What a great few weeks!

Hello!

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If you look at my family from a distance, you'd probably think we have been fairly miserable. Two of us just wrapped up having strep throat, the other two had bad colds, my husband has had a lot of business travel, and the weather has been pretty darn dreary and cold.

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However... it has been a couple of really great weeks! It seems when you're having fun and plodding along you don't seem to notice those "set-backs" as much as you might!  After the strep throat battle ended, we resumed going on lots of outdoor activities. Arlo and I are in a "mom and me" downhill ski class. We have visited the aquarium and the art museum. We went to a play called "Fancy Nancy!" We went to the library. We have had play dates and dinner dates and all sorts of fun. January is not so bad!

 

And here are some more professional-ish updates: 

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I have been working hard on learning Photoshop and I have been enjoying playing around with it! I am taking a class by Joel Robison that I just love.

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I won the grand prize and a new drone from a photo contest on http://www.dronestagr.am/ It is so cool and it has a "FPV" controller that blows my mind! It is almost like a virtual reality way to fly it! I will certainly post more on that later!

 

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I also received Honorable Mention in the People category of the Mobile Photography Awards! It is a gigantic honor!  http://mobilephotoawards.com/people-winner-honorable-mentions-6th-annual-mpa/

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This week I also met with the heads of Marketing at two local malls: Southdale Center and Galleria Edina to discuss two really big future projects with Art of Edina! We have some really great programs coming up! 

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And finally this is the first weekend of the Art Shanty Projects! I am so honored to be working as their official photographer again this year! I can't wait to see what they come up with this year. I have a date with a friend to head out there on Saturday.

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Hope you are well and finding ways to have fun this time of year!

xo

jill

The Shanties Within

A Quick Summary of the Shanties in the 2016 Art Shanty Project on White Bear Lake

The Art Shanty Projects are up and running. Every weekend in February. I am honored to be their official photographer. Last weekend I went with my husband and kids and we had a blast touring this little frozen art village.

The boys loved the Slumber Party Shanty. It is two stories high and incredibly creative. 

 There's a teddy bear running around outside - as part of the Slumber Party Shanty

There's a teddy bear running around outside - as part of the Slumber Party Shanty

 The first floor of the Slumber Party Shanty is "under the bed." There lives a monster...

The first floor of the Slumber Party Shanty is "under the bed." There lives a monster...

 and Monster's collection of lost socks, a dust bunny collection and even some family portraits. My favorite part though is the "illegal to remove" mattress tag.

and Monster's collection of lost socks, a dust bunny collection and even some family portraits. My favorite part though is the "illegal to remove" mattress tag.

 Once you climb up the ladder, to the second floor, you enter a much more cheerful area. A slumber party! Where you are invited to play games from the  slumber party past.

Once you climb up the ladder, to the second floor, you enter a much more cheerful area. A slumber party! Where you are invited to play games from the  slumber party past.

 The artists are in their special jammies too. Thanks Slumber Party Shanty! We had a blast!

The artists are in their special jammies too. Thanks Slumber Party Shanty! We had a blast!

 The artists of the vintage ice fishing Catch Your Limit shanty encourage you to take a photo with a "fish" in front of their shanty - like the olden days! 

The artists of the vintage ice fishing Catch Your Limit shanty encourage you to take a photo with a "fish" in front of their shanty - like the olden days! 

 You can make buttons at the Ice Fishing Shanty. This shanty is a dedication of the old ice-fishing days gone by. It is a beautifully done ode to vintage ice fishing shanties.  

You can make buttons at the Ice Fishing Shanty. This shanty is a dedication of the old ice-fishing days gone by. It is a beautifully done ode to vintage ice fishing shanties.  

 Visitors to the AstroLounge are welcome to rest in their lounge and enjoy the terrestrial view 

Visitors to the AstroLounge are welcome to rest in their lounge and enjoy the terrestrial view 

 Every wonder what happens down below in the elusive Boiler Room? Enter the Boiler Room Shanty, become an "Authorized Visitor" and grab a peek into the world of boilers. 

Every wonder what happens down below in the elusive Boiler Room? Enter the Boiler Room Shanty, become an "Authorized Visitor" and grab a peek into the world of boilers. 

 A sighting of the seal bike!

A sighting of the seal bike!

 When you enter the Data Lab, be prepared to "analyze your face off."

When you enter the Data Lab, be prepared to "analyze your face off."

 These data vixens need to know it all. Your favorite animal. Your favorite color. Interact with their many methods of data tracking. Also, if you are as lucky as my son, they may send you out into the wild with your own clipboard and encourage you to take a silly survey of other attendees. My number-centric son loved it.  

These data vixens need to know it all. Your favorite animal. Your favorite color. Interact with their many methods of data tracking. Also, if you are as lucky as my son, they may send you out into the wild with your own clipboard and encourage you to take a silly survey of other attendees. My number-centric son loved it.  

 Interact with Northern Lights at the Aurora Shanty! This solar-powered shanty adds much color to the white world of White Bear Lake

Interact with Northern Lights at the Aurora Shanty! This solar-powered shanty adds much color to the white world of White Bear Lake

 The Sonic Shanty will make you realize just how small you are as you stand on that big frozen lake and interact with the sounds that rise from below

The Sonic Shanty will make you realize just how small you are as you stand on that big frozen lake and interact with the sounds that rise from below

 See artists perform their craft in the well-crafted "Box"Studio Shanty. Find it where you see the big "ART" sign. 

See artists perform their craft in the well-crafted "Box"Studio Shanty. Find it where you see the big "ART" sign. 

 A sighting of the Matoska Tonka Pedal Bear flying by 

A sighting of the Matoska Tonka Pedal Bear flying by 

 Dance Shanty! Party on Ice

Dance Shanty! Party on Ice

 Warm up in the Dance Shanty. Always energetic. You will be guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face!

Warm up in the Dance Shanty. Always energetic. You will be guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face!

 Learn some new culinary crafts in the Chef Shanty!

Learn some new culinary crafts in the Chef Shanty!

 The Brass Messengers will get you smiling and moving!

The Brass Messengers will get you smiling and moving!

 Home is where the heart is. The "My Home is Minnesota" shanty will definitely steal a piece of your heart

Home is where the heart is. The "My Home is Minnesota" shanty will definitely steal a piece of your heart

 Ride a triple teeter totter and learn the answers to your most pressing questions at the Ouijatotter Shanty! 

Ride a triple teeter totter and learn the answers to your most pressing questions at the Ouijatotter Shanty! 

 Sip tea and enjoy the view.   Another great spot to warm up is the Botanical ShanTea where you will be treated to a nice cup of herbal tea.

Sip tea and enjoy the view. 

Another great spot to warm up is the Botanical ShanTea where you will be treated to a nice cup of herbal tea.

 The Cold War/m Up women give may give you flashbacks to a different era. Have a chuckle as you listen to them discuss their knitting projects and offer you candy

The Cold War/m Up women give may give you flashbacks to a different era. Have a chuckle as you listen to them discuss their knitting projects and offer you candy

 The Performance HexaYurt provides a home for untraditional performances

The Performance HexaYurt provides a home for untraditional performances

 The Shanti Shanty is the only spinning shanty! Designed after a Tibetan prayer wheel, you can decorate your own prayer flag and give the shanty a spin! 

The Shanti Shanty is the only spinning shanty! Designed after a Tibetan prayer wheel, you can decorate your own prayer flag and give the shanty a spin! 

 In the Peace Train Shanty, you are invited to play with print-making tools as you journey to find your inner peace 

In the Peace Train Shanty, you are invited to play with print-making tools as you journey to find your inner peace 

 stamps, colored pencils and more await you and invite you to make art on ice in the Peace Train Shanty

stamps, colored pencils and more await you and invite you to make art on ice in the Peace Train Shanty

 In the Sound + Vision Shanty - they have cut straight through the ice and allow you a glimpse of life below. Truly captivating!

In the Sound + Vision Shanty - they have cut straight through the ice and allow you a glimpse of life below. Truly captivating!

 If you are lucky, you may come upon the Foxy Red Lady Vixen

If you are lucky, you may come upon the Foxy Red Lady Vixen

 She will charm you with her mysterious ways

She will charm you with her mysterious ways

 It is no surprise you feel warm all over when witnessing the Prairie Fire Lady Choir perform outside the Shanty of Joy + Necessity 

It is no surprise you feel warm all over when witnessing the Prairie Fire Lady Choir perform outside the Shanty of Joy + Necessity 

 Thanks for taking the tour with me!  The Art Shanty Projects are happening every weekend in February. Sat + Sun 10am - 4pm. Search White Bear Lake County Park 55110 on Google or Google Maps to get there. 

Thanks for taking the tour with me!

The Art Shanty Projects are happening every weekend in February. Sat + Sun 10am - 4pm. Search White Bear Lake County Park 55110 on Google or Google Maps to get there. 

Learn more at www.ArtShantyProjects.org