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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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A Month of Teas in a Pop-Up Shop

It's February -- Black History Month, the month for love, a month of rain and snow. I haven't traveled far from home, but I feel as though I'm worlds away; I'm temping in a tea shop at UrbanPop, a cozy collection of pop-up stores at the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station.

 

Pearl Fine Teas is owned by Elise Scott, a very cool woman who does in the world of tea what I hope to do with paper; she travels the globe in search of the very best teas she can find, and brings them back home to share with her customers. Elise studies with tea masters, has tea buddies all over the world, makes her own blends, and infuses tea into beautiful jams and preserves.

 

I've only been here a few days so far, but my mind is being blown (think jet.com, purple clouds, head exploding). I'm learning that 1) tea people are awesome; 2) the whole culture around tea is enriching and fascinating; and 3) I don't think I'll ever be able to buy Bigelow from the supermarket again.

 

When I come in for work, I pick a new tea to try from the daily menu. For now, I've tasted Rooibos Lemon, an herbal tisane; Earl Grey de la Creme, the smoothest Earl Grey I've ever sampled (it has lovely hints of vanilla); and Jade Cloud, which will probably replace the green tea I currently drink. I'll still have my morning coffee, but filling the rest of my day with tea seems a most pleasurable experience!

 

 

Elise has fiercely loyal customers. They love the quality of her products, many times ordering by the pound. You can, too - Pearl Fine Teas can be found at many area farmers markets, as well as the pop-up shop here at Wiehle-Reston. A new website with online ordering is coming soon, and Elise's blog, tealove.wordpress.com is an excellent, entertaining resource to learn more. I'll share more pics on Instagram -- stay tuned!

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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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People to See: Interesting on Instagram -- January 20, 2016

It's been awhile, but I'm finally moving beyond the holidays and market mode to return to some of my regular posts. Here are some of the people I love to watch on Instagram! First, however, I want to share a recent post from IGer Natalie Freeman of @nataliecreates. She writes:

"Real talk. This is currently the only sliver of my life that is calm, organized or even pretty. I am choosing to share this scene instead of my dirty house, unanswered emails, poorly executed projects or piles of laundry because it reminds me that I am not completely insane."

 

photo, Instagram: @nataliecreates

 

Can you relate? I sure can. So I say to Natalie and to the wonderful Instagram community, Thank You for sharing moments of beauty with us, no matter what everything else looks like in your lives. We need to be uplifted and inspired, and your online posts are greatly appreciated! Okay, on with the show. :-)

 

Depressed Cake Shop (@depressedcakeshop)

How amazing -- I've never seen anything like this. Depressed Cake Shop serves to raise awareness of mental health issues. DCS and volunteers all over the world host local pop-ups, selling delicious cakes and other baked goods as a way to begin the dialogue about mental health. The cakes are gray, with just a touch of color to symbolize hope -- what a creative idea. If you'd like to host a pop-up bake sale in your neck of the woods, DCS provides a downloadable toolkit on its website.

 

 

 photos, Depressed Cake Shop

 

With the help of our co-conspirators, we host pop-ups worldwide that sell highly customized baked goods as a way to get people talking about mental illness. We provide a safe place for conversation and a unique toolkit that will enable interested bakers and organizers to raise funds for mental health charities through locally organized pop-ups. - See more at: http://depressedcakeshop.org/our-mission/#sthash.BdhEVfwX.dpuf

With the help of our co-conspirators, we host pop-ups worldwide that sell highly customized baked goods as a way to get people talking about mental illness. We provide a safe place for conversation and a unique toolkit that will enable interested bakers and organizers to raise funds for mental health charities through locally organized pop-ups. - See more at: http://depressedcakeshop.org/our-mission/#sthash.BdhEVfwX.dpuf

With the help of our co-conspirators, we host pop-ups worldwide that sell highly customized baked goods as a way to get people talking about mental illness. We provide a safe place for conversation and a unique toolkit that will enable interested bakers and organizers to raise funds for mental health charities through locally organized pop-ups. - See more at: http://depressedcakeshop.org/our-mission/#sthash.BdhEVfwX.dpuf

Donna Morris, Best Friend in Paris (@bestfriendinparis)

It is wonderful to see Donna on Instagram -- I met her three years ago on the advice of a friend, and I do truly feel like I have a good buddy to hang out with whenever I go to Paris! We went to one of Donna's favorite restaurants in an out-of-the-way, untouristy neighborhood, and I never would have found it without her. Donna finds out what you like to do, the kinds of experiences you'd like to have, and helps to make them happen for you. Also -- she is an excellent shopper. If you want to do some flea market bargaining in Paris, you'll want to have her by your side!

 

photo, Best Friend in Paris

 

photo, Linda Hervieux

 

Cat in France (@cat_in_france)

One day -- I'm not quite sure how -- I spiraled down an IG tunnel to discover tons of French expat feeds. Big fun! There are SO many, including @lostincheeseland, @pretavoyager, @cakeboyparis, and of course my fav guy in Paris @davidlebovitz -- but I can't get enough of Cat's luscious pics of life on her farm in Normandy, France.

 

 

 

photos, Rabbit Hill Sunday Brocantes

Cat created Sunday Brocantes, an online shop that is open the first two days of the month, and her foodie workshops will launch in March. Very exciting!

You can check out more of the fabulous people I follow on my IG feed @papertraveler -- and let me know who you love, too!

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New to the website -- handmade collage cards!

I launched Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler because I couldn't stop touching beautiful paper goods. Whenever I visited an art supply store or a paper shop, I couldn't leave without buying something that felt good in my hands and looked absolutely gorgeous. To me, anyway. There are lots of folks who don't understand a good paper obsession, but if you're a paper geek like me, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

It hasn't ended with the paper I use to make my own artwork, either. My friend Kim created a quirky Vladimir Putin collage a long time ago. It resides next to my postal scale, along with...

 

 

a hand-drawn card from my sister, a pic of the old PULP crew framed by tiny paper flowers, and...

 

my poor attempts at making paper bowls. (One day I'll get it right!)

 

yes, those old Legos hold meaning... if you're one of my siblings, you know what I mean.

I decided to add a limited edition of handmade cards to the art prints and digitally produced cards currently offered on my website. I'm having fun with photography, but slowing down at the beginning of the new year to play with paper feels very, very wonderful, too. You can find them here.

 

 

Each of them is one of a kind, but don't worry if the one you want is out of stock... I'll make more!

 

 

 

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Fun with food and flowers - cooking up new cards!

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!

This is so much fun that it can't possibly be work! I'm grateful for the opportunity to create new things and share them with you. I'll keep you posted on Facebook and Instagram with more new work. Have a wonderful New Year!

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'Tis the season for love and gratitude, Part 3

In this month filled with to-do lists, wish lists, grocery lists, checklists of all kinds, it's important to catch the small moments of serendipity to be found over the holidays. This month I've been given precious gifts of remembrance, generosity, and kindness, and I am so grateful -- I'd like to acknowledge them here all week, and offer a discount gift to you, too! You'll find it at the end of this post. :-)

The Gift: Collaboration, Connection, and the Logan Hardware Holiday Market -- Gina Schaefer, Ace Hardware DC

Oh, what fun I've had with Gina Schaefer, Marc Friedman, and their excellent, super supportive colleagues at Ace Hardware DC! They've been my friends for years, and I have had the opportunity to participate at Ace Hardware DC's Ladies Night...

 

...and to teach a collage workshop at Logan Hardware.

When I presented the idea of the Logan Hardware Holiday Market in December, Gina enthusiastically said "YES!" and a new holiday venue was born. All of the participating artists and artisans have had a wonderful time and received excellent exposure.

The last Logan Hardware Holiday Market will be held this Sunday, December 20. I am so thankful for Gina's generosity, for the opportunity to be here to sell my cards and prints, and to tell others about my small business -- thank you, Gina!

Tomorrow, I'll tell you about other precious gifts I've been given this month. In the meantime, here's a little shopping gift for you: a ten percent discount off anything in my online store. Just add the discount code TAKETEN at checkout -- it's good through December 31st.

I would love to know about gifts you've already received this month; please write to me at papertraveler [at] gmail [dot] com, and tell me your story. Have a beautiful day, dear friends!

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'Tis the season for love and gratitude, Part 2

In this month filled with to-do lists, wish lists, grocery lists, checklists of all kinds, it's important to catch the small moments of serendipity to be found over the holidays. This month I've been given precious gifts of remembrance, generosity, and kindness, and I am so grateful -- I'd like to acknowledge them here all week, and offer a discount gift to you, too! You'll find it at the end of this post. :-)

The Gift: Encouragement, friendship, and the Holiday Guild Market -- Frank Asher, Old City Farm & Guild

Many of my morning walks this year have ended up at Old City Farm & Guild. It's a beautiful, tranquil outdoor garden center, and Frank Asher has been my wonderful friend for many years. The Farm is known for its fantastic holiday trees, which arrive just around Thanksgiving and are sold out every year. The fragrance of the trees mingled with the smoky fire pit, and the arrival of families coming to pick out their trees has been a beautiful experience!

 

Frank and I talked about creating a space for artists and food purveyors to sell their wares during this magical season, and the Holiday Guild Market at Old City Farm & Guild was born. It has turned out to be a lovely event for the vendors, the shoppers, and the Farm, and I'm so happy to have been able to organize an event here!

We received lots of terrific support from Ruby Mitchell, Old City Farm & Guild's Manager. Ruby, thank you for all of your wonderful help and good cheer!

The last Holiday Guild Market will be held this Saturday, December 19. I am super grateful for the opportunity to be here to sell my cards and prints, and to tell others about my company -- thank you, Frank!

Tomorrow, I'll tell you about other precious gifts I've been given this month. In the meantime, here's a little shopping gift for you: a ten percent discount off anything in my online store. Just add the discount code TAKETEN at checkout -- it's good through December 31st.

I would love to hear about gifts you've already received this month; please write to me at papertraveler [at] gmail [dot] com, and tell me your story. Have a beautiful day, dear friends!

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'Tis the season for love and gratitude

In this month filled with to-do lists, wish lists, grocery lists, checklists of all kinds, it's important to catch the small moments of serendipity to be found over the holidays. This month I've been given precious gifts of remembrance, generosity, and kindness, and I am so grateful -- I'd like to acknowledge them here all week, and offer a discount gift to you, too! You'll find it at the end of this post. :-)

The Gift: Dear Old Friends

I was running late getting ready for the Holiday Guild Market at Old City Farm & Guild on Saturday, and I think I know why... I needed to be on 14th Street at just the right time, in just the right place, to bump into my friend and former colleague, Walter!

 

Walter and I worked together at PULP, a wonderful DC greeting card and gift store. Even though PULP closed two years ago, it remains dear in the hearts of former employees and customers alike.

Walter created this lovely window display for the store before he moved out of the area.

 

When I ran into Walter, it was a delightful surprise. Time melted away, and we chatted as if we'd just been sitting in the store's back office at lunch time. Beautiful memories of the people who came through our doors flooded back, and although we only talked for a few minutes, our conversation was deep and wonderful. I headed over to the Holiday Guild Market feeling refreshed and renewed, and so happy to reconnect with an old friend.

The surprises didn't end there. Later that afternoon outside at the Market in the Shaw neighborhood, I heard someone call "Beverly!" I turned to find another one of my former PULP colleagues, Christine. We'd been part of each other's lives every day for years, but went our separate ways a long time ago. Christine was the heart of PULP, paying the bills, keeping the lights on, and making sure everything in the store functioned as it was supposed to. She did all this while studying to become a nurse. I still don't know how she did it!

It was fabulous to catch up and talk about what we both were now doing (Christine has now been a nurse for years!), and again lovely memories of our colleagues, and of PULP's founder, Ron Henderson, gently bubbled up to the surface in the sweetest, most beautiful ways.

Every January, Christine would pick a one-word motto that would carry her through the year. I thought it was an excellent idea, and decided to do it, too. We would check in with each other all year to see how consistently we were applying the motto to our lives. I haven't done that in a very long time, but I'm going to begin again this coming January. I'll let you know what I choose!

Tomorrow, I'll tell you about other precious gifts I've been given this month. In the meantime, here's a little shopping gift for you: a ten percent discount off anything in my online store. Just add the discount code TAKETEN at checkout -- it's good through December 31st.

I would love to hear about gifts you've already received this month; please write to me at papertraveler [at] gmail [dot] com, and tell me your story. Have a beautiful day, dear friends!

 

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Making merry at the Logan Hardware Holiday Market!

Last Sunday, a friendly couple came up to me at the Logan Hardware Holiday Market and said, "We can find just about anything we need at Logan Hardware... and now we can add ART to the list!" It's true -- we had a fabulous group of artists, artisans, and curators at the Market.

Emily McCarthy, penny & paul -- lovely hand crocheted goods!

 

Jonathan Wood -- wonderful landscape artist!

 

Dave Peterson with one of my favorite branddave cards!

 

Beautiful terrariums created by members of the Logan Hardware team!

 

 

Roberto of Pluma Avis Domus with his fantastic birdhouses! (It was also lovely to meet Roberto's wife Michele, and talk to Chloe, their sweet Cavalier King Charles spaniel) :-)

 

 

Liz Seaton, watercolor artist, who created this awesome Marriage Equality Victory piece -- it's also available in prints, cards, and gift enclosures.

 

 

Erica Deputy, artist and curator extraordinaire of Conflicted Pixie!

 

... and Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler! So happy to be there! :-)

 

Please join us this Sunday, December 13, from 11am-5pm -- you'll have a great time! You can find out more about the Logan Hardware Holiday Market here, and more about the artists here. The lineup of artists participating this Sunday are:

Liz Hutcheson, Fast Snail Design; Paola Bernacchi, Palo Borracho; Anjali Sunderam, Sovereign Treasures; Viraj Sunderam, Sovereign Treasures Jewelry; Erica Deputy, Conflicted Pixie; Liz Seaton, Liz Seaton Watercolors; Jonathan Wood, Landscape Artist; Rabia Kamara, Ruby Scoops Ice Cream and Sweets; and Bev Jones, Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler. See you soon!

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