It's funny how things tend to go in cycles. I've made quite a few of these eye masks in the past, but it's been a while. It was lovely to make another one this week. I had to order more supplies and it was easy to know when the postman delivered the lavender, it smelled wonderful.
The combination of the oils from the seed and the scent from the lavender will make this relaxing as well as soothing to the eyes. I do have some more flax seed and lavender to make more if needed. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have the chance to win one in this month's giveaway.
Following on from the sleep pillows, I've now done some smaller sachets.
These chiffon bags contain a mixture of chamomile, rose buds and lavender. The ribbon drawstrings can be used to hang the bags near to the bed. They can also be opened to add essentials oils if desired.
I'll be getting some hops to do a different version, as not everyone enjoys the smell of chamomile, me included!
The herbal sleep pillows I did before sold very quickly, so I've now made some more. These are larger than most that are available, and I have it good authority, that they work. This is what Clare said when she tried them -- "Worked an absolute treat, thank you"
These ones are again filled with a mixture of chamomile, lavender and rose petal, and the outer cover is removable for washing if required.
I don't like the smell of chamomile, so I'm going to get some hops to try in another batch and see how they work. I'm also planning to do some smaller sachets.
Those that know me well will have a chuckle at me making sleep pillows. I don't ever seem to sleep.
These little cases have removable covers, so they can be washed if needed. Inside are pillows filled with a mixture of lavender, chamomile, and rose petals. These are all supposed to aid sleep.
The pillows are placed next to the bed, and the aroma aids in peaceful sleep, and are reported to work well with babies, up to adults. I can't guarantee that they work, and as I don't like the smell of chamomile, these won't be going next to my bed.
The fabric was leftover from some that was gifted to me, the buttons from my tin, and the ribbon recycled from something else. I love it when these random pieces come together as if they should always have been together.
After selling all my scented hearts on Saturday, it was almost on top of my list to get more made for this Saturday.
I spent most of an afternoon, sewing hearts, then stuffing them full of lavender. I have eight in total, and they're all slightly different. I even used one of my crumb blocks to make a couple. This time, I've added hanging ribbons, to make them more versatile, and the buttons all come from my tin.
All being well, I'll get them all listed into the shop, so you can see the individual hearts.
Today, it's the start of a horse theme. Progress pictures in due course.
It seems the lavender pillow was popular. No sooner had yesterday's appeared on Facebook, it was sold, twice! After speaking to the customer, the second lavender pillow was made using yellow fabric.
While I'm making one pillow, it's just as easy to make two, so one is ready to go to it's new home, and there is one more available for anyone that is interested.
If you would like one, but in different colours, please do ask. At the moment, I know I can do green, blue, pink, and white.
I'll be back to the fabric and lace pillows tomorrow.
I stuck with the lace and fabric, and it was still a small circle, but this one was a lot easier to manipulate. There is no batting on this one, so the turning was a lot easier.
This is not a pin cushion, but a lavender pillow, perfect for scenting drawers.
There are a couple of bigger circles to come, and they are triggering germs of ideas. I love the way the lace looks with a fabric backing and have been thinking of a way they could be applied to a surface to form some sort of decorative piece.
While that is thought is germinating, I have some other pillows to sew.
Well I finally used the sewing machine, although it wasn't for long.
I went through the pieces that Gina sent me, and decided to do something with this doily first.
Then I went through my scrap pieces and picked out some contrasting fabric. I made a small pouch and filled it with lavender. As it was going to be covered, I machine stitched the end closed.
Once that was done, I brought the corners of the doily together and stitched together, making sure to remember to insert the lavender pouch before sewing the last edge,
I then tied the corners with red perle thread and did the same for the centre.
At this stage, I was umming and ahhing, wondering if I really liked it, and somehow, my full, freshly made cup of honey and lemon ended up all over the table. Fortunately, nothing important got drowned, but I decide to move elsewhere.
Coming back this morning, I like it better, so sometimes, taking a breather helps. Not sure what today will bring, but it was good to be back at the sewing table.
Or, should that be hearts.
I'm doing a series of hearts with words on that describe a happy home. The first two, Home and Love have been done. Home is stuffed with fibrefill, and is a pin cushion. Love is filled with lavender, so is a scented sachet. I ran out of lavender, so until more arrives, I'll have to work on the pin cushions.
The backing fabric has heart motifs on, and I should be able to get four more in the red. I do have other colours but I thought red was the obvious place to start. For the front, there is a combination of hand and machine stitching, and the front has been padded out with batting. The helps to keep the shape and the contents inside.
I have other words in mind, but if you'd like to suggest some, please leave them in your comments. If you choose a word that I use, then you'll go into the hat to recieve one of these as a gift. It will be a heart of your choice, lavender or pin cushion. I will make the drawing in two weeks.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.