Lavender Wands

     To make these you will need at least 13 (use an odd number) of long stems of lavender, freshly picked from your garden on a dry day, and about 3 feet of pastel colored 1/4-inch ribbon.  Make a bunch, lining up the base of the flower heads.  Leave an 8 inch length of ribbon free at one end, then tie the stems together just below the heads.  Gently bend back each stem until the flower heads are enclosed by the stems.  Take the length of ribbon you saved and weave it under and over each stem, traveling around the bundle several times until the flower heads are  covered with ribbon.  Tuck in the short end of the ribbon and tie a bow with the other end.  Trim the stalks and the ribbon.

    Victorian ladies used these wands to scent the wooden boxes they kept their gloves in.  It's no wonder, then, that in so many pictures of these women we see them with their hands to their faces.  Most likely using the lavender scent to deter any other unpleasant odors that were common in the streets at that time.  You can use them in your lingerie drawers or linen trunks, or just for pretty, sweet scented decorations anywhere in your home.

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