Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

For Christmas I will give you 
.....drum roll please.....
Our FIRST event for 2011.

is  holding their
12th Annual Women on the Move Champagne Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by the McCarthey Family is Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Lavender Hill will be donating 30% of It's profits to 
The National MS  Society.  

12th Annual Women on the Move Schedule:
10:30 a.m. – Champagne Reception & MS Boutique open
12:00 p.m. – Program, Luncheon and Fashion Show
Save your seat today by purchasing tickets online, please click here. Tickets are $80 per person ($50 is a direct donation to the Society and tax deductible).

For more information click:  HERE


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter in the Valley

 Looking South on a sunny winter afternoon.
 Looking out over the valley, and a little blue sky over the lavender rows.
This is my favorite.  Poppy's Garden Shed with a little snow on top.  
Bundle up, winter has just begun.  

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Where does this door lead?

This is the question of the year. 
If you think you know the answer, let me know. 
Don't worry, I will tell you the answer in 2011.

What is on your coffee table?

One of my winter "To-Do" things is to catch up on some reading.  Over the summer our customers have suggested a few titles that we should read.  This is what our coffee table in our lavender office currently looks like.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lavender Pictures

During the winter it is hard to post NEW pictures of our lavender.  So, instead I post pictures of our events and the shops that our products are in.  I know I may go a bit overboard when I talk about some of the boutiques and they really don't have much to do about "Lavender", but I found them interesting, and maybe you might too. 
 This picture is from this summer and I don't think
that I have posted it yet
(I was saving it for the right time). 

Lavender Hill @ The Cultural Celebration - Winter Market

The last boutique of the year for Lavender Hill was Cultural Celebration in WVC.  This event was full of music, dance, singing and holiday decorations.
The big tree in the foyer. 
 Our booth was in the World Bazaar
 Lavender Hill Booth
Looking over the room.  My little camera doesn't do it justice.  There were jewelry vendors, artists,  the chocolate guy, paper craft from Germany, stained glass...and much MUCH more.
 Out in the foyer they had a "Gingerbread House Competition".  There were houses made by all ages and cultures.  So there was a little pueblo gingerbread house. 
This one was so detailed.
 Across the way they had the Cultural Trees and Wreaths.  I had to get a picture of this one decorated by the Cancer Society. (It is Purple!)

 All of the trees and wreaths represented a different culture. There were at least 20 different trees. 
A WONDERFUL display.
 All day long during the boutique there was music and song. There were 4 man quartets, a drummer and Samoan dancers. Different groups came and played instruments from their country.  The dance groups danced dances that represented their heritage.

I wish I had a bigger flash.  The costumes were so detailed. 
Next year this event should be on your calendar.  It was the BEST Holiday Show I have been to all year.
 There were actually multiple events at the Cultural Arts Center.  This picture shows a few. 
 The pictures below show a few of my favorite decorations.
 This wreath was decorated by the Garden Club.  It had little seed packets, veggies (fake), and tools tied into the wreath.  Being a fellow Gardener, I voted for this one. 
 The PURPLE cancer tree again.  And last but not least from AAA tree  "Buckle Up".  And drive safe through the Holidays!
 Merry Christmas! 

Holiday @ the English Garden

I also went to the English Garden at the SLC Library to restock our Lavender Hill display this week.  Here are a couple of little cute things Ximena had. 
Holiday  Decorations
 Delicate Topiary
 Jasmine...Have you ever smelled a live jasmine before?  I love them.  I also love the smell of a lemon tree in bloom. ( Regularly $25.00, but with their Holiday Sale it is only $20.00)
Wonderful Ximena, She and her husband run and own The English Garden. They have been in the Library for 8 years now.
Remember I said that I would get a picture of the inside of the Library when it was day light?  Well here it is.  I was lucky on the day I went because I got to hear the Children's choir singing from the 2nd floor. 
The English Garden's Holiday sale is: 20% off any one regular price item. 

Blooming Amaryllis? - Willard Bay Gardens

I went to restock our display at Willard Bay Gardens.  Lavender Hill's 30% off Holiday Sale goes to Dec 21st.  I first said that it would go through December, but that won't work if the store is closed.  Barney and Della head to warmer climates for Christmas. 
While I was there this amaryllis was in bloom.  There were 15 or so more Bigger ones in different colors that were starting to send up shoots.  I bet they will bloom right around Christmas.  
 So head on in and get an Amaryllis for that green thumb friend.  They are still having their 20% off sale for gift certificates.  These are perfect for the gardener in your family.

Snow Covered Lavender

It is a good thing that I have this little lavender marked. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Season of Change?

Dear Readers,

Do you remember me talking about our "A-Z To Do List"?  Updating the blog layout was letter "E" on that list. You may notice a few things are different.  I have added "Pages".  These tabs are on the right. You can click on a tab to read about the markets or events that we have been at. The "FOOD" page is still under construction, but this is where I will put pictures of the things we make with lavender.  Yumm.

Notice the Wand Making's easy to find.
Carli Brewer

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday at Wisebird Bookery

When you go into the Wisebird Bookery you may notice a few things are different.  We have set up our holiday display and Grounds for Coffee is now serving homemade chili and cornbread for lunch. $5.50 a bowl and you get to sit next to the warm fireplace. Do you see it in the background?
Christmas books for all ages.
Santa is checking his list while having French Crepes on Saturdays.
Jen is making Eggnog Lattes and Pumpkin Spice Steamers. 
Tis' the season for yummy things.
Holiday gift sets are in stock.  I will be making up a couple more lavender gift combinations in the next week. A culinary gift basket and a bath and body gift basket. Pictures to come.

Novemberfest - Logan

I didn't look at the temperatures for last weekend in Logan, Utah. 
But, I am guessing it was between "freeze your ears off Fahrenheit" and
 "frost bite on your nose Celsius". 
Novemberfest was a hit!
We set up on Thanksgiving Eve and the boutique ran Friday and Saturday.  I was so busy I wasn't able to take many photos.  Actually this is really the only one I took. I guess being busy is a good thing though. This was taken from the upper level looking down. 
Thank you Logan Novemberfest for a great weekend and we hope to see you next year!

Working with Family

2010 is coming to a close as well as markets and boutiques.  
The winter is a time for us to:
A: relax (for about a week), 
B: write next year's calendar
C: fine tune the new and up coming products for 2011
D: I would write more here, but I am sure that you don't want
     to read our A-Z "To-Do" list. 

Even though we have a break from craft shows and Farmer's Markets, it is not a break from working.  Thankfuly there are perks to having a family business like, flexible schedules and being able to take your kids to work. Though for some, a family business is difficult. In order to make it work for us we have established boundaries, lines of communication and many other rules to adhere to.

 I found an article written by another locally based family business owner.  In the article Eva talks about the transition and bumps they encountered.  I found it comforting to know that there were other small businesses who had already cleared the hurdles we are just now encountering.

Eva with Sycamore Street Press wrote this article: Click Here .  There is a link to their blog in the article where you will find the most adorable hand designed cards, wedding invitations and paper craft. 

So, press forward small business dreamers and remember to:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I couldn't resist.

During a 4 day boutique with 100 vendors you are bound to find SOMETHING that you just have to have.  Here is my, "Have to Have". 

Utah Cultural Celebration Center

Lavender Hill will be at Utah's Cultural Celebration Center for their 2010 Winter Market.
Handcrafted arts, music & dance, food and a Holiday tree exhibit.
Saturday, Dec 4, 10am - 8 pm.
Head through the Artist Alley into the World Bazaar to find us. Cash only, NOT a central check out.

1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, Utah

Holiday Display at Aunt Elsie's

If you are going to Gardner Village be sure to stop in at Aunt Elsie's.  We just set up our new display for the Holidays.  I think they just had their Midnight Madness sale on Saturday. I would have to double check but I think they are having a "buy one Christmas ornament and get the second free" and a couple other sales. 

I am a sucker for Snowmen and cute Santas.
There are a few at Aunt Elsie's.

New Things for the Holidays

Tea Paddy: Let your warm tea pot relax on this lavender filled tea paddy.

Lavender Toss: Toss into your drawer or your dryer to give your linens a fresh lavender fragrance.  Contains 3 pouches.  You can use them 4-5 times in your dryer (depending on the fabrics you are drying) Squeeze before each use.  You can even put them under your pet's bedding to calm them down and make it smell good.
Holiday Gift Set: Great for stocking stuffers. Lavender Chocolate, lip moisturizer and a lavender mini.  Available at the Holiday Boutiques.