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Monaluna Journey Fabric Tour

Monaluna Journey Fabric Tour

I'd like to consider myself a pretty darn lucky gal, because I was asked to be on my third tour with Monaluna Fabrics.  Third!  How fun is that?  This time around, we are helping to showcase their new line of prints, called "Journey".  They all have a very Arizona,...

The Boy Who Lived :: Etsy Love

The Boy Who Lived :: Etsy Love

ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR After watching all of the Harry Potter movies earlier this year, Louis declared that his birthday party was going to be Harry Potter themed.  Game on, kiddo.  We can totally handle that! As always, I look to Etsy and other artisans for...

Comic Con :: Etsy Love

ONE | TWO | THREE | FOURIt's official: the McKinleys are heading to their first Comic Con next weekend.  And I'm starting to panic a little because I don't have any idea what we will be wearing.  I think it's important that we represent our nerdery...but...

KBSD’s First Birthday!

KBSD’s First Birthday!

Stephanie from Koerbs Brothers Stitch Designs is celebrating her 1 year business-versary with a blog tour, sale AND giveaway.  Of course I wanted to party along with her!  The KBSD Henley was one of the first men's shirts that I sewed for my handsome hubby.  Any...

Handmade Escapade is going Digital!

I pretended for a hot minute that I would keep my Handmade Escapade stuff off of this blog...but let's be honest, I AM Handmade Escapade.  So these things go together too much and trying to maintain two blogs is, ugh.But I do have exciting news to share!!  I...

Brand Rep Search!

I am putting the pressure on myself to finish my HandmadeEscapade.com site.  I've had it since the first of the year last January and keep getting sidetracked.  Running a business all by yourself is hard work, dude!  If only I had an IT department to...

Dirty 30 :: Etsy Love

ONE | TWO | THREE | FOURBennett's 30th birthday is this Friday and I am in full-blown freakout mode because we decided to have a last minute party and I don't have anything made for it.  I know, I know.  I don't need to make decorations.But you don't...

I’m a Member of the Blogger Tribe!

I've been blogging since the beginning of time, I swear.  We started our blog back in 2007(?) to create a space for our family members to keep up with what we were doing.  Bennett and I had just moved from Morgantown, WV to Traverse City, MI and there were a...

2015: What a Year!

It's no shock to me that 2015 was huge and amazing for us McKinleys.  It seems that every year brings a little more excitement and challenges to the table for us.  I've been blessed with two guys that are able to both roll with the punches and push me harder...

Christmas 2015.

Christmas Day was fab.  So fab, I failed to really take any pictures of anything (iPhone photos included) and I'm totally okay with that.  I was more "in the moment", visiting with my Momma, watching Louis excitedly open and play with every single gift,...

Christmas Eve 2015.

Although the weather outside isn't exactly frightful, (hello 70-something degrees in December!) the Christmas spirit inside our house is pretty darn delightful!  It's Christmas Eve, of course!  How could you be anything but happy?My Mom gets to spend her...

Meeting Santa 2015.

Somehow, we have avoided the "mall Santa experience" for five Christmases now.  And on his sixth, we had no choice but to visit Santa at the mall.  It wasn't the worst.  In fact, it was quite nice.  I think part of it was that we went on a...

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