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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