Decorating for Christmas

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Today I put up Christmas lights on our Retail Cottage at our UPick Lavender Farm. It looks like a gingerbread house when it’s all lite up at night. Our retail cottage is a 8×10,Tuff-Shed that we remolded extensively

Our little Lavender Shoppe
Our little Lavender Shoppe

. Check out photos on our website: www.hoodriverlavender.com .

Thanksgiving Open House/Natural Wreaths

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We had our annual Open House at our UPick Lavender farm this Thanksgiving weekend. Many customers came out to shop, sample Lavender/mint Shortbread, sip on Hot Lavender Mulled Cider, and enjoy a beautiful fall day. We also had Cathedral Ridge Winery do wine tasting for our weekend event. Between times that I was waiting on customers,  I made a few natural Holiday Wreaths with plants in my garden. I used our Red Twig Dogwood bush for the base wreath form. Then I added greenery from the Fir tree, red/orange Rose-hips, and snow-berries. I added some dried Cascade Hops from around our cottage patio, and a few stems from the “Fred Boutin” lavender plants. Fred Boutin is a Lavandin, Hybrid Lavender, and has beautiful frosted foliage that I like a lot. When I finish these wreaths I plan to give one to my daughter, to decorate her door. The other I will give to one of our awesome workers, that helps me maintain the weed control around our Lavender Farms. Today she has spent most of the day clearing out the dried flowers and shrubs from our “Wildflower” section. I appreciate her helpfulness more the she can imagine!!!!!

At this Thanksgiving Holiday,  I pause to take time to be thankful for the people in our lives, our family, friends, employees, and customers, each one makes our life richer, and our business a success. We appreciate your support throughout the year, weather it’s dropping by our UPick farm, or shopping on our website!! Your kind words in testimonies and feed back, are all appreciated! We hope you are all enjoying a relaxed Holiday with those special people you love.  Be blessed, be happy.

Cooking with Lavender

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Lavender Recipes
Lavender Recipes

Today I made some Lavender Mint Shortbread dough. I wrapped it in saran wrap, and refrigerated it for a few days, so the flavors could meld together. I’ll bake them this weekend for a Breast Cancer fund raiser we’re doing at our lavender farm. This is my favorite cookie recipe. It’s a beautiful unique combination of flavors with Culinary Lavender and mint. I add 2 tablespoons Culinary Lavender “Signature Blend”, and 1 tablespoon mint to a simple basic shortbread recipe. Enjoy something special!!(check-out some recipes here!

Lavender Comfort Bears

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Lavender Comfort Bears
Lavender Comfort Bears

Today I filled our Lavender Comfort Bears. These bears are white  6″ bears, that I opened , and filled with our Lavender, and I changed the floss color of their noses from red to black. When I finished them,  I took photos of the bears, to set-up for purchasing on our website. One of our customers is an Eye Clinic where they do cataract surgery. The Clinic gives them to their patients that are recovering and calls them: Eye-Care-Bears. These little bears have found homes all over the world. We have sold literally thousands of them. With a large customer of ours being in the Portland airport and have sold them for years, they have made the trip to destinations unknown. How cool is that?Then I ran outside to enjoy the sunshine on a beautiful fall day, and I found some leaves to rake!!! I love fall!

lavender filled Patches Bear
lavender filled Patches Bear

Our wonderful customers are appreciated!

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We love to hear from our customers!!! Today we received a call from one of our wholesale accounts, a spa in Hawaii. They called to tell us that they loved the Lavender Essential Oils, and Reed Diffusers that they received today. One of their head of housekeeping was visiting their spa and wanted to know, “what that wonderful aroma was in the rooms”. They showed her our Lavender Essential Oil, and gave her a sample bottle to use in another Hotel. They hope we will get a future order from her. What a wonderful compliment!!! We appreciate hearing from our customers!!! Thank you!

Clean with enjoyment-chemical free

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Today I did some much needed house cleaning in preparation for the holidays. I have a few extra hours in my days now, since our Lavender Farm is closed for the season (except for the occasional opening by appointment). I’ll be the first to tell you that I don’t beat myself up anymore over housework. When I have the time, it will get done, and that’s OK.  We are open 10-5, 7 days a week at our UPick Lavender Farm, from April – October, so there are seasons of our life that,…. well my house isn’t immaculate, that’s not what is important at the time… but today, I’ll clean our “humble little abode”, and enjoy everything about it; it’s a new season in our life.

 To start with,  I did some laundry with an all natural BioKleen laundry powder (no chlorine bleach-no chemicals), because I have Occupational Dermititis in my hands from being a Cosmetologist/Aesthetician for 20 years, and now I brake out with infection anytime I touch a chemical. You can not even imagine how many chemicals there are in hand soap, laundry soap, dish soap, and household cleaners!!!!! In my washer I’m careful to use all natural cleaners that are good for us, and our beautiful environment too. I also add, 1 cup of our Certified Organic, Lavender Hydrosol “distillant water”, to help remove dirt, and give my clothes a fresh clean smell. After I add the Hydrosol, I turn off the wash cycle for 10 minutes to let it soak. Then I run the full cycle. When I put my clothes into the dryer, I add a “Lavender Dryer Bag” to bring even more of the clean fresh lavender aroma into my home.

Then I went on to clean my sink, cupboards, windows & doors (doorknobs too), with our “All Purpose Cleaner” that is 99% Certified Organic ingredients: Our Lavender Hydrosol, and 7 other pure Essentials Oils, Vegetable Glycerin. No harsh chemicals. The natural plant antibactorial, antiseptic qualities do the job. My home is beginning to smell, and look clean and fresh again. Fall is a wonderful time to tidy up around my home in prep. for the holidays. Clean with enjoyment!

 With the changing season, I feel peace, and satisfaction having completed a beautiful summer harvest at our Lavender Farm. Now I can relax more, spend time with our family, and slow down to enjoy the coming holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving. Lavender Lady 🙂