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Of The Earth is our trade name - flowerseedpaper is our Etsy handle (and also a good deal of what we make).

Who are we? In business since 1995, we are just like many of you: we like things to look a particular way, often our tastes reach beyond our budget. That doesn’t stop us though. We work to create what we want by rolling up our sleeves to make our own paper. We also tear cards by hand, hand dye silk ribbon, print and assemble invitations and we get earth under our nails as we plant and press our own flowers. We work hard to make beautiful things and we have created opportunities for you to make those same beautiful things with our do it yourself options.

We are all over the internet from our custompaper.com site, flowerseedpaper.com site, earthinvitations.com site facebook, twitter and pinterest accounts…

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  • Joined November 24, 2009

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anything recycled, paper, fibers, pulp, plants, flower petals, flower seeds, silk, natural dyes, plant dyes

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About

Of The Earth is our trade name - flowerseedpaper is our Etsy handle (and also a good deal of what we make).

Who are we? In business since 1995, we are just like many of you: we like things to look a particular way, often our tastes reach beyond our budget. That doesn’t stop us though. We work to create what we want by rolling up our sleeves to make our own paper. We also tear cards by hand, hand dye silk ribbon, print and assemble invitations and we get earth under our nails as we plant and press our own flowers. We work hard to make beautiful things and we have created opportunities for you to make those same beautiful things with our do it yourself options.

We are all over the internet from our custompaper.com site, flowerseedpaper.com site, earthinvitations.com site facebook, twitter and pinterest accounts.

What else can be said about us? Well, we ship custom designed wedding invitation orders in just a week and most of our products can ship on the same day if they don’t require custom work. However, since we offer so many DIY options, we do have an overwhelming amount of information to communicate to you regarding ordering options. So what that means is, well, we have a few online organizational issues. Many of our customers are challenged with our navigation menus. We are always working to improve but our primary concern is always filling orders, so please forgive us (and call us) if you get a little lost on our web site.



As we started in business by making our own handmade paper wedding invitations, that continues to be our main focus. We offer sheets that can be ordered singly or in bulk. Our single sheets sell for $10 each, they measure 18” x 24” and are often enhanced with flower seeds and petals. We have always been earth friendly (see our name) and none of our handmade papers contain tree fibers. We offer recycled options that include up to 100% fiber content. Even the first use fibers are eco-friendly though as they are made with a waste product of the cotton seed oil industry.

We hope you enjoy our story.
Founded in 1995 by Kevin and Lori Graham; two people who shared a passion for each other and the world around them. Lori had just graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Fiber Arts and Kevin had just left a career as a commercial fisherman in Alaska (both life changing experiences). In planning their own wedding they discovered they enjoyed working together both in making the necessary arrangements for a party for 135 people and while endeavoring to make their invitations. They still have some of the original invitation pieces (and have been surprised to learn over the years which friends hung onto them as well) which included a self mailing reply card (handmade), folding invitation card (handmade with flowers applied to the paper), a folding direction card with map (there were two versions of this as their friends received an email reply request - in 1995!!) and a handmade envelope sealed with wax. This amounted to more then three hundred individually formed sheets of paper made one at a time in their kitchen, dining, and living rooms (picture a one bedroom, 770sq. ft. condo). The kitchen blender was never to be the same (thank goodness for wedding gifts). On their honeymoon while recounting everything that lead up their big day, they discussed what they wanted out of life together and realized that they had an opportunity to make a difference and a living. In the majority of responses they received on their reply cards there were handwritten notes commenting on how much the invitations were loved (someday we will put scans of these online). They saw that wedding invitations touch so many people and can have an impact in their choice of words, paper and delivery. Lori and Kevin realized that by creating a business that embraces our environment with earth friendly practices and an earth focused product, they could reach even more people if they helped other couples to send green wedding invitations. In the intervening ten plus years their dream has become a reality with more then 1,000,000 people receiving a card or invitation made on paper created by hand with the earth in mind. Of The Earth is proud to continue offering great earth focused products. We are also proud of our efforts to be a low impact business, to encourage our customers to use less paper (we love single envelope invitations and postcard reply cards), to produce paper with recycled/recovered water and to use every practical measure possible to ensure an environmentally responsible workplace. Thank you for sharing our vision.

After five years in SODO and five more in the 'burbs, we moved to Georgetown at the north end of Seattle's Boeing Field. After five years there (see a pattern?) we moved close to home in Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood where we are sandwiched between a Holistic Yoga studio and a chocolate shop on busy Aurora Ave.


Of The Earth is an environmentally focused handmade paper and hand dyed silk ribbon manufacturer. Our logo is an allegory of our idealized world; the people and plants in harmony with the earth in a circular flow of renewal and regeneration through responsibility.

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