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.

15 Jan

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?

Posted in broadway paper, friends, me, random, shopping, stationery

23 Jul

jewelry with a purpose :: giveaway

The Gracewear Collection inspires to celebrate the love and faithfulness of God by creating a Christian lifestyle brand of jewelry, clothing, and accessories that represents covering women daily in God’s protection, mercy, and grace.

I found the Gracewear Collection a couple of months ago and was instantly smitten! With a mission statement like the one above, how could I not be?!

I was visiting a local boutique I’ve become obsessed with, when two of the Gracewear Collection representatives met me just inside the door. They asked if I’d be interested in seeing their line of jewelry … ummm … shiny? oh you bet!

And then they shared the story and vision behind it.

Ephesians 6:10-18.

Putting on our armor. Our fightin’ gear. Our weapons.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with THE BELT OF TRUTH buckled around your waist, with THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS  in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from   THE GOSPEL (shoes) OF PEACE In addition to all this, take up  THE SHIELD OF FAITH, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take THE HELMET OF SALVATION and THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT ,which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:10-18 {NIV}

Lastly, from owners Mary and Wendy:

Our vision is to share with women about the gift of God’s Grace, and His promise that there is absolutely NO sin – great or small -that His Grace will not cover. God calls us to be ambassadors for Christ and to let His love and light shine through us. We must be spiritually dressed for the battles that we face everyday – not to draw attention to ourselves, but to bring glory to God by reading His word and sharing His truth and righteousness with others.

And because I believe so strongly in this message — not to mention the jewelry is beautiful! — today I’m giving away the 18″ gold plated necklace pictured in the photo above.

Giveaway details:

One winner will receive the pictured 18″ gold plated necklace from the Gracewear Collection

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Now through Friday, July 26 – midnight {est}

Posted in gift idea, giveaway, shopping

19 Jul

antiquing, decorating, and grand-dad’s clothes

I wear your grand-dad’s clothes
I look incredible …
{lyrics from Thrift Shop}

I’ve been so very thankful for my friend Angela … in more ways than one! But today I’m going to share how she’s rubbing off on me!

To sum it up in a short and sweet sentence, “She’s helped me see things in a new way.”

Quite honestly, before I started hanging around her, I would’ve seen the things in these photographs below and just passed them by. And to be even more honest, because I didn’t shop in thrift or antique stores, I probably wouldn’t have seen them in the first place!

But all that’s changed.

In the past, I wouldn’t have known what to do with any of these items. And now, my head is spinning with possibilities and my heart flutters with the potential loveliness!

Loveliness, no? And trust me, I was so sucked in by the other things I saw, I stopped taking photos!

Funny story, I’ve been doing a lot of some redecorating lately and Wynter says to me, “Soooo … is our theme kinda broken up, torn apart stuff?” Outta the mouths of babes!

Anyway. Just wanted to share that, along with other things in my life, I’m also seeing decorating in a new way … a new light … re-purposing and finding value in something another may have thought of as junk.

Thank you dear friend for showing me how to look at the things around me in a different way.

{^^ sweet Angela with a different vantage point ^^}

Posted in creative, friends, shopping

24 Feb

sweet! it’s a mug cake …

This is the easiest, cutest, and funnest way to make a mini-cake! A mug cake! Who knew?

Posted in random, recipe, shopping

18 Nov

good morning!


Posted in etsy, pinterest, quote, shopping