Mar 2, 2011

My French Inspiration...

When I saw that the French Cupboard
is hosting a new party...

French Inspiration Thursday...

(click photos to enlarge)

I thought I would share my favorite French delight
a treasure from Providence...

Lavender...


my treasured
 apothecary jar full of Lavender...


 collected last summer during my trip


at Lavender Festival,
in Sequim, WA
the Lavender capital of North America...


lavender makes the perfect mate
for vintage pillowcases..

a little bundle or sachet insures sweet dreams...


I have this beautiful handcrafted bath fizz
from my trip,
I still haven't had the heart to drop it in the bath
and watch it melt away...

besides it still smells like a summers day...


after my trip
I became obsessed with Lavender,
just a bit...

I made Lavender Lemonade


and then later on in the summer,
when my own Lavender bloomed...

I  made a batch of Lavender Sugar
 for enjoying throughout the winter...


poking through my photos from last summer
I saw this one..
and had to share!

The vivid colors of summer!
Roses and Lavender a perfect pair :-)

Célébrer la lavande!!

I am joining
The French Cupboard
for the First
come join the fun!

I am also joining
Tracie at The Fishtail Cottage
for

Thanks for stopping by....


37 comments:

Victorian1885 said...

Oh Bella..I can really smell the Lavender! Great post!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Beautiful Bella, I LOVE everything about Lavender...Just the word gives me such heavenly thoughts!
Thank you for sharing,
Hugs, Donna

Pamela Gordon said...

How lovely! I do love lavender and have it in my garden so I dry sprigs every summer. Pretty pictures :-) Blessings, Pamela

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful post, Bella. I love lavender too. How was the lavender sugar...did you end up using it on cookies... or stirred into a cup of tea?

Posts like this make me wish I had a scratch and sniff screen...well except when I see pictures of dog poop in the snow...then...not so much~ xxoo Diana

Gracie's Cottage said...

Lavender...such a favorite! At my last home it grew well; here, so far it doesn't make it through the winter. Your lovely photos have inspired me not to give up on it!

Jan

Katty's cosy cove said...

I love Lavender. Blooms from the happy heart's garden, plucked in the spirit of love; blooms that are earthly reflections of flowers that blosson above.
Thank you for sharing.
~Have a wonderful day~

Cindy said...

Lovely post as always Bella! I love Lavendar...would love to come for some Lavendar Lemonade, bet is so good!

Heaven's Walk - said...

I guess I never knew that you could eat lavender! lol! I adore the idea of my sugar smelling like it, though! Thanks for the great idea, Bella! :)

xoxo laurie

Sheila said...

Aah, the lavender festival! I was just thinking that maybe this is the year to return. :) I was there a few years back.

Amanda said...

What a gorgeous post! I too am a lover of lavender! I had not yet heard of lavender sugar...fabulous idea! Lavender scones and lavender shortbread cookies are divine! Thank you for sharing!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Terri Gordon said...

Oh what a beautiful post, I love seeing all your beautiful photo's of beautiful flowers. I also love the smell of Lavender. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Terri

meemsnyc said...

I love lavendar. That farm looks amazing to visit.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm obsessed with lavender too! I got a bag full from Marcia's Santa Barbara farm last summer. And there's a farm a mile or two from me that grows it. H E A V E N L Y! Such a very pretty post. Here we are greeting Paris getting up again!

Hélène Glehen @ Art Glehen : The Painted rose Studio said...

All is exquisitely displayed. A pleasure for the eyes.
Great post.

Bonne journée !

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Yummy lavender sugar! What a truly lovely post. Your posts are always loaded with eye candy! :D

Carolyn said...

Hi bella,
A beautiful post-love all your images and of course i love lavender too!

Carolyn

lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for letting me relive my trip to the lavender festival! It is heavenly for lavender lovers!

Marianne said...

Your post is delightful! I know what you mean about not wanting to use your bath fizz; my sister gave me beautifully milled soap from France years ago, and I still haven't used it!

Your lavender sugar sounds so delicious. What a real treat in cookies, tea, etc. You're so right.

As always, it's a pleasure to visit,
Marianne

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Such a lovely post, Bella! I love lavender. I think it's one of the most romantic scents ever!

Blessings,
Sandi

Sandi said...

Oh my that lemonade and sugar look amazing! I have made basil lemonade, but never lavender. I will have to try that. Beautiful photos!!
Blessings~

Princesa Nadie said...

Always lovely!
Hugs

Madelief said...

Dear Bela,

What a lovely post! I have several lavender plants in my garden too. I always look forward to having them in bloom. They smell heavenly!

Liev groet, Madelief

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Bella! Beautiful post! I'm so happy I found your sweet blog!
Kelly

Boho Farm and Home said...

I am so making that lavender lemonade! That sound amazing...xo Caroline

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Bella, I love lavender. I grow it in the garden and use it around the house. Love the roses and lavender shot. Take care:)

Gypsy Brocante said...

Literally a very sweet post ... the lavender is just gorgeous and your photography has captured the essence perfectly! ... I'm going back to check out all the links ... yum, lavender sugar and lemonade?

Thank you for sharing at the first Voila! party at FC ... hope to see a lot more!

xo
Jill

Olive Cooper said...

Lavender sugar sounds just perfect right now. I save soap and admire it rather than use it too!

Olga said...

Such beautiful lavender post! This year, I want to collect some lavender and to make lavender sachets. The photos from the lavender farm are so pretty, I would love to visit such place too, but I don't think there are any close by.

The Red Shed Girls said...

Oh my goodness, what a lovely post. It literally took me back to Provence, where the lavender blowing in the wind like rolling purple waves.
Thank you!
Valarie

Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful lavender. You're a lavender loving girl now! I know it smells heavenly. Hope your are having a great day.

Shirley said...

Dear Bella,
I love lavender..do you grow any in your garden? I tried once but did not have any luck growing it. I think I should try again. I know I could get first hand help at our lovely Botanical Garden, so I better put this on my 'must do' list! that is one very large apothecary jar, filled with such a treasure of lavender.
Sincerely,
~Shirley

Lisa said...

I missed this post. Beautiful.

Hugs,
Lisa x

northshore_fish said...

Love the way you are using all the yummy lavendar! Thanks for linking the post this week to Cottage Flora Thursdays! xoxo

northshore_fish said...

Bella - any ideas why i am having a hard time posting comments on some blogs? my blog name isnt coming up any longer - its using a portion of my email....any ideas of what i am doing wrong would be greatly appreciated. xoox

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Bella,

I am a lavender lover too.
I purchased a pound from
a lavender farm in Montana
a few years back...it is so
wonderful and relaxing to me.
When I even see a picture of it
I can smell it. :0)

I'm visiting for the new French Inspiration
gathering this week.

Have a wonderful day...
Hugs,
Stephanie ♥

Kathy said...

Absolutely love Lavender! That looks like heaven! I wish there were a farm nearby here! Thank you for sharing! I bought a sachet filled with lavender recently - am planning to set it near the head of a guest bed - sweet dreams~!
Kathy

The Hopeless Romantic said...

The farm is beautiful. As for me im ashamed to say that lavender still remains undiscovered. LOL, i know , what rock have i been hiding under? Uve definately got me wanting to try something with lavender in it though. So i think ile do just that. Very pretty post. Just what i needed! Bonnie