So Succulent Gardens

  (Columbia Station, Ohio)
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Mother's Day Garden Live Herb Garden Gifts STILL TIME TO ORDER!

There is still time to order Mother's day Gift Baskets.
Visit my members listing above to see all the great gift ideas I offer at local harvest.

Thank you and have a Blessed Day,

Gayle At Blossom


EASY! Lavender Dream Pillows, it is not too late to MAKE!

You will need:

one  8 by 10 inch soft fabric such as velor, satin or velvet
one cup of rice or flax seed
1/4 to 1/2 cup lavender flower buds (dried)

Fold the material in half with wrong sides together.
Sew two of the long side together and sew one short side. 1/2 inch seam allowance
(The pillow will be 4 by 9 when you are done sewing.)
Turn right side out and you will have a small pillow case.
Fill with bag lavender and your choice of flax or rice.
Turn the edges of the short side down and hem.

Now you can have an enjoyable pillow for relaxtion.
Simply place over your eyes to rest or meditate.

Gayle at


Lavender Laundry Softener Recipe - What mom wants for christmas -- Not

This is another interesting homemade item to add to you lavender gift basket. 

Lavender Laundry Softener

  • 32 oz. white vinegar
  • 32 oz. baking soda
  • 64 oz. distilled or purified water
  • ½ oz. lavender essential oil.

Mix the baking soda into the vinegar over a sink
or other contained area, in a large plastic jar. The two materials, when mixed together, will cause a "fizzing" reaction. Add water and essential oil and stir again. *As gifts, dispense into plastic bottles and label with the following directions: Use 1/4 cup per load. Add in rinse cycle.


Lavender Sugar a great Gift for yourself

I am making this today to have on hand for the holidays, it will last up to a year.   I will be posting recipes in the near future that uses lavender sugar since some folks are shy about eating buds....  

3.5 cups sugar 
4 tablespoons lavender flowers

I alternate the lavender in the jar and after about a month
you can pass it through a strainer to remove the buds or leave them in.

Strain it for things like whipped cream, cream brulee or sprinkling on berries,
But you can leave the buds in if cooking the sugar for example cookies.
You can also toss the sugar with buds in a food processor to grind it up a bit before using.

Stored in a dark place, mix well again and use as needed. The sugar is good to use for up to one year.

You can substitute confectioner’s sugar rather than granulated sugar. Use in icings and dustings.
Give as Gifts:
Once the lavender sugar is ready to be used, you can pour in decorative glass jars and give as gifts.
Attach cards giving ideas for use as well as provide the recipe is a nice touch, I have many lots and lots of lavender recipes post on my website located at


Gel Air Fresheners - Great stocking stuffer

This would make great little hostess gift and of course stocking stuffer.  I hate to waste good vodka and have made them with rubbing alcohol and it is less expensive.


  • 1 packet of unflavored Knox Gelatin
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vodka of grain alcohol
  • 1- 2 TBSP. fragrance oil

Food coloring as desired.  Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water. Allow to cool to room temperature then add the vodka, coloring and scent. Pour into decorative jar (I use 8 ounce canning jar)  with tight fitting lid, and refrigerate till set.   

Later put a piece of eyelet lace (or comparable breathable fabric) on the top and screw down the ring; if giving as a gift, I would put the canning lid on, then the lace and ring.

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