I'm so glad the Islip Public Library asked me back for a second time to do another pet portrait program on their garden terrace. It's such a beautiful spot. We got even more dogs this year! I was so excited to see so many furry faces there for a photo. The dogs were so well-behaved and a lot of them did a great job "smiling" for the camera :) These programs are always a lot of fun for me. I love to meet these awesome dogs and their owners, and I think it's really important for dog lovers to get beautiful photos of your furry family members. Thanks so much to the Islip Public Library for having me back, and to all the patrons who participated in the program!
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When I plan parties, I tend to try to DIY as much as I can, because I like to craft. This led me to make the favors for the shower. I was inspired by my cousin's wife Bonnie who makes excellent peppermint sugar scrubs every Christmas. Instead of sugar, I swapped it for sea salt to better fit the theme. I added blue food coloring and essential oils to make it smell like an ocean breeze (let's just all pretend an ocean breeze doesn't smell like low tide or fish butts). I wanted to use cute little whale tags but I couldn't find any I liked online, so instead I ordered blank discs and a metal stamp and hammered my own tiny whales onto each one.
also led me to make every shower game in Photoshop, to iron endless decals onto onesies, and to take a fluid painting class with a friend to make Lisa a piece of artwork for the baby's nursery. Not to mention, I also had to create a second invitation as a decoy when Lisa suspected the shower was at the aquarium! I convinced her it was at another local restaurant and that the theme was rubber duckies by "accidentally" leaving the invitation out where she could find it. Needless to say, I was happy to get all the help I could from Lisa's sister-in-law Beth, who made the excellent onesie centerpieces that say "Whale Come Baby Seth"! I had no ideas whatsoever on that front, so I was so excited that she knocked it out of the park.
Thank you to everyone who came to Lisa's shower. She had a really amazing time and got so many wonderful gifts. Baby Seth is well set up! Several people gave her really beautiful handmade outfits and blankets, which were so special.
Here are my favorite photos from the day!
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In August of last year, the Suffolk leader Christie asked me to serve as Secretary for the group, because she noticed I was always taking notes (I’ve always been a nerd, it’s a tough habit to break). I did that for the rest of the year and then in January, Christie asked me and another member Kim to take over the role of group leader. Just like at that first meeting, I was scared but I said yes. I doubted that I would do well with the public speaking aspect of the job, as I’m an introvert at heart. I said yes because I really love the amazing people I‘ve met in the group and I believe that joining together creative and compassionate people can only lead to good things for our community. Kim and I led our first meeting together in March. Once again, I was anxious for nothing. The meeting went great and was, as always, a place for entrepreneurs to lean on each other and learn from each other.
I barely spoke at that first meeting I attended. Then at the next one, I made a few comments. Then a few meetings later, I was cracking jokes and letting my voice be heard. I’ve grown a ton as a person and as a business owner since finding this amazing community. This month, Kim said she couldn’t make it, and Christie wasn’t going to be there either. A year ago, this might have sent me into an anxiety spiral, but I didn’t freak out. I tried to follow Christie’s lead and be a warm and welcoming leader. We had a good mix of new and old members and it was a really productive and fun meeting.
If you’re a Long Island small creative business owner, consider joining our group. I promise it’ll be worth it. It’s a great way to spend the second Wednesday of every month, which I otherwise would be wasting on the couch with my dog!
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