SJMade Fall Series at Whole Foods

If you’re in the San Jose area, come out on Saturday 10/3 (tomorrow!) for SJMade’s Fall Series at Whole Foods Market in conjunction with First Saturdays on The Alameda — we will be there 11-7.  Don’t forget Whole Foods has a sweet brewery, Mission Creek Microbrewery.

bougainvillea pressed flower jewelry

Vote for Fall/Winter Designs

IMPRESSED by nature’s Fall & Winter 2015 Collection is in the works! We love these so much, we can’t decide which will make the final cut.

Help us choose by commenting with your top 3 designs using the corresponding letters!

fallwinter15 voting

The new collection will be available in August!

Wedding Edition


ranunculus earrings

Chances are you know someone who just got engaged or is in the midst of preparing for their upcoming nuptials–maybe that someone is you!

Here at IMPRESSED by nature, we love weddings! They are a special time to celebrate with loved ones and flowers often become a highlight in the decor and accessories. With our varying services, we can outfit a bride and her bridal party with one-of-a-kind accessories that perfectly match any floral aesthetic. Rather wear grandma’s pearls? Don’t miss the opportunity to make the most of your wedding flowers and preserve them in a wearable form with our wedding memories service.

“Kyla communicated with me for approximately 3 months to make sure that my custom-made jewelry set was made according to my vision. She ended up creating a product that went beyond what I had originally imagined. This set was made in memory of my father and grandmothers, and Kyla realized that this made the quality and look of the set important to me.” ~Cara, to be wed July ’16

for the bride

IMPRESSED by nature 3 - hydrangea pearl earrings - matisse

hydrangea earrings in silver with pearls


queen anne’s lace earrings in copper

for the bridal party


sunflower earrings in gold for bridesmaids

“Kyla is both creative and professional. She listened to what I was looking for and worked with me to make sure the pieces matched my vision. I got beautiful necklaces for my bridesmaids and a pair of earrings for me, which I continue to wear after the wedding. I absolutely recommend IMPRESSED by Nature. Whether for wedding jewelry, or a nice gift, you will fall in love with it!” ~ Margaux, married August ’14

for the groom and groomsmen


hydrangea tie pins in silver

Ready to get started? Click here to tell us a bit about your day!

preserve your wedding memories

So, you had a fabulous time celebrating your special day! Now, youIMG_6085 might be wondering what to do with all of the carefully selected elements that made the day so special. Don’t let those memories fade away or sit on a shelf collecting dust! Work with IMPRESSED by nature to transform your wedding flowers into wearable jewelry for you and your bridal party.

With a simple flower pressing kit and easy-to-follow tutorial, your flowers will become a part of your jewelry collection in no time!

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custom jewelry set made from the bridal bouquet

Ready to get started? Click here to preserve your wedding memories!

“This is an AMAZING service. It is a great way to preserve special flowers in a beautiful and FUNCTIONAL setting – who needs a bunch of dried flowers in their house, anyway?” ~ Allison, married September ’14


Bouquets to Art @ the de Young

IMG_3160This gorgeous, enormous piece hung in the main room; it consists of 1,500 roses, 1,500 branches, and numerous copper rods!

Every year in March, the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park holds a very special event called Bouquets to Art.  This year I was able to attend for the first time!  Bouquets to Art is an exhibition of talented floral designers who create floral art inspired by a piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection.  Many of the designers were present the day I visited so I got to learn a little more about the actual process.  In the fall, the de Young contacts designers to ask them to choose the top three pieces that they would like to use as inspiration.  The designers wait in anticipation until three weeks before the event to find out which piece the museum has chosen for them.  One designer said that she has been waiting for three years to design after the piece she was given this year!  Some of the floral pieces are quite literal and others are more abstract representations of the original artwork.  Here are some of my favorites:

  IMG_3159I especially love this because the painting is of Martin Johnson Heade’s Twilight at Singing Beach in Manchester, MA–a beach that I personally love!




Not only did I have the pleasure of enjoying the incredible floral creations, I also visited the Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George Exhibit, which is still up for the next few weeks–get there if you are local!


Sprrring forward!

Spring is finally here!  Along with beautiful weather, spring is an exciting time for IMPRESSED by nature.  With flowers blooming everywhere, natural inspiration is in abundance.

IMG_3026snap peas in full bloom in my backyard garden…yummm

Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Over the last six months, I have been developing a new collection of pressed flower jewelry.  The process was quite organic–all the while intently focused on IMPRESSED by nature’s mission: to preserve the brief, wondrous life of a plant, in a simple and stylish way that allows botanical sublimity to speak for itself.

Here is a photo journey to the final product:

July ’13

IMG_1896During a trip to LA for Renegade Craft Fair, I happened upon a small bead shop in Silver Lake where I discovered gorgeously unique Picasso-style Czech glass beads.  They caught my eye because of their solid, rich color yet rustic look and feel.  I had been looking for a way to incorporate new elements to my jewelry–these beads seemed like they would add pops of color as well as a bit of weight.

August ’13

IMG_1906I could hardly wait to see what would become of my beaded additions. Here is the first experiment – yellow sunflowers complemented with red beads.

September ’13

IMG_2343Bead inspiration and experimentation continue! These turquoise teardrop-shaped Czech glass beads were discovered on a regular run to my local jewelry supply store.  You can also see a glimpse into my sketchbook with more new designs!  (See these earrings on Etsy!)

October ’13

IMG_2472I was so smitten with the Picasso-style Czech glass beads that I discovered in LA that I just had to find more of them!  Using Pantone’s Spring Color Report, I invested in coral, turquoise, pineapple, and butter pecan beads to accompany my floral beauties.

November/December ’13

IMG_2546 More colorful experimentation continues! (See these earrings on Etsy!)

January ’14

IMG_2877With all designs finalized, I set up product and model photo shoots in January.  Here is a view from behind the camera outdoors at my studio.  (See these earrings on Etsy!)

julia photo shootThe model photo shoot was set in Sonoma with gorgeous and lovely friend, Julia!  It was an unseasonably warm and sunny January day–adding warmth to the Spring/Summer “feel” of the shoot.

February ’14

After all that hard work, here is the final product…

IMPRESSED by nature’s Spring/Summer 2014 Line includes two collections. 
The first is a brand new venture into an exploration of Balance.  The inspiration for this collection stems from the curious ways that individuals define and strike balance–from personal life balancing to more tangible manifestations.  From a design perspective, I am fascinated by the varied ways to find balance through orientation, weight, texture, material, color, etc.  By incorporating vibrant, yet rustic Czech glass beads into my designs, I have delved deeper into what balance means in my work and how it informs my overall aesthetic.
The second is a revisit to the Naturalist Collection, which is inspired by the pure essence of nature’s bouquet.  With limited accompaniments, this collection is designed to highlight the beauty that surrounds us.  By using simple designs and earthy copper metal components, the botanical world speaks for itself.


See the full collection for sale on Etsy and Storenvy!