2016 Year in Review

This year has been busy and a bit nuts! In January we were still getting over our post-wedding "hangover" from October and trying to get back to a normal routine. What a better way than a trip to Los Angeles to visit family! Every February we take a trip to visit Zak's cousins Stephen and Max in Santa Monica. This year we saw the La Brea Tar Pits (which I would highly recommend), took a stroll down Rodeo Drive, and of course did some celebrity stalking! Zak was even able to do some drum sampling with his cousin Stephen at 506 Music Studio which ended up being used in Anna Renee's new song and music video, Addicted to Heartbreak shortly after! My husband is practically famous...

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Literally three days after we got back from LA, we moved into our new house in Wauwatosa! See what I mean!? We are nuts! Our bed frame didn't fit up the stairway, so my handy husband quick bought some wood and built a two piece frame. We also immediately started demolition in the living room, tearing down the drop-tile ceiling and the cracking lathe and plaster. Ugh. In the months to come many expensive and time consuming discoveries and decisions were made. We decided to remove half a wall between the kitchen and the living room, we raised up and re-supported the second floor foundation with new joists, removed a closet addition to open up our stairway, and upgraded all of our knob-and-tube wiring to new wires and a brand new electrical panel. It sounds easy in writing, but Zak spent way too many weekends up in our tiny attic digging through insulation, and in the basement pulling wires. These are the realities of DIY renovations; 10 months later we are still without a living room. It's almost over, though! All the new electrical is complete and we just picked up our drywall! 2017 is looking great already. :)

In June, I said goodbye to an amazing company, Front Room Photography. I have no idea how they let me work there for four years, but I'm so grateful for the experiences I had and the friends I made! Here's one of my last projects I did before I left. This window painting turned out pretty great!

In July, my business was officially born! Of course I have had an Etsy shop since 2014, but this year I put on my big girl pants and opened a business account and branded my business. I dove in head first and never looked back. Things have changed and evolved since then, for the better, and they will continue to. I am constantly trying, failing, learning, and succeeding. Since July, I have made new friendships with many with other creative business ladies. I started working for Mint and Lovely Studios, planning and participating in my first styled shoot (more about that later), I attended my first Rising Tide Society meeting, became a member at Bay View Printing Company and made my most revenue ever this year! I am so excited to see what this next year has in store for me and my crazy dreams!

By August, Zak and I were both feeling a bit burnt out and sad that Summer was almost over. So, we decided to take a spontaneous road trip to Denver to visit our cousins Kate & Huston and their new baby Janine! We snuggled the baby, we hiked up some cliffs, spent too much at IKEA, and checked out some fossils at Dinosaur Ridge. 

In September, I started watching Serena, my good friend Tina's little girl! She's the cutest little thing and it has been so much fun spending time with her and watching her grow up. She's my little gal pal!

October was our one year anniversary already! Holy Crap! We took another road trip, this time to Buffalo, New York. We rode the Maid of the Mist, ate the best buffalo wings I've ever had at Anchor Bar, toured Canada, and once again spent too much at IKEA. HA!

After our trip, I was lucky enough to help Mint and Lovely coordinate and style the Gracefully Wed Workshop! This photography workshop was held at the Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum in Milwaukee and was hosted by Elizabeth Nord Photography and Shaunae Teske Photography. I created some new work for this styled shoot that pushed my creativity and taught me so much. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity not only for the images of my work, but also for the phenomenal experiences I had and the wonderful people I met! 

Images by Shaunae Teske Photography

Because of my learning experiences from Gracefully Wed, I had the confidence to come up with my own calligraphy invitation suites! I also had my first experience with gold foil printing, and I am so in love. Next year, I will be tackling letterpress at Bay View Printing Company! AH!

This December, I received the news I have been accepted to be a vendor at the WedMKE bridal show in March! I'm so excited to get Shelby Made It into the Milwaukee wedding scene. Lots of work to do! Keep an eye out for more details on the bridal show!

Cheers to you and wishing you health and happiness in the New Year!