7.17.2013

DIY Botanical

I have wanted to try framing ferns for a while now.
We have several beautiful varieties.
My favorites are the wild ferns
that made an appearance 10 years or so ago after we dug
the foundation for our kitchen/family room.
I imagine they are very old varieties....perhaps
brought here by the first inhabitant of our home back 
in 1830...Prince Snow. 


I selected several large fern fronds
and lay them between parchment
in a few large, heavy books.
I stacked several books on top, and let them press for 3 days or so.



They pressed beautifully!


I found the larger frond to be less delicate,
and easier to work with.


I picked up an inexpensive 11 x 14 frame at the craft store.


I decided to get fancy and Mod Podge it onto a sheet
of vintage sheet music (Jeanne Oliver inspired).

It came out "OK".
Not my favorite.
But I had more fronds
(so don't forget to press a bunch)!



I laid a large frond
on the piece of natural corrugated cardboard
that came in the frame.
Hmmmm.....I like this better! 
Now I see the fern!
No glue, no Mod Podge.




Just a simple piece of nature captured behind glass.
I LOVE the idea that next summer I can take a fresh frond...
or a batch of wildflowers, and
make another simple creation.
I also love that I will be able to enjoy a snippet of summer
all winter long.










28 comments:

  1. Beautiful ferns. THIS I want to try...oh, I hope Stormy is well soon. You have a beautiful family:) photo next to fern;)

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  2. Love the fern idea so much Im getting some out of the yard today and trying it! So sorry about Stormy. I hope there is great improvement!

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    1. Thanks so much, and let me know if you try it!

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  3. I love this look! SO Victorian too. You did a wonderful job. Hope your little pug does well. Such a sweet picture in bed with your daughter. My grown son and his wife have a sweet little pug we love too.

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline! Yes, pugs are awfully lovable.

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  4. I LOVE your pressed leaves and think I might try some this week.

    You were in stitches with the neck pillow photos and I was in tears with the photo of C loving Stormy.

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    1. Thanks so much. I don't mean to make you sad!

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  5. GOOD AFTERNOON MY DEAR! I am late in visiting; I had a great visit this morning with a dear and beautiful blog sister, at my house!

    I pray that your little pug will endure and THRIVE on the treatments and continue to give you joy. And your fern collection is so beautiful! Hugs to you, Anita

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    1. Hi Anita. How nice to visit with a blogging friend!

      I also pray that Stormy will thrive!

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  6. I'm so sorry about Stormy but it is a small relief to get a diagnosis and a treatment. I send healing wishes your way. Your pressed ferns are lovely - it's good to focus on beauty and humor during this difficult time.

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    1. Yes, I agree Sarah. Better to have an idea of what may be wrong. Thanks for the compliments on the ferns. It does help me to look to nature.

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  7. I love your fern pressings...I'm so sad by your little pup's condition. I do hope that Stormy comes through this. That picture of the two of them on the bed is priceless.

    Balisha

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    1. Thanks Balisha. I appreciate your kind thoughts.

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  8. I love what you did with your ferns, I think I'll try it and hang them in my kitchen. I have a Japanese painted fern that will look great with my green ones.

    I'm very sorry about Stormy's health problem, whatever the outcome, she is loved and in a good home. Please give her a belly rub from me & my pup Duke. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

    Have you read Following Atticus? It's a best seller and a great read. The author, Tom Ryan has a blog http://tomandatticus.blogspot.com/ where he posts about their life and adventures in the White Mts., recently Atticus has been facing a health problem and discussing how he's dealing with it.

    I LOVE C's hat! I think she should consider designing a line of hats or "fascinators" as they call them in England!

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    1. Thanks! A Japanese fern would look lovely! I have rubbed her belly for you and Duke! I haven't read this blog, but will visit now! And yes, C does need to design her own line of hats!

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  9. The fern looks amazing - can't wait to try! So sorry to hear about Stormy...so hope he's better!

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    1. Thanks! Do try and let me know! We are giving Stormy big hugs!

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  10. What a great project! I love to bring nature into the decor and that is a cool way to do it! So sorry about Stormy. Hope he's back to himself soon! xx

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    1. Thanks Alyson! I also like to bring nature in. How are you making it through this heat! We are snuggling up our sweet pug and hoping for the best!

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  11. I can’t even remember the last time I saw a fern! That’s city living for you. Growing up in South Africa, they were everywhere and I think my sister and I spent summer holidays pressing them – can’t remember what we did with them though, they look beautiful framed. I’m so sorry to hear about Stormy, I’ll send some positive vibes your way…

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    1. You city girl! Maybe in your next home?? Thanks for the Stormy well wishes!

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  12. I like your finished result with the corrugated paper. I may just try this sometime. I have also wanted to lay one over fabric and hammer on it to transfer the green design. I came to you from Common Ground.

    Betty

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    1. Thanks Betty. What a great idea. Thanks for your visit!

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  13. So sorry to hear of of your sweet baby's diagnosis of GME. My Gus has been on meds since his diagnosis 5 years ago and is doing very well. I am sending prayers to Stormy and your family!

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    1. Debbie thanks so much for the info! We are seeing gradual improvements and are staying hopeful. It's good to know there lies promise ahead. Please stop back in. I will update on Stormy every few days.

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  14. Sweet puppy! I am so sorry to hear this. I'm going to out him on our prayer list at church!!!

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