Bed 02

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It all started with this bed and it's just gotten better from there. Thanks to good people who appreciate design and the craftsmanship of handmade, we've had the opportunity to create more beds in this style. The latest allowed us to take the original frame but add sleeker legs, a cherry wood, and a cork housed blue tooth speaker. With the good tunes playing we could have hung out all day. Nothing better than a happy recipient.

A Walk in the Park // Shabby Apple + Callie Hobbs Photography

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The idea of me being a fashion blogger is somewhat humorous, knowing that I can practice all the poses I want in the mirror but when in front of the camera those poses turn into awkward stances. However, dressing in a couple of pieces from Shabby Apple and spending the evening with Callie Hobbs Photography was the perfect combination to make me feel comfortable enough to be myself in front of that lens.

It makes all the difference to team up with brands you love doesn't it? Shabby Apple is a company I've watched over the years. Unique designs + quality product + superior customer service. Callie from Callie Hobbs Photography has built her portfolio in wedding + portrait photography and had me laughing throughout and excited over the beautiful shots she captured. 

I love the versatility of the Papaya Perfection Dress. It fits my casual cute style and can easily be dressed up with a jacket for a night out or simply worn to the park with sandals for an afternoon play date. The Edgecliff Skirt gives a dressier look but I quickly suited it to my taste and paired it with a chambray for that going out but not too fancy look.

Not only do I appreciate the softness and quality of the fabrics used in Shabby Apple products, but I love that I don't have to worry about this or that showing. Their designs cover in the right places and make it easy for a girl to feel beautiful and comfortable. 

It's always a good day when new favorite items join my closet and I'm so happy to have such beautiful images of a great night.

Thanks to Shabby Apple @shabbyapple and Callie Hobbs @calliehobbsphotography.

PLAY // Product Launch & Event

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Last Saturday we launched our new product line with an event for the whole family. PLAY.
Our goal was to not only share our updated pixie camera [fresh colors, new view finder] and the new instamatic camera [inspired by the 60's classic kodak camera] but to share why we started TWIG in the first place. That reason being, we wanted to create something that would inspire our children to get out from behind a screen and be active; mentally, physically, and socially.





Just when we think we've mastered our toy cameras, we get inspired by surroundings, your requests, and old classics. So, we worked really hard to take all suggestions and improve our pixie camera as well as put out something new. Adding a view finder has been a frequent request and the rotating eye hole on the new pixie and the colored filters on the instamatic camera seem to accomplish that want.

Our event took place at the Startup Building and was the perfect backdrop for our woodsy theme. Four stations were set up for families to rotate amongst and join in various activities. A reading nook and photo booth were ready for the kiddos in between projects, not to mention drinks and cupcakes provided by One Sweet Slice. The first and messiest station was ours, raw cameras lined up and ready to be painted in any way the littles desired. The best part was watching mom's cringe as their children gooped blobs of paint onto the beautiful wood! They all turned out awesome and allowing the kids creative freedom was our hope for the entire day. The three other stations were provided by Merrilee of Mer Mag who supplied custom stamp art, Lisa of Light & Ink who supplied tree stump rubbings, and Alma, Mike, & Melanie of The Caravan Shoppe who supplied colorable and foldable paper cameras. Every station was a huge and complete hit! We can't thank these talented people who we admire enough, they put thought and heart into their stations and it showed.


The best part of the day was hearing and seeing a bunch of kids enjoying themselves, smiling the biggest smiles, and doing something interactive and out of the norm with their families. It was a day to remember and the best beginning to a new year of TWIG.

Special thanks to Becky Kimball for documenting the day and Marta of Marta Writes for providing signage for the event.

*Feel free to snag and share photos but please credit Becky Kimball Photography.


Year Two & Even Better // Alt Summit

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The last few months of 2013 and going on into this year have been a time of meeting for me. I've met so many of the people who I've admired & followed for years and years, never actually thinking I would have the opportunity to talk in person. It's an awesome feeling. Attending Alt Summit last month, for my second year continued that trail of meeting.

A favorite photo of hallway chat with some of my favorite ladies
Alt last year was a whirlwind and was more about soaking everything up whereas this year, it was all about connecting and networking. This year's experience was definitely more enjoyable than last. I was more calm and confident, our business has expanded and I feel more experienced, and I had a good circle of friends to enjoy it with. I was happy to lead a round table with the topic "how to utilize the blogging community to grow your shop." There was a great little small business community in attendance and I loved sharing our business experiences as well as learning from so many of them. I left my round table each day feeling inspired and enthused about this crazy small business life we lead!






There is an exciting vibe at Alt, you leave a panel, you walk out into the hallway and you are hit with a rush of happy stylish people, talking, enveloped in social media while walking, and visiting sponsors and booths along the way. I found myself walking in and out of various panels, catching bits & pieces but more so wanting to chat and connect with people. That's most possibly the best part about Alt, you not only get to rub shoulders with so many talented and knowledgable people, but you realize that you are in a room full of your kind. Everyone is hooked to their phones, multi-tasking while listening and taking notes, answering emails, tweeting, instagramming, etc. No one is offended, everyone understands how we do, and why we do. You realize that we're all running off of ideas and creativity and making a unique life from it. You realize that some have celebrity crushes and you have blogger crushes. But that also, those blog crushes are actually just like you.

I feel so spoiled attending Alt, the mingling with creatives, the amazing food, the constant swag and gifts, the photo booths, the parties, and the overall happiness. It always takes a couple of days to get over the high of Alt and realize that real life can be just as exciting *wink.

Pictures say it best, but a few highlights included cooking with Kelsey, meeting Danyelle & Randi, meeting the ladies of Umba, whom we've recently worked with and who so kindly featured our product in their most recent publication, attending mini-parties put together by friends, snapping a pic with Ben Silbermann of Pinterest, and bringing the little one for an afternoon and passing her around so that everyone could get their baby fix.




Hundreds of pictures with more detail of this year's Alt can be seen on the Alt Summit Flickr account. Besides the few phone photos I share here, photo credit goes to Justin Hackworth, and Brooke Dennis.

Hope to see you next year Alt!
 

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