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Crafted to Bloom Floral Liner Stationary with Polk Paper

I’ve always loved beautiful stationary, so when Schuyler Polk of Polk Paper reached out to me I thought it was the perfect time to pursue one of my dreams – to create floral liner stationary sets using images of my paper flowers. And boy am I glad that I took the opportunity to respond to Schuyler’s DM!

This beautiful stationary set is the result of our collaboration. Isn’t it just GLORIOUS??? Talk about the perfect collaboration. Schuyler completely understands and appreciates my style and my flowers. Not to mention that she has a fantastic eye for colour and composition – she made suggestions for the envelope colours; she positioned my floral images on the envelope liners; and she took photos of the set with real flowers for the flat lays. The only thing I did was send her photos of my paper flowers.

The set is available for purchase for $47 USD on Schuyler’s Etsy site. They come in a set of 12 flat personalized cover weight note cards, with 3 distant drums (beet envelope)(I am teaching a workshop on how to make these Distant Drums), 3 dahlias (soft coral envelope), 3 ranunculuses (cipria envelope).

Here are more images of the stationary set – I’m floored by how gorgeous they turned out. I have a set of 10 of the distant drums and I use them as Thank You cards with my orders. They’re even more beautiful in my hands.

Jessie

 

 

 

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Paper Floral Garden Rose Workshop

I’m back at the Aurora Cultural Centre on April 28th to teach a course on making crepe paper flowers. Last year, I had a blast! It was wonderful to meet ladies of every age and experience. I was so astonished to learn that so many of them did not live anywhere near Aurora and had in fact travelled across the province to attend my workshop.

In this Paper Floral Garden Rose Workshop, we will be making my version of a floribunda rose called Distant Drums, using doublette crepe from The Paper Place.

The class will be from 10 am to 3 pm on April 28, 2018. The cost is $75 (HST included) per student payable at the time of registration, plus a $15 material fee payable to the instructor (that’s me) at the beginning of the class. Since the class will run though lunch time, I suggest you bring a lunch/snack to keep you energized. Also, please bring a pair of sharp scissors.

Registration just opened today! You can register over the phone (905-713-1818) or in-person. See here for more details.

Hope to see you there!

Jessie

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How to grow a business while raising a baby

Last week, Amity Beane of Florabeane published a short blog post called “How to grow a business while raising a baby”. It’s a fun read and, well, I am in it! It was a real pleasure to be part of this post along aside Amity (who always has such great insights) and Stephanie Redlinger of The Florasmith (who’s articulate comments are so easy to relate to).

Not a day goes by that I am not so very thankful for having my lil' man in my life. He's taught me so much about myself and how to be truly patient without expectation. I see him marvel at the most mundane things, and it makes me see the world through new eyes. I've always wanted to be a mother, however, over the course of the past 16 months, motherhood really challenged how I viewed myself – who am I? I was a family lawyer. I am more of an artist than a lawyer nowadays. I am a stay-at-home mom as well, a role that society places little to no value. And then I think, oh gosh, I'm one of THOSE moms who I used to counsel to get a job and maintain their skill set so they're employable and self-sufficient…Yes, this train of thought can go really dark. What's REAL is the juggling act that each of us, as mothers, have to do on a daily basis to meet our needs, our husband's needs, and our child's needs. How do we do it? Let me rephrase that: How do Stephanie Redlinger of @theflorasmith, Amity Beane of @florabeane, and I do it? Amity wrote a fantastic piece shining light on this exact topic on her blog that I would love to share with you because everything that's said is so relatable (honestly, I awwed when Stephanie wrote how she enjoys making things for her son to make him happy). Both ladies are much more articulate than I’ll ever be. Link in profile. . . . #paperartist #paperflorist #torontoartist #craftedtobloom #torontolife #motherhood #lifeafterlaw

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When I was contributing my little part to this piece, I really had to reflect on the events of this past year and how I managed to do so much when on most days, I felt like I had accomplished NOTHING. Then I recall on those days, I’ll remind myself that I have a little boy in my life who I love with all my heart, and a creative outlet that brings me a different type of joy.

Jessie

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