Shop Around the Corner | Ann Kelle

Shop Around the Corner is a monthly series where I share a variety of fan-tas-tic small business owners that I think you’d really dig. It’s very important to me to share the love with fellow small business folks – the welcoming community of entrepreneurs I’ve met is quite strong, and there is so much incredible talent out there! I look forward to introducing you to great photographers, designers, shop owners…the list goes on and on!

 

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I am so glad Kelle Boyd and I connected last year! She is the owner of Ann Kelle, a stationery and fabric design business full of color and life. Kelle was looking for a photographer for her superhero-inspired styled shoot to coordinate with the launch of her Super Kids fabric line, and she chose me! I’ve loved following her online the past year, and was thrilled when she asked me to photograph some of her new designs earlier this summer. You can see a couple of my favorites right here! I hope you enjoy hearing about Ann Kelle today – if you have children, you will LOVE the designs!

*All photos below are courtesy of Ann Kelle*

 

Tell us about your business!

I’m the designer and founder of Ann Kelle. I started Ann Kelle in 2007. Since this time, my stationery designs have been on the shelves of boutiques and stores across the country, including Target, Wal Mart, Barnes and Noble. In 2009, I started designing fabric for Robert Kaufman. I also design stationery for Tiny Prints and Shutterfly.

 

What made you decide to open your shop?

While working for the mayor of Nashville (and a bit stressed), my childhood dream was rekindled when I went to a local craft store to purchase art supplies as a stress reliever. Two years later, and after a lot of prayer, I took a step of faith and launched Ann Kelle Designs.

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Where do you find inspiration?

My designs are inspired by all that we have always known and loved…from my dad’s tie, spring flowers, ice cream, our favorite rock band, and even the sweaters we wore in the second grade. All the things we loved as kids.

 

Favorite item that you sell? 

I don’t sell anything directly at the moment, but one of my favorite things to draw are characters, such as my Super Kids and Girl Friends. You can find my designs on personalized stationery through Tiny Prints and fabric through Robert Kaufman.

 

Any advice for those just starting out?

When I first started out, I did a lot of research on the industry I was planning on entering. I read books, attended trade shows, talked to people in the industry, etc. I also began to prepare and plan for the transition by saving money, acquiring a part-time job, etc. Most importantly, I prayed a lot and sought direction from God.

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Three words that describe you/your life? simple, sweet, happy

 

Story or moment in business that was memorable?

There are so many memorable moments that occurred while building my business from when I made the decision to leave my full-time job to when I got one art rejection letter after another. There were a lot of hard times, but a lot of good ones as well. I’m just so grateful that I’m able to draw for a living.

 

Favorite tv show? Hmm, I don’t have a favorite. But I watch a lot of decorating shows.

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Favorite ice cream flavor? lemon sorbet

 

Favorite vacation spot? Alys Beach

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon?

Wake up early, drink a good cup of coffee, maybe head out for breakfast with friends and then onto some thrifting/antique shopping. Oh, and there’s definitely gonna be a nap somewhere in the day.

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Favorite part of running your business? One of my favorite parts of running my business is being able to draw for a living! I also like seeing what people make with my fabric.

 

Thank you again, Kelle!

Be sure to check out her beautiful designs on her website and blog!

Eva | One Year :: Franklin, Tennessee

Eva-Beva is a whole year old! She and her twin sisters have kept me giggling for the past twelve months, and I am so grateful I had the chance to connect with their family. We did Eva’s one-year session at the beautiful Aspen Grove Park – a new favorite spot for me! Hope you enjoy these sweet smiles today.

Eva’s parents signed up for my “Welcome, Baby!” First-Year Portrait Plan. If you or someone you know is expecting, and would like to learn more about these sessions, email me at molly@simplyMphotography.com. This would be a great Christmas gift!

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Clayton | Nine Months :: Spring Hill, Tennessee

Clayton made the *cutest* faces during our entire session! Lots of scrunched-up-nose pictures were made – I couldn’t get enough! He cackled at his puppy pals and loved zooming around in his colorful walker…about as happy as a nine-month-old can be!

Clayton’s parents signed up for my “Welcome, Baby!” First-Year Portrait Plan. If you or someone you know is expecting, and would like to learn more about these sessions, email me at molly@simplyMphotography.com. This would be a great Christmas gift!

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Currently | Link-Up!

Something I’m working on is incorporating more personal posts into this space. Photography is something I’ll forever be passionate about, and know I’m meant to share with others, but I also love writing…and baking (ok, eating what I’ve baked)…and traveling…and spending time outdoors, etc. I’d like to share all of these things with you here!

I hope you’ll stick with me in this attempt to share more of the ‘everyday’ on this site.  Making connections is important to me, whether online or in real life, and who knows? Maybe what my life is like right now is what yours is like too.

A few bloggers I follow have a regular link-up called “Currently”. They talk about – you guessed it! – what’s currently happening in their lives, while following along with topic prompts. I’m excited to join in today!

THINKING \\ I am thinking all about fall photo sessions! From the families I’m excited to meet, to the amount of editing I need to get done before December, it’s on my mind. Here’s a favorite shot from a session last week – a longtime friend and her sweet baby girl, all decked out for autumn!

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MAKING \\ Zucchini Lasagna. It is SO good! Four ingredients: ground beef, tomato sauce, goat cheese, zucchini. Check out the recipe here! (sorry, no picture – we dive in too quickly to stop for a photo opp!)

 

WEARING \\  I’m still working on my capsule wardrobe, but I’ve found a favorite outfit that I just can’t wait to put on. Hoping this warm Tennessee weather will dip into fall temps soon!

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ANTICIPATING \\ Celebrating our two-year wedding anniversary! We are planning to eat at one of our favorite East Nashville places, The Silly Goose…and of course, we’ll be visiting Jeni’s after. Of course.

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(by the ever-talented The Leo Loves/Erin Oveis Brant)

THANKFUL FOR \\ The crazy wealth of resources for natural living available today. I’m getting more ‘granola’ with age, and I am so thankful for websites like The Wellness MamaOh She Glows, and many more. I’m learning more about how my body reacts negatively to certain foods/environmental factors, and having this knowledge allows me to live a happier, healthier life! I might one day share my health journey, but it’s still a work in progress for nowicon smile Currently | Link Up! 

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(via Oh She Glows – the Vegan Bowl…one of my favorite lunches!)

Thanks for reading today! I look forward to sharing more in the next few weeks! Be sure to check out the link up with Joyful Life here.

October 13, 2014 - 10:03 am

Hannah @ Joyful Life - I love this Molly!! Thank you so much for linking up! I can’t WAIT to see your capsule wardrobe!!! yay!! Im so so excited to be doing this too! That zucchini lasagne sounds awesome too and I just happen to have all of those ingredients!! sounds like I know whats for supper! :)

October 13, 2014 - 11:03 am

Molly - Yay! Thanks, Hannah! Please tell me if you make the zucchini lasagna…we love it! (P.S. We used two containers of goat cheese – the more, the better!)

October 13, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Chelsea @ The Contented Wife - Happy two years! I hope you have a really fun anniversary! Your pictures are so good and that fork is really neat. :)

October 13, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Molly - Hi Chelsea! Thank you so much – we are loving married life!

I appreciate the picture compliment, too…but I didn’t take the cute-fork one. That’s from Oh She Glows! :-)

October 13, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Becky B - Super cute outfit- I would def wear that!
Gorgeous gorgeous photos!
Yummy vegan bowl, I am hungry…I would LOVE to eat that!

Stopping by from the Currently link up
~Becky with Choose Happy

October 14, 2014 - 3:52 am

Tiffany - That lunch does look amazing— I am really trying to focus in and eat more whole foods. Its a total battle of self control for me!!! One day at a time. Stopping by from #currently!

October 14, 2014 - 9:53 am

Molly - Thanks, Becky! You need to try the vegan bowl – so many different combinations you can make, and it’s always easy and delicious!

October 14, 2014 - 9:58 am

Molly - Hi Tiffany! I’ve been working on a whole foods/clean diet for the past couple of years, and you’re right…the best way to tackle it is one day at a time. I had to remind myself that having an ‘off day’ or meal wasn’t going to derail the whole process! I still enjoy treats (chocolate, of course!) and greasier meals occasionally (big fan of Five Guys burgers!), but I know I will feel my best if I stick to a cleanier diet in general. Good luck, and I’d love to share more of my experience if you need help!