Friday, September 11, 2015

NY Fashion Week ~ Sock Monkey Advice

New York Fashion Week
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia*

[ New York Fashion Week, held in February and September of each year, is a semi-annual series of events (generally lasting 7–9 days) when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and the general public. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the "Big 4," along with those in ParisLondon and Milan.[1][2] ] *
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The entire troop of sock monkeys currently residing at IndyAndCleo of Etsy have been preparing months in advance for this fall's NY Fashion Week. Plenty of beauty rest has been key, as well as the obvious healthy diet and plenty of very expensive bottled water to stay well hydrated. Music blasting through the speakers while polishing and perfecting the "sock monkey strut" up and down the cat.....errr, or, should we say, the monkey~walk! Dazzling designer frocks, luxurious handbags and posh shoes aside, one thing that all of the monkeys can agree upon is that their very best accessory is, in fact, their smiles! .....(and of course, their warm and fuzzy hand~stitched hearts!) 
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Make a smile your signature accessory.

~ sock monkey

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Thank you to Wikipedia for a portion of this post. *

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Very Special . . . [Throwback Thursday]

Throwing it all the way back to the year 2011 with a very special remembrance of our most beloved boy Indiana Jones.

Never ever forget. Always and forever in our hearts.

[ February 2011 ~ Tribute page & original post... ]

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Celebrating World Art Drop Day 2015

Art print of Cleopatra the Cavalier ~ CLAIMED!

Scrabble Tile Art Pendant, Phantom of the Opera ~ CLAIMED!

First Tuesday of September


All artists, (that means students and professionals, painters and cartoonists, sculptors and illustrators, animators and fine artists, EVERYONE who creates) this September 1st* is World Art Drop Day. Wherever you find yourself that day, drop a piece of your art and tell someone where to find it. The world needs this right now. We need to feel a little more connection to each other and there's nothing like the bond two random strangers can make through the act of creating and giving.*

So very excited to participate in my first ever Art Drop Day 2015! I chose to drop two different pieces of art from my Etsy shop. The first was a mini art print of Cleopatra the Cavalier ~ the original art was painted by my very talented husband John Hopkins.  [ By the way, he has a brand new comic strip treasury... ( so please visit his website. ]  This art was "dropped" at the Irvine Spectrum, in Irvine California and taped to a directory sign near the Cheesecake Factory and Javier's restaurants. Believe me, the tricky part was leaving the art nonchalantly and making sure no one was aware of what I was doing! Kinda felt like a secret agent! LOL!

Art print of Cleopatra the Cavalier ~ CLAIMED, on directory sign!

The second was a Movie Monster Scrabble Tile Pendant ~ Phantom of the Opera. This pendant was also "dropped" at the Irvine Spectrum, and was taped to the railing surrounding the carousel, near Dave and Buster's and Red Robin restaurants. I quickly took photos and posted to my Instagram, twitter and tumblr accounts with simple clues including the hashtags #artdrop #artdropday.

Scrabble Pendant Phantom of the Opera ~ NOT YET CLAIMED, on carousel railing!

I did not hang around after the drops were complete. By the time I arrived home I received a very nice comment and even a photo on Instagram from a lucky finder of the Cleopatra art print! Yay! It worked! SO much fun!

*NOTE: At the time of writing this post, the Scrabble pendant has not yet been claimed.
*EDITED: never heard from the finder of the Scrabble pendant, I can only assume it was found.

Lucky finder's photo!

I must say I truly enjoyed participating in Art Drop Day 2015, and had a lot of fun secretly dropping my art. I will definitely do this again ~ quite looking forward to next year already...who knows, maybe even sooner!  

*[ Thank you to Jake Parker ( for inspiration and a portion of this post. ]

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