Gavin’s Tribal Themed 1st Birthday!

If there’s one thing we love as much as crafting, it’s having parties! We’re going to start sharing some party ideas featuring our designs on our blog to inspire you to create your own party for your birthday boy or girl! We’re starting out featuring my nephew, Gavin’s, recent first birthday party and will probably try to do some of our kid’s parties but after that, we’ll need some help! Soooo, send us pics of your recent party featuring LL&ET wear along with links to where you bought some of your cute party supplies! You went to all that work planning it, why not share it!

On to Gavin’s party! — This little sweetie nephew of mine had the most adorable Tribal Themed First Birthday party last month! My sister did such an awesome job! Our other sister, Bryn and I were excited to be able to contribute to the event. Bryn made his tee pee play tent and party hat and I made his t-shirt!

I won’t bore you with lots of reading. Let’s get straight to the pictures! (Links to purchase items pictured are at the bottom of the page!)


Where to Shop!


Facebook Sale!

Wow! We’ve got a lot going on over here at LL&ET!

We’re trying to clear out inventory so we can get to work on new items for Wanderlust and the next Locally Grown Showcase in Omaha!!

Check out our Facebook Sale from now until May 1st! Join the event then comment on individual pictures to order! Lots of cute spring, summer, birthday, sibling and team apparel to be had!

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Locally Grown Showcase Back Story

Clearly you know we’ve been promoting the heck out of our little “big” show, the Locally Grown Showcase! We thought we’d do a post about how and why we started this event and how it’s grown in the past couple of years.

Jessicca and I started our little crafty business sometime in 2012, (neither of us really have any idea exactly when!) and like most handmade businesses do, we tried out some local craft shows to get some publicity and sales! What we really ended up doing was shelling out gobs of money for vendor fees, money for babysitters while we were out and tons of time creating items for the show…just to sit in a metal folding chair behind a banquet table for hours making awkward conversation and selling pretMarch 20th Promo Cardty much nothing!

So, being the go-getters that we are we thought, screw it. Let’s make our own show! And not only that, let’s make it the type of show we’d like to attend. (hence the wine, ha ha) No really, we wanted something more casual, less pressured, exclusively handmade and all local. Initially we thought about just hosting something in our home with friends, but, as our ideas usually go, we went BIGGER!

We hosted the first Locally Grown Showcase at a consignment shop that us and a few other vendors sold items in. It was super casual. We had each designer also bring in an appetizer to share so that we could advertise free food too! It was like a party you’d have at your home with friends. We also invited Snus Hill to offer wine tasting at the show! We weren’t expecting much for attendance, especially in a gigantic snow storm, but come the day of the show we were BLOWN AWAY by the attendance! It was a mad house, which was good albeit pretty chaotic.

We knew we wanted to do it again and we needed more space so we then moved the event to Snus Hill Winery! It’s been nothing but a win win for us and the winery and we love working with them! Wine + Shopping, what could be better!

We now host the showcase twice each year (spring and fall) and recently added an Omaha show last summer!

So, if you’ve never experienced one of our shows before please stop out this weekend! It’s free to attend Sunday 12-4 or you can get in on the VIP show Saturday night to shop early with us! Tickets available here.

And Omaha…we’re coming back! Mark your calendars for July 24th with a pre-show July 23rd at Elkhorn Ridge Banquet Facility!

We’re curious…were you at that first show in Huxley??




Upcoming Locally Grown Showcase

Plans are in place for the next Locally Grown Showcase that we host at Snus Hill Winery in Madrid, Iowa!

New this time around we’ll have two opportunities for shopping fun for you!

  • Saturday March 19th – Locally Grown VIP Night! 5-8pm

Just $5 gets you in to shop in advance without the crowd! To make the deal evenVIP sweeter we’ll have FREE sangria samples and FREE appetizers! Plus glasses of wine will only be $4 and all wine purchases at the event are 20% off! The ultimate ladies night out! Come party with us!

Tickets MUST be purchased here in advance and there are a limited number available!

  • Sunday March 20th – Locally Grown Showcase 12-4pm

The same Locally Grown Showcase you know and love! Come out to Snus Hill for LG Cover Picshopping and WINE! As always this is a FREE show! Shop boutique style with no booths! Come hungry! There will be cupcakes from Cakes and Crafts by Christy and barbecue from JT’s Smokewagon BBQ for sale!

Find all the show info and pictures from our vendors on the Locally Grown Showcase facebook page!

Sale Time!!

Loving the response we’ve gotten so far on our new website! Don’t forget, you can receive email updates every time we do a post on this site. Just subscribe at the bottom of the page!

We also wanted to remind all of our Iowa customers that we are currently having some sales on our items in store at Wanderlust in Des Moines’ East Village!

  • 50% off all Christmas Apparel & Accessories! (stock up for next year!)
  • 25% off all Leggings! (pssst that means only $18!)

Help us clear some inventory so we can make room for new styles!


New Things In 2016!

It’s officially the new year and we’ve FINALLY got a website! (ok, well, blog actually!) And we just re-launched our etsy site! Kinda funny to think how we started this business a lil backwards, with facebook first, then etsy then a web page. But hey, it’s all done now!

So, now we’ll try to keep up with facebook, this website, instagram, and etsy all while making cute things for you!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!