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Bio

Louise grew up in the midwestern city of Mishawaka, Indiana with two sisters, Katie and Jennifer, and with their parents, Scott and Laurie.

 

Louise now lives with her Husband, Zach, their dog Bonnie, and their cat Oscar in South Bend, Indiana. We've just moved back from Spokane, Washington where we spent the better part of the last four years working, hiking and doing art.

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Please meet Bonnie. She is Louise's resident good-girl, pure-bred shelter mutt, and Louise's absolute favorite. Bonnie is spoiled rotten to the core, demanding wet food on top of her kibble, our own dinner scraps, a dental treat, and then a spot next to us on the couch, in that order, every single night.

 

We've recently been adopted by a cat, of whom we've named Oscar. Bonnie's not overly happy about Oscar living with us, but at five months in, they get along as long as he's not actively trying to play with her tail.

Louise has a ton to owe to her parents for enabling her artistic talents, both in the moral support growing up sense as well as the genetically inherited sense. 

Her Father, Scott, is the practical-application type of artisan. His day job may not be in art, but when he's looking around for furniture or storage solutions, if he doesn't find exactly what he's looking for, he'll get up and build it. Scott designed the house Louise grew up in, and he's now designed the house they (Scott, Laurie and Laurie's Mother) now live in.

When Louise was young, and still going by her first name, Scott and "Megan"  would build projects together in the garage. The best project they made is still around, in fact. It's a workbench with a sign that can be flipped around to either say "Megan's Workbench" or "Lemonade Stand." These days, Louise's Mom uses it in her "Oasis" to hold a couple dozen of her potted plants.

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Laurie, Louise's Mother is much more into aesthetics than practical application. Most of the time, when Laurie creates, it's either a purely beautiful creation, or to make something with sentimental purpose. 

Laurie's latest venture involves curating and renting out vintage dishes for events. It's cool she's getting a chance to share her love for vintage china and glassware, and even cooler she's making this neat collection so accessible. If you're interested, try checking out her website here at this link.

The Trellis, as pictured to the right, is actually a combination of all three of us working together.

 

Scott created the frame out of dismantled easels (he had made the easels for Louise's High School Graduation party/art show four years prior.) Laurie crafted the paper flowers, along with the rest of the wedding's flowers, and Louise stained the trellis and arranged and attached the flowers, lights and tulle to the trellis. Where is it now? In Laurie's Oasis with potted Aloe and Spider plants hanging from it.

Does it look familiar? See if you can spot it in CentiPete... Little did I know when I designed it, I would be making it for my own wedding just months later...

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