Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Inspired by this beautiful book, very happily received as a birthday gift recently, I spent yesterday snipping and stitching to make the lavender sachets below. Encouraged by my mum to re-use some of the time damaged linen inherited from herself and my grandmother, I cut around the holes and stains to make usable pieces. Backed with soft woollen fabric, not vintage but gifted and perfect for the cooler months to come. These wee pillows are filled with homegrown lavender, grown either in my garden or my friends garden. We both grow organically and without sprays. Once harvested and dried, I strip the stalks of their lavender buds, called rubbings. Its a time consuming but sweet smelling job that mum helps me with during her yearly visit to Hawkes Bay.

I also made small cushions with scraps of vintage linen cloths that I found at the bottom of my linen stash. I had forgoten about these pieces after last using them to make cushions for my first Holly Hospice stall. I have filled them out with a strip of Cath Kidston fabric and fresh apple green ric-rac.

The above items will be for sale at my Sweet Mary stall at the monthly Craft&Design Market this Saturday around the Hawthorne Coffee shop in Havelock North - see top right for details.