Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Creative Desk ~ A Photo Contest

My creative desk!

Threads and buttons and socks... Oh my!

This is my official entry for the Only In Irvine photo contest ~ "What makes Irvine such a great place to work?" 

If you'd like, you can cast a vote, and if not ~
it's okay we'll still be friends! LOL.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

[ hello october ] . . .

[ hello october ] . . .

. . . think of glittered and velvet pumpkins, old~timey wood carved figurines, and sweet sugar~coated candy confections . . .

I always love visiting Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach, California in the early fall because their Halloween Boutique "Magic & Mayhem" has the most amazing display of goodies imaginable!

Want to have a peek? Why don't you break off a piece of that giant chocolate bar, or dig into that colorful bag of candy corn ~ let's take a walk around the boutique and gardens.

C'mon let's go!

Darling little table top witches with pumpkin faces.

Beautiful orange pumpkins accented with dried cornstalks.

Magnificent magenta and pink Hurricane Carnations.

Crates of large sunny yellow Sunflowers.

Lovely flat of Succulents ~ a variety pack.

Starry hanging lanterns.

Spooktacular skeleton fashion.

Sweet sugar~coated candy confections.

A haunted doorbell ~ dare to ring?

Old~timey wood carved figurines.


Whoooo? Whoooooo??

Gorgeous felted pumpkins.

Luxurious velvet pumpkins complete with real stems.

Perfectly framed succulents ~ Hens and Chicks.

Loads of fresh garden flowers.

Headstones and ghost pumpkins in a sun filled graveyard.

A scattering of lovely white pumpkins.

An amazing assortment of unusual pumpkins varieties, gourds and squash ~ sure to please the most particular of pumpkin connoisseurs!

It really has been a lovely day for strolling through the boutique and gardens. I hope you had fun!

Same time next year??

happy october! 

[ photographs ~ M. Hopkins, copyright © 2017 ]

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017

Earth day goals. Met. ~ Bogey

Happy Earth Day! 🌱🌎🌱

#happyearthday #cavlife #inmybackyard #youarehere 

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter PEEPS!

Happy Easter Wishes to all our PEEPS!

...if only all marshmallow peeps were REALLY this big!!
    ~ Cleo & Bogey

Our Photoshoot ~ The Outtakes

Cleo just decided to end the photo shoot when she got up and walked over to the camera where the treats were waiting. No more posing. No more photos. End of shoot. End of story.

Those pigtails though.

Happy Easter peeps! 

Craving more? Follow @indyandcleo on instagram ~ you'll be glad you did!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Be Still, My Heart! Scrabble Day 2017

Be still, my HEART! Scrabble Day 2017

In case you missed it, let me be the first to tell you today is National Scrabble Day! Yes, every April 13th the world celebrates the beloved board game known as Scrabble.

Why April 13th you ask?

Reminder, this is the date Alfred Mosher Butts was born in 1899. Alfred invented the board game where players use squares to make words in a crisscross fashion. The game is sold in 121 countries with 29 different language versions.

Scrabble Fun Facts ~ Impress Your Friends

1. Scrabble was originally called LEXIKO and was referred to as Criss Cross Words in the 1930s and 1940s. It wasn't trademarked Scrabble until 1948.
2. "Brailing" or feeling the surface of a tile when your hand is in the bag is forbidden in Scrabble play.
3. There are 187,632 words on the official tournament and club word list.
4. X-E-R-O-X. X is considered one of the hardest letters in Scrabble, but the tiles that will gain the most points, 10, are Q and Z. The tiles with the fewest points, 0, are blank tiles.
5. Wait is that even a word? Next time D-A or Z-A show up on the scrabble board, don't cause a fuss. There are 105 playable two-letters words in a regulation Scrabble game, according to the Official Scrabble players' dictionary.

Now, who wants to play a game?

Scrabble Fashion

Looking good. We cannot confirm nor deny these handcrafted Scrabble brooches will improve your score, but you will look positively DARLING! ...and isn't that what really counts?! ...LOL

Get your Scrabble on! ✿ More Scrabble goodness can be found at

Thank you to USA Today for portions of this post. ]

[Parts of this post have been reposted from our own blog IndyAndCleo | Happy National Scrabble Day 2016.]

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Monday, February 20, 2017

National Love Your Pet Day

BIG hugs & tummy scratches for the furry loves of our lives.

~ Happy National Love Your Pet Day!

Cleo and Bog, every day is a lovable adventure!

Oh, happy day!

Now, who wants a cookie?


[ Follow our doggy adventures on Instagram ~ @indyandcleo ]

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


LOVE is all you need.

Well, love and some great photo editing apps, of course.

Prisma is one of my favorite go~to photo editing apps that transforms your photos into works of art using the styles of famous artists like Van Gogh and Picasso ~ as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. The cavalier photo above (Cleo and Bogey) has the filter Servers[dot]com applied to it at 100%. Each filter can be scaled back by percentage points to lessen the intensity as you like.

Are you ready to give it a go? Turn your very own photography into timeless and priceless works of art!

View this and more photography on Instagram ~ @indyandcleo.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Bogey Turns Five

A bit of birthday cavatude...

Happy 5th Birthday Bogey!

Cavalier King

of the celebration!

We're having a pawty

and you're invited!

Happy birthday to youoooooo...

Make a wish Bogey!

That looks delicious...

Let me at it!

Ohhhh boy

Let's eat!

Nom nom nom...

The life of the pawty

Of course, we all know one!

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Bogey loves life! Our rescue boy is always happy! Whether he's is outside running and jumping, chasing birds & butterflies, or cuddling up to watch TV ~ life for this boy is just one BIG pawty!

Happiest of birthdays Bogey! And many more.

Now, let the celebration continue!

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[ hello February ] . . . Mini Conversations

Sweethearts (also known as conversation hearts) are small heart-shaped sugar candies sold around Valentine's Day. Each heart is printed with a message such as "TRUE LOVE", "ME + YOU", "SAY YES", "SWEET PEA", and "PUPPY LOVE". Sweethearts are made by the New England Confectionery Company, or Necco

Five Things You Didn't Know About Conversation Hearts

Made in Revere, Massachusetts, this classic candy, also known as Necco Sweethearts, has been around for almost 150 years!

If you've been in a drug store or grocery store lately, you've probably noticed that the shelves are stocked with Necco Sweethearts in preparation for Valentine's Day. The conversation hearts are virtually synonymous with February 14, but here are five facts you might not know about them:

  1. Daniel Chase, the brother of Necco founder Oliver Chase, created the first "Motto Hearts" in 1866.
  2. Before World War I, Sweethearts candies came in a variety of shapes, including baseballs, horseshoes, and watches.
  3. Each year, about 45 sayings get included in the mix—but you can personalize the candies, too.
  4. To make enough Sweethearts for Valentine's Day, production for the next year starts right after the holiday, in late February, and continues until mid-January.
  5. More than 8 billion of the candies are manufactured each year—that's about 100,000 pounds per day! ...and that's a LOT of conversations ~ LOL!

[ THANK YOU Catherine Strawn, CountryLiving | Wikipedia | for portions of this post. ]

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Remembering Indiana Jones

  • [ On this day ~ 2011 ] 

    This is a remembrance post...
    ...Indiana Jones

    Sharing the neverending love for our beloved boy Indiana Jones (Indy) who left us on this date ~ January 30, 2011 ~ just before his 9th birthday. If you don't already know his story, you can view his tribute page here on my blog. (use the tab labeled Indiana Jones from the home page)

    We think about him always, and the memories will always make us smile. ❤️ Love FOREVER.

    Some fun facts about Indy...

    1️⃣ He was the one who made us fall in love with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels...

    2️⃣ When we went to the breeder to check out the puppies we had a little girl in mind. This darling little boy picked US! It was love at first sight!

    3️⃣ My Etsy shop is named after him!

    (and Cleo) ~

    4️⃣ Was named by our (then 8 year old) son who LOVED Indiana Jones movies! "...we named the dog Indiana"...

    5️⃣ Indy of course, had his very own theme song... "Theme to Indiana Jones."

    "Indiana Jones, you were truly one of a kind,  a real adventurer, who most definitely lived up to your very big name. You will be forever missed, and forever loved!"  ❤  xoxoxo

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