Pressed Flowers from the Holy Land


I have a weakness for interesting paper items and pressed flowers so when the two come together resistance is futile. I purchased this small pressed flower card for one dollar from a loose collection at my new favourite store in the known universe, Uncommon Objects. I have been there twice already and plan to make at least one more visit before leaving Austin. Uncommon Objects is an unique antique/beautiful junk store in that the items are very carefully displayed by theme and colour just the way I arrange collected junk in my own home. Even if you can’t afford to buy anything it’s worth a visit just to browse and ponder thousands of interesting objects all arranged like a museum but with a designer’s eye for detail.

I found this card among a collection cards representing native flowers and plants collected in Bethlehem and artfully arranged into rather unnatural shapes and designs. The cards do not have any identifying information such as plant names or dates so my assumption is that they are made to function more as souvenirs of the region rather than learning aids. When I went up to the counter to purchase my choice the proprietor pulled out an old and delicate book of pressed flower arrangements with much more sophisticated, ornamental arrangements, but unfortunately the price was “ever-so-slightly” out of my price range.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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3 thoughts on “Pressed Flowers from the Holy Land

  1. You should try making some. I did homemade paper (embeded with flower seed) and pressed flowers for Christmas cards last year and had a blast! I got such a good reception from them that I’m going to do them every year.
    I’m just hoping the recipients will plant them like they’re suppose to as a few have said they’re ‘too pretty’ to plant! They were ridiculously simple.

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