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I realized I pressed some leaves in late 2016 which I still haven’t archived on my herbier collection. I guess I’ve been busy and lazy. I have to admit I’ve been quite slow with my herbier collection, and cold and wet weather doesn’t help. Over the weekend, I finally set down and took the long waited leaves out from the presser and tape them on to my herbier paper. This process is always very calming. Fragile leaves force you to handle them with care and respect. And once they are archived, they will always be handled with respect. It’s amazing how such a mundane thing could become so worthy.

While archiving, I also took some time to go through the leaves in my collection.

I can’t wait for the weather to warm up to start herbier of 2017.

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I only pressed leaves until now. This time I pressed flowers for the first time. The flowers from Mattie : )

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I’ve been thinking about framing some of my pressed leaves for ages. And I finally did it!

A side note: All those tiny leaves fold up during the night and open up again in the morning. Amazing : )

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Pressed leave out of the presser,

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and new leaves into the presser.

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Some leaves I collected and pressed recently..

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The real summer has finally arrived in Paris! This means I head out on my bike with my fancy leaf collecting tin box (a present from Mattie last year), and go leaf hunting!

I have so many more leaves drying in my leaf presser at the moment. I feel very full and rich ; )

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Leaves I collected over the summer holiday. They have been pressed and now in my herbier book. Some are furry and soft. I wish you could feel them : )

By the way, do you know the names of any of these leaves?

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My first batch of pressed leaves now fills the first pages of my herbier book. A start of my collection.

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I don’t know the names of these plants (if you know any of their names, please let me know!). So instead of the names, I’ve decided to write down the moment leading up to or while finding the plants, like a short diary.

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And I found more plants to go under the leaf presser. This one is fascinating – all the tiny leaves fold up during the night and open again in the morning. Does anyone know the name? : )

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Leaves I found. This got sandwiched between the leaf presser when I got home. I wonder if the color will stay after pressed and dried.

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The day before my birthday, Mattie was busy cutting and drilling pieces of wood in the living room while I was busy shooting something in the atelier. He had told me that it was my birthday present, but a surprise. So I remained in the atelier, but once in a while I peeked out the door and quietly observed him. I can confidently say that I’m usually pretty good at guessing and figuring out, especially about Mattie : ) But this time I had no clue at all, which made me even more curious. Above all, secretly watching his back from the atelier, his effort was way too sweet.

The next day, I got to see what he had made the day before. It was this:

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In case you are as confused as I was when I first saw it, this is a leaf pressing machine. I’ve been wanting to press leaves for a while, and Mattie researched about it without me knowing and made it for me. I’m an emotional person and his thoughtfulness almost made me cry : _ (

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There are two pieces of wood with four screws on each corner holding them together. The leaves are first placed in between newspapers and cardboard pieces, then they are placed in between the two wood boards, then the screws are tightened to press the leaves.

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The second part of the present was the book, Herbier, or herbarium in English. It explains the process of leaf pressing, the materials needed, examples and other related informations.

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In the back of the book, there are empty pages with beautiful papers to place your own pressed leaves. And these labels for documentation!

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Then a day after the birthday, Mattie brought me to Deyrolle to pick up this super handsome tin box for collecting leaves. Afterwards, we sat on shaded steps for me to admire this new beautiful thing as we snacked on some cashew nuts. Then we went straight to collect some leaves in style.

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Now I wait for a week or two for the leaves to completely dry. As a person who doesn’t celebrate birthdays, I’m overwhelmed for receiving such beautiful presents. I’m a happy kid : )

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