Lavender Print Thank-You Cards

_mg_7168I hope everyone had an incredible New Years Eve! I’ve been visiting my boyfriend in London for the holidays and we took the weekend to drive down to Brighton, one of my favorite beach towns. It has narrow, cobblestone shops like Diagon Alley from Harry Potter and a cool old pier with carnival games and an arcade (I’m weirdly obsessed with arcades). We rented an Airbnb with ten other friends and spent the day eating, playing games and indulging in lots of champagne. Heading back to school next week will be a very sad reality.

As I head into the new year, my first project is always to write my thank you cards from Christmas. It’s so important to show appreciation for the kindness others have shown, and acknowledging all of the love and support around me helps me enter the new year with a positive attitude. I have a lot of thank-yous this year, and I decided to make my own cards with these simple yet elegant lavender prints. Flower prints are so easy to do and so pretty. You can make them with pretty much any flowers, but I used the leftover lavender from my trip to Ojai this past summer (see my lavender sachets here).

If I could make a thank you card for every one of you that reads this blog, I would. I am so appreciative of the support from all over the world.


Materials

  • Blank cards (I used white and olive green)
  • Acrylic paint (I used purple, dark green, and lavender)
  • A gold leaf pen (I love this one here)
  • Lavender (or whatever flowers you have in the house)
  • Small Paintbrush

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Mix your paints on a thick piece of paper or a palette until you have the colors you would like to use. I chose deep purple for the green cards and dark green for the white cards.

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Using a brush, carefully dab the paint onto  the lavender until it is fully coated on one side.

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Gently press the paint-coated side of the lavender onto the front of the card. Then repeat the process until you’ve filled the card to your liking. Be sure to choose multiple stalks of lavender so that there is some variation in size and shape.

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Allow the cards to dry before you add the additional color details. I chose lavender for  the green cards and a gold for the white cards. Using a thin paintbrush, add small dots of lavender paint to the dark purple prints, and add gold details to the green prints using the gold leaf pen.

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Once they have fully dried, you can begin writing your cards!

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Happy New Year!

-Kirby

 

Lavender Sachets

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Kirby & Lola in front of the harvested lavender field in Ojai

This past July, I spent a week in Ojai with friends and family. It was such a magical place with Spanish-style homes, flowering trees, and roadside farm stands that used the honor system. Every morning there would be tomatoes and fresh eggs for us to take, trusting that we would leave the money we owed. Each night we grilled outside under the stars then played games and drank wine. It was perfect. There was also a huge lavender field in our backyard that had just been harvested and the air was filled with the floral perfume. As my dad and I walked Lola (our family Cocker Spaniel) in the evenings, a certain topic kept recurring – how much my Grandma Carylon would love it there. No one would appreciate the vibrant flowers, the fresh produce, and the warm sunshine more than her and we quickly began plotting how to convince her to move so that we could visit all the time.

As a souvenir, I brought home a bag full of dried lavender from the harvest, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Recently it dawned on me to make homemade sachets to send to my grandmother, a small sample of the place my dad and I knew she would fall in love with.

These were very easy to make – keep in mind the most I’ve sewn in my life is a button. With lacy ribbon and fabric paint, they are easily customizable and smell so incredible, a perfect gift. I plan to make a bunch more as Christmas gifts… and maybe a few for myself!


Materials:

  • Non-stretchy fabric (I used cotton)
  • Needle & thread
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric paint
  • Dried lavender

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Cut your fabric into long rectangular strips. When you fold them in half, they should be a little larger than you want the final sachet to be. Don’t worry about loose threads and messy edges, they will be hidden.

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Take one piece of fabric and fold it in half so that the back of the fabric is facing the outside. Using a cross-stitch (don’t worry, I had to google that, too), sew the sides, leaving about half an itch from the edges. Then carefully fold down the top and sew all the way around, this time leaving about a quarter inch from the top. The fabric should look like an inside-out pouch by now.

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Turn the bag inside out so that the seams are hidden. At this point you can decorate the sachet however you like. I monogrammed the navy blue one with my Grandma’s initials (CC) and sewed crochet ribbon across the bottom of the yellow one. I left the flower printed pouch as is so that the sachets wouldn’t look too busy all together. Once you finish decorating, pour the dried lavender into the bag, filling it 2/3 of the way.

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Carefully pinch the fabric so that the pouch is tightly filled, then sew it shut to secure the lavender inside. Use a thin ribbon and bow to cover the seam and finish the decoration on the bag.

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That’s all there is to it, now you are ready to place them in your clothing drawers and be the best smelling lady around! (I made sure to thoroughly test them out on my clothes before sending them to my grandma).

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Happy sewing!

-Kirby