Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Charm of an Old Book

In 1841 Hungary was part of the Habsburg Empire, under the rule of Ferdinand I of Austria - Emperor of Austria, President of the German Confederation, King of Hungary and Bohemia, as well as associated dominions from the death of his father, Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, until his abdication after the Revolutions of 1848. 

This book has come a long way - 171 years have passed since it was published. PRAXIS POLITICA CIVILIS is a political-administrative manual with appliance in the Hungarian territory of the time. Although it didn't have covers, it went through time remarkably well preserved. 

It is written in Latin, thus available for lecture only to someone who knows the ancient language. But in itself it is a special book for an antique collector. It is that incredible feeling of touching history! 

This book has been in my family's library for a long time, and is now on the look for a new owner. If it sends vibrations and you want to know more details, please leave a comment and we will get back to you. Thank you for your interest!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lavender Sachet Charm

Filled with dry lavender buds, those little lavender bags smell wonderfully! Lavender is known for its calming, soothing properties. Its fragrant and sensuous aroma is a great way to lift your mind and spirit. You can put the sachets under your pillow for a restful sleep, you can place them in your dresser or your linen closet to freshen garments, hang them with your clothes or in your car, or even carry one with you in your purse to keep that relaxing scent close to you. 


Lavender is the natural repellent for moths and a charming way to keep your house filled with a fresh, delightful fragrance. When you notice that the scent has weakened, give the bag a squeeze and enjoy the Lavender essentials again! The sachets are made from upcycled, sweet cotton prints, sewn using cotton thread, and contain high quality lavender bought from a trusted producer of herbs for tea and well-being (the bags also contain cotton wool, to keep the shape). The lavender is all natural, no artificial scents added. These sweet lavender bags make charming little gifts for your dear ones or a nice treat for yourself. 

And for a little bit of history (thanks, Wikipedia!): 

The use of Sachets, or scented bags, goes back as early as the Han Dynasty (the second Imperial Dynasty of China), about 2000 years ago. Both boys and girls wore them in the beginning, then scented bags gradually became preferred only by women. In Ancient China a scented sachet was an ornament worn on the body and used to absorb sweat, repel insects and ward off evils, then later became a love token. 

The Romans used it to scent their bathing water and their clothes. Hippocrates considered lavender a powerful tonic for the nerves, holding soothing and healing virtues. Queen Isabella of Spain used fragrant sachets consisting of dried rose and carnation petals, orris and calamus root, and other ingredients like powdered coriander seeds. In the nineteenth century a sachet filled with hops was called a “Pulvinar Humuli” and used by King George the Third and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg to help induce sleep.  


In medieval times the little bag was worn around the neck or dangled from the waist. It was for protection against pestiferous and corrupt air. The sachets contained sweet powders, aromatic calamus, galingale, cloves and other fragrances from a herb or flower garden. 

In our times scented sachets little cloth bags filled with sweet smelling fragrance herbs, dried flowers, citrus fruits. Sachets are laid among linens and garments in dressers, are hung in closets and cupboards, are put into briefcases and luggage, in automobiles, or on the backs of chairs and on doorknobs. Fragrant bags are put under pillows to help one sleep. 

Sachets which contain herbs such as lavender or chamomile, or rosemary seeds, are called "dream pillows" because their ingredients bring on a feeling of well-being and relaxation, and help induce sleep. One type of "sleep pillow" sachet recipe by herb and flower author Penny Black calls for violets, rose petals, rosemary, tonka bean, vanilla bean and a drop of lemon oil. There are also sachets filled with spices like allspice, aniseed, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla beans – they are referred to as “spiced sachets”. 

Other scented sachets are made from the winter savory, lavender, rosemary, tops of hyssop, chippings of cassia ligna, cedar and sassafras. Those sachets are not only used to make garments sweet smelling, but keep away destructive insects and worms. Sachets with dried moth-repellent herbs like wormwook, southernwood, costmary, lavender, pennyroyal, lemon verbena rosemary, rue, sage and tansy are called “moth bags”.  

Below is an image of a Sachet Cusion of the 16th Century - a sweet-bag dating from 1563!  

In 1606 Ram's booklet Little Dodoen gave a sachet formula to take to bed to help one sleep: "Take dry rose leaves keep them in a glass which will keep them sweet and then take powder of mints, powder of cloves in a grosse powder. Put the same to the Rose leaves then put all these together in a bag and take that to bed with you and it will cause you to sleep, and it is good to smell unto at other times." 

Last but not least is the feeling of peace, calm, quietness that one experiences merely looking in lavender's blue-violet tones. The beautiful images of lavender fields speak for themselves! 


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Charming bookmarks

Wishing for a special bookmark? Why not try Amethyst, Murano Rose, Crystal or Meandros metal beads? :) 

 Amethyst Bookmark 

Meandros Bookmark 

Round Murano Rose and Pink Quartz Bookmark  

Oval Murano Rose and Pink Quartz Bookmark 

Pink Quartz Bookmark 

Orange Crystal Bookmark