Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lavender, beeswax and a tulip

Saturdays is market day for me and it is great to have so many farmers taking the effort to leave their villages at daybreak to make it to our town in the morning.
Usually I buy our fruit and vegetable supply for the following days, cheeses and bread, the occasional pie and (rarely) meat from an organic farm.
And sometimes I indulge in fresh lavender and some delicious beeswax candles. It is such a pity, that the blog's limitation begins with transferring scents....
I love lavender. It always transports me to a summer's day, in my mind. I imagine the fields of lavender I have seen as a young woman visiting the south of France. There are numerous health benefits in using lavender and it's oil in aromatherapy. (Please click on the link above to read about it!)

Last time I brought home a small pillow from here, filled with lavender and buckwheat. It has since then become the favorite at night time with everybody. It gets heated up in the microwave for 1 minute and yields the heavenly aroma of lavender and the warmth of a whole summer day on your neck or tummies in need of a bit attention...

I guess I will have to get at least one more to prevent family feuds over it!
The children have begun to sleep next to it, it's very relaxing.
The pillows are sewn with the lavender cushion inside and covered with a removable and washable pillow case. I found one with a lovely toile pattern, which in turn reminded me of our last month' journey to Vermont.

I love tulips and my bunch in my office corner gives me plenty of beauty to look at...

But one is always reseved for my husband's desk...he spend a few years living in Amsterdam and loves tulips more the any other flower.

Honey gets great use in our household and we love beeswax candles, the farm mentioned above make lavender scented candles too.

Enjoy the rest of this weekend, hope you have some time to relax!


All pictures taken by V.Zlotkowski.


  1. Love your office! The smell of lavender is so soothing! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Hi Victoria! Thank you for your wonderful comment. And yes, you're right - I'm a first year graduate student, right out of undergrad, who just moved from good old Chicago to LA. Blogging has helped me deal with the move and I'm still learning a lot. I like your blogs and sources and ideas of designs. It gives me great ideas that I'd like to try out.

    Lavender is very very soothing. I had this lavender tea (i just ran out!) that always relaxed me, so it was a great to drink right before I went to bed. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. Fantastic blog, glad I stumbled upon it. Look forward to future post! Off to browse. Maria

  4. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!! I really had a wonderful day :) And I agree, it does get better every year!!

  5. I use lavender oil when I have a headache, I put a drop under my eyebrow with a massage. It make me feel very relaxed. But I liked the idea of your pillow. I´ll try it. Kss.

  6. I just told my husband this week that if he is getting me flowers around Valentine's Day, skip the roses and get tulips! Red roses are a bit...blah... tulips are fresh and full of hope and colorful and wonderful! (Especially when a bunch comes wrapped in pastel paper!)


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