Change of Season and Identity

Etsy Shop Icon

Hello! Today, after a little over a year, I’m releasing an updated brand identity, which  includes a new logo and color. You will see the new look on all the public spaces. Soon, the shop, Lismore Paper Co. will offer new products like fine art, planner pages and stickers, stationery, and a few new lines which include schoolhouse paper and nature inspirations.

I will be offering more free printables right here 🙂 I am excited to grow the shop and gain new followers that become friends. The shop is open, but still in the rebuilding phase. I will send a shop announcement when the new lines are complete. So, you will see me on Instagram and on WordPress liking my favorite posts. There are so many amazing bloggers out there.

Creating new items has been inspiring, especially the nature inspirations. Here are a few I have seen at my home that sparked the creativity.

Momma Deer


Momma and Baby Deer


Bird in the Garden


Maple Fall Color

With much love,



The Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to Roda from Growing Self,, for the Blogger Recognition Award. I was lucky enough to discover her site through one of my followers. Roda’s talent and passion jumps off the page through her photography, gardening, farm life, recipes, and oh the critter connection, it’s amazing. I could go on and on about this site, but you must check it out for yourself. Such a beautiful person inside and out. This site sets my day on the right path.

I was lucky enough to receive this twice! I also want to give a thank you to Rob from Food Allergy Dad, I was again lucky enough to discover his site through Roda from Growing Self. The networking and knowledge learning opportunities are priceless. Rob’s love and passion is ingrained in each of his posts. The recipes he comes up with and shares are amazing! Check out the Apple Cider Salted Caramels, YUM!! Keep in mind, he has to adjust for his kiddos, he is the food allergy dad. He also has FAQS, EOE, and tips for kids with food allergies. He posted information about the Teal Pumpkin Project. This is such an important drive, I have re posted his post. I believe this is so important to keep all of our kiddos safe. Check out his inspiring site. Such an amazing person who is passionate about his family’s health and safety.


Blogger Recognition Award

The Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

The Story behind Pen Paper and Petals

I have always enjoyed making things from the time I was a little girl. My parents always fueled that fire because they are creative people, too. My husband also encourages my passion for creating. He doesn’t even mind when I flip on the light at night to show him my latest creation (or at least he doesn’t complain). I cheer on his building aspirations, it’s glorious!

Gardening, writing, and art have always been a staple in my life. I could not think of a better way to incorporate that all into one place. The love of paper goods has me over the top with joy. Botanical and vintage prints, tags, ephemera, journaling cards, and medical art are my favorite items. My site is where all my creations land. Here is a link to the About Me on my blog.

My Advice

Be Yourself! Your love and passion will reach more people especially if you are doing what you love.

Network! Follow other bloggers and comment on their amazing posts. You can learn so much from people who are blogging daily. I have to take my own advice here. I need to post more often. I need to learn the balance between losing myself in art and writing and posting on my blog. And add the day job in there, too.

My Nominees

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to say thank you for inspiring me to keep doing what I am doing and learning from you. All of you are amazing artists, writers, and photographers. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us! If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep doing what you are doing because you are truly talented…♥

In no particular order…


There are so many fabulous and talented bloggers I follow it’s hard to pick just 10!

With much love and thanks,






Teal Pumpkin Project

Hello and happy Friday! Tis the season for our little ghosts and goblins. Keeping them safe while experiencing this magical time of year is most important. After reading this post, I thought it was so important to spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project. There are so many kiddos with food allergies out there. So please if you are able to participate it would be a wonderful new tradition to begin. I will be setting a teal pumpkin on my front porch this year.
With much love,

Adventures of a Food allergy dad

It’s October, the time when the minds of little ones (and not-so-little ones) turn to the fun and festivities of Halloween.  Whether Halloween parties at school, trick-or-treating with friends, or doing Trunk-n-Treat/Harvest Festival at a local church, it’s a time of costumes, fun, games, and most importantly… CANDY!

I loved Halloween as a kid.  I loved dressing up, carving pumpkins, getting candy, rummaging through it with my sister to find our favorites… it was the best.  As I got older, I fell out with Halloween for a while, due in large part to seeing the way some of the teenagers in our area would use it as a chance to snatch candy bags from kids and do other heinous pranks.  As a parent, though, as I see the excitement on my kids’ faces, I have a renewed fondness for the holiday.  I still love carving pumpkins, and taking the kids…

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Free Autumn Printable

Free Print


Fall is my favorite time of the year! I love all the comfort the season brings, not to mention the pie and candy 🙂 

Today, I am offering a free Autumn printable for personal use only. 

Autumn Free Printable 8 x 10

Enjoy the free printable! Please tag #PenPaperandPetals on Instagram. Would love to see where this blackbird lands!

I ask that you do not resell the file or printable for profit. Copyright remains with PPPS. 

For more printables like this, visit

With much love,




Hint of Fall

Halloween Inspired Note Cards Ad


It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end. Fall is my favorite time of the year. The crisp air, cozy blankets, sweater and boot season, and the decorating 🙂 Where I live, we are beginning to see the sparks of color in the trees. The magnificent reds, yellows, and oranges are just waiting to explode. 

I will be posting free printables soon! In the meantime, here are a few inspiring pictures for fall. 

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With much love,


All the colours of the sun

Hello! I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer! I wanted to share this with you. This inspires me to bring a bit of outside indoors and display my favorite container, too!

Happy Saturday!

With much love,

Edinburgh Garden Diary


All colours are of the sun, and are good.

— Elizabeth Goudge

With July’s sunshine come the colourful flowers – bright pot marigolds and tangerine Californian poppies, scarlet Achillea, purple salvias, geraniums and catmint, and sweetpeas of every hue. July is the month when I switch from wondering what on earth I can spare for a vase, to wondering what I can leave out. Soon I’ll have dahlias, cosmos, persicaria, Verbena bonariensis and more sweetpeas than I can shake a stick at, many varieties new to me this year. The pinkish sweetpea in the picture is the first of my ‘Spanish Dancer’ to bloom.


The sun blazed this morning as I sat on the top garden step and surveyed my small, buzzing, colourful kingdom, leaping up for my camera when a flighty red admiral settled first on the hot stone wall, then the railings, then a garden chair.



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