Lilli Ferry Writer | Musician   My name is Lilli and the most important thing about me is that I am a daughter of God. I’m from St Paul, Minnesota but I currently call Wheaton, Illinois home. I am getting ready to graduate from Wheaton College with a degree in English, and yes, I’m one of those people who loves poetry in almost all of its forms. I am passionate about scream-singing in the car with the windows down and taking advantage of the free treats on the Dairy Queen app. I almost always have flowers in my kitchen and I would love to go on a coffee date and hear your story sometime. I enjoy writing and editing for Refinery Co.!    INSTAGRAM     WORDPRESS

Lilli Ferry
Writer | Musician

My name is Lilli and the most important thing about me is that I am a daughter of God. I’m from St Paul, Minnesota but I currently call Wheaton, Illinois home. I am getting ready to graduate from Wheaton College with a degree in English, and yes, I’m one of those people who loves poetry in almost all of its forms. I am passionate about scream-singing in the car with the windows down and taking advantage of the free treats on the Dairy Queen app. I almost always have flowers in my kitchen and I would love to go on a coffee date and hear your story sometime. I enjoy writing and editing for Refinery Co.!

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Christina Hoagland   Artist  The Ivy Nook Shoppe    Hi there! I'm Christina, founder of The Ivy Nook Shoppe. As a new small business owner, I’m continuing to hone my craft as a watercolor artist creating custom pieces. My heart behind my art is to give people something in their home to serve as a source of hope, beauty and is encouragement. Additionally, I love to do calligraphy. I adore Ireland and named my company after a prayer garden I saw while traveling there! When I'm not creating, you can find me spending time with my husband and two wonderful children! I also care deeply for the local church.     INSTAGRAM     ETSY

Christina Hoagland
Artist
The Ivy Nook Shoppe

Hi there! I'm Christina, founder of The Ivy Nook Shoppe. As a new small business owner, I’m continuing to hone my craft as a watercolor artist creating custom pieces. My heart behind my art is to give people something in their home to serve as a source of hope, beauty and is encouragement. Additionally, I love to do calligraphy. I adore Ireland and named my company after a prayer garden I saw while traveling there! When I'm not creating, you can find me spending time with my husband and two wonderful children! I also care deeply for the local church.

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Laura Zickert Woodworker, Painter  Woodcut Workshop Co.    Hey friends! My name is Laura and I run Woodcut Workshop Co. based out of Chicagoland. I'm deeply passionate about colliding the worlds of carpentry and fine arts, while incorporating wood that would have been for scraps and making them into treasures. I love what I do! I get to make products for my online shop and work one on one with people to hear their vision for custom work. When I'm not building/painting, you'll find me enjoying life with my incredible husband, Drew, and our chiweenie/beagle pup! We like to going on adventures and travel when we aren’t sitting with Netflix and a bag of popcorn.    INSTAGRAM     ETSY     FACEBOOK

Laura Zickert
Woodworker, Painter
Woodcut Workshop Co.

Hey friends! My name is Laura and I run Woodcut Workshop Co. based out of Chicagoland. I'm deeply passionate about colliding the worlds of carpentry and fine arts, while incorporating wood that would have been for scraps and making them into treasures. I love what I do! I get to make products for my online shop and work one on one with people to hear their vision for custom work. When I'm not building/painting, you'll find me enjoying life with my incredible husband, Drew, and our chiweenie/beagle pup! We like to going on adventures and travel when we aren’t sitting with Netflix and a bag of popcorn.

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Lauren Smith   Worship Leader & Songwriter  Vertical Worship    Hi everyone! As long as I can remember I always loved to sing, but when Jesus captured my heart and I gave my life to Him all of that changed. It wasn’t just ‘I love to sing’ - it became more of ‘I love and want to sing TO Jesus’ - to - ‘I love to sing to Jesus and I want to lead others in doing that too.’ So 3 years ago, after attending Liberty University, my husband and I moved to Chicago to work full time as worship leaders at our church Harvest Bible Chapel. I'm passionate about writing songs for the Church, and it's a joy to sing and worship with other bodies of believers and through @verticalworship. I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life!    INSTAGRAM     VERTICAL WORSHIP

Lauren Smith
Worship Leader & Songwriter
Vertical Worship

Hi everyone! As long as I can remember I always loved to sing, but when Jesus captured my heart and I gave my life to Him all of that changed. It wasn’t just ‘I love to sing’ - it became more of ‘I love and want to sing TO Jesus’ - to - ‘I love to sing to Jesus and I want to lead others in doing that too.’ So 3 years ago, after attending Liberty University, my husband and I moved to Chicago to work full time as worship leaders at our church Harvest Bible Chapel. I'm passionate about writing songs for the Church, and it's a joy to sing and worship with other bodies of believers and through @verticalworship. I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life!

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Danielle Sertic Florist  9611 Flowers

Danielle Sertic
Florist
9611 Flowers

Laura Irion   Interior Desinger  Laura Design Co.    Hello! I'm co-owner and Principal Designer at Laura Design Company, a full service interior design studio in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I'm obsessed with design, so I have to force myself to walk away and engage with the world! The longer I design interiors, the more I appreciate the quiet and beauty of the outdoors, so I’m slowly becoming more of a nature girl (still, hold the bugs, please)! I love Jesus more than anything and am constantly in awe of his perfect creativity. Everything beautiful is from him and for him. I have a husband and three kids who are the most gorgeous people inside and out. Between them and my puppy Dyson, my snuggle cup is full. I can ride roller coasters all day, my favorite show is Jeopardy, and I’ll love you forever if you buy me coffee (decaf with coconut milk)!    INSTAGRAM       WEBSITE

Laura Irion
Interior Desinger
Laura Design Co.

Hello! I'm co-owner and Principal Designer at Laura Design Company, a full service interior design studio in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I'm obsessed with design, so I have to force myself to walk away and engage with the world! The longer I design interiors, the more I appreciate the quiet and beauty of the outdoors, so I’m slowly becoming more of a nature girl (still, hold the bugs, please)! I love Jesus more than anything and am constantly in awe of his perfect creativity. Everything beautiful is from him and for him. I have a husband and three kids who are the most gorgeous people inside and out. Between them and my puppy Dyson, my snuggle cup is full. I can ride roller coasters all day, my favorite show is Jeopardy, and I’ll love you forever if you buy me coffee (decaf with coconut milk)!

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Sarah Dudt Project Manager

Sarah Dudt
Project Manager

Michelle Hernandez Artist  Wander By Hand    Hello! My name is Michelle and I am the hand behind Wander By Hand. Wander By Hand began as a quiet whisper and has now grown to be the heartbeat of my days. The Lord wove a thread of creativity into my soul and this is the journey of its unraveling. Being an artist is vulnerable and scary yet empowering and adventurous. It requires a Trust I’ve never known and is one of the craziest endeavors I’ve been on. When I am not creating I love spending time outdoors, with my husband, drinking good beer, good coffee, good tea (ALL the good beverages), and laughing a lot.    INSTAGRAM      WEBSITE

Michelle Hernandez
Artist
Wander By Hand

Hello! My name is Michelle and I am the hand behind Wander By Hand. Wander By Hand began as a quiet whisper and has now grown to be the heartbeat of my days. The Lord wove a thread of creativity into my soul and this is the journey of its unraveling. Being an artist is vulnerable and scary yet empowering and adventurous. It requires a Trust I’ve never known and is one of the craziest endeavors I’ve been on. When I am not creating I love spending time outdoors, with my husband, drinking good beer, good coffee, good tea (ALL the good beverages), and laughing a lot.

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Liv Melchers Thrifter, Designer  ABLE abode & shoppe    Hey there! My name is Liv and I'm the founder of Able Shoppe, a vintage clothing and homewares online boutique. I work out of my studio in our 1892 victorian that my husband, Erik, and I recently moved into! Most days I work from home but recently I have been participating in more markets, pop up shops, and collaborative projects which has been such a joy! God has laid it on my heart to care deeply about how our shopping habits impact fellow humans and the planet. People over things is my motto. When it comes to curating Able, I am obsessed with beautiful and timeless design composed of quality materials. A few of my favorite things include my husband, thrifting, making, whiskey sours, midcentury chairs, concerts, camping, dancing and quality time with friends and fam!    INSTAGRAM ABODE       INSTAGRAM SHOPPE     WEBSITE

Liv Melchers
Thrifter, Designer
ABLE abode & shoppe


Hey there! My name is Liv and I'm the founder of Able Shoppe, a vintage clothing and homewares online boutique. I work out of my studio in our 1892 victorian that my husband, Erik, and I recently moved into! Most days I work from home but recently I have been participating in more markets, pop up shops, and collaborative projects which has been such a joy! God has laid it on my heart to care deeply about how our shopping habits impact fellow humans and the planet. People over things is my motto. When it comes to curating Able, I am obsessed with beautiful and timeless design composed of quality materials. A few of my favorite things include my husband, thrifting, making, whiskey sours, midcentury chairs, concerts, camping, dancing and quality time with friends and fam!

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Lauryn Miller Painter, Relationship Builder  Poppin' Pallets Inc.    My name is Lauryn and I list in West Dundee, IL. I work at a private school as the Sales & Development Manager. I'm also co-owner of Poppin’ Pallets, an in-home, customized painting business all about community, fellowship and hospitality. I believe God gave me the gift of communication and discernment, which is why I LOVE working with people! I'm married to my high school sweetheart & mama to a miniature Aussie shepherd puppy. I'm obsessed with coffee & diet coke, and my favorite place is by the water with my family & friends!    INSTAGRAM       FACEBOOK

Lauryn Miller
Painter, Relationship Builder
Poppin' Pallets Inc.

My name is Lauryn and I list in West Dundee, IL. I work at a private school as the Sales & Development Manager. I'm also co-owner of Poppin’ Pallets, an in-home, customized painting business all about community, fellowship and hospitality. I believe God gave me the gift of communication and discernment, which is why I LOVE working with people! I'm married to my high school sweetheart & mama to a miniature Aussie shepherd puppy. I'm obsessed with coffee & diet coke, and my favorite place is by the water with my family & friends!

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Debora Negru Poet, Writer   Hello! I was born and raised in Northwest Chicagoland. I believe that everyone learns something new through human interaction. Sharing what the Lord has done and continues to do is so powerful! In 2015 God planted a seed in my heart to write. Through any trial, writing was my outlet. I now work full-time in financial/healthcare industry, but my writing hasn't stopped! It only continues to flourish. Now I don't just write in trial - I write for others - sharing my writings and poems with others as a source of encouragement is a great joy. I'm a people-person and I love dogs!    INSTAGRAM      FACEBOOK

Debora Negru
Poet, Writer

Hello! I was born and raised in Northwest Chicagoland. I believe that everyone learns something new through human interaction. Sharing what the Lord has done and continues to do is so powerful! In 2015 God planted a seed in my heart to write. Through any trial, writing was my outlet. I now work full-time in financial/healthcare industry, but my writing hasn't stopped! It only continues to flourish. Now I don't just write in trial - I write for others - sharing my writings and poems with others as a source of encouragement is a great joy. I'm a people-person and I love dogs!

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Chelsey Rahtjen Artist, Painter  Chelsey Rahtjen Studios    Hey all! I've been painting and doing all things crafty for over a decade but recently moved into a business selling my fine art. I love how the Lord has designed me with a creative side. I mostly work with oil, acrylic and resins and enjoy meeting new people, shining light on His creation, and ultimately glorify Him through the gift He's given me. I'm an extrovert at heart. At home, I soak in as much time with my two 8 year olds, 5 year and 3 year old along with my better half, the hubs. In addition to the Lord & my family, I love all things Marvel, tattoos, baking renovating my home, people, and being outside!    INSTAGRAM

Chelsey Rahtjen
Artist, Painter
Chelsey Rahtjen Studios

Hey all! I've been painting and doing all things crafty for over a decade but recently moved into a business selling my fine art. I love how the Lord has designed me with a creative side. I mostly work with oil, acrylic and resins and enjoy meeting new people, shining light on His creation, and ultimately glorify Him through the gift He's given me. I'm an extrovert at heart. At home, I soak in as much time with my two 8 year olds, 5 year and 3 year old along with my better half, the hubs. In addition to the Lord & my family, I love all things Marvel, tattoos, baking renovating my home, people, and being outside!

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Bessie Calabrese Photographer   My name is Bessie and I have a passion for photography, travel, and food. I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, but I consider Canada my second home. Some things I love are exploring downtown Chicago, trying new restaurants and cafes, learning about other cultures, experiencing new places and countries, and food. I'm Italian, so loving food is a given! I grew up in a traditional Italian home with my mom's home cooked meals every night. She's an amazing cook/baker and inspires me to learn more. I really enjoy trying new recipes and photographing them. I have an endless list of recipes I want to try and restaurants I want to go to!    BESSIE’S INSTAGRAM     FOOD INSTAGRAM

Bessie Calabrese
Photographer

My name is Bessie and I have a passion for photography, travel, and food. I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, but I consider Canada my second home. Some things I love are exploring downtown Chicago, trying new restaurants and cafes, learning about other cultures, experiencing new places and countries, and food. I'm Italian, so loving food is a given! I grew up in a traditional Italian home with my mom's home cooked meals every night. She's an amazing cook/baker and inspires me to learn more. I really enjoy trying new recipes and photographing them. I have an endless list of recipes I want to try and restaurants I want to go to!

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Cassie Roncancio Hand Lettering  Beloved Creations    Hi there! My name is Cassie and I am the heart (and hand) behind Beloved Creations. I work out of my home in tiny little increments of time, aka when my son Cruz is sleeping. My husband of 10 years, Andres, is my biggest cheerleader, and he and my son are my biggest motivation. This all started with a handful of chalkboards for a family wedding. The rest is history! My inspiration to work hard definitely comes from my husband and son. I always want to make them proud.    INSTAGRAM

Cassie Roncancio
Hand Lettering
Beloved Creations

Hi there! My name is Cassie and I am the heart (and hand) behind Beloved Creations. I work out of my home in tiny little increments of time, aka when my son Cruz is sleeping. My husband of 10 years, Andres, is my biggest cheerleader, and he and my son are my biggest motivation. This all started with a handful of chalkboards for a family wedding. The rest is history! My inspiration to work hard definitely comes from my husband and son. I always want to make them proud.

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Rachel Stan Videographer   Hey! I'm Rachel, I'm a first generation American, born and raised in Chicago. I've loved filmmaking since I was a kid, and my parents always wondered "where I got it from" because creative arts aren't a big thing in my family. One day my mom figured it out -- my grandpa in Romania loved theatre and wanted to be a stage director, but his parents wanted him to be a doctor. So he never pursued the dream. Today he writes me letters to tell me he's so glad I'm pursuing mine. I'm currently a videographer for Harvest Bible Chapel, which I've dreamed of since was 16 years old. My biggest dream of all is to direct a feature-film. I don't know when or how I'm going to get there, I'm just following God's lead! I love my church, my crazy household of 9 people, my boyfriend, catching up with childhood friends, flowers, movies, homemade cookies, learning about God and what it means to be a woman that lives for Him.

Rachel Stan
Videographer

Hey! I'm Rachel, I'm a first generation American, born and raised in Chicago. I've loved filmmaking since I was a kid, and my parents always wondered "where I got it from" because creative arts aren't a big thing in my family. One day my mom figured it out -- my grandpa in Romania loved theatre and wanted to be a stage director, but his parents wanted him to be a doctor. So he never pursued the dream. Today he writes me letters to tell me he's so glad I'm pursuing mine. I'm currently a videographer for Harvest Bible Chapel, which I've dreamed of since was 16 years old. My biggest dream of all is to direct a feature-film. I don't know when or how I'm going to get there, I'm just following God's lead! I love my church, my crazy household of 9 people, my boyfriend, catching up with childhood friends, flowers, movies, homemade cookies, learning about God and what it means to be a woman that lives for Him.

Christine Chapman Graphic Designer   Hey! I am a graphic designer at Ox Creative and an aspiring DIY screen printer. While my profession is graphic design, my passion is illustration. I’ve been learning the technique of screen printing to make my designs extend farther than the computer (prints & shirts)! I’m married to Jordan Chapman and we have a cutie black cat named Ravi. We reside in a beautiful Tudor style house in Elgin, IL. It is another avenue of my creative aspirations. We love having people over for a meal & laughs!    INSTAGRAM

Christine Chapman
Graphic Designer

Hey! I am a graphic designer at Ox Creative and an aspiring DIY screen printer. While my profession is graphic design, my passion is illustration. I’ve been learning the technique of screen printing to make my designs extend farther than the computer (prints & shirts)! I’m married to Jordan Chapman and we have a cutie black cat named Ravi. We reside in a beautiful Tudor style house in Elgin, IL. It is another avenue of my creative aspirations. We love having people over for a meal & laughs!

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Holly Ruge Integrative Nutritional Coach   Hi, I’m Holly 😊. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, married to my true love and best friend Mike. I love Jesus, sharing life and good food with loved ones and stewarding my body with functional fitness. By day you’ll find me coaching clients through lifestyle changes and mentoring/coaching fitness professionals who work with older adults. By night you’ll find me in the kitchen cooking for my hubby, entertaining for family/friends or with my fave charcoal face-mask, relaxing in an Epsom Salt bath loaded with essential oils!    INSTAGRAM

Holly Ruge
Integrative Nutritional Coach

Hi, I’m Holly 😊. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, married to my true love and best friend Mike. I love Jesus, sharing life and good food with loved ones and stewarding my body with functional fitness.
By day you’ll find me coaching clients through lifestyle changes and mentoring/coaching fitness professionals who work with older adults. By night you’ll find me in the kitchen cooking for my hubby, entertaining for family/friends or with my fave charcoal face-mask, relaxing in an Epsom Salt bath loaded with essential oils!

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Eva Winters Book Designer   Hello! I’m a full time book designer and freelance artist based in Chicagoland. Graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from Olivet Nazarene University in 2015, she's freelanced for everything from album cover designs to weird tattoos.    INSTAGRAM

Eva Winters
Book Designer

Hello! I’m a full time book designer and freelance artist based in Chicagoland. Graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from Olivet Nazarene University in 2015, she's freelanced for everything from album cover designs to weird tattoos.

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Shannon Brachbill Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer   Hey friends! I’m Shannon, a photographer from the Chicagoland area. I’m originally from Peoria, IL but my husband and I recently moved here so he could finish school at NIU. I am the owner of Shannon Lee Photo where I capture anything from weddings to newborns. I have a huge obsession with Diet Coke, Dip n Dots, and my 80lb standard poodle! Photography has been a huge blessing in my life and I could not be more thankful for the outlet he has created for creative women to come together to celebrate His name!    INSTAGRAM

Shannon Brachbill
Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer

Hey friends! I’m Shannon, a photographer from the Chicagoland area. I’m originally from Peoria, IL but my husband and I recently moved here so he could finish school at NIU. I am the owner of Shannon Lee Photo where I capture anything from weddings to newborns. I have a huge obsession with Diet Coke, Dip n Dots, and my 80lb standard poodle! Photography has been a huge blessing in my life and I could not be more thankful for the outlet he has created for creative women to come together to celebrate His name!

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Annelise Pollard Watercolor Artist   I am a watercolor artist currently living in Elgin originally from Milwaukee. I love the fluidity of the watercolor and that it is uncontrollable. For me, watercolor is a reflection of the world we live in -- unpredictable and unexpected.  My work has been shown at two juried exhibitions in Judson's Draewell gallery, and ArtPrize 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Currently I am preparing work for Var Gallery's 30x30x30 exhibition.     INSTAGRAM

Annelise Pollard
Watercolor Artist

I am a watercolor artist currently living in Elgin originally from Milwaukee. I love the fluidity of the watercolor and that it is uncontrollable. For me, watercolor is a reflection of the world we live in -- unpredictable and unexpected.

My work has been shown at two juried exhibitions in Judson's Draewell gallery, and ArtPrize 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Currently I am preparing work for Var Gallery's 30x30x30 exhibition.


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Stephanie Swanston  Illustration & Design   HI! I’m Steph. I love the random mix of community found in coffee shops, anything and everything floral, meeting new friends, and all things creative. I knew when I was 6 that I wanted to be an artist. I have the most amazing + supportive husband, Dave. He’s a total realist, I’m a total dreamer. I’m a follower of Jesus. I believe that he died for you + me so that we can freely enter a relationship with God. I’ve had my doubts and fears, but I’ve seen God at work in my own life + my faith continues to grow. I have 6 siblings, and I’ve never had a favorite color!    INSTAGRAM

Stephanie Swanston
Illustration & Design

HI! I’m Steph. I love the random mix of community found in coffee shops, anything and everything floral, meeting new friends, and all things creative. I knew when I was 6 that I wanted to be an artist. I have the most amazing + supportive husband, Dave. He’s a total realist, I’m a total dreamer. I’m a follower of Jesus. I believe that he died for you + me so that we can freely enter a relationship with God. I’ve had my doubts and fears, but I’ve seen God at work in my own life + my faith continues to grow. I have 6 siblings, and I’ve never had a favorite color!

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