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When My Baby Dreams

Jan 23, 2012

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Sometimes even your most indulgent hobby might end up changing your life. When Adele Enersen’s daughter, Mila, was born in the spring of 2010, the infatuated new mom started photographing her baby’s dreams and blogging about them (in an effort to avoid emailing her friends and family with baby pictures 100 times a day). After only two months, Mila’s Daydreams received over two million visitors, and now, over a year later, Adele’s written and illustrated her first book, When My Baby Dreams, just published earlier this month by Balzer + Bray.

To be perfectly honest, Mila’s Daydreams started out as a total coincidence — at the time, Mila was only two weeks old, and she just happened to fall asleep in a funny position on a blanket on the floor. The more we looked at her, the more she appeared like a little fencer, and we took a few pictures. That’s when I started to think of making whimsical backgrounds around Mila that would match the charm of her sleepiness — they could be her dreams, illustrated!

In the very first official Mila’s Daydream picture that I ever took, Mila’s playing with her friends in a little forest that I made out of pillows and blankets that were already lying around the house. The daisies she’s picking are from the flower bouquet I received while still in the hospital. The next day, while doing laundry, I had another vision for what Mila might have been dreaming about, and then, while cooking dinner that same night, another and another…

I’m pleased to say that I never bought any props for the pictures; it was much more fun and economical (and eco-friendly!) to rediscover household items that I’d been looking at and using for so many years. I noticed that my old bed sheets were the same color as the ocean, and that’s when I built the set for this “precious pearl” photo. The sand was really a blanket that usually hangs over our sofa, and the oyster was a combination of cloth nappies and a sarong I’d picked up during a trip to Goa. I made the octopus from an old purple bed sheet (which I was going to make rags out of, anyway). Last but not least, the octopus’s eyes were perfumed rose candles I received as a gift from my mother. Finally, I’d found a use for them!

I enjoyed my little creative outbursts so much that I decided to start a blog for my family and friends, so they could see my funny baby pictures and how much fun I was having in my new life. Little did I know what would happen after I uploaded the first few pictures. Literally over night my blog had received almost a million visitors, and my inbox was filled to the brim with comments from other parents and soon-to-be parents and aspiring parents (and people who didn’t even like kids!) who enjoyed my baby photos. At first, I totally panicked — what had I done to my private little life?! But because of my work in advertising (where the Internet plays an increasingly important role), I knew that I wouldn’t be able to stop the phenomenon. My pictures were already out there, so all I could do was own them and keep going.

And after all, I’m a part of the Internet generation, so the web definitely had an impact on my creative process. I really love the way the Internet connects people and creates otherwise unlikely interactions, and on several occasions I got fantastic ideas from my fans and friends for new daydream photos.

Thanks to the Internet, I was also contacted by several literary agents and publishers very early on, and this was only after two weeks of blogging, so that’s when I realized that I’d stumbled upon something special in Mila’s Daydreams. I was a few days away from signing a contract with one agent, when I received an email from another agent, a young fellow named Stephen Barr at Writers House. I have to admit — I started dancing when I got the email from Writers House (they represent some of my absolute favorite authors, like Neil Gaiman and Stephenie Meyer), but the greatest impact was the way in which Stephen wrote to me. He was funny, very sincere, and really witty. You can tell so much about people from the way they write, and I knew immediately that this was the person I wanted to work with. He’s been helping me at every turn and he found me a superlative publisher in Balzer + Bray, and I’ve been so happy working work with my editor there (and the co-publisher of the imprint), Alessandra Balzer. I feel really lucky to be surrounded by such awesome people!

During the book design process, I was very hands on — I’m happy (and relieved) that everyone tolerated me, as I can be a bit of control freak! Before I knew who my publisher would be, I told my agent that I had a very clear vision as to how Mila’s Daydreams ought to be built into a book. In essence, the photos are the “main thing,” and our main thing was to keep the main thing as the main thing.

It’s been especially interesting working on a book where a healthy portion of the content was already available online for free — the Internet certainly made things simpler compared to the hard work of polishing a design for print publication! However, the Internet is still just one dimension. A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes it’s the 1,001st word that really opens up a project and transforms it into something beyond its original scope.

Adele Enersen is an author, amateur photographer and blogger living in Helsinki, Finland with her daughter, Mila, her composer husband, and another baby on the way. She’s currently on maternity leave from her day job as a copywriter and concept designer. While she spends most of her time looking after her daughter, creativity is still a big part of her life, whether that means writing and illustrating stories or avoiding housework (such as making funny characters out of the laundry instead of washing it).

1 Featured Comment

  • karuski

    karuski said 7 years ago Featured

    These photos make such sweet memories of your daughter. Now that I have a little baby boy myself I love the idea of documenting him in pictures every day. Precious!


  • pipapiep

    pipapiep said 7 years ago


  • BrownBooks

    BrownBooks said 7 years ago

    Love this!

  • trafalgarssquare

    trafalgarssquare said 7 years ago

    what a fantastic idea. and what a charming way for Mila to look back years from now and experience her babyhood through her mother's eyes.

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 7 years ago

    This is hilarious and adorable! What a great idea!

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 7 years ago

    congratulations, Adele! love your creativity! :)

  • avesattic

    avesattic said 7 years ago


  • GourmetHandbags

    GourmetHandbags said 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness…this is so adorable! What a precious baby and such a cute idea! Good luck with everything!

  • owlgypsy

    owlgypsy said 7 years ago

    I am so in love with this!!! How precious!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 7 years ago

    Very cute.

  • ilovesmallbites

    ilovesmallbites said 7 years ago

    That is the cutest idea! How clever and creative. What an adorable photo!

  • NobleTextiles

    NobleTextiles said 7 years ago

    So adorable!

  • minnaraty

    minnaraty said 7 years ago

    Love them all separately - singer Adele, our capital Helsinki, ever-surprising Etsy and incredible imagination - and now combined with babies;)

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 7 years ago

    Very cute. Thanks for sharing!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago


  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 7 years ago

    This is AWESOME!!! I love how you used items around your house to create your scenes and creatures/ Mila's dreams! ..and what a precious keepsake for Mila to see when she's older! Congrats on baby #2!

  • SweetMagnoliaLane

    SweetMagnoliaLane said 7 years ago

    Quite possibly the cutest thing ever. Her baby must be a heavy sleeper!

  • LuzAmigurumiPatterns

    LuzAmigurumiPatterns said 7 years ago

    This is so lovely!, I love the idea! great great pictures!

  • lbmastiff

    lbmastiff said 7 years ago

    Love the creativity! Beautiful photos!

  • lindamayk

    lindamayk said 7 years ago

    Fantastic--Love, love, love it!!!!

  • LittleWeeShop

    LittleWeeShop said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on having a mighty sense of humor & putting it to such a creative use. Your daughter is sure to love these & her inherited creative jeans!

  • TheBeeKeeperVintage

    TheBeeKeeperVintage said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • jojolarue

    jojolarue said 7 years ago

    love this! i followed her for a long time and am glad to see the book is out.

  • Maelo

    Maelo said 7 years ago

    Love Love Love Love

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    So creative!! I have been seeing this book everywhere, congrats momma!

  • SnuggleWithLove

    SnuggleWithLove said 7 years ago

    So creative and amazing!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    awe, little astronaut baby :)

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 7 years ago

    so clever and sweet!!

  • rollad6

    rollad6 said 7 years ago

    So super fantastic! She'll love all this when she's bigger! Roll for initiative, J & J

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    As I approached 2012 I told myself that I was going to see beauty and be inspired by what I see everyday. Sometimes as Artists we get into a state of mind where we have to be blown away by something to get inspired. Adele's story is a wonderful example of how a little moment can lead to wonderful things, that Inspiration can be anywhere.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 7 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    those are great - great use of everyday items. i love the space walker.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    So creative and beautiful for a lifetime!

  • eelb

    eelb said 7 years ago


  • BonTons

    BonTons said 7 years ago

    Sweet, wonderful idea

  • lavendergooms

    lavendergooms said 7 years ago

    What a lovely way to celebrate your daughters life! I hope all her dreams come true!

  • jaderbug42

    jaderbug42 said 7 years ago

    Love love love love love!!!!

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts said 7 years ago

    Adorable, cute and very creative!

  • grandmae1

    grandmae1 said 7 years ago

    Fantastic, and I love the way the BABY is the FOCUS of each picture! (~.~) Ellen

  • tootoopicky

    tootoopicky said 7 years ago

    So loving, creative and imaginative! She is the kind of mom every child deserves.

  • birthdayclothes

    birthdayclothes said 7 years ago

    that's so cute

  • djcjlw

    djcjlw said 7 years ago

    Oh, so cute!!

  • tinygiraffeshop

    tinygiraffeshop said 7 years ago


  • lilinspirations

    lilinspirations said 7 years ago

    Love it! Congratulations!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 7 years ago

    Mila must be a great sleeper :) All the best for you and your family.

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 7 years ago

    Those pictures are so adorable. Of course the gorgeous baby doesn't hurt. It makes me want to do take pictures like this of my kids but I'd have to steal into their apartments to do it!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 7 years ago

    Very Cute!

  • JeweleighaB

    JeweleighaB said 7 years ago

    Wonderful photos and what a neat idea! I have to admit that when my babies sleep, I creep away for some 'me time' ;)

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 7 years ago

    SO COOL! love this so much :) Thanks for making me smile ♥

  • helenaCRAFTS

    helenaCRAFTS said 7 years ago

    ♥ ihania kuvia ♥

  • ManInTheMoonHerbs

    ManInTheMoonHerbs said 7 years ago

    How fun would it be to have Adele for a Mom!

  • CrushedBotanicals

    CrushedBotanicals said 7 years ago

    so gorgeous!

  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird said 7 years ago

    this is absolutely fantastical! sooo sooo clever! Congratulations on everything, these ideas rival Anne Geddes, they are just so inspired and whimsical. Mila is definitely going to enjoy looking at all of these someday!!!

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy said 7 years ago

    Saw a segment with this author and her sweet baby book on a morning "news" show segment last week. What fun!

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 7 years ago


  • hollygatto

    hollygatto said 7 years ago

    i love it! so cute!

  • MomOf7Monkeys

    MomOf7Monkeys said 7 years ago

    As the mom of 7 monkeys I know what inspirational joy children can bring! Big Smiles to you Adele!

  • doodleink

    doodleink said 7 years ago

    What a creative mama! So fun and inspirational. Love it.

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  • AnnaKiper

    AnnaKiper said 7 years ago

    I love it!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 7 years ago

    pret ~ty darn cute !

  • pillowlink

    pillowlink said 7 years ago

    I saw these stories some time ago and I was surprised how creative women she is... It is so many love in her work. Baby grows in fairy tale world - for them it is perfect childhood..

  • tomsgrossmami

    tomsgrossmami said 7 years ago

    Too sweet!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 7 years ago


  • OnceUponABike

    OnceUponABike said 7 years ago

    So amazingly adorable and creative.

  • jusbecuzz

    jusbecuzz said 7 years ago

    Love It! What a Beautiful Way to share Mila's story. So Creative!

  • childdoll

    childdoll said 7 years ago

    So much love <3

  • WaxPhilosophical

    WaxPhilosophical said 7 years ago

    I'm just jealous her kid sleeps. Wish mine would!

  • nuralpar

    nuralpar said 7 years ago

    So so creative and lovely! Wondering what will come next? Congratulations!

  • PonderingSeedsofHope

    PonderingSeedsofHope said 7 years ago

    Fun and lovely!! By looking at pictures, we can DREAM as well:)

  • ARVarty

    ARVarty said 7 years ago

    what an amazing idea!! great job!

  • LotusBudTeaCo

    LotusBudTeaCo said 7 years ago

    Esty never stops amazing me with its artist and creativity ~ This is so original and beautiful

  • glusk

    glusk said 7 years ago

    Love the final picture of mum riding an elephant

  • easysqueezy311

    easysqueezy311 said 7 years ago

    Lovely story!!! Bravo :) :) I have a new baby book to go purchase!

  • Barbarashandcrafts

    Barbarashandcrafts said 7 years ago

    This is so adorable. I am so blown away by the creativity and how life circumstances lead us to new places.

  • nightlyallure

    nightlyallure said 7 years ago

    Too precious :)

  • Barbarashandcrafts

    Barbarashandcrafts said 7 years ago

    These pictures are so adorable. I am so blown away by the creativity and how life's circumstances lead us in new and wonderful directions.

  • anticovalore

    anticovalore said 7 years ago


  • MetamorphosisSuite

    MetamorphosisSuite said 7 years ago

    Lovely and inspiring.

  • TurquoiseLollipops

    TurquoiseLollipops said 7 years ago

  • StudioLakshmi

    StudioLakshmi said 7 years ago

    I discovered Adele's blog last year and was blown away by her creativity and resourcefulness. And what a beautiful way to capture her daughter's growth :) Beautiful photos !

  • jacklom3

    jacklom3 said 7 years ago

    So Sweet!!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 7 years ago

    love this so much ..happy for you!!

  • blufaerie

    blufaerie said 7 years ago

    so incredibly adorable and whimsical... i love this!

  • kbolster

    kbolster said 7 years ago

    How amazing - a true visionary; beautiful pictures!

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina said 7 years ago

    Wow! Such a great idea and such a crafty accurate and tasteful performance. Warmest Wishes and best of luck with the book!:)

  • erikareboucas

    erikareboucas said 7 years ago

    Wow! These are amazing works.............I love how your lovely daughter will have beautiful and creative photos of of the dreams you created for her. These will be cherished forever. Congratulations on your much deserved success!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 7 years ago


  • TheSunshineGrove

    TheSunshineGrove said 7 years ago

    Very cool and cute!

  • giraffesnstuff

    giraffesnstuff said 7 years ago

    what a touching story:) i think Mila will have just as big imagination as her mommy! Love the story!

  • MaggieKeeferDesigns

    MaggieKeeferDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love it!!! Thanks for the creativity!

  • valerieharrell

    valerieharrell said 7 years ago

    So creative!

  • MissingHeirloom

    MissingHeirloom said 7 years ago

    Sweet, what wonderful 'memories' Mila will have when she gets older!

  • FlowerLand85

    FlowerLand85 said 7 years ago

    Is wonderful! Congratulations, I think your compositions are great fun!

  • FleetingStillness

    FleetingStillness said 7 years ago

    wow! so imaginative!

  • oldecityvintage

    oldecityvintage said 7 years ago


  • maidavale

    maidavale said 7 years ago

    So creative!

  • thevicagirl

    thevicagirl said 7 years ago

    That is so cool! I love it!

  • chrissykitty

    chrissykitty said 7 years ago

    how adorable, you rlly love your baby

  • BabetteBistro

    BabetteBistro said 7 years ago

    Your daughter is so fortunate to live in a world surrounded by creativity, love and support. It's genuine and beautiful.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 7 years ago

    very creative. I'm sure a lot of new moms will appreciate the inspiration.

  • thecupcakekid

    thecupcakekid said 7 years ago

    What a sweet story, and clever mom, and super adorable baby!

  • wishdaisy

    wishdaisy said 7 years ago

    This is seriously one of the most inspiring things I've read in a long time! Great, great post!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 7 years ago

    This is awesome!! So creative and cute! Love it!

  • LCTCraftedCards

    LCTCraftedCards said 7 years ago

    Amazing! What a blessed creative mind you have! Blessings to you and your growing family = ) -LC Turner

  • beckysusanne

    beckysusanne said 7 years ago

    I LOVE THIS!!! What an amazing creative and beautiful idea!!! I am getting this book!

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef said 7 years ago

    I love it, so creative. And the use of household items is so brilliant. Amazing work.

  • aphryn

    aphryn said 7 years ago

    this is such a wonderful project :) thanks for sharing your daughter's dreams!

  • Yarnbella

    Yarnbella said 7 years ago

    I love these pictures! If only I felt so energetic while my kids napped...

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 7 years ago

    Love it!!!! sooooo creative!!!! congratulations!!!

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    JewelsbyJasmin said 7 years ago

    That is just to amazing :)

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 7 years ago

    Simple approach. Amazing result. Love it.

  • MrsNowak7

    MrsNowak7 said 7 years ago

    I saw this story on TV and LOVED it! I am so glad to see it featured on Etsy.

  • bMichelleDesigns

    bMichelleDesigns said 7 years ago

    I saw an interview. I hope she does another book with her new baby! So cute!

  • mummumscrafts

    mummumscrafts said 7 years ago

    I love this!!!!!!! Cutest idea I have seen in a long time, no wonder the blog was such a hit!!!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 7 years ago

    Amazing and sweet!

  • CinnamonsElfie

    CinnamonsElfie said 7 years ago

    So dreamy! Magical!!!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 7 years ago

    Now that is just way too much fun. Thank-you!

  • iggychocs

    iggychocs said 7 years ago

    So amazing and unique, I love it!! Mine would never sleep that soundly, every little thing has always woken him up.

  • crownring

    crownring said 7 years ago

    Adorable! :)

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 7 years ago

    Those are awesome! So creative!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 7 years ago

    So cute:O)

  • stoneaddict

    stoneaddict said 7 years ago

    I've seen her work, of course, on Facebook. Amazing!

  • karuski

    karuski said 7 years ago Featured

    These photos make such sweet memories of your daughter. Now that I have a little baby boy myself I love the idea of documenting him in pictures every day. Precious!

  • thewomensrepublic

    thewomensrepublic said 7 years ago

    Amazing, I love the elephant you created and how your little one seems to bring out your own inner child:) Wonderful.

  • SparkleLynn

    SparkleLynn said 7 years ago

    Adorable and creative idea!!!

  • FolkArtByDawn

    FolkArtByDawn said 7 years ago

    Pretty amazing looking and that you found the time with a new baby I know it took me a year before I had time to start painting again.

  • marieowltoinette

    marieowltoinette said 7 years ago

    Precious! Such a wonderful and creative project!

  • susn675

    susn675 said 7 years ago

    Love this book! I bought two copies for a baby shower and one for my granddaughter Mila for Valentine's Day. It's precious!

  • melaniedk

    melaniedk said 7 years ago off of Jan vonHollenben? Dreams of flying?

  • BirdEnergy

    BirdEnergy said 7 years ago

    Way to much fun.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    Melanie I think there are a lot of ideas that are stumbled upon by the same people, in different, organic ways. I was once at an art show where I was walking around and found a painting by another artist that was almost the same as mine: size, palette, subject matter! Yet we both had unique stories and ideas that brought us to similar expressions. It does happen.

  • WingedWorld

    WingedWorld said 7 years ago

    So sweet!

  • Earendil7

    Earendil7 said 7 years ago

    This is SO cute!

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 7 years ago

    What a simple and sweet way to document that precious time. It reminds me a bit of the children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon and how his world is simply created from his imagination. What a gift to have for your daughter in the future.

  • Corvid337

    Corvid337 said 7 years ago

    good idea! very creative!

  • tessb

    tessb said 7 years ago

    you are so talented love your photos

  • madebyzigzag

    madebyzigzag said 7 years ago

    Creative, whimsical, just simply lovely!

  • noahhadfaith

    noahhadfaith said 7 years ago

    Lovely in every sense of the word. Where can I purchase a copy of your book?

  • sweetbeecottage

    sweetbeecottage said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story and such imagination. Charming!

  • clmelisca

    clmelisca said 7 years ago

    That is some amazing creativity!

  • organikx

    organikx said 7 years ago

    Amazing talent & creativity!!! Fabulous concept, perfectly and beautifully well done!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Love this and the baby pics are just adorable!

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly said 7 years ago

    What a sweet story! And I love that you used things around your house for props. How very sweet to photograph your baby in such a natural position. Adorable!

  • KnockOutPunches

    KnockOutPunches said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful!!!!

  • bluestemjewelry

    bluestemjewelry said 7 years ago

    So very sweet and cute!

  • LizardSkins

    LizardSkins said 7 years ago

    wow, what a cool story! My congratulations!

  • auldlangsyne1

    auldlangsyne1 said 7 years ago

    HOW CUTE!!! Love it! Cannot stop smiling!! :}

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 7 years ago

    How wonderful and creative!

  • KrystalCirca1984

    KrystalCirca1984 said 7 years ago


  • BabyBearHats

    BabyBearHats said 7 years ago

    I love this!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    art=life, life=art Beautiful!!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 7 years ago

    I can relate with this article/project so much. Warmed my heart. Fantastic job and thank you for doing what you do!

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    sweetsarahcardsandtr said 7 years ago

    wow, how innovative. pure awesomeness!

  • sandboxcastle

    sandboxcastle said 7 years ago

    This is so creative! I love it!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    So cute! Love it!

  • oneeyedgirls

    oneeyedgirls said 7 years ago

    So resourceful, spontaneously creative and sweet! Your baby will love this and obviously others as well!

  • perebags

    perebags said 7 years ago

    So awesome! congrats!

  • BeMyBee

    BeMyBee said 7 years ago

    So sweet and inspiring too!

  • peshka

    peshka said 7 years ago

    Hilarious !! ha ha

  • sliverofwoods

    sliverofwoods said 7 years ago

    I remember visiting her blog....and was so charmed by her sweet, imaginative photos. Such beautiful creativity!! Congratulations Adele on your book...and your new baby on the way!! Best of luck!

  • HereInSmallTownUSA

    HereInSmallTownUSA said 7 years ago

    Wow! Amazing!

  • LoveSalinaMarie

    LoveSalinaMarie said 7 years ago

    awwwwww soooo so cute!!! b1essings <3 Luv, Salina

  • maisondecantern

    maisondecantern said 7 years ago

    Unique and Adorable x

  • jananapa

    jananapa said 7 years ago

    che meraviglia!!!!! bellissime

  • Nafsika

    Nafsika said 7 years ago

    I have seen the photos before! they are so cute and original! Well done!

  • mayaruhi

    mayaruhi said 7 years ago

    How absolutely awesome!! This has put a smile on my entire day! :D

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Very sweet, I love the photo at the end. Just goes to show that anything is possible in the crazy world of the internet!

  • SameheartDesigns

    SameheartDesigns said 7 years ago

    It is so great to see when someone catches an idea from that cosmic creative source space and then allows it to unravel in ways like this. This is exactly what makes the world a fun place to be.

  • nicolabaker1

    nicolabaker1 said 7 years ago

    Just lovely, brought a tear to my eye and a big smile on my face.

  • Rocajo

    Rocajo said 7 years ago

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could really take a peek into our little one's dreams? Beautifully photographed, inspiring to look at, dreaming away a little too...

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago

    What a awesome success story. Congrats!

  • silverlily786

    silverlily786 said 7 years ago

    OMG I saw your pic's a year ago when I was pregnant!!!! AMAZING !!! so cool to see you on Etsy

  • singmeamelody

    singmeamelody said 7 years ago

    I've loved Mila's Daydreams since I first saw it almost 2 years ago. The pictures are so amazing. I'm honored to have one of my items "related" to this blog post. So amazing!

  • kerriblackmanfineart

    kerriblackmanfineart said 7 years ago

    She will love seeing those pictures someday. What a fun and original concept!

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U said 7 years ago

    How very smart and creative! Congratulations on all of your good fortune!

  • MechelleDesigns

    MechelleDesigns said 7 years ago

    That is so adorable. I used to take a lot of sleeping pictures of my youngest son. He is seven now, I wish I would have thought of something like this when he was little. So cute!

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro said 7 years ago

    So nice to find your dreams here, on Etsy..! =)

  • amyfine

    amyfine said 7 years ago


  • todayisasunnyday

    todayisasunnyday said 7 years ago

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing this!!!

  • SunsetPrintAndDye

    SunsetPrintAndDye said 7 years ago

    What a lovely story! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 7 years ago

    So cute! very inventive :)

  • penyadesignshop2

    penyadesignshop2 said 7 years ago

    this is so cute!!! i want to try this...whenever I have a baby this is!

  • Azababy

    Azababy said 7 years ago

    How unique, creative and beautiful! She'll love those pictures when she grows up. She'll look back and see how much you truly adore her. Thanks for sharing...

  • DesigntheDate

    DesigntheDate said 7 years ago

    This was on the Today Show the other morning - so great! An incredible idea :) and so so cute

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush said 7 years ago

    I am always amazed at where inspiration and creativity springs from!

  • Babybits

    Babybits said 7 years ago

    Moi! Someone sent some of your beautiful photos to me when my daughter was born. You really inspired me to start creating again! Kiitos!!! P.S. One of my best friends lives in Helsinki. I hope to make it there next summer to visit, its been TEN years! If you have any suggestions of where I can find good Finnish stuff for baby, please let me know!

  • SnowChildren

    SnowChildren said 7 years ago

    Very cute!!!

  • KOdesigning

    KOdesigning said 7 years ago

    I saw it a few days on a news and I love it.

  • quiltfever

    quiltfever said 7 years ago

    Your creativity and imagination just blows me away. The book will be such a happy thing to share with your daughter as she grows up. loved the elephant

  • giorgiejewelry

    giorgiejewelry said 7 years ago

    So cute!

  • edguardodeevinchsski

    edguardodeevinchsski said 7 years ago

    That is so creative! Congratulations!

  • ArtWhimsCrochet

    ArtWhimsCrochet said 7 years ago

    How inspiring! I loved reading the article and cannot wait to create now!

  • preettysandhu

    preettysandhu said 7 years ago

    Freaking AWESOME!!!

  • PariDesign

    PariDesign said 7 years ago

    I have been following your work for a long time. I am so happy to see the recognition you get! You are such a inspiration to many people not just me. Congrats!

  • jmarquez

    jmarquez said 7 years ago

    These are just too cute! So imaginative.

  • MakingDayDreams

    MakingDayDreams said 7 years ago

    What a creative mommy. I love the pictures of Mila; I hope I can do something fun like this someday.

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry said 7 years ago

    Love love love! This absolutely made me smile...and wonder why I hadn't thought of this for when my son was freshly born! Congrats on the book!!!

  • NDMStudios

    NDMStudios said 7 years ago

    Love this article. These images are so creative and something that can be cherished by so many. Thank you for sharing.

  • Gabale

    Gabale said 7 years ago

    you are very talented! I'm going to bed with a smile in my face. thanks!

  • nicoahsmeem

    nicoahsmeem said 7 years ago

    these pics are great. thanks for sharing them. they made me smile too.

  • Shallot

    Shallot said 7 years ago

    Funny! Full of imagination.

  • steweyunscene1

    steweyunscene1 said 7 years ago

    So PAWSOME!!! Stewey

  • shaganebl

    shaganebl said 7 years ago

    Love this project and love how it really shows that parenting is really the kind of experience you make it to be!

  • vujicic3

    vujicic3 said 7 years ago

    Your love and patience softly glows and hugs Mila in every single lovely scene. It is your essense too.....your gentle touch is so visible in the way the fabrics, textiles, cards, beads, etc...are are a beautiful mom and a gift to your family. Congradulations on your book.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago


  • catiques

    catiques said 7 years ago

    Very sweet and loving. I love it.

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo said 7 years ago

    Wow so cute!!

  • mermaidsboudoir

    mermaidsboudoir said 7 years ago

    You are obviously enjoying motherhood, so loving,so creative,so sharing, all the things we mothers are! Thankyou for the reminders.

  • HappyAccidents10

    HappyAccidents10 said 7 years ago

    Awesome and adorable! What a great gift to give to Mila as well as yourself.

  • grannyNstitches

    grannyNstitches said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! Wonderful usage of ideas. Congratulations!

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 7 years ago

    this is really fantastic. what an absolutely fabulous story and concept. off to check out the book

  • brianablackman

    brianablackman said 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work! Thank you for sharing!!

  • paperairplanedesign

    paperairplanedesign said 7 years ago

    How did Mila not wake up!? I'd would hate to move my finally sleeping baby!

  • thoseshoes

    thoseshoes said 7 years ago

    my granddaughter just turned two this day, i have often seen her sleeping in unusual and wonderful positions and places. it was great to read your story, inspirational. i made zia a small pouch with butterflies that just fitted her new little doll so well. made my heart fill with joy at her pleasure. thanks for sharing

  • technicolorcarnival

    technicolorcarnival said 7 years ago

    Very cute and creative!

  • julsofparadise

    julsofparadise said 7 years ago

    Very creative photos of your darling daughter! HOW do you get your baby to sleep when you want photos? Anytime I would sneak in to photograph my daughters sleeping they would POP up! Well, it used to be said when I was a baby I could hear a spider f@rt and I'd wake up while my parents were checking on me. Im still a super light sleeper! ha!

  • nitablum

    nitablum said 7 years ago

    This article is very inspiring. I felt like her story was my own well minus her experience and success and years on etsy but she truly inspired me to keep going, keep branding my shop to speak true to who I am and good things will happen! Thanks!

  • desiderium

    desiderium said 7 years ago

    My daughter turns 17 in two weeks and I still remember the wonderful spaces of quiet while she slept and I watched. Thank you for capturing the beauty of these moments. They will stay with you because the poses you see in the photos now, will show up again when you least expect it later down the road. Cherishing our children pays back wonderfully!

  • kathystuffnmore

    kathystuffnmore said 7 years ago

    It's amazing how creativity is in every little corner of our world. You never know when it will pop up and smile at you! Love the story, best wishes to Adele & Mila and the new baby on the way. :-)

  • adeleenersen

    adeleenersen said 7 years ago

    Hello everybody! And thank you so much for all the lovely comments! Mila was a great sleeper those first 4 months, but after that I got my fair share of sleep deprivation, so I understand perfectly that you might wonder how I was able to move her to the set and take photos. :) Other parents: When she started to have trouble to sleep while teething, we find one "magic trick" to help her fall asleep again. I can share it with you guys, and it's totally free: (it was in my blog 2010) I hope you find it helpful! + Other creative people: I'm so happy if my story makes you inspired! I hope you all get your dreams come true! //Adele Enersen

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 7 years ago

    lovely photos, love the creativity

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 7 years ago

    lovely post:)

  • LynnSposito

    LynnSposito said 7 years ago


  • suzysomething

    suzysomething said 7 years ago

    It is so good that you have your future memories saved in photos. My daughter is 40+ and I still see some of the same things in her even how she holds her little finger slightly up when she is handling something; and her smile

  • WhisperingGarden

    WhisperingGarden said 7 years ago

    I saw you on the morning news! You have inspired me . So clever. I am very happy for you that you have made it your success! Bravo to you and your little one! Blessings!

  • riorita

    riorita said 7 years ago

    Definitely inspiring! Cute baby! I wonder what she will say about this when she is old enough to speak her own mind!

  • VelBVintage

    VelBVintage said 7 years ago

    Love Love Love this interview and story! You are so creative and your baby is so sweet! Congrats on your much deserved success!

  • TheEnchantedSlipper

    TheEnchantedSlipper said 7 years ago

    What an amazing story. It always amazes me how genius can be struck by the most innocent guestures in the most peculiar places. Question is, what would a picture of Mila dreaming of Mila dreaming of Mila look like. lol! It's stories like these that truly rekindle my own creativity and drive. Thank you for sharing.

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 7 years ago

    Inspiring to see household objects made into such lovely scenes.

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 7 years ago

    Those are just too adorable!

  • MantzArt

    MantzArt said 7 years ago

    Thank you universe and Adele and Mila for confirming my core belief; there is unequivocally Beauty In All Things. How perfect that a new life brings us back to the place where we can look with innocent believing eyes and see it in the ordinary and turn that ordinary into something sacred. I love Etsy, all the people in Etsy and the fact that I can do what I love and send it out and have this loving Etsy world tell me back that it sees and appreciates the love I send out with each thing I offer. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden said 7 years ago

    I read her blog before, little Mila is so adorable!! Thanks for sharing:)

  • AlicesEyesDC

    AlicesEyesDC said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the story, I had seen these pics before and wanted to know more about the photographer! I wish my munchkin slept on the floor like that!!!! Best idea ever!!!! I will surely be picking that book up!

  • VillaPernilla

    VillaPernilla said 7 years ago

    just fab! I'll stick the pictures on my blog with some links.. hope that is ok?

  • zmedceramics

    Zach Medler from zmedceramics said 7 years ago

    my wife loves and has always followed along on the blog ... so nice to see this piece, to read about the origins of the project, and to learn more about Adele!

  • tiemee

    Kate from tiemee said 7 years ago

    Such a cute idea--well done!!

  • SweetLittleReminders

    Sara from SweetLittleReminders said 4 years ago

    So cute! Very well done.

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