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Lavender Wands ~Instructions with pics

10 Jul

No, I don’t usually post this kind of thing here, however, it seemed the easiest way to give text and pictures, so here goes:

Start with freshly cut lavender. I’m not sure yet how many days you have after it’s cut, but it still has to be able to bend and not break.

Select 9 stems and pull off any leaves or flowers below the main part of the blooms. It has to be an odd number to work right, 9 seems to look the best.

step 1

When you have them mostly lined up, tie a ribbon around the stems and get the flowers nestled up nice and close to the ribbon.

Now you flip it over and pull a stem down over your ribbon. (see why you need fresh stems?) the next stem should be under the ribbon and on you go over and under around your flower bunch.

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Just keep going around. If you have a problem with your pattern, you either started with an even number of stems or you goofed up your pattern somewhere

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As you’re going around, try to keep your ribbon as close to the ribbon above as you can, this keeps the flower buds inside even if they fall off the stem.

When you get near the end of the buds, you have to make a choice, one is to just wrap your ribbon around a few times and tie off.

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Or you can make a pretty wand handle by wrapping the ribbon around and down the stems.IMAG4935I like to add a loop for easy hanging and then tie off.

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Now all that’s left is to trim the stems and hang somewhere!

8 and done

If it’s been hanging there a while and you would like more scent, just give the bud area a squeeze or two. Enjoy!

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24 Dec

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my kind of friends

19 Dec

I saw this magnet today:quote

it says: ‘Friendship is when people know all about you but like you anyway.’ ~ Anonymous.

This holiday season I am feeling so blessed by my relationships. My cup runneth over with wonderful people.

And so I write a list about friendship.

Have the kind of friends who know all about you and like you because of what they know.

Have the kind of friends who you are happy to see every day. When you see them coming, you find yourself smiling, because here comes someone who loves you. Sure you have hiccups, but the care you have for each other gets you through.

Have the kind of friends that even if you don’t see them for months you pick up right were you were. Sometimes time or distance can strain a relationship, but deep in your heart you are connected as if you just hung out yesterday.

Have the kind of friends who you can call/text with a random question and they answer without need for explanation. Sometimes you just need to know what kind of shoe you preferred to wear in high school, that’s not something you can google that’s where the text a friend feature comes in.

Have the kind of friends who you can laugh with for hours. Laughter is the best medicine. You know it’s been a good day when your abs hurt from laughing.

Have the kind of friends that you can be quiet with. Nobody pushing to ‘fake it’.

Have the kind of friends who you can call crying and will drop what they’re doing to listen.

Have the kind of friends that you can get excited and loud with.

Have the kind of friends who don’t always get why a certain thing is exciting or important to you, but indulges you and never makes you feel stupid. We all have our ‘things’ wouldn’t it be great if everyone could feel supported to be themselves in their own quirky way? Yeah, that’s the kind of friend to be.

Have the kind of friends that you would want with you if you had to wait in line all day at the DMV. That’s right, the ultimate of people watching experiences and uninspiring decor, would you have the whole waiting room laughing on the floor, or dancing the macerana?

Have the kind of friends who get along with your other loved ones. It’s good to have the BFF’s get along, that way the more the merrier!

I am full of gratitude to have these kinds of friends.

Hugs

Ra

PS What would you add to the list?