It has been 6 years since I was laid off. I remember clearly that Summer sitting on a bench in the park and making plans for what was next. I wanted to be a travel photographer and one of my goals was to have a card in Papyrus. Last year that dream came true with my first card! I was lucky enough to work with Papyrus again to make a box set of 4 assorted images. While in Soho this past weekend I popped in to see if it had hit stores and I was so happy to see it sitting on the shelves. I will admit I started crying tears of joy. Dreams don’t work unless you do! xo
This past long weekend I was in NYC for meetings and to photograph one of my favorite cities. I kept a very busy schedule but was able to meet up with some friends that were so kind to show me their city. I had a little time on the weekend to spend catching up with my Aunt and Uncle where my Aunt cooked the most amazing ravioli from scratch. I napped in the hammock while the sunset and we spent hours in the kitchen catching up while we cooked. I have a lot of catching up to do with getting out orders and editing in my free time. I hope to share some photos of my favorite places soon!
Recently I was with a friend who asked me if I journaled. Well the answer is yes, but since I have the blog I feel like I document a lot of stuff here. But I realized I didn’t have time to journal or blog lately! Life has been a little crazy lately which for most people it slows down in the summer. I am working on some exciting new plans for 2015. Fingers crossed they all work out! I am headed to NYC for meetings and to photograph one of my favorite cities. I have a running list of food spots I want to check out. Most of the spots on my list are French food places that they happen to have in NYC. A few include Eric Keyser where my baguette was typically from in Paris, Maison du chocolate I have had a strong craving for chocolate with praline, and Laduree of course.
Along with some french favorites I am looking forward to trying new restaurants, meeting up with old and new friends, and of course exploring the city. If you have any NYC recommendations please send them my way! I had to the big apple next week!
Until then I will be at Buffalo Grove Art Festival this weekend. Booth 147.
I try my best to offer my customers as many options as possible. I created the wood blocks as a way for customers to take pieces home and hang them right away. The frustration I have found with buying art is finding a frame, getting it framed, and hanging it! There are so many roadblocks to getting the piece on the wall. I offer wood blocks and canvas ready to hang along with prints in various sizes to let my customers have the creative freedom to frame them how they wish.
I recently partnered with a company called Simply Framed to offer framing options to my photography. Customers will have the option to frame with or without a mat. Framing color options include silver, gold, white, or black. The pieces come ready to hang out of the box. Visit my Etsy shop to purchase
Wells Street in Chicago is my favorite festival for so many reasons. Its the kickoff to summer in Chicago and filled with so much life. Yes, there is also a lot of drinking and music. Luckily I am at the other end of the fest so I don’t get as much of the craziness. In years past I never plan for Wells Street as I should. I have run out of product, bags, and with the amount of traffic (people and customers) it just gets crazy!
This past week I planned day and night drawing out booth plans. Strategizing. I had meetings with friends to discuss booth ideas. I spent days lining up the order for the walls and decided to do velcro as a way to attach my wood blocks to the walls. Great idea (check) Well not all good ideas work out… With the heat the industrial strength velcro did not work and blocks were falling left and right quickly! Thank goodness for a good friend that stepped in to help!
Of course I did not feel prepared after all the planning. Fathers Day was Sunday and it felt like everyone decided to come Saturday instead. I hadn’t even finished unpacking my booth and was overwhelmed with customers. My iPad fell first thing breaking my square swipe. By days end I ran out of bags and by day two there were no business cards left. It was so great to see so many familiar faces stop by the booth. Past customers and friends from all over stopped by the booth. Friends from college who I haven’t seen in 10 years surprised me! I am so grateful and thrilled for such an amazing weekend. No matter what has happened in past years I can never set expectations and just go in with an open mind.
Here are a few pictures of the booth I snapped at the beginning and then as the crowds came:
This last picture was the line to look at the print box. I am going to have to come up with a better solution or two boxes so this doesn’t happen again :)
There were so many amazing customers over the two days I wish I could write about them all. But my two favorite were. 1. A couple has been buying my art since the year they were engaged. Each year they come back on their anniversary and buy a piece of art to add to their house. Love them! 2. A customer walked into the booth and opened his backpack to pull out a book. Inside the book was a stack of small bills he had saved his money so he could buy a small piece of my art.
From the bottom of my heart thank you all so much for your love and support and a wonderful weekend! There are three more shows left for the summer so if you are in the Chicago area stop by and say hello!
I can’t believe the week is here! I am so excited to show Chicago some of my newest images and of course have a little fun! This will be my third year at the Wells Street Art Festival My booth is the same as in years past I will be at booth 243 closest to Wells/Division a little calmer than the other end with the bands. I hope you will stop by and say hello! The next few days will be busy making last minute preparations. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather! See you all soon xo
This past weekend in between packing and getting ready for my upcoming shows I had dinner with my wonderful next door neighbors. Chris recently got a package from a new service coming to Chicago. He was kind enough to share the wine and flowers but the chocolates were already eaten. This fabulous service is a man’s new best friend and it combines three great things in one great package. A beautifully flower arrangement, gourmet chocolates, and Napa Valley Wine. Kalla recently launched in Miami and is now here in Chicago. There are several different flower options which have fabulous vase designs. I can personally say if this box arrived at my house I would be one happy girl.