Louise grew up in the midwestern city of Mishawaka, Indiana with an older and a younger sister, named Katie and Jennifer respectively, and with their parents, Scott and Laurie.
For majority of her childhood, the family had a pet dog, with only months in-between dogs. Between Louise and Jenna, the household over time also owned two hamsters and three rats.
When Louise was a toddler, the family poodles had puppies, and that was the day Louise realized childbirth was horrifying. (The puppies arrived when we were at the grocery store, when we arrived home, the staircase was covered in bloody afterbirth.)
Out of the 12 puppies, 2 of them were blonde and 1 of them was a marbled blonde/brown, so naturally Louise favored these odd-balls. She would play with them in her plastic house, trapping them in there by climbing out of the window.
One memory Louise wishes she remembered involves her Dad opening the puppy gate out of the garage into the yard where he would run up the slide into a tree. Puppy teeth are sharp, and they would go straight for his ankles if he did not escape to safety.
Please meet Luna. She is the goodest of girls. She was born on Christmas Eve in 2014 to a Poodle and a Golden Doodle in Indiana.
Her favorite thing in the world is my Mother but also rabbits, Deer and swimming. She only likes to chew on bones when competing with her older cousin, Mack, and if she is bored and you are ignoring her, she will jab you in the buttock with her nose. If you give her a hug, she may put her head down onto your shoulder.
If she is resting on the floor in your way, you may slide her out of your way. You may also use her as a dry mop... She simply cannot care, unless she cannot see Mom any more. Then she shall stand up and move closer.
Warning: Doggo Lingo Activated...
One time, Mom, Luna and Mack were on an off-leash walk in the valley when Luna and Mack ran off into the woods. Mom felt so much freight that she rang my ringer and I came over in such a hurry to help her to find the doggos. We yelped for the pupperinos for many a long time. We rang for my husband and sister to also help. Mom, Zach, Drew, Kaitlynn and myself were many a search for doggos. My sister, Katie, arrived at the house for to park her car and also help, my Mom arrived home for to not become lost in the sunset. Katie gave a whistle for her Macko, and he sprang out of the woods and said "Borf! (I am here!)" and Luna said "Blep! (Mom, you have returned home! I was given quite a freight when you did not follow! Also I am such stuck together with these horrid burs, please brush them out of my coat.)"
And that was the time the doggos almost lost their favorite human in the valley.
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 be running the family vending business, but if he decides he's unhappy with available options to buy, he'll probably craft something himself. For instance, he designed the home I grew up 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."
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.
For example, Louise spent a few weeks in April creating handmade jewelry with Laurie simply because Laurie felt inspired by the butterfly buttons she had purchased.
Although the Butterfly Jewelry was probably a one-off, as Laurie discovered she's not big on incredibly meticulous, repetitive jewelry making, she is big on mildly meticulous, repetitive paper flower making. She made all of the flowers for Louise & Zach's wedding in October, 2017, and now she's working on another bride's flowers!
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...