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The other day, we got a snail mail note from a friend. While snail mail is inself a rare gift these days, there was an added surprise. When we opened the envelope, a cascade of pressed flowers fell out. In addition to bringing a charming blast of ‘;garden’; into the apartmentaccent pillow case baby burlap decorative, the flowers were like little symbols of care and regard; our friend had taken the time to press the flowers and thoughtfully include them in her note.

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We loved it. Pressing flowers (and leaves) is easy: you pick them, dry them, press them sandwiched between clean sheets of paper in a thick heavy book. Time does the rest.?(There’;s a great visual how-to here.)

But really, this is about the possibilities for enclosing surprises in a note or letter, that give it a totally “;other”; dimension.?Our friend Eleanor Mailloux used to press brightly colored autumn leaves and send them to us –; a reminder of the incredible Fall in West Virginia; we could smell the loamy forest.

And once we got a feather in the mail, glued to a piece of cardboard that was addressed on the other side…;all the way from Sweden, from our artist friend Holton Rower,?a potent and mysterious message that we treasure to this day.

photo: sally schneider

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Creating a handmade guest book for a wedding, shower or anniversary party is a perfect way to greet your guests and a great way to set the tone for your special occasion. ?Just a small part, but a keepsake you will have to remember the event for years to come. ?Create one that is just for notes and signatures or leave room to add photos, words to live by and fun comments from the guests. ?Sheila shares this amazing book that features the Canvas Corp DIY Wedding and coordinating basic papers. ?Adding fun pockets, details and unexpected nooks and crannies turns your guest book into a wedding keepsake.

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