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Ages ago I signed up to the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap by Beth at Do What You Love. My swap partner was in America, so even though I made this in August, I wanted to wait until I knew she'd received it until I posted about it. 

The theme for this swap was 'Bloom' and after much thinking, I decided on my creation - I was going to take it super literally and make something that would actually 'bloom'. 
One thought led me to another and then I found out about seed paper. I thought it would be simple to buy, but it turns out you have to buy it in packs and I really don't need 10 sheets, so this little voice in my head started saying 'why not try and make my own'. I mean, what could be hard about that?







So, I did a little Google, found this article, I bought some wildflower seeds, ripped up an old Lush newspaper and set about blending it. I then popped in some pink food colouring {because, in hindsight, already recycled, newspaper style paper wasn't the best to use. It went grey} and thought I was well on my way. Unfortunately, without a paper maker {whatever one is} the paper I made, despite being bright pink, wasn't exactly how I'd hoped it would have been. It was super thick and fell apart really easily.  
But after a LOT of re-wetting, re-rolling and re-trying to flatten it out, I almost managed to make some paper. Yes, I know it looks REALLY bitty {it is} And yes, I know it looks really crinkled {it was} but I made it! And then I popped this little quote I had seen on Pinterest on the front of it, and the instructions on how to plant the paper on the back - I had planned to write in a pretty silver pen, but since the paper was sooooooo rubbish, marker pen was all that worked. 


So, after I made the 'paper', I grabbed a Cath Kidston sample, folded it in half, and sewed the halves together. This made the base for my amazing paper, which was horribly stitched on to it with some pink cotton. Sewing through very thick, crumbly paper isn't to be advised! 


And just as a little nicety as the paper looked so rubbish, I made a little broach from more Cath Kidston scraps, some felt and a safety pin. It might look familiar to one friend in particular, as we spent a day making them at her house out of felt.......But in short, I cut out the flower shape in felt and flowery material and sewed them together, I then made smaller 'flowers' and circles from co-ordinating material and sewed a button threw them all and round the safety pin on the bottom to hold it all together. I am quite happy with the results though. 


So there you go, a very long winded post on how I made a blooming postcard - I just hope it actually grows now! 

2 comments

  1. Wow, how flippin' creative and thoughtful!

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  2. why thank you. I guess we'll have to see if it grows, but it was fun to make.

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