Jun 29, 2014

#happyhandmade week 70 picks

I love discovering rad new artists, and I love it when the community comes together to support one another. That is why I love #happyhandmade so much! It smashes those two things together plus creates an awesome way for consumers to discover a variety of new artisans!

As I try to get back into the blogging habit over here, I thought I would start sharing my weekly Happy Handmade picks here so you can guys can discover new artists and awesome kid's items along with me!

This week, I picked three rad items from the collection:

Rainbow crochet hoop by Be You, Not Them


Monster Bank by Just for Littles

Stuffed Monster by Tranifer's Wonky Critters


Head over to this week's Happy Handmade, take a peek then let me know in the comments which item is your favorite from the collection! And if you have a handmade shop, head over and share your own items for a shot at being featured on Daft!

Jun 28, 2014

July's #CreativeDaily Prompts!

I never expected #creativedaily to get so big so fast! Almost 1,000 images a month are getting uploaded to Instagram monthly since the start of the year!

Not familiar with #creativedaily? It is the only photo challenge geared directly towards creatives, artists, makers & small biz owners - anybody who needs a spark of creativity daily is welcome to join in and make new friends through this fun photo collective!

You see, the goal of #creativedaily is to inspire creative people to document their life and indie biz journey through daily photos & snippets of text, encouraging them, each day, to do something creative while fostering creative community & new friendships through social media.

Want to join in? Just upload a photo each day that relates to the daily prompt (7/1 is "love" so you would upload an photo that you took that means "love" to you) with the hashtag #creativedaily in the title. This is a great way to organically show people the person behind the products and give them a glimpse into your life & the processes for making your wares. 

Wanna know something cool? Almost every single prompt on this list was suggested by kiddos! I posted on social media this week asking parents to ask their kids for three words, and I chose one from every suggestion and added a few in for the holiday. :) Enjoy! 


Which prompt is your favorite?

Jun 13, 2014

Snag a limited edition Mon-stor T-shirt for you, your kid, or a friend!

Hey guys! I am super duper excited to announce that today, I launched my first ever line of tee shirts! These are limited edition, single print t-shirts, meaning after June 26th they will never be available again so snag yours now! Proceeds from this batch of shirts are going to help fund my road trip next month to see my family again for the first time in five years, so any tee shirt reservations and help spreading the word about this campaign is greatly appreciated!

So, remember that super cute Tibly Scrawny Girl drew for me? You can now  score it as a rad t-shirt in both kid and adult sizes!


Adult Tee

To select your size, just choose adult or child size from the drop down menu, then click "reserve" - which opens a pop up window to select size from. :) Then choose how you want to pay, enter your info, and boom, your done!
This is a one time print run - meaning I will never print this t-shirt design again! You won't be charged until the campaign ends on June 26th, and only if the minimum number of shirts are ordered Together, I think we can shoot past the 30 shirt mark! But I need your help!  Tweet it, Facebook it, blog it! Any help spreading the word is greatly appreciated!!


Kids Tee
If this batch is a huge success, I will be launching a new design with Gabos through a Missouri printer, Tiny Little Monster (how appropriate is that?!). 

And if these shirts continue to be a hit, I think I will release a new design every quarter, so in the comments tell me what colors of shirts/which Mon-stors you would love to see featured!

Jun 6, 2014

Paper

You know how I send out a swag bag full of samples and goodies with each order? Well, today, I got Bugaboo Bear Design's swag samples and I love them! Each of the twenty-five mini art samples she sent is hand-lettered on black paper- they aren't prints! How cool is that?! These will be heading out soon with orders from the monster shop! ♥


Fan Mail Friday 6.5.14

Wowzers! I haven't had time to upload all of the amazing fan photos I've been getting in months! If you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen peeks at some of the cute pics coming in, but I wanted to do a round up of some here from the past few months, too!

From Valerie in MO, her teeny tiny new monster with his new tiny monster! Rawr!


From Rachel in VA, her little dude giving a monstrous hug! ♥


From Joanna in KY, her trio of tiny monsters with their new monsters! 


From Kelly in KS, her daughter being eaten by her monster and her niece dozing with her stuffie!

 Easter Monster love from Nichole in AZ (What, I said it had been months since I posted fan photos!):



 And I have oh-so-many more cute shots of kiddos and their Mon-stors, but I want to save some for next week! Thank you to everyone who has submitted fan photos over the past few months!

Feel free to send me pictures of your kiddos with their Mon-stors to cody@luanded.com or tag your Mon-stor photos on Instagram with hashtag #luandedswag!! :)

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