Contests: 2013 Everyday Beauty Contest

everyday beauty photo contest: red heart house

It’s the day before February – and you know what that means! It’s time to start snapping and sharing your photos for our third annual “Everyday Beauty Contest!!!”

With the premise to look closer at the daily details of life that captivate, inspire and enthuse, the contest invites you to submit your favorite photo onto the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to my Etsy shop. Just in time for Valentine’s Day – the contest begins February 1st and will run through the 13th – with the winner announced on the holiday.

And how do you win?

Take a picture using this year’s theme and upload it to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page. The photo can be a quick instagram shot or something you doctor in an editing program. The only rule is that you must have taken the pic yourself. The photo with the most likes at 10pm (CST) on 2/13 will win!

This year’s theme is: RED

So get out there and start snapping. And more importantly – have fun!


Inspiration: A New Leaf

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.  Continue reading

Staying Inspired – 11 Tips


"Keep it Easy" by Laura George


These past few weeks have been a real whirlwind between my day job and Pierogi Picnic. Renegade took months of preparation but paid off by encouraging and inspiring me in totally new ways – so the trade off worked. But September was rough on my Etsy and this weekend’s show was a bit ‘wha wha’. What normally is one of my best months of the year was a total bust this time around.

At the show I had the chance to connect with other artists and share similar thoughts about the unpredictability of crafty businesses. One week your up – the next your down – but staying inspired is a daunting task when juggling day to day life, work, and a creative biz. So here are my tips for turning things up when they’re looking south:

1) Experiment. Continue reading