So the other day, while out braving the weather with a couple of friends over by the ancient and beautiful Eglise St Germain des Pres, we could not avoid the dozens of ubiquitous holiday chalets lining the boulevard. Barely glancing at the offerings, we walked on by - then stopped, as if by magic - at the one stand featuring hand crafted objects made in in France.
Dozens of beautiful rattle shaped and round, ribbon woven lavender filled treasures fill this gift chalet. Each one unique, each one made by weaving a bundle of dried lavender flowers into the attached stems secured by the loveliest of ribbons in dozens of patterns and colors.
Mr. Franc began his company 6 years ago, after falling in love with the charming 300 year old Mediterranean tradition of welcoming visitors with these intricately woven, sweet smelling 'hearts' - a gift of time and place to take back home as a reminder of the warm welcome and time spent with friends.
According to the Provence Lavande website, custom orders are available for weddings and other special events. You can pick the size, color and ribbon (they will even create a ribbon in the color and design of your choosing) to personalize your Hearts of Lavender sachets.
My friends and I each bought some, they are far to lovely to ignore. Gifts for friends? Perhaps... mine may never go further than my desk top. Though now that I know where they are for the next few weeks, I may have to pay Mr. Franc another visit.
Perhaps I'll see you there?
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