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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.

8 Jul

a new venture for me

HELLO!!!! Yes, that’s me shouting hello at y’all … it’s been way too long and I’ve been far too busy. I have lots to share and words building up inside of me … but no time to sit and sort them out.

Besides my girls being out of school, and a plethora of horse shows, I’ve decided to join my friend Wendy in running her paper and gift store, Papaya Papers! Eeeeekkkk … am I crazy?! Some might say yes. In fact, I’d pretty much be nodding my head in agreement!

I mentioned back in January that I was helping Wendy do some buying, merchandising, and marketing? That seemed to be going so well, she asked me to invest in the store and become partners. I absolutely didn’t need one more thing to add to my plate, so this one required a lot of soul searching and prayer.

After some time, I decided to go for it!

In hindsight, the timing’s been difficult because the girls are home for the summer, and we also have quite a bit of travel and kids going here and there … I somehow forgot I was their driver for these activities, and literally scheduled one to be on one side of town, while another needed to be on the other side of town at the exact same time.

But anyway.

The girls have been really supportive and they know how much it means to me. One day I was leaving for the store, and maybe apologized to Wynter for something {I can’t remember the exact details}, and she said, “It’s okay mom, I know how important this is to you.” Heart swell.

Right after our partnership was official, we decided to move into a new location. And I think that’s probably what’s been the most time consuming. We completely remodeled the inside of the new location … we’re slated to open August 5th … and it’s been busy, busy, busy!

 All that said, I do love it. I see a huge opportunity for growth and I’m excited to be a part of it!

Pluuusssssss … I got to go to the National Stationery Show {it’s been about 5 years since I’ve been} and see all of this paper goodness!

Wendy and I announcing our new partnership via social media!

Truth from Ink Meets Paper!

Paper Bandit Press had me at “free phone charging …”

Ahhh … we met the lovely Grace from Writefully His. Not only does she have lovely paper goodness, but 20% of her proceeds are used to purchase pencils and paper for children in East Africa! Seriously!? More companies should do this! Love!

1 canoe 2 … really, I can’t say anything more. Everything they make causes my heart to flutter!

Snow & Graham. Just classic paper awesomeness. Trust me.

Belle & Union Co. is new-to-me. And I’m smitten. My favorite, favorite, favorite booth I ever-did-see!

This card is from Southern Fried Design. It’s a line with southern sayings and it’s perfect! A small factoid about me … I’m what you’d call a closet Garth Brooks fan. I love me some Garth! The closet part came when he went all Chris Gaines on us!

Sugar*Paper LA. Perfection. Plain and simple.
Eons ago, I found them online and had them design some personalized stationery for me. They were just a small little letterpress company at that time. And well … look at them now!

These are two companies we found and fell in love with! Both have sheet wrap {which we’ll now be carrying at Papaya}, and the designs are both simple and lovely! Can’t wait to get this into the store soon!

This morning Wendy and I are headed back to Atlanta for the Atlanta Gift Market to find more awesomeness to bring into Papaya!

I’m not gonna lie … overall, this new venture has taken a toll on me … but it also feeds my creative soul in a way that nothing else can.

Some may wonder, “Is it worth it?”

Yeah. Absolutely!


Posted in broadway paper, papaya papers, stationery


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


24 Dec

merry christmas :: 2010

May you have
the gift of faith,
the blessing of hope
& the peace of His love
at Christmas &
always.

curt & tracie
taylor, piper, wynter + hunter

sources:
letterpress card :: simplesong design
photography :: {tsj} photography {hee!}
stitching :: yours truly {seemed like a good idea in september when I ordered the cards … 300 cards later = never again}
castle :: dromolond; county clare, ireland


Posted in christmas, holiday, stationery


19 Aug

paper ipad

You know you want one!

{image via lobotome}

:: subscribe to {tsj} photography ::


Posted in gift idea, shopping, stationery


20 Mar

bylee design

Another cyber encounter!  I met Bernee via Twitter and am so glad I did!  I love her simple designs … both in stationery and her inspirational prints!

Head on over to her shop to check it out yourself!


Posted in shopping, stationery