I’ve been a long time purchaser and loyal fan of Papyrus cards. It’s not just the gorgeous art work, timeless design and sweet messages that have me hooked for life, but I’ve always been drawn to the Papyrus brand because of the little paper insert that comes with every card. Perhaps you other Papyrus card buyers just toss this piece of paper out but for me, this little piece of paper is often the most treasured part of my purchase. I actually save this piece of paper every time I open a new card, and hang it up in my office until the next one comes along. If you’re not familiar with the insert text, let me type out for you what it says:

“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.”  

Some of you know that a few years ago I lost my Nan. She was hands down the most selfless, giving, caring and loveable woman I had the pleasure of calling my Grandmother. Losing her was like losing a little piece of life. It was a devastating loss and constantly I still struggle with the grief and finality that comes with experiencing the death of a loved one. While I feel sad she’s no longer here, I also feel extremely blessed and inspired even, to be able to have an impact on people’s lives in doing what I do, just the way my Grandmother was able to do so so simply and lovingly in mine and most likely everyone else’s.

My Nan had a sweet love of hummingbirds. And for as long as I could remember the two went hand in hand. Hummingbirds and Nan, Nan and humingbirds. From the ones that would buzz around her and my Grandfather’s gorgeous garden, to the sweet welcome sign decor that surprisingly greeted her when she checked into the hospice before she passed, she had a soft spot in her huge heart for these tiny magical creatures and they seemed to follow her every move. Now I too seem to find them everywhere, from the hummingbird artwork on mailboxes in the middle of nowhere to the hummingbirds that fly by the window of a venue when I’m setting up an event, stopping ever so quickly to hover for just the perfect amount of time.

Bevy is a hand drawn creation from this amazing artist here, and she going to be a big part of the new Hey Gorgeous brand. And the Papyrus slogan is simply a reminder of sorts to step back and peel back the layers because that’s when you get to the heart of what matters. It’s so simple and sweet like Hey Gorgeous. You’ll see Bevy around here a lot too, gracefully floating from one event, blog post and gallery to the next. She may even make an appearance in my new logo. But for now I want to introduce all of you, my sweet readers and supporters to Bevy, my beloved hummie. Make her feel at home, would ya? xoxo