Saturday, July 4, 2020

Snowman Progress

Good progress was made this week on my snowman cross stitch project.  He's gained personality with the addition of his face and accessories if I say so myself.

As the lavender plants did well this year, I cut/harvest some for sachet making and a bouquet to give away.  

In the basket you will see the lavender is separated into two different groups. One are the buds which are best for sachet making as buds have the most fragrance.  The other bunch have opened more to a blossom. They still have a lovely scent, and I shall find a use for them. 

How do I dry my lavender?  As I don't have a fancy peg hook or wood spice drying rack, I do the best I can and use what's on hand. The two bunches are rubber band bound, tied with a ribbon and then clipped on a plain old skirt hanger. It is recommended that lavender be hung in a cool dark spot which is my closet. The hanger works perfectly.

While joining Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy and friends, I hope to add a few more snowman stitches.  For those living in North America, please stay cool this upcoming week!

Take care,

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Created by Kathi said...

Jill, I just love your snowman progress and that plaid fabric is sew eyecatching... where do you shop you must share with me privately or next Sunday on your blog so we will all know how to find such cute patterns and cloth to stitch on!
The lavender lesson was very informative... I love how mother nature works... I wonder if lavender will release a dye at some point on that beautiful periwinkle color! Pondering out loud now! lol
Have a blessed week ahead and stay well and cool!

CathieJ said...

Your snowman is adorable with candy cane and lollipop. Thanks for the lavender information. I didn't that the buds were more fragrant than the blossoms. My mom has a plant that is unfortunately looking a little sad.

Angela said...

Such a cute snowman! Oh, the lavender! How I wish I was a better gardener.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I just planted some lavender this spring hopefully it looks like yours some day! Oh it bet that lavender drying in your closet really makes the whole closet smell wonderful! Your snowman is a adorable! The gingham linen really adds so much.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your snowman really is adorable! I love the lollipop. So interesting to learn about your lavendar, too. It's really pretty!

Karrin Hurd said...

Love your snowman! Thanks for the info about the lavender. I think mine needs some attention with all the heat we have been having.

Sarah said...

The background fabric for you snowman is absolutely perfect! Your lavender post is very apt at the moment, I'm thinking of putting some in my bee pillow. I have a couple of plants but I'm always reluctant to pick it because the bees flock to it. And in truth mine has never looked as lush and gorgeous as yours! I wonder how long it takes to dry?

Kyle said...

Don't you love working on snowmen when it's so hot!! Didn't know about the difference in the fragrance between blossoms and buds. Thanks.

Jenny said...

Cute little snowman he's coming along well. I love the smell of lavender and have a couple of bushes but have never tried drying it. Certainly seems easy enough.


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