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Here is a peek of my lovely wedding day! We were married July 20, 2008 in the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota. Find more images and details about my incredible wedding day on Style Me Pretty.

                    

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Wednesday
May062015

party animal birthday party

It's all fur and fuzzies at this party! My handsome little fella turned one and we partied like animals to celebrate!

Party activities included picking out an animal outfit and face painting to match. I bought the ears from Partyears and made corresponding tails. For the face paint, I used the homemade recipe from Mommypotamus. Agh I just loved how stinking adorable the animal outfits turned out!

A highlight of the party was our second guest of honor, Louie the rabbit. Do not be fooled—this rabbit is as big as a medium sized dog. He is sooooo amazing and a huge hit with the kiddos! Also, there were two sets of twins at the party. They make the best cute party accessories.

The food table was not complete without animal crackers & cake batter dip. I tried to limit the sugars and unhealthy foods, so I tried out this recipe by Desserts With Benefits—it was DELICIOUS.

It was such an amazing day celebrating our little man with family & friends. He had a ball and devoured his smash cake. And I, of course, had a ball putting this all together. Nothing I love more than a fun party concept coming together! Don't you agree?!

Thursday
Apr302015

styling for this old house magazine

Sharing my most exciting styling project to date! The publication This Old House magazine hired me to style a gorgeous bathroom for their May issue.

Here's the first image from the layout—not too shabby, eh?

And another shot that wasn't used in the layout.

The "his vanity" pictured above is my favorite part, I just loved the little shaving details. And below is my name PRINTED in the issue. *pinch me!*

Such a great project and an incredible team to work with on location. Not to mention a beautiful subject (the historic/modern bathroom in St. Louis). And to make an incredible job even better—I'll be styling another project for the magazine next month! SO exciting. 

All photography/design owned by This Old House magazine // Produced by Tisha Leung

Photography by Alise O'Brien // Styling by Me // Interior Design by Joni Spear // More bathroom details on this Houzz feature

Tuesday
Apr282015

my babe turned one

I'm blogging! There must be pigs in the sky. But how could I resist showing off this little light of my life?!!!!

It's been over a year since this insane day happened—and yet it feels like yesterday. Party pics coming soon!

Thursday
Dec252014

plaid tidings to you

Merry Christmas to you as you celebrate the joy of the season! 

Tuesday
Dec162014

8 months old ::: gunnar james

My little sprout is eight months old! This warrants a mini shoot. In the midst of the bustle of Christmas moving into our new home. He sure is a distraction. But I don't mind catering to his every flinch. Not one bit.

He has a complex range of emotions, this being the pensive one. Absolute genius I tell you.

Agh I love that face sooo much!

Friday
Dec052014

leaving our home of 7 years

Three weeks ago my family left our St. Louis city home and arrived at the rural plains of Wyoming, the home of our childhood.

(2600 Penn Street)
My life has been everything but manicured the last two months. The dust is finally settling and I can breathe a bit easier. While the stress of moving 1200 miles (with a 7 mo old) in a few short weeks was burden enough—there was also the internal processing of leaving the life we knew behind. Moving. Was. Hard.

(The view from our front porch, looking down the street)
In seven years we had built a life and community we loved. I moved to St. Louis just after graduating college. In my twenties—I started my professional career, went from single to married, bought my first home, and became a mother. In the shadow of that famous arch, I grew up.

(One of the gorgeous old mansions just blocks from our house)
Suddenly I have regret. Did I spend enough time with the people there? Could I have made a bigger impact? Will the city miss me? Was my scope of influence too small? Did I take advantage of all the great things that this city had to offer? Did I shop at Target enough? < Actually, yes. Yes to that last one. I shopped there way too much.

(View down the street)
I now have much respect for those that, for whatever reason, have to pick up their lives and move often. It’s a lot of work. And maybe roots go a little deeper each year, making it a little bit harder. But I don’t regret those roots. That city and the time spent there will always be special to me. So many great memories.

And now I look up and see a big sky. A really big sky. Which is fun. I may never have to parallel park again. Also fun. New adventures await, and I embrace them.

Monday
Oct272014

first halloween ::: mini rooster

Just added one more urban chicky to our flock. The most adorable poultry that ever was.

I adore all things chicken, so naturally when given the opportunity for a baby Halloween costume I went for the mini rooster. It's also fitting since he usually starts crowing & squawking between 5-5:30am.

He is thrilled, can't you tell?

I converted our Tula carrier for babywearing in Halloween style. A farmer and his chicken. Agh! They are THE CUTEST. Oh, how I love them so.

Enjoy your costume festivities this week!

Hat was purchased from Shop CCC, the striped leggings from Little Foot Boutique, and the "feathers" I bought from the fabric store.

Monday
Oct272014

making the move

The blog as been real quite for the last month because things have been happening behind the scenes.

We are leaving our bustling St. Louis home and moving back to the quiet plains of Wyoming! Apparently there is an urban legend that the state of WY doesn't actually exist??? Hah well, both my husband & I grew up a small town in northeast WY, and we've always planned to move back closer to our familes. The time has come. In just two short weeks we will be loading a truck to venture toward the great west.

I'll probably need to post a farewell lament soon. And I also have my little chickadee's halloween costume to show you! More posts will follow shortly.

Thursday
Sep182014

birth announcement ::: hand drawn type

It recently occured to me that I never posted my baby's birth announcement. To be honest, many things are overlooked these days...caring for babies is all-consuming much of the time (who knew?)!

For this announcement I had done a little pre-planning while pregnant, but after the birth nothing seemed to fit quite right. I needed to illustrate in some way his out of control story. While I don't consider myself a type illustrator in the least, I do like how these turned out. Aaaannnnndddd I now think my 4 week old baby is not as cute as he was at the time. Hahaha he is SO much cuter now!

Hope you all are well!

Wednesday
Sep032014

photo styling a product catalog

As a creative, I can “do” many crafty/designy things. And many of these things turn out pretty great. BUT there does exist a job to rule them all. My personal trump card. 

Product catalog styling.  

So thrilled to finally blog about a recent ideal job—which is just a hair shy of my dream job. Meaning, THIS my friends, is my life calling. The type of work that I THRIVE off of. And someday hope to do exclusively.

If I were to say “I’m a product catalog stylist”, most often the response is a blank look. No, I don’t take the photo. No, I don’t make the product. No, I don’t design the catalog. I simply arrange the scene (of products in an environment) that is then photographed and used in a catalog/advertisement/etc. They turn out like this:

Or this:

Still a bit confused? Let me show you A VIDEO of me. In action. Exclamation points x1000.

Thanks sooo much to my friend and creative peer, Carrie, for putting together such an amazing video. Gah, I love it so much! Other images in this post are a few of the final images used in the catalog. Also very fun. I am super grateful to have been a part of the team. It was two 12 hour days of condensed chaos. I think we shot around 12 images, which is intense (each image commonly takes around 2-3 hours). But I truly LOVE it. Almost as much as I love my first born child. Which is a lot.

Products & images courtesy of Studio M
Photography Styling by Me
Art Direction by Bev Schofield
Photography by Michael Donnelly
Videography by Carrie Dougherty