Cordoba woman’s artistic passions revived by greeting cards after accident

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A woman from Cordoba has been able to rekindle her passion in a new way – leaving her mark at this year’s Christmas Village.

Janey Carter had a car accident in 2017 that nearly cost her her life. It left her paralyzed below the neck, robbing her of her dreams of playing volleyball but giving her the ability to change the lives of others.

Carter said you can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you react. And that’s exactly what she does – not letting the accident define her.

“It makes me feel like I have a purpose and I’m doing something right,” Carter said. “It gives me something to do.”

Carter was on her way to volleyball practice when she had an accident. She now has some movement in her legs and upper body. With today’s technology, she was able to tap into her artistic abilities by choosing her own watercolor schemes and drawing each design like this – to bring joy and happiness around the world.

Jerrica Woods, Carter’s nurse, has been by her side for four years – helping her with her passion to grow the business.

“She won’t let anything get her down,” Woods said. “All of these, as well as everything online on its website, started with a single map.”

In 2020, Carter designed a handmade Mother’s Day when she couldn’t make it to the store during the height of the pandemic. Now she has created some for every holiday or occasion you could imagine.

“I hope every person who buys these cards, I hope it brings a smile to their face, and I hope it brings real happiness to every person they share it with,” Carter said.

That’s exactly what Paper By Janey watercolor greeting cards do.

Kalissa Gann says she traveled to Birmingham just to see Carter – inspired by her passion.

“You want to support your local people,” Gann said. “In our small town, she is a big problem. It’s a huge accident to happen and make a name for yourself, it’s awesome.

By signing autographs for his fans, Carter is changing the world one card at a time.

“It makes me really happy to reach so many people with my story,” Carter said.

Within two years, she sold cards in Sweden, Australia and beyond. She will be at the Christmas Village all weekend. You can also find more of his creations on social media.

Mika R. Pyle