Monday, July 19, 2010

lavender



Hello Monday!  How about some pretty lavender pictures for your Monday morning?  Have I ever told you that I am a wee bit obsessed with lavender??!  I just love how it smells, so when I recently found fresh lavender bundles for sale at Trader Joe's, I went a little crazy and bought 13 bundles of it!!!  I know, that's a lot of lavender :) 

I've tucked some in just about every corner in the house and have a few projects planned with it as well.  Here's a look at some of what I've done so far...



This enamel pitcher was a flea market find from earlier in the month...Judy brought it back from her trip to England...and now it resides in my home!



My downstairs hallway...zinc French seedling cups and some of my burlap sacks mingle nicely with the lavender...










I'll be back soon with those inside pictures of Horton's that I promised to show you.


Happy New Week!!!


Tracey

96 comments:

amtolula said...

So wonderful pictures. I love lavender. Your new Pitcher ist also lovley.
I follow your blog.
Have a nice day.
Hugs Tanja

the VG huis said...

Good Monday Morning to you. Your lavender photos are dreamy. I love it too. Although I wasn't so keen on the lavender chocolate I tried the other day. I think I'll stick to smelling it. Cheers. Stacey

Alison said...

Lavender smells so amazing. How lovely to have so many bunches in your home

Susis gelbes Haus said...

Oh a dream this pictures.... I love them very very much... Hugs Susi

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Tracey,
Your images look like they are out of a fench magazine! Fairy tale!
Lavender is one I can't pass up either!
Yvonne

Jill said...

What a lovely obsession!! I too am the same and have a path through my garden at the moment which you can't see for lavender!! Lovely photos!
Jill

Lille Persille said...

Beautiful pics-love it!

When I was in Provence this June I stopped my car by the road and picked a big bouqet which I brought all the way home to Norway:)

Urban Farmgirl said...

Gorgeous as always, Tracey! I especially love the last one with the letters...so pretty!

I have a wonderful giveaway going on for my 100th post, so be sure to hop over and enter! ;o)

~mary~

Die Rabenfrau said...

Oh, I also like lavender. So many bunches! Wow, I'm soooo jelous! That smell....
Hugs, Rabenfrau from Germany

AshleyR said...

Gorgeous photos. Don't you just LOVE the smell... so relaxing. I hope you had a fabulous birthday darlin'

C.J. said...

thanks so much for the lovely photos! Love lavender myself and really love Larkspur in my garden. Nice work and great table and chairs!

hometown girl said...

your photo are lovely! i laughed when you said you bought 13 bundles! i wish we had a trader joe's here. have a super week! susan

*Ulrike* said...

I would share some of my lavender with you! I have 5 huge bushes, and harvested quite a bit this year. The bad thing is I still have some left from prior years! You certainly put yours to good use, and the photos are lovely as always!

Anonymous said...

Lavender is so beautiful. If you get the chance, visit Cherry Point Market in Shelby, Michigan -- they have a lavender labyrinth. For readers in the north country -- hidcote, munstead and grosso are the varieties that will survive hard midwestern winters -- I have five plants in my garden -- I'd like to take over the whole garden with them!

Alaina said...

Don't worry you are not alone with your love for lavender. I love to go out to our flower beds and cut some fresh for each week. Your home is beautiful.

Zuzu said...

Your home must smell as beautiful as it looks! Have a great week, Tracey!
:)
Zuzu

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Me too!! I love lavender. My sister made me several lavender wands and I have them in the closets, drawers, everywhere, but I forget to rub them, LOL, to release the aroma.

I'm going to go to Trader Joe's today and see if ours has any!

xxoo

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Beautiful photos! I love lavender too. I am growing 3 plants in pots on my front porch. They are doing great but I think the humidity is tarting to slow them down. I love to run my hand over them every time I come in the front door. :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

It just looks so "out of time"...like it's from some old memory, especially when it's ties up in bundles. Lovely!

m ^..^

Anne Marie said...

that pitcher is my favorite....I so wanted to keep that in my purse! j/k - kind of -

beautiful pictures Tracey -

Nina said...

That is lovely! I love lavender. I can almost feel the scent when watching your lovely pictures.

traci said...

now i have to squeeze a trader joes trip into my already crammed day. beautiful. i love where you tucked them all. i would need you to spread them around my home. don't think i would do them justice.

Theresa said...

What beautiful photos... I'm sure they smell just as beautiful as they look! I love lavender also, I have 3 plants but could do so many more! Theresa

Wanda said...

Hmmmm......dreamy!

Kristin said...

13 bundles seems just right girl!! ;0) i probably would have went a little overboard also if i had such amazing place to tuck it into! :0)
hope things are going well...your photos leave speechless as always!

prairie hugs,
kristin

ANETTESHUS.COM said...

I love lavender too!! The photos are just amazing!!!

Have a nice week!

xo
Anette:)

La said...

Your house must smell heavenly.

I absolutley love that pitcher. I've been seraching for one like that. I found a BRIGHT pink one at a consignment shop but I wasn't sure if it could be successfully painted.

koralee said...

Oh soooo lovely..my dream has always been to own a lavender farm...wouldn't that be heavenly!
I may just have to make a trip to TJs.

Happy new week!

Jboo said...

Ooooh -- lovely! I think I have a little growing in my yard, but it never looks that good! Must buy soon and put it all over the house!

Hope you have a great week!

janet

Laura PARING DOWN said...

I love the lavender tied with twine. Simply perfect.

Happy Monday,
Laura

Jillayne said...

Beautiful pictures of all your treasures and lavender! It's the simplest of things that always look fabulous, isn't it? Lovely!

cityfarmer said...

funny thing ... I recognize all of your chrming vignettes

LLH Designs said...

Lovely images! I'm a lavender lover, too. Designed some stationery with a sweet little bundle, but in real life, my lavender isn't looking so good. :( Too much rain!

Lovely blog!
Linsey

.Twig. said...

The color of lavendar is so perfect. I just started growing some so that I can enjoy it outside as well. I love your table and chairs too!! ahh...I'm on the lookout for some :) Take care!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Lovely-
I also bought my lavender at TJ's but stopped myself at three bundles- I planted it under my palm trees and have been dreaming that they will create a lavender field like effect- So far it still just looks like three bunches-
Have a lovely day.

Annie Louise said...

Beautiful pictures! I adore checking out your blog, you put together the most fabulous items, very inspiring and creative! Thank you so much for sharing.
Jeanette

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Don't you just love Trader Joes! You can't beat their prices either. The lavender looks so pretty, have a great week!
XO
Kristin

DustyLu said...

Lavender Love is my favorite! I have french lavender all over my garden the smell is delicious! I love your photos! Keep them coming! Have a beautiful week! ~Lulu

Amy said...

It is so beautiful and fresh feeling to look at.
I love surrounding myself in a scent all over the house that makes me happy

I have tried growing lavender here but it is a non stop battle of watering and I am so bad about watering everyday. But I still keep trying, silly me.
Amy

Stephanie said...

Beautiful! so now your house looks AND smells divine!

Simply Me Art said...

I Love Lavender, I have one little bush and I think I rob it every time it gives off blooms. Nothing more Fragrant. Have a Wonderful Week, XO Jamie

It's me said...

I wish i couls smell your lavender......oh la la ..that smell.is so lovely relaxt.......your pictures are great !!! i wish you a happy week too...with lots of joy!!...love Ria....

Shirley Ann said...

Lavender is my FAVOURITE! My little porch has 7 lavander bushes fronting it. It loves our warm climate here in Cape Town South Africa. Love your blog, thanks for the continued inspiration.
Blessings
Shirley

Kathysue said...

Gorgeous images, Happy Monday to you!! Kathysue

Katy Noelle said...

Oh, Tracey, this is heavenly gorgeousness. Just PERFECT to start my adventures in my boy's rooms, today. Even though I can't quite smell it (almost though, I'm telling you!), it's so soothing. Isn't it nice to know that we're not the first ones to adore lavender - I mean, it stretches on back into history and, it seems, all around the world. You've struck a deep vein of gold with this post! =]

Love, Katy

Dani said...

Such a gorgeous pictures of the beautiful lavender!
Dani

Sharon said...

Beautiful lavender! I always have it by my bedside. One sniff and I am in la la land!

Preppy Mama said...

I love lavender too! Your photos are lovely as always!

Leah C said...

Love lavender...the smell & the color! Your arrangements are so pretty:) Happy Week to you!

Elizabeth said...

Love your pictures! I happen to live in the lavender capital - Sequim, WA. This past weekend was the annual Lavender Festival and I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area!

Urban Farmhouse said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I love lavender too. I have lavender dish soap that I could stand in my kitchen and sniff all day!!!

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Tracey,
Gorgeous pictures as always!! There is just something about lavender mixed w/ vintage anything.....and of course your photograpy is just amazing!

xo,
Shellagh

Cindy said...

I, too, am crazy for lavendar!!! The smell is so heady, yet relaxing...nothing like it. I love the way you have displayed it, can you smell it throughout your home? I would love for my whole house to smell just faintly of it.
Hugs, Cindy S

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Isn't Trader Joe's the BEST???
We just got back from Portland, and I couldn't wait to shop there again. I'm not at all surprised that you found that glorious lavender there.

Your photos are divine!!!

Love ya!
Anne

AD said...

So beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

so pretty!
:)

Caren said...

I love lavender also and love how you've used it throughout your home. Thanks for sharing!

Olive Cooper said...

A "wee bit crazy" might be a tad understated but normal people scare me anyway...hugs olive♥

Elyse said...

hello inspiring tracey,

no i so want some lavender for my little zinc cup. beautiful!

xo
elysse

Elyse said...

no = now

oops

Lara said...

Oh Tracey!! These photographs are just gorgeous!! I am so admiring them! They all just sing to my heart. :) White + lavender + zinc = pure bliss! Have a sweet week.
Love~
Lara

Debbie said...

Love all the lavender Tracey.
Your house must smell heavenly.
Debbie@houseatthelake

Amy in CA said...

I discovered that lavender this past weekend at Trader Joe's. After seeing your pics, I think I'll have to go back for a couple more bunches. Beautiful!

Amy

songskatesang said...

What amazing photos. I'm in love with your fresh flowers all over the place. I've gotta get me some of that :)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Ooh, I'm obsessed with lavender too, could be that's why there's tons of it planted outside and stashed inside too. Love the zinc, it's beautiful!

Country Dreaming said...

Oh!!!!!
I love the smell of lavender.
It's also such a pretty flower to look at too.

Melinda

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

Ahhhhhh, the perfect Monday post! I can practically smell the beautiful lavender through my computer screen - thanks for sharing:)

Cait said...

Oh my! I just came across your blog, and when I saw this post, I shrieked because I'm quite obsessed with lavender. I recently purchased Floracopeia's Fine Population Lavender oil and loved it so much that I bought more and now I'm an affiliate. If I have it in my bag, people smell it, ask me about it, and then try to buy my personal bottle. It's really that good. It's affordable, organic, and sustainably harvested in France. :-) They had a lavender hydrosol too, but it's now out of stock, which is of no surprise to me.

If you click on my link, it will take you to my blog where you can find the button to the store or just go to www.floracopeia.com and find the store icon there.

Many thanks for such a beautiful and uplifting post!

Beach House Living said...

Lavender how I love thee, let me count the ways. From candles to sprays to sachets...

I promised myself to get a dozen plants next year. Out 2 tiny little ones are not enough.

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Hi Tracey, well I wasnt a big fan of lavender but seeing how totally fabulous it looks in your home, well I am changing my mind fast!!
alicia

manon 21 said...

Assorti à ton beau blog.


Amicalement,

Manon

Barbara said...

I'm a lavender fanatic too, Tracey. How lovely it is in the enamel pitcher!

Chris said...

This was a treat. I would've bought 13 bunches too.


http://pruneddownandbranchedout.blogspot.com/2009/08/to-feel-like-lavender.html

trash talk said...

MMM Lavender...the scent that keeps on giving. One of my favorites, but sadly won't grow for me in this Texas heat...believe me...I've tried.
In the meantime, I just buy it in whatever form I can find...including Yardley's soap!
Debbie

Martha said...

Oh Tracey...how beautiful your lavender is....I may just have to check at my next TJ's visit...although it wouldn't look as stunning...I think i do need some because it's oh so pretty...

Fräulein Klein said...

Hello Tracey,
many thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I'm so glad about it! Your blog is so beautiful! So many inspirations and I enjoy your beautiful pictures so much!
So stunning!
Have a nice day,
Yvonne

Chrissy said...

Hey there darlin.....wonderful photos..can almost smell the lavender..my neighbour just brought me a HUGE bunch of it...best gift ever!!! Oh, think Shannon is going to order a couple of things from you,I have been after to her to do it for abit...a pillow cover for sure...she better if she wants me to decorate for her!! x0x0

Heaven's Walk - said...

Ah, Tracey....you have a such a beautiful way of putting vignettes together. I just LUV the bluish-gray color of those zinc pots (note to self: find some!) with the rich purple of the lavender. Sigh! Oh! and don't you find yourself just swooning over that English body pitcher? I'm obsessed with mine! :)

Hugs to you, girl!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Building a House and Home said...

Beautiful. I heard somewhere it symbolizes remembrance. My mom gave me a huge bunch of it a few years ago that smelled so sweet in my house long after she died. Now lavender always makes me think of how she never let me leave the house without something in my hands - lavender, flowers, leftovers...and it makes me think of the time she left lavender tied with twine on my nightstand the night before she met my future mother-in-law...and the time we bought three different kinds to grow in the garden. Lavender has the magic to bring back many good memories.

Firefly Hill said...

Hi Tracey,

I love lavender too! Your pictures are just beautiful.

xo,

annie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

I adore lavender too, in fact I also did a post at the weekend.
the fragrance is gorgeous and makes the room smell divine.
All your photographs are beautiful and especially love the one with the old letters.

Have a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Carol said...

I love lavender, I bet your home smells divine!Found you through Cottage Industry! Come see me!
Carol in GA
http://antiquesanduniques.blogspot.com

paperbird said...

so pretty Tracey. I just plucked every stem out of my garden to dry. The smell is heavenly.

paige said...

i loved your feature in somerset life!!
congratulations xo

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

Hi Tracey!
These are such lovely photos!
I too am drawn to lavender... I use it in alot of different ways as well.
(You really ought to consider selling your pictures...I would buy them!)
I love the one with the lavender on the old letters!...Just a thought!
Have a wonderful day!
Blessings and hugs,
Donna

My Yellow House said...

If I didn't already love lavender also, I definately would after receiveing your most wonderful package filled with lavender. The pillows from Maria are absolutely wonderful and she was so sweet to include dried lavender on every package.
Your giveaway was a very thoughtful one and I am THRILLED to have won it. I just got back in town today so I will definately share it will everyone tomorrow.
And as always, your photography is stunning - I love seeing such pretty things through your eyes ~
Sarah

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Tracey! It's a long time I don't visit you...when it's so hot I'm so lazy...but I'm happy to be here now! I adore lavander and your photos are enchanting! Love your pots...and I can even smell the fragrance!!!
Have a nice Summer week end!
Big hugs
Vale

ale balanzario said...

Good evening, beautiful post, I also love lavander, these photos are a treat, thanks.

Have a lovely week.

Mary Ann said...

a little touch of nature and a talent for photography, perfection! verbena cottage

Theresa said...

Hello Tracey! I had to stop back and tell you that I bought a Somerset life yesterday and just love your story and photos. loved it! Everything was so inspiring, just like I knew it would be, Congrats! Theresa

@nne said...

Just "sublime". Thanks for sharing! Sincerely, @nne

Jacqueline said...

Dear Tracey,
Well, you certainly did the right thing when you bought those 13 bunches of lavender. They look gorgeous and probably smell gorgeous as well.Your home must just be filled with the aroma of lavender.
Your home looks so beautiful, Tracey. I always love everything that you do. I also love the bundle of old lettrs. XXXX

Kim Klassen said...

i must find some lavender. this is sooo beatiful. love all the perfect lavender images....

and the bundles of old letters. be still my heart.

Reinspire said...

I love how the lavender looks against the galvanized containers! So French! I need to get some lavender soon! I am trying to grow my own, but will take a while before I have enough to harvest!

Jeanneoli said...

I love lavender too...I would have bought them out!

Junklady said...

Do you give out the recipe for your lavender bath salt?