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Little Lavender Sachets

I adore the scent of lavender … it’s so clean and fresh. I keep little lavender sachets in all my drawers, and I just love the way my clothes smell when I pull them out to wear.

I’ve been making lavender sachets … using French Grosso lavender – it lasts for ages and the fragrance is particularly intense – from reclaimed scraps of fabric,¬† fragments of old garments, some vintage remnants, all mostly leftover from bigger projects.

I’ve made a variety of different shapes – squares, rectangles, hearts and circles …

You can see them in my Etsy store.

I’ve embellished them all … some with buttons …

Some with ribbon roses ….

Some with rosettes of ribbon, offset with a pretty button ….

Some with twists of yarn …

And even the odd pompom …

They make such wonderful little presents – if you can bear to give them away – perfect for small gifts between friends, or thank-you gifts for hostesses or teachers or anyone who has done something special for you recently.

Would you keep yours? Or who would you give it to?

And, lest we forget … all subscribers to my newsletter are currently receiving a coupon for free shipping on everything to everywhere in my Etsy shop right now … up until 15th December (last posting date in UK). Get there quick … international posting dates for Christmas fall into next week!

Little people love

I’ve just become an auntie! (again!) …. I’m so excited … a new baby in the family is a wonderful gift.

Which gives me the perfect excuse for showcasing a small selection of handmade loveliness for the small people in our lives ….

Of course, when our little bundles of joy arrive, we want to tell everyone all about it … these wondeful birth announcement cards from The Spotted Sparrow make a nice change from teddy bears and pink butterflies

I’ve been a huge fan of MooCowHandKnits over on Etsy for a couple of years now … I could quite happily clear out her shop. So I’m particularly thrilled that she’s now got MooCowBabyKnits – wonderful, snuggly style for small people. This oatmeal cardigan (and the matching booties that I couldn’t resist) would make the perfect gift:

I met Katie Stewart of Hearts and Wings at the Medicine Garden craft fair a couple of months ago, and simply adore her quirky and beautiful pictures. I thought this one would look perfect in a baby boy’s nursery ….

For something practical, beautiful, and totally custom-made for that new and unique little person, Shabby Neesy Quilts over on Folksy¬†is all sorts of wonderful … I love these custom-made quilts for babies:

And for heart-melting cuteness, I couldn’t resist including Cazhoffy’s super-wondeful whale-print baby booties:


Now for the tricky part …. deciding which one to actually choose!