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On this chilly Friday I wanted to share with you this adorable paper cutout from Design Sponge that asks us to seize each day and opportunity.

Whether it means going the extra mile for someone in need, or taking a chance to follow your dreams, make today the day where you step out of your comfort zone to make a difference.

We all have our guilty little pleasures. For my husband it’s sneaking in a freshly baked cupcake before work. For my eldest dog, Peanut, it’s pretending to be asleep to evade his 7am walk. Whatever the indulgence, there’s one that I can no longer deny: Anthro stalking.

Sure, I can say that I just walk by and admire their window displays, or go in from time to time just to peruse their sale racks, but who am I kidding?! My sole purpose for going in many a visit is to fill my lungs with whimsy and inspiration. Much of the applause is due to the visual merch team. Both Anthro and Urban (who are owned by the same peeps who bring us Free People) know that their clientele has a weakness for rustic yet romantic handmade visual displays. It’s how they sucker many of us in in the first place!

So on a recent visit with my beau, brother and soon to be sister-in-law, I put my apprehensions away at facing this love affair and began to snap snap and snap photos of their gorgeous, breath-taking displays. Read the rest of this entry »

The end of summer is always an overwhelming time as I work long hours and prepare for upcoming fall events, all while trying to make the most of the season. Between fulfilling Pierogi Picnic orders, planning for the fall, managing work responsibilities and the overarching demands of life, I often feel like I’m on a rollercoaster ride too soon after drinking an over-sized milkshake. Read the rest of this entry »

With my brain consumed with Renegade prep, I have started a board on Pinterest with fun decor ideas for my booth. There are so many ways to liven up a tiny space – that I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the possibilities!

Take a peek at my board here and let me know which of the pins catch your eye the most. You can play a part in sculpting my space while pulling me out of this indecisive rut!

I am heading to Poland this August to spend time with family, and it’s got me thinking about my roots. And with these musings comes the question – how do I translate my heritage into my designs? How can I integrate my background into the clothing I make?

These questions led me to the idea for a new set of designs inspired by Polish “Wycinanki.” What literally translates as “cut-outs,” this  tradition unites a pair of scissors and sheet of paper to create stunning high contrast designs. Symmetrical, whimsical and super folksy, wycinanki are made for seasonal decor by children and adults alike. Artists also use the technique for intricate detail work that has a characteristic finish that invokes Eastern European stylistics.

I’ll be debuting my new pieces which include home-made wycinanki stencil work later this month. So check back to see where this inspiration has led me.

Many people lose their sense of wonder for the world as they age. It seems that as each year passes, less and less of our imagination remains. That’s why I wanted to share the following print from the blog please be stillI hope it will inspire you to let your imagination soar.

There are few spaces in the city where I can instantly find inspiration – and A New Leaf is one of them. A stunning flower shop in the heart of Lincoln Park, this boutique and event space is like a treasure hunters dream. Nestled in a quiet block, the unassuming exterior would lead you to believe that it’s not much more than a place to pick up a bouquet of roses. But once inside you realize you’ve stumbled upon a tiny piece of heaven.  Read the rest of this entry »

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