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Pressed Flowers!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I have a new favorite hobby...pressing flowers.

 It all started when I found this pocket sized moleskine at Borders. It was on sale since Borders was closing down but I had no use for it since I already have a million other notebook that I write in for a week then forget about. (please tell me I'm not the only one who does this?!) The next day while walking through the woods I thought of the perfect use, to press flowers in! Since there was only one left at Borders I figured it would be gone by the time I went to buy it so I just ordered it off amazon.

For some reason this is ridiculously fun and way more addicting then I ever imagined. I pick nearly one of everything to put in my little notebook. I love flipping through the pages of collected flowers, and leaves and seeing how they've changed. Here are some of my favorites;


And one that was just a test that I didn't think would turn out at all but for obvious reasons became my absolute favorite...

A little tiny mushroom! I didn't think it would end up acceptable at all, I figured it would just rot or something but it's so perfect. I plan on putting many many more mushrooms in my notebook!

Does anyone else press flowers?
xoxo

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  1. This is such a pretty project! I used to press flowers when I was younger, mainly roses from my Nanna's garden... There are so many gorgeous flowers that I wish I had a press of!

    http://www.hiphopsideproject.com

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  2. I never really thought about it, but this post really put it in my mind. It is a pretty hobby, plus a great motivation to spend extended time in the fresh air!

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  3. Ha, yes. funny cause I just started pressing flowers too.
    I should go check my books actually to see how they turned out.

    Love how the yellow and purple flowers turned
    out.

    Are you going to frame them too, or just keep them in your note book?

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  4. Don't worry, I do that with journals too. I haven't filled a hand-written notebook that wasn't school related since middle school, probably.

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  5. I did it every summer when I was little. I would love start doing it again.
    My grandma makes lots of paintings with pressed flowers, they are beautiful, she makes very small ones, but also enormous ones. Then she heads to the nearest market and sells them along with other things made with pressed flowers (diaries, boxes, etc).
    You woke up some memories =)
    Juliette

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  6. I wonder how well that would work with roses. Maybe I'll give it a try next time. Right now I hang my rosees upside down to dry. And when they're done I put them back into a vase ^^

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  7. I have about 20 notebooks that I've written in the first 5 pages of, then forgotten about them. I thought I was the only one!! Why do we lose motivation for them so quickly!?
    I used to press flowers all the time, I actually have a flower press! But I never know what to do with them...But sticking them in a notebook is a great idea! Or simply taking a picture to make a memory of them might be a good idea!
    I wish I was artistic enough to make something beautiful with them.

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  8. Such a great idea! I should start pressing!

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  9. Oh these are so perfect! I found a little flower press while thrifting last week and am kind of kicking myself I didn't take it home, but you can never go wrong with the classic flower and book press. Love the photos!
    Hope you have an inspired rest of your week!
    Much Love,
    Crystal

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  10. I just started doing this again too! I used to do it a lot when I was little, and it's still so much fun indeed ^^

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  11. You might even end up pressing a fairy in there :)

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  12. I used to press flowers as a child. I have a plastic flower press. One year I wanted a fancy flower press for my birthday, but I guess I lost interest in pressing flowers before that, and my parents paid attention! So, I still have a purple plastic flower press somewhere.

    I also do the "write in a journal for a week and then forget about it" thing. And I buy journals compulsively, so I have a ton of them around with less than a quarter of their pages in use. Sigh. I am making an effort to stop buying journals until I use the ones I have!

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  13. I don't press flowers, but this makes me want to start!! Seriously.

    And yes, I am the exact same way with notebooks. There is something about cute ones that makes me want to buy them then NEVER use them because I don't want to waste them or something. My collection is huge. =]

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  14. Ive been pressing since I was a little girl. My dad made me my very own flower press out of the wood we used in our house. I love it!

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  15. Knitting Nebula, that's so awesome!!

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  16. I found a notebook at the bottom of a drawer the other day, could not remember what was in it, opened it and so many pretty pressed flowers I must have done years ago fell out!

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  17. I love this! Pressed flowers are so pretty.

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  18. i love your idea! i just press flowers to my mirrors but then they start drying faster & eventually they're gone

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  19. My friend gave me the sweetest frame for my birthday! I had pressed flowers, stamps, and other cute little details. It looks great on my wall! She also presses them with glass on both sides and hangs them in the window. Let us know what you do with yours!
    Nikki
    PS: Check out my new vintage shop!
    http://littlebitvintage.com

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  20. When my sister and I were younger our mom had a book on identifying wildflowers, and it was always fun to go pick flowers and see if we could find them in the book. We still have that book after all these years with the pressed flowers still intact.

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  21. um, yes. My house is filled with books that are filled with flowers. I make cards with them and put some on canvas. And my mom just gave me a real press today! Cuh-razy coincidence.

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  22. When I was a kid I always pressed flowers between phone books. Now and then I still do this, like with the rose I got at our theatre premiere to preserve memories :)

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  23. Ah! I love pressing flowers, I have this super neat press that I got in S.F and I'm always bringing home pretty leaves and flowers to put in it. Love it.

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  24. I love pressed flowers. I gave some to my mom one mother's day from places we'd been throughout the year before.

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  25. eep! this looks like such a adorable way to keep the seasons and beautiful flowers close. I am definitely going to try this!
    How do they stick to the pages? Is it just because they have been pressed down so much?

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  26. I have been pressing flowers for YEARS. Just make sure you don't put them too close (in pages) to each other, the paper absorbs the water from the flowers and that makes them get dry and all that stuff. Also, make sure you keep the little notebook under heavy books at nights, that keep away the oxygen from the drying flower, which prevents rotting!

    I usually put my flowers in between newspaper that is then put in between very heavy (my school books) books. Every week or so I change the paper. After a month or more (depends on how big the flower is), I move the flower to a little notebook I have. I also collect dry butterflies like this! But I don't kill the butterflies, I usually find them dead in my pool.

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  27. Some of my best memories are of collecting four leafed clovers to press in our family dictionary. I still have a few of them.

    What a fabulous idea to carry around a notebook dedicated to pressing flowers, though! I'm going to have to try this.

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  28. i love your posts SO much! this is such a great idea! and, no, you are not the only one with the millions of notebooks that only have a few pages written on them. i have soooo many notebooks. i don't even know why. a nice pen and a notebook are one of my favorite simple pleasures in life!

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  29. such pretty pictures! i used to love pressing flowers as well, but i haven't done it in a while.

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  30. I buy journals a lot because I like the art but some times I don't even write in them at all. I use to press flowers in a fairy tale book but this gives me an excuse to buy yet another notebook.

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  31. Im not patient enough! Although I lovelovelove how you collect mushrooms! I love doing spore prints but never considered preserving them; I think I'll give that a try.

    peace <3 & (A)-
    Chey

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  32. Those are cute <3 I use to do this its cool to see ppl still do it

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  33. Wow - I haven't pressed flowers since I was a kid. But I used to love it so much! Maybe I should start up again. Your book looks so lovely and whimsical.

    Also - I am guilty of buying a notebook, writing in for a while & then forgetting it. The I find it later and wonder why I stopped.

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  34. Cute! I used to when I was younger. Once I pressed flowers in library books as a kid, which was a real bad idea since the pages wrinkled. I still feel a bit bad about it but the flowers came out great.

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  35. I want to do more flower pressing. I do this too and I love it. It kinda makes me feel like I get to keep the beauty of the moment forever. Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  36. I used to press leaves when I was a kid! This post makes me want to start doing it again!

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  37. I love pressing flowers! (Especially when it is spring). I never tried pressing a mushroom though!

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  38. I don't press flowers, but I'm absolutely going to start now! What a beautiful little collection of pages you have there! I mean wow! Thanks for inspiring me :)

    www.herhappyheart.blogspot.com

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  39. I used to do this as a kid and I just love the idea of bringing it back.

    ps love your blog new follower here !

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  40. Eeep! Thank you all for all the kind comments! I'm so glad to inspired a few of you to start. :)

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  41. We did this one summer when I was little, and then we used some wax to press them onto the sides of pillar candles and contact paper to secure them to books covered in plain white butcher paper. I still have one of the books, too!

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  42. Cool! I have about a trillion slightly-used notebooks because for some reason I can't not buy them but really don't need them. Maybe I'll try pressing flowers in there!

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  43. I usually only press leaves. I usually forget about them for a long time after. I use them in my scrapbooks to decorate the pages! I think I will have to try flowers when they start to grow!

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  44. What a cool hobby! I love it!! I used to press flowers when I was younger but haven't in probably 20 years. You're making me want to try again! Such beautiful delicate creativity. :)

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