Monday, October 1, 2012

1500 fan {GIVEAWAY}

It's {GIVEAWAY} time!  Yep, you got it!  A special thank you to {YOU} for being such awesome fans!  There will not be 50 zillion steps for you to do to win.  Just {LIKE} HOOKED {by kristen} on facebook for your entry!  You can score additional entries each day the giveaway is open by sharing my facebook page with your friends.  Please make sure your share is public so that I can verify that the task was done.  

I appreciate you all soooo much.  It has been such a blessed year and I have you to thank for it.  Giveaway closes at 12:01am on 10.09.12.  So you have one week to get those entries in.  ONE lucky winner will get a $20 gift certificate to use on  Should we reach 1750 fans by you being so awesome and sharing with your friends I will announce a second prize winner.  How awesome is that?   

You can enter to win here:
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

new {LOOK} new {WEBSITE} and a {GIVEAWAY}

WOW!  SO much great news to tell you all about!

I have already revealed the new logo which I am so in love with.  {THANK YOU} to Christina Hendrick Photography for all of your help in getting this idea into fruition.  You rock girl!

So, on top of the awesome new logo, the most exciting news of all is a brand new {WEBSITE}!  I have had an etsy shop as you know since I opened in Spring of 2011.  But, to better serve my customers it has become apparent that I need to have my very own presence on the web, so I am extremely pleased to announce!  This is so exciting!  No more confusion over the colors available or the sizes available for different product options.  No messaging me to set up custom listings for larger sizes!  You specify your item exactly the way you want it as you purchase it!  I of course will still be available to help you with this process, but it will be so much easier for all of us.  So, without further ado, I would love to introduce you to the brand new HOOKED {by kristen}

As a special {THANK YOU} to you and to launch the new website I will be offering 10% off through October 1, 2012 at 11:59pm CST.  For those of you at the expo, please note that your coupon code has been extended through to that time as well!  Please use the code:  HOOKED10EXPO

And, did I mention something about a {GIVEAWAY}???
Why yes I did!  Thank you all for being such amazing fans.  I am so incredibly blessed!  In honor of hitting the 1500 fans landmark, I will be hosting a giveaway.  More information on that tomorrow.  It will be super easy to enter.  It is my {THANK YOU} to  you!

Monday, June 4, 2012

OPEN for Business!

I'm back open for business....I have gotten my family "mostly" moved into our new home.  My baby is finally well, and I have just a couple of orders left to get caught up on.  So, I figured it was time to open Etsy back up for the masses....I have the lead time left at 4-6 weeks, but it will likely be much sooner than that.  I want to allow time for me to come out with new fall products and create some in stock items for you all!.  Just trying to protect myself should another kiddo get one of the yuckies going around.  If you need something sooner, just message me or if you want to know a more exact lead time I can get that to you!  I will likely adjust it accordingly after the next week or so.  Thank you all!  Hopefully I don't have to close again so soon this time around ;)

>3 Always, 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Donation to ICAN

For the month of April I pledged to donate 10% of my total sales to ICAN.  For those of you unfamiliar with ICAN it is the International Cesarean Awareness Network and a non profit that is very near and dear to my heart.  ICAN's mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean.  There are over 150 ICAN Chapters across North America and internationally, which hold educational and support meetings for people interested in cesarean prevention and recovery.

ICAN has been a very big part of my life over the past years, and since a lot of us have had or will have children (I know most of you are women, hehe) I think it is important to all be aware of the growing cesarean rate (one out of three births in the US will be via major abdominal surgery) and it's implications on the health and safety of our women and children.  Really, you should all find your local chapter and check out a meeting!  Not only will you likely learn something, but I bet you will meet some pretty awesome people too!  A very brief history of myself with ICAN and then I will get on to how much money we raised for this awesome non profit!  

My first child was my little stinker and she was persistently in a modified footling breech position.  I was young and uneducated and didn't really know what to do to try to get her into a more appropriate birthing I regretfully showed up for my major abdominal surgery.  It should have been a very joyous day in my life but I was scared, actually quite petrified and felt completely alone in my feelings.  I knew when I was pregnant with my second child that a repeat of this experience was NOT something I wanted.  So I read and read and took a natural childbirth class, hired a doula...did everything I thought I could within my current comfort zone (and my husband's) to insure that I would NOT be having another cesarean.  My  second child, my first son, was born after 55 plus hours of natural labor in the hospital.  A VBAC.  When I became surprisingly pregnant with my third I knew I was not meant to be a hospital birther.  It was just not for me.  The first 50 hours plus of labor that I did at home was glorious...but once I got to the hospital it was all quite horrendous for me.  So, we planned a homebirth.  My second son was born at 41.5 weeks in my living room, an HBAC, at a few minutes shy of 24 hours of labor, less than 5 minutes of pushing.  His brother and sister, my husband, my baby sister and my very good friend and doula were all there to welcome him on his day of birth.  

So enough about me...I'm sure you are all super bored by now!!!  On to the good stuff!!!  I was able to raise $75 for ICAN.  Since no one stated where they wanted the money to go, I have chosen to send the $75 to ICAN Lincoln, the chapter that I started after the birth of my second baby.   So, the money will be on it's way soon!  Thank you again to everyone who placed orders during the month of April.  I'm sad that I had to put my shop on vacation half way through the month, as I would have loved to raise more money...but I was SWAMPED!  Love you all and thank you so much for supporting my business and helping me raise money for a very important organization!

<3 Kristen

Wednesday, May 2, 2012



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if i have not received a reply within 48 hours, I will redraw.  
Thank you all sooo much for participating in my giveaway!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Getting to Know the Vendors PART VI: Miss Khloe's Bows, Accessorize Kait, Cookie's Bow-tique and My Precious Angels

Let's get to know some of these fabulous vendors!  Read through and at the end there is a way to get an additional entry into the giveaway!  (and, tune in daily for more chances to get to know our awesome vendors and get more entries!)

ALL of these lovely vendors take me back to being pregnant with my middle son.  We all met when we were growing our baby bumps back in 2008/2009.  So fun that they are all awesome mommy crafters and participating in this awesome giveaway!!!


Let's just say I have a couple bows from Terra ;).  If you are familiar with her and know her comment games...well, yeah, it is sooo easy to nab up some goodies!  I started to develop a BIG problem!  Little Miss Khloe and my middle son are the same age and I met Terra back when we were growing those sweet baby I have known her for getting close to four years now.  WOW!  Where did the time go??? Here is a little more about Terra!
"3 years ago I had my baby girl Khloe Addison. She was the biggest surprise of being a precious baby girl. LOTS of boys in the family so when she came out a girl, mommy was super excited.Well along with having a little girl came all the "pretties". They really started adding up and I was a stay at home so I decided to give it a try. And wow they became a hit FAST!!! Everyone was asking to buy them. My first bow was the "loop" style bow and back then they were not at all around and now they have become such a BIG hit!! I have continued my business for 3 years now and all I can say is how blessed I am with all the love and support I have continued to receive from all of our Fans. Miss Khloe's Bows is a successful boutique who continues to grow more and more branching out from just the hair bows now selling tutus, petti romper, shoes, wedding garters, etc. Thank you to everyone for you love and support, it really means the world to us!!!!"
 And the Goods:


Oh Janel is another sweet friend I met while growing my second baby bump!  And, her and I have a LOT in common.  Plus, I think she is extra cool because she thinks homebirth rocks like me ;).  She was my inspiration to get a better birth for my baby and myself this past time around.  We have become great friends and I'm so glad that she is in my life!  She has inspired me to do more with my crochet skills and my daughter has several pieces of AK jewelry!  We love her!  Here is more about Janel in her own words:
"Hello! My name is Janel. Accessorize Kait was born out of the desire to see my daughter, Kaitlyn,  prettied up in all kinds of things I couldn't afford at the time. So, since we were on a very strict budget, I set out to teach myself how to make the things I wanted for my daughter but couldn't buy. It wasn't long before I decided I wanted to use my talents to bring affordable items to others. So, in October of 2009, I opened Accessorize Kait on Etsy. I started with crocheted items and expanded to bracelets and then bows. Now AK is a productive small business! Please come check me out. I hope you like what's you see."
 And some goodies!


I feel so sad that I am running out of time to get this posted and I have so many fabulous things I want to say about these ladies!  Another March birthday friend, Crystal is incredibly sweet...and I must say that my daughter Emma is through the roof over her Tangled Bow Holder and hair clip!  We have other great accessories from Crystal, but this is by far Emma's fav!  Again, that darn trading problem I have ;)  Here is  a little bit about Crystal in her own words:

"My name is Crystal I've always loved making things ever since I was a
little girl, so I started making bows for my little princess and
everything just blossomed from there! I was buying her bows like CRAZY
because I just loved how cute they made her!! So I thought , "hey, I can
do that!" I LOVED doing it so I thought I would try to sell some and
make a little extra money. I am a stay at home mom of 2 little ones.
My daughter is 3 and my son is 1. Any extra money always helps! I make
bows, bow holders, tutus, some necklaces, and more. I LOVE doing custom
orders, so if anybody ever needs anything just ask! :)" 
And some goodies:


Whitney is so incredibly sweet, and her babies are even sweeter!  And, one of those sweet babies is modeled several times on the HOOKED {by kristen} webpage!  The chunky bear hat and the sweet little turtle is the newest addition to her lovely group of babies.  I love what she is doing with her business too!  Re-purposing old objects and making them new is so awesome!  Here is a little more about Whitney!

We are moms that make custom childrens items including infant and toddler bedding, room and home decor, crocheted shoes, and hair flowers. Most of the items are custom allowing you to choose colors and patterns of your own choice to match an already chosen concept. There is a ready to ship album that will have our sample items in it. A lot of our room and home decor are upcycled items. One of our inspirational angels had taught us to see the good in everything. An item may look rough, used, and ragged at first, but when you do a touch up/make over you can see the goodness shine through.
We dedicate this business to a couple of very amazing angels who have taught us the importance of believing in something and to let nothing stop us from doing exactly what makes us happy. Now all the excuses that have held us back from doing something that we love are gone and we are laying it all on the line to produce a business and product that will bring joy to us as well as customers."
 And some goodies:

Now that you have learned a bunch about these fabulous vendors....let's get you a chance to get another entry into this giveaway!  FIRST Reply to this blog post with your favorite item from EACH of the above 4 shops (it doesn't have to be an item pictured on into their facebook pages or etsy shops to really check all they have to offer out!) and then click the giveaway below to say you did the task at hand! :)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Getting to Know the Vendors PART V: Kroger Kreations, This Pretty,

Let's get to know some of these fabulous vendors!  Read through and at the end there is a way to get an additional entry into the giveaway!  (and, tune in daily for more chances to get to know our awesome vendors and get more entries!)


Jess is another one of those awesome mommy crafters that I discovered after starting my business.  And, it is another one of those situations where I got to reap the benefits of trading some goods!  I am getting an awesome Hungry Caterpillar custom banner for my little guy's birthday party and her girls got some pretty cute HOOKED gear too, if I do say so myself!  Here is her little miss cheesing it up for the camera in her owl hat!

I have also grown to discover that we have a LOT of friends of friends and we have become friends ourselves on facebook.  Jess recently welcomed a new addition to their family and their new little miss is just as sweet as her first little princess!  She is such a sweet lady and I am super bummed that I missed out on meeting her while I still lived in Nebraska (yep another awesome Lincoln, NE vendor!).  Maybe I willg et a chance to meet her in person this summer when I am back for my visit!  Meet Jess and her business!
"Kroger Kreations - Paper Products with Personality. Providing handmade paper products for all occasions! Each item is handcrafted for a unique look that you cannot find in a regular party store."

Kroger Kreations started with the inspiration of my daughters first birthday party. I wanted something different and unique from the regular birthday parties (as far as decorations went). I have been a huge scrapbooker for years, and already owned all the equipment I needed to get started. I made banners, cupcake toppers, garland, paper tissue flowers, party hats, door signs, favor tags, and so much more, all fitting the theme of her bedroom - owls. It was a huge hit, to say the least! After going all out for Hazel's big day, I decided that it was so much fun for me that I should start up a home business. It seemed fitting to be able to work from home. I didn't think that I would get so much business so fast, but it was amazing :) I started out just making birthday decorations, but now range from birthday to weddings to showers and more. I am always up for a new challenge, and love trying out new ideas. Thanks Kristen, for hosting
such an awesome giveaway!"
And check out some of these banners!


I found Mandy on Etsy....another one of my searches for Husker gear for my kiddos!  Trust me for some reason I can't just walk into a store in Wisconsin and buy cute Husker stuff.  What gives? :D  I had her make some adorable custom pieces for a little photo shoot we did (she made the two white shirts and the red one is from Twinspirations)
Does this give me away as having a problem shopping on Etsy???  This was my favorite picture of my daughter in a This Pretty Shirt and tube socks...all Huskered out!

Oh, my awkward Emma!  Love her uneven tube leg warmers.  The craziest part about this connection with Mandy?  I found her searching for Husker gear...and low and behold she lives in Wisconsin, like me!  It seems she has smart family that dig the Huskers ;)  Here is a little more about Mandy:
"I started creating childrens clothes for my own two crazy kiddos, and after a lot of encouragement from friends and family, opened up my Etsy shop.  It has been a wonderful creative outlet for me, and keeps me even busier than I was as a working mother of two.  My shirts are inspired by my own kids, and designed to last through every adventure they have.   Believe me, we are usually covered in mud and markers, and our shirts have usually been stained and washed a hundred times before we are done wearing them!   As a sports fan at heart, my Varsity Collection of team shirts are the most fun to create.  I end up loving each one, even my biggest rivalries!"
And some cuteness!

Now that you have learned a bunch about these fabulous vendors....let's get you a chance to get another entry into this giveaway!  FIRST Reply to this blog post with your favorite item from EACH of the above 2 shops (it doesn't have to be an item pictured on into their facebook pages or etsy shops to really check all they have to offer out!) and then click the giveaway below to say you did the task at hand! :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Getting to Know the Vendors PART IV: Little Dino Knits, Adam's Blankie and Meanmomma Customs

Let's get to know some of these fabulous vendors!  Read through and at the end there is a way to get an additional entry into the giveaway!  (and, tune in daily for more chances to get to know our awesome vendors and get more entries!)


Another Amanda!  It seems if you are named Amanda, you are super talented.  I have known Amanda for about 3 1/2 years and she is such a sweet person.  I was so excited when she took her knit creations to the internet and started growing her business.  She makes adorable creations and I am SUPER jealous that she knows how to both crochet and KNIT!  I really REALLY want to learn how to knit!  I'm not so sure I am coordinated enough to do it, but if I ever get some free time (what is that??) I am determined to teach myself!  My favorite item that she makes are the little knit skirties!  Here is more about Amanda in her own words!
"I first started knitting when I was pregnant with my first son.  Just to pass the time before he got here and I was on maternity leave from work. It started out as just a fun thing to do. Then after some prodding and pushing from family and friends I opened up my Etsy shop. I am still pretty new at this an only in my first few months of having a shop open! I love making all the cute new things out there and love a challenge! "
And some of the goods (including that cute skirty I was talking about!)

Let's just say that I have been DROOLING over all things Adam's Blankie for a year now!  I participated in her HUGE Giveaway last summer and it was such a pleasure.  I'm also going to be working with her come August for an Auction to raise money for the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.  Such a pleasure.  And, I'm pretty certain if Braxton would have been a girl last May I would have gone BROKE buying up all of those gorgeous Couture goodies.  Let's get to know Kari a little more!
"I am Mom to an amazingly sweet & caring 5 year-old son and rambunctious, fiesty 2 year-old daughter!  I started designing and creating gifts and accessories after I had my son and became thoroughly disappointed with the lack of chic and mod fabrics and styles available for children's products.  I wanted not only my newborn baby but also myself to be fashionable while toting around all the accessories that come with having a baby!!  And so, my love affair with fabrics and notions began! My son also LOVED and NEEDED his blankie for naps and bedtime, and alas, "adam's blankie" was born. 

It turns out, the name we had selected has more meaning than we ever imagined, and its "birth" does not end with Adam's love of blankies.  In 2008, we nearly lost our son in a drowning incident.  It was by God's grace and "blanket" {cover/protection} that enveloped our son that allowed him to be saved! 

"I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and COVER you with my hand." Ex. 33:22"
And, as an added SUPER bonus to all of my Awesome fans, Kari is offering 15% off to YOU (offer good for 14 days from TODAY, 4.29.12)  Just use the code HOOKED at checkout in her shop!

And some items for you to drool over!  (WARNING:  These pictures will make you want another baby!!!)  hehe


Jamie is a super talented artist as you can see!  Her business specializes in nearly everything custom designed, from face painting, to custom tiles to custom t-shirts.  And, I must say that I am super excited to see her custom family shirts.  SO cute!  You can brag about your whole family while featuring what your kids love the most on your shirt!  I hope you enjoy learning more about Jamie and seeing what she has to offer!
"I love God & Jesus Christ. I love my husband & my children. I am blessed to have such a wonderful set of parents & siblings. My husband, Justin, is my best friend. We finish each other's sentences and know what the other is thinking! We attend church at the First Pentecostal Holiness in Apache.

I love small towns and I love the country. I love going barefoot & watching the sunset! I love to go catfishing and hiking. I like to take time to relax and enjoy being with my family and friends.

I do what I love and love what I do."
 And a few samples of her custom work...but since it is all truly custom, your imagination is your only limit!

Now that you have learned a bunch about these fabulous vendors....let's get you a chance to get another entry into this giveaway!  FIRST Reply to this blog post with your favorite item from EACH of the above 3 shops (it doesn't have to be an item pictured on into their facebook pages or etsy shops to really check all they have to offer out!) and then click the giveaway below to say you did the task at hand! :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Getting to Know the Vendors PART III: I Bloom, My Chloe Ann, Twinspirations and Annisseau

Let's get to know some of these fabulous vendors!  Read through and at the end there is a way to get an additional entry into the giveaway!  (and, tune in daily for more chances to get to know our awesome vendors and get more entries!)


Can I just say that I LOVE the connections that I make with my business.  I have made some great friends near and far, some I have never met but we all help each other out and I think that is just awesome!  Natalie with I Bloom contacted me around Valentines day and requested that I make this CUTE little ensemble for her little miss:
Soon after we became friends on facebook, she invited me to join a mommy's group AND I found out she has some AMAZING talent with flowers....You will see for yourself after we take a minute to meet Natalie!  Oh and did I mention that she is another VERY talented Lincoln, NE vendor!
"I Bloom. started simply enough with two friends with a shared passion for flowers and weddings. It grew slowly over 4 years and blossomed into a full on business doing wedding and event flowers for Lincoln and surrounding areas.  We can handle the biggest of weddings, rehursal dinners, baby and bridal showers, and parties of any kind.  "let us help you fill in the flowers" When you say "I do" to express your love, think " I Bloom." to express your style. I Bloom. will make your vision a reality. From funky and fresh to traditional and classic, your idea is our inspiration. We specialize in personalized service and design. For your event we will start from scratch to create a truly custom and memorable floral experience. Check out our portfolio or facebook for a taste of our past work, but keep in mind that your event will be truly yours. After all, "Everything we do is custom."'
And here are some of the absolutely stunning creations she has put together!

Stunning right?  I just wish I had known her before I got married!!!  LOVE it all!


Krista and I's littles are "about" the same age.  They were "May" babies...except for some reason her little one came in April...and mine was pushing the JUNE breaking point ;).  We recently found out that she has family in Council Bluff, IA, which is just right across the border from my home state of Nebraska!  Always a small world that is for sure!  Take a minute to get to know Krista!
"My name is Krista. I am a stay at home, work at home, mommy of 2. I love to craft and started a small business with hair accessories after much demand from family and friends. Four years later my little home business has expanded to more children's boutique items, but I still love creating new hair accessories!"
 And check out some of the cuteness she creates!


I met Tracy this past fall through LittleME 123.  She was having one of those AWESOME Giveaways we all love so much!  Nikki shared her link and of course when I checked her out I LOVED her work!  And, of course she is extra special because she too is from the Cornhusker did I not meet all of these amazing gals when I was still there???  Quickly I placed an order for a few football shirts, a QT pie shirt and the John Deere Tractor shirt...then came along Christmas time and I HAD to get some custom shirts for the kiddos...I tried to get a picture of them all together with my elf hats I made them, but to much avail, none of them turned out :(  Still bummed about that!  But, here is a little peak at my sweetie pie in her Penguin shirt (that Tracy was so kind to make custom for me!)
And, a little about Tracy in her own words:
"Being a mom of twins you hear things like, "are they twins?" and "are they identical?" and are forced rather frequently to clarify to people who is who.  Top that off with 2 children who have names that they will probably never stumble upon on any personalized memorbilia (they may later kick us for that) and my dream started.  In 2010 I took my crafting skills a step further and played and perfected a way to make custom personalized shirts for my girls.  They were a hit with my girls and a lot of my friends so I took it a step further and decided to share my love of crafting and personalized wear to my Etsy shop, inspired by my girls, Twinspirations was born.  Every item in my shop is hand stitched, it really helps designs "pop" and adds security and durability of the items but more importantly is my way of adding an extra touch of love to my pieces.  It's been a little over 2 years now, and I am loving every minute of it.  I have also been accepting custom requests, which has brought a lot of challenge and excitement to my shop, I love working with my customers to create the piece they have been envisioning and hear of the joy the pieces bring.  From tractors to rockets to penguins with bows on their head, some of my custom orders are the most fun, challenging and rewarding pieces my shop has put out.  Onesies (short sleeve and long), layettes, baby beanies, hair bows, giftsets and toddler tees, all carried in stock and all can be customized with your child's name or favorite design."
 And, the GOODS:

You might recognize that last cutie from above (VDAY ensemble) and from Nellie Smith Photography's writeup the other day!)


I had the pleasure of being introduced to a LOCAL friend of mine this last fall.  It has been such a JOY to watch Amanda's business blossom and she has been incredibly kind and welcoming to me.  A TRUE friend that I am incredibly blessed to have met and gotten to know.  I must say I am pretty excited about our move in a few weeks because Amanda has family in the town we will be living in and I cannot WAIT for many play dates.  She has promised me to teach me how to use my sewing machine without FEAR in my eyes.  I think we will have many crafting days ahead of us!  Besides being an AWESOME friend and person, Amanda is INCREDIBLY talented.  I'm not so sure there is anything that she doesn't know how to make craft wise...and I am so envious!  Here is a little bit about Amanda in her own words:
"Hello my name is Amanda. I am the owner of Annisseau, a mother of 3 amazing children Annabelle (6 ½), Marissa (5), and Beau (2).  The name of my shop comes from 3 letters in each of my kids names.  They are the reason I started this business about a year ago.  My wonderful husband of almost 10 years has allowed me to be a stay at home mom.  For six years, I have been searching for a career path that I could do from home, having tried it ALL, I finally discovered my career was right here all along!

I have been sewing since I was 5, beginning with doll blankets, then trying clothes for my dolls, graduating to making my own prom dress in high school, and reconstructing dresses from the clearance racks.  Then, my largest project to date 10 years ago making my wedding dress.  I had an absolute blast designing my dress and veil.  My children came and I have been doing lots of different things for them.  I also quilt, crochet, and when in the mood I will knit.

Recently, my Handbags have been a hit, each of them are one of a kind. I also really enjoy making childrens items. My latest favorite being the pinafore.  Custom sewing is my business motto, no large quantities of the same item.  I can do it all, so if you are in need of custom sewing, contact me!"
And the awesome pinafore and one of my favorite handbags she makes!

Now that you have learned a bunch about these fabulous vendors....let's get you a chance to get another entry into this giveaway!  FIRST Reply to this blog post with your favorite item from EACH of the above 4 shops (it doesn't have to be an item pictured on into their facebook pages or etsy shops to really check all they have to offer out!) and then click the giveaway below to say you did the task at hand! :)