Its a RIGHT brain kinda of day…

This past weekend we went to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier.
They had a display area called Footwear: Women’s Stories
It was a very interesting display, and if you think about it…the shoes we wear tell a lot about the type of person we are.What shoes do you have in your closet?


Massa’s Cafe– Hmmm….I could so own this Gelato place right on the shoreline of Navy Pier…
maybe a long LOST relative! 
Dad, are they on the genealogy tree? 
You always wanted to have a little hotdog stand…what about Gelato? 
I think a definite “bucket list” adventure for my sister and I to investigate-

Definitely a RIGHT Brain- kinda DAY

We had to go up and touch them to see if they were REAL…not exactly sure how they made these rainbow roses but they are very cool. Why have just one color?…when you can have a RAINBOW!

Photo: #TSE 2013 Chicago

What does your favorite or personality color say about you?

Your Personality Color
While you may not exhibit all the character traits of your personality color, you will find yourself somewhere in the description. You may also find you exhibit some of the negative traits, particularly when you are stressed.

If your favorite color is red, you are action oriented with a deep need for physical fulfillment 
and to experience life through the five senses.
If orange is your favorite color, you have a great need to be with people, to socialize with them, and be accepted and respected as part of a group. You also have a need for challenges in your life, 
whether it is physical or social challenges.
Choosing yellow as your favorite means you have a deep need for logical order in your everyday life and to be able to express your individuality by using your logical mind to inspire and create new ideas.
If green is your favorite, you have a deep need to belong, to love and be loved, and to feel safe and secure. You need acceptance and acknowledgment for the everyday things you do for others – 
just a ‘thank you’ is sufficient.
Lovers of blue have a deep need to find inner peace and truth, to live their life according to their ideals and beliefs without having to change their inflexible viewpoint of life to satisfy others.
Indigo lovers have a need to feel in harmony and at one with the Universe and to be accepted by others as the aware and intuitive spiritual beings that they are.
If purple or violet is your favorite color, you have a deep need for emotional security and to create order and perfection in all areas of your life, including your spiritual life. You also have a deep need to initiate and participate in humanitarian projects, helping others in need.
If your personality color is pink you have a deep need to be accepted and loved unconditionally.
If turquoise is your favorite color your deepest need is to create emotional balance in your life, to be able to express your hopes and dreams no matter how idealistic they may be 
and to make your own way in the world under your own terms.
If your favorite color is magenta, you are a non-conformist who sees life from a different point of view.
Lovers of brown have a deep need for a safe, secure, simple and comfortable 
existence with supportive family and friends.
Lovers of black have a need for power and control in order to protect their own emotional insecurities.
If white is your personality color, your deepest need is for simplicity in your own life and to be independent and self-reliant so you do not need to depend on anyone else.
With gray as your favorite color, you are the middle of the road type, cool, conserved, composed and reliable. You tend to conform just to keep the peace.
If silver is your favorite, you are intuitive and insightful and have a strong 
connection with a higher spiritual guidance.
With a personality color gold, you radiate charisma, personality and individuality, 
making others feel relaxed and valued in your company.

Kildeer Dist 96 and Evening of Floral Design

Working back at Josephs Events has given me the opportunity to blend my stationery with floral design. I was part of the team the took part in this fund raising event this past fall. Our goal was to design items for raffle to help children with financial needs. This was one of mine..taking the roses from a past client I printed off the artwork on vellum and wrapped a 9″ cylinder while adding candle light. The box was made by our art department at Josephs, cutting windows out and inserting the vellum message added dimension and height. I used cube lights to under-light the box. 
We definitely had a lot of fun! …and District 96 raised much needed funds.

Abstract Backgrounds

In designing the Food Labels for the Chicago Style Weddings Kick Off party, I decided that they need to be abstract to go with the theme and feel of the venue ARTrevolution. 
Keeping with the wintery cool colors, I painted a series of mini abstracts that were used as snippets for the signs.

Chicago Style Weddings 2013

The Spring and Summer Supplement is OUT! These are always so fun… to catch up with other vendors to chat, network and eat, of course. We had the honor of working with the food vendors to make their signage that would tell the attendees what they were eating. “Rant”…With allergies and food restrictions, this is always one of my peeves…it really helps to label everything so people don’t have to ask all the time. “Rant over”. Plus it just looks complete and classy.


#TSE Part THREE- The Special Event Conference rolls into Chi-town

A few of my favs of the day….

NEW Product idea:
Meeting Charlene von Saher founder of GalaRoo NYC was a delight! She has come up with a great solution for evening bags, fans for a sunny hot ceremony or wedding programs for an outside windy day. She has designed chair covers for the ever so popular Chivari chairs that has a pocket on the side. A little delicate “pouch” like a kangaroo, for your evening bag. Ladies, how many times have you been to an event and you don’t know where to put your clutch? The table is full of dishes and glassware, no strap to hang and the floor just seems so far away and probably will get kicked under the table, so you sit with it in your lap while you eat. Classy but makes perfect sense! Good Luck Charlene!

Eye-catching booth: The Rose Parade walls…

EverFlora a floral wholesaler in Franklin Park, IL. It is not always the case of go BIG or go HOME. They put together a booth that wowed everyones eyes. Colorful and creative! It speaks for itself too- Created in oasis foam the design was very cool and became one of the most photgraphed booths for sure.

Most FUN booth: The Original Butt Sketch from Dallas, Texas
What a great take home and entertainment for your guests!
Now remember the show is an “event” show…not just weddings but this booth had a line in front of it all the time. People waiting to have their back end drawn. The artists quickly sketches in less than 10 minutes the details of your back side. Intrigued because, I always take photos from the back side when we are kids walking out to gather a Christmas tree, or in a crowd…its ARTsy. There is something about the message it says… and the quietness in the picture, that I love about the candid shots from behind….and there is no comments like… the sun is in my eyes, or I blinked can you take it again haha. So appreciating the ART side of getting my butt sketched my friend Crystal, aka Marketing Queen, and I jumped in line. Lots of laughs and just fun! Gotta let you hair down every now and then…right?

“Like” them on FaceBook, go to their website and check out the other “butts” they sketched. Thanks Rob! Follow their World Tour.

Vendor Spotlight: Calligrapher for Hire…

You invest time and money into the one thing that truly sets the mood for your upcoming wedding. {INVITATIONS}, why stop at the inside of your envelope. I often shutter when a client says..“can I use clear mailing labels on the envelopes?”.….my answer is always NO. When a guest receives a hand calligraphy envelope in their mailbox they will know that you value and have put great thought into the planning of your wedding.

I know one gal that can help in this category…Christy Toney spends many of days hand lettering those very special envelopes in a variety of font styles and even ink colors.

Give her a call, you will not be disappointed!

#TSE Part TWO- The Special Event Conference rolls into Chi-town

Friday was our day to walk the exhibit trade floor. Here we are …waiting to go in to the Bubbly and Breakfast and get started looking at all the cool ideas. Super excited!

The CORT booth had some very fun and colorful furniture as rental options.
Event Decor Direct had a full booth, lots of people looking at their displays. Love all the bling and the sparkly chuppa trim. Lots of BLING still on the trends radar it appears.

BBJ had these amazing and colorful chargers. They also supplied the chargers for the Wedding Event on Thursday night. The smaller colored glass “craters” are an artist dream for dishes! Yes please one of each-


Happy Birthday Dad!

January 2012

a tissue or two may be required-

Dad, I wanted to let you know, we are living each day …one day at a time. Mom is doing good, you would be so proud of her…she got a new car a Subaru Forester that she feels more comfortable in, RED like she wanted, you know how she didn’t care what it looked like just the color to match her walker aka “her wheels”. She even pumps her own gas!  She is using your iPhone, still only a 3Gs but fast enough for her, she got rid of the camo case and Jon got her a RED one…of course. Annnnd let me tell you she is a texting machine, talking to everyone. It used to be just one word….k….sure…thanks. NOW paragraphs, she is even using abbreviations 🙂 She still hangs with the neighborhood crowd, and enjoys the “dinner group”…but we don’t let her drive past dark.
The holidays were good, sad at times, but we know you are in a better place and cancer free. Halloween we went to the local patch and Mom got a few pumpkins for her porch, and even got kissed by a goat!

Thanksgiving we had here at our house..way too much food..that’s a given, but it was nice. My digital thermometer didn’t work, guess it got left on. Yeah I know you always said “make sure it gets turned off”…

Mom came with on our annual Christmas TREE hunt…not a lot of snow yet this year but it was great to have her along with us. If you look close you can see “her wheels” behind Nick.

This year was sort of crazy for Christmas, with the boys and their CNA schedules we kinda celebrated Christmas in stages starting on the 23rd. Oh! Jean and Caitlin flew in on the 24th at midnight..that was an adventure haha. My idea to try to find CandyCane Lane in Milwaukee after we got them. The kids had already gone to Steve’s. Well we almost ran out of gas, and then finally finding it…the houses were all turned off. Hey did you know that you can pump gas at 2am?, even when the station is closed the pumps still operate with a credit card. Thanks to Caitlin we didn’t have to make Mom walk home from Milwaukee…cause it was looking scary. Mom stayed with us for several nights while Jean was here- We sort of got on a puzzle craze, built 3 puzzles in less than a week. Lots of late nights- But it was super great to have them both here. Wait you don’t know this…In May Jean and Caitlin are moving HERE! Sucks that you won’t be here to see it but we are all really excited to have more family around and it will help Mom out to have Jean here to help her too. The kids are all good, fall semester went well for all. TJ has one more semester of Nursing school…hopefully I get to see him walk at graduation this time, ya know what I mean…. Danielle is doing good, still in school. 🙂 She spends one night a week with Nanny, they watch the Travel Channel and fall alseep in the living room then wake up and go to bed…sound familiar? Nick is working at Sunrise Assisted Living as a CNA, he really likes it and is great with his patients.

Taylor had her baby on September 23rd..I keep forgetting that you missed that too 🙁  his name is Owen Robert, after you. Super cute, looks like Taylor…sorry Jeremy!

Thanks for the black spiral notebook and the green book, that has helped Mom out a lot, us too. Only could you have put things in there like how big to make the cut and cooking instructions for chestnuts (made them for Christmas…Danielle and Cait peeled them and made Rachel eat two) YUK! she said they needed to be rolled in sugar of something. Jean tried to make Pine Nut Cookies… guess they were runny. She thinks it was the extra large egg thing, she said you would know what she meant.

Did I mention that you have another RED head grand-daughter? Yep Danielle is red…ignore all the beer bottles in the background, they were at a New Years party while Caitlin was here. Speaking of Red heads…Paige is back at school, I think practice started after winter break. She sent me a picture of a table she made from a wooden pallet, borrowing a friends hand saw…pretty clever!  Today was finally a “booger freezing” day at NPU. Sally is still plugging away in school and working. Fall semester she got three A’s and one B…pretty smart cookie!

Business is good, working on lots of leads. Went to a trade show the other day and “worked the aisles” like you always told me to. Applied for the National Stationery Show in May at Javis Center in New York and got a booth…so the next 17 weeks will be busy preparing for that, maybe I will meet Martha Stewart, haha. Dream BIG like you always said.

Otherwise the dogs are good…sleeping and being lazy. I have to say Bosley was a bit confused in the beginning when Mom would come over and you didn’t follow her in, BUT she is spoiling him for you now. and Roxy…well she’s a moose and loves her brother, most of the time.

I am sure there are things that I missed but that is the “just” of what has happened since August when we lost you so suddenly. Happy Birthday Dad- We miss you BIGTIME!

This past week was a hard week for all of us. January 18th would have been my dad’s 82nd birthday- So I wanted to write him a letter and maybe the angels in heaven can read it to him. 

#TSE Part ONE- The Special Event Conference rolls into Chi-town

This year the conference would take place here in Chicago at McCormick Place. Our very own vendors will play a HUGE role in making this all come to life.

Fitting it in to my work week, I went to help the Co-Chair Ali Phillips set up the Wedding Event at the Marriott Chicago on Wednesday. It was fun to see behind the scenes of such a grand event. Our team was in charge of linens and folding napkins, covering chairs… ya know, the little details that make an event come together.

I was not able to attend the event Thursday evening, but a friend, I call her “triple P” (Polly Klein of Polly’s Petals and Particulars) took some pictures of the great tablescapes by Anthony Gowder Designs


The linens and tablescapes had NINE different looks that were mirrored on both sides of the entrance aisle. It really gave the guest something to look at, the chairs were provided by Chameleon Chair Company and can be nationally rented through Classic Party Rentals. Teri and her team set out to create brand NEW designs to feature for the TSE event. This was one of the fun sparkly floret blossoms that was designed for the evening on a silver Fanfare chair base.

It is really amazing, all the different sexy designs that they make for these chairs! I loved chatting with Teri and hearing her passion and details for the chair backs. Definitely NOT plain metal chairs anymore.

Cakes: I heard there were several companies represented with their cake ART. This photo is of a beautiful cake from CAKE Sweet Food Chicago. So pretty!

Next year Nashville! #TSE

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