Small Business Spotlight | Wooden It Be Nice

Wooden It Be Nice is a small business I’ve hoped to feature since the fruition of this personal project.
Business owner, Bob Maes, is the epitome of a craftsman, forming beautiful and functional furniture and cabinetry with his own hands from his own home. His pride in ownership and attention to detail is evident in every project — thinking creatively and strategically to accommodate unique needs and personal preferences.

Thanks to Wooden It Be Nice for inspiring all kinds of creative folks, myself included, to pursue an attitude of excellence and humble service through our work.

Small Business Spotlight | MAEK Ceramics

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, and mere weeks before this pair exchanges their vows, I’m excited to feature lovebirds and business partners, Michaela Maes and Ryan Shoemaker, also known as MAEK Ceramics.

For nearly two years, Michaela and Ryan have combined creative forces to produce ever-evolving ceramic housewares out of their studio in Clayton, California. Through hard work, long hours, and continual relationship building, MAEK has made their mark and now graces the shelves of many shops, pop-ups, cafes, and homes. Photographing them in action gave me a new appreciation for how much time and focus each piece requires. The process may be as admirable as the final product.

Thanks to Michaela and Ryan for the reminder that good things take time — like mugs, pots, and growing a small business. I look forward to seeing how your lives and your ceramics continue inspiring others as you step into marriage and a new studio in San Diego!

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Small Business Spotlight | Free and Well

Free & Well

This is Katelyn, a woman I respect and admire, and the wellness expert behind Free and Well.

A few years ago, Katelyn shared her dream with me to eventually combine her passion for pilates, mental health, and faith into one holistic mission. Since then, doors have opened and Katelyn has been given the freedom to focus on making this dream a reality. Katelyn now instructs pilates from her own studio space and even from a barn (pictured below) where she shares her expertise with her equestrian community. It's been amazing to witness the development of Free and Well and I can't wait to see how it continues to benefit Katelyn and her clients.

Hello 2017

As always, I am thrilled to ring in the New Year! New opportunities, fresh starts, there's nothing like the hope that comes with another January.

Looking ahead, I pray that the future is filled with adventure and experiences that tug me out of my comfort zone. I'm already planning a few projects, challenges and travels that I look forward to sharing throughout the year. God is breathing new life into these dry bones and I'm feeling more creative. Hallelujah. 

Happy New Year to you, my friends. May it be full of wonder and meaning.

CG