Thursday, 20 October 2011

flying away

Well, my friends, the time has come for a break, a blogging and shop break that is.
The next few weeks will be filled with driving, flying, window shopping, knitting, talking, eating, touristing, and wearing cowls (oh, yes, my friend, you can count on that!); I can't guarantee that I'll be able to blog very much while I'm away from home so we'll just say it's a break. ; )

Due to the wonderful traveling that will be happening in the next few weeks, I wanted to let you know that 
I'll be taking a blogging break until November 1st.

When I come back you can count of fabulous posts like,
Me and My Etsy Story

Brick-and-Mortar Selling: How The First Attempt Went and What I Learned

Things "We" Saw: A Photo Post With My Favorite Sights and People From My Trip.

New Friends and Links

Aren't you so excited? Well, I am. ; )

Also, I wanted to let you know that I'll be participating in this 12 Before 2012 project, be sure to check out the new tab above to see the complete list as well as this informative post for more details!
Do you have a 12 Before 2012 list? Let me know! I'd love to see what you have and what's on your list.

{sorry, the photo source is unknown! Let me know if you know!}

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

knitting my bit

I really love these posters from WWII, they're so creative and echo a unique time of hard work; it's one of my very favorite periods to study and I love reading about nearly every area regarding it.
As you can imagine, the one above print is one of my favorites. : ) 

Last week I mentioned that I was arranging my samples to take to North Carolina, well this week I am here to tell you that I. wasn't. kidding. There is a mental list somewhere with a outline of each item I need to make before flying out on Friday; there's really only three sample boxes to make, and--if I spend my time well--there is just enough time for what I need to make. This time around I'll mostly be knitting, with only a few sewing projects; thankfully they're both things that can be done in traffic, long grocery lines, listening to this groovy tune and this enjoyable book, and while watching Jane Eyre (I l.o.v.e. that one). 
Praise the Lord for this glorious wind blew in a delicious 65 degree morning today and I am reveling in the chilly breeze! It makes working with wool blends that much more wonderful.
So, until Friday evening, I'll be 
          ...singing. Yes, though only one of us Marques Chica's takes lessons, we all sing quite liberally. We've taken to turning up our playlists on youtube and pandora just enough so that we sound just like the bands we play. 
          ...working out even though my Dad isn't here to partake in our bleary-eyed sessions. 
          ...sewing up necklaces to take to NC. Instant gratification projects are just great.
          ...knitting up items to take as well as planning a knitted outfit for the bun in the oven of a sweet friend (It's so fun to knit for little babies).
          ...sipping a yummy brew of coconut chai (with almond milk, please!)
          ...packing, both mentally and literally. The former for a trip to Dubai and the latter for this trip to NC, it's so sad/funny that I have to continually be...
          ...reminding myself that I don't own these fabulous english riding boots (or these either), like I said, sad/funny mostly sad though.
          ...containing my utter excitement at visiting with some beautiful and dear people in the coming weeks and months (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

What will you be doing?

Friday, 14 October 2011

Encourage One Another {Patient Love}

Don't forget about our Early Smiles sale
Check the post for the coupon and a chance for free shipping.
As I type this, I'm sitting/working/knitting/people watching in a coffee shop and I must say that this it probably one of my favorite things to do when I really need to get things done. I've got my headphones for when I really need to focus and can easily pop them out for when I need a break (love, love, love people watching). When it comes to the coffee I'm not really a frufru girl when I'm out (most because it's too expensive) but I love a good frothed cup of joe when I'm at home, but then you already know I'm just a social coffee drinker. Any other social coffee drinkers out there?
This weekend I'll be scurrying around arranging my samples ready to take to a few brick-and-mortar shop while in the lovely North Carolina. What are your weekend plans?

For this weeks encouraging link, I wanted to share with you the following post on
I think there are some great thoughts written and would love to know your own thoughts on the matter!

Be sure to participate here,

Monday, 10 October 2011

Early Smiles {a sale!}

Things That Make Me Smile:
yarn shops
a particular little man running with chubby cheeks
black and white photos
lying in the sun, at the beach
hunting for sea glass
wearing knits (especially handmade)
cold weather and hot drinks/munchies
playing boggle with friends and family 
lacto-fermented carrots (call me crazy)
and particularly,

What makes you smile? 
Tell me and you could qualify for free shipping on your next purchase
(Bet you want to comment now, don't you? Well, finish reading and then comment)

Now, back to our sale announcement, I call it the
Lemons and Blueberries
Early Smiles Sale
As I'll be away from my closet studio during the Christmas sale/purchasing season, I wanted to give you a 30% off coupon code, good for anything in the shop as well as custom orders! At the time of your purchase, please type in the code: 1EARLYSMILE
and you'll have 30, yes, 30% off your purchase (custom, ready-made, or vintage!). Go ahead, get over there and smile.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Encourage One Another {book clutch DIY}

{sorry, source is unknown}

For this weeks contribution at Deep Roots At Home weekly series, Encourage One AnotherI decided to share a crafty idea. : ) I was first introduced to the book clutch from this Girls With Glasses video a while ago and just loved them, not the $325 kind of love, just the "Oh, I bet you I can make that for less!" kind of love. Which is why I was so delighted to come across this book clutch tutorial! It seems like the steps could be shortened and possibly streamlined so please let me know if anyone tries this! I already have a clutch and am looking for a book that is just the right size...

Do you have an encouraging link you'd like to share?
Then, click on the link above to post your encouraging link! 
Topics can range from yummy recipes, character building posts, insightful posts, or practical, everyday tips.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


I know, I know, you think those flowers are pretty cute but despite your searching, you can't find them in the shop!
Well, that's because they are a part of the freebies you will receive when you order anything during the month of October!
That's right, each L & B item comes with a free of charge posey,
just because. : )

So, in an earlier post, I shared with you some of my goals for September, and as it is the beginning of a new month, I thought we ought to review and check off some things on our list as well as listing what we actually did: *sigh* here we go,

Organize Closet (again)---hehe, yeah, this halfway happened. : )
Create business goals for 2012
Post Fall 2011 Line for Shop (knitting, knitting, knitting)
Make two more projects using UK yarn (post to come)
Begin video series (Youtube, here I come!)

Research, research, research for my Light bulb Idea (again, post to come!)

And here are some of the things I actually did (that didn't make the list above),
Researched things for Etsy shop (lots of fine print reading)
Collected more items for my Light Bulb Idea
Knocked another "craft to-do" off my mental list
Odds and ends that I can't think of...
For our final list, here are some of the plans for October,
Pack gifts for Dubai friends
Plan and announce "Early Christmas Sale" for L&B
Create channel and post Youtube video
List another item to the vintage. section in the shop
For the first time, ship a sold item to an international destination (way down under!)
Contain my excitement of meeting several wonderful young women at this conference
(Are you attending as well? Let me know, I'd love to meet with you!)

I'm so looking forward to our time during the conference in North Carolina! We plan on making a mini-family roadtrip out of it and are driving up a week early to enjoy Charleston, a bit of the beach, and a fabulous little town called Hickory (I. can't. wait. A!!!); the fall colors, weather, and the search for fun little gifts along the way are just a few of the things I'm anticipating.

I'm also so excited about our first early-Christmas sale.
The sale will last for the entire month of October, right in time for our shop vacation (which will last until the end of December, I won't be able to ship things while I'm in Dubai!). Keep checking back for the details and coupon codes, also for the cut-off date for custom orders. 

What are your October plans?


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