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Hi, friends! Some of you know that I planned a big Euro trip, first to Frankfurt, and then to Paris. While I was excited about attending Paperworld, I was even more jazzed to be able to travel to Paris to explore the arrondissements, take tons of pictures, and create brand new art products for you to enjoy.
The Paris part of the journey did not work well at all; I came down with the flu and spent ALL of my time in a Belleville hotel, in bed. The Hotel Scarlett was a sweet little hotel, by the way, with an excellent staff -- they helped me find a doctor, and made me tea. I took a few pics of my lovely room and at the airport, but I have to say that part of the trip was a flop. No worries, it gives me one more reason to go back to Paris -- soon!
one of the few Paris pics I took... rue de Belleville.
But before that, I had a marvelous time in Frankfurt. I'd never traveled there before, and it was a great experience. I spent most of my time at Paperworld, as I was only there for a couple of days, but the hotel in which I stayed was comfortable and fun.
I decided to save a little money, and booked a hotel about three miles from Paperworld. The Moxy Frankfurt East, a Marriott concept in the Frankfurt neighborhood of Ostend, was easy on my pocketbook. I'd read lots of reviews about the hotel, and some folks who posted thought it was a very strange, nontraditional hotel; check in at the lobby bar! no full service restaurant! no closets! It all sounded intriguing to me, and I thought it would be a good time to try something new.
My check in experience did take place at the bar, and it was a pleasant interaction. I told the staff they were the hardest working hosts in hospitality! They handled check in/check out, tended bar, served as baristas, cooked delicious bar snacks (yes, bar food was available, heated in the convection oven or the microwave - it was quite tasty), and handled special requests with professionalism and humor. They were the best part of my stay at the Moxy. Marriott, I hope you are paying these nice people very well.
I loved my room at the Moxy. I packed relatively lightly, so not having a closet was not a problem. I had to search a bit to find hooks to hang my coat; they were embedded into a super graphic wall hanging. I ended up saying "Hello" to this woman every night!
can you see the hooks?
My room was compact, but it was minimalist, spotless, and had cute messages on the walls. It was very soothing after a long day at the show.
I ended up using some of the room fixtures and furnishings as props for my mini art prints -- they'll be up on the website soon.
When I wasn't relaxing in my comfortable room, I was either on my way to Paperworld -- the trade show provides free passes on public transportation, a big plus -- or I was wandering the show halls. There were actually four different gift shows going on at Messe Frankfurt simultaneously; Paperworld, Creativeworld (arts and crafts supplies), Christmasworld, and Floradecora (a floral show). I started to get lost in all of the beautiful craft exhibits of Creative World, but since I had a limited amount of time, I tried to get a little more focused! Tried. :-)
My favorite booth was the Caran d'Ache exhibit, where I got to play and color with my fellow attendees. How fun!
Another fun exhibit was Werkhaus. I loved their easy-to-assemble, sustainable products, and I hope to carry their some of their products soon.
I jumped for joy (on the inside! I tried to maintain outer calm) when I discovered Pabuku. It's a gender-diverse, funny greeting card line, and I enjoyed meeting Ute Baurecker and Ulla Klopf, the owners of the company. I placed an order, and Pabuku will be available online in my shop and at the Ace pop ups beginning in May.
I almost missed Michaela of ZIMIglobes. Her booth was tucked away in a tiny sliver of space -- it was probably the smallest space a vendor could get! But I saw her mini world globes, which of course made me think of Paper Traveler, and I quickly found out that these little spheres were actually greeting cards! I ordered the world globes and some Dia de los Muertos DIY coloring globes.You color the globe, write your message on the other side, mail it, and the recipient pulls the wires so that your card becomes an ornament. How clever!
Michaela and her sister
I was so excited about ordering desk planners and notepads from Dot or Dash that I totally forgot to take pictures, but I'll have their products in time for Mother's Day.
Even though the rest of my trip was a bust, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Paperworld, and hope to come back again and spend even more time in Frankfurt!
It is hot, hot, hot in Washington DC, but it's still an excellent time to visit. Many folks are out of town on vacation, so you'll have lots more elbow room!
If you're in the DMV, travel on over to the Logan Hardware August Summer Market on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, from 12-5pm. Artists and designers will be there featuring great gifts. Logan Hardware, an Ace Hardware DC store, is located at 1734 14th Street NW.
Liz Hutcheson of Fast Snail Creative Greetings & Design will be on hand Saturday and Sunday, offering cards and gifts illustrating her unique Washington DC perspective.
Liz writes of her Lincoln Love Wedding Card, "The inscription on Mary Todd Lincoln's wedding ring read, 'A.L. to Mary, Nov. 4, 1842. Love is eternal.' This sentiment inspired Liz's image of a Lincoln Memorial aglow with glorious color and with hearts blooming along its front steps."
Be sure to say Hi to JC Smith of the Bailiwick Clothing Company, and check out his awesome DC-themed t-shirts, tanks, and caps. He'll be at the Market on Saturday and Sunday.
Paola Bernacchi of Palo Borracho will showcase DC designs and beautiful floral illustrations on Saturday. Her giftware ranges from baby bibs and art prints to DC wine glasses, beer mugs, and more.
Need a wedding gift? Anjali Sunderam of Sovereign Treasures is bringing beautiful new hand-painted tabletop pieces on Saturday, as well as her colorful henna-inspired (my fav!) dinnerware and trivets.
Hurray for yummy sweets! Ruby Scoops is a local and online retailer of premium small batch ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, and desserts, all handcrafted and scratch made in Union Kitchen by Chef & Owner, Rabia Kamara. You can get your ice cream fix at the Market on Sunday.
Allison White, Co-Founder of the Scout Cart, is new to the Logan Hardware Market; she will be on hand Sunday to demonstrate how much easier your city (and suburban) shopping can be with this fabulous, high-quality personal shopping cart!
There will be lots to see, so perhaps you'll be able to stop by both days. Again, the Logan Hardware August Market will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14 at Logan Hardware, 1734 14th Street NW, Washington DC, from 12-5pm. Hope to see you there!
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!
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!
23 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014
I enjoyed making many new friends at the National Stationery Show last May, but when I saw the buyers from Home Rule (www.homerule.com) come around the corner to my booth, it truly felt as though I had come home, full circle. This beautifully curated housewares store sits two doors down from the now-shuttered shop I used to buy for, PULP DC. It was great to see familiar, friendly faces!
The shop is small, colorful, and smells yummy -- the Illume candles are wonderful. Home Rule has beautiful tabletop gifts and accessories, and you can find just about everything you need to furnish your kitchen and bathroom here. And It's the perfect place to buy the perfect wedding gift.
Home Rule was all decked out for summer fun when I arrived to see its new card department.
So fans of DC's 14th Street, if you need to satisfy your card fix, be sure to stop by Home Rule!
And be sure to say Hi to Mazin and the rest of the Home Rule crew, too. :-)
I was like a kid in a candy store when I visited the Museum Shop at the National Building Museum; there were so many things to look at, to touch, and to buy!
The outside of the museum looks very sturdy and stately, just as a museum dedicated to buildings should be.
And there is an awesome-looking Maze currently on exhibit that you should absolutely check out! You can find out more about it here: http://bit.ly/1ubL6TE. One of our local news networks interviewed Bjarke Ingels, the designer of the maze, here: http://bit.ly/1tfOW2I
The Museum Shop, rated one of the best places to buy gifts in DC, is chock-full of books on architecture and design, building toys, games, models, and crafts, jewelry, accessories and housewares, and beautiful stationery. I'm so happy that Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler cards are part of the lovely assortment!
Be sure to check out the Maze, check out the museum's Summer Block Party events, and check out the store -- you'll have a ball!