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A Very Musical December

The gift of music is one of my favorite traditions during the holidays. This weekend, my youngest child is singing in her first holiday college concert. Hearing her beautiful voice is a warm woolen scarf, hot cocoa, delicate snowflakes, winter lights, star dust and cinnamon sugar all rolled into one. My heart’s delight! The following weekend, her choir joins the Greater Bridgeport Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a gorgeous jubilant celebration of musical genius, art and joy!

With a family of musicians including a violinist, pianist and guitar player, music fills our lives. Favorite holiday music includes:


O Holy Night


Silent Night


Handel’s Hallelujah

What is your favorite holiday music?


Paper Soil – Organically Grown

You will see a theme on our Pinterest boards beyond images of ecochic upcycled creativity. Each of our boards has a quote as the cover image! As a librarian by day, I know the value of words to add meaning and help reveal pieces of a story.

Here are some of the quotes that help tell the Paper Soil story:

Gifts for Book Lovers – “All who wander are not lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Eco-friendly Holiday Gifts – “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Paper Soil Team Treasuries – “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. “ – A. A. Milne

Gifts for Nature Lovers –  “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
Holiday Gifts for Art Lovers – “Art is not a thing, it is a way.” – Elbert Hubbard

Now through Thursday, December 3, use coupon code CYBER15 at Paper Soil for 20% off all products!


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Holiday Colors

The newest designs are up at our Etsy store! I had a lot of fun creating these designs and documented the process at @papersoilsamples, our Instagram account. I was going for a minimalistic design that danced with winter creativity. The upcycled giftbags used for these cards contain some of my favorite color combinations: purple, green, and teal. These bags have been given to me over the years containing birthday, anniversary and holiday gifts from my husband. The first of these artful bags I received was a tall purple bag decorated with green, gold and blue peacock feather designs.

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The Ecochic Upcycled Giftbags Holiday Card Set with Purple Tree and Teal, Purple, Green, Gold Paper Snow – Set of 12


The Ecochic Upcycled Giftbags Holiday Card Set with  Teal, Purple, Green, Gold Tree and Paper Snow – Set of 12 

are each available for $35. Place your orders between now and Thursday, Dec. 3 for a 20% Cyber Week Sales discount!

Wishing you and yours a creative holiday season!






A Helping Hand

This week we are adopting an Etsy shop from SPS Team to help promote artisans around the world and their beautiful, creative works. Our adopted shop is LadyLyBoutique located in Oxnard, California, offering beautiful vintage products and unique vintage inspired designs perfect for holiday gifts! Check out some of the dazzling items that can be yours for 15% off Nov. 27 – Dec. 3.


Add some sparkle and shine to your holidays and Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas !



Cyber Week Sale – 20% off all Paper Soil products!

This week we are participating in a Cyber Week Sale with some of our Etsy friends from SPS Team. There are some truly unique and gorgeous finds available and easily findable from beautiful treasuries, products from a range of stores, created by our Etsy team members and leaders. The sale runs Friday, November 27 to Thursday, December 3, with a range of sales events from Free Shipping to 20% Off sales. The Cyber Week Sale can be accessed at all participating shops with coupon code CYBER15. Enjoy discovering and supporting artisans around the world!

Purple and Grey Jewelry Collection


Gift Guide in Turquoise and Brown

Blue Christmas

Colorful Christmas

BLACK FRIDAY SALES  Preview Participating Shops!

Wishing you a merry artful holiday!

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The World is a Beautiful Place

I have had the good fortune of traveling to many beautiful places in the world. As a child of immigrant parents, the desire to travel is in my blood. Throughout my childhood, our family travelled to Newfoundland, Canada during the summer to visit my mothers’ parents and our large extended family. My grandparents lived in a small coastal village on a farm, my grandfather was a farmer and a fisherman. We would spend countless summer hours collecting sea glass and shells on the gorgeous wild beach, hiking through dense woods, eating wild berries native to Newfoundland and tasting rabbit and moose meat. During my college years, I lived in Maine and enjoyed scenic leisure activity from hiking trails, cross country skiing and standing on the top of Mt. Katahdin to getting a true glimpse of a “Maine winter”.

As a college student then adult,  I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the world’s beautifully diverse landscapes in Mexico, Guatemala, Scotland, England, France, Italy, Tunisia and the United States. When my own children were younger, we spent the summers exploring our nation’s stunning destinations including Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Assateague National Seashore in Maryland, Ocracoke Island in North Carolina, New Orleans, Louisiana and Jekyll Island, Georgia.

This weekend I will be traveling to Long Island, New York to visit relatives. You can follow the trip on our Instagram @papersoilsamples and enjoy all the scenic treasures to be found!


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Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Toscana, Italia


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A Message of Hope

This weekend has been filled with images of suffering and sadness as we have watched the developing news of the violent attacks on innocent civilians in Paris, France. Because I was so busy at work on Friday, I was not aware of these events until I arrived home. I received a Facetime call from my youngest daughter,18, who was on a college choir trip to Philadelphia and was anxious about the news. Through our iPhones we shared positive images and messages of people uniting around the world to show their support for France. We talked about the negative stereotypes of muslims because of the hateful acts of a small minority and the importance of speaking up against ignorance. We talked about the Eiffel Tower going dark in memory of the victims of the attacks and we shared images of the world lighting up blue,white and red in New York City, San Francisco, Brazil, Australia as a message of hope and support for France. We talked about the peace symbol created by graphic designer Jean Jullien spreading all over social media from company cover photos, twitter profile pictures to instagram messages.

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Let’s keep the positive images and messages going!