Thursday, September 3, 2015

{No Sew} Lavender Drawer Sachets DIY ~ Free Printable

"The snowy quilt and pillows, the carefully kept floor and chairs, the clothing washed and laid with sprigs of lavender in the tidy drawers—oh, what poetry and eloquence of untiring, undespairing mother-love..."
~ Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, A Singer from the Sea

Though simple, there is something so sweet about a drawer sachet! It takes one back in time to a world where the little things in life did matter, mattered enough to spend your time on. The lovely part about these paper sachets is that you can have the final product in only a few, fun, homemaking moments.


There are a three ways you can make these. You could use only essential oils, you could use some dried lavender, or you could do both! I chose the latter for the strongest scent combination.
  • If using the cotton, add a few drops of essential oil and insert inside the paper sachets (our "inspirational" printable is shared below).  I also added a few drops of oil onto my sachet paper and infused it in a plastic bag for a few days. The oil does absorb and doesn't stain the paper provided you use a quality brand.
  • If using lavender flowers, add a tablespoon or so of dried lavender to your paper packet. Depending on your flowers, the aroma may not be that strong. If this is the case, add in some essential oil drops.
Note: For longer lasting results, brush over areas containing essential oil with orris root powder (it acts as a fixative). Then, shake off residual powder and it is ready to use! Or mix some powder in with the lavender buds and pour inside your sachet.


Use a glue stick to assemble your paper sachet.  Once dried, simply add in your chosen lavender elements (i.e., the lavender oil/cotton combo or the lavender flowers).

To freshen up the aroma of your sachets after time has faded their scent, simply give them a squeeze and add a few more drops of oil directly to the packet and place back inside your drawers.


These make lovely (and inexpensive) gifts when bundled in pairs or fours and tied together with ribbons or pretty twine.


I have also enjoyed tucking a few into old fashioned letters as they are the perfect size to slide into an envelope. Wouldn't that cheer a loved one?


You may also want to create a handmade lavender gift basket by preparing some of the lavender items found here. What other ideas do you have for these sachets?



The images of lavender is courtesy of The Graphics Fairy. To access our printable sachet packets, simply click the menu link below which takes you to the document hosting service. Then, download and print the PDF file for FREE. If you have any problem accessing them, you can email me and I will send you the PDF file :) I also invite you to subscribe to this blog (located on the sidebar) to get updates and access to future homemaking printables. Have a lovely week!



Monday, August 31, 2015

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #68

"To do her justice, she was a good-natured notable woman; and as for breeding, there were few country ladies who could shew more. She could read any English book without much spelling, but for pickling, preserving, and cookery, none could excel her. She prided herself also upon being an excellent contriver in house-keeping..."
~ Oliver Goldsmith,  The Vicar of Wakefield 

There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Some Interesting Thoughts on Education...


As we prepare for another school year, I thought to share some interesting (thought provoking maybe?) quotes on education that have intrigued me in some way or another over the years. 


“Thank goodness I was never sent to school;
it would have rubbed off some of the originality. ” 
~ Beatrix Potter


"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."
~ Theodore Roosevelt


"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living
but doesn't teach them how to make a life."
~Author Unknown


"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."
~Victor Hugo


"What a misfortune it is that we should thus be compelled
to let our boys' schooling interfere with their education!"
~Grant Allen, 1894 {often attributed to Mark Twain}


"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve."
~ Roger Lewin


"They say that we are better educated than our parents' generation.
What they mean is that we go to school longer.
It is not the same thing."
~ Richard Yates


"You send your child to the schoolmaster, 
but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms,
for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words,
and do not know a thing."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"A child educated only at school is an uneducated child."
 ~ George Santayana


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."
~Albert Einstein


Some of these quotes are quite harsh and some quite true (while some are both)! Which ones, if any, are your favorites? Also, if you are interested in free homeschool unit studies, visit here. For information on a Charlotte Mason home education, visit here. Happy homeschooling!

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A letter from the editress...

We are spending the summer with far away family right now so I will not be commenting or visiting much in these next few months. These posts were pre-scheduled. However, I would still love to hear from you in the comment section! Thank you for understanding and have a lovely summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the south!

Love, JES :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #67

"I heard a definition once:
Happiness is health and a short memory!
I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true." 
~ Audrey Hepburn
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* I am sorry, no features this week, we are visiting far away family *


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Blessings of Old-Fashioned Work ~ Part Five


“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” 
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women



Dear gentle reader, we can not end this series on "The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work" until one more thought is conveyed. Old fashioned work is NOT a blessing when you over-tax yourself. Your family needs a strong and capable woman to manage the home. Not only to physically prepare the meals and clean the messes but to be strong in mind and spiritually sound. We can't wipe ourselves out from so much work that we don't have patience for those precious children in our care and the stamina required to be a godly helpmeet to our husband.


We must leave time in our schedules to study the word of God so that we may influence our home in His guidance and direction. We must allow time in our day to hug our children and kiss our spouse. We must carve out time to lift our feet and rest our weary bodies in order to maintain our invaluable health.


"Work is not always required.
There is such a thing as sacred idleness."
~ George MacDonald


If you feel unproductive when resting, read something of use (some of my favorites are here), pick up a needle and thread and work on your mending pile, embellish pieces with embroidery to feather your cozy nest, or place a hook in your hand to craft blankets and other items to bless the home.


"...a prudent wife is from the Lord."
~ Proverbs 19:14b

"PRU'DENT, a. Cautious; circumspect; practically wise; careful of the consequences of enterprises, measures or actions; cautious not to act when the end is of doubtful utility, or probably impracticable.
The prudent man looketh well to his going. Prov 14.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself. Prov 22.
1. Dictated or directed by prudence; as prudent behavior.
2. Foreseeing by instinct; as the prudent crane.
3. Frugal; economical; as a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.
4. Wise; intelligent."



Remember, it is not a workaholic wife that is a blessing, but a prudent woman. One who knows when a task needs to be done and when a child needs to be held. One who knows when to refresh her body instead of tackling another project. There is a balance. And I pray for wisdom that every one of us can find that balance and be a true blessing to our home, by practicing the arts of old fashioned labor while caring for our family and being good stewards of our health.

"Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates."
~ Proverbs 31:28, 31


"The noblest thing in the world is honest labor. It is the very preservative principle of the universe. Wise labor brings order out of chaos; it turns deadly bogs and swamps into grain-bearing fields; it rears cities; it adorns the earth with architectural monuments, and beautifies them with divinest works of art... Work, therefore, with pride and gladness, for thereby you will be united by a common bond with all the best and noblest who have lived, who are now living, and who shall ever be born."

{See part one part two, part three and part four of this series.}

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