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Diane Mattis: Passionate Artistic Photographer & Flower Gardener

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

My Note: When I was substituting in Lower Merion several years ago, I worked with a terrific member of the food team: Candice. Recently she dropped off a beautiful greeting card featuring a flower on the cover by Diane Mattis, with a note inside suggesting we get together. Turns her next door neighbor, Diane, has a dense backyard garden bursting with flowers that I wanted to photograph for Menupause. The three of us got together a few days ago at Diane’s densely populated flower garden and had a wonderful “girl talk” visit on the porch overlooking the garden. Here is a photo of Diane that she created with flower petals from her garden. BTW: This is my second posting for P.I.C. [Product Information Corner.]

I took photos of Diane’s flowers, but realized that her photos were far superior to mine. And she creates floral designs that become the front of her hand-made greeting greeting cards that you can purchase to use as personal note cards or greeting cards, since they are blank inside. I still snail mail greeting cards, so I bought a set of five for myself!

Here are two photos with a black background that she will make into (white) greeting cards of heavy stock. Some have poems or sayings in calligraphy:


This duet of irises (above) is on a white background for a greeting card, while the one below is completely covered by the flowers with the music symbol superimposed. On a post-it note to me: … for the “”musically-oriented on a white greeting card.




Here are couple of Diane’s photos of singular flowers, instead of an arrangement, a Parrot Tulip on the left and the center of an iris. She seems to capture the essence of each flower, each one more beautiful than the next.




I love Diane’s cards! If you want to order your own cards chosen from hundreds on file on her dining room-turned-greeting card-inventory, here is her artistic business card. Her Botanical Images are beautiful! (Tell her you saw this info on Menupause.)

Feel free to contact her at:


P.S. After putting this piece together, I found a quote from one of the animal rights organizations. It uses gardening to describe people who bring us happiness:

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

– Marcel Proust

PACT Organic Clothing in Bio-degradable Plastic Bags

Sunday, June 13th, 2021
I buy organic clothing from I also buy organic clothing from other sources that, unfortunately, do not use bio-degradable bags, so I hope to write those places with this info that I thought you would like.

The info below ids from their website with a special link: Brand New Bag – Pact › article › brand-new-bag. (Brand New Bag. Pact is proud to introduce a brand new bag made with biodegradable plastic.)

P.S. I have a new category: P.I.C. (Product Information Corner) and this is my first posting for this category.

Pact is proud to introduce a brand new bag made with biodegradable plastic. While polybag packaging is required for quality control, your Pact products will now come in a new kind of bag that utilizes technology to accelerate its bio-degradation.

How does it work?

The new bag is made of a proprietary and patented blend of organic ingredients proven to enhance the rate of plastic bio-degradation in anaerobic (oxygen-free) environments. The process is enzymatic, allowing microbes to consume the entire plastic mass.

How long does the bag take to biodegrade?

The rate of bio-degradation depends on factors like environmental conditions, the biological activity of microorganisms surrounding the plastic, and the size and thickness of the plastic bag. In the ideal conditions, this product will biodegrade completely within a few years, as opposed to regular plastic, which can take hundreds to thousands of years.

Does the bag produce any harmful byproducts?

Plastic bags that utilize this technology will biodegrade just like organic waste. No microplastics or toxic residue are left behind. The natural byproducts of organic waste are bio-gases. These gases produced within a landfill can be collected and used in various ways. In the US, approximately 83% of landfills capture methane gas (a byproduct of organic waste) and it is increasingly being seen as a source of free, clean energy.

Learn more about the technology behind our brand new bags from our partner, The Rudholm Group.