Five in Five: A Little Positivityfeatured

orangepeacescreensaver2015 has been kicking my butt. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer so I’ll spare you the details but I don’t think I’m alone based on what I’ve been hearing from friends or seeing people post online. It seems like it’s been a rough start for many. Hopefully Spring will bring nothing but good news, good health and a little positivity for everyone. In the meantime, as I curl up on the couch with a blanket and my laptop while I watch the flurries and gray skies, I thought I’d try to help it along.



Designer for Hirefeatured

Jennifer Stefanek Art and Design Logo

Last week’s project was a big one. I spent a lot of time going through my portfolio and organizing and creating my portfolio Web site, something long overdue.

Many of you may already know that my professional career after college was as a Graphic Designer. I worked in corporate and studio environments and gained over seven years of solid design experience before pausing my career to be a full-time Mom. Bill and I worked hard, saved hard and did a lot of planning before having our kiddos in order to afford this privilege. We never really made plans about when I would go back to work but now that the boys are older, more independent there is really no excuse for me not to bring home a little bacon and beef up our savings account again.  (more…)


Five in Five: Leather & Chainfeatured


I have a few rather involved projects underway right now and while I am really enjoying carving time out of every day to work on them, progress is slow and it might be a while before they are completed. I need some instant gratification projects to interject into my days so today I am launching a new series I’m calling “Five in Five.” My goal is to complete five related projects, one a day, for five days and I’ll post the results once all five are completed. I hope to complete at least one “Five in Five” series post every month. How many times did I just use the word five? I’ll stop now. (more…)


A Tale of Friendshipfeatured

Picture of Sunrise with a quote

Sunrise in Milwaukee taken from my hotel window the morning of Tracy’s funeral.

My heart is heavy. One week ago today the world lost another wonderful person to breast cancer. She was many things to many people but to me she was my best friend. At her funeral I was able to honor her and our wonderful friendship through this tribute. I wanted to share it with you.  (more…)


Photo Walk: A Snowy Walk in the Parkfeatured

Snowy Photo Walk

At the beginning of the month, I made a last minute decision to take a basic DSLR photography workshop with a local photographer. It was a one day thing advertised on Living Social. Although I took a few photography classes while getting my BFA, I’ve pretty much been stuck in auto mode since college. One of the things he suggested at the end of the workshop was to go out and use our new knowledge by taking photo walks. This morning I took my first photo walk.  (more…)