“There is such a place as fairyland – but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.” ― L.M. Montgomery

I’m almost 32, and still have not forgotten my way to fairyland. Some people might call it their …happy place, …a light hearted attitude, …or an imaginative way of thinking. For me it’s a daily decision to think on things pure and lovely …worthy of praise. Finding joy and delight in the detail of a flower, the colors in a sunset or sunrise, laughter… A good mocha, a book that you can’t put down, a good old fashion floral print… The game that light plays in the forest, the tiny fingernails of a newborn, seeing the love of a child and mother, the sound of Lake Michigan, and reminiscing with family. I’m beginning to find how important light hearted Mirth is. How important laughter and joy is in my life. Mirth to me is deep rooted joy. If you were to do a search for joy in the bible, you would see an overwhelming amount of it! We really are suppose to be a joyful people! I’m such a serious person, and I suppose that’s why God paired me with someone who loves laughter and deep thought. That’s why we’ve (Nathan and I), have decided to say goodbye to The Whimsy Tree… It’s been an adventurous season in my life and I’ve grown a lot through out. I’ve met some very great people that I now consider to be friends. I’ve seen a lot of success and shared in creating memories for some lovely families and couples. God has moved me down a new path….

With that, I’m saying hello to a new adventure for Nathan and I, Mirth and Whimsy, LLC. It’s going to be our creative endeavors, not just mine. God created both of us with such complimenting and similar talents, and it seems strange not to use them together as a pair…a team. Nathan (Mirth) and I (Whimsy). Psalm 119:2 NLT
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” Mirth and Whimsy will be our outlet for sharing our creative works, our love for God’s word, and forming connections with like-minded people. Let us know if you have any questions about our services/talents (photography, videography, design, handmade, events, making music, etc.). We’d love to hear from you! With that, we’ll be gently merging everything to our new website Mirth and Whimsy. Click here to see the new website! You may contact us at …or check out our new facebook page. mirthandwhimsy mirthandwhimsy mirthandwhimsy mirthandwhimsy mirthandwhimsy

It’s midweek and the weather has turned coooooold. I’m currently in two sweaters, and dreaming of a Temple mocha. What do you do to warm up during these frigid months? Hot bath? Electric blanket? Trip to Florida? Anyway…

This week I’m featured on BP4U. Be sure to check it out because it has a few images that I’ve been keeping secret until our big news…which we are now projecting to be released in January. Since we’ve bought our dream house, we’ve also had to push back some other projects to make time for renovations. But it’s okay! I’m enjoying every minute of it. Even the shoe wearing – dog “accidentally” peeing inside daily – scary bathroom – dry wall dust everywhere… moments.

Here’s an image shown on the BP4U blog… alright stop reading and go see >> The Whimsy Tree Featured



When Ellia’s mom Angie approached me about being her event planner for one special birthday party, it was really just confirmation of something that I had been thinking about for years. I have such a broad skill set… photography, graphic design, sewing, decorating, baking, a tinge of floral design, prop creator… and I felt that I was only using a percentage of what I can do. Someone gave a word of knowledge at church one sunday morning, of just that, not using all of your God given talents, and that same day the birth of the northwest indiana event stylist, southwest michigan event stylist, was born.

I’ll be adding selective Event Styling & Planning to my service offerings when we transition to the new website. For now, if you have questions, feel free to email me…

I love this family! They really are such sweet people, and their darling Ellia was going to have one fabulous party to celebrate her first birthday, and the completion of their family. The theme was shabby chic baby, which I of course already was enthralled with. It really was a perfect fit and I loved every. single. detail.

The event was for 50, and held at Knox Community Center. Angie was able to borrow all the china, silverware, and numerous other pretties from various sweet ladies. With the help of my husband Nathan, and my mother too, I styled the room, and had everything set up and ready for the family to just walk in.

I’m still swooning over the wonderful memories from the day… like their sweet faces when they first saw the room, and the general delight of the guests. It was dreamy!

see Ellia’s one year session here.

-handmade white swiss dot dress and diaper cover, handmade cake smash outfit, handmade hair accessories, handmade dessert table backdrop quilt, dessert table decor, pound cake, brownie mini cakes, apothecary jar fillers, party favors, floral design, event styling, photography, hand illustration, and graphic design… by The Whimsy Tree.

-floral supply from Main Street Floral and Gifts in North Judson

-cake by Sharon Sawaya
(our cake lady for years now)

-cupcake from Designer Desserts

-two benches made by Angie’s mom

with that… here are just a few favorites…

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The winner of the mini children’s session is…Jasmine Stacy!

Congratulations! The mini children’s session includes: 45 minutes with up to 5 children ($25 per extra child), one agreed upon location just before sunset, an online gallery of 15+ images for ordering prints, 5 of your favorite images available through digital download for your own printing (with my printer recommendations).

Contact me to set up your mini session! email me at, by the website contact form on the bottom of the home page, or by phone 219-851-1466 (however I’m out of the office for my birthday).

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes and for entering the giveaway! 🙂


I’m turning 30, and thought I’d do a little giveaway to my fans!

The directions are to… once a day, share the image posted on The Whimsy Tree Facebook page, and on the 6th of August, I’ll draw a name from those that have publicly shared. (Please make sure you facebook share setting is set to public, otherwise I cannot see that you’ve shared).

Details:: The giveaway is for a free mini children’s session. This includes a 45 min. session at an agreed location around sunset, on a clear day. No more than 5 children ($25 per child fee for extras). Approximately 15+ images will be put in an online gallery for you to select 5 of your favorites for digital download (so you can print them). (Session must be used this year 2013).

So get to sharing on facebook!