monday morning mail…

it’s always nice to take a break and be away from the computer for a while, which is exactly what i did this weekend. it’s even nicer to return and have some really nice messages waiting. here is one from corey. she writes about a handmade card her daughter gave her for mother’s day…

The bottom is a sheet of homemade paper with flower seeds mixed in so I can plant it directly in the ground and it will produce some lovely annuals to last me all season. The top is two layers of colorful construction paper with a message from Rhetta written on the top. All are tied together with a string of rattan – is that what that stuff is called? It’s just lovely and I’m not going to plant it. If she’ll let me I’m gonna keep it like that forever. ?

i call that ribbon “raffia”, and i have a spool of it in my kitchen drawer. i use it to tie up and dry herbs, and for wrapping little gifts. such a nice little touch, rhetta! (as an aside: apparently, raffia is made from palm trees. who knew!)

thanks for sharing, corey!

the seeded paper got me thinking. i know that places like michael’s carry that kind of paper already made in their scrapbooking section. but i wondered if there was a tutorial out there that describes how someone could make paper with seeds of their choosing. so that it could be even more personalized. herbs for someone who loves to cook, daisies for someone who loves wildflowers…

and sure enough, there was this tutorial on canadian living’s website. it seems fairly straightforward. directly from the site:

You need:
20 sheets recyclable paper (such as flyers or phone book pages)
Food colouring (optional)
Flower or herb seeds
Flannel
Sponge, paper or terry-cloth towel

the rest of the instructions are here. anyone out there want to give it a try and let me know how it turns out? c’mon! you know you want to! :-)

did you receive any adorable handmades this weekend from your kids? drop me a line and let me know. i may share it here, with your permission, of course!

have a great day!

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3 Responses to monday morning mail…

  1. smilindown says:

    R’s note made my heart sing! What a beautiful handmade Mother’s Day card. I’ve always wanted to make biodegradable seed paper, too!

  2. Corey says:

    Ah, raffia! I knew it started with an R.

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