Hey there! I'm Laura Utz.
In the summer of 1999, I met my husband when I was "working as a waitress at a cocktail bar..." We were both living in the DePaul neighborhood of Lincoln Park in the Windy City. Nathan and his ND alum buddies frequented a little Irish pub by the name of McGee's, located at Webster and Sheffield. Little did we know - that would be the beginning of our story. And it's still my favorite story to this day. We lived in Chicago and built our sweet family of three babes until a job opportunity at ND brought him BACK to the South Bend Area. I had stopped teaching in 2006 and was a busy mom wearing many hats throughout my day. In those early years of staying at home and during my many hours of insomnia, I taught myself how to use design software and became instantly hooked. I ran a teeny-weeny on-line custom photo card website that specialized in photo birth announcements, invitations and holiday cards. Most importantly, it kept me busy and fulfilled when I wasn't feeding, walking or bathing a child. Once we moved to Indiana in 2011, our home here became the inspiration for many of my projects. I then dabbled with running an Etsy shop, but realized I did not have the time or energy to go in that direction with building and wrapping and shipping - oh my! In efforts to stop tearing apart our home, I began offering design services of all sorts to local clients. These days, you can find me back in a classroom again, where not only my time, but my heart is fulfilled. I work as a Reading Intervention Specialist in the South Bend schools teaching first graders who are struggling in reading. Now, my design has shifted in yet another direction. When I am not teaching, you can find me behind my computer designing SOMEthing. Creating teaching tools and resources that are effective AND pretty. Thank you for stopping by here. I'm so glad you're here!
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