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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.
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!
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!
I had big fun in 2017 creating sets of mini art prints of inspiring people and places I've been, and I was thrilled that you loved them, too, and bought them over the holidays. In a few days, I'll find even more photo opportunities for my designs; I'm taking my paper travels to Europe later this week! My first stop will be PaperWorld, a gift show held in Frankfurt. I'll be looking for excellent stationery and paper goods to sell in the online shop, and at pop up shops later this year. After Frankfurt, I'll spend a few days in Paris, taking tons of pictures for new art prints, mini art print sets, greeting cards, and calendars. If you have a favorite place, I would love to know about it -- please email me and let me know what you suggest.
The list of places I want to visit and to photograph keeps getting longer and longer. I know I won't be able to make it everywhere, but here are a few things I definitely plan to do.
I met Donna Morris through a DC friend several years ago, and had the most wonderful dinner with her in Batignolles, a residential neighborhood in the 17th arrondissement. Donna has lived in Paris for ten years, and conducts entertaining, engaging tours around the city. I'm going to take her Paris, How It Works tour so that I know how to move around the city more efficiently.
Book a photo shoot through Airbnb.
I'm late to the party... I didn't know that in addition to booking places to stay, Airbnb provides all kinds of experiences, from live music crawls to having dinner in a French chef's loft! Tania is going to take dozens of photos that I'll be able to use here on my blog, on Instagram, you name it. I can't wait... even though I don't usually like to have my picture taken. :-)
Visit my two favorite paper stores.
Want to join me? You can -- just follow me on Instagram!
If you're in the Washington DC area this Saturday, be sure to visit the Logan Hardware Father's Day Market, held on June 4 from 12-5pm at 1734 14th Street NW. You'll find great cards to send and awesome gifts to give from Fast Snail Design and Bailiwick Clothing Company, two local design companies.
Bailiwick Clothing is "dedicated to DC," and boldly displays that pride on its apparel. DC dads are gonna love these -- great job, JC Smith and Bailiwick Clothing Company!
You'll also find Washington DC celebrated in Father's Day cards created by Liz Hutcheson of Fast Snail Design.
If you can't make it this Saturday, Logan Hardware (part of Ace Hardware DC) will host another Father's Day Market on June 18. We hope to see you there soon!
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!
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.
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!
I found these lovely forsythia branches in my neighborhood, too.
Old City Farm & Guild in Washington, DC sells beautiful redbud trees -- they will be open soon for the spring season!
More delicate cherry blossom branches from the Tidal Basin.
A lovely star magnolia flower in Reston.
I couldn't help but take this picture -- dandelions were everywhere!
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)!
Hi, Friends! Please join me at Logan Hardware's Valentine's Pop-Up Market on February 6th and 7th (Saturday and Sunday) from 10am-3pm. I'm bringing handmade greeting cards, prints, and other paper goodies to share with you. Some folks try to ignore Valentine's Day because they think it's a made up holiday -- I see it as another wonderful celebration where one can connect, touch hearts, and demonstrate care and kindness to the people closest to them. So... I hope to see your bright, shining faces this weekend. My dear friend, Liz Hutcheson of Fast Snail, will have her lovely paper products and gifts the following weekend (February 13th and 14th), please be sure to stop back by to visit her, too! See you soon, dear ones. :-)
I've had a lovely break during the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve -- it's been the perfect time to make new cards. One of my new designs began with a seaweed snack!
That's right -- the dried, salty treat that I eat in place of the potato chips that I REALLY crave. I took the pic (and ate the snack, of course), then played around with it in Photoshop to get a number of variations on the theme.
I finally picked one and fooled around with it a bit more to get this...
... then I added a picture of flowers, and text... and voila!
I was thrilled beyond belief to visit -- and see my cards -- in the Museum Shop of the New-York Historical Society!
This bustling shop is part of New York's first museum; the hyphen in the name that seems strange, at first, is actually the way New-York was initially written in the early 1800's.
The museum shop is chock full of unique gifts (I saw these great purses made from old books, for example), jewelry, and lots and lots of cards (mine included, how many times can I say that!?!).
I can't wait to come back -- next time around, I'll get to wander the halls of the museum.
170 Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024
I was pleased to find a stationery store in New York that I'd never before heard of: Envelopper Ink, located in the Chelsea/Flatiron/Gramercy district. I'm including all three because I'm not exactly sure of the official designation of this area! There was scaffolding in front which darkened the view, but Envelopper's colorful, beachy window display made everything sunny, bright, and inviting.
Envelopper is HUGE. In addition to a sweet and sassy card collection, the store stocks paper by the piece, stationery, journals, boxed cards, frames, scrapbooking supplies, and great gifts. Envelopper also handles custom invitations.
I roamed around the store for awhile, then spotted some of the Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler designs they ordered. Yippee!
It was wonderful to meet Paiam, one of the owners, and to see my work in such a pretty, pretty store!
45 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010