Pressed Flowers {Framed}

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Yesterday, Memorial Day, was a bit difficult. It was our first without my papa, a WWII vet, but my mom has worked hard to make sure we have every keepsake from. All the grandkids have every medal he earned. We also have flowers she pressed from his funeral. This craft can be done for any event, really–be it Mother’s Day or a first birthday or even if you are out walking and you find some beautiful flowers. It has just been on my mind because of my papa and because these flowers are displayed at eyesight from my bed.

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First, my mom pressed the flowers between newspaper (she did not dry them first). You can arrange and stage it and choose whether to include the greenery. Press it the way you would like it to appear. With a solid surface on the bottom, use something heavy (my mom used books and boxes). When I asked how much weight, my mom said: the heavier the better. She left them like that for three or four weeks.

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After that, she found her frames and paper that she liked to place them on. Using hot glue (a little dab will do ya) she placed them. Depending on the frame and the depth, you have to work to fit the flower perfectly. Paper and the types of flower lend the mood. Since this was from my papa’s funeral, it does have a slight army feel without taking away from the Scandinavian vibe of my apartment. It’s a somber remembrance that still makes me smile.

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Nina grew up speaking and eating Italian in the Chicagoland area. She moved to San Francisco for two years and, knowing she was always meant to be a writer, finally decided to share some of that writing with the world through blogging. There you will find her chronicling her adventures and misadventures (and isn't there such loveliness in mistakes and learning and growing?). If you ever go shopping with her, you will often hear her say, "We could totally make that!" Now, she is back in Chicago, with a real kitchen to cook authentic Italian food and other creations and space to do-it-herself. She finds it best to do all these things–writing, cooking, crafting, reading, adventuring–while laughing which is her favorite thing to do.

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