it. Most wraps were made round the middle to give a rounded shape and a few strands of contrast wool wrapped around the top and tied in a bow for decoration
The can was filled with out of date dried pasta shapes (mini alphabets) so I could spread the stalks outside
Maybe a few leaves would finish this off?