Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wrapping up the past several months in one picture-filled post!

Hello, again!

It is absolutely crazy what a new baby can do to one’s blogging goals…  ;)
It has been forever since I’ve posted, so let me give you a not-so-quick update!

Enjoy these highlights from the past several months:

TODAY! Emmajean turned 7 months old! I cannot believe how fast these past seven months have flown by! Our little cherub is super close to crawling. I can see her first tooth poking through. She loves all things musical, and is still the cuddliest baby in the land.  :) 


  • I turned 32, wowzers
  • November 14th, Emmajean turned 6 months young! We are so overwhelmed with love for our little one and cannot believe she is already starting to sit up on her own, giggling, sleeping through the night,  and grabbing everything she can get her sweet little fingers on! She loves eating yummy peas, carrots, squash, and turkey! Not fond of green beans, yet. Oh! And she loves to play the piano with her daddy!
  • We visited NC for Layne and Billy's beautiful wedding weekend
  • Had our first Thanksgiving as a Family of three+buddy!
  • Celebrated shop-local at Willow Creek
  • Emmajean met Santa for the first time! 
  • Picked out first Christmas tree and decorated for Christmas


  • Stood by my sister and brother-in-law as they became Mr. and Mrs. in an absolutely gorgeous DIY outdoor wedding in Trade, Tennessee!
  • Took the cutest little ladybug trick or treating
  • Enjoyed a chilly evening by my new bonfire pit that Zach surprised me with while I was away.
  • Spent lots of time photographing families and seniors!


·         Baptized our baby girl on Labor day weekend.  So great that her Gima Grandpa, the Musselmans, and Bradys could all be there to celebrate Emmajean’s special day. Her great aunt Linda and Uncle Thad were even able to join us for a nice lunch after the baptism. 

  • Emmajean and I spent most of September in NC. We helped throw a bridal shower for aunt Britty, she made her first trip to the beach for Britt's bachelorette weekend, and she got tons of snuggles from her grandparents! She got to meet her great grandparents on my side of the family along with the majority of her extended family, and several close friends. The time flew by! 

  • Art in the Park was another big success for us in Elkader, Iowa. We had 50 artists filling 38 booths, music, wine tasting, food, kids’ activities, and more down in Founder’s Park. You wouldn’t have believed the awesome installation art that you could find throughout the park, thanks to Leslie and Andy Gibbons, and the Rural Character Scrap Art exhibit that was exhibited throughout the festival weekend!
  • August was a big month at the shop, too! It was nice having Grandmommy Dawn around to help out with baby girl while I prepared for the festival.

June - July

  • I spent June,  July, and August getting settled into mommy-hood and settled into my new studio space at Willow Creek in Elkader, Iowa. I’ve been showing and selling my artwork at Willow Creek for the past two years, but when Emmajean was born we decided to move my studio down to the shop.  That way I get to take her to work with me. So far the customers love seeing our little munchkin. Mommy doesn’t get too much painted when she’s with me, but it’s so worth it!
  • PawPaw and Grandmommy came out  to Iowa for the 4th of July and PawPaw finally got to meet his granddaughter!

So there you have it! If you made it to the end of this post you are officially all caught up on life with Emmajean. :)

I'll see you soon with a short sweet post! 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Art in the Park Elkader 2016!

We're at it again! Elkader's second annual fine art festival will be held in just two weeks! 

Be sure to join us in Founders' Park, Elkader, IA for a weekend of ART, food, wine tasting, live music, kids' activities, and more!!! 

FREE admission and parking 

For more info and festival details visit:
and follow us on facebook 

I'll be exhibiting in the park, but you can still take a peek into my new studio space at  
Willow Creek 115 N Main St, Elkader, IA! :) 

See y'all soon!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Special Exhibits at The Left Bank

open daily from 9am-5pm 
at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157

Folks, have you been to visit The Left Bank Shop & Gallery in McGregor, Iowa, yet? If not, you are missing out on some amazing artwork! The best local artists (within a 100-mile radius) have work for sale at The Left Bank. You can find anything from jewelry, baskets, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and more! 

Not only is this a great space to come for awesome Iowa-made gifts, but there is always an excellent show in the special exhibits gallery. For a couple of more days (2 days...until June 27th!), you can see a really cool exhibit from local and regional folk artists. If you aren't sure what "folk art" is, this is your chance to see a great selection that can open your eyes to an eclectic genre of art. For example, at first glance you may think you're looking at a whimsical painting, but at closer consideration, you'll be amazed at the detail in Barbara Decker's wallpaper collages! You'll enjoy the melodic landscapes painted in oil by self-taught artist Carol Hartmann. Nancy Schmidt's rosemaling, a decorative Norwegian folk painting, is expertly detailed. You'll be captivated by the paintings of Suzanne Aunan, the primitive work of Teresa Champion, and the exquisite pine basket weaving by Roberta Condon. So don't miss out on this enchanting exhibit! Here are a few images in case you can't get there before the 27th. 

And... if you missed this first exhibit of the season, you can always checkout the next exhibit, "A Secret Garden: Art Inspired by Nature," which opens on Friday night, July 1st! Stop in Friday, July 1st between 6pm and 8pm to enjoy free beverages, snacks, and LIVE music by Mandy LaBarge! You're in for a treat because the artwork of Ann McCullough, Karen Juno, Maureen Wilde and Coleen Welter is magical! 

Also, this is a great chance to see a preview of one of our Art in the Park 2016 artists, Ann McCullough. I can't wait to take my baby girl to her first art exhibit at the Left Bank! 
Hope to see you all Friday! 


Thursday, June 23, 2016


I've been away from my computer for a bit 
now you know why...

My husband and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world in May and we've been enjoying each and every wonderful, exhausting, exhilarating, miraculous moment! I cannot believe she's already over a month old, grown so much, and steals our hearts a little more each day! 

true love ♥♥♥

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Exploring Folk Art - at the Left Bank Shop & Gallery

open daily from 9am-5pm 
at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157

Looking for a fun way to spend your 
Friday evening? 

Enjoy refreshments and live music with Maritza as you take in the sights of this season's first special exhibit. 

"Exploring Folk Art with 
Local & Regional Artists" 
Exhibit runs May 27th- June 27th

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 27th
from 6-8pm

   After viewing the works of these talented artists, don't forget to browse the many wonderful gifts and works of art available at The Left Bank.

 You'll even find a few of my own JWebb original paintings! 


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Left Bank Shop & Gallery - Season opens this Friday!

Look forward to 
Friday the 13th! 

reopens daily from 9am-5pm 

at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157
Thanks to Stephannie Fox-Dixon for these behind-the-scenes photos of volunteers helping hang artwork to
prep the gallery shop space for opening day!
Looking forward to all of the fine art and handmade items for sale at the Left Bank Shop & Gallery!

 Join the party and stop in for 
the opening night festivities!

Friday, May 13th, from 6-8pm 

ART • snacksbeverages • 
and live music by Maritza --- It's Free!


Check back for my review on the first Special Exhibit of the season coming soon!

May 27-June 27
Barbara Decker ~ Paper Collage
Nancy Schmidt ~ Rosemaling
Carol Hartman ~ American Folk Painting
Teresa Champion ~ Primitive Folk Art
Roberta Condon ~ Pine Basket Weaving 
Suzanne Aunan ~ American Folk Painting

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy May Day 2016!

Happy May Day!

Today we noticed a sweet floral surprise on our front patio: a May Day Basket! This is such a lovely springtime tradition that several people still carry on in small-town Iowa. In fact, I had never heard of nor encountered a May Day Basket until we moved to the farm. This sweet gesture is in celebration of the change of seasons, the warm weather arriving, and sharing of the flowers produced by the April showers. It has been a bit rainy the past few weeks and we are looking forward to the sunny forecast for the week to come.  

Thank you to our secret May Day deliverer! You brought us some early sunshine to the week's forecast as we eagerly await the arrival of our sweet baby girl! (39 weeks today♥)


p.s. ...Yes, Buddy is spoiled. :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

The LEFT BANK Shop & Gallery

The LEFT BANK Shop & Gallery 
at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157

This gorgeous Mississippi shop and gallery space reopens under their new name, 
The Left Bank Shop & Gallery
 Friday, May 13th, 2016. 

For those of you who have followed my posts on the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA) over the past year, you’re in for a treat! There have been a few changes underway in the retail gallery for the 2016 season. Changes include not only their fresh fun new name, The Left Bank Shop & Gallery, but also an expanded shopping space for the retail gallery; the ability to sneak a look into the old bank vault; and, of course, new artwork from the area’s finest artisans!

There will be excellent special exhibits featured throughout the 2016 season, and you’ll be assisted by three smiling new faces (be sure to say hi to Teri, Stephannie, and Annie) when you shop at the Left Bank!

Special Tonight! 

Enjoy ART and refreshments from 5:30-8:30 during 
the Art After School Program’s Exhibit of Art Around the World.  

The MMCA sponsors an eight week spring after school program that is just wrapping up, and you’ll be amazed by the colors and variety of artwork on display!  One night only, don’t miss out! 

Stay tuned for more updates on The Left Bank 


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Our Farmhouse Nursery

Our Farmhouse Nursery

After months of chaos and doubt that we'd ever be ready before baby girl arrives,
we've finally pulled together our little one's nursery! 
Thanks to baby girl's Daddy, Grandmommy, a handy neighbor, 
a fantastic carpenter, great hand-me-downs and gifts from friends and family,
our farmhouse nursery has turned out prettier than I ever imagined. 

We originally planned to use what we had and simply paint our baby girl's nursery. This simple paint job turned into a full reno! With a new window installed, we decided to replace the existing open wall and ceiling which led to the addition of crown molding to blend the old plaster and new sheetrock. After new insulation and walls we decided to scrap the old white carpet and Zach refinished the gorgeous 100-year-old hardwoods himself! He also painted the walls a light gray and Grandmommy Dawn helped us decide on a semi-gloss cotton white trim.

Our crib was handed down to us from my cousins whose two children slept beautifully through the night. :) One can only hope, right!?  We decided to paint the original brown crib a fresh light yellow. I say we, but Aunt Britty and Grandmommy Dawn painted the crib for us back in NC and drove it all the way to us in Iowa!  Crib Paint Color: Ecos Organic Paint - Yellow Blitz (disclaimer: do not worry folks, I will be finding a new spot for the adorable mini flags that our dear friend made for us!) 

After all the big reno stuff was complete, it was time to position furniture and add all of the adorable details! At first we planned to only have one chair in the nursery, but after seeing how much we loved the space, and because we plan to spend lots of time in our nursery over the coming months, I'm thrilled we could fit two chairs. I just LOVE the vintage theme, which I got from the globe that was already here at Zach's grandparents' farmhouse when we moved in and the vintage green chair from my Grandmommy. I love mixing old with the new and feeling surrounded by things that our loved ones cared for. I suppose if you're reading this blog, you probably already know how sentimental I am! 

I also cannot believe how many fantastic children's books we received at our baby shower and the adorable decorations that we got to bring home that fit perfectly with our decor! The hostesses outdid themselves to decorate for our baby shower -- check out the adorable diaper flowers I saved and diaper wreath! The "E" monogram was our baby shower guest book. Thanks, Cindy and Julie, it is PERFECT! AND, I had to hang the handmade baptismal gown and coat set that my sister got us for all to see. 

We're so blessed, and I cannot even express the amount of love and support we feel from our friends, family, and community. We cannot wait to bring Emmajean into the world!


I'll try to dig up a Before photo! 
For now, thank you for being patient with my once a month blog posts!!! I hope to get back up to speed soon. :) 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Wilker Reunion | JWebb Photography

The Wilker Reunion

Last fall, I was honored to photograph this beautiful family as they came together from across the country for their annual reunion! 

There were snuggles...
lots of giggles...
and hugs from Grandma and Grandpa!

In this day and age, we are blessed with the ability to facetime, skype, easily call one another, see a constant stream of photos on facebook, and just keep up from all corners of the world... 

but, there is NOTHING like the JOY of reuniting for hugs and kisses from your loved ones! 


           coming soon to SunnyinSaintOlaf: 
  • A little catching up on 2015 
  • Our New Bathroom
  • Baby Girl's Nursery
  • and more!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday ♥

Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for a lot of people for obvious reasons, but to me it's the weekend that takes me back to the start of our love story. Zach's family always has a Super Bowl party, and the year before I graduated college I went with my parents. The Herrmanns and the Martins have been family friends for almost 30 years and are currently neighbors!  So anyway, I remember seeing Zach at that Super Bowl party, but there was just some small-talk. It was the next year when I was living in Charlotte and didn't attend that Zach asked my mom what I was up to. Well when she told him I was in Charlotte and he said he would be there all week for work, she said he should contact me. Can you believe my mom technically set us up? She called me that night to let me know their conversation had taken place, and lo and behold, he contacted me!

I was sleeping in after a late night of waitressing when I received a voicemail from him. When I woke up enough to call him back, I managed talking him into coming over that night to take me out for a cocktail rather than the original plan to meet for lunch the next day. If you know Zach, talking him into going out for a cocktail at 10pm after a long day of work was quite the accomplishment. Staying up until 3am talking about art, school, relationships, life... that was the easy part. He left my place shortly after three a.m. for the short drive over to his uncle's house, where he was staying for the week while he worked.

I remember being in high school and thinking, "Man, 8 months! SHEEEESH, this is the longest relationship ever. Can't imagine forever." And yet...

For eight years, every 21 days, I've pressed “7” for "save" when the voicemail on my cell replays that sweet, anxious, saved message asking me what we should plan to do on our first date. That was the first time Zach ever called me and the first message he ever left me. (I have a thing for firsts!)

We had such a wonderful night and I am so glad I talked him into that cocktail. Of course we kept our lunch date the next afternoon and proceeded to spend the entire day in search of a gas-station cream soda.  It just had to be from a gas station. Who knew this would be one of the first of quirky adventures in store for me!

After I realized this date might last all night, I thought I better be honest with him and let him know I had another dinner date that night. I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but I never ever went on dates and here I had been asked on two for the very same day! The other date was planned first, but I just couldn't turn down Zach when he asked! So there you have it. In my defense, I was honest! So about 6:45pm, Zach left my apartment and in rolls my dinner date almost immediately after. Talk about sweating bullets!

Dinner was nice and the date went well, but I thought about Zach the whole time. As soon as my date left, I texted Zach that I thought of him the whole time. Zach's response... "Shhhhhh, I'm working on a song." You can imagine my surprise. Maybe he didn't have as great a day as me? In just a few short minutes, he texted me a link to the song he had written. It was about our day together! It was perfect, and he had me from the start.

Here we are, eight years later, having survived long distance through law school, enjoyed many movie dates and adventures, nights of concerts and cocktails, meeting and loving each other's friends and family, art shows and festival setups, tying the knot four years ago, and moving across the country together.  We’ve hurdled, crawled, and scrambled over a few bumps along the way, stronger than we ever imagined two people could be, loving each for better for worse, picking each other up when we needed it, and cheering each other on for big accomplishments, becoming each other's number one allies, adopting our first fur baby and preparing to welcome our first little human baby into the world.....

Eight years has flown by in a flash, and yet we've grown so much that it seems we've been together our whole lives. It's not always been easy, but it's been an amazing ride! I couldn't imagine going through this journey of life with anyone else and I feel blessed that when I prayed out loud to God for a real relationship, for a true companion, Zach called within the week. Talk about an answered prayer.  As I look forward to the future, to forever with my sweetheart, I'm enjoying all of the little and BIG moments along the way.

Love you, babe!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

JWebb Photography | Cousin Camp

Cousin Camp 2015

I hadn't heard of a "cousin camp" until this summer when I was asked to come take a few photos at Cousin Camp 2015. Each year this family comes together to spend time sharing memories, looking at photos, and having fun! This year's gathering got even more adorable with the addition of the next generation of cousins! Here are some of my favorite photos of their last day at grandma's cousin camp in northeast Iowa!

While we attempted a few posed shots, we had the most fun watching these little girls play, giggle, and chase each other around their grandparents' cabin. I know these will be memories cherished for ages to come. ♥


Up Next: more from JWebb Photography! :)