Friday Photo Roundup - December 8

Happy Friday!

Did you know that Christmas is in 17 days? WHAT?! I am so not ready. We haven't even put our tree up yet. I've been so consumed with craft show preparations these last few weeks, I even skipped out on uploading photos to flickr and instagram. This week, I got back on track. At least with uploading my photos. I'm still not sure about putting up the Christmas tree...


This weeks photos are from the last time I went to the Garden in mid-October. (I know, the fact I haven't been there in months makes me sad too.)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get out and do fun stuffs!


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5 lessons learned from my first craft show

Last Saturday was my first time as a vendor at a craft show! It was such a great experience and I had a really great time.  It was held in a cozy indoor venue and the perfect sunny and unseasonably warm weather brought in lots of foot traffic from the small town square. And it was so nice having the opportunity to finally meet all the other crafty people I knew online and seeing their amazing work in person.

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I sold enough to recover the cost of my table and a little bit extra. So that spells success in my book! :)

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That being said however, things didn't go 100% as I would have liked. 

And therefore I learned some valuable lessons:


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1. I cannot and do not have to bring EVERYTHING that I have painted/printed. Seriously. I only have so much room on a table. While it was eye catching, my display was kind of overflowing with art stuffs; I had a box full of paintings that I didn't have the room to display! Plus I can always direct them to etsy and my other online shops to see more.

2. I need a better way to display my stuffs. I feel that a lot of things got lost because they weren't visible at all. Again, it was eye catching, but terribly impractical. 

3. I may need to re-think my price structure depending on the market. A couple of people visibly balked when they saw the price of some of my paintings (I really didn't think they were that pricey.)

4. I should have taken more photos. Of my table and set up, of me and my table... I just didn't have time to think about it.

5. I can't believe I forgot to have a signup book for the email list. DUH! That was totally a missed opportunity.


Good thing I have another opportunity at another arts & crafts show in two weeks! 


See you there!



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Holiday Art & Craft Show Update

Remember back in my last post where I mentioned that I will be participating in a couple of holiday craft shows? I'm here to give you the details! I'm am so incredibly excited to be able to show/sell my work at the following venues:

December 2, 2017 Honey Craft Indie Craft Market

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Mixin Mingle - Woodstock. 124 Cass Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)



December 17, 2017 Revolution Craft Show

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017
  • 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
  • Revolution Tap Room 3340 North Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

I'm super excited, and truthfully, a little nervous (total introvert here!) I hope that you're able to stop by either (or both!) of the shows and say hi and pick up some excellent gifts for the holidays form me and other talented artists. I have a ton of matted photos for sale, a few photo acrylic blocks (these are so cool!) canvas tote bags, and paintings. I will also be showing off my moms fantastic handmade greeting cards.  

Hope to see you soon!


If you are unable to attend, or are not local, don't worry. You can still shop my etsy store:



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Friday Photo Roundup - November 17

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week! This week was pretty low key. I painted a lot, but not anything for my upcoming craft shows. I'm in love with a new painting technique you might have heard about-- acrylic paint pouring. I know, I know. It's the trend du jour, but I just love it. I'll post a few pics of the ones I've made that turned out super pretty. This weekend though, I HAVE to work on craft show prep-- no excuses.

This week's photo roundup features more of my favorite waterlilies from the Chicago Botanic Garden. I miss the Garden (and nice weather and sunshine...) I don't go often this time of year because it gets dark so early, I don't have a chance to make it there after work before the sun sets. But, thankfully, I have tons of photos to get me through the long dark winter!

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I hope you have a fabulous weekend and maybe get out and enjoy the last bits of autumn!



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Mermaid Theme Smash Cake Session - Baby Ellie

It's been a while since I've done a smash cake session, so when Ellie's mom asked us if we could do one for her, it was a resounding "YES!"  Smash cake sessions are so much fun to plan and to shoot. We discussed with mom what sort of theme she wanted and she mentioned she was considering a mermaid theme. You know when you hear something and you get a flood of ideas about how that thing should look or be? That was totally me. I had a TON of ideas and I couldn't wait to get started!

Mermaid Theme Smash Cake Session

This photo shoot turned out EXACTLY the way I had planned. I found a paper mache box and painted it to look like a treasure chest. We made pearl and beaded jewelry and used starfish and other shells from previous photo shoots to decorate in and around the chest. The fabric backdrop was from Joann's and my mom and I made the little headband Ellie is wearing and it's totally my favorite part of this whole setup.


Oh my goodness!!! Isn't she the sweetest?!


Ellie's mom even picked up the perfect cake for her that matched our theme perfectly!


Ellie wasn't too sure of the cake though. She was way more interested in her necklace and the other shiny beads. She's totally a girl after my own heart...


Ellie was so sweet and expressive and thoroughly enjoyed the balloons, her cake, and most of all, her jewelry.  And the best part is that mom and dad will have super cute photos to remember this special occasion for years to come!




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Friday Photo Roundup - October 13

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week. I had a lovely week filled with quite a few photo adventures. Last Saturday I photographed a first birthday smash cake session that was mermaid themed. It was a total blast! I realized that I really really enjoy creating these magical and a little over the top scenes and I LOVE photographing the little ones. It just occurred to me that I should blog about it. It was really quite cool... Sunday, I took my mom to the Anderson Japanese Garden to check out the autumn colors. Spoiler alert! It was beautiful. And on Monday I went to the Botanic Garden to check out their fall colors and to scope out some locations for an engagement session I'm shooting next week.

This weeks photos are super fun. I've been taking my normally quiet little gnomes out and about with me and photographing their antics. They are quite an adventurous bunch!

Happy Trails Camper Adventure Gnome
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I hope you have a lovely weekend filled with lots of adventures, even if they are smallish!



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WIP - Cactus Painting

Hello! Happy Wednesday ! I am super excited to show you my WIP for this cute little cactus painting. You saw a sneak peek of it in the last WIP post featuring the large succulent painting I finished. Here it is in all of it's messy, unfisnished glory:


So there it is, on the bottom left. It looked okay, but I wasn't happy with the background and I thought that the greens looked a little flat. I decided to re-work the background and give it a little depth and interest and I added more yellow and even some red to the greens to make them look a bit more interesting.

Here's where we're currently at:


A little better, right?

The next step will be to add the little spines, and then I think I'll be finished! I need to step it up though-- I have a craft show that I will be participating in the first weekend of December. I'll post more details soon!

What are you working on? Let me know in the comment section below!


Friday Photo Roundup - September 29

Oh goodness! How is it already the end of September! Last I remember, I was writing about how glad I was it was finally September, and how I had all of these amazing adventures planned out. It's been a fantastic month. We celebrated G's birthday with an amazing dinner downtown with his family. We went on a 8 day adventure to Sedona (OMG! It was amazing!) and celebrated my birthday. I visited pumpkins (shhh! I'll liberate them when G isn't around...) and went to the Garden to check on signs of fall. I also signed up to be a part of a craft market in December (oh boy! This will be a whole new adventure! I'll update you with more details a little later.)

Here we are. End of September. I didn't update my flickr while we were on vacation. I've made it a habit to upload an image to flickr on the days that I go to work. So, on my days off and while I was out of town, I didn't upload any photos. I did post photos everyday while on our Sedona adventure on my Instagram. If you're curious, go check it out! I'll post more about our adventure and post more photos a little bit later.

Since I was home and working most of last week, I did manage to upload a few photos! They are from my last to the garden way back at the end of August. Enjoy!

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I hope you have a lovely weekend and you get a chance to get out and enjoy some fall weather and PSL's!




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