Thursday, October 20, 2011

Things I'd tell my 17 year old self...

1.  Don't be so self-critical... the opinions of those you think matter now really don't at all.

2.  Don't be afraid to speak your mind, as you get older it gets easier to do, but a head start would have been nice.

3. Spend more time outside soaking up the fresh air & smelling Grandma's lillies... Your life will get too busy to slow down & just relax & the smell of those yellow lillies will get harder to remember.

4. I promise you that it seems to matter so much now... but the boys that break your heart won't matter when you're 28.

5. Never forget your first kiss or your first heartbreak... you'll learn LOTS from both.

6. The age/color/model of the car that picks you up from school doesn't matter... the person driving it is priceless... cherish those car rides now.

7.  Ask her how to cook saurkraut... I know you think it's gross, but it's a heritage thing & you'll wish you knew so you could teach your kids.

8.  Those "friends" that aren't that loyal now will grow up to be just as un-loyal later in life, so don't waste energy or emotion... it'll save you a lot of time & heart ache.

9. Don't be so heartbroken on Mother/Daughter or Father/Daughter functions... You'll be a parent that makes up for it in the end.

10.  Instead of pouting because you get drug along to ANOTHER ANTIQUE STORE... relish it.  The stories, smell & history will be fond memories later.

11. Don't be so aggrivated at your little sister... she looks up to you... be a role model.

12. You're going to meet a sweet & handsome guy soon on a blind date... don't let your ages scare you... he's "the one", you just lucked out & found him earlier than most:)

13. Pay more attention at football, soccer & baseball games... you're going to have a son & you're going to need to know the rules.

14. Don't ever call yourself chubby or tolerate anyone else doing it either... You'll reach an age where you realize your body is capable of carrying a child & becoming a mother... You'll appreciate the body you had "back then".

15. Close your eyes & memorize the smell of black coffee... you'll smell it when you think of your Grandpa.

16. Be appreciative of your first car... Yes it is a boy's truck, but it does the job.

17. Take more pictures... you'll wish you would have later.

18.  Spend more time in the garden with her... you'll want to plat a garden later but think you have a "black thumb".

19.  I know you hate math... but try harder, it doesn't get any easier in college.

20. Value those that value you now... They're still going to be around when you're 28... so treat them well.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Le Papier Studio

There is nothing more classic than a silhouette... Vana Chupp, owner of Le Papier Studio has taken the timelss art of silhouettes & given them a modern twist.  I was lucky enough to have her create the custom silhouette of {Aidan Grace} when the re-branding was started.  I am in love with it & could not have asked for anything that captured my Kaleb Aidan & Emma-Grace more perfectly!

Professionally trained as an architect, Vana Chupp has always been artistically inspired by the sweet and simple moments in life.  Her craft was born with the birth of her beautiful boy Nikolas. Documenting her son's milestones by cleverly capturing his personality, emotion, playfulness and essence, she began using silhouettes to tell her own life story.  It's a love story - continuing to blossom, with Nikolas as her muse. Coming full circle, Vana was able to combine her passion and artistic expressions and share it all with you!

In 2008 Vana launched her dream job; Le Papier Studio, a small woman-owned business that expresses creativity and inspiration, all the while giving her time to fulfill her most important job; being a mom.  Le Papier Studio specializes in illustrating unique custom silhouettes. Vana's charming and intimate custom silhouettes will capture your heart and symbolize your treasured memories for years to come. We work with you to design and illustrate the people, pets, and special moments in your life using your photographs. From invitation and stationery sets to birthday gifts and valentine ideas, Le Papier Studio would love the opportunity to transform the apples of your eye into artistic heirlooms.

Vana offers a wide variety of precious pre-created silhouettes as well as does them as a custom piece.  With the holidays fast approaching you need to hop on over to her website (Le Papier Studio) & check out all she has to offer!  My favorite is her new silhouette jewelry...  

As well as her website, you can find her on etsy (Le Papier Studio on ETSY) or pick up her published book...

 Don't be jealous... I DO own a signed copy!

I know I'm going to be ordering my share for Christmas... so take those photos & contact Vana today for your custom item.  I hope you all love her work as much as me!