Freshly Picked Review + Giveaway!

Hello friends,

You may have heard of Freshly Picked Moccasins. They are adorning the cutest feet all over. I was so excited to be able to review a pair of these moccasins for Ada. And I am happy to report, they are worth the hype!

I ordered her moccasins in platinum, thinking versatility! They go with everything. There are so many color choices, if you are looking for something gender neutral, or boyish, or girly, you will be able to find the perfect color to fit your little.

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See! I told you! Adorable.

The moccasins came in a sweet little shoe bag, perfect for keeping them in after Ada outgrows them. One of my favorite things about these moccs is they actually stay on feet! When Lylah was younger, I tried every shoe possible, with no luck. She could get anything off. The leather is so soft, and the sizing on the website was easy peasy. Ada is a 2, tiny little toes!

If you aren’t familiar with how Freshly Picked was started, please read Susan’s story here. It’s such an inspiring story, especially to this small business owner.

Ada Lou is not quite walking yet, but I know what will be on her feet when she does start. I’ll admit, I’m hooked. The most adorable shoe ever!

If you would like a pair of moccasins for your baby, please head over to my instagram account for details on how to win a pair of these adorable shoes AND a baby bonnet from yours truly. Sweetness from head to toe!

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Spreading Christmas Cheer – Giveaway

I mentioned last week, I would be having a give away this week. I am partnering up with the folks at What to Expect for a gigantic give away. If you have had children in the past, or plan to in the future, listen up! When I was pregnant with my teenager – I read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I read and re-read every day. It was my go to book. A couple years ago when I found out I was expecting again, I went straight to Target and picked up a new copy. I was surprised to see that there were many new books in the series, including What to Expect Before You’re expecting, and What to expect the first year. These books are so easy to read, and so informative. whattoexpect-1.com-122

So….Here’s the details. You will get TWO packages. One from me – One from What to Expect. These packages will include ALL THREE books mentioned above from the What to Expect series, and also, from LylahG – a festive newborn size holly berry hat. Holly_2

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Wouldn’t this be a perfect gift for an expectant mom, or maybe keep it for yourself. So, if you would like to enter, leave a comment below. If you want to up your chances, you can get an additional entry if you like my Facebook page, AND another if you follow me on Instagram. (jkearns)

I will select a random commenter to receive these wonderful gifts next THURSDAY, December 13. Good luck!

Christmas 2012

Original title, eh? Things have finally cooled off in Atlanta, and the pink pig has made her appearance at Lenox Square. The hustle and bustle of holiday shows are behind me, and I am ready to drink in the magic of Christmas. Although, I have actually been in the Christmas spirit since September when I started building inventory for the season – but who’s counting?

Thanksgiving was pretty uneventful around here. For the second year in a row, I bought the entire meal from Fresh Market. I feel a tad guilty about this, but with the Indie Craft Experience the weekend before, who has time to go grocery shopping? Or plan a meal?

As our Thanksgiving holiday tradition goes, Big Red always comes out the day after.the weekend after. Sadly, I think this may be the last year for big red. I have never been into the artificial type, but my husband, who’s job is lights, swears by the “I’m already lit, just fold my branches” type. I’m much more of the “clog your vacuum with needles, but enjoy the smell” bunch. So this year, I almost had him in the car and ready to go over the river and through the woods, and I backed out at the last minute. So, Big Red, you made it in one more year!

Lylah was really digging the decorating part, in fact, she is still arranging and rearranging ornaments every morning. Sigh, so much for the perfectly decorated tree!


At first, she liked the tree bag more than the tree…

As you can see, Cassi is clearly ecstatic about what we find in the giant tupperware tubs.

I am excited to announce that I am teaming up with the folks over at What to Expect for an exciting give away! Because, hey, what’s Christmas without a gift? Stay tuned next week for all the details – but I can one thing – it’s gonna be really good.

xoxo

It’s that time of year again

Ahhhh summer, whoever coined the term “the lazy days of summer” had it all wrong!  It seems like every year, as soon as May hits, we start traveling at warp speed.  We started our summer of right this year, with a trip to the beach. 

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This always serves as great inspiration for me, and I have been think a lot lately about my business, and how I will grow it in the next year.  I am excited for some new changes, and if you frequent my etsy shop, you will see I have put it on “pause” so that I can change some things up. 

Today I am getting ready for my last “spring” show – Indie Craft Experience, and after this weekend I will be taking a staycation, and then working hard on building inventory for fall.  I will also be starting Lylah’s fall sweater.  I’ve decided that I will make her one every summer for the following fall – which she can then keep as keepsakes for her children. I ordered some luscious yarn yesterday, and can’t wait to show y’all some progress! 

If you are in Atlanta, come on over to the show, every year the line up keeps getting better and better, and I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of artists. 

For now, have a great weekend! 

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Hello there!

Things have been happily trucking along around here. The summer market/festival season is in full swing, and I have added a ton of new things to my line! I am so excited to get my Etsy store updated, it’s coming soon! Once again, I will be participating in The Indie Craft Experience in June. As always, there is an incredible line up, and this year they are adding an art swap! What an awesome idea. I am hoping to have a little extra space in my car to throw a couple pieces in to swap.

I’ll be back later for a give away and some photos of my new items that will be available at The Beehive. If you are looking for a fun summer camp for your little one, check out The Beehive’s site – I will be teaching Crochet 101, and there are some others that will surely get your kiddo hooked on crafting! And if you want something satisfy your creative palate, there are also grown up classes! Check out the listing here.

Whoops!

It’s pretty bad when it’s January 12, and the front page of your blog still reads Merry Christmas. I guess that’s a testament of how busy I have been, right? Ha! I am technically busy, however, I have been using the past three weeks to just relax, and spend some quality time with Lylah. I have been loosely plotting my spring line for LylahG, and SLOWLY starting to implement it. For some reason, in my head, I thought I would get a little vacation after Christmas to recoup, but in retail world it’s SPRING, so now I’m changing directions for the new season.

I’m not really one to make resolutions, but this year, I decided that I would make one that I could keep. I have been taking one photo a day, (on my phone), editing it in Instagram, and plan to make a book on Blurb next year. Oh yea, and also all typical stuff like being more organized, etc. blah blah. I’m sure I’ll probably be gung ho in the beginning and then taper off….oh about February.

I’ve been slowly trying to re-decorate our breakfast nook into a play space. I had big plans for it come January (this month) and it looks like my plans have changed slightly. Instead of a couple lounge chairs I had in mind (for sipping coffee while baby plays) I am now the proud owner of some new piece for our dis-functional air conditioner. It’s a bummer, when you have to buy something to uninspiring instead of something…. functional fun! I am trying to get a photo wall done for the space as well, but meanwhile we have been enjoying the furniture free, still has the breakfast nook light fixture space. Last night we had an impromptu family night. Tyler drew with Lylah at her new easel, while she took turns drawing, and running from brother to mommy to daddy. It was the kind of thing that doesn’t happen very often (with a teenager) but man, was I drinking it up! (and thankful while it lasted) Oh- and snapping away on my phone because that’s all I had. Tyler doesn’t let me get too many photos of him, so when the opportunity arose, I took full advantage.

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I have a little one trying to help me type here, so I guess I’m out – Have a great night and I’ll be back soon!

Not a lot of knitting going on

Things are popping around here! 2012 is going to be a good year for LylahG, I can feel it! Lylah and I took a little break to go to the park today. It was a beautiful 65 degrees, and the park was busy! I’m hoping this is going to be a mild winter!

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Baby it’s cold outside

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As usual, what a crazy couple weeks it has been! Things are starting to feel a little wintery here in Hotlanta, which turns out, is great for selling baby hats! I have been a wee bit busy getting gifts ready, taking my mother in law to doctor appointments, filling orders and keeping things stocked.

The other day I was able to snag some time to walk down to the Flying Biscuit with my dear neighbor friend sanity saver to get some coffee and creamy dreamy grits. I was so happy Lylah kept her hat on the entire time, and even hammed it up for the camera.

I do love this season, and as much as I miss the warm weather, I am finding warmth in other places. Like a fireplace, mulled cider, oh and our screaming red Christmas tree. As you can see, except for a few non-breakable things, the tree is decorated from the middle up.

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Oh, and my beloved village is up, complete with the gumdrop tree. It’s becoming a tradition in the morning with Lylah to turn the tree and village on. She loves it almost as much as me.

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I am so excited to start new Christmas traditions with her. What are some of yours?

This and That

Whoa.  I think this is the longest gap between blog posts.  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is over and we are officially in the Christmas holiday.  This past weekend I was at Indie Craft Experience, and it was such a great show!  I sold out of owl and teddy bear hats the first day, so Mom and I came home and made 8 more hats.  I can’t even believe we had enough energy to do that!  Here is my booth – before the masses hit.

If you missed the show, there is plenty of inventory at the Beehive.

In other news, we had a great Thanksgiving, thanks to fresh market.  I have to say, I usually enjoy planning the menu and going to the store, then spending all day in the kitchen cooking up and finally sitting down to enjoy the meal.  This year, the mere thought of that process exhausted me, so I took my Fresh Market catalog, and ordered up a meal.  It was quite delish, and took nothing but a little reheating and just cooking the bird.  I would definitely do it again.

After dinner we got out the gingerbread house to assemble.  Lylah was excited.  It’s weird to me how she even had any concept of what it was, but I had the box sitting out on the island, and ended up having to hide it from her because every time she saw it, there was a tantrum. She wanted the house.

Chris and Tyler ended up figuring out how to get the thing to stand up. I have to say, every time I’ve made a gingerbread house, the thing always collapses.  Lylah finally got some candy, and I spent the rest of the night regretting letting her have the peppermint stick.

Hope everyone had a peaceful Thanksgiving.  I will be back soon- I promise!

Going crazy around here!

Things are a little hectic around home lately, but here’s my little sweetness in her Halloween costume.

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What you don’t see is the epic blow out that occurred right before we went on our Halloween stroll. I’ll spare you anymore details of that, but here is the ride home.

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That pretty much sums up our Halloween. Hope yours was grand!