Lavender Gifts and A Give Away

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Wow, I feel like I have not blogged in like....forever!
and I must admit it felt pretty good to take a break

I need to catch up....quick

so
 here are my quick tips for harvesting your lavender buds 
for potpourri and sachets



Once your stems are air dried and turning grey you simply
grab a clean good sized bucket

Turn your bundles upside down and gently rub the stems back and forth in the palms of your hands

You will feel the buds easily drop off 

I had 5 tied bundles and the yield was about 3 cups of dried buds

But a little goes a long way





I like to mix the buds with a custom blended mix of 
other herbs and dried flowers for a beautiful potpourri 

The dried stems are a great addition to a gift basket
This is a gift basket that I did for someone to send as a gift to her Aunt

She bought the baguette basket from the Polished Pebble Shop and then
  picked a few other little items to make it really special

3 lavender sachets 
and some wonderful bath salts and a scrubby


We added a gift card 
and tied it all up with beautiful bright ribbon

So now I have a gift for you!

Just leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win a gift bag full of goodies 
just like the things I just sent

I will pick TWO winners at random next Friday 

Thank you all so much for being so supportive of the blog 
and for always leaving such great and kind comments


By the way....if you emailed me with a question and I have not responded, 
I really apologize for the delay!  I will try to get to all of the emails as quickly as I can

Thanks for stopping by....can't wait to pick a winner

kelley





128 comments:
  1. oh my word - how completely lovely! what a treat it would be to receive! happy day to you, my friend!

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  2. Welcome Back! I have missed your posts. The gift basket you made is beautiful. Such a nice present!

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  3. Is there a better smell than lavender? Would love a basket like this!

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  4. Hi!! I am a new reader to your blog and I LOVE it!!
    I use lavender oil spray in my home for a refresh every once in awhile, however I have never had fresh Lavender!! I would be so pleased to win this!!
    I would more than likely share it with my Mom!!

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  5. Sure have missed your posts. You are such an inspiration to me and my garden! Thanks!

    Penny

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  6. Hi Kelley, I just sent a friend who is new to bloglalnd over to your blog as one of my favorites, I know she will thoroughly enjoy your post as I do. Delores from Vignette designs was my friend that sent me your way and I am so glad she did. What a lovely giveaway, Would love a touch of Kelley in my home.
    Kathysue
    http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/

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  7. Kelly, what a wonderful gift. I love lavender.

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  8. Welcome back! You have been missed! I love lavender, and have a few plants in my yard. However, due to the draught and a water ban in our area my lavender didn't produce many blooms this year. I would love to have some of your Ojai lavender to fill the void. Great giveaway!
    Becky D-Indiana

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  9. I would love to have one of those beautiful gift bags! thanks!
    Eleanor

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  10. Oh...I didn't know there was a Polished Pebble Shop! How Fun! Love all the stuff you come up with. I'm sure your shop will be a big success.

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  11. Welcome back Kelley! The basket of goodies you created would be such a lovely gift for someone, I'm sure the recipient was thrilled to get it. Because I already have some of your wonderful potpourri I won't enter the giveaway...but for those who might be wondering...it smells heavenly and looks just as beautiful as it smells!

    Kat

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  12. Always enjoy your blog. Love seeing the transformation of the ranch home...it's awesome inside and out! Great giveaway idea too!

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  13. I love lavender-I would love to win this!

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  14. love your blog! please enter me in drawing.
    Carole in OC

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  15. I love reading your blog and browsing all the lovely photos of your home. My aunt has a house in Ojai, and I always dream that I'll end up moving there someday. You're lucky to live in such a lovely & peaceful place!

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  16. I am so thrilled I opened up your post today. I have been wanting to learn what to do with lavendar plants {once I have them} so timing is perfect. The only thing that would make it better ...I win!

    Jan @ BellaCasa

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  17. What a lovley gift. I love lavender.

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  18. Really miss seeing you in blogland Kelley. I would love to win a special gift from The Polished Pebble.

    Hope you share more of your new home soon!

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  19. I love reading your blog. Your lavender is lovely....Lavender is one of my favorites....Is your lavender edible? I make lavender shortbread that I recently shared on my blog....

    Please count me in your sweet giveaway.

    Thanks!

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  20. I would LOVE to win your giveaway! Very generous Kelley!

    Rondee

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  21. Oh Oh Oh OH.... I would be thrilled to win! Lovely!!

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  22. What a lovely gift basket! That "Jane" is one lucky lady!!! I know "this Jane" would love a Polished Pebble gift...

    Jane

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  23. hello, love reading your blog. I do have a question, did you ever post pictures of your finished kitchen, I was watching the progress but can't find finished pictures. The sachets look wonderful. I would enjoy a nice gift surprise from you. Mickey cybulski1@windstream.net

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  24. The lavender is so beautiful I can almost smell it's incredible aroma. It reminds me of starched white linens and happy, lazy summer days on the porch. I always look so forward to your posts and this is no exception, Kelley......

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  25. I love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! ~Barb

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  26. I really enjoy your blog....your gardens are beautiful...love the gift basket that you put togetheri

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  27. I love what you can do with a home - you are truly talented!

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  28. Everyone deserves a break......I don't at all mind waiting! Gives me more time to revisit your previous posts....which I do often...over and over and over again! Lol! Though I love my iPad....it doesn't support a flash player so I can't get to your shop WHICH IM SURE IS AS DELIGHTFUL AS YOUR BLOG!

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  29. I hope you enjoyed your time off! I love lavender, and all the products you have in your store! I especially love your posts on your fabulous garden! Heather

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  30. You put lovely things together so pleasingly Kelley.

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  31. What a beautiful, lovely treat! Thanks for the opportunity! I love your blog :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    loveandlookpretty@gmail.com

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  32. Glad to see you're back, too, Kelley! I've been away because of computer probs. Sure missed everyone! What a beautifully sweet giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  33. I just love lavender but I definitely missed mine this year. Too much going on. I'm so sad as now we're selling our house. It'll have to be one of the first purchases for the new garden.

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  34. What a lovely gift! I would love to be the lucky winner. Nothing like lavender and I love how you packaged it all together. ~Delores

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  35. I love the smell of fresh lavender and would love to have some of yours!
    amy

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  36. Love love love the everlasting fragrance of dried Lavender. I have a little online clothing botique and I like to add a sprig of dried lavender tied to a pretty Tuille ribbon on the package presentation. Kelly, my daughter is renting an adorable Tudor cottage just behind your place ( you probably walk by her place every day) please stop by and say Hi someday! Mo

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  37. Wow that is so pretty and looking good a gift or a present is the transfer of something without the expectation of payment.

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  38. Love your blog. The gift basket is beautiful!! Great giveaway. chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  39. What a lovely gift basket... so original, yet classic. Love your blog/imagining that I have a back yard like yours :) :) Best!
    FoxRandi1980@gmail.com

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  40. Beautiful basket and gifts! Thank you for sharing on the lavender harvesting!

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  41. Yay, what a great prize! Thank you!

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  42. The French baguette basket filled with goodies is a wonderful gift idea. I have enjoyed every item I have purchased from your shop and would love to be included in your giveaway. Have a great day.
    Best...Victoria

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  43. Thank you Kelly for such a beautiful blog.
    Kimberly

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  44. Thank you for offering this lovely giveaway, would love to win !

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  45. Welcome back, what a lovely giveaway!

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  46. Beautiful! You have inspires me to atttempt a small lavender harvest. I usually just let it die off in the garden, but this weekend I am going to cut it.
    Have a great weekend yourself!
    Phyllis

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  47. Beautiful photos! Would lavender do well in hot dry Oklahoma? I'm itching to plant some!

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  48. I enjoy your blog...the garden is lovely!

    jenna

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  49. i absolutely love the scent of lavender...

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  50. Oh pick me! Beautiful lavendar and packaging! Love your blog too!

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  51. That would be so cool to win. Thank you! Love the lavender. Trying to grow in Houston but not having much success!

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  52. I can smell the wonderful scent now!!!!! Thank you!!!! Blessings,Sara

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  53. I love reading your blog! You are such a inspiraton!

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  54. What a treat it would be to win such a wonderful gift. Count me in!

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  55. OH I love Lavender! For some odd reason we can not keep lavender alive here. Maybe I do not have good dirt:)
    Thanks for this chance to win this wonderful giveaway!!!!

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  56. YOu know I adore your goods....and lavender is one of my fave...thx for sharing the drying process too!
    I haven't blogged in 4ever either but hope to catch up within the next 2 wks....today we're about to move out of our temporary lease house and into the new "farmhouse"....alot of reno has been going on and I can't find the time to capture each detail...but hope to catch up and blog more about it all soon.
    Thx for a great giveaway!!

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  57. Lavender has definitely become my favorite! I'm looking for a gift to send to the darling photographer from my son's recent wedding!

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  58. I'm inspired! I'm heading out to cut my lavender now! What beautiful ideas!

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  59. So sad that my lavender didn't make it through the drought this year. Especially since I just learned from you what to do with it. :)
    I'd love to win.
    Diana
    www.dianabrandmeyer.com

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  60. Hello Kelley,

    Thank you for making it such a beautiful gift to my sister n law Jane...She just loved it! She sent me a picture and it looked so lovely. Love your blog and shop. So inspirational! I am enjoying my new french bread basket. It's sitting on our outdoor patio table along side some gorgeous flowers. We have used it a couple of times now. The weather has been beautiful here in New England. Looking forward to more shopping and blog posts. Take care and have a fabulous Labor Day weekend! Claudia

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  61. We don't see a lot of growing lavender here in Florida but I sure would love to win some sachets! The gift is absolutely beautiful!!!

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  62. Love your blog and read it daily!

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  63. I've ordered from you before and love your packaging. Curious to see what's inside the goody bag!

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  64. I've really missed your posts. You are one of the few I have go directly to my inbox! I adore Lavender, the color, the herb, in bundles, in buds, in lotion, soap or any other form. I think I have it in every room of my house. I find it soothes me, relaxes me and even helps me go to sleep! I'd love to win some and your packages are amazing. I will be stopping by your shop. I'm doing Christmas shopping early this year. Blessings.

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  65. I'd LOVE to be entered in your giveaway. How sweet of you. And what a beautiful gift to give someone else. Blessings to you!!

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  66. It wasn't that long ago that I found your blog via 'fortheloveofahouse' and have really enjoyed reading it. Glad you're back and thanks for offering this giveaway.
    ~JackieVB

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  67. Beautiful assembly of lovely items! I'd love to win that bag!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

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  68. Such a lovely gift basket. Beautiful post, hope I am one of the lucky winners:) Thank you for the chance:)
    Jennifer

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  69. How fun! I would love to win. Also curious what your ideas are on how to use popouri around the house. Thanks!

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  70. Wow! I wish I had more than a few lavender plants! ;-( I just love the clay dish you displayed the buds in...

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  71. What a divine gift basket and a fabulous give away. I'm glad you're back.

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  72. Love your blog. Lavender is one thing I can't get enough of

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  73. Great post and a wonderful giveaway. Count me in!!!

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  74. Love this post....I could smell the lavender. Thanks for the giveaway....I love surprise goodies!

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  75. I LOVE lavender!! I keep a bottle of lavender essential oil at work during those stressful moments!!!

    Lynn

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  76. Kelley,
    The basket is wonderful, then you add the lovely lavender and goodies and it's a treasure.
    I hope to have my question about the willow planter items answered when you get a chance...enjoy your break and Labor Day weekend.
    Karen

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  77. I enjoy your blog so much. What a fun giveaway. :)

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  78. I live is Southeast Texas so getting lavender to survive is a challenge...we both have a hard time coping with the excess humidity. Your blog is an inspiration...thanks so much for sharing!

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  79. All of those things are so lovely, and each would be a treat to receive!

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  80. Love, love, love your blog. Thanks for a chance to win!

    camorrison5@gmail.com

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  81. I love your blog. Check it daily, I too would love a chance to win a goodie bag!

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  82. hi new reader here. thanks for the giveaway!

    mwong241 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  83. Such a lovely and thoughtful gift. I would love to win one. Best regards!

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  84. I would LOVE to win the gift bag! I love your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

    evafalletta@yahoo.com

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  85. Every time I visit your blog...it makes me miss CA. I love all that lavender...makes me wonder why I never did anything with mine. Who wouldn't love to get that bag of goodies wrapped up like that for a gift?!

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  86. What a lovely gift! Love your blog and would love to win the give-away! Thanks for the chance!

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  87. Please enter me in your giveaway. It is spectacular.
    Sheree
    shereepo@sbcglobal.net

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  88. Wow - Wonderful post and pictures! And you make it all look so easy!

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  89. I can almost smell it from here. Lovely!

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  90. Gorgeous goody basket....and I think I can smell the lavendar all the way from here!!

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  91. I'd always just dried my lavender, left it hanging and eventually...it didn't look so great, so thanks for the tips!!

    Love your blog, love lavender and your packaging is very pretty!

    Have a fabulous extended weekend!!

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  92. Lavender is my very favorite scent. I can't grow it here in my NYC apt., so would love to win a beautiful bunch of yours! Love reading your posts. Thank you.

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  93. Thanks for the chance!! I am smitten for lavendar-have a great holiday weekend!! Smiles, Jackie

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  94. Wow, what a beautiful giveaway! Please enter me. I can smell the lavendar on my kitchen table already! Thank you for sponsoring, Kelley!

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  95. Wow I remember well the gift basket I won from you a couple of year ago.. now crossing fingers again, does lightening strike twice in the same place :)

    Good to see you again, I have been away a good bit too, love this post about lavender!

    xoxo

    Kit

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  96. Lovely Lavendar. Thanks for the chance to win. I love how you put the gift baskets together. Simply beautiful. Enjoy your blog very much.

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  97. You are truly inspiring! I wish we had scratch-n-sniff internet! I can almost smell it from Oregon!

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  98. I love lavender!! I am a new reader to your blog and I so enjoy your posts & taste! Thanks for the Giveaway, Cathy

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  99. I miss the lavender of California. Houston's a bit too soggy to make it work it here!

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  100. How lovely it would be to win this! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  101. Thank you for the giveaway! I love your blog & your decorating style! You inspire me!

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  102. Love CG's new living room. The sofa is VERY restoration hardware! Is it comfortable?
    Looking forward to winning your lovely giveaway! Thanks!

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  103. I adore lavender in any form. One of my favorites are the lavender dryer sheets from Trader Joe's. They are more like a little sachet really and can be used for many, many, dryer loads. Umm, lavender scented clothes, warm, straight from the dryer - Heaven.

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  104. I adore your blog...and you! Thanks so much for the chance.

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  105. I would love a chance to win a bagful of your wonderful goodies!

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  106. Some year I'm going to try to grow some lavender but until then, I'll just pretend I can smell yours.

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  107. This post made me so sad I didn’t save any of the lavender when we pruned back the bush this year!! :( At least I'll have some ideas for next year. :) Great post!

    Michelle Tomy (Talansmomma)

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  108. What an awesome giveaway. I grew up with a fun family garden and loved harvesting the lavender b/c it smells so good!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  109. lavender refreshes, relaxes and renews the spirit! what a delightful giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  110. Thoroughly enjoy all of your posts. Wish I could invite you over to give me some ideas. I found you when I was looking for pics of Karin Blake's work. Love your house, the condo, and the house in Ojai. I,too, have a love affair with signs, so it is very nice to see someone else's take.

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  111. I'm wondering what you do to keep the lavender attached to the stem once you pick it, dry it, and then bundle it? I have tried but it seems that the buds fall off all over the place. Great advice though, as always.

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  112. Glad you are back. I rarely-if ever comment, but truly love your blog. I am sending my niece here to look at the beautiful and fun things you have picked up at the world market. She recently purchased a table and chairs from there.

    I would LOVE to win your give away!

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  113. Bonjour!

    Love, love lavender! Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

    Merci,
    Cathy

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  114. Count me in for sure! Thanks Kelley!! xo nancy elizabeth

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  115. LOVE Lavender! Thanks for the drying tips.

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  116. I am crazy for lavender! Would love to win....thanks for the give-away!

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  117. First time on your blog and what a surprise. I love lavendar and can't get enough of it. Even have a huge bouquet of it hanging in my bathroom. Yummy.

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  118. What a lucky young lady to have you designing her first place! It looks beautiful!

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  119. what a great Blog, i check it all the time. Thanks for sharing this special gift with a lucky winner.

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  120. Love your blog and inspired design style. I can't imagine what it would have been like to have someone as talented as you, design my first place. I'm still working to get it right all these years later!

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  121. Kelly,

    What a fantastic giveaway......love love lavender!

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  122. I have been looking for the perfect gift for my friend who loaned us her vacation home last week. I must shop The Polished Pebble. I love where you are going with CG's new digs !! Hope I'm a winner.
    fourms@mchsi.com

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  123. Love lavender....we especially enjoy lemon lavender scones made with culinary lavender!

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  124. I just found your blog and love it!!! I'm a little late for the drawing, maybe next time, :-) Lavender is my favorite .

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  125. I just found your blog and love it!!! I'm a little late for the drawing, maybe next time, :-) Lavender is my favorite .

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