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My photo subjects -- where are they now?

This past weekend, as I read and relaxed, I looked over at my huge aloe vera plant. It was such a tiny little thing when I bought it four years ago, and put it on this friendship greeting card.

Here's what it looks like today:

 

Can you believe it? Before and after! I'm happy that my aloe's happy. I'm sure it can't wait to get back outside when the warmer weather arrives.

One of my other photo subjects did not fare as well. Large, beautiful cherry trees used to line the path of my morning walks. I took many pictures of them, and used them for a blank notecard and a Mother's Day card.

 

Alas, those trees have been destroyed. A huge apartment building is going up where they used to stand. Why couldn't the developers try harder to save them, so they would continue to bring joy to everyone passing by?

I'm so glad to be able to capture moments -- whether they're around the block, or around the world -- so that you can enjoy them, too, in the greeting cards and art prints that I create. It's a chance to keep history alive. It may be just a tiny little sliver of history, but it matters to me, and I hope it matters to you, too.

 There's one more photo subject I want to show you, a sweet sign from Cafe 9 Catering I captured a couple of years ago.

Cafe 9 has moved on from this teeny tiny pop up to do great things -- just check out their yummy offerings on their Facebook page -- and a gelato stand is popping up in their old space.

 

I hope they have some great signs!

 

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MidCity in Bloom Garden Party -- join us for big fun!

Hello, dear friends!

I hope to see you -- if you live in the DMV -- at the MidCity in Bloom Garden Party, hosted by Logan Hardware and featuring lots of vendors. You can find more information about the event here -- it's gonna be a blast! The party gets started on Sunday, April 17, from 12-3pm.

I'll be bringing original collage art...

 

Joyous spring flower cards...

 

Lovely Mother's Day cards...

 

and beautiful art prints!

 

You can find me upstairs on the third floor with some gorgeous pottery that you must check out.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

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Magnificent March!

We have been enjoying an early Spring warm up in the metro Washington DC area, and I'm happy to feature some new blossoming cards, and to reintroduce a few favorites which have been in stock for awhile.

 

Reston Cherry Blossoms

It's just about cherry blossom season at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC -- check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival -- but I found these lovely branches last spring in Reston, VA. I could hardly wait a whole year to show them to you!

 

 

Reston Forsythia

I found these lovely forsythia branches in my neighborhood, too.

 

 

DC Redbud Tree

Old City Farm & Guild in Washington, DC sells beautiful redbud trees -- they will be open soon for the spring season!

 

 

Double Cherry Branch

More delicate cherry blossom branches from the Tidal Basin.

 

Reston Star Magnolia

A lovely star magnolia flower in Reston.

 

 

Naughty Weeds

 

I couldn't help but take this picture -- dandelions were everywhere!

 

 

Crepe Myrtle Thank You

The crepe myrtles will come along later in the year, but they are so pretty, I wanted to include this one here, taken at the Wiehle Reston East Metro Station.

 

All of these cards are in stock and available online. Stop in and see the rest of our blooming cards and art prints, and follow me on Instagram (papertraveler)!

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Travel Here: House of Cards & Curiosities, New York, NY

I combined business with pleasure when I traveled up to New York City earlier this month. In addition to seeing my lovely family and traipsing up and down the hills of Central Park, I was able to visit some of the stores that currently carry my collections.

I'd known about House of Cards & Curiosities for years and years, long before my days at PULP DC, around the same time that I found Hudson Street Papers (R.I.P., sweet store!) in its West Village days. House of Cards & Curiosities was one of the tiniest stores I'd ever seen, but it certainly packed a punch in the sheer volume of wonderful gifts stocked within. Tons of cards lined the walls. There were cute little gifts, day of the dead merchandise, and a nice selection of 2015 calendars. (Yes, it's that time of the year, lovely people -- buy your calendars now for the best selection!)

I was thrilled when they bought my cards! It's great to have Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler represented in New York.

House of Cards & Curiosities is located in the West Village; be sure to add it to your must-see list the next time you travel to the Big Apple!

House of Cards & Curiosities

23 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

(212) 675-6178

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