Be-leaf in yourself! Die Cut Seed Paper Shapes with messages you will Fall for.

Plant Me Leaf 60S
Printed Seed Paper Leaf Shape in 60S

Washington might be the Evergreen State, but we are definitely starting to see some autumn colors here in Seattle! Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in so much of the country. If you love autumn leaves as much as we do, here are some of our products that would be perfect for a fall wedding or event.

Maple Leaves
Pressed Japanese Maple Leaves

The crafting possibilities are endless with these pressed red Japanese Maple leaves. Attach them to paper goods for decorations or use them in resin art. We also offer custom invitations with pressed leaves added to create a unique and memorable invitation for your wedding or other event!

Red Japanese Maple Leaf invitation
Custom invitation with Maple Leaves
Maple Leaf Accent Invitation
Custom Lotka Invitation with Maple Leaf

We also have a whimsical leaf die cut shape, which is available in a variety of our seeded papers in printed and blank options. The leaf shown below is made of our handmade, #12S seeded paper which contains kenaf fibers.

#12S Leaf
Seed Paper Leaf Die Cut in #12S

 

You can also get creative this fall with our pressed oak leaves, available below:

Oak Leaves
Pressed Oak Leaves

Does autumn inspire you to stay in and get crafty as the weather gets cooler? Show us your projects or contact us with ideas for custom printed items!

Rainy Days – Seattle weather inspires paper and silk artists to create “mood goods”

Seed paper cloud 34S
Seed paper cloud  in paper 34S

It’s officially fall, and here in Seattle that means the rain and clouds are back after a warm, dry summer. Here at Of The Earth, we’re experiencing the rainy day blues in a more positive way – inspiration!

“Into each life some rain must fall.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This collection of our lotka paper, handmade in Nepal, fits right in with the mood and weather we’re having. This is a lightweight paper with many decorative and artistic uses, including wrapping gifts.

Blue lotka handmade paper
Seattle Blues Lotka paper collection

Any discussion of color and mood would be incomplete without mentioning our Earth Silk Ribbon. These hand dyed, rich colors pull me right into a relaxed, rainy-day attitude.

Earth Silk 085
Earth Silk Ribbon 085
Grey Earth Silk Bouquet Cascade
Grey Earth Silk Bouquet Cascade
Earth Silk 531
Earth Silk Ribbon 531

Our seed paper cloud shapes are available in a variety of our seeded and petal papers, with or without printing. You can also create a custom design to be printed on them for your business or event.

Seed Paper Cloud 04S
Seed paper cloud in paper 04S

 

Stay dry out there!

 

Summer 2019 Of The Earth customers showing off their many talents with our handmade seed paper and hand dyed silks.

hand holding a jute wrapped dishtowel with a green gift tag

Of The Earth customers had a busy summer. Here are some images that they shared recently of how they used our products.  They include wedding invitations, delicate jewelry, custom art, seeded goods and more!

Wedding Suites:

image of candle, wax seal and a card
photo: A. Brauer

Customized seeded wedding card

pink toned wedding invitation with sweet peas and ribbon
photo: Kristin Paige

Blush toned Earth Silk

purple colored gift wrapping
photo: Carrie Anne Fox

Purple Earth Silk

Gift Giving:

hand holding a jute wrapped dishtowel with a green gift tag
photo: Amelia Reddick

Green Seeded Lotka gift tags

three lavender flower pots on a glass table with dirt in plastic bags and flower seed paper butterflies attached
photo: Jen Noguez

Little seeded butterflies with blue larkspur

Artwork:

picture of orange flowers printed on white paper
photo: Marissa Kay

Printed on lotka paper

close up of botanical pendant
photo: srod2448

Queen Anne’s lace blossom used as flowering tree design

Iris in Residence: Lori Graham the Rainbow Maker (Happy Pride Month!!)

Earth Silk Color 088 Rainbow colors green red blue purple
Earth Silk Color 088

In ancient Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of a rainbow. She makes a rainbow bridge to travel between the heavens and waters below to fetch drinks for the gods in Olympus. The freedom to travel between these worlds allows her to be the messenger, the communicator between mortals and immortals. Folks usually ‘wish upon a star,’ but next time I see a rainbow, I’ll give my hopes to Iris so she can carry them where they need to be heard.

Speaking of rainbows and communication, I think of Lori Graham as our very own ‘Iris in Residence.’ She’s our color impresario, the master dyer and co-owner of Of The Earth. She creates glorious rainbows of ribbons using sustainable practices. She obsesses about shades, and recently I took an opportunity to speak with her about color.

Q: Lori, besides the lovely ribbons of cotton and silk for Of The Earth, do you dye other materials?

Lori: Yes, I used to dye wool and cotton fabric using natural and chemical dyes.

Q: What were your favorite colors when you were younger?

Lori: When I was young, it was pink pink pink! Pink duvet, bedspread, pink lace – all pink – all the time.  Then in my early twenties, lots of black. Now it’s orange.

Earth Silk Color 089, light pink tipped with bright pink
Earth Silk Color 089
Earth Silk Color 053 pale pink, like bubblegum but not as bright
Earth Silk Color 053
bow in the back of a dress
Earth Silk ribbon adorns a bridesmaid dress
Earth Silk Color 099, pure black silk ribbon
Earth Silk Color 099
Earth Silk Color 092, bright orange ombre to deep golden orange
Earth Silk Color 092

Q: When new Pantone colors are released, do you generally agree with their trend sense?

Lori: I am interested in their bridal color forecast. That’s what I pay attention to because that’s what my clients will ask for. But I’m not always jazzed about the Pantone forecast and dread the “muted” or ambiguous tones that I’ll need to develop. For example, ‘seafoam’ (324, 324-5, 534, or 515?) and ‘merlot’ (093, 030, 247-5, or 232-5?) Both can be imagined in so many different ways.

Q: What is the most difficult color to achieve?

Lori: Right now I would have to say it’s “warm black.”

Earth Silk Color 079 black, softish black
Earth Silk Color 079
Earth Silk Color 241, soft black
Earth Silk Color 241

Black is a finicky mixture of colors and achieving the subtle differences in black shades is more of an art than a science. You’ve probably seen how when bleach splashes on black clothes, you get a lighter blotch, but it’s not grey or “pale black.” You may see a green, purple, orange, or blue blotch.

Lori continues: Regardless of ingredient inconsistencies, we are determined to create true colors for our clients. In the past, ‘warm black’ may have been a two step process. But more alterations and futzing is required when the original ingredients are different.  So, we keep copious notes and are constantly working to ensure that our shades match our swatches. Our colors are definitely a secret recipe!

Q: Do you dream in color, and when you dress up to go out, what is your happiest celebration color?

Lori: Yes, I definitely dream in color and I feel best wearing the colors of a candle’s flame: red, bright orange, fiery yellow and teal blue of the hottest part.

Earth Silk Color 097, four color ribbon with blue, white yellow and red orange
Earth Silk Color 097
Earth Silk Color 019 orange yellow blend
Earth Silk Color 019

Fairy Glen and Handfasting Wedding Ceremony and Celebration Traditions

printed hand dyed silk ribbon
Hand dyed silk ribbon with hand lettering
Studio Chavelli hand lettering on silk ribbon

At the end of winter, a petite curly haired woman came into our shop looking for special paper to print her friend’s painting onto. It was an image of Fairy Glen in Scotland. She planned to use the image in her wedding invitation.

Hand dyed silk ribbon with black print
Printed silk ribbon

While she found our lotka seeded cardstock to be perfect for her project, she was also enchanted by the idea of using our hand dyed ribbons for a #handfasting ceremony. I told her that we can even print her and her fiance’s names on the ribbon. I hope we see her in the shop again soon because that would be a fun project.

Printed silk ribbon with white lettering
Hand dyed silk satin ribbon with holiday message

The green and gold ribbon image was posted in Pinterest by Studio Chavelli, one of our customers. It features hand-calligraphy for a bouquet. The pink and red images are printed here in our shop. So you can get a custom message printed in black or white.

You are welcome to come visit our shop in Seattle and find inspiration for your next celebration.

Here are some links to details about #FairyGlen and #Handfastings.
Handfasting
Fairy Glen

SeaTac Airport Seattle Made Store Opening!

New airport shop

The SeaTac Airport C Gate could be renamed the “C is for Craft” Gate.  In May 2019 a new shop opened there in partnership with Seattle Made that offers locally-made products for travelers.

New airport shop
Sea-Tac Seattle Made shop

Only in C Gate will you find Of The Earth seeded paper cards featuring photos taken by our own Kevin Graham.

card rack
Seed paper goods in Sea-Tac Seattle Made shop

 

 

logo for Seattle Made

Of The Earth is a member of Seattle Made, a group who work together to grow their production businesses. The mission is “to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region’s long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle’s unique cultural identity.” Of The Earth’s business aligns perfectly with this effort and we are fortunate to have our products featured in the airport store.

shop photo

Next time you travel by air via SeaTac’s C Gate, stop by the Seattle Made shop to buy a card, or other locally made gifts, and take us with you!

handmade cotton seeded paper card with image of the Space Needle

Iconic Seattle image printed in color on handmade seeded paper.

cotton seeded paper card with image of the Space Needle

 

Green Babies Seed Paper Onesie Plant Me Wildflower Shapes

seed paper onesie

We’re having fun with our new shape: a onesie that can be printed and personalized on many of our handmade seeded papers. Ideal for a #babyshower, #namingceremony or a #birthannouncement.

When choosing favors for your next party, keep future celebrations in mind. We want to ensure that the next generation of babies have plenty of wildflowers and nature to enjoy during their precious #mudpie making years.

Of The Earth strives to leave only baby-sized carbon footprints.

Earth Day 2019

seeded paper globes in outstretched hand

Seeded paper globe image

Soon  Earth Day will be here again. I’m excited to share a fun product that you could hand out to friends in celebration of this important day. Wee seeded paper globes that will sprout wildflowers if tended well and kept moist.

seeded paper globes in outstretched hand

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

We have two inch circles and tinier 1.5″ circles. Above is an image of the owner’s hand holding the tiny kind. Keep in mind, he is tall and they are massive!

white circle with text

We can print on the back side of these circles so if you have a special message you want to share with friends and family, we can do that. The printing should not negatively affect the ability of the seeds to germinate. The most important thing is to water it every day during the first month or so.

seeded paper globe shapes

However you choose to celebrate Earth Day 2019, please keep faith that our planet is worth fighting for. Scientists have agreed that humans can’t operate on auto-pilot like most of our time here.  Consequences of our actions are becoming evident, both for good and bad. So let’s plant some seeds, reduce our use of electricity and water and cause good results to blossom next season in the form of wildflowers. Of The Earth believes Earth Day is important and we hope you do too.