May 31, 2012

Our Memorial Weekend Recap

This past weekend was jam packed with fun, family, and good food. The first part of this weekend revolved around my brother and his graduation from High School. Friday night was the ceremony and Saturday afternoon was his graduation party.

Did I mention that they had this graduation outside in the Florida heat? We were all sweating our butts off!


The picture below is of my brother, sister, and I. Hunter will be going to the University of Central Florida next year. My sister is already going there and is in their nursing program.


Wyatt and Poppy before the graduation party – big dorks! (The dogs were jealous!)


Can you tell who doesn’t like to smile for pictures? That would be my soon-to-be middle child.


We spent the rest of the weekend in the pool and honoring those who fought/fight to protect our freedom. As someone who has never had a direct family member serve in the military it is all new to me. My sister’s boyfriend is going to be deployed to Afghanistan in August, and when the Veteran’s were asked to stand at my brother’s graduation I got tears in my eyes. I never really knew what it meant or felt like before that. I am a bit pregnant and hormonal, but I don’t know exactly why I was crying – I think I was more proud of him than anything.


I hope you all had a great weekend!


May 30, 2012

In Full Bloom Link Party #5 – Featuring Lu and Ed

Better late than never right? Apparently the post I had scheduled for Saturday never went up, and I was so busy having fun on the holiday weekend I didn’t even notice until yesterday!

Today I am featuring Cody from Lu and Ed! Lu and Ed sells the cutest little mon-STORS you have ever seen! Not only are the cute – they are functional!

You can follow Lu and Ed hereTWITTER | BLOG | SHOP | FACEBOOK


Who or what encouraged you to start your Indie Biz?

My son. He was in a super tiny room in our new house, and I wanted to make him some fun storage! I had an idea to make monsters to eat toys and laundry, so I drew up a pattern, and tried to learn how to use a sewing machine! After I made one, I started getting requests for Mon-stors daily! They went viral and I decided to just drop my day job and focus on making fun, colorful Mon-stors - storage for kids! :) Oh, and that first pattern I drew up? It's the same one I still use today. :)


What is the hardest challenge you have as an Indie Biz owner?

Time. There never seems to be enough of it. :) Ever since I opened my brick and mortar store, Daft Crafts, in Independence, Missouri, I am *always* busy. Finding time to sew and make new monsters is hard, but I love what I am doing now, which is giving people venue to sell in, a place to express themselves, a place to teach workshops, and a means to grow their own businesses.


What is some helpful advice you would give to other Indie Biz owners?

Don't overprice your stuff. Be realistic in your pricing - the more people who can afford to buy your stuff, the more people will be buying your stuff!


What is the ultimate goal you have for your Indie Biz?

You know, I kinda’ let the monsters take the reigns! Who knows where we will end up. ;) In all seriousness, I hope to one day have my fiancé home with me instead of working long hours, and have the monsters takin' care of us. ;) We're so close, so close to this ultimate victory!

You can follow Lu and Ed hereTWITTER | BLOG | SHOP | FACEBOOK

in full bloom: helping grow your indie biz!
Time to link up YOUR Indie Biz!!
Don't forget to head over to Neathering Our Fest to see her shop feature too!
Every other week Skye and I will both be featuring a hand-picked handmade shop on our blog and hosting a linky party for you to link up your shop! We want to help spread the word about what you are doing and help grow your sparkly slice of the internet. Since we are co-hosting this shindig - if you link your shop up here it will also show up on Skye's blog post. Here are a couple of guidelines for linking up:
  1. Link up shops/shop platforms only. Please do not link to a specific item, a blog post about your shop, your blog (unless your shop platform is hosted on your blog) or anything other than your beautiful shop.
  2. After you link up, visit two or three of the other shops that have linked up and tweet, pin, or facebook about your favorite item from their shops!
  3. If you have a blog and want to help spread the word, feel free to add this button to your sidebar:

May 23, 2012

Fresh Homemade Garden Salsa - Recipe

As you may know I am growing a garden. This is the third year and the best by far! I have actually been able to grow and pick enough to MAKE things. The past few years I planted too late in the Florida summer and most of my plants fried up in the sun.

Today I picked a ripe tomato, a half dozen jalapeno peppers, and had some cilantro ready too! I added a few other ingredients to my grocery list to whip up a batch of homemade garden salsa. I found a lot of different recipes online, but I ended up just making things up as I went along. The end product was refreshingly delicious!



  • 3 tomatoes – seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 of a small red onion – finely diced
  • 1-2 jalapenos – seeded and finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove – finely diced
  • 6-10 cilantro leaves – finely diced
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


Combine all ingredients and let them set for 30 minutes. Add more salt as and lime juice as needed. I prefer to serve mine room temperature because the flavors are stronger – but refrigerate in a closed container if you are making it the night before. **(My husband absolutely hates spicy foods so I stick with one jalapeno, but if you like things sort of hot use two! Just make sure to discard the seeds!!)












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May 22, 2012

Washi Tape Bow

Where do you find inspiration? I seem to find it everywhere. Yesterday I found inspiration through Facebook. I follow Le Box Boutique on facebook and they have an *AWESOME* ETSY shop which I have made several purchases from. Each week they have a trivia challenge for their fans and give them a chance to win some goodies (so you should go join the fun!!). I happened to read that nobody had entered this weeks challenge and so I was inspired to get creative! The challenge was to create a washi tape bow on a box.
I gathered some mini gable boxes, my washi tape from Le Box Boutique, and a Poofy Cheeks tag.
First I wrapped the box in washi tape – then I cut strips of different washi tapes and folded them in half.
I grabbed my glue gun and got to work attaching the folded washi tape pieces into a dimensional bow.
With graduation season upon us, it will make the perfect little package for some homemade cookies and a gift card!
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