A study in color

Over the weekend my husband and I were wandering through the produce section of the grocery store wondering what to make for dinner that night (as we do) when my eyes started to drift towards the flowers (as they do). I quickly darted to the display to grab one lone little bundle of the most adorable dahlias—just sitting there neglected in a stray bucket. By far the best thing I've seen at a grocery store in a while! 

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A study in minimalism

I'm not a huge fan of lilies—I have a fight or flight response to their fragrance, and because of that, I avoid them at all costs. Calla lilies have always intrigued me, but by association, I never pay them much attention. A custom order I'm working on called for a few, and once I dug in, I realized the fun I could have with their clean lines and a blank canvas. 

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An anniversary surprise

Last week I had the absolute privilege of sending out an extraordinary first-anniversary gift to help a couple celebrate their first anniversary despite the fact they weren't going to be able to spend it together. While deployed this wonderful man reached out to me to see if I could help him surprise his bride with a unique bouquet.

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A new collection—Paper Rose Co. Studies!

I often challenge myself by picking out fresh flowers at the market and seeing whether or not I can recreate them with my paper. When these experiments work out, I'm exhilarated—but then what? Often these types of blooms are quite distinct or involve combinations that don't necessarily fit into my current collection. Or, they're more complex and end up being something that I'm not sure I can (or want to) recreate an indefinite number of times. 
 

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40th Birthday Gift

This custom order had been arranged well ahead of schedule, so I was excited to get to work on it after I returned from my vacation in May. After hanging out with my childhood best friends and celebrating our impending 40th birthdays, I also realized that this gift is putting all of the birthday gifts I've given to shame! Talk about a real show-stopper! 

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The Paper Anniversary

Right before Mother's Day, I got an email from a friend of mine about a custom order. She and her wife were about to celebrate their first anniversary and she wanted to know if I had any flowers, or if I could make something similar to the flowers they had in their bouquets. "I'm sure you know that the traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper, so I thought this would be perfect.", she wrote. Well, I have to admit, up until this point I had never put these pieces together. I sure am glad that Caroline did, because she's right—this is a brilliant gift idea! 

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Richmond Bride

A few weeks ago I had a lovely chat with an editor at Richmond Magazine who was nice enough to write a little blurb about Paper Rose in the current issue of Richmond Bride. Issues are available with Richmond Magazine subscriptions or on newsstands now! 

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Mother's Day Collection 2017

For month's I've been thinking about what I wanted to do for this collection. Mother's Day is an excellent occasion to send flowers—and paired with the time of year when it seems like everything is coming into bloom—it's the perfect storm of inspiration.

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Awl Snap + Paper Rose

Upon realizing our booths would be next to each other at a local market, my pal Erin of Awl Snap joked that she should make some vases—and with that, an idea was born! A week later I hauled a few buckets of flowers down to her studio and distracted her while she worked away on what are now my go-to containers for any and all arrangements. 

If you want to learn more about Awl Snap and the beautiful leather goods she creates, hop over to her site—after you check out! 

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Valentine's Day Collection

I created this collection of crepe paper flowers in hopes of inspiring and encouraging everyone to spread a little more love this year. Not just because there's a day on the calendar coming up that says that's what we're supposed to do. And not just for that one particular person we call our significant other—but to the people in our lives who may need a little pick me up. To the friends and family who know they are loved but might not always hear it. Heck—to yourself because you're awesome! 

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The Aloha Rose

I absolutely love custom orders for two reasons: 1) I usually get to try something new, and 2) I often get a wonderful story about the reason why the gift is being ordered or about the person it's being ordered for. In this case, both were true. 

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A collection for fall

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Its arrival always brings me back to my teenage years growing up in State College, PA—apple picking, football games, high school dances, John Cusack… movies. It might be wishful thinking (or old age), but nothing brings me back to that time in my life like a good John Hughes movie and the smell of freshly fallen leaves. 

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