I’m so excited to announce that my newest book – Pressed: An Herbarium Inspired Art Journal – releases today!!!

This book really inspires me. Pressed flowers have always been a part of my nature journaling practice – even before I knew I had a nature journaling practice!

And the fact that I was able to finish it for you – just in time for all your summer flower pressing, nature journaling, and art making fun makes me so happy![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”26383,26352,26382,26351″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Creativity & Connection as Acts of Kindness


I read recently that acts of kindness help us feel more empowered in confusing or chaotic times, release dopamine and oxytocin in our brains making us relaxed and happy, and inspire others to also engage in acts of kindness – random or planned.

For me, helping others tap into creativity and connect with nature is one way I feel I can contribute to spreading kindness and making the world a happier place in troubled times. This book is one of those acts.

Not like oh look how kind I am selling this book – no way! That’s super lame!

But like in the I can create something that helps others slow down and bring creative nature inspired joy into their lives kind of way. Like a little inspiration tool to get people rolling into all the wonder and joy creative nature connection brings and spreads into their wider world.


In this offering to the world, I hope to inspire and empower people to get creative with nature. That people start pressing flora and making collages with this journal book and bring more nature connected joy into their lives.

And then perhaps start making little books and pictures from bits of nature for loved ones – and maybe even leaving some surprises for strangers – all to spread smiles around the world.

No act of creative nature connected kindness is too small. No bit of nature is too insignificant to spark wonder, and no time spent in creative flow is ever wasted.

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Are you like me in that…

Flowers and leaves fall out of every book you own?


Or perhaps…

do you love the delicate beauty of pressed flowers, but aren’t sure how to create a collection of your own?


Pressed: An Herbarium Inspired Art Journal

is perfect for your next creative nature connection adventure!


Pick, press, paste, and pen flowers, leaves, seeds, and even feathers and insect wings along side your own sketches, journaling, and ephemera.


Pressed Includes:

Guided creative exploration prompt pages,

Flower symbolism illustrations to color,

Flora pressing tips and tricks,

Nature quotes to adorne,

Plenty free space to collect nature finds from near and far,

Open areas for journaling, sketching, and doodling,

& Lots of creative fun opportunities collaging your own herbarium!


So, What is an Herbarium?

It’s a vintage word for a collection book of pressed flowers and nature bits. Herbariums are great for collecting nature around your home, or for creating a travel souvenir from your adventures!

Through your guided journey in Pressed: An Herbarium Inspired Art Journal, you’ll learn how to press flora for best color and even fragrance, and gain ideas on how to collage it with your own drawings and words![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Get Your Copy of Pressed Here!” style=”classic” color=”green” size=”lg” align=”center” css_animation=”appear” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.createspace.com%2F7174184||target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”26429,26430,26435,26433″ img_size=”500×500″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

I hope you love this book as much as I do – and as much as I loved making it for you. 

When you make an herbarium, it captures a bit of time. There are no set rules to how you chronicle your life in nature. Make collaged collections over a specific period of time, like over one summer, or work over the course of multiple seasons, documenting the changes in landscape. It’s up to you!

Try making an herbarium as a travel souvenir! If you take a little trip – near or far – collect bits of flora that remind you of walks you took at sunset (cheesy I know, but really so nice right?), new plants you discovered, hikes, treks, adventures undertaken, and gardens enjoyed.


Taking a vacation with a friend or special someone? Take copies of Pressed to work on together while you travel! Create herbariums with photos, sketches, funny memories written, and bits of flora collaged as a commemoration of the wonder filled time you shared discovering a new place through the eyes of creative nature connection!

The possibilities of pressed flower herbariums are as vast as your imagination and as plentiful as plants on our amazing planet! And Pressed is here to get you started on this adventure![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”26436,26434,26431,26432″ img_size=”500×500″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Now for the Giveaway!!!

I’m giving away a copy of the brand new Pressed: An Herbarium Inspired Art Journal to a lucky blog reader! (Contest is now closed)


And the winner is….

Sarah M. Congratulations!!!!

The winner was chosen by random.org (number 11 in fact) to keep it fair. If the world ran the way I want it to, I’d be able to give copies to everyone who wanted one! (I don’t know why people in charge don’t consult me on this kind of thing.)


Thank you so much for all your support and sweet comments so far! I hope you love the book!

Hooray!! It’s book release day!


In the comments below, share the first flower you’d like to press in your new copy of Pressed for a chance to win a copy. 

Share pics of your favorite flowers, pressed or fresh, on Instagram #wingswormsandwonder 


Seeds to Sprout:

Check out more on Pressed: An Herbarium Inspired Art Journal here & grab a copy to kick off summer! They’re only $9.99 and ship worldwide!

Early bird heads up – the Etsy shop will be closed June 3-23. So if you were planning on getting anything do it quick, or wait until after summer solstice

Wonder Wednesday 57 is going to be awesome tomorrow! Be sure to pop back over and check it out! It’s a video tutorial and the 3rd in the pressed flowers series!

Did you see the first 2 posts in this pressed flower series? Check them out for lots of tips and tricks for making great looking pressed flowers and then what to do with them – from nail decor to journaling to jewelry!

Pressed for Flowers: Tips for Making Beautiful Successful Pressed Flowers

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    1. OH!! So sweet Melodie! Buttercups were my favorite when I was little! They were everywhere in my grandma’s yard in VA. I don’t see them down here in FL though. Buttercups will press so nicely!

  1. I would love to press sunflowers, but I guess this would be hard to do… next on my list are orange marigolds. I have no idea if you xan press them, they are quite thick, but I hope the book clarifies that!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    1. Sabrina, yeah, pressing the full sunflower would be impossible, but you can pull off petals and leaves and press them easily. Marigolds can also be pressed if you put a lot of weight onto them, but i prefer to pull off the petals and even take out the seeds and press them all individually. Then you can re compile them in collage form – it’s so pretty! I’m actually pressing some marigold petals like this now!

  2. Forget me nots… I remember my mum was given some by her sister when we left England to live in Africa. I would press loads and give them to all my friends who have to travel away!

    1. Jo that is so sweet! I love letting nature create the memoir and in this case employing the flower symbolism too! I love it!

  3. My children are always bringing me dandelions fro. The yard.. so, that would definitely be first… As my babies are always a source of Inspiration! 🙂

    1. Yes Dana!! Following the children’s wonder always brings a spark of magic! And you can press the seeds as well as the petals and leaves!

  4. My daughter did the Herb Fairies course for kids last year and I know she would mostly go in order : Pressing chickweed first, then violets, since they are both flowering in our yard as we speak! 🙂

    Thank you for an amazing chance to win.

    1. Yanic, I want to make some homemade violet candy so bad! I’ve never had them! I also have some young friends doing the flower fairies series too!

  5. Violas! Or Irises! Both are growing in my flowerbeds and have been transplanted from my Grandmas farm where I spent lots of summer days. We recently bought a laminator for work and I see beautiful pressed flower bookmarks in my future!

    1. That is a great idea!! violas press and hold their color really really well. I did a bunch for the cover of the book! I’ve never pressed irises, but i’d like to try!

  6. This is such a neat idea for a nature journal. I’ve loved collecting and pressing flowers since I was a kid. My little kids are working on a flower theme next month, so this would be perfect.

    I think the first flower I’ll press will be a wildflower from our raised flower bed. It’ll depend on what’s blooming at the time. I’m hoping I’ll have some forget me nots because they are one of my favorites.

    1. Thank you so much Kimberly! Wildflowers are a great idea – especially when you are growing them yourself!

  7. Can’t sit to read the book and try my hand at this. I would love if at all possible to do a gladiolus as it was my mothers favorite as well as a gardenia.

    1. Chris, you definitely could do gladiolus, you’d just have to deconstruct the petals to press it and then reconstruct them in the shape of the flower once you collage them into your herbarium. I can’t wait to see!

  8. I would love to press some of the tiny violets we have growing in our woods! They are so sweet and lovely to use to decorate gifts.

  9. <right now we are in the desert in California on vacation. My daughter has already brought a number of flowers back to the hotel that I don't even know of, so I'm going to say–one of those and then learn what they are!

  10. Lavender, definitely lavender!! It is one of my favorite flowering herbs. Love the oil, too. Next would be sweet peas. They are my birth flower (many sites say daisy, but 58 years ago my dear mom received a huge bouquet of sweet peas when I was born!)

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    1. Lavender is one of my very faves to press too Lori! I have some I pressed in 1996 I picked while studying in Provence region of France and it still smells! I’ve had no luck growing sweet peas down here in FL, but if I ever live in a cooler climate I am definitely going to grow them! They would be so wonderful pressed!

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