Alligator Food Means “I Love You”

2014 was the year of dreams for me! I started this wonderful blog, which has grown tremendously in the last few months, was in my first Art Gallery Show and most importantly, my first craft show, with my wonderful company Alligator Food Design! I grew up going to craft shows, antique shows, clothesline fairs, etc. all over the state. There was something about them that completely fascinated me. As I grew up and decided to pursue art, I knew I wanted to own a small business, but I didn’t exactly know how to start. Enter, The Little Craft Show.

In the past 5 years or so, “indie” craft shows have taken off. Now, shows are no longer for southern women and hippies, but they extend to and attract people from all walks of life. This rise in popularity, is directly correlated to the popularity of Etsy, which not only was a huge tool for makers, made handmade goods more accessible to everyday people, without requiring a major life-change on their end. Now I could go on and on about craft-shows, Etsy and even makers themselves, but for the sake of time, let’s just skip to the good stuff.

Ever since The 2014 Little Craft Show, my dream business has taken off! I am now shipping products nationwide and connecting with all kinds of people along the way! It has been a dream come true, and I am confident that one day my dream of being a full-time maker will be realized. In celebration of my little dream’s growth I am highlighting a few of my favorite items in today’s post! Scroll down for Alligator Food Design’s current calendar and a special discount code!

Need More Sleep Mug:

 Because don’t we all need at least a LITTLE more sleep?

 Vintage Volkswagen Bug Print:

This was one of my VERY first prints, made almost two years ago! It is a classic that will always be in my heart!

Moon and Further Painted Print:

This sweet little print is one of my first adventures in real digital illustration and watercolor! I love the way it turned out and I learned a lot in the process!

Buffalo Watercolor Print:

Another watercolor print, but this time I decided to break away from my comfort zone and make a print without text.

Inspirational Coffee Mug:

And last but not least, what a great way to start out your morning!

Well thanks for reading! As promised here is a coupon code for 15% off your entire purchase, valid 3/12/15 thru 3/16/15! Use code “beeplusyou” at check out!

CALENDAR:

Etsyfest hosted by Etsy Little Rock – April 25, 2015

Block Street Block Party – May 17, 2015

 MORE TO COME!

If you mouth “Alligator Food” it looks like you’re saying “I love you”
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5 Plaid Street Style Looks to Copy

The Plaid Coat

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 We have had a pretty mild winter in my sweet southern home, but as January nears the weather is getting colder and I have found myself finally needing a real winter coat. The plaid coat is one of the cutest and (easiest) styles I have seen this season. The best part about the sudden popularity of the plaid coat is that it can now be found in a variety of silhouettes, making it perfect for every body type!

Here are some of my favorites:

Save: Nasty Gal (70% Off Sale!)

Smart Buy: ModCloth (50% Off!)

Splurge: Topshop

The Babydoll Dress

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Who doesn’t love a good babydoll dress? They are a classic feminine style that never seems to get old! Add some plaid, a cute peter-pan collar and some tights and you have the perfect winter dress!

Check out these affordable styles:

Maude ($45)

Forever 21 ($23)

ASOS ($51)

The Tailored Plaid Pant

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Straight from the 1960s, the plaid trouser is a more flattering alternative to plaid leggings. Tucked in with a turtleneck (as styled by my blogger crush on the left) or styled with an graphic sweater, these pants are to die for!

Styles I love:

Save: ModCloth (50% Off!)

Smart Buy: Gap ($48)

Splurge: Piperlime ($190)

Just For Fun: These Nasty Gal pants may not be tailored but they are just great!

The Wool Skirt

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Ever since the 90s I have been obsessed with the plaid skirt, in fact many a childhood picture features the fashion staple. Although my taste is now a little more Gossip Girl and a little less Britney Spears, I’m still crushing on this seasons Wool and Plaid trend.

Three different styles to try:

The Flare Mini: Ruche ($49)

Above the Knee: Lauren by Ralph Lauren ($112)

The Classic Pencil: Madewell ($98)

Just for fun:

Rumor has it my girl T-Swift and I are rocking the same Banana Republic Plaid Fit and Flare skirt this winter. It is currently sold out online but can still be purchased in select stores!