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I had the chance to hang out last night with the whole Grotto Madrid crew again yesterday, it was such an awesome time.  We checked out one of Erick and I's favorite spots- Maya del Sol in Oak Park.  (If you're in the Chicagoland area, this place comes highly recommended from me!)  Something that really struck a cord within me was how inspiring it is to just hang out and hash it out with other creatives.  Ever since the Kinfolk magazine came out, I've been thinking of starting my own similar project of documenting the other inspiring people I meet and photographing their stories.  I've always wanted to lay out and design my own monthly issue of something... to have the creative freedom over style, content, and photographs that go inside.  This may be something you see from me in the future- it's definitely a goal of mine for 2012.  It will happen.  It's boiling in my blood right now.

Anyway, any of you with kids that are interested in some unique gifts that you don't have to wait in line at the mall for... you can shop indie this season and grab some gear from my friends.  They have amazing stuff in adult sizes too!

This Christmas season I've decided to go (almost) all handmade for my gifts this year.  I feel like it means more coming directly from the fruits of my labor... did I really just say fruits of my labor?

Why, yes.

I did.

So go shop indie, go make handmade greatness.  I'm inspired to get crackin' on these presents!! I'm running out of time.  It seems all too familiar... (last Christmas anyone?) Haha.


  1. I love Kinfolk. And I definitely love the idea of you working on some sort of similar project. Srsly. You've got mad photog skills.

  2. So excited for your passionate goal for 2012! Can't wait to see what happens. I've been thinking of doing handmade too but I'm at a bit of a loss of what to get my mom. Silly that is what's stopping me huh?


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