Today marks the start of one of my favorite weeks of the whole year--Earth Week! I'm celebrating the beautiful place we call home in so many ways this week, so read on to find out how!
Calling all Instagrammers!
I'm excited to share another branding update with you! I've enlisted my friend and fellow flower-loving Oakland artist, Maria Schoettler, to reimagine the instructions card for my flower pressing kits. I couldn't be happier with the outcome--see below!
Maria illustrated the new flower pressing instructions card with charming drawings to depict each step. They're perfect for Spring hikes and Summer getaways!
This season's designs express Spring's lightness and Summer's warmth through bright turquoise and rich terracotta accents and some brand new flowers and leaves. Discover our newest leaf with a beautifully natural name snow on the mountain, the delicate, creamy Shasta daisy, plus the brand new diamond-shaped copper hoops + more!
One of the most rewarding aspects of my business is working with newlywed couples to preserve their wedding flowers and create botanical accessories to memorialize their special day. I’ve worked with dozens of brides in this way and each jewelry collection is so unique, so I’m beyond excited to share a handful of them with you here! Special thanks to the couples who generously shared their weddings and photos.
August in Baltimore, Maryland
Amy, along with the help of her family, took full advantage of her late summer wedding and grew her own wedding flowers--isn't that amazing?! We preserved over a dozen varieties of flowers from her bouquet, including zinnias, queen anne's lace, river oats, daisies, and sunflowers; and created a custom set of accessories that truly represent the diversity of her botanicals.
October in Oakland, California
Emily celebrated her wedding at the beautiful Temescal Beach House in Oakland during the warm Bay Area autumn. Since she's local, Emily dropped off her flowers to IMPRESSED by nature headquarters at Makers Workspace a couple days after her wedding, and I took care of pressing them, including mint, sage, tulips, thistle, sunflowers, and white, purple and pink roses. When we started discussing her jewelry, Emily was clear that she wanted to create pieces for her bridesmaids to commemorate the day with them, so we made a special pair of earrings for each one!
October in Brookfield, Connecticut
Amanda enlisted a variety of flowers with warm autumn tones to complement her New England wedding at The Candlewood Inn. Together we preserved eucalyptus, hydrangeas, roses, daisies, protea leaves, ranunculus, and amaranth. Amanda was inspired by Amy's mixed petal necklaces (above), so we created a similar piece with her unique botanicals.
July in Finger Lakes, New York
Katie's mid-summer wedding in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York featured a gorgeous bouquet of pinks and purples. We created a set of earrings for her loved ones using delphinium, clematis, and rose petals, plus we made a silver tie clip for Katie's husband.
August in San Rafael, California
Katie of Flower Mama, Jackie's friend and florist, reached out to preserve her friend's wedding flowers and make some keepsake jewelry pieces. Not only did Katie create traditional bouquets, she also designed and built a breathtaking arch installation for the summer ceremony at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin. Many of the flowers we pressed, including peonies, daisies, dahlias, zinnias, snow on the mountain, delphinium, queen anne's lace, and lisianthus, came from this piece. It was a fun flip to work with the florist rather than the couple to create pieces this time around!
November in Orlando, Florida
Nicole's Disney World wedding featured an entirely red bouquet of anemones. Her bouquet included other Disney elements, including adorable Mickey Bar floral pins from Enchanted Sweet Spot. It was fun creating unique pieces with a single color palette for a change!
Interested in preserving your wedding flowers?
For many people, gift wrapping is an afterthought. But I think you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't appreciate a beautifully wrapped gift, so I've gathered together 25 ideas to help you get inspired this year! From DIY bamboo wrapping paper to sewn flower embellishments, all of these decorative wraps are inspired by nature.
DIY Wrapping Paper
Seriously, with just a leaf and some paint, you can create this beautifully minimalist paper. Or use copies of botanical prints to for a fun floral wrap.
Don't skimp on the gift tags--from printables to wood pieces, there are plenty of options!
Top your parcels with a little extra special something from Mother Nature.
Chances are you or someone you know has a mild or full-blown obsession with all things botanical. I can certainly relate! That's why I put some of my favorite floral finds together in one place for you to shop or share with your loved ones. Even more, many of them are made by my favorite small businesses and they're all under $100. Happy Holidays!
Teal and cranberry are two of my favorite color combinations, which is why I love this cool and warm tone pairing for a special holiday party. These teal fringe booties perfectly dress up this ivory silk tank and cranberry smocked shorts. Just add black tights and the sweet william choker with teal and gold glass beads and you’re good to go!
One of my favorite times to do holiday shopping is on select evenings when my neighborhood stores keep their doors open just a little later and offer refreshments, it’s so festive! The neutral basics in this outfit pair easily with the rich cranberry boots and double-chevron cranberry and cream hydrangea necklace--perfect for a cool evening of boutique hopping. Here’s a list of Bay Area neighborhood events that are fun for your holiday excursions.
Grab your PSL (or make your own) and head to the Thanksgiving table with this floral long-sleeved mini dress and ochre suede knee-high boots. Don’t forget your luscious cranberry wool coat and limited edition dogwood pressed flower petal earrings to complete this entirely autumn outfit.
Even though it’s officially sweater season, there’s always room to accessorize your favorite knitwear with a little floral fun. Pair these dainty baby’s breath dangles with your cool weather wardrobe to add a hint of sun and warmth.
This season's designs exude the rich warmth of autumn and cool calm of winter. There's a number of new floral additions, including delphinium, baby's breath, sweet william, plus some limited edition dogwood pieces. I hope you'll find something to suit your fall and winter wardrobe!
I'm beyond excited to share this sneak peek at the new Fall + Winter 2017 jewelry designs with you! I worked with Ella Sophie to create this natural, autumn photoshoot in the Oakland Hills. Belle Sophie and Chelsea Dier are the beautiful and sweet models. Click below to view the lookbook and stay tuned for the full collection release in September!
August is totally the Sunday of summer BUT! While you're soaking up these last long, warm days, rest assured that there's so much more beauty to come in Fall! Here's a glimpse at my color inspiration for the new jewelry collection--isn't it pretty? The brand new designs are almost ready to reveal so stay tuned for sneak peeks
As you plan for your warm weather events--spring flings, backyard barbecues and the like--consider adding a little floral fun to your party drinks! This quick and easy tutorial will leave your guests impressed by nature ;)
I made these edible flower ice cubes for my backyard birthday party and they were a huge hit! They only took a bit of preparation and added so much to all of the drinks my guests enjoyed. After all, who doesn't love a little botanical pick me up?
Edible Flower Ice Cubes
- edible flowers -- You can usually find a selection of edible flowers at your local grocery store in the herbs section. If you want to harvest your own, click here for a list of flowers you can eat.
- ice cube trays -- Click here for the brand I used to make square cubes.
1. Collect your flowers and make sure to wash them--look out for bugs if you harvested your own. You might choose a specific color palette or a confetti of flower fun, like I did! Each flower has a different flavor, so you might try some flavor pairings. I noticed that once the cubes melted, some guests were adventurous enough to eat the petals, but a lot of guests simply enjoyed them floating in the drink as a garnish.
2. Fill each compartment of the ice tray halfway with water. Sprinkle some flower petals in each space and then fill the rest of the way with water. I found it helpful to use a pitcher to top off each compartment so that they didn't overflow. Many of the petals will float to the top. I recommend pushing them down to make sure they're wet, which will help them sink a bit. If you have time, you can double freeze them to disperse the flowers more evenly. Fill the compartments halfway with water and flowers, freeze them, and then add more petals and water to top off the cubes and freeze again. I used this method for half of my cubes and loved adding these lovely chamomile flowers to the top!
4. Leave the cubes to freeze overnight. If you're making multiple batches, store them in paper bags in the freezer to avoid sticking together.
5. Add them to your favorite beverage and enjoy!
If you try this project, I'd love to hear what flowers you used! Share in the comments below.
Since I was a young girl, I've felt a strong connection to flowers. My dad likes to tell a story that when I was around seven years old, I played as a defender onmy local soccer team and instead of guarding the goal, you could usually find me picking flowers in an empty area of the field.
Lately, I've been reflecting on the evolution of my flower obsession and how it's grown into this creative endeavor. I feel more connected to the natural world than ever and so passionate about sharing it with others through my pressed flower jewelry.
So, today, as I celebrate my 33rd year on this flower-filled earth, I want to send a special offer your way. If you're interested in bringing some flowers into yours or your loved one's lives, please enjoy 33% off today through Memorial Day :)
Take 33% off everything in the online shop this weekend (excludes gift certificates). Use code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY at checkout. Valid now through 11:59pm PST on Monday 5/29.
Earth Week is here and I hope you're finding ways to celebrate our beautiful planet! If you're not sure what to do or think 'I don't have time for that!'--trust me, there are some VERY easy actions you can take today. PLUS we're giving away something special!
In honor of Earth Week, we've got a special giveaway happening--this lovely necklace from the new spring collection uses green sage leaves from my own garden (as local as it gets!) and could be all yours.
All you have to do is participate in Earth Day Network's Billion Acts of Green campaign in order to help them reach 3 billion acts of green by 2020, and then share it with us on Instagram. From using reusable bags to eating less meat (Meatless Mondays!), there's something for every budget and lifestyle. The giveaway is happening over on Instagram.
Here's how you can enter to win:
1. Follow @impressedbynature on Instagram
2. Like this post
3. Comment on the post with your act of green + tag a friend
Bonus! Get an extra entry if you post a photo of your act of green on IG + tag @impressedbynature
Rules: One entry per person. Complete all steps by 11:59pm PST on 4/21. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Instagram on Earth Day 4/22.
The natural world has always been a source of calm and creativity throughout my life. As a child, my siblings and I would spend hours exploring the outdoors, including a real-life batcave! Years later as a teacher, my kindergarten students and I spent months creating elaborate fairy dwellings using natural found objects. Now, in my current life’s passion, I spend my days fawning over pressed flowers and leaves to create my natural jewelry designs. Running a business is not always relaxing, so in moments of stress and busyness, I continue to find ease and joy in the natural world around me--quite literally, stopping to smell the flowers. I think it’s safe to say that nature is my self-care muse!
As we celebrate the earth this month, I'd like to share a floral DIY project with you: pressed flower luminaries. If you aren't familiar with how to press flowers, pick up a mini flower pressing kit in the shop--it's affordable and easy to learn! Flower pressing is a tradition that dates back to ancient Egypt. It's a simple process that dries plant materials in a natural manner that maintains much of the color and integrity of the plant. The careful process encourages mindfulness of action as well as a deep connection to the natural world, and the end results leaves the door open for numerous creative projects. This is just one option for you to try out.
Pressed Flower Luminaries
Pressed flowers and leaves (use thin plant materials for this project)
Washi or clear tape
1. Cut four 5”x10” wax paper rectangles.
2. Fold each rectangle in half to create 5”x5” squares.
3. Open up each folded piece and place dried flowers or leaves on one side of the fold. Fold the top layer back down with flowers inside.
4. Briefly run the iron (on medium setting) over the top layer to seal the two layers together. Do not leave the iron on the wax paper for too long or it will melt! Repeat with all four squares.
5. Line up all four sealed squares in a row. Use the washi tape to connect them on the seams where they meet.
6. Fold along each seam to create a square box and tape the final seam together.
7. Place the luminary near a bright window and let the natural daylight outline the beautiful colors and shapes of the plants or add a small tealight or battery-operated candle in the center and watch the petals illuminate at night.
TIP: Make a set of differently sized luminaries by playing with the dimensions of the wax paper walls.
Get in the mood for your sunny spring weekend with something bright and floral, like this summer peach top and floral print shoes. Accessorize with the yellow coreopsis hoop necklace and some round shades.
Perfect for a night on the town or an afternoon garden party, this floral-embellished top with scalloped edges recalls the glamorous 1920s. Pair it with grass-green trousers and vintage leather mules, plus creamy layered white rose earrings for a complete spring outfit.
Who says dates always have to happen at night? Stroll through the park, hit the museum or do some wine tasting with your lovely in this ultra-springy ensemble. A pastel top with a high neckline is my favorite canvas for a unique necklace like the purple hydrangea hoop necklace.