The Odd Bin {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

  I met Joanna several weeks ago and the similarities between us and our lives are crazy! Let me list just a few......

* We both moved back to the US last May after living abroad for many years

* We both grew up within three miles of each other out in the country on farms

* We both moved back (basically next door) to where we grew up

* We both have 'foreign' husbands.  Hers is South African and mine is Canadian

* We both have little boys around the same age

* We both love auctions, flea markets, and second hand stores.

* We both collect religious (Christian) objects

* We're both starting new businesses

..........and the list goes on, and on, and on. It's nice to have a kindred spirit close by.

Since she's starting a new business (and I know how that is!) I want to sing her praises for just a second.  If you are planning any kind of event and you want something unique and fun to make it special, check her out.  Using vintage dishes, linens, props and hand-made items she will tailor-make a style for any event you may be planning, whether it's a wedding, baby shower, birthday party or whatever. She has such great eclectic taste.

Her home is a visual feast! My eyes dart around her rooms every time I'm there and I see something new every single time. Don't even get me started on her basement. It's like the Holy Grail of flea market finds. I just want to pack it all up and bring it home with me!  So share this blog about her, go to her facebook page and like her or check out her new website (still under construction but you can bookmark it for future use!) and tell your friends!

Oh, and I almost forgot the most important part!  The business is called The Odd Bin. Cool name isn't it?

Enjoy the photos of her and her family.  Don't be scared of the psychedelic feline. They have a barnful of them, but they're all very sweet.



Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.