About a month or so before I moved there, I became engaged to my longtime beau, Mike, who is now my husband. One afternoon, as I was exploring, I finally went into the Pink Tomato, a paperie and invitation shop (with its own Aroma Lab!). I was looking for a stamp to use on wedding envelopes. What I found was inspiration for my future.
That day before I left, I had ditched my plans to buy wedding invitations online and had designed my invitations with the professional help of Christy Hoffman, who was very pregnant with her handsome son Dane, who was born a few weeks later. The invitations were just gorgeous. Before I left Wooster, they had also designed my save-the-dates, my table numbers, and my wedding programs, and had even printed my annual Christmas cards.
|Wedding Program and Invite. (Photo by Love Me Do Photography)|
|My wedding invitation (Photo by Jessica Marie Boehman)|
After I moved to New York, I was feeling restless and a bit out of myself. I hadn't yet started my jobs. It was early summer and I teach college, so I had a few months. I started conceiving the idea of an online shop. I didn't know that NYC would provide the inspiration for me. After we moved into our new apartment and I saw the Delacorte Clock at the Central Park Zoo, I knew which way I wanted to take the shop. But it was during the rigor and exhaustion of teaching at three schools that I became desperate to find myself again. That semester, my shop was born on the Staten Island Ferry. It came to fruition in January 2011.
It pleases me so much that the beautiful ladies who sparked my imagination now play such an important part in my shop. They print my beautiful cards and even sell them in their new shop on 221 Beall Avenue in Wooster. Though I have left Wooster behind, my art is still there, and that makes me so happy. Thanks for everything, Christy and Jodi! I hope now you understand how you've changed my life.
|My cards at the Pink Tomato Paperie in Wooster, Ohio|
|My Halloween Cards at the Pink Tomato Paperie in Wooster, Ohio|
|Penguin with Drum and the Brementown Musicians at the Pink Tomato Paperie in Wooster, Ohio|
|The Pink Tomato Paperie in Wooster, Ohio|