Nov 17, 2014

Christmas shop is OPEN!

I'm so excited to announce the 2014 recipe for crazy Christmas shop is now LIVE! I have been working hard to bring you some fun new photo cards, prints, gift tags and printables for all your Christmas needs.

As usual, I added some new photo card designs and brought back some favorites. I won't show them all here but you click here to see the rest.

You'll also find fun prints to add to your walls or gift to friends.

Last year I added some printable gift tags. You buy the listing then download the file to print as you wish. Those are back in the shop and you can buy them here.

But for those of us less crafty, I added some new printed cards. Ten different black and white designs come in a pack and vary from patterns to phrases like xo, joy and special delivery.

Check out the listing here to get some simple packaging ideas to make your gift extra special.

And lastly, I added folded cards. People always ask for a standard folded card without a photo option because they either forgot to take a picture or want to include their picture in the card as opposed to it being the card. So for you folks, I added some new folded cards.

I hope you like the lineup as much as I enjoyed working on these. Happy shopping!

And as always, thank you for your encouragement and support. My shop wouldn't exist without you!

Nov 7, 2014

all about that oil

In the event you are sick of hearing about essential oils, stick around, I was too. That is until I tried them myself.

(also, don't use a plastic straw with oils - should've had glass but the yellow was prettier :) )

It seems everywhere I turn, friends, social media, hair salons, you name it - everyone is using oils. It has intrigued me as I've read stories of these "miracle oils" helping almost anything. I was curious what all the hype was about. But not curious enough to step up and pay for something that I thought might just be a fad or scheme of some sort.

Then one day I was on intagram and I saw a message from Trish, (of daisys and dots) aka @daisysanddots, asking if a few ladies might be interested in trying some Young Living essential oils for 30 days - for FREE. I jumped at the opportunity. And while it took me a little while to know just how to use them for different things, after 30 days, I'm sold.

I use them every day. And find myself suggesting various oils for different ailments to family and friends. I'm one of those people now. My kids ask for oils. Seriously.

One of our top used oils this past month has been lavender.

It's amazing what it does for bug bites and small burns. After spending an evening in our garden without spraying down with bug spray before heading out, my girls came in itching and complaining of bug bites. I read that lavender can help cut the itch so we all gave it a shot. A little oil rubbed on the bites and the itch stopped immediately. So great. And now having used them for a bit, I've found a blend called purification helps naturally combat bugs when applied to the skin. So we gave it a shot, a little coconut oil mixed with purification and I didn't notice a single mosquito! It was so nice knowing I was putting something natural on my kids and not some sort of chemical mist. So I was sold on those two alone.

I've also become a little dependent on my diffuser. When you buy a starter kit (it's like $150 and comes with 11 oils and some other goodies) the diffuser is included. I like to diffuse an oil called theives. It has air purifying properties so I feel like we're getting the germs out while it makes the house smell nice and fallish. Also, the combination of cinnamon, orange and nutmeg makes my house smell delicious!

But my top favorite oils are a trio. Most of you know I have a small business, recipe for crazy, and am often working at a computer. If I'm working on a particular project or packaging orders, I'm at it for a couple of hours and my shoulders start burning. The next day they typically ache and I can't rub the pain out. I don't like taking medicine so I just deal with it. But when I got my oil kit I tried a blend called PanAway. It works folks. I rubbed some coconut oil on my shoulders and neck and then added a couple drops of PanAway and rubbed it in. The pain wasn't near as intense that night and the next morning I didn't even feel like I'd been at the computer the night before. It was like liquid gold. I talked to Trish about it and she suggested layering the PanAway with peppermint and then valor (another blend) and that combo is my go to. I don't use it everyday, just when my shoulders and neck get tense. I've been having my husband try it on his knees and back since he has chronic back pain so I'll keep you updated.

I really could go on and on about the different oils I use but I don't want to bore you. I'll save that for another day. Maybe I'll start a series or something. But then again, I don't blog regularly so I wouldn't hold your breath.

So all that to say, I'm now one of those people that if I hear your complaining about something, I'll probably offer you an oil. If you're interested in learning more about essential oils or have questions, shoot me an email to lesley(at)

Or if you are ready to jump on the oil train - you can sign up here and enter this: 2168906 for sponsor & enroller ID. I highly recommend buying the Premium Starter kit because it's the best deal, and I'm all about deals. The kit comes with a great mix of 10 best selling oils, including all the ones I talked about here, plus you get a diffuser and some other samples with a little guide on how to start using them. Make sure you click the Wholesale Member button so you get the discounted rate - no pressure to ever buy anything again - but my guess is you'll want to ;) And really, if all that sounds confusing and you have any questions about any of it, email me.

Now I'm off to rub my oil cocktail on my shoulders and soak up this lovely Friday!

Oct 6, 2014

what? i blogged?

Oh hello, October, and hey there people that randomly check in here. Surprise, there's something here. Here's the thing, I have been busy and haven't made this space a priority. And I'm fine with that because I've been busy having fake picnics with my girls, planting a fall garden, rounding up chickens, reading books I've ordered off Amazon that have been waiting far too long, swinging in the backyard, visiting our land nearly every day for the last month (more on that to come), trying my best at homeschooling a pre-schooler all while drinking sweet iced tea before it's too cold.

Oh, and let's not forget about the west elm, "meet the makers" event bathroom selfie.

I like that kind of busy.
And when I haven't been doing all the fun things, I've been working on some shop updates, including my first ever hand-lettered calendar! I'm so excited about it. When I started that online class this year, I set a goal to complete a hand-lettered design a month for the year. I actually completed my goal, with a little time to go! So I took all these designs I've been working on and gave them each their own month. Here's a little video I shared on instagram of the process.

Speaking of instagram, I'm doing a little giveaway series this week. Since it was my birthday yesterday, and since I like giving presents more that getting them, I've teamed up with my favorite handmade artists and we're giving a set of goodies each day this week! So pop on over, @lesleyzellers, and check out what I'll be giving away along with cole franke, raising up rubies, wifeysinger, jessica-n-designs and amanda rydell! It's going to be good, y'all.

And maybe, just maybe, I'll get on that land post I've been meaning to write!

Aug 28, 2014

west elm local + recipe for crazy

It all started a couple months ago when I got a call from the good people of West Elm. That feels just as crazy to write it as it did when I got the call. I had been contacted about potentially having some of my designs at the new Oklahoma City and Tulsa stores. I was on cloud nine!

After weeks of conversations, prepping and filling out forms, I was on my way to deliver some postcards to the OKC store. It was a bit surreal walking in and handing them my work knowing people would be seeing and hopefully buying it in West Elm!!!

Then yesterday I got to take a tour of the new Tulsa store before it opened and was able to see my designs on their local display. So crazy and so cool. My work is now in a West Elm next door to Anthropology in OKC and at Utica Square right here in Tulsa. Pinch me.

I have liked West Elm for a while but didn't fall in love with the brand until yesterday. Every person I have met through West Elm has made me feel like family. They were passionate about the stories behind their products, enthusiastic about supporting local and handmade and just fun to be around. I'm so excited and proud to be part of their local assortment and honored to be among so many talented local makers.

And having this handsome fella by my side last night made the celebrating all the better. I'm so thankful to have his support and encouragement and thankful for you all of you guys too. Hugs to all.

Aug 25, 2014

Be Crafty : Nebraska!

Happy Monday friends!

Remember when I said there were some fun things coming up? Well hop on over to Amanda's post to hear all about a little Be Crafty event coming to Nebraska this October!

I'll be there. Amanda will be there. A whole lot of pretty crafty stuff will be there. So don't miss out. Registration opens today and seats are limited.

Hope to see you soon!

Aug 21, 2014

Can you can, can, can?

Well, as a matter of fact, I do. Can that is. And I love it. I sometimes feel like an old lady picking things from our garden & then canning them for later but I'm totally fine with that. I really enjoy it and you know, it pretty hip to can these days. Haven't you heard all the kids talking about it? No? Well the older kids are and they're even having canning parties like back in the old days.

Take my girl Natalie, aka "nataliecreates," she's the cutest thing I've ever seen. She has a farm, a garden, she crafts, she blogs, she cooks, she has her own business, she cans - I mean, really, what doesn't the girl do?  She is just as inspiring as person as she seems online.

I had the privilege of meeting her at the Be Crafty OK event a wile back and have been a fan of hers ever since. She just has this way about her that screams joy & comfort.

So I'm sure you can imagine my excitement when the amazing Nats asked me to assist her at her first ever canning workshop at her adorable farm. And though we'd only met in real life once before, it's like we've been friends for life as soon as I walked through her door. Such a great feeling. I mean, to be honest, it felt like home. It was dreamy. I didn't take enough pictures during the workshop, as I was busy helping, so go check her post to see more fun from the day.

But in between helping score tomatoes, wash dishes and chat with the sweetest ladies ever that attended, I managed to snap a couple phone pics.

Have you ever watched How I met your mother? If yes, you'll appreciate this.

I posted this on Instagram with the caption, "today has been legend, wait for it, dary." You're welcome.

Each lady walked away with a jar of canned herbed tomatoes, a fun trifting adventure, a fully belly from the amazing goodness of Kara of arch+craft, a bag full-O-swag and new friendships to last a lifetime.

Thank you, Natalie, for welcoming me into your home & for hosting a fun event at your darling farm. Love you to bits. Can't wait to see what's up next for your farm!!!

Aug 7, 2014

a little update

Hello friends. I realize not all of you are on instagram and have been wondering where I've been since my last post. First off, thank you all so much for your love and support. I read every single comment on that post, mostly with tears in my eyes, and I can't say thank you enough. You guys have blessed and encouraged me so much.

So here's the picture I posted on July 25th on instagram as little update.

Here's what I wrote:

"Ice cream has healing powers. Especially Baskin-Robbins rainbow sherbet - my fave. Also. I haven't really shared anything about the miscarriage since my blog post on Ghana for personal reasons. And I have wrestled with sharing this news today but since you guys have been on this journey with me - here goes. Long story short: my doctor determined the pregnancy was ectopic just after I posted about the miscarriage, we have been trying to avoid surgery the last 2 weeks & attempting other treatment options, then, last night the tube ruptured causing me to go to the ER, and by this afternoon I was in surgery having the damaged tube removed. Now I'm back home with my hideous house shoes, trying to rest & enjoying a healthy dose of sherbet and saltines. I'm so exhausted from it all but am thanking God for guiding the hands of my doctors and getting me through it all. And also so very thankful for the support of my amazing family & fiends. And more sherbet."

To say the least, it's been a rough few weeks but I'm finally on the mend and getting back in the routine of day to day fun. My friend, Haverlee, shared about a devotional she's been going through, Streams in the Desert, and I've been soaking it up. If you are going through a tough time, or know someone who is, I encourage you to read it. Here's an excerpt that I've been thinking on:

So good.

I also have to say how very thankful I am for family because it was my girl's fourth birthday the day after I left the hospital. It was so hard not being able to shower her with love and fun the entire day because I needed to heal and rest a little but I did get to spend some quality time with her and my family came to the rescue and celebrated her life the rest of the day. They also pulled together to throw her an amazing Frozen birthday party the next day - thankfully I got to be there and love on her too.

So that's a bit of what I've been up to. I hope to be back in this space soon to share more because there are some really exciting things coming up! Until then, you can catch me on instagram, @lesleyzellers, where I post a lot more.

Thanks again for your support friends. I love you guys.

Jul 9, 2014

when oceans rise

I'm just going to start by saying this is not a post I want to write and have been dreading writing.

This is going to be long. And there aren't pictures. Just a bunch of rambled words, most written with tears streaming down. Have a made you want to grab a coffee and pull up your chair? Haha.

So here goes.

Do you ever watch a movie you've seen a hundred times and hope something different happens to change it somehow? Like the hard stuff when something goes wrong or unexpected and I think to myself, what if it didn't. I know in my head the plot will continue the way it always does and maybe I'm weird for hoping that it might change but I can't help it. But then, if there wasn't a twist, turn or some crazy surprise, not many movies would be made.

And I guess that's how I feel about this post. I know the ending. Well, maybe not the ending but I do know the couple of plot twists that I'd kind of like to change so "my" movie is more of how I imagined it to go.

Sorry I'm being cryptic. I'll stop. I guess I have to get it out at some point. So bear with me as I try to sort through this. This is a very hard post for me to write. One because it's just hard but two because I would normally not share something so personal across the interwebs for all to see.

So where do I start?

Well, my last post was about the Ghana auction I hosted on instagram to help raise money to pay for my trip. You can read more about it here and how God led me to say yes here.

I was blown away by the support and generous bids. Totally blown away. My entire trip was funded and then some! God is so much bigger than I could dream up. The final numbers were still being worked out as far as air fair and some travel stuff but I knew I was going and that we were going to be able to provide some other funding for the people over there. I was so excited.

The "Oceans" lyrics have been running through my head for a while,

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Especially the trust without borders part. So good.

Am actually supposed to be packing today because the plane leaves for Ghana tomorrow. But I'm not.

I scheduled my vaccinations, made a doctor appointment to check my records to see what I needed and the day of the appointment found out I was pregnant!

We were so excited. I'd never had terrible morning sickness and I'd had pretty easy pregnancies so I wasn't too concerned with being pregnant in Africa. I thought it would be so much fun to tell my little one on the way how we went to Ghana when it was just a tiny little thing.

Then my doctor told me I couldn't get my vaccines for the trip because I was pregnant.

Huh? I did not see that coming and it never crossed my mind. Turns out yellow fever is a major no no shot to have when you're pregnant because it could cause birth defects and all sorts of other problems.

No vaccines meant no Africa.

I was crushed.

I cried many tears over not being able to go to Africa. I knew I was supposed to go. How did this happen. I mean, I know how it happened... but the timing!? What?

I felt irresponsible for not knowing about the shots and what it meant for my trip. I worried about the money that was already given so that I could go. A lot of money was raised. Deposits were made. The air fair was bought. What would happen to it? And the rest of it? What would people think about me not being able to go? I was a mess.

Thankfully my friend, Denise, the founder of EverDay Ministry, was very understanding and enthusiastic about the baby. She assured me that everything would work out and was able to get the flight money refunded. I felt so much relief. Since the money was given directly to the ministry, we had options. She could hold the money for when I would be able to go again although it wouldn't be for another year or more or we could fund a pole barn. Since I didn't know when I'd be able to make the trip and I didn't want the money just sitting for a couple of years, I thought it would best be used to give kids an education and place to worship by funding a pole barn.

Instead of being worried about the money raised, I was happy to now be able to give children hope. They were going to get an education and have a place to worship. How great is that? And I'll be able to go to Ghana one day, see that pole barn and smile about this crazy time.

With the relief of knowing the money from the fundraiser would be used for amazing things and the acceptance that I was not going on the trip - I was able to focus on the baby again.

We were having a baby! The name game began as did the questions of if were would find out the gender of this one or wait. I was back to taking those horse-pill-sized prenatal vitamins. And let's be honest, I was already enjoying a little more ice cream than usual because of the baby and all. And it's a shocker I gained 50 lbs. with my first! haha

We were headed to Montana for a family reunion and I was planning different ideas on how to tell our family. I was just over five weeks along and typically wouldn't tell people until after the first ultrasound at 8 weeks but my family would need to know why I wasn't going to Ghana so what better place to tell everyone than when they're all together?!

And then there were some complications. Nothing major but I talked to my doctor and they wanted me to get additional blood work over the next week. The counts came back and weren't as high as they'd like to see but it could have been for a number of reasons so they wanted to check them in two days. Those counts came back better, not optimal but things were moving in the right direction. We were full of hope. But just to make sure things were happening the way they should, they wanted me to do one more round of blood work to check those levels. We were going to be somewhere near Colorado on the way to Montana so the nurse (amazing and so helpful by the way) found a spot along our trip for me to stop and get tests done.

We stopped, had some donuts, waited for the lab to open and had more blood drawn. Later that day I got the call from the nurse telling me things did not look good. My levels had dropped a lot. Instead of doubling, they were falling. And given the other complications, the pregnancy would not last and I would soon miscarry.

We were devastated. We were hurting and on the road. I just wanted to be home in my bed and cry it all out.

And then my thoughts went back to Africa but it was too late to get those vaccines as you have to have them 10 days before you leave the country. So that's where we are right now.

No trip to Africa.

No baby on the way.

No details I can change or outcome I can alter.

There has been a lot of hurting. There will be a lot of healing. We've been down this road before with losing a baby and it doesn't get easier.

But I do know that I have faith and hope in things to come. My family and I will pull through this with the strength from God. The children of Africa are getting a pole barn so that's something to excited about.

And you know, none of this may ever make sense and that's okay. I don't need to know the ending or be able to change the story even though I really wish I could sometimes. Avoid the hurt. Avoid the pain and wondering why.

But it's not my story after all.

It's His.

It's always been His and always will be. His plans are far better than anything I could ever imagine. And though I'm not saying He planned this, I am saying He will bring glory out of it and bring peace so that I don't even need to try to understand the whys.  I'm just trusting that His ending will be worth the twists and turns because His endings are usually pretty epic.

So now I hear that Oceans song differently and have new lyrics running through my head,

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

He's never failed and He won't stop now.

Apr 28, 2014

Yes to Ghana Auction

Today's the day!

When I posted about my upcoming trip to Ghana and the auction I was going to have to help fund my trip I had no idea how many of you would be willing to join in. I originally planned to just auction off some chalk art hoops I made. Then a couple friends offered to join the auction by donating some items! So I contacted a few friends to see if they would be willing to donate something as well to round out the ratio of my hoops to other items. All of my friends humbled me with their yeses and then I was floored by the outpouring of support by others offering to donate too!

God is good.

The auction starts today, April 28th, on instagram, @yestoghanaauction, at 6:30pm central and goes until 8:30pm Tuesday, April 29th.  All details and rules will be posted on instagram.

So here's a peek at some of the items.

My ten 12" hoops. 8 original one-of-a-kind chalked, wrapped and sealed hoops and two custom hoops.

And then all this!

  1. hand-painted camera canvas  (white) // pen and paint
  2. 3 month subscription to Pinwheel Parcels // my paper pinwheel
  3. infinity scarf // Ella Reu
  4. custom silhouette // red and clay cotton

  1. headband set - infant, toddler or adult // alonganislandsea
  2. custom hand-lettered wood block // kimber creates
  3. she is clothed 8x10 print // fancy that design house
  4. clutch // ragamuffinbeauties
  1. you have been given today 8x10 print // katygirl designs
  2. Pair of Traveling Mason Jars // tweetpotatopie
  3. handmade vintage glass leverback earrings - lemon yellow and green // wifey singer
  4. one small set of felt succulents (one clay dish/3 succulents) // cole franke

  1. Home sweet wonderful home. 7" hoop // lovely little whimsy
  2. 12" hoop and hand-lettered 5x7 print set. // anna joy french
  3. think happy thoughts // foster and fielding
  4. rise and shine // emmalemms

  1. you keep him in perfect peace // kimber creates
  2. sewing machine canvas // pen and paint
  3. snap shop: phone course // under the sycamore
  4. oceans set // katygirl desings

  1. hand-painted camera canvas (black) // pen and paint
  2. sing anyway 8x10 print // katygirl desings 
  3. set of scroll-saw wood art // my grandpa! 
  4. let your light shine 8x10 print // fancy that design house 

I'm in awe. So much amazingness.

Not because of me. All because of God. To give His people access to clean water. To share His message of grace, hope and healing.

I can not say thank you enough.

And if you want to share and help spread the word on instagram, I'm giving away this "Mother's Day gift in a box."

Included is one of my hand-lettered garden notebooks, a "love is the greatest of all" 6" chalk hoop, a "she can laugh" card with envelope, a roll of washi tape to pretty up some things, a packet of zinnia seeds to get some flowers going and a dipped, stamped garden marker for the zinnias.

To enter the giveaway, post this picture on your instagram feed, tag #yestoghanaauction &@yestoghanaauction and share about the auction. Winner will be chosen at random and announced Wednesday.

Hope to see you there tonight and happy bidding.

And thank you.

Apr 27, 2014

Unexpected Mother's Day gift!

You guys. I really like my phone. I take a lot of pictures with it, run most of my business on it and connect to the outside world through it.

In fact, I recently thought I lost it after it took a plunge in the loo (that's fancy for toilet). Don't ask.

But thankfully my dad came to the rescue and brought over this like CIA drying stuff and after 3 days of leaving it in that, my phone was back to work.

I share that so you get an idea of how clumsy I am with my phone. I drop it all the time. It needs a case. The problem is I'm really picky about what case I put on it. That may sound silly to a bunch of you but it's like an accessory. And I don't like spending a lot of money on a case I just kinda like.

So anyway, when the kind people at redENVELOPE contacted me about sending me a Mother's Day gift for capturing memories here on my blog (crazy cool, right?) I jumped at the opportunity.

They let me choose from so many amazing items. I was torn between some sweet gardening stuff, pretty jewelry and home decor cuteness. But then I saw it. The phone case I'd been waiting for.

Have I mentioned how much I love Rifle Paper Co.? Because I do. I drool over just about everything Anna creates. So when I saw that case on redEnvelope, my choice had been made.

The case arrived and was even better in person. It is slim and has a soft edge around the phone. It's perfect. And it pretty much goes with everything :)

So thank you redENVELOPE for the generous gift and for protecting my phone! Goodness knows this momma needs all the help I can get!

So if you're in need of a Mother's Day gift, Father's Day gift or just because cute something, you should check redENVELOPE! I know I'll be back!