Flower Pressing

A gift card made for me by my three year old daughter and my wife using dried/pressed flowers.

For as long as I have known her, my wife has been picking wild flowers to bring home, press and dry for future use.  Now we’ve got our daughter in on the hobby.

We try to help our daughter understand that, if she is to pick wild flowers or plants, it should be for the purpose of preserving and spreading their beauty, not just destroying them because she is stronger than they are.  While out on hikes, my daughter frequently collects leaves and flowers, bringing them to me for pressing between the pages of my journal (which I carry most places), to keep safe therein for later adornment to cards and crafts.

It has always been my policy to personally answer all of the snail-mail I receive (Sometimes that takes me a while, but I do my best.)    For many years I have used pre-printed letter head, but beginning this year I plan on using my own hand-made gift cards.  Some will be adorned with pressed flowers and some may feature my original photography (as seen on my website and the headers of this blog).

Maybe I’ll even put my daughter to work collecting the flowers to press. 😉

Categories: Functional Art, Reduce Reuse Recycle

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6 thoughts on “Flower Pressing

  1. I LOVE this idea about handmade gift cards using your pressed flowers. Very creative! Maybe even I will receive one of them from you one day 😉

  2. …well my friend, it seems to me I owe you like a million letters (and emails!) so the chances are pretty darn good. 😉

  3. Masha’Allah, a wonderful and creative gift. I too have been a mad flower-pressing nature girl, preserving certain beauties in heaps of books.

    I’m so glad I found your green blog.

    Much love and respect from Britain,
    The Eco Muslim.

  4. Thank you so much for joining me here. Indeed ~ pressing leaves and flowers can also be such a wonderful way of preserving memories. I still have pressing from almost 20 years ago and whenever I accidentally happen upon them while seeking out information in my Encyclopedia collection, I am amazing that I often actually recall the exact circumstances where I picked them, plucked them or were given them as gifts.

    (…and yes, I am one of those die-hard library lovers who still does reference actual Encyclopedia BOOKS for knowledge and doesn’t always just go to Wikipedia first as my authority on everything.) 😉

  5. iffatali

    Salaam again
    So if we were to write to you in order to receive a handwritten reply… 🙂 what address would we be writing to?? 🙂

  6. 🙂 All my mail gets to me in Pakistan via my Canadian address at:
    Enter Into Peace
    3-133 Weber Street North,
    Suite 314,
    Waterloo, Ontario
    N2J 3G9

    Thanks to Google Maps I don’t publicly publish my home address in Pakistan. Random snake charmers and Pakistani Intelligence officers are enough for a hermit like me to deal with… opening up my home address to Google Maps might just invite too many knocks on the door. 😉

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