Perfume Illuminated: Herbes de Provence

When I was a child my mother worked for a boutique in Beverly Hills. On occasion she would travel to Paris for some of her clients, if I was really lucky I went with her, if not she would always bring back wonderful treats. The treats ranged from perfume, cheese, maron glace and cooking herbs.… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Herbes de Provence


Eve has been cleansing for just over a week now, thus the inactivity her at the illuminated journal. First she had a fever which turned into a cough which progressed into a sore throat. The fever disppeared but the throat infection raged on accompanied first with an ear infection on one side followed by the… Continue reading Nightingale

Perfume Illuminated: Absinthe

“Let me be mad… mad with the madness of Absinthe, the wildest,most luxurious madness in the world.”~ Marie Corelli It seemed fitting that as we just celebrated the Autumn Equinox and Harvest Moon that Absinthe should be the one illuminated tis day. Known also as the Green Fairy, Absinthe is a flavored alcoholic spirit from… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Absinthe

Perfume Illuminated: Cilantro

It’s that time of year where Summer festivities are at a peek with fresh foods from the garden, picnics, and fun in the sun. For this celebration of bounty today we illuminate the flavor and fragrance of Cilantro. Cilantro, often termed Chinese parsley, is the green leaves of the Coriander plant Coriandrum sativum. The term… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Cilantro

Aromatic Garland

Herbal and floral garlands, also referred to as “swags”, are a variation on the wreath theme. Spring and summer bring us a plethora of plant materials to make bringing a bit of nature into the home a breeze. My monthly contribution to the Lillyella blog is super simple do it yourself “Herbal Garland” project that… Continue reading Aromatic Garland

Bee-ing there

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call “crystallizing”.   When this happens I loosen the… Continue reading Bee-ing there