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Maggie from Milwaukee

Hey guys and gals! Many thanks to Amber for giving me this chance to tell you a little about myself. I'll explain who I am in a few pictures below, but the most important part is that Amber was my college roommate, my lifeline to all that was grand in those great South Carolina days! We've had ups. We've had downs. We've had laughs. We've had tears. In short, she's one of the most important women in my life!

Ah, you already know what a cool chick Amber is...let me tell you a little about myself. Here's a "day in the life" of Maggie as photographed last Saturday.

Products by Mark the Occasion Designs
I started my own small business, Mark the Occasion Designs late last year. My focus is currently making alternative wedding bouquets using fabrics, jewelry, feathers and other notions. While I wait for my bridal client calendar to fill up, I'm doing more casual items for local Saturday markets (and shortly on Etsy...stay tuned!)

This lovely lady purchased this cobalt blue flower headband from me. I absolutely love how it looks in short hair. I think I may have discovered a new market - brides with hair too short for clips! In the meantime, I love giving ladies like this a new look for summer.


I know southeastern Wisconsin was no different than anywhere else in the country, but blast, was it hot. I took this picture at 9am! We're just not used to this up here.

I absolutely appreciate that naps will be a thing of my past once we have kids, so I'm enjoying it as much as I can now. I had to get up way too early that morning to get to the market, so I spent the afternoon reading and napping. I may or may not have slept for two hours. Oops!

It's Summerfest time in Milwaukee! For most people that means all of their favorite bands in one place. For me, it means it's time for my annual fried eggplant platter. (Maggie lesson - I love all things food! And horrendously large sunglasses... I seriously need to give these things up.)

This is my husband, Randy. (Isn't he handsome?!) We were hanging out waiting for a new (to me) band, I Am Not a Pilot, to start playing. These guys are local, but remember me telling you about them. They are great and will go national soon I bet. How many bands do you know that can rock out with an electric cello?

The only thing missing from these pictures is my dog, Noah, and some chocolate products. Noah is a Welsh Corgi who gets ferocious when the mailman comes and has developed an addiction to doggie cheese sprinkle. Chocolate products. Well, those need no description!


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Franks Red Hot Sauce (regular or buffalo)
Dried Ranch Dressing Mix
2-3 tbsp. butter

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