Sunday, November 20, 2016

Birthday Girl

Happy 12th Birthday Cleo! ~ November 20, 2016

She just sparkles!

Cleo you are moonbeams and sunshine,
can make anyone smile,
and of course, sweeter than cotton candy!

Happiest of birthdays to you!

Love, hugs and tummy scratches...

~ Your Family πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸΆ

Happy Birthday baby girl...and many more!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Just Savin' the World . . .

Just Savin' the World ~ Halloween 2016

A Halloween wrap~up of all the sweet and spooky happenings here at IndyAndCleo headquarters.

[ Super Man and Bat Girl ]

Serious faces. Super~hero attire.
Ready for crime~fighting and keeping this town safe from all the baddies!

Standing guard and keeping watch in this spooky house. We are happy to report that all of the treats are hidden away and completely safe. Carry on.

Even crime~fighting super heroes stop to take a break now and then.

This Halloween throwback has been brought to you courtesy of IndyAndCleo via Instagram.

We certainly hope your Halloween was filled with lots of treats and zero tricks!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Plush Animal Lover's Day 2016

  • Happy Plush Animal Lover's Day!

    Plush Animal Lover's Day is a day of celebration that is held every year on October 28 to show your favorite stuffed toy some extra special love and appreciation.

    History of the day 

    Urban Legend says the day first came about after a collectibles dealer named Royal Selangor came up with the idea of a Teddy Bears Picnic Day in the late 80's. Other stuffed toys became jealous that Teddy Bears were being singled out for their own celebration and demanded a special day all of their own! Not long after, Plush Animal Lovers Day quickly replaced Teddy Bears Picnic Day in popularity!

    How to celebrate

    Take this day to show your favorite toy just how much they have been loved in all the time you've been together, and remember ~ a stuffed toy is for life!

    [ thank you to for portions of this post ] πŸ’

    Adopt a handmade sock monkey to share your days at  ~ guaranteed to smile every single day!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Creative Process

I woke up like this. ~ sock monkey πŸ™ˆ

Today's creative process...

Cutting out white felt circles to back the button eyes, and going with a light grey felt for the heart. I've chosen the perfect little daisy~like flower in Barbie doll pink to stitch on the heart! πŸ’Ÿ

Want to see more? Find our posts on Instagram. Follow IndyAndCleo for more creativity, handmade goodness and even some Cavalier love! 

And of course, please drop in for a visit at IndyAndCleo on Etsy!
See you soon!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Instagram: Throwback and a Flashback

Of course, we're always sharing our woofy goodness on our favorite site Instagram. Here's a mini look at this past week...

[ throwbackthursday ]

Happy Autumn ~ Happy Fall!


Remembering when I found these in the pumpkin patch... ~ Cleo

Happy first day of Fall!

[ flashbackfriday ]

We found the Great Pumpkin!

πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ

...well, the kinda, sorta, semi...ALMOST Great Pumpkin.

The search continues... ~ Cleo and Bogey

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Destination: Lost Cactus


Sending CONGRATS to my husband the artist on launch day!

Love bees? Love dinosaurs? Love squirrels? Love space aliens? Love comics and humor? Of course you do!

My creative and amazingly talented husband John Hopkins has a KICKSTARTER campaign going on now. The campaign runs 9.14.16 ~ 10.14.16.  ...Seriously, you're gonna love it!

Lost Cactus Kickstarter is now LIVE!

Soar on over and see what the hype is all about!

Follow Lost Cactus on your favorite social media sites!

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The CCCOE Challenge is ON!

The CCCOE (California Crafters Club of Etsy) September Challenge is ON!

Are you in?

There are a variety of ways to enter and earn points, whether it be creating new items for your Etsy shop, or promoting others on the team.  All of the details can be found in the original post via the CCCOE blog ~ so be sure get the fine points there.

I am quite happy to say the first Special Weekly Challenge was to create a graphic to be used on all blog posts for the month of September, and ~ you are looking at my winning sunflower graphic here! A little bitty cheer for me...Yay and thank you to my team!

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By the way, need gifts? Shop Etsy for amazing handmade goods.
CCCOE  ~ Handmade goods from California.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

[ hello September ] . . .

Photo: Urban Light ~ Mishele Hopkins, 2016

hello September!

September is already here. Does it feel any different than August? Not really. Still hot, still sunny, just feels like a continuation of summer to me. But of course, isn't that what California is all about? I really do love it here ~ always so many things to see and do plus picture perfect weather!

I recently visited LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  This month's photographs feature an outdoor exhibit titled Urban LightThis is an amazing creation to see in person. What is it? It is a large scale assemblage sculpture created by Chris Burden, (1946 - 2015), consisting of 202 restored cast iron street lamps from the 1920s and 30s. They once lit the streets of Southern California. They are painted a uniform gray, and placed, forest~like, in a near grid. The lamps are solar powered, and switch on at dusk.

Photo: Urban Light ~ Mishele Hopkins 2016,

Photo: Urban Light ~ Mishele Hopkins 2016,

Since its installation in 2008, the beloved public sculpture has provided a show~stopping backdrop for countless pictures, selfies and movies. If you haven't yet seen Urban Light, and ever have the opportunity, it really is a MUST see and of course ~ MUST photograph!

Chris Burden, Urban Light, 2008, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Gordon Family Foundation's gift to "Transformation: The LACMA Campaign," © Chris Burden Estate

THANK YOU to Wikipedia • LACMA Unframed • Los Angeles County Museum of Art for portions of this post ]

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Do you ever . . . ?

Question for all you wonderfully creative types out there...

Do you ever absolutely love what you have created SO much that you feel like keeping it for yourself? Every time I created a sock monkey I want to keep it.

Just sayin'...

Meet Lulu.

She is brand new and just darling! She loves fashion design and coffee. Isn't she a doll? Read her complete bio on Etsy.


Lulu is currently available in my Etsy shop ~  but please don't monkey around, as she might not last long... or who knows, I may even just keep her for myself, LOL!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Is That You?

[ Dog Thoughts ]

...Is that you Monday? I told you never to come back again. πŸΆπŸ’­

Cause, you know, Mondays.

[Cleo As Art ]

As you may already know, I love photo editing and photo editing apps! A fairly new photo app called Prisma is just oh so much fun! Use one of you very favorite photos and choose a filter. You suddenly have an amazing work of art! This darling photo of Cleo I used the filter Mosaic which gives the photo a wonderful mosaic quality. There is also the ability to use the filters at 100% or to scale down to a lesser number. This is Mosaic at 100%. After saving the photo to my photo album, I then used Over to add my text, font and color. Ta~da!

Like it? Let me know what you think. 

Are you on Instagram? IndyAndCleo is. Sharing our love of dogs and Etsy shop creative goodness! Find us!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

A Woofy Special Day!

Yes, it is that time of year again. August 26, 2016.

You DO know what day it is, right? Just in case it has slipped your mind ~ let me be the first to refresh your foggy memory that today is the day to honor those lovable, huggable, four~legged, soft and furry, tail~waggin', barkin' up a storm, running around the house like every day is a party, little creatures with hearts of solid gold.

National Dog Day 2016

Cleo and Bogey will be pampered all day today and treated like the royalty that they are. The day... will begin with fresh morning air and a potty time, breakfast, napping, mid~morning treats, walk about the yard, ear brushing, a photo session or two, lunchtime cookies, afternoon napping, back outside, munching fresh baby carrots, crushed ice, squeaky toys, barking at animals on TV, "helping" with the dishwasher,  following us all over the house, and...and...and...

WAIT! Sounds kinda like what happens around here just about every day. Yes, EVERY day around here is special because we are blessed to have these lovable little furry creatures in our lives. Cleo and Bogey, you are more special than any words can say. You are loved to the umpteenth degree. You make us laugh and smile and bring us so much joy. You are family.

How will you observe this day?

Celebrating National Dog Day can be as easy as giving your four~legged friend a big hug and a kiss (if they like that sort of thing)! But for those who want to take their love and appreciation to the next level, has a list of twenty different ways for you to celebrate! So, let the celebration begin!

Tummy~scratches, love and woofy hugs all day long ~ and every day after! Woof!

[ THANK YOU to for portions of this post. ] 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

California Crafters Club of Etsy Feature ~ Meet Mishele Owner of Indy And Cleo

Today I was featured on the CCCOE  (California Crafters Club of Etsy) blog. I feel like a mini~celebrity! Woot!

My story. Well...the story of IndyAndCleo. Have you read it yet? Find out what inspired me and how my Etsy shop came to be. 

Yay! Thank you for the feature!! LOVE my team!

One (or three) for the team... Want to see what we're creating in California?
CCCOE Twitter
CCCOE Facebook

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[ hello AUGUST ] . . . and almost goodbye!

hello AUGUST! and almost goodbye!

Oh my goodness! Just realized the month of August is MORE than halfway over and that I have yet to post my monthly welcome photograph! Kinda silly and late I know, however, you know how the saying goes ~ Better late than never. Right?

This photograph was taken (by yours truly, with my iPhone) at the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, California. The Spectrum is an amazing outdoor center filled with lots of amazing shops, restaurants and movies. One of my favorite things at the Spectrum is this wonderfully enchanting carousel filled with a variety of amazing animals, so of course, I had to photograph it.

Edited with a few of my favorite photo editing apps ~ A Color Story, Beautiful Mess and Over.  Love, love LOVE these photo apps!

August. Almost goodbye. But not quite yet. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Join the Ruff~olution!

BIG NEWS guys!

I joined the Ruff~olution which is SO near and dear to my heart!! I truly LUV my FOREVER home, my big sister Cleo, and mom and dad...

Did you know??

...They adopted me from CavalierRescueUSA, and I will be FUREVER grateful!!! ~ Bogey

I've joined paws with WagAware for #WagAware4CAVS to help CavalierRescueUSA save more lives of Cavaliers in desperate need. From July 11~25 WagAware will donate a whopping 60% of all sales to CavalierRescueUSA!

The WagAware charm is the official symbol sup~PAW~orting rescue, and guess what? It GLOWS in the dark! Woof!!

Join the Ruff~olution at

Guess what everypawdy??

I joined the Ruff~olution! ...Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend, CLEARLY didn't have a pretty pink WagAware charm!!
~ Cleo

Did you know??

Don't tell him I said so, but I love him with all my heart! 

I got my little brother Bogey from CavalierRescueUSA...and I've also joined paws with WagAware for #WagAware4CAVS because I want to save more lives just like Bogey!

YOU can join the Ruff~olution at 

Woof! See what else we're barking about on Instagram! @indyandcleo

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pretty Darn Cute

How's your Scrabble game?

(Be honest now.)

Pretty low scores lately? Maybe you always seem to be the one person who draws all consonants, or only vowels ~ with no hope of putting down more than a 3 or 4 letter word. Meanwhile, your opponents are drawing amazing letters and creating outstanding word combinations as well as taking advantage of the premium squares on the board. Now you are losing interest in the game...

What advice do we have on improving your score? Proudly pin on your favorite scrabble tile brooch...Well, none really. Except, just have fun with it ~ enjoy the company of friends & family playing the game. Oh, and the snacks.

Sorry 'bout that. You may not win top score, but you WILL look pretty darn cute! Handmade scrabble tile brooches ~ pin one on!
(or two or three!)

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Friday, July 1, 2016

[ hello July ] . . .

hello July!

Wow guys! July 1st is officially here and NOW. Welcome July!

This photograph was taken (by yours truly, with my iPhone) at Laguna's Main Beach, California ~ just about sunset. I waited until my frame was clear of all nearby people, as I wanted the lifeguard tower to really stand alone. I love love LOVE photo editing, and of course, played with the photo a bit using some of my very favorite photo apps... A Color Story, A Beautiful Mess, and Over. Each of these photo editing apps have many filters, effects, fonts and tools to prettify your pics!

When it comes to photography art, or any creative art form, for that matter ~ remember, there is no right or wrong. What's pleasing to the eye is quite simply all subjective. Sooooo... dive right in, do what you like and just have fun with it!

Do you use any photo editing apps? What are your favorites?

Hello July, goodbye June. 

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