Meet + Greet: Paige Woods and Madding McFadden

June 18th, 2015

MEET+-GREET-(THE-INTERNS)

This summer, EOH has taken on a whole new dynamic as we have added quite a few members to our company. Each of these women have unique gifts that allow them to contribute to our team as a whole. We are so grateful to be advocates and learners of each other’s talents, and as such, we want to share a little bit the hearts, drives, and passions of those behind-the-scenes at EOH. So, let’s meet and greet our first set of interns, Paige Woods and Madding McFadden… our dynamic and strategic blogging and social media team!

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Both Paige and Madding have a heart for serving others by helping to tell stories, whether through words or photographs. More than their common love for Team EOH, Paige and Madding have been best friends for the past 8 years, and they love being able to team up using their multidimensional creative facets for EOH this summer (ps: we loved this shoot with Jocelyn Youngdahl). Paige Woods is currently serving EOH by writing posts, assembling new blog ideas, and advancing our social media techniques. Madding McFadden is the mastermind behind our cohesive images and photos this summer on the blog. With a heart for small businesses and creative minds, she is able to capture both their authentic gifts and distinctive work through her camera. We invite you to get to know more of Madding and Paige’s stories through our interview:

What is your role here at EOH Custom Paper Lovelies?

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P: My role at EOH is to try and put words behind Emily’s amazing vision and product. As a company, we try to authentically produce paper that helps tell your story—whether that’s through a wedding invitation, birthday party, or even just custom stationery. Basically, I feel like a blogger’s main job is to be the storyteller and help convey the company’s personality through posts and series. These past few months, we have tried to dig deeper into EOH’s passions by introducing a few new series (like “Dearest,” “Meet + Greet”, plus other series to come) in order to get a bit more of a detailed look at all of the behind-the-scenes work involved in design, inspiration, production, and relationships. I want to challenge readers by going beyond just our paper products—to the people who make up our company.

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M: Primarily, my role is to photograph Emily’s work and, with that, the constant growth of EOH as the team continues to hone their gifts. I am honored to be working with the EOH team this summer as I seek to showcase the ability Emily has been given as well as give readers a glimpse into how Emily is able to help bring so many people to celebrate or simply enjoy each other’s company whether it’s a party invitation, stationery, menu, or rehearsal dinner invite.

What is your biggest passion in life?

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P: I would say that I am most passionate about serving others and going above and beyond people’s expectations. My major is English Literature with an Education minor, and so, I would eventually love to teach in a classroom. Beyond teaching, I think I desire just to intentionally pursue others, laying down my heart for their needs, and discovering where the Lord is calling me beyond myself. I have an innate need to share other people’s stories. I actually write my own blog as well, The In Between, that focuses on sharing both my passions, such as fashion, food, and faith, but also has become a platform for others with features and fellowship.

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M: The Lord has really laid social justice on my heart throughout the last several years, so as I move towards college graduation I long to know how that will unfold as I enter the “real world.” We were not created to live in captivity, and I am convicted daily that the only difference between myself and those enslaved around the world is where we were born. I would love nothing more than to spend my life ensuring restoration for those bound by slavery, that they may experience life the way God intended; freely. Not only that but also to document through photography and share with the world the harsh realities that plague our culture, so that ignorance would no longer be an option.

What would the “perfect” day look like for you?

P: My perfect day might look like an early morning brunch from my favorite restaurant in Nashville, Marché (!!!!), where I order the most amazing tartine and mimosa, then just sit there happy and full. I absolutely love Farmer’s Markets and being outside with my fiancé (Nate). I think after brunch I would head on down to Radnor Lake or Percy Warner to take a hike and laugh with Nate. Then, I would end my day on a couch with a great movie, some popcorn, and a soda for N.

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M: I would have to say there’s nothing I love more than the days I wake up early and spend the morning outside on the porch drinking coffee with my mom, while my dad and brother cook breakfast for the family and sit there in our pajamas until noon with absolutely nowhere to be. Then finally, when we feel as if we’ve been lazy enough for one day, I’ll head out to spend time with friends, whether it’s a trip to Las Paletas or Jeni’s in 12th South, ice cream is typically a go-to on these hot summer Nashville days. I am so grateful for the family and friends the Lord has placed in my life, so my favorite days are spent simply in their presence, soaking in and celebrating what the Lord is doing in our lives.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned this past year?

P: This year, I have learned that the Lord is so very sovereign over everything in life. I am so not in control, and just when it looks like I might figure things out, He completely surprises me. I think it is amazing to look back on your life and realize how completely out of control you are. I would have never imagined having the ability to write for EOH, getting creative experience like this, and now, here I am!

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M: As long as I’ve known the Lord has a plan for my life, I have seen time and time again in the past year that it may not (and frequently doesn’t) look the way I had planned. Nonetheless, there is a great lesson in that each time. I studied abroad all last summer, and as hard as some of it was, I have learned more from those experiences than I thought possible. I know the Lord will continue to reveal to me things I learned then that I haven’t been able to apply until now.


What is one word that describes your personality? 

P: Joyful!

M: Paige says loyal 😉

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Thanks so much for meeting and greeting our newest EOH team members! We are so thankful that we got to share them with you for a bit. Stay tuned for more introductions where you can get to know more about Team EOH.  

Photos Courtesy of Jocelyn Youngdahl 

Team EOH – Behind the Scenes

June 2nd, 2015

Who doesn’t love a good summer project? As we are gearing up for our new paper goods, debuting in the next few months, we were honored to shoot and style with Caroline and Clark Brewer, our featured couple from last week’s “In Good Co.” This has been an exciting time for EOH as we take on new interns and allow their gifts to be cultivated and grow under Emily’s creative wing. In the past few weeks, Emily’s interns have been tagging along on shoots, creating amazing signage, and crafting new varieties of paper goods. We wanted to showcase more of C & C’s talent along with some behind the scenes shots of what to expect in the next few weeks.

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EOH loves to partner with passionate and creative minds, who go full force into their calling. We are thankful to have the amazingly talented and passionate, Clark and Caroline, walk alongside us as we explore new forms of neutrals, calligraphy, and clean aesthetic. We think they were the perfect fit to showcase our product.

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Similarly, our in-house photographer/intern, Madding McFadden, works to display eye-opening and crisp images to convey the clean, welcoming atmosphere of EOH’s paper goods. While Madding snaps away, our blogger/intern, Paige Woods, works to illustrate and portray other creatives’ stories, while also inviting you to be a part of EOH’s grand journey. This first shoot was such an inspiration to Paige and Madding, and they are so thrilled to come alongside this summer.

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Team EOH had a great time over at Clark and Caroline’s abode, and we cannot wait to reveal our new product as well as our intern team. This is only a glimpse at what we are doing this summer. We appreciate your support and interest as we move forward here at EOH. We think our 2015 summer is going to a blast, and we are thankful you all are along for the ride!

All photos courtesy of Madding McFadden & the EOH team

In Good Co. | Calligrapher Ashley Schot

November 14th, 2014

There are new things stirring over in this little corner of the internet as the new year approaches…We are excited to share one of those today- our new blog column, In Good Co. We have the privilege of getting to walk alongside some inspiring, growing, and dynamic creatives as navigate the small biz world as creators ourselves. On the blog, we want to feature some of these artists and get to know a little of the story behind their craft, how they create their work, and what makes them tick as a artist.

Today we are thrilled to spotlight dear EOH friend, Ashley Schot. She has even collaborated with EOH on some holiday products this year (which you will see below.) Learn more about Ashley and her story…

What’s your story?  For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved beautiful letters. I have a clear memory of asking my mom in the 1st grade if my handwriting looked good…and wanting to make sure she gave me a true answer, not just let her say yes because she was my mom. I am a true lover of paper, beautiful lettering, and design. Put me in the middle of an art supply store and I am like a kid in a candy store…which, coming from a true sugar lover, says a lot! When I was in the working in corporate world (very unhappily) I would tell my husband, Justin, that all I wanted to do was own a paper store. When I started seeing all of Emily’s work, I absolutely fell in love! It’s kind of funny- the first invitations I ordered from Emily were for a bridal shower and I actually think I did a sales pitch to her on her own business about how much I value the importance of a beautiful invitation…it sets the mood for the entire event!

What’s your craft? I’ve wanted to learn the art of calligraphy for years…and had tried several times without much success. I am left handed and it presents quite an obstacle in learning traditional calligraphy. My desire to learn Modern Pointed Pen Calligraphy just wouldn’t go away though! Every time I see beautiful calligraphy I just swoon….I study the thick and thin of all the letters, the flourishes…it is truly such an art. So finally, determined once again, I set out to learn again. I got the right tools, took an online course, and dove into lots and lots of practice! And though I still have MUCH learning to do, I am totally in love with it. There’s such a thrill of dipping a nib into ink and seeing letters flow onto your paper. (NERD alert!)

A major part of my business right now is doing chalkboard signs! I stay home with my two kiddos (Hudson-3 and Mackenna-1). This business has happened totally organically. I started by doing chalkboard signs for myself and a few friends and the word spread. It has been so exciting for me to be able to do two things I love…be home with my babies and have a little business making fun lettered designs! I joke that all of my notebook doodling during my school classes finally paid off! I actually saved a lot of my college notebooks because they were filled with so many letters and doodles that I couldn’t part with them.

Where do you find inspiration? I actually find a ton of inspiration on Instagram! There’s a whole world of calligraphers, chalkboard artists, and hand-letterers posting their beautiful work daily. It keeps me inspired to continue creating, practicing, and perfecting my work. Words, to me, are very healing and comforting. Some of my favorite things to write are the lyrics of my favorite hymns and Bible verses. One inspiring lady who fueled my love for letters (and made me see that I could actually pursue it a notebook doodle!) is Lindsay Sherbondy of Lindsay Letters. Her work is amazing and so unique! I have her pretty lettered print of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” hanging in my office. It is special to me because it was sung at our wedding and I constantly look at it for inspiration and the reminder of how faithful the Lord is!

Ashley is willing to do custom hand lettering for Christmas cards, signs, posters…pretty much anything you can dream up! Contact us to get her info. Her work is gorgeous in person!

Thanks, Ashley, for sharing a little bit of your story with us! We’re thankful to have you (and your pretty lettering!) on board at EOH this holiday season.

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