Plumeria Papercraft is my leap of  faith!  After many years of handcrafting notecards and invitations for family and friends, I “leaped” in 2011,  launching my online Etsy shop.  I’m now very grateful to be living my longtime creative dream and working toward a healthier balance between career, motherhood (our daughter’s name, Melia, is connected with plumeria, also known as “pua melia”) and mindful living. 

I’ve always loved the pleasant discovery of a letter or notecard tucked in the mailbox or receiving a handwritten sentiment in person.  Such thoughtful gestures allow us to pause and feel connected amidst our busy days.  I hope my heartfelt and handmade creations can inspire more of these meaningful connections.

I developed an eye for design from my former career in the fashion industry and my passion for the arts, and I have always been drawn to the aesthetic and personal nature of handcrafted treasures.  I sketch my own images, create templates, then carefully trace, cut and assemble each item by hand.  Much of my inspiration stems from nature and my love of the sea, and whimsical ideas often pop up from “snapshots” of life’s simple moments.  Of course, the paper itself inspires me, too!

My notecards are available in my online Etsy shop, at Bella’s Studio in Monterey, American Crafts & Jewels in Carmel and the gift shop at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, The Quail & Olive in Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach Market at the Lodge in Pebble Beach and by custom order.  I’m a creative instructor at Bella’s Studio, Pacific Grove Art Center and Tularcitos Elementary School as well as a member of Pacific Grove Art Center and Monterey Museum of Art.  In March 2014, I became a trained SoulCollage(R) facilitator and now wholeheartedly enjoy sharing this creative, intuitive process through workshops and presentations.     

My work has been featured in the 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts and on a variety of blogs including an appearance as a guest blogger on author and motivational coach Gail McMeekin’s Creative Success website.

In addition to my work as a papercraft artist, I enjoy mixed media collage and dabbling in other creative forms.  I’m a regular participant in Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s healing art program, a powerfully therapeutic experience in my personal journey as a cancer survivor.  I share this healing art exploration and contemplations on creative, mindful living via my blog, Paper And Ponder.  I also lead art projects as a classroom volunteer at our daughter's elementary school and have been a motivational guest speaker at local schools and colleges.

My heart is my compass on this wonderful creative journey!