A dollar spent small

On Small Business Saturday, I restocked Sacred Art and Squasht with plenty of Veggie Vampire and Fanged Fruit Kitchen Towels. Both of these shops are run by fantastic humans. They have and/or are dog-obsessed. They are silly. They love craft beer and wine. They are lifting up other makers in Chicago by running stores that sell their wares.

While chatting with Leslie from Squasht, after keeping my towels priced at $10 for years, I made the decision to raise their price to $12. Anytime I have previously raised prices, it was a long and drawn out process. This was a snap decision. Small businesses struggle against Goliath daily and we simply must value our work. By raising the price two dollars, that’s helping me. It’s helping the shops I stock make a wee bit more which then can be pumped right back into that small business.

I modified the Distracted Boyfriend meme. We all do this but we all really and truly need to do better here. Shop local. Shop Thrifted. Shop Repurposed. BTW, this is a great time to plug my fave local nonprofit, the creative reuse center; The WasteShed. The next time you’re thinking you need art or craft supplies, start there.

We can do better. Let’s do better together. Tell me the last time you opted to shop local rather than Amazon or a large chain store.

Free Halloween Coloring Book Printable – Coloring Boo(k) 2019

Owl by Donovan Beeson - Free Printable Coloring Book - Coloring Boo(k) 2019

I’m Leigh and I run a small craft company called Rhymes with Twee. The Food Allergy & Education Foundation’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project inspired me to compile a free coloring book to be handed out to trick-or-treaters with food allergies or dietary restrictions.

On Halloween, placing a teal pumpkin outside signals that you have non-food items to hand out. Rhymes with Twee’s Coloring Boo(k) is great for trick-or-treaters or as favors at a Halloween party. I’d love to see your finished pieces. Please tag @rhymeswithtwee on Instagram and use the hashtag #RWTcoloringboo.

For further information about Teal Pumpkin Project, visit www.foodallergy.org.

Coloring Boo 2019 Download:

Full-Size PDF
(10 pages, double-sided)

Half-Size PDF
(5 pages, double-sided)

Thank you so much to my artist pals! Support them by buying their art. All artists retain complete copyright over their work.

2019 Contributing Artists
Abbey Hambright
Allison Ramirez
Annie Chu
Ashley Lemasters
Britton Walters (nerfect)
Claudia Aguilar (partly claudia crafts)
Donovan Beeson (Letters Writers Alliance)
Henry S.
Jewelia Howard
Laura Williams
Leigh Kelsey (Rhymes with Twee)
Maria Filar (Five Eye Studio)
Mikey Anderson (Yarnies! by Mikey)
Missy Kulik (sugar cookie)
Rashid Chapeyama
Teresa Levy
Tony Recktenwald
Vanessa Bettencourt

Also available:
Coloring Boo(k) 2015
Coloring Boo(k) 2016
Coloring Boo(k) 2017
Coloring Boo(k) 2018

Hope you enjoy Coloring Boo(k)! Tell your friends!

xo,
Leigh
(Rhymes with Twee)

Free Halloween Coloring Book Printable – Coloring Boo(k) 2018

Coloring Boo(k) 2018 Blog Image

Many people have food allergies or dietary restrictions. Placing a teal pumpkin outside signals you have non-food items to hand out on Halloween. The Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project inspired me to compile this coloring book to be printed and handed out for free. Great for trick-or-treaters or as a favor at a Halloween party!

For further information about Teal Pumpkin Project: www.foodallergy.org

Coloring Boo 2018 Download:

Full-Size PDF
(8 pages, double-sided)

Half-Size PDF
(2 pages, double-sided)

Quarter-Size PDF
(4 pages, double-sided)

Thank you so much to my artist pals! Support them by buying their art. All artists retain complete copyright over their work.

Coloring Boo 2018 Contributing Artists:
Allison Ramirez
Betsy Siber
Britton Walters (nerfect)
Claudia Aguilar (partly claudia crafts)
Donovan Beeson (Letters Writers Alliance)
Kevin Alvir
Leigh Kelsey (Rhymes with Twee)
Lesley Graves
Meghan Ansbach
Michelle Diaz (MDiazMakes)
Mikey Anderson (Yarnies! by Mikey)
Minsu Arena-Kim
Tony Recktenwald
Voz Perkins (fishcakes designs)

Also available:
Coloring Boo(k) 2015
Coloring Boo(k) 2016
Coloring Boo(k) 2017

Hope you enjoy!

xo,
Leigh
(Rhymes with Twee)

Free Halloween Coloring Book Printable – Coloring Boo(k) 2017

Many people have food allergies or dietary restrictions. Placing a teal pumpkin outside signals you have non-food items to hand out on Halloween. The Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project inspired me to compile this coloring book to be printed and handed out for free. Great for trick-or-treaters or for a favor at a Halloween party!

For further information about Teal Pumpkin Project: www.foodallergy.org

Coloring Boo 2017 Download:

Full-Size PDF
(8 pages, double-sided)

Half-Size PDF
(2 pages, double-sided)

Quarter-Size PDF
(4 pages, double-sided)

Thank you so much to my artist pals! Support them by buying their art. All artists retain complete copyright over their work.

Coloring Boo 2017 Contributing Artists:
Anna Gaukel
Britton Walters (nerfect)
Claudia Aguilar (partly claudia crafts)
Donovan Beeson (Letters Writers Alliance)
Eling Chang (Migration Goods)
Evan Koehne
Kelly Tucker (on Society6)
Laurie Freivogel (kiku handmade)
Leigh Kelsey (Rhymes with Twee)
Marissa Falco (thimblewinder)
Mike Sherry
Mikey Anderson (Yarnies! by Mikey)
Missy Kulik (sugar cookie)
Susie Ghahremani (boygirlparty)
Tony Recktenwald
Zack Hansen

Also available:
Coloring Boo(k) 2015
Coloring Boo(k) 2016

Hope you enjoy!

xo,
Leigh
(Rhymes with Twee)

Free Halloween Coloring Book Download – Coloring Boo 2016

coloring-boo-2016Rhymes with Twee & Friends present: Coloring Boo (2016). For the second year in a row, I compiled a Halloween Coloring Book. The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) started the Teal Pumpkin Project in 2014. Placing a teal pumpkin outside signals you have non-food treats on hand, great for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions.

For further information about Teal Pumpkin Project: www.foodallergy.org

Feel free to print and hand out Coloring Boo to trick-or-treaters or host a coloring party! All artists retain overall copyright of their work.

Coloring Boo 2016 Download:

Full Size PDF, 3.11 MB
(8 pages, double-sided)

Half Size PDF, 5.53 MB
(2 pages, double-sided)

Quarter Size PDF, 5.53 MB
(4 pages, double-sided)

Coloring Boo 2016 Contributing Artists:

Abbey Hambright (abbeychristine)
Anne Acorn (acorn oils)
Annie Chu
Betsy Siber
Claudia Aguilar (partly claudia crafts)
Eling Chang (Migration Goods)
Jessie T.
Julie Madison (long dog dandy) [ Please note: adult content ]
Leigh Kelsey (Rhymes with Twee)
Maria Filar
Meghan Ansbach
Mike Sherry
Mikey Anderson (Yarnies! by Mikey)
Mr. Walters
Zack Hansen

I could not have done this without my artist pals. Thank you!

This coloring book is free, but artists retain overall copyright of their work. If you enjoy their work, please support them!

xo,
Leigh

Free Halloween Coloring Book Download – Coloring Boo 2015

Coloring Boo Download

Rhymes with Twee & Friends present: Coloring Boo 2015. I wrangled fellow artist friends across the country for this project. In 2014, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) started the Teal Pumpkin Project. A teal pumpkin outside on Halloween signals trick-or-treaters that you have non-food treats for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions. This inspired me to curate and publish a free Halloween coloring book that could be printed and given out to such kids. Enjoy and spread the word!

Coloring Boo 2015 Download:

Half Size PDF, 4.77 MB
(6 pages, double-sided)

Quarter Size PDF, 4.76 MB
(3 pages, double-sided)

Coloring Boo 2015 Contributing Artists:

Abbey Hambright (abbeychristine)
Anna Gaukel
Anne Acorn (acorn oils)
Betsy Siber
Eliza Bangert
JSalvador (Super Emo Friends)
Kevin Alvir
Laura Froehlich
Leigh Kelsey (Rhymes with Twee)
Marjie Woolard
Max Quezada
Meghan Ansbach
Melissa Godin
Mike Sherry
Mikey Anderson (Yarnies! by Mikey)
Missy Kulik (Sugar Cookie)
Mr. Walters
Nicole Ray (Sloe Gin Fizz)
Sarah Coyne (egg-a-gogo)
Susie Ghahremani (boygirlparty)
Teresa Levy (Sewing Stars)
Voz Perkins (fishcakes)
Zack Hansen

I could not have done this without my artist pals.

2015 May: May this month be forgotten

It’s a dramatic subject, but in between the short bursts of happiness, this one was a bummer for the books.

La De Blog - 2015-05-11 Farewell Art3mis
Rest in peace, Art3mis.

What we believe was Art3mis’ kidney was so enlarged that the ultrasound showed very little and the options were to keep her healthy and happy as long as possible or have exploratory surgery to see what steps to take next. Now, as hedgie parents, Z and I go the extra mile for our hedgebabes, but the thought of having to open her up just to see if there was the chance to save her seemed like unfair treatment to our babe, so we picked the wait and see option. So, we powered through with 6 meds ( 4 of those twice daily). A week after the ultrasound, she started having bloody stools and then stopped eating on her own and we had to syringe feed her canned cat food and she held on through my birthday for me, but that night when I looked into her eyes, I knew it was time. Z and I knew she was ready to go. We took her in to our beloved Chicago Exotics Monday morning, and sent Artie over the rainbow bridge. We will miss that little grumpus and she joins her son Alasdair who we heard recently passed due to an upper respiratory infection.

Z and I decided we need a short break from hedgies due to their too short lives. In the 8 years we have lived together, we’ve had four hedgies pass. We believe we’ll come back to them as foster parents next time around and educate new owners about them before we jump back into being adoptive parents again. For now, we lent our cage to our pals Christina and Shaun who run the Chicago branch of the Hedgehog Welfare Society. Having that empty space where the cage was is worse than when the cage was empty, but it’s what we need to do right now. Luckily, Christina and Shaun have a prickle of hedgehogs to cover us in whenever we need a fix, which will likely be often. <3 La De Blog - 2015-05-24 Darren Hanlon @ Uncharted Books
Burst of happiness: Darren Hanlon @ Uncharted Books

May: Early bday brunch @ Takito Kitchen. Show of Hands Vendor preview @ Neighborly and Chicago Art Girls with Mikey. Township with Z. Lunch with Alison @ Native Foods. Brought towels to Reuse First to heat set and caught up with Jeremiah and Michelle. Show of Hands @ Architectural Artifacts. Hayden @ Schubas. More bday celebratin’ @ Dragonlady vegan buffet. Post bday dinner with Z @ Lula. Boiler Room with Heidi. My parents in town: Janik’s, Barrelhouse Flat, saw Side Man @ Greenhouse Theater, Kiku Open Studio, Little Goat. Saw screening of Love & Mercy put on by The Dissolve with John Cusack & Brian Wilson doing a Q&A. Garden workday @ Community Garden. Emo night @ Burlington with Layne, Jess and her buddy Alithea. Dropped off hedgehog cage for Christina & Shaun to borrow. Bric-a-Brac Records sale. Darren Hanlon/Steven Gilpin @ Uncharted Books. Snuggle appointment with Carlos! Dinner @ Handlebar with Stephanie. Lunch with Stephanie @ Upton’s. UHF @ Music Box with Q&A by Weird Al & Jay Levey. Co-worker Whitney send-off @ Bar Takito – this is the other coordinator at my work and I am going to miss her dearly, but she is moving to Austin. 5 Year anniversary party @ Squasht with Stacy. Worked on some songs with Mike Sherry. Picked up Artie’s ashes. LCBday brunch @ Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Hung out with Mikey/dinner @ Urban Vegan.

La De Blog - 2015-05-15 The Kelseys @ Kelseys
The Kelseys in front of a bar named Kelsey’s

Films watched May 2015:

Dumb and Dumber To
Krush Groove
The Guest
Fay Grim
Sabrina
The Idolmaker
The Big Lebowski
Mad Max
Mad Max 2: Road Warrior
Going Clear *
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Love and Mercy
Furious 7
Pitch Perfect 2
Avengers: Age of Ultron
UHF
Pride
Love is Strange
The Rocketeer

* documentary

The Guest. Ex Machina. Love and Mercy. Pride. UHF. These were my favorites of the month – BRILLIANT FILMS every one! Going Clear was great, but too creepy to be one of my favorites! I still don’t like The Big Lebowski all these years after I thought maybe I just didn’t get the humor when I was younger – nope!