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Moving Forward



For far too long, I’ve been in the “selling” mentality.  I’ve had an Etsy shop for over 5 years with my paper roses and when I think of the amount of time, energy plus the supplies I have amassed over the years…it is daunting.  I’ve had over 200 orders over the years…bridal bouquets, toss bouquets , and boutonnieres(especially the comic book ones).

It all started when my daughter was in college and wanted something special for her favorite English Literature professor.  I had just started playing around in making the paper roses(watching the various instructional videos and perfecting it along the way0.  I made a bouquet of Pride and Prejudice book paper, wrapped the stems in ivory lace and ribbons.  It was primitive in regards to what I do now but it was lovely anyway and both my daughter and her professor were pleased.

My second project was making the rehearsal bouquets for the wedding my daughter was in that summer…for the bride and all the bridesmaids.  Since then I’ve made the rehearsal bouquets for all of the weddings of her friends along the way..

Working with brides(and grooms) holds a special spot in my heart since I worked in the Juliette Bridals in Pottsville years ago as a bridal consultant.  You are working with a dream and although there have been “bridezillas” along the way, the vast majority of them were a pleasure to work with.  Like everything else, the time I spent on the roses has not been wasted…the pleasure I’ve had developing the technique is never lost and the many brides and grooms who wrote back to tell me(and show me with photos) of how special the flowers made their day.

My roses have gone to many places over the years…US, Canada, Australia, England and Europe.  Some hairy incidents with the postal service…such as the time the box had been held in the clearinghouse because of flooding and made it to the bride on the day…she had gotten a back up…just in case.  The bride who needed it in time before she left for her destination wedding.  Comic book boutonnieres for the groom/groomsmen who refused to wear flowers.  The  bouquet that we finally got figured out…over 50 emails!  The entire bridal party’s bouquets, wands and boutonnieres that went to the Netherlands…5 boxes worth…and the bride sending me gorgeous pictures of the whole affair.  The brides needing something within the month.  The bride who told me I charged too much…I very nicely told her that there were plenty of Youtube videos showing the process and that she could get her bridesmaids together and do it as a group project.  She thanked me.  Two weeks later, I received an email telling me she had done that, they all each made one miserable rose and her bridesmaids told her, “order the flowers cause we aren’t doing this!”  All a learning experience.

I’ve decided December 31 to close my Etsy shop…the realization came that for far too long, I’ve focused on items to sell and make.  For far too long I’ve left my love of mixed media art, art quilts and upcycling clothing behind…I’d think about doing it and then thinking…oh no,  you need to concentrate on making more bouquets to put on the shop… This is the year for  me to focus on what I used to love to do and leave the selling mentality behind. Who knows, I might even get back to my doll making/repairs again.

A new year is coming up…time to spend a little time thinking about what is and what is not working in your life…I’m not talking about resolutions or goals or anything like that…I’m just saying that maybe it’s time to spend a little time and see if you are focusing on things that really don’t give you the joy anymore…just a thought…

til next time…Eva


Welcome to My Paper Rose Garden!

   Welcome to my garden!  Since it’s presently winter in my part of the world, my garden is in its planning stages.  The paper roses I make right now signify my Etsy shop… www.etsy.com/shop/abridaltouch.  I make bouquets and boutonnieres from many types of paper ranging from music, atlas, comic books and book paper. Nothing made of paper is safe!  My husband is a musician and he still finds it difficult that I cut up music to make flowers!

   I love to craft and have always loved to make things…sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, doll making and doll repair, embroidery, porcelain doll making, black and white darkroom, calligraphy, painting, mixed media, woodburning…..I’ve probably tried most crafts and if not, it’s usually on my list. 

   I’m known for always learning new things and trying something new.  My blog will be filled with odds and ends and I hope you will join me in my adventures.

   The following poem of “After A While” expresses the thoughts behind my paper rose garden just beautifully…with this blog, I am “planting my own garden and decorating my own soul”.


After A While    by Veronica Shoffstall

 After a while, you learn the subtle difference Between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning And company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts And presents aren’t promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats With your head up and your eyes open

With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today, Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans.

And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

 After a while, you learn That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

 And you learn that you really can endure…That you really are strong and you really do have worth.

And you learn and learn…with every goodbye, you learn.


Until next time…