Here I was at my friend’s baby shower, and in walks Aly. A vision in black, with green eyes and red lips. I knew most of the people who were going to be at the shower, but I had no idea who this girl was. I thought, “she looks super rad” and asked myself, “Why don’t I know this girl?!” What started as a conversation at the shower turned into an Instagram friendship and is now a full blown hoemance (it’s like a bromance, but for girls). Aly and I think we came up with the term, but we aren’t sure. Aly has continued to impress me since the first day I met her all of 2.5 months ago and we’re so excited to feature her on the blog today!
At Cake On The Floor we are interested in promoting businesses we believe in and interviewing people who are not just creative, but candid too. Aly graciously agreed for me to come to her home and photograph/interview her for our blog. Over wine and blueberries, I hit record on my app and away we went!
COTF: How did you start The Pineapple Paper Company?
PPC: I guess it really started with Yes. Yes is the company before I changed the name. It all began when I started making Christmas cards for myself. I tried to buy some online, but they were so expensive…and they weren’t even that nice. I always wanted to change something about the cards available. Sooo…I started making them myself and people started asking me to do theirs! The business just kind of evolved from there.
COTF: We love your logo! Does the pineapple have special meaning for you?
PPC: Not really, I just really like pineapples! I mean I like pineapple, but it’s not something I can eat and eat…and eat. I see the fruit and I get excited. It brings me to a really bright place. Pineapples represent welcoming and when you see one you just can’t help but get happy. (Similar to hearing Pharrell’s song) I’m kind of the same way about cactus.
COTF: Where do you draw inspiration from?
PPC: Oh gosh! Everywhere! Top three would be…fashion, people, and words. When you think of a word or see a word, it really transfers you to a place. For example, if I say the word poppy. That would bring you somewhere, not necessarily the flower, but in your case you’d think of Poppi Photography. For me, the word palm tree has different meaning compared to PNW natives…I’m born and raised in Florida and the word palm tree doesn’t take me to some tropical getaway, it takes me to my childhood and the things that I used to see every single day. As well as the things that were in my front yard.
COTF: Who’s your ideal client?
PPC: That’s a tough one. I do so many different things like wedding invites and stationery. I guess the best client is one who orders both. (Laughs!) I like clients who are laid back and are really inspiring and vibrant. I draw a lot of inspiration from people. Most of my orders are online and everything is through text, so I have to get a glimpse of that individual, just through the words that she’s saying. I like clients who are excited about the process and are with me… and choose to purchase through the PCC because they like my specific style and modern/bohemian theme.
COTF: Is there anyone in your life, friend, company or celeb or otherwise that you’d love to work with?
PPC: Olympia famous, Stevie Olson! As soon as I met her, I knew I wanted to design for her. It was a goal of mine to be able to sell my products in LOLA Lifestyle Boutique because the type of woman LOLA attracts is the same type of clientele I like. Someone I would want to partner with is The Little Press. They are in Perth, Australia and they are GORGEOUS! They started kind of just like me with a small office and stained hands. They are all letter press and do a lot of collaborations. It would be so fun!
COTF: In a digital world, what makes you drawn to the tangible?
PPC: The senses! I really like the smell of things. So, it’s really odd, but when I get a fresh order of envelopes or paper, I unwrap it from it’s plastic and take it in! I don’t know what it is, but I just love that smell! Also, with every woman in the world having a Pinterest board, I want to bring the Pinterest board to your hand. A real life creation for you!
COTF: I think COTF needs some thank you cards! Do you think you could help us with that?
PPC: AHHHHHH!!! (Screams) YES!
And now let’s talk about Aly as a person!
COTF: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
PPC: Check my Insta!
COTF: Best vacation you’ve taken?
PPC: When I was in Arizona (I was stationed for active duty military with my husband, Kyle) living in Sierra Vista with nothing to do, we’d take weekend vacations to Phoenix. Last year over July 4th weekend we took a belated honeymoon back to Phoenix again! I absolutely love it there!
COTF: When you aren’t working what do you do for fun?
PPC: When I’m not working…which is like never…I’m really into fashion. Shopping is my fun! Then it just draws more inspiration for The Pineapple Paper Co and I’m back to work again.
COTF: What’s your drink?
PPC: Morning drink: coffee with whole milk. Evening drink: A sweet, sparkling, gin drink of some sorts.
COTF: Favorite social media app?
PPC: Insta (Aly never actually says Instagram. I kind of love it.)
COTF: Best advice you’ve been given?
PPC: This advice comes from my mom. I moved around a lot as a kid and I always hated it. I had to make new friends and I was always afraid people weren’t going to remember me. She told me, “If you are going to be remembered for something, be remembered for something good.” I apply this advice whenever I meet someone…whether or not I’m going to see them again, I want it to be a good memory. Especially if I run into them again in the future. I don’t want them to be like, “Oh…there’s Aly” (makes a sad noise, then laughs)
COTF: There are many charities in the world. If you started one, who/what would you want to help?
PPC: It’s a charity that has already been started, but I would want to help with The Wounded Warrior Project. It hits close to home for me. In 2008 Kyle was deployed in Iraq and was at a check point. While he was at the check point he got hit by a vehicle born IED. (A huge bomb in a car, which basically makes in two bombs in one because the bomb explodes and then so does the car). 15 people were injured and two died in that incident. Thankfully there was a cement barricade which Kyle was behind, however the blast threw him around 50 feet. He remembers being airborne and then falling and waking up in Kuwait. His First Sergeant told him that his team leader didn’t make it and then he was medevac transferred to Germany because he couldn’t walk. Then he was transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord here in Washington and it took him a year to learn how to walk again. During that time it was really tough. PTSD, pain meds and nightmares were all consuming and The Wounded Warrior Project gives support in many ways to those who need it. Kyle fought really hard to improve and is the most self-driven person I know. The morale boost the foundation provided was super helpful. I feel like it’s a way to pay back to those people who stepped up and were in harm’s way. They arrange iPads, computers, DVD players to be provided to soldiers who are recovering (even the occasional celebrity visit for a pick-me-up). Kyle not only walks now, but runs marathons! The Wounded Warrior Project has been known to build houses and create solutions for those who have lost limbs free of charge. They raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
Last question because hey, we’re COTF…
COTF: Favorite kind of cake?
PPC: I’m not really a sweets person, but I’d say plain vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles. Maybe funfetti cake. I mostly just want to eat sprinkles and ditch the frosting.
This girl definitely adds some serious funfetti to my life and I hope you remember The Pineapple Paper Co the next time you need a card, invite, stationery or announcement! Each card is hand crafted to celebrate life’s best moments. Every piece of stationary touches Aly’s hands whether she is applying water color or applying gold foil or whatever else you can dream up. Thanks to Aly for being super amazing and I can’t wait for Sarah to meet her the next time she visits! Lastly, thanks to Nana and Tinker Bell for posing for the camera!