Saturday, June 3, 2017

Latest Shirt That Gives Back.....THE BOSS

We are excited to announce that the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo has a new addition.....We like to call him The Boss......


He is a 19 month old African male Lion who came to the Monroe zoo all the way from New Jersey. So what should you expect from a 19 month old lion??? Think of him like a 12-13 year old boy. He is not sexually mature yet and doesn't have his full mane yet either. This handsome "little" man weighs around 400 lbs and should develop his full mane around 2 years old.  He looks like he has a beard!

He has been slowly introduced to their existing female lion named Baja. She has lived alone for the past 6-7 years after her mate Zomba died of cancer. We hope she loves her new young companion!!! Rocko is a friendly personable lion and will on display starting with Zoobilation on Sat. June 10th, 2017 from 10am-5pm.
Come on out and meet him for the first time!!!!  Plus enjoy tons of fun stuff for the kids to do :)

  We designed a special "Shirt That Gives Back" depicting our interpretation of "The Boss". Here is the original pen and ink drawing and then Jeff Smith added all the color to it!! Great job as always Jeff!!

For all you youngsters out there who don't know who The Boss is....go google the name Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce is an all american singer song writer who is widely known for
  "his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performance-with concerts from the 1973 to the present decade..."  Source Wikipedia.

    He is basically one of the worlds best selling artists of all time and has sold more that 120 million records world wide. You would always see pics of Bruce in denim shirts and head bands with American flags.

 For a split second we thought about a Jersey Shore theme (hahah) for the shirt, but so glad we left "The Situation" out of this. LOLOLOL

 Since the Lion is the "King of the Jungle" only makes sense that this young fella will be The Boss of the zoo. Well, honestly, Baja will probably be the Boss of him for now. :) Older women ROCK!!!

  So what will this shirt help with??

General Curator of the Zoo, Lisa Taylor,  shared with us that they really wanted to refurbish the inside of the lions exhibit with new furniture!! This means, new landscaping inside of it like big boulders for the cats to lay on, logs, animal safe plants and a sand pile. You guys know we love to help the zoo anyway we can. Our kiddos love it and so do we.
  20% of every "The Boss" tee sold will be donated to the Zoological Society to help fund this project. We will have the tees for sale in person at the Zoo during Zoobilation on June 10th and online after that at  We will have them in Youth and Adult Tees (crew and v-neck).

Thanks for reading

P. S. I don't know if people ever comment on social media what a good job all the animal care takers at the zoo are doing, but let me tell ya'll...these folks LOVE the animals and work so hard to keep them happy.  And, I know they are working with limited resources and funds. 
   Thank you to the few that I have met (know there are tons more!!)... Jayme and Danni and Curator Lisa~ You women make me proud!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dress Up

"Playing Dress up begins at age five and never truly ends" ~ Kate Spade

3 friends traveled down winding road to reach their destination of a beautiful open space with lush green grass and twinkling lights. Young women, but still little girls inside, thrilled to be playing dress up. The sun was setting and the colors in the sky were beautiful like them. Innocent faces.
  3 friends sitting by the lake. Dreaming big dreams and then laughing at

   All the girls in fairy tales get to wear big poof-y skirts and this was no different.

                                           It was time to play dress up.

  Ellie slipped on the gorgeous cotton boll skirt.  Her red hair sparkled and her creamy skinned glowed.
She was King Cotton. Or I guess we should call her Queen Cotton. :)

Taylor has these deep soulful eyes and wore the skirt made to stand tall like stalks of corn waiting to be harvested.
She was The Black Bear patiently waiting on the hill.

And then there was Jordyn. Light as a feather and strong all the same.

She was the Dandelion in the group. Calm and whispering, surrounded by feathers.... To be young and free and beautiful again. I hope they realize how much they sparkle??!?!

And then the dream was over and it was time to go relax. Shorts and tees came on and they were instantly transformed back into comfortable teen.

3 friends enjoying the evening. Lights flickering above their heads. The world is their oyster....
The End. 

Thank you for a great night Ellie, Taylor and Jordyn, and all the moms who helped, and to the amazing Heather Land and her photography ( and the sharing of her place) and to Rodeo Boutique in Ruston, LA  for all the casual clothes for the event. I loved all the girls cut off shorts in particular. Ellie is a freshman at West Monroe High School, Taylor is a freshman at Ouachita High School and Jordyn is an 8th grader at Ouachita Junior High.

Behind the Scenes pics....
Mom helping daughter. Love this!

Those skirts were tied and pinned in every which of way!! 
Heather taking pics of Taylor
Me trying to adjust Jordyn's shirt 

Ellie's mom~ Rebecca ~holding Phoebe

Me hot glueing a freaking ton of corn husks!!!
And my sweet Mom glued every single cotton boll on that skirt!! Thanks Mom

And now Shirts from the Shoot...
 Big Slick on gray

V neck King Cotton (also available in a crew neck)

 Lousiana King Cat (also available in a V-neck)

 Loose fit Dandelion on Brown

Loose Fit Dandelion Scoop neck on light blue

Black Bear Farms Ringer Tee

****All shirts available for the first time in person at the Junior League of Monroe, LA Spring Market March 24-26th. Available online Monday March 27th at

Thank you as always for reading and your support!! Hope you liked seeing the "dream" and the behind the scenes "reality".... It truly takes a Village :)


Monday, March 13, 2017

Big Slick and The Owen Family

I have been wanting to get this sweet family in some pics for a year now but the timing was never right, but now it FINALLY happened! YAY!!
The Owen Family..... 
I had been following Alyson Owen on Instagram for awhile now. She has a very honest and authentic account ( that tells the ongoing story of a "Louisiana wife & mama living a simple and happy life". She is not afraid to post about bad days and mom struggles as well as all the happy stuff.

Her photography is wonderful as well as her story telling.  It's all real life and relatable and it is so cool that all this famous photo journaling takes place in our home town of West Monroe, LA.  Did I mention that she has over 30K followers?!?! I think they call that Insta-Famous!!

   You may recognize her hubby John David as Willie Robertson's assistant with Duck Commander. Got to love a good thick beard :)

John David was born and raised here and married pretty Alyson who was born here also. They just celebrated their 6th anniversary in December and have two little boys~ Carter, 3 and Benz, 10 months. The love they feel for each other is easily seen in their photos (taken by Heather Land)

  I thought the new "Big Slick" shirt would compliment the families free spirit on the shoot. And for some reason, I just felt like they needed to be photographed Downtown.

A train even went by during the shoot! Fun Fun

It's important to support our downtown area-don't cha think?!?! Most of the pics were taken in front of the old Ouachita Candy Company on Walnut Street. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places Program. Built in 1913. Neat!!
  We like to say that "Big Slick" is first cousins to King Kong and he barrels through the oil fields in his new pair of checkered Vans. All hand drawn and original.
When I first drew him out, he had on the usual Chucks.... but Brent vetoed that and suggested checkered Vans...
So the shoes did change a little.. and then the design was finalized. Loved the little spot light that our fav graphics guy Jeff Smith added to help highlight the design.
And then how it turned out on a youth and adult tee...

  This shirt will make its debut at the Junior League Spring Market in Monroe, LA on Friday March 24th - 26th and be available online by Monday, March 27th at

Thanks for reading and for all your support!