Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last Day to Save!

Hi Everyone! Checking in quick to remind you that today is the last day to save 25% with the early bird special on our collection of holiday cards! Why choose Pure Joy Paperie instead of Minted, Tiny Prints, etc..? Well because we can custom tailor your card to however you choose, and because you're supporting a small business started by a mother working her a** off to get a business of the ground while taking care of a crazy toddler ;) And who knows, maybe we will be hiring soon and then we can all help each other! 

Monday, October 20, 2014


I know we've all just really started to get into the fall swing of things and I hate to rush the holidays but I wanted to share a special sale we're having on our almost complete line of holiday cards! Many friends and family have asked about our cards so I wanted to give everyone the chance to get them while the going's good and before the holiday insanity begins :)

Get 25% off your order with coupon code EARLYBIRD at checkout. And please keep on enjoying fall, we still have plenty of time before the holiday season begins! Hopefully getting your order in early with an awesome discount will bring you peace once the rush gets going :)

Photos generously donated by the uber talented photographers Heather Golde, Allison Lassiter, Kerry Heftman (credits in each listing on Etsy).   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Let's Put Our Phones Down

My friend shared this on her Facebook wall the other day and it me hard, so much I could almost cry! We all want to stay in touch and it's so great, but we might be staying "too in touch" looking down at our little screens it's making us "out of touch" with the real, you know what I mean? 

Just thought I would share!

Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Holiday Card Collection

Good Morning lovelies! I'm here to introduce the beginnings of the 2014 holiday collection at Pure Joy Paperie. I've been working my tail off to get these done and I'm so excited to hear what YOU think. I've just begun to list them in my Etsy shop and will have the full collection live on our new website in the next few weeks.

(photo credit: Kerry Heftman Photography)

Ta Da!!! More to come...suggestions welcome!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Abstract Art

So we moved over the past few weeks, Labor Day weekend was the final push and the first time we slept in our new little abode. WE LOVE IT! I'll post more about that in the next few weeks, but for now, I'm going to share with you my new favorite hobby which I have negative time for, painting. With all the other things I should be doing, like working on Pure Joy Paperie, putting things away, my biggest concern has been the art for the walls and I decided to literally take things into my own hands and get to work. I want our home to full of color so I went to Michaels, bought myself some paint brushes, canvases and acrylic paint, put little B to bed for the night and started on my blank canvas.

My first little pieces came out cute, and I love the way they look in our family room. I think we're going to end up mounting that TV but the prints will probably stay right where they are.

It's such a fun little activity and a MAJOR stress reliever for me. With the move and the business and the very active baby, this mama needed to get it out and I find painting to be such a lovely way to do so. Anyone can paint, and it doesn't have to be hard. Literally just mix colors and put them on the canvas and have fun with it. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


You can't imagine my excitement when I woke up on Wednesday morning and saw my face (along with little B) on the cover of our hometown newspaper! Of course I had known I would be in the paper, but seeing it in the flesh was really cool. The Stamford Advocate did a feature on how I turned my experience with motherhood into a launchpad to leave my job and start my own home business to have somewhat of a balance between staying at home with my son and working. I'm so fortunate to have been able to take a risk like that, and I can't go on without recognizing my husband and his un-dying support, and my family who have helped us in more ways than you can imagine. I obviously couldn't do this without them. Also, my dear friends and all my social media peeps who "like" and encourage me along this crazy motherhood/working girl path I'm racing on.

I feel very fortunate to have something I'm passionate about, or better, to have realized what it is I am passionate about outside the home. I LOVE graphic design, art, stationery, paper anything. I love hearing inspiring lyrics or quotes and turning them into an art print so others can be inspired, too, I love creating beautiful invitations that set the stage for the awesome party one is throwing for a joyful event. I love staying on top of trends and creating them in my own version on paper. I love painting. And most of all, I love sharing it all with YOU. 

I truly believe we all have a passion, an energy that's inside us, that needs to come out. For me, it's this visual creativity that if didn't get out, would fester and probably turn negative and scary somehow. For others, it may be gardening, or cooking, or baking, or even crunching numbers. I feel that it's so important to look inside and figure out what your "thing" is, and if you can turn into a hobby, you're lucky, a career, you're GOLDEN. 

Motherhood is amazing in so many ways, but it takes sacrifice and a lot of hard-decision making to get it right, or at least get it going on the right path. While on maternity leave, I was faced with a monumental decision. Do I go back to a job that I like, but definitely not in a passionate way, or say goodbye and try and make this passion I have work for me to make a little extra loot for our family. Again, with the support of my husband and family, I was able to take that risk, I obviously couldn't do it without them.  

One year later, the reality of my balancing act is... it's always about to tip. I get a lot done while he naps, I work like a crazy freak. The laundry doesn't get done like it should, I don't cook like I used to, the house is more often than not a complete mess, but I do get to spend a lot of quality time with Brian. I've been there for him almost every minute of his first year of life and that is something I will cherish forever, and hopefully he will, too (probably not).  There are days when it's hard, like when he doesn't nap, is miserable teething and I have customers emailing me like, "girl, where is my sh**, it's been two weeks". And the toddler, walking thing, holy SH*. Sometimes I call Brian and say, "I'm going back to work, I can't take this anymore" but he lovingly and generously talks me off the ledge. Sometimes when my mom comes over, I break down and cry to her. With that said, I'm extremely motivated to make this work and will keep at it as strong as I can to see where it goes. Bottom line, I love it, and I love being a mom so I feel like a hit the jackpot with the whole motherhood/career thing. 

Also, side note, my mother just retired and lives literally a minute away so this has helped in a HUGE way. She is so great with Brian and babysits for me now, a lot. The business is able to function because she's there to help, and with a toddler running around, I don't know if I could continue without her help. 

While I was being interviewed, my goal was to inspire others who were in a similar situation as me, facing the incredible life decision on what to do after baby. We live in such an expensive area (for Fairfield County readers), it's hard to get by on one salary, especially for young families who are just getting established. I would love it if some of the women reading the article took what I said to heart about looking IN (forget "LEAN IN" for a second) think about what you love, and see if there is a way you could try and make it work. Even if it's on the side, or during your lunch break at work, start exploring and get inspired!!!!

LINK TO ARTICLE (in case you feel like reading it after my really long post)

photos by Lindsay Perry for the Stamford Advocate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Good morning everyone! I recently had a photo shoot in my office space and got it all cleaned up so I thought I would share some photos. I LOVE my space because it is in a loft that overlooks the first floor of our house and it gets so much natural light. It's the perfect place for me to create and keep me eye on the little guy while he goes through all my supplies, trashes my organization and eats paper clips (don't fret, I get them out).

The new house has big shoes to fill for a home office, I'll keep you posted on the progress of that!