House Portraits: It’s all in the (architectural) details

Tiny architectural details fascinate me. One of the reasons I love living in urban Massachusetts is the sort of details prevalent in neighborhoods full of homes that are over 100 years old. The more detailed, the better! Do you like looking at old houses and hand-crafted details? I sometimes get lost walking around my own […]

Celebrating the Family Home

One of the things I love about creating house portraits is that it takes a beloved family home and allows you to carry it with you. Many of my clients commission portraits when they are getting ready to move, and particularly when they are leaving a childhood or long term home. As parents get older, […]

Tissue Paper Flowers Video Tutorial

Once upon a time, I taught this project as part of a workshop I led at Albertine Press in Cambridge, MA. It’s been a while, and I’ve since moved on to teach some more-intricate paper flower projects, so I thought I’d offer my take on this project in a video so that you can make […]

Architectural Portrait Profile: One Family Vacation Home, Two Keepsakes

One of the best parts of creating architectural portraits is hearing the stories that go along with the homes I’m depicting! This is the first in a series of blog posts sharing some of these stories. This week I’m profiling vacation homes I have worked on, in particular one family vacation home that became two […]

Abigail McMurray, yeiou paper objects, standing in workspace holding finished framed paper sculpture

Craft Industry Alliance & Podcast Interview

One of the things I love about living in the Boston area is how many other small creative businesses there are around here. Many are even run by kind, brilliant, energetic people who are game to share and learn and be welcoming and generous. Since I started yeiou with really no idea what I was […]

Paint Chip Paper Art Commission

I like to say that I can make anything out of paper, and every once in a while I get an inquiry that challenges that statement! A client reached out a few months ago to see if I could create a logo out of paint chips. Of course I said yes! Even before I started […]

Etsy Design Awards 2019 & Custom House Portraits

Earlier this year, Etsy put out a call for entries for their first ever “Etsy Design Awards” or “The Etsies”. I submitted my custom house portraits to the contest, and then went on with my summer. Between keeping up with commissions as they came in, and making sure I had inventory for my summer events, […]

Porch detail of a custom paper house portrait

Reflections on a year of house portraits

March marked the 12-month point from when I created my first paper house portrait. Since March of last year I’ve delivered 24 custom house portraits to art lovers in 7 different states. The commissions range from a famous church in Greece to a girlfriend’s childhood home in the Midwest, to a family’s vacation home in […]

It’s Pumpkin Craft Season!

Fall is my favorite, it has always been.  I’m a sucker for back-to-school season and its emphasis on stocking up on pens and paper. I love apple and pumpkin and cinnamon any day, so it’s pretty delightful when those flavors are suddenly everywhere I look! Fall crafting is pretty great, too, because it’s such a […]

Paper House Portraits: A Story of Beginning

A little over a year ago, August 2017, some friends asked me for some ideas for a special gift they wanted to give. Their old church was closing down, and they wanted something special to give to the pastor to remember and celebrate the community and the building. I totally winged it, found paper approximately […]