Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Homemade Gifts 2


Well I'm a little late in posting this week...too many commitments and not enough time...but I did manage to make a batch of Lavender Bath Salts, so I thought I would share the results with you!

I bought so many bundles of lavender from Trader Joe's a few weeks ago, that I have been busy using it for everything!  You might remember when I did my first post on homemade gifts and made Sugar Scrub, well this is another easy gift I like to keep on hand.



Oh, and by the way, this little corner that I have been dragging everything to to photograph, it's in my son's room.  We recently installed an unfinished hardwood floor in his room and then painted it white *sigh* I am loving it!!  As we wait for it to dry thoroughly, I have been using it to do all of my "photo sessions."  I tried convincing my family that we should keep it as my photography studio and that Braden could just keep sleeping on Halena's floor, but no one else thought that was a good idea :)  So this weekend, it will again become a little boy's room {more on that coming soon!}.



Just like for the sugar scrub, I pick up pretty vintage jars at the flea market when I can find them for a good price and use them for holding my different homemade gifts.  I also embellish regular canning jars...here I used a vintage map to cover the top of  this canning jar.  I just thought it was pretty so I went with it!  The possibilities are endless and you can decorate your jars anyway you like!!



For the lavender bath salts I follow the recipe that Mountain Rose Herbs suggests.  You can find an instructional video *HERE*  It's super easy and all natural.



Here are a few more pictures from my little photo shoot...because you know how much I like to practice with my camera :) :)




I'm a little obsessed with soaps, especially lavender ones {organic of course}! :)


Here you can just barely see the muslin bags I make to go with the bath salts.  If you add dried herbs {like lavender} to your bath salt, it is a good idea to put it in a muslin bag before adding it to your bath so that when you drain the water the herbs don't clog up the drain.  I "pretty up" my muslin bags by pounding fresh flowers onto the front of the bag so that they leave a little imprint.  Sorry I didn't get a better shot of this for you.











Thanks so very much for stopping by!  I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your week!!!



Tracey

84 comments:

Jackie said...

Just beautiful and what great gift ideas - definitely going to try these! Your packaging is perfection too!! Amazing pictures!

paige said...

i just plopped down tonight trying to get caught up & i was so tickled to see you were my most recent post in reader.
i love this post & these gorgeous images tracey
you amaze me
xo

Vintage Simple said...

Don't you just love painted wood floors? Too bad the family wouldn't go for the photography studio idea..! ;) Can't wait to see the rest of the room. I hope you've been well...

xoox,
-maria

Brooke ~ SummerBrooke Gardens said...

Tracey, what gorgeous pictures! The bath salts sound like bliss, I could use a long relaxing soak!
Warm wishes, ~Brooke

Rita said...

SO much fun Tracey! Your photography is amazing, thank you for sharing your bath salt and I will share a secret with you. I do my vignettes usually in the bathroom, the only room with white walls,lol. I am thinking of making 2 walls out of plywood and paint them white and do the props there. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

Building a House and Home said...

What a simple and lovely gift! Your photos are beautiful. I wish I could get mine to turn out so well.

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Oh I love the lavender salts... and your photos are just beautiful. I have a son named Braden too. I love that pretty washstand! xoxo Heather

Vintage Junky said...

Love that washstand! And your photography skills are amazing :) love those floors

My Yellow House said...

I just love giving homemade gifts -and I always feel so special when I receive one. Your lavender bath items are so pretty, I don't know if I could actually use them. :)

And, that iron stand is fabulous - I like the idea of using his room as your studio...I bet he wants his room back though.
Everything looks so lovely - I just love when you show us all your practice pictures!

Have a wonderful week ~
Sarah

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love lavender and that is a great idea to make the bath salts! Love your photos!~Patti

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Your photo's are just gorgeous and the bath salts are such a nice gift idea. All so nice. I can't wait to see your sons room. That floor is great!

Anji Johnston said...

What can I say - every shot, idea, angle, simply takes my breath away! Oh how I would love to live in your home and be inspired all day long.
Can I ask what color you used on the walls in your bedroom? After seeing your piece in a Somerset publication I ran to Benjamin Moore to try and replicate it! No luck...

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Fabulous gift ideas, and I LOVE your packaging!! Your pictures are stunning! Do you mind me asking what kind of camera you use, and does it take a lot of knowledge about photography to use it? I'm really enjoying taking pictures for my blog, so I'm wanting to buy a new camera.
Thanks again for all of the wonderful inspiration!!
Have a good night,
~ Jo :)

jojeanalapere@yahoo.com

Country Dreaming said...

What a nice gift!
I bet it smells really great.

Melinda

traci said...

Well I agree with you. That room makes the perfect studio. The lighting is perfect. Beautiful images Tracey. My favorite - The one with the little bottles Reflected in the mirror. Amazing.

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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Tracey, This is a beautiful and very useful project! I love the idea of lavender bath salts. I have a big container of lavender just waiting to be used. I can't wait to make these!
Thanks for the fabulous images and creative idea.
Yvonne

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I'm loving this post! I, too love all sorts of soaps....and soaking in a tub with them! Your photos are wonderful and I think you need your own studio! :)

Amy Kinser said...

What beautiful photos! I LOVE lavender and can't wait to check out the recipe you linked to.

Looking Glass said...

You're so wonderfully creative! Thanks for sharing.

~ Clare x

Erin*Sparkle&Hay said...

oh my goodness this looks like perfection! what a little bit of heaven!

Lydia said...

I was feeling homesick today (I'm from Southern France), but this post reminded me of home... I can smell the lavender from here!

Hood Canal Gal said...

Love your pics! Thanks for the beautiful images and recipe's! Can't wait to try them!

Debbie said...

Can't wait to get our bedroom floor put in so I can paint it white. LOVE all of your pictures, Tracey....so pretty.
Debbie@houseatthelake

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang said...

Oh, now I want to go take a bath! Have a wonderful evening!

Allison said...

I love lavendar! Your bath salts look so beautiful in the vintage jar and how you've decorated it. Really really pretty. I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing your idea.

Anna said...

Amo la lavanda, la fotografia, i sali da bagno profumati....che dire di più?
Grazie!!!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

So much prettiness!
And it doesn't hurt that I adore lavender, either.

Well, I personally don't think you were out of line suggesting that Braden sleep on the floor. I mean, if we have to suffer for our art, it's only right that our kiddos should, too. ;-)

Have a wonderful rest of the week, and be sure to check your shop.
Some items are missing....

XO,
Anne

Casa Bella said...

I'm so in love with this post. My fave of the day for sure! The idea is fantastic and the images, well...breathtaking! And you were practicing with your camera? I wonder what you can do when you really get serious! I adore your blog.

Pünktchen said...

Oh, such beautiful pictures! Thank your for sharing them with us!

Greetings from Austria,

Nora

Fräulein Klein said...

Dear Tracey,
I love your idea with the vintage map and the little bottle!
A bath with lavender salt is determined wonderfully relaxing!
Thank you for sharing this beautiful photos with us!!!!
I wish you a very nice rest of the week,
Big hugs, Yvonne

Monica, Blogg Betongkrukan said...

So lovely! And such a nice gift!

and your blog is very nice.
Best regards Monica

It's me said...

What a beautiful pictures......i like that corner in the room...nice gift......i really like your post !! you are a great photographer!!.happy day Tracey....love Ria...

*maren* said...

everyone loves lavender...

mee too! :)

Lille vildand said...

I LOVE IT!!!

Myszka said...

Please practice a lot more with your camera and show us all the results! Your photos are fantastic!!!

Lynda said...

you ask yourself, what happened to those children who LISTEn to their mother!!!;)))))))

I can almost smell your lavendergifts!!!! I'm rying to make scrubsalt with lavender myself, but I don't think it's gonna look so nice as yours....:(

Sweet greetings
Lynda

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

I love this idea. Will be making some for Christmas gifts. Last year I made homemade laundry detergent and put it in old jars and dressed them up and included the recipe for it on an old label. It was a big hit and now most of my family is making their own detergent. Your photography is incredible. Thanks for sharing~~~

Mrs. Sutton said...

Oh your photographs are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I have been totally seduced into trying out ALL of your lavender ideas - you really have great style and I'll definitely be reading your blog avidly from now on - well done! x

Jill Elaine said...

Very Very neat. love your pictures! I want a white painted floor sometime but hubby always wants it natural. I may have to use your recipe and make some of this for Christmas gifts!!

Preppy Mama said...

So pretty! I bet is smells just as amazing!

Dyche Designs said...

I made some bath salts a while ago now, your beautiful pictures makes me want to try it again.

Elyse said...

beautifully photographed cool idea, tracey. and since i followed your lead and bought lavender at trader joe's, too, i think i will be trying this.

my recent post includes a canning jar that i decorated, too. come see!

thanks for sharing another great idea!

xo
elyse

trash talk said...

Pounding flowers...what a lovely way to vent and work out frustrations!
I think you need your own studio. Perhaps it's time for an add-on. Just a thought!
Debbie

Sandi said...

Absolutely stunning photographs Tracey!! They are just beautiful. I love your bath salts. I used to make them, but haven't done that for a long time. Happy day!
Blessings~

hometown girl said...

super sweet! i love lavender, i think i'm going to sew up some new sachets today! love all your photos. don't you wish you could have your own room? fun to dream isn't it? have a super week! susan

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Mmmmmm...I can almost smell the lavender now! Love the old bottles. ; )
~Michele

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi sweetest Tracey!

Your photos are stunning!

I love the old metal table and all the lovely details..!

I can almost feel the scent of lavender.. so beautiful!

Wishing you a beautiful day!
Mia

Vintage Home said...

...WOW!....wonderful idea!...Thanks for sharing....I may even tackle it!

koralee said...

Beautiful...I do love lavender. I think I could smell it all day long...right now I am using my lavender soap my sweet daughter brought me back from France...if I were a dog I would find a big lavender patch and roll it in!..Hey I could still do it..off to find a patch today. xoxoox hugs sweet one. You always make everything so darn beautiful.

Martha said...

everything you do just looks beautiful!
And thank you for sharing that Trader Joe's had bundles in your last post...I've recently picked up a few and am in love with how beautiful and how good they smell

Robin said...

So beautiful!!!! thanks for sharing your work.
Robin vintagebeachhouse.blogspot

TheVirginiaHouse said...

As always, your pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing this, I checked out the site and the video and can't wait to make some of my own bath salts!

Cindy said...

Hi Tracey,
Great gift idea and a gift for myself as well, beautiful photography! Love it!
Hugs, Cindy S

Jacqueline said...

All so gorgeous, Tracey. I just love the way you put things together. I have exactly the same washstand as you that is in your son's room and the same bottle that is in the last picture. I dug that bottle up in the garden. I find lots of little glass bottles and pieces of broken Victorian china, as our house is Victoeian and they just used to throw anything that was broken or that they didn't want into the garden.
Your bath salts look as good as your sugar scrub. You are such an inspiration, Tracey and give me many fantastic ideas.
It was a good day when you bought all of that lavender!! XXXX

the growers daughter said...

I love it! Prior to my leaving for maternity leave(which is now complete, but I'm staying home with my son), I worked for a little boutique soap shoppe and made the soaps for the owner. If you've never made soap before you should give it a try! It's really quite fun to play with. It's not as intimidating as it may seem and it's relatively inexpensive (plus they make great gifts too!). I had a lot of fun doing it but I'm looking to get back into the cold process soap making for myself. I prefer those bars (like the ones you have shown) to the melt and pour glycerin bars. Anyway, I just have so many ideas for different bars that I want to try them all out!

But enough about soap - the photos are gorgeous! And I love the old apothecary jars - I just picked a box up at an auction the other week.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

You are amazing...every time I leave here...I'm inspired beyond belief...your the best Tracey!

Leah C said...

Oh what pretty gifts! And, of course, your photos are lovely as ever:)

chateaudelille said...

Oh I love the bath salts and the jars! Once again, such good ideas that inspire me. I can't wait to try it. Fiona

Chrissy said...

Tracey your posts just keep getting better and better,they are like opening a beautiful book where every page is better than the last! You are a true inspiration! x0x0

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

What a wonderful gift! All your pictures are gorgeous, I can smell them through my laptop :)
XO

Lara said...

Tracey~
Oh these photos are so, so, so very lovely!! I love the table, the zinc-lidded jars, the soaps, the ribbon, the home-made bath salt - so gorgeous.. love it all! You have a definite talent not just for photography, but for also capturing beautiful details + making them look charming. The white floor looks amazing.. I don't blame you at all for wanting to use it as a personal playroom. :) I would, too! Oh yeah, I was at the Kane Flea on hot Sunday for an hour or so. Trying to get all my flea-marketing in before the season wraps up! ;) Have a great weekend!
xoxo, L

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh Tracey! You leave me breathless! I LOVE your photography,girl! Just beautiful! My new obsession lately is ANYTHING lavender. And here you are, just filling my senses with it! Mmmmm mmmm mmmmm! And there's nothing better in this world than homemade lavender soap. I recently purchased Yardley Lavender soap, and a Lavender Air Wick for my bathroom and I'm sooo loving it.

What a wonderful idea about using bits of maps for topping canning jars with the clothespin and ribbon. So adorable!

You are such an inspiration to me, Tracey! xoxoxoxoxoxo

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Anne Marie said...

our children share a bedroom...they love it....well...they don't have a choice - I'm just sayin'....

and I can't wait to see what you do with your son's bedroom....love it already -

Lee said...

Really lovely, and so yummy smelling, I bet. I don't take baths too often, but I LOVE handmade soaps. The ones yu have pictured look good enough to eat.

Amy said...

I always find myself dragging things around the house to find the perfect lighting to take pictures. So funny that this is your perfect spot, this would be a good lesson in sharing...right. LOL!
Your pictures and vignettes are just gorgeous. I found a little pitcher like the one in your pic the other day and thought of you.
Amy

Jacqui said...

Everything is just so beautiful. I love the soaps, I always look for ones that are stamped, they are too lovely to use! Thank you for the inspiration and beauty on your blog

Jacqui

Reinspire said...

Thanks for sharing where you have been taking these amazing photographs! Can't wait to see it transformed into a boy's bedroom! Thanks for sharing the bath salt recipe, too!
Lisa

Three Dogs in a Garden said...

I love lavender. It is my favorite scent. The soft turquoise bottles make such a pretty picture.

June said...

Just so beautiful Tracey!!! All the photos are divine! I think you are an amazing photographer, my friend. I will try the recipe, because the entire studio is full of drying lavender right now. I have sooo mant plants and this year I decided to harvest them all (so hard for me to do, because I love to enjoy them on the plant longer than is best for scent). I then decided to plant 20 more plants so that I don't have to feel badly.hehe
Thank you for your well wishes on my studio being published.
hugs

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Simply Scrumptious! You have great style my dear.~Cheers Kim

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I just love everything you do! Lucky friends who get those gifts!
xxx
Carole

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Tracey
Yes I agree with Carole.. I always love everything you do... Such lovely photos and truly wonderful gifts

Hope you have a fab weekend.. sorry I'm not visiting as much.. my internet in new place is a problem..

Take care... and thanks for the lovely images.. xxx Julie

Linda said...

Beautiful photos, Tracey! I just love the idea of embellishing the jar lids~ you really could take this idea in so many directions! Thanks for sharing!

Lissa said...

such lovely pictures. all of the extra effort you put into it is certainly worth it!

Fearless Nester said...

You just inspire me so much. ~Lili

Chrissy said...

Morning....what a great start to the day...just ordered my magazine (and one for my sister again too)its such a buzz when they come! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! x0

LuLu said...

love the floor.... oh his room is wonderful! Great area for your photo sessions... can't wait to make a batch once things slow down and kiddos go back t school.
here's to lavendar!!!
xo,
LuLu

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

I love all your beautiful photos and the lavender bath salts and the gorgeous soaps and bottles.
thank you for sharing so much inspiration.

Have a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

chair up said...

Hi Tracey. I'm actually commenting re your Jeanne d'Arc Living Post. I can never seem to find a COMMENT to click on on your current post.
I wanted to thank you for posting images from the magazine. Your blog posts are the closest I will ever get to seeing it so I really appreciate it:o)
Angex

Inspiration i vitt said...

Hello my friend,here with you i will always be happy. Your photos are always inspiring and so wonderful.
Hope you get the books soon, they will now be sent out across Europe and to you of course hihi.
Warm cuddly hugs to you Tracey / Ingela.

Florence said...

Love the use of the canning jar with the silver rim to hold the bath salts. Florence

*Ulrike* said...

Love the map on the canning jar! So many pretty items, and what great ideas. I still have a lot of lavender from my garden that I have not done a thing with. The summer has been flying by way too fast, and way toooo hot!

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