I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


atlanta gift market and what i’ve been up to!

Did y’all know I used to own an incredibly awesome stationery store? I’ve been known to mention it every now and again! :)

Broadway Paper was my heart and soul. And I really, really miss it! Not the stress of running a business while raising four daughters {amongst other crazy goings-on in my life}, but I so so so miss seeing the latest trends and designs in the stationery world! I adore pretty paper, ribbons, cards, and wrap!

And so … imagine my delight when I found a friend who owns a gift-slash-paper store!! Papaya Papers is more gift than paper {right now anyway … heeheehee … ’til I have my way with it}, and my friend Wendy is in the process of rebranding the store and shaking up the look of things.

To that end, another friend and I were able to go to the Atlanta Gift Market with her last week and help her buy for the store. Oh Happy Day!!

Guess who’s in charge of her NEW stationery corner of the store?! If you guessed me, you’d be correct!

I was in heaven! I spent three hours going through stationery lines I love, while finding new lines to love!

One of my favorites below … 1canoe2! Um … hello gorgeous handpainted globe!!

These candles are from a line I used to carry, but they’ve totally upped the design ante since I’ve last seen them. Anthro anyone?

I was definitely in my own little happy place while thumbing through thousands of greeting cards!

Not a fan of these frames … but hello awesome display idea!!

And while at the Mart, we just had to look at some of the furniture displays. I kinda love everything about this beautiful pink get-up!

It was a great couple of days helping a friend while also feeding my paper-loving-soul!

And that’s not all! I’m helping Wendy revamp her website {soon-to-be-announced}, I’m helping out with her social media, and I’ll be working with Wendy at the store {yesterday I learned registers!}.

A few of you mentioned you missed me on social media last week … I was there, but posting for the store, not myself. If you’d like to follow along you can find us here:

Papaya Papers on Instagram
Papaya Papers on Facebook

So that’s me. How ’bout you? Anyone up to some fun soul-loving activities?

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11 Responses to “atlanta gift market and what i’ve been up to!”

  1. Tiffany says:

    YAY! How awesome to see you getting back to what you love, Tracie! I’m sensing a field trip is going to be necessary for me very soon. I don’t remember the last time I was in a stationary store, how fun!
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  2. Susan Lesperance says:

    Tracie, just how perfect is your story today…for you and for your busy life. So darn delighted for you. I do remember Broadway Paper in the Third Ward. I can tell you that it just isn’t the same without you. You have a passion for the business…and an eye for beauty. Well done you! Finding your voice and your paper passion again. Sending smiles.

  3. Lisa Mahnke says:

    So happy you are doing your “thang” again!


  4. dawn says:

    so glad to know what you’ve been up to! i thought you’d be in past your elbows!!! xoxo
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  5. Melanie says:

    Tracie got her groove back….yay!!

  6. Terry says:

    So FUN!! Good for you to make time to do something that makes U smile~

  7. Southern Gal says:

    I’ll bet your store was awesome…you’ll help make this one awesome, too, I’m sure. It looks like so much fun! The lady I sew for went to Market with a couple of friends, too. They had their picture made with Donny Osmond while there. Ha! The things I miss.
    Southern Gal recently posted..Wordless Wednesday

  8. katherine marie says:

    you are living proof that when we find something that FEEDS our artful souls we just come alive!!! I love seeing the passion in your photos and the joy in your words… you will be a huge and amazing paper inspiration and more to your friend and her store! whooo hooo!!

  9. Abbie says:

    LOVE 1Canoe2! They’re one of my faves. Eva and Kirk from Sycamore Street Press are the nicest people, if you’re not familiar with their line… and I may just email you all of my faves! Glad you’re getting to dip your toes back in a bit.
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