Black Lives Matter, how 2020 changed this small business

Black Lives Matters Seed Paper Heart Shape

               For 25 years we have been serving the wedding industry.  2020 was a year like no other in our lifetime.  Our biggest lesson was not about how to pivot when events are cancelled.  Unlike many of our industry partners, we thrived last year.  Our greatest physical challenge was filling a record number of orders of our handmade goods, while our staff all stayed safe at home.  What we learned last year was not about our work, or just how many consecutive hours and days we can work without a break (a lot more than you would think). What we learned was that we were not doing enough for our community.

               While we marched for George Floyd, we kept cranking out our handmade goods, made paper late into the evenings, raised two high school students in a pandemic, built a backyard shelter for safe Covid gatherings, and knew we had to contribute more.

                So we read So You Want To Talk About Race? and other resources to understand what, as privileged white middle class folks, we have not had to pay any attention to: more than simply nodding in agreement with and shaking our heads at the difficulties faced by people of color.  It was very easy to be grateful that those struggles were not our struggles and know that we were not contributing to racism.  Life is tough enough without adding someone else’s worries to our day.  We never hurt anyone, so we are not guilty, right? Wrong.

               The murder of George Floyd at the hands of our police was impossible to turn away from.  It demanded action.  We will never be able to do enough.  What we will do, continues to evolve. 

Black Lives Matter message printed on a heart shape embedded with wildflower seeds.

               Since last summer we have included a token of support for the Black Lives Matter movement with every order that we ship out.  Each invoice, receipt and packing slip contains a silver dollar sized seed paper heart with a printed message that shows our support for BLM. This small message, and the signs in the windows of our home and our factory store have helped us to grow, and reinforced our commitment to helping.

               While we will now get back to posting and promoting our earth friendly products, we will continue to search for ways to help the black community; to have difficult conversations with people who call us to let us know that “All Lives Matter”; to demand equality for all.

                We encourage you to join us.  Our BLM hearts are available for sale here for $14.  $12 from the sale of each 50 pack is directly donated to the NAACP.  You can make your own donation here:

Of The Earth Silk Ribbon and Seed Paper Goods

It is long past time to be sharing these photos that have been inspirational to our brides.

We have had the great fortune of having our paper and ribbon goods featured on many talented designers, artists and photographers Instagram feeds.  While we have our own feeds (ote_seattle, and of_the_earth) they really don’t hold a candle to the creative skills shown in the photos we have seen.

What we have planned here is to share with you the many photos with proper attribution.

If you do end up sharing these with your friends and family, please be sure to give the appropriate nod or mention of the original group of skilled individuals so their work is not in vain.

Lotka Seed Paper Invitation
Lotka Seed Paper Invitation – Letter and Line Studio

Styling: @bixbayandpine Photo: @toniechristine  Original post: @letterandlinestudio

Moelleux Events Floral Design
Florals: Moelleux Events

Silk Ribbon: Of The Earth    Florals: @moelleux_events    Photographer: @alyssaryanphotography

Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon on a Floral Bouquet
Floral design by Smashing Petals Hand dyed silk ribbon by Of The Earth

Coordination: @krisannaelizabeth  Silk Ribbon: @ote_seattle  Photo: @dandyfineparty  Florals: @smashingpetals


Hand made seed paper birthday invitation
Custom printed hand made paper invitation.

Design: @celestecclark, Photo: @wilsonwife, Paper and Printing: Of The Earth


Hand dyed silk ribbon on custom vow books
Krisanna Elizabeth

Photo and design: @krisannelizabeth, Silk Ribbon: Of The Earth


Hand dyed silk ribbon
Erika Paige

Photo: erikapaige_sea, Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon: Of The Earth








Seattle Wedding Show is almost here!

With the new year comes one of our favorite events, The Seattle Wedding Show. The creative energy has been flowing in our studio and we have designed some beautiful new invitation suites and hand dyed silk ribbon colors for the upcoming wedding season. Stop by our booth to take a sneak peak or visit our updated website. Now mobile friendly!

Handmade seeded paper wrap with belly band and poppy
6 x 9 handmade seeded paper wrap with belly band and poppy

5 x 7 recycled panel with handmade paper print
5 x 7 recycled panel with handmade paper print

5 x7 handmade seeded paper panel with queen ann's lace
5 x7 handmade seeded paper panel with queen anne’s lace

2.5" hand dyed cream and gold silk ribbon
2.5″ hand dyed, cream and gold, bias cut silk ribbon

Seattle Wedding Show
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
705 Pike Street, 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
Of The Earth booth #1124

Saturday January 14th, 2017
10:00am to 5:30pm (ticket sales open at 9:30am)

Sunday January 15th, 2017
10:30am to 5:00pm (ticket sales open at 10:00am)

Tickets are $17.00 per person and can be purchased at the door.
Children twelve and under are admitted free.

Come to the show Saturday, get your hand stamped on the way out, and come back Sunday for FREE.

Wedding Sparrow desert elopement editorial piece

You should head on over to to have a look at the beautiful photos taken in Vantage, Washington.  The setting was stunning and the details were amazing.

You will wish it was the setting for your event.

silk ribbon bouquet

We were honored to be a small part of the day and are delighted with how it turned out.

Lots of talent and hard work went into making this happen.