Sometimes, when you get to watch someone do an every day job (say, an office assistant), you know they have a creative streak in them that is just dying to come out. That is the way I felt as I’ve gotten to know Beth of BPaperie. Beth and I worked at the same location in Louisville, then went to the same church. She of course is a wife, and has her sweet dog which you can always find pictures of. And she has a day job which she is great at. But, a love of hers is creativity. She is wonderful at taking the ordinary and making it bright and lovely and inspiring.
For my office (which is really a corner of our dining room), I wanted something new and inspiring as a I write and do photo editing. She happily obliged with a giveaway for my readers – just like you! And she designed this beautiful art with a quote I got from singer/songwriter Christa Wells from Emily Freeman’s book A Million Little Ways. Since this has been such a hard season of life with many changes coming, I picked this quote because it spoke to me of hope. When I look at it encourages me to keep going and keep pressing on in my dreams.
I asked Beth to answer a few questions so y’all could get to know her. Here is a sneak peak into her life as a creative:
I started bpaperie as a creative outlet. My “about” section on Etsy says this, which I think might answer the question: I’ve wanted to own a design shop for as a place that smells good and is filled with fun things. A place to be inspired; a place where my puppy can run around in a cute sweater. And a place that’s affordable, too!
But since my husband’s in school, I’m stuck with a boring 9-5 job instead. I’ve wanted to open an etsy shop for a while — a creative outlet of my own — but I’ve been too scared to do it. It’s easy to let doubts fill my heart and keep me from doing what I love — what if no one likes my work? What if nothing sells? What if I’m a failure?
I can’t let those things hold me back anymore! Bpaperie has been a long time coming. It’s the next best thing to a “real” store. And if you want to see pictures of my cute pup in a sweater, shoot me an email. I’m happy to oblige. 🙂
2. How did you come up with the name for your store?
My husband, Wes, often calls me “B,” and I love paper goods. I was trying to decide between two names, and this one stuck.