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PRAI 5K for a Cause

PRAI 5K for a Cause

Mark your calendars for the PRAI 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run at Westchester Commons in Midlothian on September 30, 2017. What is PRAI? PRAI stands for PANS Research Advocacy Initiative. Did you know that 1 in 200 children are estimated to suffer from PANS […]

Love in Every Nook & Cranny

Love in Every Nook & Cranny

From the minute I walked into this precious house and met Rachel with a hug, I knew we’d be instant friends. She was a delight and Wally…well, Wally was just about the cutest thing I’d ever seen (other than my own Winston of course). Rachel […]

A Blooming Business

A Blooming Business

Carrie Walters is Paper Rose. You may have seen her beautiful flowers at the Brunch Market this past spring, or in various places around RVA. Her flowers are truly amazing. I loved getting to know the creative artist behind these beautiful works of art. What […]

A Genius Idea for RVA

A Genius Idea for RVA

Have you ever tried to plan a fun date night, but have no idea where to go? Or a girls night out but not sure what would be fun with your group of girls? Or even worse – you’re sitting there on Monday morning looking through […]

Crock-Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Crock-Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Check out this recipe below, compliments of Katie of Real Food with Gratitude. Whether it’s summer or winter, a bowl of this apple cinnamon oatmeal topped with seasonal fruit is the perfect way to start the day. Quick, easy and delicious! And my favorite…kid friendly! […]

Cool Down with Nightingale Ice Cream

Cool Down with Nightingale Ice Cream

Summers are HOT in RVA! The perfect time to grab a good old-fashioned ice cream sandwich…or maybe a new and improved version. If you haven’t tried Nightingale ice cream sandwiches, you are missing out! Last summer, waiting in line at Tom Leonards, we saw a […]

Crazy for Stir Crazy

Crazy for Stir Crazy

One of my favorite things we’ve been doing as a family, is visiting local coffee shops. I love coffee and my kids love tea and hot chocolate, which we can usually find at these fun, local shops. One Sunday, we ventured to a whole new […]

Duck Favorites

Duck Favorites

Friday Favorites is all about Duck, NC! In addition to the beautiful beaches, Duck, NC is a charming little town and one of our favorite vacation destinations. It’s a beautiful spot between the sound and the sea and there are so many fun places to […]

Exploring Hollywood Cemetery

Exploring Hollywood Cemetery

Guest Writer: Kieran Wall “My main focus is writing about historic and cultural topics around RVA. I am in the 8th grade attending the IB Program at Moody Middle School and have loved history for as long as I can remember. I enjoy reading, writing, […]

Camp Baker Seeks Youth Volunteers

Camp Baker Seeks Youth Volunteers

Are your kids looking for summer volunteer opportunities for credit or just to experience helping others? Then don’t miss this! RVA Living has learned about some great youth volunteer opportunities to get a LOT of volunteer hours at the Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker in […]

Duck Living

Duck Living

RVA Living is OBX Living for the next two weeks — and we’re letting you know about some fun finds while we’re here! Today, it’s all about coffee, books, and relaxation!   Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books opened at the Waterfront Shops in July 2002 […]

A Southside Jewel

A Southside Jewel

  It’s easy to see why Hallsley, located on RVA’s Southside, was named 2017 Community of the Year. Resort style amenities, beautiful architecture, great schools and minutes away from some of RVA’s fabulous dining and shopping. We loved getting to peek inside one of their incredible […]


SPOTLIGHT

A Blooming Business

A Blooming Business

Carrie Walters is Paper Rose. You may have seen her beautiful flowers at the Brunch Market this past spring, or in various places around RVA. Her flowers are truly amazing.

I loved getting to know the creative artist behind these beautiful works of art. What started out as a hobby has become so popular, fans are asking for more. And Carrie is giving them more than they ever imagined possible.

And what’s not to love about beautiful roses that last for years?

To balance out the stress of managing her own design studio and step away from the computer – as she worked hard developing brands for her clients – she started a new hobby. Making paper flowers.

“I enjoy the challenge of creating each part of the flower from paper.”

For several years, she was gifting friends and family with her beautiful handmade blooms. After numerous requests from others who wanted to buy her arrangements, she turned her hobby into a business.

Carrie is a self-described chronic entrepreneur.

So as a supplement to her branding business Carrie Ink, and the other products she designs at Blunt Objects, Paper Rose Co. was born.

And it’s definitely been a learning curve. “Mother’s Day was crazy.” She was inundated with orders for her beautiful arrangements. Carrie was shipping these out non-stop leading up to Mother’s Day.

Carrie has always looked to flowers for inspiration. It’s not unusual for her to grab a few bouquets at Trader Joe’s, bring them home and try to recreate them. One of her favorites lately has been the carnation. “I have a beautiful bunch on my desk in different shades of mauve and purple.”

A great deal of thought and care goes into each petal for each and every flower. She uses the highest quality Italian and German crepe paper to create that perfect look.

These make such fun and unique gifts – Mother’ Day, birthdays and teacher gifts, just to name a few. And what a fun gift for a wedding – to recreate the bridal bouquet into a beautiful keepsake!

Her flowers are truly amazing. They’re bright and beautiful, carefully hand-crafted and are almost impossible to tell they’re made of paper.

I had to ask Carrie – What’s your favorite flower?

“If I had to pick one, I’d say the rose. There are so many different varieties with so many intricate details.”

Looks like her middle name – Rose – is being put to good use for yet another successful business!

Follow Paper Rose on Instagram!  Or visit her website to learn more about Carrie.

 

 

 


Our Favorite Finds

A Blooming Business

A Blooming Business

Carrie Walters is Paper Rose. You may have seen her beautiful flowers at the Brunch Market this past spring, or in various places around RVA. Her flowers are truly amazing. I loved getting to know the creative artist behind these beautiful works of art. What […]

Crazy for Stir Crazy

Crazy for Stir Crazy

One of my favorite things we’ve been doing as a family, is visiting local coffee shops. I love coffee and my kids love tea and hot chocolate, which we can usually find at these fun, local shops. One Sunday, we ventured to a whole new […]

A Southside Jewel

A Southside Jewel

  It’s easy to see why Hallsley, located on RVA’s Southside, was named 2017 Community of the Year. Resort style amenities, beautiful architecture, great schools and minutes away from some of RVA’s fabulous dining and shopping. We loved getting to peek inside one of their incredible […]

Meet Ruth & Ollie

Meet Ruth & Ollie

Mike and Kat Liebschwager both left their corporate jobs in 2004 to pursue new careers and do something they loved.  Kat studied interior design and opened her own design firm, with Mike joining her shortly after. At the High Point market, the ‘must-see event in […]

I Heart Vegetables

I Heart Vegetables

Last week I had the chance to sit down and chat with one of my favorite veggie loving bloggers, Liz Thomson, the talented blogger behind I Heart Vegetables. I mean, have you see her Instagram? Those beautiful pictures? I would be vegetarian if I could […]