Lavender, Ties

lavender_031916-1I mentioned that Argo Wool Works also grows lavender. There are a few good approaches to making miniature lavender, and after a thoughtful review, I’ve adopted a hybrid technique. This is always the question in miniatures: how best to convey a feeling, an illusion of the real thing? Absolute adherence to reality, or a simpatico synthesis of appearance? Answers often surprise me, as did this lavender.

lavender_031916-2These are the start of the demonstration lavender beds outside the AWW showroom, as planted in the egg styrofoam and sand-covered mounds established earlier. I’ll post a more step-by-step later, when I’ve more available time. I think the method is worthwhile :)

The final observances of my family’s multiple March birthdays have been celebrated. I was delighted to receive an unexpected gift from one of my oldest, dearest friends, who noted my quest for fabulous silk ties with a large bag of said items. Her husband — another oldest, dearest friend — is a professional wearer of ties.ties_031916.jpgThese are the top five I pulled out for the squiggly vintage Chippendale sofa, and/or throw pillows. The far left is out of focus, but is a delightful fish pattern. The next is an exquisite gray/black circular motif… on through a classic understated Paisley, a retro-looking I don’t even know what, and a brilliant Escher tribute.

Adding to the Spring bounty is another bestowal of wood veneer and samples that would have otherwise gone into landfill, from family member Tony. This is a large roll of oak veneer, and samples of bamboo, cut both horizontally and vertically.more_veneer_031916So, so beautiful, and interesting! May your cups runneth over with unexpected gifts and bounty to share.

6 thoughts on “Lavender, Ties

  1. Barbara W. says:

    Between the poppies and the lavender, you are recreating Eden (for me at least). Will the AWW stock little lavender sachets? Between the veneer and the fabric, I foresee many projects in your near future. I particularly like the “Escher” tie. There is an online documentary about Escher “The Art of the Impossible” hosted by cosmologist and mathematician Professor Sir Roger Penrose that is really worth a look. (Plus Professor Penrose has the best voice ever.)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Oooooh, I’m assuming Prof. Penrose has a suitable British accent. If he’s Scottish, or even from Yorkshire, I’ll be over the moon :) I am so looking this up. Thank you, BW.
      There will be goat milk soaps and cheese scented with lavender and honey. There will be … all the things! I’m looking forward to making this year’s crop of CA poppies. They are possibly less wind-swept than those around the warming hut, so I need to address the foliage more. Maybe.

  2. chrstphrblk says:

    Oh my goodness. Haha I commented on your other post before I read this one and I laughed out loud when I read your comment on mini plants! Then to find out what you were using the ties for! Hahaha!

    Also- SUPER lucky with that veneer! It’s so hard to find around here for some reason!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Time and sequence in the blogosphere is not necessarily linear or even sequential, and laughter is a good response :)
      The veneers *are* a total score. Maybe hunt up a local cabinetmaker’s shop? Tony says they routinely chuck ends and bits; they’d probably be delighted to see it go to good use.

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