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PulpArt

Plantable paper, pressed flower art, seed bombs

Saratoga Springs, New York · 7825 Sales

PulpArt

Plantable paper, pressed flower art, seed bombs

Saratoga Springs, New York 7825 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Martha

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Announcement   Plantable paper, seed bombs, wedding place cards, wedding favors, handmade paper, pressed flower art, paper sculpture, cards and gift tags. EVERYTHING LISTED IS IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP WITHIN 24 HOURS unless otherwise noted. All items are made solely by me, one piece of paper at a time using ancient paper making techniques.

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Last updated on Aug 24, 2016

Plantable paper, seed bombs, wedding place cards, wedding favors, handmade paper, pressed flower art, paper sculpture, cards and gift tags. EVERYTHING LISTED IS IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP WITHIN 24 HOURS unless otherwise noted. All items are made solely by me, one piece of paper at a time using ancient paper making techniques.

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Having fun at a friend's open house. Trying out selling my new designs and getting feedback directly from customers.
My favorite part of this new card is the little curled Forget-Me-Not blossom that looks like a noise maker!
Checking proofs for new designs coming out for 2017. Stay tuned!!
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About

“Creativity takes courage. ” ― Henri Matisse

My mother stopped what she was doing, stood frozen and tried not to look alarmed. With a forced casual tone she asked, "What do you mean you want to make your own wedding invitations?" I had recently learned how to make handmade paper and was obsessed with making sheets and sheets of it. It took months of cajoling her before she finally gave in, probably because she had bigger fish to fry: I asked her if I could get married in the back yard of my childhood home…

That was more than 20 years ago and I haven't stopped making handmade paper since. After making my own wedding invitations (successfully, even according to my mother), I realized I could sell my paper. I signed up for my first craft show and kept doing them while I waited for the internet and Etsy to be created. When I left a decade-long career as a newspaper editor to start a family, I turned to making paper as a way to be creative and stay at home. (Thankfully, it grew big enough that it's the best excuse ever for not going back to work. Although sometimes my family wouldn't mind a little less paper created in the kitchen and a few more home-cooked meals made there instead.)

I recycle 100% post-consumer waste paper to make my plantable papers and I use the freshest no-GMO wildflower seeds to spread the love. And I will tell you a little secret: I didn't do it on purpose, but my wildflower mixture helps the honeybee population because it includes many of the wildflowers that they prefer for pollen. (Hummingbirds love them, too!) #luckycoincidence

I have built my business on custom orders and have made place cards, favors and invitations for hundreds of brides, corporations, non-profits and individuals during 23 years of business. My work has been featured in LA Weekly magazine, The NY Times Style Magazine, GreenCraft magazine, the Huffington Post, the book '1000 Handmade Greetings" by Lauren McFadden as well as countless blogs. I am tickled that my work has even been purchased by a celebrity!

I operate a cat-friendly studio — you should see what I have to do to dry my seed bombs without my cat getting them and turning them into a toy — with a fuzzy little guy who enjoys helping me package my orders, especially the part where I peel off the long strip of paper before closing up the mailing envelope. If you have allergies, let me know and I will make sure to package up your order when he is off trying to figure out how to retrieve the seed bomb that rolled under the couch.

I have experimented with many different creative outlets but I always, always come back to papermaking. I am so grateful that I have been able to re-create the craft for myself, to make paper sculptures, cards, Christmas ornaments, all kinds of seeded paper products, wedding invitations … all of these different ways of using the same medium has kept me motivated and excited. Even after decades of making paper, I am still delighted by it. I hope you feel the joy and passion in everything I make!

Want to know more? Check out my blog: http://paperandpulp.blogspot.com

Follow me on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/PulpArtPaper

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  • Martha (when I was 4)

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I learned a long time ago that, to be happy, I have to create and be creative every day. Of course that means I have every tool known to man, from glass grinders to glue guns, a gocco printer, wood-carving tools and a weaving loom. Go make something!

  • Monkey

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Manufacturers

  • Fort Orange Press

    Albany, NY, United States

    We use direct-to-plate pre-press technology, enabling us to move jobs from the earliest phase to completion quickly and efficiently, streamlining the total turn-around time of a quality job for our customers.

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Find PulpArt at the following upcoming markets!

  • Shaker Heritage Society Christmas Craft Fair

    Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Rd

    Albany, NY

    Oct 29–Dec 17

    The Shaker Christmas Craft Fair is open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm Oct 29 through Dec. 17. Free Admission! Each sale supports a local business and a local museum. Cool stuff and a great cause. What could be better? www.shakerheritage.org

  • Shaker Heritage Society Annual Christmas Craft Fair

    Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Rd

    Albany, NY

    Oct 29–Dec 17

    Admission is free! Find perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list at this annual Christmas Craft Fair. Over 75 local and regional artisans are represented, offering thousands of items for your perusal. This is a great opportunity to Buy Local, supporting local small businesses while also helping to preserve an important historic site. Most vendors bring new merchandise to the show regularly so, visit often!

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Last updated on Apr 3, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Can I get my order made with herb seeds or vegetable seeds?

Nope! Please read why I don't use these seeds in my plantable paper in my blog post here: http://paperandpulp.blogspot.com/2014/11/dont-eat-your-paper.html

How long until you ship my package?

I ship every day, Monday through Friday, via USPS First Class mail. I wait until the afternoon to take orders to the post office to capture as many orders as I can. (But I will go early in the day if my customer has a time issue like an Express Mail drop-off.) So it may take as long as 24 hours for your package to be shipped but it is often much less. And if you want to know a little secret, I live within walking distance from a post office so sometimes, and especially on nice days or if I have an errand to run, I will make a second trip to mail something if I get a sale late in the day. I often ship on Saturdays, even though I officially say that I ship Monday through Friday.

Can you make specific colors? Can you match my wedding colors?

Yes! I make all of my handmade paper from 100% post-consumer waste. I rely on several different sources to supply me with paper scraps, which means the colors I have on hand can vary over time. I usually have a rainbow assortment of colors and have become quite adept at mixing and combining scraps to come up with custom colors but I can't always make every color. (Eggplant is a much-requested color that I have not managed to produce.) I can get very close to most colors, and have even almost exactly matched a few, too.

Wholesale availability

I do not wholesale my plantable products but I do wholesale my Petal People pressed flower art cards. Please inquire for more information.

Can you ship to me? I live outside the United States.

Because of customs regulations for shipping live seeds to other countries, I do not offer international shipping on my plantable products but do ship my Petal People cards internationally.

Can I write on the paper?

Yes! I actually wrote an entire blog post about it that you can read here: http://paperandpulp.blogspot.com/2014/12/i-can-write-right.html

Will you make a donation to my organization?

Because I get so many donation requests, I have had to limit those charities to whom I donate. I now only donate locally, and to companies and charities with whom my family is directly involved.

I am ordering my plantable paper now but won't use it for a couple of months. Will it be OK?

Yes! As long as you store as suggested above, your seeds will be fine. But remember that seeds are living things. The longer it takes you to plant them, the more their viability will decrease over time. I recommend planting them within 18 months of purchase.

Will you send me your products for free? I will review them in my blog.

Yes! However, I am very selective who I give my products to, and I don't give them very often. I will need proof of a certain amount of consistent readership, as well as evidence of cross-promotion on social media, and a well-established presence in either the crafting world, wedding market or another audience that hits my target customer base.

Do you offer bulk discounts?

I don't. Believe it or not, larger orders actually take more time than smaller ones. And because my paper making equipment gets tied up with bulk orders, it slows down my production time for all new orders. (Plus, it's just me making, photographing, writing, packaging and mailing everything in this one-woman business.) I do have a handful of stores that purchase from me at my prices and then mark up my items to sell in their brick and mortar stores.