Friday, 4 October 2019

Setting Up A Nature Journal

I recently found Eleanor's old flower press from when she was a child. Mick and I had been looking for a flower press for her and was unable to find one, and then we were browsing in all the little shops in The Shambles in York one day when we came across this one. It was in a shop which sold all manner of wooden goods, but sadly, I don't think the shop's there any longer.


When I opened the flower press earlier this week there were lots of little flowers still in there. It took me back to a walk we'd taken years ago in some woods near where I lived as a child. Eleanor had collected a few flowers and pressed them when we got home.


It's got me thinking, I'd really like to start some sort of nature journal.


Wouldn't it be lovely to add pressed flowers to it.


I think the lovely Traveller's Notebook which Nikki from Notes of Life made me would be perfect to use as a nature journal.


I think I'll collect and press flowers throughout each month and then I can journal and use the pressed flowers at the end of the month. A project for the new year I think.

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  1. Wow sounds brilliant, perfect design to remember your walks.

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    1. I think it'll be interesting to keep a nature record throughout the year.

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  2. I saw this gorgeous flower press over on your instagram - I absolutely love it!!
    I pressed a few sprigs of flowers from my wedding bouquet over 30yrs ago - just in a book - and for the life of me I can't find or remember which book it was!!!! I'll continue shaking the bigger books and hope it drops out.

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    1. How lovely to have pressed flowers from your wedding bouquet, I do hope you manage to track down the book they're in. I wish I'd thought to do something similar.

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  3. That's a lovely project Jo. I've got a flower press too which I've had for many years and reminds me of the times I used to press flowers and use them on hand made cards. Yours is very pretty with those 3D details. A journal using pressed flowers would be an interesting way of recording nature in the new year.

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    1. What a wonderful idea to use pressed flowers on hand made cards. I know lots of people sketch flowers in nature journals but my sketching is so bad that it'll be safer to stick to pressed flowers.

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  4. I had a little flower press too!! I loved it. Like many childhood things they eventually get discarded or passed on as you seem to 'out grow' them. I look forward to seeing how your nature journal progresses. Best, Jane x

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    1. I was the same, I had a flower press, quite a bit smaller than Eleanor's, but I don't have it now. I wonder what happened to it.

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  5. What a wonderful idea! There's something so special about pressed flowers/leaves - I think most everyone finds them intriguing.

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    1. I'm looking forward to getting started with my nature journal now, I'll be on the lookout for flowers and leaves which will press nicely.

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  6. That sounds, and looks, like a lovely idea. Have fun collecting and pressing the flowers. xx

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    1. I'm hoping I may even start to appreciate the winter months more if I'm looking at nature from a different angle. Anything to help with those dark, damp days.

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  7. Sounds like a beautiful idea.

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    1. I think it could build up into a lovely reminder of the year.

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  8. What a beautiful little flower press and how lovely for you to discover those flowers. X

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    1. It was like discovering long lost treasure when I opened up the flower press. It's amazing how things like this bring back so many happy memories.

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  9. What a lovely flower press. I love the idea of pressing wild flowers and using it to create a nature journal. I look forward to you sharing it with us once you have started.

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    1. We had a hard time finding a flower press but I was thrilled with this one when we found it, it really is lovely, especially for a child. I'm looking forward to getting started on my nature journal now.

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  10. A delightful idea!!!!!

    And how lucky, that you still had Eleanor's flower press!

    🍁🍂💛🍂🍁

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    1. I was thrilled to discover that we still had Eleanor's flower press, it's brought back lots of happy memories.

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  11. What a lovely idea. I had a flower press years ago. I used the pressed flowers to make greeting cards.

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    1. That's a lovely idea. I don't know what happened to the flower press I had as a child.

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  12. What a great idea and how lovely to find some little treasures from way back when.

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    1. It's amazing how the memories came flooding back when I opened up the flower press and saw all those little flowers.

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  13. How wonderful to find some long-since pressed flowers and be taken back to the memories of collecting them.

    Look forward to seeing what you create next. xx

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    1. I've already stuck some of these flowers in my journal but I'm looking forward to pressing lots more when I start my nature journal.

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  14. How fun! It has been a long time since I pressed flowers.

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    1. I can see me having lots of fun now that I've discovered this flower press again.

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  15. What a lovely idea! Fancy finding flowers still in the press too.xxx

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    1. I think a nature journal will be lovely to look back on at the end of the year.

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  16. This sounds a very nice project, and one that I'm sure you will enjoy.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I think a project like this will make me notice what's around me more throughout the year.

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