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My neighbor Ruth, regarding Jeannette Rankin

I want to be like my beautiful 88 year old neighbor, Ruth, when I grow up. She's full of humor and wit; when I visit her, she regales me with stories of travels she's taken, and places she's lived throughout the years around the world. It's always fun to get together with a fellow traveler!


I gave Ruth one of my Inspiration calendars for Hanukkah, and now she calls me the Quote Lady. Each month she looks up the quote and the person that I picked for the calendar; this time around she had some choice words for me!

In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's Month, and I chose Jeannette Rankin to be the woman to grace the calendar page. Ms. Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress in 1916, four years before the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote nationwide. She was the only member of Congress who voted against United States participation in both world wars. While searching for a quote to go with another image, I stumbled upon Ms. Rankin's quote that remains timely: " If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier."

Ruth loved the artwork for March, but she said, "Jeannette Rankin had so many other quotes that I think fit her better. Have you seen them?" I'd seen a couple, but decided to find more that I could share with you, too.

“I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last.”

"We're half the people; we should be half the Congress."

"Men and women are like right and left hands: it doesn't make sense not to use both."

Might it not be that a great force that has always been thinking in terms of human needs, and that always will think in terms of human needs, has not been mobilized? Is it not possible that the women of the country have something of value to give the nation at this time?
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"The individual woman is required . . . a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition."

“Babies are dying from cold and hunger. Soldiers have died for lack of a woolen shirt. Might it not be that the men who have spent their lives thinking in terms of commercial profit find it hard to adjust themselves to thinking in terms of human needs? Might it not be that a great force that has always been thinking in terms of human needs, and that always will think in terms of human needs has not been mobilized? Is it not possible that the women of the country have something of value to give the nation at this time?”

In 1970, while talking to a reporter about the Vietnam War, Rankin said “Surrender is a military idea. When you’re doing something wrong, you stop.”

Jeannette Rankin's philosophies and ideals continue to this day. When Jeannette Rankin died in 1973 at the age of 92, she bequeathed part of her estate to help mature, unemployed women. The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund now provides college scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older.

Jeannette Rankin is ever-relevant... thanks for the lesson, Ruth!


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Travel Here: Logan Hardware August Summer Market

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!




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New Paper Traveler art prints!

Two new art prints -- a photograph and a photocollage -- are now available!


I had so much fun finding this heart -- thanks to our dusty Honda, we pulled up to the car wash at just the right moment to capture it.



 It's always fun to reimagine the DC Flag, this time in wood.



You can find the entire Art Print collection here. Stay tuned, more art prints are on the way!

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DC Flag Cherry Blossom Baby Onesies, now available in my Threadless Artist Shop!

I'm happy to announce the opening of my new Artist Shop on -- yippee! I'm excited because you'll now be able to purchase my designs on t-shirts, tank tops, and children's clothing like this DC Flag baby onesie.


 DC Flag - Cherry Blossom Kids by papertraveler's Artist Shop


 Stay tuned -- I'll keep you posted as I add more designs, and more products, to my shop!

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Logan Hardware July Summer Market

You love these artists so much - so we're doing it all over again! Stop by the Logan Hardware July Summer Market to visit Palo Borracho, Elizabeth Hutcheson, Sovereign Treasures, and Bailiwick Clothing Company July 9, 12-5, 1734 14th St NW at Logan Hardware!


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Logan Hardware Father's Day Market features Bailiwick Clothing Company & Fast Snail Design!

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!

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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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It's All About the Love -- Come Feel It!

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. :-)

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Be Merry and Bright -- Save the Dates for Local DC Holiday Fun!

Be Merry and Bright -- Save the Dates for Local DC Holiday Fun!

It's the most wonderful time of the year for shopping locally -- holiday markets abound in the Washington DC Metro region. Two awesome companies, Old City Farm & Guild and Logan Hardware, will host the following events -- be sure to save the dates and shop some amazing  businesses.

The Holiday Guild Market -- Old City Farm & Guild


925 Rhode Island Avenue NW (near the corner of 9th & Rhode Island Ave NW)

Outdoor market on Saturdays -- November 28, December 5, 12, 19

MMMM, the smell of fire, hot apple cider, and fresh cut fir trees fills the air as a bustling market unfolds on a crisp Saturday morning. Local artists, crafters, and food purveyors set up their displays.  Out come cards, clothing, ornaments, DC-themed items, body products, and art prints. Delectable edibles tantalize taste buds.  As the day progresses into evening a live musician appears to serenade the crowds past dusk.  Or perhaps it's a fire performer.  Or?

You want to be part of this.  Every Saturday at Old City Farm and Guild, starting Thanksgiving weekend. Bring the family, bring the dog, bring a warm coat... Come get your tree and enjoy the season with us!

Christmas tree sales -- 10am - 8pm

Vendor sales -- 10am - 5pm

Evening performances -- start at 6pm

Logan Hardware Holiday Market



1734 14th Street NW (near the corner of 14th and S Streets NW)

Indoor market on Sundays -- December 6, 13, 20

Logan Hardware is your one stop shop for the holidays this year. The store's third floor transforms into a merry, festive world of holiday fun where you'll find unique cards, art, jewelry, and many other one-of-a-kind gifts from fabulous designers. You can get all of your gift wrap, tissue, gift bags and party supplies here, too!

Vendor sales -- 11am - 5pm

Store hours -- 10am - 6pm

Stay tuned for more news about all of the participants at these markets -- they're brilliant, and you'll love meeting them and supporting their businesses. I look forward to seeing you soon on a holly, jolly DC weekend!

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