Monday, October 21, 2013

Meet Beth Johnson with Beth Johnson Photography

Beth Johnson, owner of Beth Johnson Photography, was born and raised in Tallahassee. She graduated from Florida State University and began to pursue her dream of photography. Beth officially opened her business in 2010, specializing in newborn and baby portraits. As the newborns grew up and became toddlers and preschoolers, Beth Johnson Photography has naturally extended to include many child and family sessions, but the heart of her business is still newborns.

Beth Johnson Photography's studio is located downtown off 7th Avenue and photographs her newborn sessions and some maternity and baby sessions there. The studio has lots of backdrop choices and all the props you could ever need for babies and kids. She also photographs sessions in clients' homes and in a variety of outdoor locations in the Tallahassee area.

Beth is a a member of Professional Photographers of America and is serving on the board for the Tallahassee Professional Photographer's Guild for the second year.

She has been married for four years and has a one year old daughter, Madeline, who is much more interested in running around than in posing for photos.

For more information about Beth Johnson Photography, please visit the website at:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Meet Our Members: Shirley Moore of Christine's

After many years of stitching, sewing, knitting, and crafting, this mother-daughter team of Christine's strives to bring handmade into every household!

With the birth of her two grandchildren and her daughter’s desire to cloth diaper, Christine began her quest to make an adorable and functional cloth diaper for her grand-boys. As a cloth-diapering momma of three kids, Christine knew that pre-folds and pins of the 70's just would not do! With over 50 years of sewing, knitting and crafting on her table, it didn't take Christine long to zip together the perfect all-in-one cloth diaper with a functionality that could not be beat. No more throwing cash into the trash with disposables!

With so much praise and interest in these exquisite diapers plus a lifetime of skill just waiting to be appreciated, daughter Shirley, knew it was clearly the right time for the world to see just how fabulous her mother's creations turn out to be! Armed with a large inventory of crocheted afghans, unique sleep sacks, receiving blankets and matching burp cloths, Christine's was born!

Shirley had strong confidence in her mother's skills and abilities; after all, she did make Shirley's wedding dress, including intricate beadwork and the delicate train. Growing up, Shirley remembers there never was a project her mother refused to do without precision and perfection. She states, "Every single thing my mother has made over her lifetime has turned out brilliant! People are always in awe of her work. She loves making things and her thoughtfulness and care really shine through in her creations".

With inventory growing, Shirley helped push her mother through the technological internet door and take their creations global on Etsy. Cloth diapers and wet bags that are just too cute are their specialty. Personalized toddler activity placements are also a hot item.

The two little boys in their lives are their inspiration for new projects, though babies and toddlers are not the only ingredients to this recipe! Anything from alterations, personalized pillows, or anything else requiring fabric and thread, Christine's can create!

The pride and joy product so far has been Bride & Groom Teddy Bears made from the Bride's own wedding dress... every last detail was replicated down to the "rain drops" that fell in the middle of the ceremony! There was even fabric left over from the Bride's wedding dress to make a Christmas tree skirt!
Christine has also made her daughter's wedding dress, altered variety of formal gowns, and made her children's and grandchildren's christening gown out of her own wedding dress! If it requires a needle and some thread, Christine knocks 'em dead! 

Stop by Christine’s Etsy shop today for that one of a kind “talked-about” item!
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Christine's has only just begun, but there's no needle too sharp for this pin cushion!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Meet Our Members: April Vicary of April's Crafting Addiction

April Vicary is married with two beautiful daughters. She has been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for 3 years but has been paper crafting for 14 years. She works as hard as she can, prays very hard, and surrounds herself with amazing women and men. She says that "when we help others and follow God's lead in loving the people that He puts into our lives, you will surely succeed in anything you do". She feels truly blessed, and is grateful for the amazing life she has been given. Being a mother is her greatest calling.

Stampin' Up! is huge part of April's life, mostly because of the women and men that she has met that LOVE paper crafting as much as she does. She just loves to stamp, but honestly it's the people that have kept her here, the joy of loving what she does, and seeing the joy on faces when they see what they have created with a rubber stamp, ink pad, and card stock (and a little bling!). She absolutely LOVES teaching and showing others their creative side too.


April's Crafting Addiction hosts several crafting events each month
  • For Crafting Divas & Gents: Amazing demonstrations, card swapping, raffles, and awesome make-n-takes. Cost: $5 The 1st Friday of each month from 7:30-9:30pm
  • Card Class: Make 8 adorable cards Cost: $12 The 2nd and 3rd Friday of the month from 7-9pm
  • Scrapbook Class: Come make three 12x12 pages that you can simply drop in your photos. You will make a double page spread and a single page that will match the one next month. Cost: $15 or free with $25 product order. Last Saturday of the month from 1-4pm

If you are interested in any of these events, please contact April through email at Also be sure to check out her blog, where you can sign up for her newsletter too.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Local Kid Entertainers ‘Hit The Big Time’ at Tallahassee Mall!

Tallahassee, Florida July 8, 2013— Junior Members of the Family Entertainers Guild, Miles and Bentley Mercer, have won the opportunity to ‘go into business’ at the Tallahassee Mall. The youngsters entered a contest sponsored by the Tallahassee Mall last month and have now been given the opportunity to strut their business know-how on July 20th from 1-4pm in the Tallahassee Mall's Center Court. 
Bentley Mercer (age 11) first appeared as Pippy the Clown, with flaming magenta braids, in the last Springtime Tallahassee Parade alongside Tallahassee legend Coo-Coo the clown. Pippy will be showcasing her fun antics and balloon twisting ability at the mall on July 20, 2013.

Miles Mercer (age 13) will be setting up shop at a temporary airbrush tattoo master. Miles has been spraying airbrush tattoos for just over a year and has worked professionally for high school graduation parties, on location at community festivals, First Friday in railroad square and for the Kids Triathlon Series. Miles also has his own business web site at

The siblings come by their skills naturally as mom has been a family entertainer with FairyDust Faces for most of their lives. “In fact Miles was a stilt walker last year for the 4th of July celebrations in both Southwood and at Tom Brown park, but really tattoos are what he’s really interested in. And Bentley, well she’s just a goof ball so a clown was a natural fit for her”

The Tallahassee Family Entertainers Guild is dedicated to the education of family entertainers in the fields of face and body art, performance arts such as characters, puppetry, yo-yo and jugglers, games, balloon twisting and party decoration. Our primary goal is to elevate the standards and quality of family entertainment in North Florida and provide an educational and professional resource for family entertainers and artists in our community.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Announcing the Mike the Knight Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Lucky #2 has won the Mike the Knight prizes! A big thanks to everyone who entered. Don't forget to check out the live performance of Mike the Knight and the Mission for Hidden Treasure, this Saturday, July 13th, at 7pm at Destin Commons. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mike the Knight™ at Destin Commons AND a special giveaway!


On July 13, Mike the Knight™ and his friends are galloping into Destin Commons for a special live performance of Mike the Knight and the Mission for Hidden Treasure. The free 20-minute interactive musical adventure will also feature Mike’s dragon, Squirt, from the beloved television series on Nick Jr., and includes meet & greets, photo opportunities, giveaways, and a preview of the first Mike the Knight toys from Fisher-Price debuting in Spring 2013. The single performance will be held at 7pm.

It’s time to be a knight, and do it right! Mike the Knight and the Mission for Hidden Treasure follows Mike, Squirt, and friends, as they piece together clues to discover hidden treasure. To help Mike accomplish his mission, audience members are invited to take on special fun-filled challenges alongside Mike and Squirt, and learn lessons in knightliness. After the show, young knights in training will have the opportunity to tell Mike the Knight what knightly deeds they have done and participate in a special knighting ceremony. 

Each 20 minute show will be followed by a meet and greet with Mike. In addition to the two performances, guests are encouraged to come dressed in knight and princess attire and participate in all of the fun.

For those unfamiliar, Mike the Knight is a new animated preschool series that invites viewers into a fantastical world of castles, quests, dragons and trolls that centers on Mike, a young knight-in-training, with a bright future ahead of him. The son of the King and Queen of Glendragon, he is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a brave and noble knight. Co-produced by HIT Entertainment and Nelvana, the series currently airs on Nick Jr., Monday-Saturday, from 7-8pm. Additionally, a new line of books featuring Mike the Knight was just released from Simon & Schuster, an all-new toy line from Fisher-Price will debut at retailers in May, and Mike’s first home entertainment title, Knight in Training, releases on DVD June 4th from NCircle Entertainment.

We were lucky enough to be given a fantastic giveaway prize for our Mom's Time Out fans! For your chance to win a Mike the Knight "Knight in Training" DVD and a Mike the Knight Glendragon Castle Play set, just comment below with your child's bravest or "most knightly" accomplishment. This contest begins Friday, July 5th, at 12:01am and ends Wednesday, July 10th, at 11:59pm. We'll also giving away a bottle of veuve cliquot, courtesty of Oddbins and their range of champagne. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, July 11th, both here and on our Facebook page. Good Luck!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Tallahassee Celebrates America!

On Thursday, July 4, 2013, the City of Tallahassee will proudly present "Celebrate America", the city’s annual Independence Day celebration at Tom Brown Park. This year’s entertainment will feature local bands and family fun. Our member, FairyDust Faces, will be on site with dazzling face painting, airbrush tattoos and balloon creations

Events, Activities & Vendors
Main Stage activities will kick off around 5:30 pm. The City of Tallahassee Showmobile Stage will delight one and all with a variety of song, dance and instrumentals to include Tallahassee Gymnastics Center Dance, TCC Dance Company, The Shelter Band and more. Showmobile entertainment will, also, kick off around 5:30 pm.

The Naturalization Ceremony, with the Honorable District Judge Mark Walker presiding, will take place on the Main Stage at 6:40pm. A truly patriotic and moving event, the Naturalization Ceremony will make you proud to be an American!

Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department will host a children’s activity area, featuring inflatables, supervised arts and crafts, four water slides and games galore! Be sure to bring the sunscreen, bathing suits, towels and a change of clothes for the kids!

FairyDust Faces will be on hand creating specialized independence day face paint designs, airbrush tattoos and balloon creations. There will be food vendors aplenty offering a wide variety of tasty treats – from bbq and funnel cakes to snow cones and seafood - there’ll be something to satisfy even the most finicky appetite.