Category Archives: about town

a colorful christmas

a colorful christmas
Since it was such a warm December this year we made our way to downtown Rochester for a little photo shoot in front of their stunning Big Bright Light Show for our fun Christmas card.  This year has been bright, busy and colorful so this backdrop was the perfect scene to share a little joy with you. Here’s how the card came together… We created these cozy letters using foam core, yarn and some hot glue. .

lantern fest

lantern fest
I heard about the amazing “Lights in the Night” ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids, Michigan a couple years ago so when I came across the opportunity to be part of a similar experience, I grabbed it. Knowing this would be a magical night, I invited our nieces to join us.  The only  Lantern Fest taking place in Michigan this year was held at the Kalamazoo Speedway.  We got there in time to enjoy some s’more roasting and see .

seedlings art bar

seedlings art bar
On the way back from my vacation in South Haven, I made a little pit stop to one of my favorite downtowns, Holland, Michigan.  I had a number of shops I wanted to peruse (including the too cute Karla’s Place) but was happy to stumble upon this gem I had never seen before! Seedlings Art Bar is just a block or two from the main drag but well worth the stop for creatives like me! .

spreading silliness

spreading silliness
Inspired by the book, sneaky art and this surprise stone family spotted in our Ann Arbor catching fireflies courtyard this August, I decided it would be fun to spread some smiles of our own during our stay South Haven. Filippa, our Swedish daughter and I collected a nice collection of smooth stones in-between building sand castles for Lolo to smash. After sunset we headed to the local Walmart and picked up a few black and white .

fanciful fairy wings

fanciful fairy wings
It’s been a bit since my last craft project so it was time to see what I could whip up for the Fairy Tale Gathering in Ann Arbor this past Sunday.  Many of the little girls who attend this festive event dress up so I took on the challenge to make some pretty purple fairy wings for Lolo. I didn’t want the wings to be giant since she is only 14 months and relatively new at .

17 fun Michigan summer expeditions

17 fun Michigan summer expeditions
Whether your hail from the Great Lakes State or plan to visit soon, the list of possible adventures that await you are practically endless. This week we’re shining the spotlight on our home state with a tour that includes a little something for everyone…     Round up the kids for a day of fun at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. There are over 250 interactive exhibits featuring science, technology, engineering, art, and math. .

2014 REA Award Winner!

2014 REA Award Winner!
Our Cupid Call campaign we launched last January started out as a little idea, but turned into a BIG blessing for all parties involved.  Word spread about it like wildfire so we thought it was a perfect marketing acheivemnet project to enter for the Gifts and Dec annual Retail Excellence Awards.  We were thrilled to be selected as a finalist which means we get a lovely write up in their magazine. In addition to .

my berkley art bash picks

my berkley art bash picks
Tis’ the time of year where talented artists fill four blocks of 12 Mile in downtown Berkley for the 13th Annual Berkley Art Bash.  Since our first catching fireflies shop is located in the middle of it all and it is a Chamber of Commerce sponsored event,  I’ve had the pleasure of directing this show for the past ten years.  It’s hard to resist all the amazing goodies that will be for sale this Saturday .

quick trip to the tropics

quick trip to the tropics
Since the forecast called for yet another cold Saturday in March, we decided to head west to a warmer climate.  There’s no need to fly down to Costa Rica to get your tropical fix… you can just mingle with a few hundred of butterflies for an hour or two at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids instead. In addition to the greenhouses, there are loads of sculptures all around the park.  Iitu and I .

season of change

season of change
While looking over the last year of photos on my Instagram feed, you can tell my most favorite seasons are fall and spring.  Of course I also love summer and some parts of winter too, however my photos don’t seem to show it as much. It’s the gorgeous changes of the trees during these seasons that make my neighborhood walks so full of beauty. That and the stunning sunlight warming up brisk mornings and .