archive: June, 2010

Posted by in indie biz


today i’m going to introduce to you a truly inspiring blog and business, meylah.  meylah works to bring creative entrepreneurs closer through creativity by helping them connect, learn and succeed. they are devoted to building an online creative community for individuals to learn, share and support each other’s business growth and works hard to equip the entrepreneur with the necessary skills they need to succeed.  with easy to read and very informational articles, meylah is totally rocking the online creative biz movement.  you’ll find tons of help for your small business and lots of new tips and tricks along the way. i encourage you to explore her world today, and especially read a few of my favorite articles:

how to create an ad for your business

how to brand your twitter profile

how to package your product

opening your first flickr group

store policies – six key topics to cover

3 ways to sell to busy buyers

enjoy exploring and feel free to share with us some of your favorite articles!

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10 things about me

June 30, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

hello dearies!  the lovely amanda joy over at joy ever after passed onto me a beautiful blogger award last week!  it’s a fun way to learn more about our favorite bloggers, so today i’m sharing with you ten things about me, you may or may not have known?

10 things about me

anything you didn’t know? :) now i get to pass this award on to 5 more beautiful blogs! my picks are:

1. natalie from love, natalie 2. amy from handmade evolution 3. rachel from lovely clusters 4. sam from good measure 5. nancy from wolf and willow

now it’s your turn!

will you tell us one thing about you?

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life through the lens

June 29, 2010

Posted by in photography

life through the lens photography

kristi lives her life through the lens.  she believes that aaron siskind best describes the way she feels about photography with this quote: “photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. what you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” i can see how the beauty and the passion from this quote truly weaves itself into her work.  what a beautiful life she lives through her lens!

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Posted by in indie fashion

Shaina Mote

welcome to shaina mote! shaina is garment designer based out of los angeles where all of her beautiful designs are handmade.  with special attention given to earth friendly fabrics and fair trade policies, her new line is to die for.

Shaina Mote

oh yes, and did i mention she lives in a handmade house of glass bottles?


stunning, isn’t it? this would be such a beautiful place for breakfast or afternoon tea.

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hi love birds!  i’ve been doing a little house cleaning, and thought i would share the news!  i’ve moved some things around as well as added tons of new things to my etsy shops, so here’s a recap!

the kitchen roost etsy shop

first off, aprons and tea towels have made the big move! you can now find all kitchen related goodies in the kitchen roost etsy shop.  here you’ll find aprons, tea towels, and organic shopping bags.

old renewed etsy shop

i’ve done quite a lot of work to my long neglected vintage shop, old renewed! here you’ll find vintage goodies to spruce up your your home decor, organization style and retro kitchen.

home to roost etsy shop

lastly, you’ll now find only eco-friendly wool felt pillows in the home to roost etsy shop! i’ve added lots of new designs and have a few more in the design stage, so stay tuned!

xox! bonnie

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and the winner is…

June 28, 2010

Posted by in handmade

the winner of the $15 sugar chills gift certificate is…

giveaway winner

#35! congratulations, patria!

giveaway winner

the winner of the $5 sugar chills gift certificate is…

#28! congratulations, patricia!

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strawberry spring salad

June 25, 2010

happy friday everyone! to wrap up the week i’m going to share the first recipe in our new series of local, in season recipes! it’s my most favorite salad, and i try to make it as often as i can each spring.  it has such an unexpected, mix of salty and sweet flavor.  it’s full of surprises and yummy to the core.  i hope you enjoy it!

avocado, strawberry and walnut salad

salad ingredients:

-3 c of spinach

– 1 avocado

– 12 strawberries

– 1/2 c roasted walnuts

– 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil

place the spinach in a bowl. slice the avocado and strawberries and place on top.  toss the walnuts with 1 tbs of olive oil and roast in the oven until browned (about 3 mins).  add to the salad.

dressing ingredients:

– 2 tbs sugar

– 2 tbs olive oil

– 4 tsp honey

– 1 tbs cider vinegar

– 1 tsp lemon juice

whisk in a bowl until the sugar dissolves and drizzle over the salad.  enjoy!

{photo credit: strawberries, raw walnut pieces}

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ana ventura

June 25, 2010

Posted by in handmade

ana ventura

ana ventura is an illustrator, artist and photographer with a very unique sense of style.  with homey roots and colorful characters, her nature inspired work warms the soul.  visit her shop to start exploring more of her beautiful world!

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