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a spring study part two


photography by the one and only Anni Compton
florals by Elizabeth of Asrai Garden
styling by Dennise Saxton and Anni Compton


I’d like to take my profession of love for winter back because this spring project has got me real excited about nice weather, pretty dresses, flowers and sunshine, lots of it. Winter, I love you but I think you and I should take a break… it’s not you, it’s me.

a spring study


photography by the one and only Anni Compton
florals by Elizabeth of Asrai Garden
styling by Dennise Saxton and Anni Compton


So, I’ve dusted the cobwebs off this blog of mine and I bring you a fun little Spring shoot Anni and I worked on last week. We knew we wanted to work with florals again since we had so much fun the last time around. When brainstorming of what to pair with florals, I realized how fun it is to start digging through your closet at the start of a new season. Florals and pretty clothes, what a pair! A huge thanks to Elizabeth Cronin of Asrai Garden for providing the beautiful flowers, if you live in Chicago or are ever in the area, you have to stop by Asrai Garden, it’s the loveliest little floral shop on earth, I’m sure of it.

Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing a few more shots tomorrow…

giant knitting needles


buy them here

I almost titled this post big ass knitting needles but decided not to, then I decided to stay true to myself and mention it in the body of the post instead.

Seriously though, I really want me a pair of humongous needles so I can make some awesome big rugs and finally have a reason to use super bulky yarn like this:


buy yarn here

Also, if I could steal that outfit from the cutie above, that would be great as well.

Happy Friday, friends.

yarn lady, here


As promised, I am sharing with you the awesome photos I walked away with after the Dabble product photography class, aren’t they great?! We were told in advance to bring a few items to photograph and knew I just had to bring my newly-finished speckled hat. If you haven’t seen it yet, Hannah, the lovely lady behind Hetterson designed this gorgeous hat pattern for Frolic, and it was honestly the most fun I’ve had knitting. My husband says it’s his favorite thing I’ve knit and I’d have to agree with him. Thanks so much for sharing this gem Chelsea and Hannah!

I also brought my WIP to photograph, this is the start of my first set of mittens, wish me luck!


I gotta say, it’s gonna be hard to photograph my knitting projects at home now, I may have to enlist Erika and her studio’s help for all my knits, uh oh, this hobby of mine just became really expensive.

product photography 101


This past weekend, I snuck away from my work to take another (I can’t get enough!!) great Dabble course, beginning product photography taught by the awesome photographer, Erika DuFour. The class consisted mostly of entrepreneurs seeking tips on photographing their items for Etsy, Ebay, etc. It was so great to meet these talented people and discover new shops (more on that later!), it’s so encouraging to see the ever growing entrepreneurial scene in Chicago, especially those selling really cute handmade items. By the way, the lovely floral arrangements I went nuts taking pictures of are by Cindy Schwartz. I couldn’t get enough of those flowers!

Erika was a great teacher, she made the whole process seem so accessible despite our using some high-tech, expensive equipment, she was very adamant about using what we have at home and improvising to get quality photos which was really refreshing, she didn’t once try to sell us on any high-end products. This experience also cemented in my mind the importance of professional photographers, they are worth every single penny people!

My favorite part of the whole process? Erika’s awesome studio! I’d love to go back someday and take more pictures of that space, it was that great.


Thanks again Dabble and Erika for such a wonderful class! Stay tuned, my next post will include the studio photos I snapped. Happy Monday!

carl bengtsson


via here

Every so often, I covet other careers, I think to myself, “If I could do it over again..” or “In my next life I will be…” These careers have included illustrator, textile designer and the new one is photo stylist. Can you imagine how fun and rewarding a career in photo styling would be? Til that next life that I’m counting on, I will live vicariously through photos like these.

Happy Monday!

flying houses


flying houses series by Laurent Chehere

I am well aware that these images are all over the internet but I don’t care, my jaw dropped as soon as I saw these and of course the heartwarming Disney movie did come to mind. I want to live in a flying house!

kinfolk by birchhouse


images by birchhouse

Back in November, I mentioned attending the Kinfolk satellite dinner in Chicago with Anni and am so pleased that the talented photographers behind birchhouse have posted the lovely pictures they took of that night as they captured the magic pretty damn well.

Birchhouse, I love, love, love your work, I’m excited that you have a Chicago connection! Also, someone please, hurry up and host another Kinfolk satellite dinner because I’m itching for another night of good eatin’ drinkin’ and hanging with awesome people, especially my girl, Anni.

milena silvano


images via milena silvano shop

On my quest to find and look at pretty things, I came upon Milena Silvano and some of the prettiest shawls and vests you ever did see. I was however fixated upon these two images above. I absolutely adore everything about these pictures, every last detail. Really, really envious of the beautiful curls on that model. Any other straight-haired gals with me?



all images via kirra jamison

Ah, the holidays, so much good food, I do believe my belly will be full for days. Speaking of food, let me tell you about this gem that I found! Keke is a side project by Kirra Jamison where she chronicles delicious recipes and pairs them with some gorgeous photographs. Is it just me or does it seem like so many great things are coming out of Australia lately? Maybe I’m just late to the game but those Aussies sure do kick ass.