Reasons I’m smiling

Funny how a cute new chick blogs yesterday and suddenly I’m VERY interested in posting! I gotta make sure you guys don’t forget about me after all 🙂

Want to know what I’ve been up to? Oh just an epic Fall 2013 photo shoot in Michigan along with designing a beautiful Spring 2014 all while working with Kayla on making sure Art Fair this year is EXTRAordinary! I’m a lucky gal to have a plate so full of creativity, don’t ya think.

The photo shoot up in MI was perfect. We’ve already had 3-4 shoots for the Fall Line, but we wanted to do just oooone more that mixed all the collections together and really gave you a story for it all. Well, just so you know choosing MI was PERFECT. We got to spend a day on Mackinaw Island with great friends–old and new.


We had a place to change models and then we walked a few blocks to the location and then a few blocks back. Burning calories and taking awesome photos. Eating all those calories again with pizza, fudge, and everything in between. Hanging with the sweetest group of little models. Watching our girl Kayla and one of our wonderful TK’s Lauren get all dolled up for Adult photos was pretty fabulous too. Oh! And there was a Republican Convention on the Island, so the whole place was covered with gents in suits and ties! A sight you never expect to see in Mackinaw, just ask Denise! We were all pretty intimidated until we decided Kayla NEEDED to be shot with one of these fancy men. It was pretty hilarious. As you can imagine, we had plenty of volunteers that wanted to take a pic with her!

The second day was spent at Denise’s house in Good Hart. Home sweet home. Or dream home sweet home? Love that place. It’s filled with everything that makes you smile. I hope everyone else felt that way too. Because we were a FULL house for a couple days!! I think we had a total of 15 people staying with us!? But we all fit perfectly. I think we all had our own bed even! Except for Kayla and I. But I mean, I’m not complaining about cuddling up with a model!

We built such cute sets at Denise’s home. And we even made a canopy of lights way back in her woods for a few photos. I can’t wait to see how they turned out!

And now I’m home. Back to reality. But what a wonderful reality I live in. I’m sitting in a room with a few of my best friends. And listening to The Avett Brothers like they’re going out of style. (Are they yet?!) I’m a lucky gal. I feel like I haven’t said that enough lately.

And just because you never see Denise. Here’s the only photo I got of her while we were up north a few weeks ago. We are so in love with the white trilliums that bloom in Spring. We so wanted them in the shoot this weekend.

They were mostly all pink when we went up this weekend, but I’m still hoping we got a few.

OH! And last but not least, it’s my best friends 25th birthday or as she puts it “quarter of a century” bday. Regardless, I’m planning on it being one of the best. Starting with dinner and a sleepover tonight at my house. Ha, again, how lucky am I?



Kathy Thomas - June 6, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Home sweet home! I was raised in St. Ignace and know the island all too well. I use to work for Star Line in fact! 11 trips to the island every day for two summers in a row. *Sigh* I miss home..

Michelle Huesgen - June 6, 2013 - 5:49 pm

So glad you all had an awesome time!! Though I’m sure sharing a bed with Kayla wasn’t nearly as exciting as sharing one with me! Oh wait, we just shared a room didn’t we lol! I just remember waking up to your sweet face! HAHAHA

Nicole Poest - June 4, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Love the Bridge and the Island! My favorite place to go as a kid! We are going back up in August with some friends. Staying at a campground right on the lake, next to the bridge! 4 adults and 7 kids!!! It’s going to be an amazing time!

robyn shirley - June 4, 2013 - 1:39 pm

sam, this was such an awesome post! i really enjoyed it!
can’t wait to see you in july. xoxo.

Stacie Petta - June 4, 2013 - 11:20 am

I live in “up north” in Wisconsin in a small town of Tomahawk. We have trilliums all around us in the woods and my girls and I love it when we first spot them! Can’t wait to see fall 2013!

Mama Hope - June 4, 2013 - 11:19 am

Fun post! I ordered pies (chicken, beef, and fruit) from The Good Hart General Store – to die for! But in catching their posts, it’s freezing there! We are planning to visit Good Hart sometime this summer! Beautiful place! Oh, is that your BF that you took to Disney for her b-day last year?? Can’t wait to see you guys the end of the month … really? It’s that close?

Gran - June 4, 2013 - 11:17 am

The picture of you in the woods is super!!! Sounds like there was enough sunshine for a great shoot…….and we will all look forward to seeing the lighted fairy land and other pics.

Lisa Riley - June 4, 2013 - 11:10 am

Absolutely can’t wait for the fall line:))). I have a new Grandbaby Girl:))))

Jennifer - June 4, 2013 - 10:54 am

I think my mom would have died and gone to heaven to see a field of white trilliums they are her favorites.. Can’t wait till dress rehearsal next month to see all the new fall pretties..