Jewish Food & Cultural Festival 2019

Back in March I traveled to Little Rock for the annual Jewish Food & Cultural Festival. I went with a sweet friend of mine, and we met up with one of her sweet friends. We had a wonderful time!

It was really cold that morning so we were all ready to eat some matzo ball soup! It was the perfect food for a cold day!

A scroll of the Torah.

A basket full of yarmulkes.

After we all enjoyed the festival we went to La Madeleine’s for a nice cup of coffee and a tasty pastry! It was my first time to go there and it was amazing!

I opted for a small cappuccino and the ‘pastry of the day’ that was recommenced by the owner. It was delicious!

I had a mille-feuile and guys it was amazing!

We sat right by the fireplace and it made for an even more amazing experience. I mean come on- fireplace, coffee, and deep conversation with new and old friends makes for a great afternoon!

I took a quick picture of the inside, I will definitely come back!

I bought a loaf of poppy seed challah home. My Mum said it made excellent French toast as well!

I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for next years festival!

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Gone With the Stitch

So here lately I’ve seen more and more people talk about cottage industries. Now a cottage industry is a business started in one’s home. A few people I know have started their own cottage industries and I wanted to highlight them. They were so gracious and let me interview them. The first interview is with Sydney Martinez and she manages Gone With the Stitch.

What does your business make?

Mainly crocheted beanies and messy bun beanies, but I really can crochet anything as long as I have a video to follow. I’ve also done scarfs, hooded scarfs, purses, and baby blankets and now washcloths.

What inspired you to start this business?

Nothing really. After I crocheted a few things I just had a thought that I might be able to sell a few things and make a few extra bucks.

How long have you been making and selling these items?

About five years ago. Stopped when I got diagnosed with MS and started back up here recently to completely get my business up and running.

Where did you get the name for your business?

Gone With the Wind is my favorite movie so it’s a play on words with that movie cause with crocheting you are doing stitches and when I get started I’m ”Gone With the Stitch.”

How do you sell the items? 

On Facebook mainly to local friends and family members.

What’s your favorite item to make?

Right now the Messy Bun Beanie. I like finding different patterns for them that have different designs to them. Also when someone asks can you crochet this or that I enjoy trying something new.

Do you think you will continue on making new items and selling them?

Most definitely. There’s still a lot out there I haven’t even tried to crochet. I’ve barely started.

Who taught you to crochet?

YouTube. But I did get my Great Aunt Fay’s crochet hooks given to me.

Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of starting their own home business?

If it’s your dream and you really want to do it then do it!! You only have one life to live so live it your way!! Also don’t over price your items but price them enough that you are making a profit, and first orders should come first.

Here are a few pictures of items Sydney has made:

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A little Poke ball backpack and Pikachu character.

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A set of 4, 100% cotton face cloths.

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An adorable Bella Rose messy bun beanie.

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Crocheted headbands.

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Hooded scarves.

If you’re interested in seeing what else Gone With the Stitch makes click here!

“Shop small, shop local”

 

Blog Takeover: Taste of the Tumbleweed

Hey ya’ll! It’s Stephanie from Taste of the Tumbleweed!I am so honored to be doing this swap with Chloe. We have known each other outside of the blogging community for many of years now and she is just as sweet in person as she is on the interwebs. For this swap, we decided to tell you all why we blog.

Why do I blog, good question? I blog for many different reasons including, but not limited to; stress relief, to tell my life in the way of an entertaining story, to inform people of a different way of life and to calm my anxiety. I originally started blogging back in 2013 and most of those posts have now been deleted since I thought people would judge me or I was sharing too much of my personal life. I realized how supportive people were when I posted my final blog under “The Life Diaries” went live. The post was titled Weight a Minute about an eating disorder that I suffered with straight out of high school; this post is still active under the Tumbleweed if you are interested in reading it.           

Even though this blog had close to 300 views and an outstanding amount of support I still felt uneasy about sharing my life with everyone. After a 3-year break, and the worst anxiety that I have ever experienced I realized that those blogs helped people not feel so alone. I enjoy writing and enjoy sharing things in a way of an entertaining story. Although I had plenty of hard times in the past year I also had a ton of highs this past year! I met a fantastic guy who I have learned to love unconditionally, moved to a new city full of new possibilities, and bonded more with friends who may have been pushed to the side before.

I enjoy sharing my adventures with everyone with the intent of either helping someone overcome an obstacle in life or for someone who wants a good enjoyable read every occasionally. I try to write things that come straight from the heart and from my personal life. Everything on my blog has happened, everyone is real, and these are true stories. I write to connect and relate with the rest of the world in one way or another.

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Thank you so much Chloe for letting me take over your blog! I’ve had an absolute blast taking over and sharing a little backstory of my blog and why I do it! You are more than welcome to take over the tumbleweed anytime!