July 23, 2015

past and present

So, guess what happens when the doctor's orders are that this girl has to stay home and take it easy for weeks and weeks....??? The inevitable of course! Too much time = pondering on how one restarts her blogging journey after losing 8 years of blog posts. I know it probably sounds a bit silly, but it feels like I've lost part of me some how, BUT I am determined to give it a go and I figure the best way to begin this journey once again is to include bits and pieces of my past along with my latest happenings, sound good?

I'll start by sharing a glimpse of my first love...paper crafting (hence the name Paperie). I created this little trio of "outfits" from small paper bags from my local hardware store.Years later they are still one of my very favorite projects ever and I love that they add a bit of whimsy in the studio.


So, I must keep my posts short for now...ever since my surgery I've been experiencing some side effects, mainly fatigue and some numbness on my right hand, but I feel a little better each day (thanks for your prayers).

Before I go, I want to thank you so much for your comments and emails about losing all of my prior blog posts and especially for sticking with me while I figure this all out...so grateful for my blog family :)

Be back soon,

Abby



June 28, 2015

starting over when it's not in your plans

Well dear friends if you happen to have visited my blog in the past few days you may have noticed a not so pretty image throughout almost every post. In fact, my sidebar still has the Exclamation image where there used to be pictures of the magazines where I've been published.

Here's what happened....in deleting my old google account (where I was hacked) I pretty much deleted every single photo connected to that account and there's no way to recover it :( I am literally starting over my friends. Only three blog posts is all I have left to account for 8 years of blogging.

To say I'm beyond sad is an understatement, but I am placing my faith in God and knowing that all things happen for a reason. Perhaps He has a plan for me and beginning with a clean slate is part of the plan. Wherever the journey takes my I hope you'll hang in there with me as I start over. 

For now, I'll leave with a pretty picture and wishes for a wonderful week!



xo,

abby 

P.S. Please, keep me in your prayers this week. I am having surgery on Thursday and will be in recovery for at least 6 weeks. 




June 18, 2015

well hello there

I believe I have abandoned my blog for a bit, sorry about that. I have no real good reason for that either:)

So, I finally dipped my toes in the social media pool a bit more. I'm now on Instagram...what!! And can I just admit how addictive it can be. In a few seconds you can share a snippet of your latest happenings. So if you're ever wondering whether I'm still alive just pop on over to my IG account under abbyspaperiegarden and say helloAnd if you have IG I would love to know so that I can find you. 

So (just in case you're interested) here are a few of my latest happenings in pictures (forgive the quality, some were taken with my iPhone): 

Painted the fireplace mantle after years of having the dated brown colors. I was feeling a bit regretful at first but not so much anymore. Still need to add some warmth and dimension with Annie Sloan wax to really love it. And, the vintage rosary you see on the wall is a gift from my mother. She had it tucked away for many years and just handed it to me a few months ago...yes my heart skipped a few beats! It's hand carved and made in Italy and insanely beautiful! Still can't believe I have it.


On the mantle is the one and only peony that managed to bloom in my garden (shouldn't even call it a garden at this point, jeez)


And over on the creative side of my life I've continued to create as inspirations flow. I'm discovering my love for romance extends further and further into the world of weddings. So, I've been experimenting with a few ideas here and there. 

romantic boutonnieres 




starfish ring bearer "pillow" for the summer wedding

and I'm always inspired to create my stationery scrolls for wedding vows. This is a duo inspired by the summer season with simple details like vintage buttons and and the inside is linen.


and of course the ring boxes too




I'll leave you with a picture of sweetest face that greets me every morning, 
irresistible right?! 


Well I guess this is what happens when one's away from the blog for too long, you're bombarded with a ton of pictures! I'm off to start the work day in a few. Be well dear friends and thanks so much for stopping by.

xo,

Abby





May 19, 2015

reminiscing...

Do you ever find yourself looking through old photos and blog posts just because? Well, I'm definitely guilty of the occasional walk down memory lane every once in while:)


I remember sharing these lovely ladies back a in August 2011 when we were preparing for a huge tropical storm and cabin fever made its way into our home.


My girl and I decided to create paper dolls with vintage dress patterns


We added bits and baubles and lace and tulle to their outfits 


and we had so much fun!




So, tell me, do you enjoy the occasional visit to old blog posts? 

xo,
Abby


May 16, 2015

weekend hello

Just a quick post to wish you all a great weekend...enjoy the beautiful days of May!

xo,
abby





May 11, 2015

checking off the bucket list...sort of

Hey there, Happy Monday and Happy {belated} Mama's Day to all the moms out there! 

So, if you're like me you've got a craft related bucket list tucked away on the creative side of your life. On my list you'll find practical wishes like learning how to sew along with a few dreamy plans like attending an art retreat on the west coast. Each one has its own place on the list…at times moving up or down in rank as my life shifts with the seasons. But lately my wish to master the art of soldering (pronounced saw-der-ing) has been quickly climbing up the list, which I’m certain has much to do with the gorgeous soldered bottles and such that I've been coveting over on Pinterest…sigh
So what’s a girl to do when her desire to check this wish off her bucket list grows stronger…BUT she has neither the space in her studio or (more importantly) the money to invest in a soldering kit? Well, for this girl it meant finding a way to create her own method of soldering of course! 

My mind was immediately flooded with ideas once I decided to give this a go...love when that happens! But there was one idea in particular that felt like it may actually work so I gathered up a recipe of supplies like my trusted (and beat up) glue gun, a handful of mini test tube vials, Pearl Ex powder, ink spray, old nail polish, and a few other bits and bobs. And after a few failed attempts and the occasional feeling of total defeat, I managed to create these itty bitty faux soldered ornaments...  


this little guy may be my favorite...although each one has a special place

I love the juxtaposition of the feminine details blended with the look of metal 

this one may be a top favorite too...can you see the feathers in the glass?


must confess…I really love how they turned out…imperfections and all, and I especially love that this little endeavor will satisfy my creative spirit until I give real soldering a try someday  :)  I'd love to know what's on your crafty bucket list. Hey, perhaps there's a way to try a "sorta kinda" check off on your list too:)

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Well I'm off to work in a bit but before I go, I must take a moment to remind my blogging family to please check your privacy and security settings on your blog often. For a brief time I thought I actually lost the rights to my blog forever and it may have very well been because of my neglect in keeping a closer eye on my activity. I've taken a few precautions including changing my email address to abbyspaperiegarden@gmail.com, adding comment moderation (sorry for the inconvenience), and I'll also be switching to a .com URL address in the near future (will let you know when). It was a hard and scary lesson to learn and if I can help prevent this from happening to anyone else I'd be a happy girl...so please dear friends check the settings on your blogs!

xo,

Abby