Thursday, November 08, 2012

harvesting seeds


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My mom is a long time gardner and every fall she harvests the seeds from the flowers in her gardens. Over weeks and months she collects the seed pods from the plants, dries them out and then stores them in paper envelopes. This year I thought it would be fun to make creative seed packets to store the seeds and to use as holiday stocking stuffers and present toppers!

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1. I started with some quick sketches of flowers on recycled book pages. 2. I added color with watercolors. 3. Next I scanned my flower sketches and used Photoshop to alter and add text to them. 4. Last I printed out the flower labels, cut them out and used brown paper to create small envelopes and added the flower images to the envelope.


Now its time to fill the packets with seeds!

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34 comments:

Preeti said...

Amazing and beautiful,as always ! by the way i loved the ladies by your side. :) u all are so beautiful and content. best wishes.

daniela said...

bellissimi

nanditark said...

love the idea ... very very cute !!!

ninifee said...

this is a wonderful idea - i have them in envelopes like your mom - but not so cute labels on it. And I love the rug under the desk - I try to get one in germany but I never find one till yet - so I admire the one you have

xxx
ninifee

Sabine said...

As always, Alisa, a lovely idea. And I love the photos of generations at work. Would have loved to do this with my grandma too. It's such a precious moment, when all generations come together like in old times and work and spend time together.

xx Sabine

Ritu Dua said...

I accidentally discovered this blog and I am blessed to have met with this accident :) Amazing and quite inspiring...can't help but follow you !!

Erin Fish said...

You are so inspiring. Creating amazing generational art is unbelievably beautiful! This has to be one of my favourite blog pieces.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

This is beautiful, I love that you are able to do this with loved ones!!

Very Verdant said...

The packaging and the company are just beautiful!

ALITA: said...

las manos de las abuelas, es puro amor ♥

martinealison said...

Des petits présents qui créent de grands bonheurs...

MAGNIFIQUE!...

laurie said...

what a fabulous gift - the beautiful packaging and the promise of flowers it holds inside! any receiptiant would be thrilled.

stefanie stark said...

Oh so lovely, beautiful and cute packets! I wish I could sit together with you all painting and packing and chatting :)

HollyM said...

What a great idea! I love that it involves your family too!

Megan said...

LOVE this - if you are selling some, I would love to purchase!

ariadne said...

Three generations together doing fun stuff!You should have added Lucy there too in the photo!
AriadnefromGreece!

auntiejenni said...

how perfect is this? there's such an analogy here with seeds and generations of women harvesting them. beautiful times. the seed packets are amazing, as usual. what font did you use for the text on your packets? it's a perfect compliment to your lovely sketches.

TXMess said...

What a wonderful idea; lovely!

~ Donna Peter said...

LOVE this, so beautiful

Gill said...

What a fabulous idea!

AUBREY @ Project Lovegood said...

I've been wanting to seed harvest and I just love your display of them. Beautifully done!

~Aubrey
Project Lovegood

Elika said...

is that ur mom? u look so much like her!
great paintings!!

Joanne said...

Absolutely love that you share this tradition with your mom and grandma. Also that you put your own mark upon it!

Aimee Hobson said...

I absolutely adore the photo of the generations! I have a similar photo of me with my mom & grandma, tying off a quilt. My grandma is no longer with us and it's one of my most treasured photos.

Thank you for bringing back such a wonderful memory :-)

Aimee

Vicki said...

Waht a beautiful idea. Say hi to your mom for me:)

Kooky said...

I actually cried when I read this post and saw your photos. Thank you.

addam white said...

All the sketches of flower was so nice.. Its really lovely way to make the present with special person.. we really impressed your creativity and we can try to make this...

Oxmo

Helen said...

These are so lovely. I love the images you created but I love more that this is something you did together and celebrating the continuation of life. They would be an amazing gift
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Sydney said...

A lovely idea! So inspirational.

studioGypsy said...

genius.lovely!! xoxo

lucruri said...

so beautiful

Cindy Cooksey said...

What a great idea. I want to try that!

Anonymous said...

Alisa, I love the pictures of the hands working with the seeds. I have a picture of my grandmother's hands and it's one a treasure. Have you ever drawn hands at various stages of aging? I love the character of hands that reflect a lifetime of workmanship.

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