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About Us

Hello! And welcome to our little corner of the internet. We're Jenni + Kristen, the duo behind this blog. We are sisters, makers, and creative thinkers. We believe in living simple lives and using creativity to connect with those around us. We value entering into the stories of people's lives and sharing those stories with hopes of engaging others in the creative community! In our posts, you'll find us sharing crafts, recipes, drinks, along with inspiring places and people we meet along the way.

We started this blog as a way to connect with each other while living miles apart. But in the short amount of time since we started, we've realized that it's become so much more than just bridging our two worlds. It's a space where we've found we can share what we are creating, but also hear about the beauty and creativity found in other's lives. We seek to find a type of kinship through these stories and we become excited about the idea of working together with fellow creatives through collaboration.

Want to learn a little more about us? Keep scrolling!
Jenni Haikonen

I am an emerging artist living in a much larger city than I'm used to in Vancouver, BC. I blog over at Tales From Bottomley Cottage where I share all my current art projects. One of the things that I share with Kristen is that we both got married this past year.  I married a coffee loving man who is a teacher and part-time film enthusiast. I enjoy exploring wild places, eating dessert, dancing to old jazz (only in private!), and all things nostalgic. I'm a true Romantic. 

I have fond memories of growing up with Kristen. We come from a family of four girls, but Kristen and I share the title of being middle children. Therefore, we shared a lot of middle child traits. We could often be found more in the background, quietly collaborating with ideas for projects or imagining future endeavours together. As we grew older we found ourselves connecting through a love for the blogging community and the inspiration we received from it. And over the past few months, we have once again been collaborating on this new project!
Kristen Jeschke

I've previously blogged at Summer Sets In. I’m a barista, student and newly married lady to a bass-playing husband, also a barista. Life for us is full of coffee. I love brown leather boots, would choose savoury over sweet any day, am a true procrastinator, and have a love for teaching in many forms.

We’ve started this blog not only as a way to connect as sisters (and friends), but also to inspire each other to create, and inspire others to create! I absolutely love having a creative outlet. But when life and schedules get in the way, I find it hard to motivate myself to remember that. Jenni and I both have loved creating anything since we were little. I remember after Saturday chores, we would decide on our creative venture for the afternoon. Summer time meant re decorating the little playhouse shed outside, winter meant designing stores and homes in the basement. Not to mention all the little craft projects that were made in between creative adventures.

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