I’ve never mastered the art of sending pressed flowers or herbs through the mail – dried blossoms always seem to crumble the second I tuck them in an envelope, and as I’m not quite living my dream life of “being a child living in the country in an idealized Victorian-inspired fairy world,” I don’t own a home flower press. Yet.
If I can’t send actual blooms, though, handmade pressed flower and leaf envelopes are the next best thing! An old how-to brochure about immortalizing these ephemeral pieces of plant life has now been reincarnated into outgoing mail.
I found this pamphlet at the Goodwill–a wonderful discovery! I photographed some of the most interesting pages for posterity, but have since been sending snippets of flower-collecting wisdom to my pen pals.
I went with a simple brown paper address label and a TINY bit of washi tape for each envelope…
… which matches the fern-covered envelopes particularly well! (Maybe it’s time I special-order more of my beloved fern Forever Stamps–are those even available anymore?)
I could insert scores of relevant nature poem selections from my neighbor-two-centuries-ago Emily Dickinson to close off this post: but for some reason, this one is running through my mind…
I hide myself within my flower,
That fading from your Vase,
You, unsuspecting, feel for me—
Almost a loneliness.
(Is curating poems tangentially connected to my posts a New Thing around here? Any excuse for me to read more poetry!)