Welcome to Camp Makery! I'm so glad to have you here to hang out, chat, play, and make cool stuff with us! Camp Makery is a creative lifestyle blog I formed to inspire women to make a beautiful life for themselves—one that is creative, fun, joyful, healthy, & fulfilled.
Going to camp as a child in the Rocky Mountains was such a vital part of my childhood and made me the adult I am today. I loved it so much that I went back to work as a teen, and then again in college as a counselor. I always had so much fun making new friends, learning new skills, challenging myself, and having quiet moments of reflection to ponder life's bigger questions. It made me happy, and I always left confident and inspired! In thinking back to my camp days, I decided, "I need to recreate a place like that for adults!” But adults can’t always get away for a week, so a virtual camp it will have to be! And, you can’t have a camp without counselors, so I brought in a few of my favorite women who are incredibly talented and inspiring in their respective areas, as part-camp owners.
Really it is these 15 women that blog here that inspired me to start Camp Makery. I felt like I knew all these incredibly talented women who all had these great gifts to share with the world but needed a platform. After my experience working in the creative magazine, blogging, & tech industry for several years I knew I could provide that. To my great joy, all 15 of my girlfriends whom I asked if they wanted to join believed in me and CM said yes, and we have been happily blogging ever since. We are also dedicated to making sure that all our content is original, that credit is clearly given to the artist/author of each post, and that all round-ups are credited to the true original source.
I believe that being happy is a choice you can make, and this blog is my home to show you all of my favorite ways to create that happiness. Creating, entertaining, cooking, exercising, and shopping are just a few of the things we are going explore here that might produce joy for you. I hope you find one (at least!) that will inspire you to create a life you love! I want to encourage you that self-care is a good thing, even though you might feel guilty taking time to do these things for yourself. In doing so, you will actually be a better person, friend, mother, wife, etc., for it. As a wise little camper once told me about self-care, "It's like on an airplane; you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you can help those around you."
I have always been deeply passionate about all the topics we feature here. However, anything to do with being creative, artistic, or visual design is definitely my strong suit. As a child, things like drawing a huge Lisa Frank mural on the wall at my house, getting in trouble for handing in my homework covered in too many drawings, and asking to skip recess so I could work on my art projects longer were the norm. It has always just come very naturally (unlike cooking, which I have to really work at!). I grew up in central Kansas and have 3 younger brothers whom I adore and like to stalk on social media to see what they're up to. As they continue to grow up, thier choices show I have done a good job passing on to them my love of learning, the arts, traveling, adventures, and making time to give back. After spending a month in Hawaii vacationing, and then a month in Africa together in some sticky situations while doing volunteer work in the ghettos of Nairobi and exploring tombs in Egypt, we decided our family motto is: "Ohana (the Hawaiian word for family): and family means no one gets left behind."
This led to studying painting, photography, and French, in Paris, France, and a BFA degree in Illustration. Since graduating, I've worked in illustration, painting, fine art, photography, event design, floral design, styling, and crafting for DIY blogs (see my portfolio here). Being creative and making something is the most important and vital way I make joy in my life. I can't wait to share that with all of you and show you ideas on how to do it as well!
I may have learned to style to the perfect moment, capture it on film, and to make it appear like I have all my ducks in a row, but I am far from perfect. I'm still under construction. As Donald Miller says, "Life is like jazz because it doesn't resolve." I still struggle with my weight, anxiety, panic attacks, and letting go and trusting God. My house gets messy and there are days when Chris, my husband, and I don't see eye to eye. We are still trying to answer that "how do you know when you're ready to have kids?" riddle. I don't have all the answers. But I will help look for them with you!