Semi-Hibernation

Lavender Sachets
Apparently I am. There’s really no better way to describe it. It was a really busy fall/early winter season for us, and apparently I’m on the other end of it. Whenever I can, I’m cocooning myself in quilts, with a cat on my lap and a crossword puzzle or a stack of design books to keep my busy. I feel a bit lazy but I think I needed it. I’m thinking a lot about what I want to make next. (Because, around here, quilt making and big projects like that tend to get thought about in the middle of winter, and made in the middle of summer for some crazy reason.)
Anybody else out there hibernating? Any thoughts on when should we plan to re-emerge?
But, we smell nice as we hibernate, oh yes we do!
I made sachets for all of our closets (and then some) last week. Impressive, I know. Quick, easy, really satisfying little project, one that I just never take the time to do. I used dried lavender and mixed it with some aroma beads scented with this amazing spruce oil. I put the aroma beads, about a cup, in a lidded jar, poured in a small bottle of the essential oil, closed the lid and shook it all up. About 2 days later, the oil was completely absorbed by the beads and my whole studio smelled like heaven when I opened the lid. I got all the supplies locally at Zenith Supplies, but you can order aroma beads online from many sources. Now, whenever I open our closets I get this amazing, yet subtle smell. Almost makes me forget the lack of organization in there.
I’m really thinking I should make some draft stoppers  for our windows next. I feel a slight draft over here, where I’m sitting and crossword puzzling… And I want to make some of Melissa’s bread, because I need something to nibble on…
Ok, I’m climbing back under my quilt. xo

19 Comments
  • lookwhaticando

    January 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm Reply

    I really want to make some of these and spruce and pine and lavender are MY FAVORITES!!!! I need a whole whole whole bunch of these…I too feel like I am hibernating….I love your blog.

  • Melissa

    January 25, 2010 at 1:15 am Reply

    Those sachets sound wonderful! I wonder if they can be made with any other oil? I’m not a fan of spruce, I like sweeter scents like vanilla. Thanks for the idea!

  • Erin | house on hill road

    January 25, 2010 at 3:47 am Reply

    semi-hibernation is a good thing. like you, i am dreaming of big projects. about all i can actually accomplish is cooking. xo.

  • sarah

    January 25, 2010 at 4:49 am Reply

    your sachets are a wonderful pick-me-up!
    i am attempting to hibernate, but the road calls my name. my weekends are now full with travel for my girl. maybe i can drag a quilt along..you know, like a small child’s blanket. at least i can take the yarn; a comfort! relax and re-energize!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 25, 2010 at 6:19 am Reply


    They absolutely can! Go for it, the aroma beads will absorb any essential oils you choose.

  • rachel | buttons magee

    January 25, 2010 at 6:24 am Reply

    I love the simplicity of these sachets…something I need to make too. Hibernation is pretty big around here as well.

  • Elizabeth

    January 25, 2010 at 6:26 am Reply

    I am not hibernating, but I wish I was, does that count? 🙂 Sachets are on my list, too. That and one of those neck warmer things for my cold… Snuggle for us both! 🙂

  • http://pondering-ponteuf.typepad.com

    January 25, 2010 at 6:34 am Reply

    draught stoppers,yes,they are are my list,have been for a few months!!!!
    I like the thought of the scented sachets,I might make some of those tonight.

  • lorien

    January 25, 2010 at 9:28 am Reply

    I am hibernating too! I blame a month of guests, the holidays, and dreary weather. No big projects here though…I’m making the felt rose barrettes from Purl Bee and knitting socks for valentine’s day.

  • Sandy

    January 25, 2010 at 10:16 am Reply

    i have been in complete hibernation as well! And not feeling bad about it for a change.
    It was the end of season (workwise), and the fall collection is in and things will pick up later this week. I am on my last legs of hibernation and will emerge very soon. In the meantime, I’ve been happily reorganizing and cleaning the house, wardrobe, and cooking a lot of new recipes.
    I have lots of ideas for small projects, but no desire to rush into anything at the moment. For once in my life, I am happy to be a little lazy.

  • wishes, true and kind

    January 25, 2010 at 10:30 am Reply

    “Semi-hibernation” — that is the perfect way to describe how I feel every winter — especially in January in the NW.

  • tif

    January 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm Reply

    yes, Being a so.cal. girl living in the PNW- it took a good 5 years to get use to not staying home snuggled up with a book and a fire when it was cold and wet. We tease that we would be dormant for a good 7 months if we did do that.

  • Mousy Brown

    January 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Nothing like a bit of hibernation with a quilt and the stack of books makes it perfect! 🙂

  • regina

    January 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm Reply

    january is a good month for hibernating. I’ve been doing a lot myself. The coldness definitely makes me sluggish, plus the fact that I’m wiped out from december. Love the sachets. I need to freshen up my place.

  • Arlene

    January 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Yep – I’m in hibernation too (the snuggie and electronic Yahtzee game Santa left aren’t helping). The Sachets could tempt me off the couch though…

  • geek+nerd

    January 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm Reply

    I’ve been hibernating a bit too. The holidays, which I usually relish, took a major toll on me this year, as I was navigating with a mighty strong bout of the flu. Since New Year’s crafting and blogging have been kinda hanging out in a valley!

  • Rebekka

    January 26, 2010 at 7:36 am Reply

    Pretty! I’ve been tucking lavender sachets away everywhere this winter!

  • melissa f.

    January 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm Reply

    please make the bread. (if you call me, i will give you tips on its awesomeness.)

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 31, 2010 at 9:32 am Reply

    you got it, I'll call you this week. Are you guys healthy again?

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