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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Lavender Sachets
Make your fragrant sachets by filling handkerchiefs or colored netting with lavender; then tie with satin ribbon. Place in closets, stored luggage or under a pillow to inspire sleep.

Materials (per sachet)
Two pieces of silk organza: 7"x18" (large) or 5"x13" (small)
Sewing machine
Matching thread
Bag of dried lavender
Silk ribbon in 24" lengths

step 1Cut two pieces of silk organza into 7"x18" lengths for each sachet. Use two shades of organza, either white and another shade, or two complementary shades.
step 2Fold both pieces of material in half, keeping the white organza on the inside. Stitch down both outside edges to form a bag.
step 3Reverse the bag so that colored material is now on the inside. Fold the top edge over twice and stitch that down, creating a color band.
step 4Fill the sachet with lavender three-quarters full. Cut a 24" length of silk ribbon to match color lining of large bag; 18" for small bag. Tie a small bow.

Make extra , they make great gifts. Sandy

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SHOCK72 3/6/2009 7:12AM

    Iknow this may be a stupid question but do you grow your own lavendar? And when do you pick it and dry it? I have some that I want to start doing so and it survived the year, hoping it will come back up this year... But i thought it would be a great present for people!

It is my favorite scent!

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BEADMARIE 3/5/2009 11:54PM

    I love lavendar! I've made it into wreaths before.

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3DOGCREW 3/4/2009 7:55PM

    Looks great, thanks for sharing.

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LUCKY-13 3/4/2009 3:32PM

    I almost forget to ask! Is it starting to get warm where you're at? How are your bulbs doing?



Comment edited on: 3/4/2009 3:33:49 PM

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LUCKY-13 3/4/2009 3:32PM

    I love lavender!!! It has such a calming effect on me, and my cats! lol

Your sachets are beautiful and I'm always amazed at how talented and creative you are! Wouldn't that be a great team to start? With gardening and plant advice and instructions? I'd join!

Hope you have a great day!!



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WENDI_WA1 3/4/2009 3:22PM

    Hi Ahhh you need to take over Martha Stewart's show. Those sachets sound and look really nice. Lavendar is such a peaceful scent. Thanks

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Friday, February 27, 2009

When spring arrives, both gardeners and their plants are eager to spring into action. But avoid doing everything at once in your enthusiasm. It's better for you, and your garden, when you prioritize. Follow nature's own course of gradual preparation, and this year's garden will unfold before you—lush and beautiful.

Spread compost around the garden, whether your own or store-bought. As it breaks down, it adds welcome warmth to the soil and moderates the effects of springtime's temperature swings.
Once your shrubs have leafed out and the buds are swelling, fertilize. If it doesn't rain, water the plants before and after applying.
Control scale and other pests on your fruit trees by spraying with dormant oil (it is effective when temperatures are over 45 degrees).
Rake the lawn to remove old leaves and weeds, debris and trash. This helps the grass stand up after months of being matted down, letting in beneficial light and air.
After they bloom, leave your daffodils and tulips alone so their leaves die back naturally. They are busy sending starch reserves down into the bulbs to fuel next year's show.
Add a couple inches of mulch around your perennials. This retains soil moisture and keeps weeds at bay.
Install sturdy stakes adjacent to tall plants while they're smaller and accessible. You're less likely to harm root systems, plus you'll be able to train the plants to grow upright.
Buy flats of frost-tolerant bedding plants to inject welcome color into your early-season displays. Select ones that don't have open blooms yet, so they'll burst open in your garden.
Prune and shape spring-flowering shrubs after their show is over. If you wait too long, you may chop off next year's buds.
Plant a bare-root tree or shrub. Prepare an ample home; dig the planting hole three to five times wider than and the same depth as the root-ball and water well. The plant will emerge from dormancy as soil and weather warm up.

Don't forget to do your gardeners warm up exercises before your day in the garden.
Have a wonderful spring season. Sandy

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SCAROUSEL1 3/1/2009 2:49PM

    I've got the spring gardening bug and your blog could not have come at a better time... THANKS!

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LUCKY-13 2/28/2009 10:30PM

    Another beautiful picture and more great reminders! Spring is right around the corner and my flower beds will hopefully see their caladium bulbs popping up their little heads soon. I think I'm going to buy some more though. We saw an unusual amount of cold, even freezing, weather down here in Florida.

Hope you have a great weekend!


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WENDI_WA1 2/28/2009 12:57AM

    Hi great info as usual. That picture is simply beautiful and I sure would love my yard to look even half that pretty. If it would just warm up a smidge I could go outside and do that.

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CWAITES 2/27/2009 6:25PM

    Thanks! Great information!

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MELINKY 2/27/2009 12:32PM

    Beautiful picture. Thank you for the tips. And always lift using the knees. =)


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WENDYWITKOSKI 2/27/2009 12:21PM

    Thanks Sandy! That is great info and it makes me excited that it will soon be time to play in the garden.

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Monday, February 23, 2009


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BECCACOATS 2/24/2009 8:00AM

    Sandy ~ That a beautiful Pantry and Job well done. You are to great doer of everything.
Looks like a picture out of a do it yourself book. I would also be proud. Keep up the Great work you do!


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SHIITAKE 2/24/2009 6:42AM

    WOW ! A place for everything, and everything in it's place ! This is beautiful, Sandy ! You are the Supreme Organizer, my friend ! Please come to my house ? emoticon~ Joani

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MISSY_MAGOO 2/24/2009 12:07AM

    Wow Sandy! Never thought I'd say this about a pantry, but that is really beautiful!

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WENDI_WA1 2/23/2009 11:22PM

    Wow thats fantastic, ok its just what I want you can come do mine in your spare time. lol
Great job as usual. think I need to show that to my sons.

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DMSGLASS 2/23/2009 9:27PM

    Your pantry looks great!! Nice work.

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LUVDANCE6803 2/23/2009 5:15PM

  Great job!!!! and when you ask if it's time for a pantry make over, are you offering? LOL.

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CYND59 2/23/2009 4:59PM

    OH, I love it!

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3DOGCREW 2/23/2009 4:57PM

    Looks great!! As always a very nice job.

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MELINKY 2/23/2009 4:11PM

    congratulations on your new pantry. I love my pantry too. Though I would prefer a walk-in, this one has sufficed for almost 4 years.


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SUNNY332 2/23/2009 4:01PM

    Wow - That is one awsome Pantry. You are going to enjoy it.

Thanks for sharing. It is great.


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SCAROUSEL1 2/23/2009 3:15PM

    emoticon You have my dream pantry! I must confess that my friends call me the organzing queen, but I bow down to you. I now take my rightful place as princess. LOVE IT!

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LUCKY-13 2/23/2009 1:04PM

    That looks so tidy and organized! I can hardly wait for DH and I get a home that we can personalize like that.


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Friday, February 20, 2009

As I was looking over my houseplants this past week and anticipating spring with the mild weather outside, it was time to take some action and recharge the indoor garden. Even with my best intentions, it's easy to forget your houseplants, especially when it comes to their potting soil. Though indoor plants can go for years in the same soil mix, it will eventually diminish in structure and nutrient value.

Since I'm the kind of gardener that doesn't transplant houseplants often, it pays to start with a quality potting soil. You don't want to skimp on the growing medium as it is key to success with indoor plants. My preference is a general purpose potting mix that contains shredded sphagnum peat moss, clean compost, vermiculite or perlite for pore space, and slow-release nutrients. If you have cacti and succulents that need sharper drainage, add coarse sand or scoria at 20 percent by volume. I like to moisten the mix slightly prior to repotting so it will more readily absorb water after transplanting.

Most houseplants can be replanted in the same pot or container they came out of. However, if the plant's roots have completely filled the pot and and the plant hasn't been divided or split in a few years, I highly recommend that you move it up to a larger pot. A pot that is two to three inches wider in diameter is fine. If you plan on returning the houseplant to the same container, clean out the old soil and crusty accumulated salts with a scouring pad. Then rinse with warm water.

It's not rocket science to take plants out of their pots, but some practical tips might be helpful. With compacted potting soils, I like to loosen the soil mix from the sides of the pot with an old butter knife. You can also try to carefully tap the pot gently on a wooden work bench. Turn the plant upside down while holding your hand over the base of the plant and tap sharply on the bench. Once the plant is out of the container, gently loosen the roots and take scissors to clip off damaged or dead roots. You can identify healthy roots by their lighter color and fleshy texture. This is a good time to cut away any dead or damaged stems on the upper portions.

As for the repotting process, place an inch or so of soil mixture in the bottom of the container and then set the trimmed root ball back in the pot. It is not necessary to put sand in the bottom of the pot as it will not improve drainage, but actually do the opposite. Then, add soil mixture around the sides of the root ball and gently firm with your fingers. Water the soil mix thoroughly with tepid or room temperature water to settle the soil and eliminate any air pockets.

Now you're ready to put your recharged houseplants back to their original growing spots. So keep your green thumb itch under control by taking time in February to giving attention to the indoor garden. I had to purchase a couple of new pots this year.

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1JLBASNETT 2/25/2009 2:17AM

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for your tips on indoor plant care. I really liked this article and it has given me the boost to get it done. GOD BLESS YOU....also your story is amazing and so touching. You have done an awesome job in such a short time. I know you have also touched many others with your ability to reach out. HUGS to you and happy Sparkin'

Janet emoticon

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SHIITAKE 2/21/2009 5:52AM

    WOW ! This is a great idea ! Something to help keep me occupied until I can get outside to play in my garden ! LOL Is there no end to your expertise, lady ? LOL Just kidding, my friend ! I look forward to all your advice ! emoticon ~ Joani

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WENDI_WA1 2/20/2009 11:21PM

    Hi great advice, thanks It made me realize the few inside plants I do have need to be repotted and jazzed up with some good soil.

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SCAROUSEL1 2/20/2009 6:13PM

    What a great article! I don't have too many indoor plants, but I definetly need to add potting soil to my shopping list so I can do this next week.

Can't wait to see pictures of your yard once the newest landscaping is complete!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


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LUCKY-13 2/20/2009 3:03PM

    That's quite the green thumb you have! The lavender is beautiful, do you dry it?


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SCAROUSEL1 2/18/2009 10:36AM

    Yum! Spring is on it's way!

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SHIITAKE 2/18/2009 5:07AM

    You just can't help yourself with the Tuesday's Blooms, can you ? Thank goodness ! Makes us feel like spring is really on its way ! emoticonVery pretty, indeed ! emoticon

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WENDI_WA1 2/18/2009 1:26AM

    Oh I love lavendar, mine never lasts what's the secret? So pretty.

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