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Samantha on Feb 2, 20225 out of 5 stars
Mary does such a wonderful job on these portraits. She helped me propose to my fiancé with our portrait that also asked, will you marry me? It came out perfect, did not want to change a single thing about it from her draft to the final piece. She did such a good job capturing all 3 of us. Thank you!
Becky on Oct 20, 20205 out of 5 stars
This is my go-to wedding gift for couples. Every time we've ordered Mary knocks it out of the park. I couldn't be happier with how each and every one turn out. She really pays attention to details and colors. Thanks again! Until the next marriage announcement...!
kiMMiLee on Sep 29, 20205 out of 5 stars
Purchased this adorable custom portrait as a gift after receiving one myself for my own wedding. Mary was super easy to work with and made all the edits I requested. So happy with how it turned out! I’m sure I’ll be back for more, thank you 🙏
Nancy on Oct 25, 20195 out of 5 stars
The talent of Mary is truly amazing! The detail she puts into getting features correct is outstanding. These blooms are my go to for wedding presents. It’s such a unique way to display such an important event. Thank you for sharing your talent!
Ariana on Mar 25, 20195 out of 5 stars
I've had my eye on one of these for years and as soon as my husband and I got married I knew I had to order one for our one year anniversary (the paper year). Ordering this was super easy and quick and I was kept informed of every thing during the creating process! My draft came out amazing, it's almost unreal how spot on she was able to get the portrait to look! The finished project was perfect and we couldn't be more in love!
Jill on Dec 10, 20185 out of 5 stars
This is the coolest! I can't wait to send these out to my family and friends. Thanks so much Mary!
John on Nov 29, 20185 out of 5 stars
Incredible work, amazing customer service, secure packaging, and delivered before contracted date. You will not be disappointed!
Ashley on Nov 19, 20185 out of 5 stars
Love the ornaments! They were well packed very pretty and it was such a nice touch to add the For Lo image.
Christine on Oct 1, 20185 out of 5 stars
This was one of my favorite purchase on ETSY! The artist was so easy to work with, the product was amazing and after getting the proof it shipped so quickly! I can't say enough!
Home of custom portraits and paper goodies
Hello! My name is Mary and I create unique custom portrait! My shop, Year of the Bloom, was founded in 2011 when I was brainstorming ideas for a handmade Christmas gift. I wanted to impress my then new boyfriend by creating something totally original and special. Just for him. This is when the idea for my custom portraits came to life.
I have always been inspired by stationery designers and what magical products they can make out of PAPER. I knew that I wanted to use this material to make handcrafted gifts for special occasions. My portraits are digitally designed on the computer and then printed, hand cut and assembled in shadow boxes with a three dimensional effect. I love adding elements that make your portraits unique- intricate wedding attire, several layers of clothing, and tattoos.
I craft my blooms out of my home studio in south shore Massachusetts. When I'm not creating portraits, you can find me at the beach, taking care of my houseplants, practicing yoga, spending time with my boyfriend John, or watching a cheesy movie or tv show!
Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to reach out via Etsy conversation or email me at yearofthebloom [!at] gmail.com if you have any questions or just want to say "hi!" You can also follow me on instagram @yearofthebloom to see some paper goodies!
Owner, Creator, Designer
Accepted payment methods
Returns & exchanges
All orders must be paid 2 weeks prior to your scheduled ship date.
All sales are final after I begin manufacturing. If you wish to cancel your order you may do so up to 2 weeks prior to your scheduled ship date.
*Please note that if you do not reply about your sketched proof within 2 weeks I will ship as is (with hopes that you approve and love it!) Any revisions after this point will incur an additional cost.*
International customers may be subject to customs fees. These fees are not included in the shipping price of your order and must be paid upon delivery. Any package that is returned to sender because the customs fees were not paid will not receive reimbursement. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Additional policies and FAQs
• All of my portraits are handmade with love, and capture an illustrated likeness not a realistic representation. Colors represented in your sketched proof may appear slightly different printed out. I'm very proud of my paper portraits and like to share them via instagram, blog and etsy. If you would not like me to share photos of your custom portrait please let me know. If you have any questions feel free to contact me here or email me at yearofthebloom [!at] gmail.com
I LOVE to see customer photos! Please share your portraits with me on Instagram! Tag me @yearofthebloom or visit to see other portraits!
Digital portraits are sent so you can print and frame at home for personal use only. Please give credit to Yearofthebloom if you post your digital file on social media. Purchasing this listing does not mean you own the rights to the illustration thus you cannot use any file to reproduce or use it for greeting cards, custom logos, or for commercial use. If you would like a greeting card or logo design made please contact me.
Frequently asked questions
What is the turn around time for a custom portrait?
Portraits are processed in the order they are received. Since every listing is 100% custom and made-to-order I tend to have a 1-3 month waitlist. Once an order has been placed, I have all the details I need and payment had been received you will be added to my waitlist. I will contact you with approximate date in which you will receive a digital sketched proof. Small adjustments may be made at this time. After approval, your order will be fabricated and shipped within 3-5 business days.
What is the return policy?
Due to the custom nature of my products I am unable to accept returns once a portrait has been illustrated (2 weeks prior to scheduled ship date.) If you wish to cancel your order you may do so up to 2 weeks prior to your scheduled ship date. I package items with great care and trust that USPS will get you your package safely. If there are any issues with your shipment please contact me at email@example.com. Items arrived damaged will be replaced.