Friday, October 5, 2018

World Smile Day

[ World Smile Day ~ October 5, 2018 ] 

Sometimes all it takes to make the day better is a smile, whether it’s one someone gives to you, or one you share with another. 😊

[ History of World Smile Day ]

It was a simple thing ~ a circle with a few dots and an upturned curve, but put all together Harvey Ball created one of the most iconic symbols the world has ever seen. We are, of course, talking about the “smiley face,” arguably the very first emoji to enter the world.


Harvey would later express concern that the sheer commercialization of his little symbol would strip it of its original intent and meaning. It was out of this concern that he created “World Smile Day,” a day devoted to the spreading of simple joy and love to everyone regardless of race gender or geographic location.


Harvey sadly passed from this world in 2001, but the foundation he helped create, the “Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation,” has carried forth his message of simple peace and love as the sponsor of “World Smile Day” every year. Whether you’re simply expressing a bit of silliness or doing a small act of kindness to help someone smile, “World Smile Day” is your opportunity to help brighten the world and make it a better place through the simple power of the smile.


Handmade sock monkey goodness ~ Visit indyandcleo on Etsy, 24/7, of course!

THANK YOU to for portions of this post. *smiling* 

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Bluebird of Happiness Day!

Wear happy.  ~ from IndyAndCleo

Well, you’ve been waiting quite some time and it is finally here.

Happy Bluebird of Happiness Day! ✨

Wear happy.


The iconic bluebird of happiness can be traced back to at least 1908, when it appeared in a Nobel prize~winning play, ‘The Bluebird.’


A popular American song of 1934, ‘Bluebird of Happiness’ by Sandor Harmati & Edward Heyman, was recorded twice by Jan Peerce and also by Art Mooney and his Orchestra. That song is probably the origin of the American phrase ‘the bluebird of happiness,’ which is also alluded to in the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ from the ‘Wizard of Oz.’


A scene in the Disney film ‘The Rescuers’ uses the bluebird as a symbol of ‘faith ... you see from afar.’


Bluebirds are a worldwide symbol of love and happiness.

[ thank you for portions of this post ]

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

For Art's Sake: Trendy Tuesday

Feeling rather trendy on this Tuesday with our stylish pose, and the fact that we’ve been turned into “art”. ~ Cleo & Bogey

🐢   πŸ–Ό   🐼

The prerequisite hashtags ~
#cavatude #trendyTuesday #cleo #bogey #strikeapose #dogmodels #trendsetters #dogart #cavlife #cavlove #cavalierkingcharlesspaniel #cavaliersofinstagram #cavalierslove_feature #dogslife #ilovemydog #mustlovedogs #pawsome #rufflife #rescuedog #seniordog #thatsdarling #thehappynow #spanielsofinstagram #sendadogphoto #thoseEARS #itsacavthing #makeyousmilestyle #prisma #artforartssake πŸΎπŸΎ

This awesome art was created with a favorite photo editing app ~ Prisma. 

See what else we're up to ~ @indyandcleo on Instagram.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Roswell Boys

The Roswell Boys

Lost Cactus has a host of eclectic characters that pop up and stick around for a few strips before fading back into the mysterious ether. The Roswell Boys are a good example. They show up at Lost Cactus on loan from Wright Patterson AFB where they have resided–and caused unending trouble–since their infamous crash in New Mexico many decades ago. It’s up to Cato, Lost Cactus’ resident alien ambassador, to escort them around the top-secret base.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Here Comes Santa Claus

🎡🎢 Here comes Santa Claus  πŸŽΆπŸŽ΅

Yes, I know some of you may already be in denial, but let’s face it we are headed into the holiday season once again. Will this be the year you truly get a head start on gift shopping?!?

This happy tiny pendant has been sold and is currently on its way from California to Ohio. While we don’t guarantee your Scrabble scores will improve, we can say you WILL look absolutely darling! LOL.

Find this pendant and more handmade goodness at

Wear happy!

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy Book Lovers Day!

Book Lovers Day ~ August 9, 2018

From the scent of a rare first edition book found in an old time book collection to a crisp, fresh book at the local supermarket, the very sight of a book can bring back memories. Reading as a child, enjoying the short stories, the long books and the ability to lose yourself in a story so powerful that at the end you're asking yourself where to get the next book in the series. This is for the reader in all of us, the celebration of Book Lovers Day!

Come on dad, read it again!! 🐢🐼

Bark~Out (WOOF!) to our dear old dad...did you know he’s a “pawsitivley” talented comic book author and artist?!?
🌡 Lost Cactus, The First & Second Treasuries written and illustrated by John Hopkins will surely make you smile!

Happy Book Lovers Day Dad! ~ Cleo & Bogey 

πŸ“š Where can you find these fabulously fun reads?

Etsy ...books, amazing art prints and patches too!

[ THANK YOU for portions of this post. ]

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Be Happy. Happiness Happens.

be happy ~ Handmade Scrabble Tile Pendant ~

Be Happy.

Why you ask? There are several reasons to be happy today ~ August 3rd.

Today is International Beer Day!

History of International Beer Day
Originally started in Santa Cruz, California, International Beer Day began to celebrate the craft of brewing and to show appreciation for those involved in the making of beer. Raise your glass!

Today is Watermelon Day!

With a name like a watermelon, one would expect it to be juicy, scrumptious and amazing! The watermelon meets, and in every case, exceeds that very exclamation. So here it is, the wonderfully amazing and delicious Watermelon Day ~ enjoy!

August 2018 is also part of Happiness Happens Month!

What makes YOU happy? Happiness Happens Month is a whole month dedicated to celebrating what makes you happy. The holiday is based on the premise that happiness is unlimited and contagious and that sharing one's happiness can bring a lot of joy in other people's lives. Even though Happiness Happens Month sounds silly, it does have a very important purpose. The month reminds us that happiness happens one small moment at a time and it's our job to recognize those moments. It reminds us that sometimes, a small action boosts our happiness, that happiness is a personal experience and it is also very contagious!
So, please ~ pass it on!

[ A great big THANK YOU ~ for portions of this post. ]

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Summer Movin'

Yup. The rumors are true. πŸ“¦πŸ“¦
Our pawrents have been really sooooooooooo very busy lately... packing, moving and then UNpacking...we’ve MOVED! What a LOT of work!!! πŸ“¦πŸ“¦πŸ“¦ Good thing we are such great supervisors!! Now...which boxes have the treats & toys?!?! LOL.
~ Cleo & Bogey

Packing. Moving. Unpacking. #πŸ“¦
Current view. Ughhhhhh. My craft room is a creative work in progress! The boxes seem to be never-ending... I’m digging through lots of paper and cardboard though! πŸ“¦πŸ“¦πŸ“¦ As soon as I am a bit more organized, my Etsy shop IndyAndCleo will be back.

Stay tuned! πŸ’✨

Moving tip: Get boxes from your local beverage store. They will be fitted with cardboard inserts for bottles (champagne, wine, etc.) which are perfect for packing glassware, candlesticks, and small knickknacks.

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost. 🐾 πŸΎ
Just exploring the new place!

So the unpacking and organizing are coming along. Everything is finding a place, and it’s looking a lot more like my craft room...Yay! πŸ˜Š

Now, just a few finishing touches... see you soon! 

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Friday, April 27, 2018

choose happy.

That smile though. It makes your eyes sparkle.

choose happy. always.

In case you missed it ~ IndyandCleo is on Instagram. Find us.
Handmade goodness? ~ of course

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