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Woke up this morning to a wonderful surprise to see the baby shower that my good friend Kiira from Eye Heart Pretty Things and I threw for our good friend Heather. It was such a fun diy baby shower getting inspired by the beach colors from the sand, ocean to the sunset.

 

Please head on over to Inspired By This to read about all the details of all the DIYs that came together to make this striped diy baby shower happen. Also just have to say that string art is probably one of my favorite things to make. One day when we have a house of our own I am definitely making this happen!

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Vendors

Photographer: Amy Stone Photography
Invites and Paper Goods: Eye Heart Pretty Things
Design + Styling: Kiira Turnbow of Eye Heart Pretty Things and Amy Stone Photography
Floral Arrangements by Amy Stone
All Food & Desserts Made By: Kiira Turnbow
Linens, Tables and Chairs: Liz Costella
Paper Straws: Can Do Chefs
Big Clear Balloons: Bargain Balloons
All DIY decorations by: Amy Stone Photography and Kiira Turnbow of Eye Heart Pretty Things

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When I was scrolling through Etsy and found Chicken & Charlie I just had to ask Irene if I could feature her amazing bandana bibs. Guys these bibs are so cute! The cowl scarves are pretty much to die for. I mean who doesn’t love a big fluffy scarf. This is definitely a winter staple in our closet.

Also make sure you head on over to her shop right now because she is having discount!!!!!

 

Tell me a little bit about yourself, who you are, what your company is:

I’m Irene of Chicken & Charlie. I’m a SAHM/WAHM to two lil boys, Leonard 4 and Luka 2. I worked for a number of years in the children’s fashion industry. I always said that once I had kids of my own I wanted to stay home with them until they were a little older and in grade school. As far as contributing to my family other then being a mom (which has a long list of responsibilities in itself) I figure if there is a will there is a way. We can do this.

So I’ve always had a thing for children’s market. Everything is just so fun and innocent small. Trying to keep in the swing of things and not deter too far away from the my background in the children’s industry, I started sewing accessories of my own. I’d been sewing since I was a kid, then I had a bad habit of sewing on the floor of my bedroom. I’ve now moved to the counter since then.

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What happened in your life that helped your decision to actually create a small business?

Well I started selling my goodies online during maternity leave and the rest took off. I find that I am fortunate enough to stay home and do what I love, which is raise my lil boys and still have be able to do something that I enjoy which is to create. However finding the time isn’t always easy, usually its up into the wee hours of the night when everyone and asleep.

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Where do you find inspiration:

I find inspiration all around me, and I don’t try to hard or do anything that isn’t me. My favorite of all is searching high and low for great prints and fabrics that aren’t your typical baby look, which is what makes up Chicken & Charlie, fun handmade items with a sense of edge for your lil rascals.

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What is your favorite part about your small business? What is the most exciting part about what you do?
I find the most exciting thing to be is the challenge of creating something of your own and watching it grow and grow everyday. I have customers in countries I’ve never heard of and that what is so awesome about selling online on Etsy, is that what was a once small idea is now reaching people worldwide. In addition, I also sell wholesale across the states so now its bringing me full circle to what I once loved to do was work with fun and unique children’s boutiques across the US.

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Thank you Irene for letting me feature your bandanas and cowl scarf! Just so love what you are about and all your products!

Bandana Scarves | Chicken & Charlie

Cowl Scarves | Chicken & Charlie

Boy Shirt | Zara

Girl Dress | H&M Kids

 

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I sit here on my couch watching my littles read books and thinking this is the life. Yes I love that they love books so much. Now that Jaxson is almost 1 years old he is getting more interested in them. And Hayley can pretty much read them 24/7. She just started bringing her stuffed animals around her and reading a book by pointing to the words just like her mommy (insert – heart melt here please). I just wish all this lasted more then 10 minutes. That will be the day. And here comes Jaxson ready to mess up this whole post. So I’m cutting it short and letting the images from this 6 month session speak for themselves. Because it is one of my all time favorites:)

 

If you would like to look at past sessions with these two lovelies make sure you check them out.

MATERNITY SESSION

HOSPITAL SHOOT

NEWBORN SESSION

3 Month Session

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Headbands | Ryan & Wren

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As soon as I heard from one of my clients that her daughter was wearing a RYAN & WREN Hair Bow I just had to find out more about this amazing company! So this made me want to start putting together some small business features on my blog. Since I love everything about small business’s and I truly want to show my support in who they are and share with you all…all the amazing shops out there!

I asked Mary a few questions so that you all would be able to get to know this super generous women and see the beauty in her business.

 

Tell me a little bit about yourself, who you are, what your company is:

I’m Mary, owner and creator over at RYAN & WREN. I’m a stay at home momma to my three sweet babes (Molly Ryan, 6, Lucy Wren, 4, and Jude Maverick, 19 months) and wife to my high school sweetheart. My goal is to create simple, modern, and well-made hair accessories that become your favorite pieces.

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What happened in your life that helped your decision to actually create a small business?

I opened my Etsy shop a little less than two years ago, naming it after my daughters who were my first customers and fans. It was difficult to find hair accessories that I was excited to buy for my girls so I started making them myself. I was buying supplies from many etsy sellers and decided to open my own etsy shop. RYAN & WREN was created with the hope that other people would share my aesthetic and want similar hair accessories for themselves and their children.

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Where do you find inspiration:

I love creating hair accessories to coordinate with my daughters’ outfits. I am drawn to black and white, metallics, and modern patterns. The majority of my pieces are basics that can go from every day to special occasion. I love creating pieces that are uniquely mine.

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What is your favorite part about your small business? What is the most exciting part about what you do?

I love the flexibility that owning my own shop provides. It allows me a creative outlet that I can work around my family’s schedule. The creative process is one of my favorite parts of owning my own shop, but it’s also the most time consuming. My main focus is being at home and caring for my family. I have more ideas in my head than I have time to explore. Instead, I keep my designs streamlined and focus on the craftsmanship of each piece.
I am grateful for the steady growth my business has made, and for everyone that has followed along with me on this journey. Seeing my carefully constructed pieces on my customers is an amazing feeling. I love being a small part of people’s special memories.

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Hair Clips By | Ryan & Wren

Dress | H&M

 

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I can’t believe another 1 year session has come to a close. Photographing Cataleya as a newborn to now 1 years old is such a bittersweet moment. I so loved being there for Cheryl and Kirk to capture so many fun memories with their children. And now that it is over it makes me so sad. But I hope that one day soon I will be able to be there for them again.

We went to Polliwog Park in Manhattan beach for Cataleya’s last session. It was the perfect place to end the collection of photos as I had photographed her older brother in the same location:)

If you would like to check out Cataleya’s first year in photos click on the links below

Maternity Session

6 Month Session

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Loved photographing Cataleya on the swings. She loved them so much!

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We also did a little cake smash in celebration for her 1st birthday. Loved watching Sebastian wanting to help his little sister and how excited he got for her.

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Thank you Kirk, Cheryl, Sebastian and Cataleya for having me photograph your family this last year. I can’t wait to see how the kids keep on growing and to hear about all the fun things you are up to these days:)

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