Monday, March 22, 2010

once a seed






photo by Dan Harding/pacificimages.biz

flowers for gazing and smelling, flowers for photographing, flowers for pressing, can you ever get enough of flowers? i made these pressings for my daughters birthday on thursday. but she'll have to wait a few more weeks before they are ready to be framed. i got her her own flower press too. she'll be happy.

chuck is wandering through coreopsis on anacapa island, on a photo flower safari. if you would like to see a recent slide show of some of his wildflower images, go here.


♥ lori


30 comments:

  1. I think I will take up this hobby. So pretty. I love the letters.

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  2. The flower press is so dainty and lovely. It melts your heart away. Chuck's pics are amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    My stuffs have finally been shipped out, yeay! That was a huge relief. I am able to enjoy the early blossoms around the neighbourhood now before flying back home next week.

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  3. I love the flower picture ...it's beautiful !!I hope your daughter has a great day on thursday, and you too.
    The wildflower photos took my breath away, they are so good. Chuck is very talented and thank you so much for sharing these exquisite images.
    xxx

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  4. Very beautiful, Lori. I use to press flowers when I was small, and had completely forgotten about that until now. Thanks for the reminder. :)
    Pssst! I have a birthday daughter today!

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  5. You are so artistic Lori -- I am impressed with those flower pressings ... and I know that if I was your daughter I would be thrilled to receive such a personal expression. Your rock Lori!

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  6. wow - i didn't even know there were flower press - I always press them in books.

    And the pictures are just amazing. You both are so talented.

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  7. That "LOVE" is so cool! I totally want to DO THAT!

    Thank you for sharing all of the great pics!
    Happy spring!

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  8. Beautiful! If this is something that doesn't take up much time or space perhaps I could take it up.

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  9. nancy,

    with so many beautiful flowers where you live it would be a great hobby! you don't need a press, heavy books will do fine.
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    3years,

    congratulations on getting all the packing/shipping done! that was a big job! maybe you can pick a few blooms for a keepsake (just use a book). thank you for saying that about my husbands photos! i am so glad you enjoyed them.
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    sally anne,

    thank you! i love his photos too, i am so proud of him. i am so happy you enjoyed them.

    the flower pictures are from various weeds and blossoms, ferns, gerber daisys, anything i can find. i wanted to press some from the desert but you aren't allowed to pick those flowers.
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    natsy,

    happy birthday to your baby! and to you too mama. flower pressing is fun isn't it?
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    Lyn,

    thank you! she will be, she loves things handmade :)
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    bhavana,

    i use books too for larger pressings! i have collected flower presses for years though, i like them.
    thank you very much for the compliment.
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    tulsa,

    i think you'll have a lot of fun, you don't need a press, a book will do.
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    whitney lee,

    i think it would be perfect for you, it takes up no space if you already have books and only a small amount of table to play with your flowers once they are pressed and ready!

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  10. You are such a talented and artistic woman Lori. Your art work is always a joy to see.
    Right off to check out Chuck's pics now.
    xx

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  11. Just to come back and say what amazing photographs of flowers that Chuck has taken. A very talented family.
    xx

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  12. i really need to research where AZ's wildflowers are. i heard that we are going to have a rocking season of wildflowers due to all the rain we got this winter. can't wait!

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  13. Lovely! I'm in such a flower-mood because of spring! Can't wait to check out the photos for more inspiration :)

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  14. Wow!! I just love coming here. Everything is so lovely...... beautiful really. I get a big smile each time I visit!!

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  15. Lovely!

    Enjoyed the slide show!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I use a bookmark that is made with pressed flowers that my now grown daughter made many years ago - very special!

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  17. hi lori! in my research of az's wildflowers, i came across this website. thought i would pass it along!
    http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html

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  18. thanks rosaria! i'm so glad you enjoyed!
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    thanks mandy, i truly appreciate your words, i'll let chuck know too, i know he'll smile :)
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    kavita, did you find out?? and thank you so much for the link, it is one we use alot. It should be helpful to you too.
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    tracy, there are a lot of places down your way too, check out the link from bodaat, it's helpful.
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    manon, wow, thank you! i'm thinking of you in the desert, i'm sure your enjoying it alot! getting inspiration for new paintings?!
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    tina, thank you, i'll let chuck know :) and that bookmark is precious. thank you for sharing that!
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    diana,
    same to you! thank you!

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  19. that first love shot was enough to tie my heart in knots for the rest of the day--good knots,knot bad knots :)

    lori, you and chuck are incredible together. i can only imagine what you both see and share on your gallivants. i was bowled over by his meadow and flower photos. you are both so talented.

    i wish you would invite me to dinner and after the dishes are washed you would show me your very favorite pictures of all the ones that you and chuck have taken.
    i would bring wine, hot biscuits, dessert, and my neverending love and friendship.

    :) with love aplenty,
    kj

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  20. What a lovely blog you have here. It's adorable and I love the feeling of peace and warmth it gives off. :)

    Thanks for stopping by mine.

    Happy Wednesday!

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  21. Wow, it's been so long since I pressed any flowers. I used to do it all the time, especially when we lived in California so long ago...

    Chuck's photos are just amazing! Inspiring, really!!

    Hope you are having a great week!! Love, Silke

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  22. Lori there is so much love in what you do!

    I missed you on my journey. It was a rough one, but amazing all the same. My photos aren't nearly as good as yours, but I'll try to get them up for you very soon. (I went rhino hunting with my camera and never caught one, but I did get a decent crocodile photo.)

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  23. I LOVE, LOVE, Love the LOVE picture ~ once you press the flowers do you just glue them onto the paper or do you paint them with a clear adhesive? I am curious on the process ~ maybe that could be a future post? I would love more details ! You are an artist on so many levels ! Celebrate!

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  24. kj, thank you for your comment, thank you times ten! you are welcome anytime for dinner! we are getting ready to have another slide show, chuck still takes film, so that's how we do it. it's always a lot of fun, he's a good speaker (unlike me)i love to see peoples faces as they watch and ask questions.
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    Sophia,
    thank you dear! i was thinking the same about yours, thank you for letting me come and look at the snow!
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    Silke, thank you! pressing flowers is just so quick and easy, but with such lovely results. don't you love it?! thank you for the kind words about chuck, he'll be happy.
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    Jeri,
    i feel as i've just been there, your journal is amazing, i'm really looking forward to more. and thank you so much!
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    Deb,
    thank you! i used a tiny, tiny paint brush with glue and tweezers to get the bits just right. they'll stay under a big stack of books for another month, after staying in the press for several weeks. then it can be framed. thats a good question about preserving though, i'll have to google it. i think anything other than a spray of some kind would be too much since these are so delicate.

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  25. Hi Lori

    I loved your flower power!

    and Chuck's wildflowers are just wonderful...thank him from me...I love to see your stretch of the coast.

    happy days

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  26. What a brilliant idea! And so beautiful, too. Art which was once a seed to a beautiful girl who was once a seed. Happy birthday to your daughter!

    Come to think of it, I have a couple of flower presses around here somewhere...and they have things in there that I squashed several years ago.... I guess it's about time to see if they're done.

    My GOSH, Chuck's photos were incredible! I love the idea of going on a flower safari. Must do that someday.

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  27. thank you for the reminder of flower pressing.

    i love what you have made here... it's very beautiful.

    you're a clever cookie Lori ;)

    xx Ribbon

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xoxo lori