Close your eyes just for a second (but then open ‘em back up real quick because we have so much to show you today!) — can you imagine the fragrance of Lavender? It’s one of the most enduring scents of any herb, yet also one of the most soothing and delightful. If you’re having trouble conjuring up the thought, maybe take a peek at what we have in store for you this month. The sets go on sale June 1, but for today, we’ll share this lilting, lovely look...
We plant several varieties of Lavender in our potted herb garden (that’s a fancy way of saying “the area where I cram all the pots”), and usually a few in the ground (they do not overwinter here in St. Louis especially well). But boy oh BOY are they a treat to have around — just walking by it’s hard not to wave your hand across them and release the fragrance. An instant pick-me-up for sure! When Lulu was not even two, I was even able to coax her into joining me in preparing the plants for potting...
Planting herbs is such a passion ’round here, I find myself doodling them and dreaming up ways to cook with them all spring, summer and fall. As a matter of fact, you’ll start seeing lots of posts celebrating herbs in this space, because I really can’t get enough of them. For Power Poppy’s June stamp release, which was drawn months before any herb plants were gracing our garden, I was up in the predawn hours sketching the images you’ll see today. Oftentimes, there was a cat on my arm. Not sure if Crema was helping or hindering my artistic flow, but somehow I was able to manage a dimly lit selfie...
There is a LOT to love about Lavender, and I’ve drawn several images that I think you’ll enjoy, and want to share with someone who needs a pick-me-up and a perky punch of purpley-blue color. A market basket overflowing with freshly cut stems would be perfect for a thank you card! Or maybe a friend could use the soft, soothing side of lavender, and the heart-speckled sachet image would help get those healing thoughts flowing.
I love to listen to music while I’m working, and the song “Soothe Me” by Sam and Dave (written by Sam Cooke) was on rotation as I designed this Lavender set. (I shouldn’t speak for Crema, but sitting on my arm as I drew, surely that cool cat has come to love soul music.)
I’m so excited to kick off the June release with this set, and EVEN MORE excited that the Bloom Brigade has arrived in force to share super-inspiring ways to create with it! Come take a tour, won’t you?
Thank you so much, everybody, and I would love to see you back here tomorrow for more sneak peeks of a set that was inspired by my little boy, Finn, and one of HIS passions! <3