documentary day with crafting blogger | kaylee chair in the shade

Most of you know me as a wedding photographer or a high school senior photographer but once in a great while I get to document things a bit out of those titles and it’s just so much fun.  I spent last Wednesday with my long-time friend, Kaylee.  Kaylee has started a blog recently called Chair In The Shade which talks about her love for crafting, baking and living life in a small northern Wisconsin town with her husband Jim and their two kitties Gargie and HB.   I call my day with her my ‘documentary day with crafting blogger.’

Kaylee and I met back in the summer of, I believe (she would know the exact day, I’m sure of it) 2000.  She had started work at the Hallmark Gold Crown Store in Ladysmith that summer and I had just returned from a vacation when we met – my Mom managed the store and I ended up working there too.  We spent the next few years of high school getting into all sorts of trouble – ok not really.  We were pretty good at staying out of trouble and working at the Hallmark Sale Store – any of you that live(d) in Ladysmith may recall the store a few doors down from the original Hallmark.   I can still smell the musky odor of the building we set up camp in and basically lived in for months the summer before the 2002 tornado.  I’m sure we were quite the sight in the mess of boxes, figurines, plush animals in our rickety lawn chairs, shorts and tank tops with bags from Subway or the local coffee shop in our hands.  It was enjoyable – we had much laughter and fun that summer and in years since then – maid of honor in each others weddings, day trips to Duluth and much much more.

So, when I found out when Kaylee had started her blog I immediately knew I wanted to document a day in the life of a crafting blogger because it’s so much different than a day in the life of a photographer.  We hung out just like we normally do, only this time my camera was in hand.  She sewed one of her fabulous cloth grocery bags – check them out here – I have quite a few of these and they are SO handy.  She also made a delicious loaf of bread from her Artisan Bread Making course she’s taking on Craftsy and highly recommends.  If crafting is something you’re interested in or you just want to have a gander at a few of the projects she works on I invite you to head over to her blog.

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Good things in life…

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Here we are in all of our glory of the Hallmark days – shortly (as in an hour or so) before the 2002 tornado in Ladysmith

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Thief of yarn, helpful knitting kitty HB.

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A finished (and gorgeous) apron! Who wouldn’t want to look pretty cooking in the kitchen?

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Getting the dough ready the egg wash before it goes into the oven.

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Fresh homemade bread, I can almost smell it now.

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Making one of her grocery bags.

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Gargie & HB being helpful in the sewing room.

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Are you looking to document a day in your life of your self-owned business or just a day in your life?  Contact me and let’s talk!

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