Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Worldless Wednesday week 17

We're nearing the end of another month of #CreativeDaily, and the new list of prompts for May has just been released! If you haven't yet, join in the challenge with us.

"nursery" art
"ready" to play with papa's chickens
all "set" at ZelenyFair
ending a good day with friends, drinks, and watching the kids
play hide and "go" seek

time to sort and "fold" the fabric gifted to me from a destash
new hippo basket from Unique Creations by Tracy
now need to "iron" out what to put inside
time to remove extra "fiber" from my fabric

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Quick Tips for Photographing Products

For those of us who sell our handmade items online, good photographs can be what sets you apart from everyone else. When photographing your finished item for product listings, there are a few key things to focus on.

Monday, April 28, 2014

CreativeDaily all May long

Are you enjoying the #CreativeDaily photography challenge? Lu & Ed has just released the list of prompts for May. I hope you will join us!

Stay inspired daily with #creativedaily, the monthly photo-a-day challenge geared specifically towards creatives, artists & small business owners!

The goal of #creativedaily is to inspire people to document their life and indie biz journey through daily photos & snippets of text, encouraging them to fill each day will a little bit of creativity while fostering creative community & new friendships through social media.

Jump on board with May’s challenge! It’s super easy and fun to join in – each day has a prompt (Example, the prompt for May 1st is Fresh Picked), just snap a photo of your interpretation of the prompt and post it to social media with the hashtag #creativedaily.

I am so excited to see the photos that everyone posts for this challenge! Don’t fret if you miss a day or few – no obligations, this challenge is just for fun & to infuse each day with a little bit of creativity! Have fun!


Wanna help spread the word about #creativedaily? Feel free to blog it, share it, tell your friends about it! Just hold open the image in a new window, save it to your phone and upload via social media with the hashtag! It is sized perfectly for Instagram!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Knitting Madness

This week we welcome Knitting Madness and owner Mandy Garcia as our featured shop.

I started my business when I realized I didn't want to work for some one else and truly enjoyed making things. I am really happy when people enjoy what I have made.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Worldless Wednesday week 16

Happy Wednesday! Its time to round up another week of #CreativeDaily photos. Join in the fun at any time, and see the list of prompts here.

"twisted" yarn makes a pretty lion mane
lion by Kiser Krafts
"good crafternoon" spent sewing flowers
these two have "unbelievable" imaginations
one of the best views in Kansas "city" MO

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Believe Bistro

The featured shop this week is a small business that is dedicated to helping kids in need. Meet Believe bistro and owner, Bobbie Howden, and enter to win a selection of tea and coffee.

Believe bistro began in November 2012. I launched it to provide my special needs foster daughter with work experience before she headed off to college. In addition to offering exceptional beverages, Believe bistro gives kids in foster care an opportunity to discover their talents and learn new skills. Currently we have two special needs teens taking part in the operation. You'll love our coffee & tea. And it'll taste even sweeter knowing you're helping to positively shape the future for some very special individuals.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Pancake Recipe

 GipsonWands is back with another great recipe, this time featuring his breakfast favorite.

As many of you know I love pancakes, and I love making pancakes. There's not much better then settling down to a large stack on a weekend morning. So today I thought I'd share my latest pancake making success-- Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Pancakes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Sponsors

I am excited to share with you all of our wonderful blog sponsors for April. Check out their shops and connect with them on social media.

Lily & Bo features unique, stylish and affordable creations for every occasion, and are happy to make a custom order to fit your needs. You can find Lily & Bo on Facebook, Storenvy, Etsy, blog & Twitter.

Bellamy Tree takes you back in time where little girls’ dresses featured full skirts and bows, and fluffy bloomers peeked out from beneath. Now you have a sense of what Bellamy Tree has to offer...but it gets even better! They offer a selection of boys clothes as well as girls, shoes and accessories. Find Bellamy Tree on Facebook, Storenvy, Etsy, Twitter, & Instagram.

Unique Creations by Tracy makes all things crochet. Her signature are adorable crocheted owls. Her line has expanded to include animals, dolls, loveys, headbands, garlands, hats, appliques, toy monsters & more. You can find Unique Creations by Tracy on Facebook, Storenvy, blog & Twitter.

Hamburke's features handmade hair bows and crocheted heirloom baby hats and booties and ecofriendly fabric sandwich bags and wraps. You can find Hamburke's Hair Bows online at Facebook, Etsy, & Twitter.

Simple Xpressions- Personalized is the place to stop for personalized accessories and merchandise. You can find Simple Xpressions-Personalized on Facebook, Storenvy, & Pinterest.

Cel's Deconails is the place for Japanese style nail art, unique handmade jewelry with a dark or kawaii flair, bling phone cases and deco accessories with all sorts of cute and sparkly materials. You can find Cel's Deconails on Facebook, Storenvy, blog, Twitter, & Pinterest.

Would you like to have your shop displayed on our blog, and shared on our social media? See our Sponsorship opportunities

Wordless Wednesday week 15

Happy Wednesday! Enjoy another week of #CreativeDaily photos, 
and check us out on Instagram.


"butterfly" washi tape


having a "ball" playing with chalk



love this "twisted" lion's mane
from Kiser Krafts

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Baby Moon Boutique

This week we're featuring a great handmade shop that amazingly donates 50% of each sale to charity! I'm happy to introduce Baby Moon Boutique and owner/creator Nichole.

My name is Nichole and I am a wife to my wonderful husband Tim, boutique owner, organizer of a non-profit, and a stay at home mom to 4 boys- Max (14), Cooper (4), Brodie (2), and Jacksen (1). I also dream of fostering to adopt a child one day.

I began my journey with Baby Moon Boutique in November 2011 after the birth of my youngest son. I wanted to make my son some new items and re-found my passion for sewing. I started with minky blankets and rag quilts. They are so soft and I just love making them. Then I began expending to soft toys with child development in mind. Each toy is unique to Baby Moon as I create each item from pattern to finished product by hand.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Week 14

Happy Wednesday! We've collected another week of our #CreativeDaily photos. Have you been participating or following along? See the list of daily prompts here.

"quiet" afternoon sewing
"pastel" fabric for new flowers

no time to fly "kites" today, instead we played with
baby chicks

Kiser Krafts new bunny style coming soon

"sprinkle" of metal shavings and a magnet =
an hour of fun!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Science Playtime- Slime

Lately my daughter has been really into doing science experiments. I've found several great blogs that have kid-friendly crafts, experiments and playtime ideas. We recently made slime from the post I found at

This has to be one of the easiest projects we've done, as well as one of the most interesting.You start with these items:

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Bellamy Tree

I'm pleased to introduce our featured shop this week, Bellamy Tree, and shop owner Estie.

My name is Estie, and I am a Create at home Mom. I have three full of character boys, and one SPUNKY little girl. I adore Vintage inspired clothing! I should have been born in a different era back where little girls’ dresses featured full skirts and bows, and fluffy bloomers peeked out from beneath. My goal with Bellamy Tree is create Boutique quality clothes that are durable, well-made, and meant to be worn!!! I also add features to my dresses that allow them to be worn for a few years.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lily & Bo Doberman Rescue

I love when I find shops that give back to charity. When I learned about Lily & Bo's commitment to donate to animal rescue, I knew I needed to share it! Carrie, the owner and creator at Lily & Bo tells us why she chose Doberman Rescue of Minnesota, and more about the charity.

Here is why I am passionate about this. Last year, we applied to adopt a foster dog. Because we had a cat, at that time there were no dobermans that were tolerant of cats! In the meantime, we ended up adopting a baby doberman puppy and became DRM volunteers. The staff and volunteers are amazing and beyond helpful. The foster parents are fantastic and the glue to this organization. To see so many animal lovers in one place is simply amazing! To know that 100% of your donation stays within the organization and helps so many rescue dobermans- it just makes you feel overwhelmed with happiness!

You can find Lily & Bo on Facebook, Shop, blog, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep reading to find out more about the rescue organization.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Week 13 and CTWW

Welcome April! Its time for a new month of #CreativeDaily and we're hoping to get back to the #DailyZoodle challenge as well. 
I also participate in the weekly #CTWW or Change the World Wednesday. See the bottom of the post for more info.
What challenges are you involved in?

needles are "sharp" just ask my finger!
never a "dull" weather moment in the midwest
in 45 min we had sun, rain, thunderstorm, hail, then sunny skies again
"prep" the lettuce planters
"goal" for the week: re-pot and propigate the African violets
are we "fools" to think we can get enough houses
to sign up for Google Fiber by the deadline?

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