Blissful Lavender Pomanders

Lavender, sweet-briar, 0rris, here
shall beauty make her pomander,
her sweet-balls to lay in clothes
that wrap her as the leaves the rose.

                                           ~Katherine Tynan

a creative moment

Sometimes, all it takes is a brief moment…an inspiration…to use a few vintage finds and treasures in new ways. My Sweet Girl and I decide we need a simple and fun project to top off the fabulous weekend together. We spend a few hours combing through recent vintage finds tucked away in all sorts of nooks and crannies at Rose Cottage–some treasures find their way into My Sweet Girl’s (and her hubby’s) suitcases bound for Seattle!

Then, we have a great thought! We decide to make pomanders using deliciously fragrant French lavender..the kind of fragrance that just makes a girl swoon. There just happens to be a very ample supply in the old pie safe…


Now, a pomander is most often thought of as a sachet-type ball that is placed in a drawer or closet to sweeten linens or clothes. We decide to broadly interpret the definition of pomander to include any type of container that is filled with a mixture of dried flowers or herbs to provide fragrance. So what shall we use for the containers?

Going through the cupboards again, we find a pair of vintage seven-inch shakers and a single four-inch crystal shaker–all past their prime. Soon, these shakers are about to be given new life as embellished pomanders!


We find some fantastic vintage metallic French thread in bronze, silver and gold that we will use for attaching the embellishments.


Just a few more things that serve as inspiration for the pomanders…tiny jewel box keys, heart lockets, hand-painted rose buttons and sensational silk ribbons.



magnificant millinery

We gather up some lovely vintage linen, cotton, silk and velvet millinery from our favorite shop, Rose Mille, just up the river from Rose Cottage. I just adore the soft-blue velvet forget-me-knot millinery, don’t you?

The millinery is so lovely! What shall we pick out to use? Lately, neutral tones are quite appealing…cream, latte,  soft ivory, subtle taupe, antique apricot, olive and soft blue…all show off the texture and design of each piece of millinery so well!  


Some of the millinery needs a bit of freshing. We decide to  create “magic” by using steam from the whistling teapot using a trick my friend, Mi, told me about. More about this on the Romantic Millinery Magic post.


The petals unfurl, and the millinery is refreshed after just a few seconds held over the steam from a tea kettle.


making happy memories

Next, we fill the crystal and glass pomander containers with the fragrant French lavender. It just makes us swoon and feel so relaxed–just like being at the spa!

My Sweet Girl and I talk about how wonderful it is to create memories together with our last few hours before she and her hubby jet back to Seattle. It’s simple mother-daughter times like these that make me happy. I tuck this happy memory into my heart! (Visit The Inspired Room for more about what creates happiness.) What are simple pleasures that bring happiness to you?






With just some pieces of silk ribbon, metalic thread, millinery and embellishments we are finished! The blissful lavender pomanders are dressed up and ready to provide their fragrance in the powder room and boudoirs. 




My Sweet Girl is head-over-heals with the turquoise and cream striped millinery ribbon she adds on her pomander, and just has to show how gorgeous it is! Did you see that she added a swap of antique chandelier  crystals?




lovely Spanish lavender

There are several variety of lavenders–some fragrant, some culinary and others just breath-taking in the garden. Spanish lavender is not very frgrant, but is stunning in the garden border. Bees and butterflies find it amazing and are in blissdom, too! These lovely lavender photos are from My Sweet Girl’s home.


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Lavender, sweet lavender; come and buy my lavender,
hide it in your trousseau, lady fair.
Let its flovely fragrance flow over you from head to toe,
lightening on your eyes, your cheek, your hair.

~Cumberkand Clark, Flower Song Book (c.1929)

Thank you, my dear friend, for visiting Rose Cottage.

May your day be filled with the lovely fragrances of spring flowers and herbs, and much happiness!



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25 responses to “Blissful Lavender Pomanders

  1. I have not visited before, but I am so glad I found you! What a delightful post! I never would have thought to use old salt shakers but you can be sure I will be on the look out for them now! I have no imagination. I will purpose to look for these things on future antique and thrift hunts!
    Sounds like you and your daughter made some lovely memories together. My Gentleman Farmer and I will be flying out of Seattle (next week) to watch Youngest Daughter graduate with her Masters, in New York State. Funny how we are all flying here and there crossing paths with others we may have met here in blogland.

  2. seedlingsofexpression

    Your pictures are breathtaking

  3. Sonia/Miss Bloomers

    Oh what a fabulous idea! I love lavender of any kind. Your pictures of spanish lavender are so pretty-I think the spanish variety is my fav! I can’t wait to make these for my special friends. Thanks for sharing-such a great post! Sonia/Miss Bloomers

    • debbykay

      I can’t wait to see how your pomanders turn out for your dear friends! What a special gift, Sonia!

      The Spanish lavender is fantastic, isn’t it? Bees and butterflies really love it, too. Most of the time lavender is an annual in the north, unless it is protected over the winter.

  4. Francesco


    What a blessing of time for you and your sweet girl. Spendinging time together and being creative seems to enhance the experiance. What a wonderful gift for the both of you.

  5. Oh Debbykay,
    What visually stunning pomanders. Beautiful idea, and beautiful execution…..but the most beautiful aspect of this post is the lovely moment shared between you and your daughter. My daughter and I are very close, as well. We live in different states, as well…….so I know how sweet spending time together can be.

    Best Wishes,

    PS: recently found some great cut glass salt shakers destined to hold glitter, but I’m so going to fill them with lavender. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • debbykay

      Oh, Kay, I would love to see how your cut glass shakers look with lavender! How lovely!

      Yes, it is so sweet to spend time with our girls, isn’t it?

  6. Oh what a beautiful post! You have created great memories with your sweet girl 🙂

    Thank you for sharing with us. Lavender is also one of my favoriate herbs.


    Lady m

  7. Dearest Debbykay,

    I enjoyed your beautiful post so very much, as I always do! I look forward to each and every one! You express your thoughts so beautifully and your photos are stunning! I am so very thankful that you share your lovely Rose Cottage!

    How wonderful that you and your sweet girl made such happy memories together before her return to Seattle! She is so very blessed to have such a loving, king and generous mother like you! I know you are very blessed to have her as well! I love the creativity you expressed by using antique shakers for the pomanders! They are stunning and so very beautiful!!! I can imagine how they smell as lovely as they look! You are such an inspiration! I love how you both used old and treasured things to make something that you and your sweet girl will enjoy for years to come, and by simply looking at them you will both be reminded of the time spent together in creating such loveliness. That is such a treasure!

    The colored french wire on the old wooden spools is so lovely. I have not seen anything like that before. I love the vintage millinery! You just cannot find anything that compares to that today. Old things were made so well and have such charm to them. I prefer them over anything new! I love the idea of using a bit of steam to freshen them up. Oh, and the ribbons add a sweet touch, softening the pretty crystal and glass shakers. I love the charms as well! Each photo was a delight to view and each word a joy to read! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful project, and the happy memories you and your sweet girl made together. I enjoyed the quotes, too! Simple pleasures that bring happiness to me are spending time making sweet memories with my dear husband, sweet son and our loving poodle Pearl, visiting with dear friends, (you are one of them!), and making pretty things for my home and for gifts, being in my garden is a true simple pleasure that brings me joy and peace, and sharing it with others makes it even better.

    Your sweet girl’s lavender is very beautiful!

    Indeed we are kindred spirits and love the same things! Thank you so very much for your kind and heartfelt comment. You blessed me more than words can say! I was so very sorry to read that you had a challenging and discouraging week! I am praying for you and keeping you in my thoughts, wishing only good things to come your way! It made me quite happy to know that I brought some cheer to your day! You do the very same for me each time that you visit and leave such kind and encouraging words to bless me with! I do hope that you will have a most delightful, relaxing and stress-free weekend!

    Isn’t the Queen of Sweden simply beautiful? Yes, her scent is very fragrant and quite lovely. I ordered all of my roses from David Austen in Tyler, Texas. They have a web site, and are happy to send you a catalog free of charge. When you receive it, you will want every rose you see! There are so many beautiful roses to choose from. I am going to add more to my garden each year. I feel certain the Queen of Sweden will perform well in your colder climate. I have it placed where it receives some shade as we have very hot and humid summers. The Gertrude Jeckyll and Harlow Carr are performing wonderfully and I feel they would do equally well in your climate. The catalog is very informative as well.

    How wonderful that you made such lovely May Day baskets, delivering them to friends that will be so very blessed by your kindness. I am sure they will have a good idea that you were the giver of such beauty and thoughtfulness!

    Sweet Debbykay, I enjoyed my visit with you and I want you to know that your friendship and kindness are such a blessing to me. I am so thankful to have “met” you, and I look forward to many visits with you! Thank you for the kindness you have shown me, and for so willingly sharing your friendship and love!

    Many blessings to you!

  8. I enjoyed your beautiful post so much. Your creations are simply lovely! Thank you for a wonderful read today.


  9. What a faboulous idea! You made everything look so natural together and what could be a more perfect use than salt shaker sachets? I have empty shakers and lavender and of course ribbons and flowers, ha ha. Now I know what to do with them!

    Thank you so much dear friend,


  10. What a wonderful idea! And a great use for old salt and pepper shakers. Lovely to be able to do this project with your daughter. Your tutorial is so useful, I hope you don’t mind if I make one for myself — as soon as I find the salt shakers. They’re in a box around her someplace!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words about the photos and shop. I so appreciate the encouragement!

  11. You are truly gifted in the creativity department. This is just such a gorgeous idea. Now I will have to find such shakers as I am inspired.

    • debbykay

      I would love to see photos of all the inspired shakers that everyone is going to make! It will be fun to see how you embellish the pomanders with materials and do-dads you find around your house or studio. Do you think you might use something other than lavender?

  12. I ♥ your blog!!!

  13. Edie

    Miss Debbykay~
    What a fabulous idea, posting and pictures. What a fabulous time this must have been for you and your sweet girl! 🙂 Now, I have a few of these shakers I will get out and see if I can make a date and have you help me create!!


  14. Wow, this is my first visit to your lovely blog. I absolutely love your lavender shakers. They are so beautiful! I actually have about 11 or so plants of Spanish Lavender in my yard. I’ve always wondered why they didn’t smell very strong. Now I know. I’ll definitely be back for another visit!

    • debbykay


      You are so fortunate to have Spanish lavendar in your garden! I imagine that you really enjoy their beauty and texture. Do plant the lavendar near roses?
      Hope to see you again for another visit!

  15. I can not get over how beautiful those are. Did you just have all the perfect materials on hand? They are gorgeous. What a sweet memory too.

  16. What a lovely post. I love lavender and I love this creative idea. Thank you for sharing it with us.


  17. I love the use of the salt and pepper shakers! What an ingenious idea to bring new life to something normally relegated to a cupboard. I planted a lavendar bush last year, I should have paid more attention to the variety. I love lavendar so I planted a lavendar bush, I didn’t realize some weren’t fragrant like you mentioned. I guess I’ll find out this year.

  18. Edie

    My Dear Sis~
    Just stopping by for a chat – I have really been missing you and with all that is going on in our worlds I haven’t had a chance to connect with you… I trust you are as busy as well. We must chat soon. My lovely May basket is still fresh and wonderful.. I am planning on planting the precious purple pansies in the basket and hanging it on my front door to greet all of the family and friends who stop in.

    I’m thinking about glass knobs and chicken wire for my next project- something magical will be made out of these two items one of these days…….. 🙂
    My must flutter off now….
    Love you! Edie

  19. Wow…I just had an amazing lesson in inspiration!
    Your thought process just makes me drop my jaw. I love the final product and thank you so much for the glimpse ….

  20. Terry

    Dear Debby Kay,
    I have been visiting your page since March and find it uplifting. I work in a cancer center and sometimes in my day I will click on Rose Cottage in my favorites and take a stroll among the flowers, it seems as though I can smell them, or feel the sunshine or even the cool breeze.
    God has given you a gift of sharing, so today I want to say thank you for sharing Rose Cottage, it is a breathe of fresh air.

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