Monday, July 16, 2012

Meet Our Members - Niki Lavin of Hooty Cutie Designs

Hooty Cutie

I am a chemistry/biology teacher turned stay-at-home mom. I started HootyCutie Designs in March of 2011 as a side project after the birth of my daughter spurred the birth of a crafting addiction. I have always loved doing crafty things, but I have a real passion for creating for kids. Since leaving teaching shortly after the shop opened, HootyCutie has become not only my hobby but my “job”.

I opened the shop selling my owl pillows and a few crochet items. But HootyCutie had a mind of its own and the one pillowcase dress I made for my daughter turned into a shop full of children clothing. I absolutely love the process of picking out fabrics and putting them together to create unique outfits for little ladies and gents. I especially enjoy working with mamas to come up with custom designs for their little ones. So please don’t hesitate to contact me at with any idea you have for a one-of-a-kind outfit for your little guy or gal. I promise you will enjoy the process as much as I do. And your little one will love that something was created just for her/him.

You can find HootyCutie outfits for you little ones online at Etsy or Lilyshop. You can also e-mail me directly at I offer clothing items for girls and boys from newborn to size 8. You can also find all kinds of accessories like hair bows and headbands for girls and ties and suspenders for boys and crochet hats for everyone. To keep up-to-date on the happenings at HootyCutie and be the first to see new designs, check out the blog at And don’t forget to follow HootyCutie on Facebook and Twitter (@hootycutie).  

Niki Lavin


Monday, July 2, 2012

Meet Our Members: Alisha Morgan of Paperclipped Memories

     Tallahassee native Alisha Morgan is a personal historian and the owner of Paperclipped Memories, LLC. Her company helps individuals and families preserve their life stories in beautiful, customized books. Her clients love their families and recognize the importance of safeguarding their history, and heritage, for the next generation. She helps them save time and frustration by doing all of the hard work for them—interviewing, writing, and book design—so that they can enjoy more quality time with the ones they love.

     "Some people tell me that their life is not interesting enough to write about," Alisha admits. "I always say, 'Think about your parents, grandparents, or siblings who have passed away. How often do you catch yourself remembering a certain story or a turn of phrase, and wish that someone would write it all down? I bet that person did not consider their life interesting enough to record either, but you know differently.'"

     Memoir writing is not the only service provided by Paperclipped Memories. Alisha also offers family history books, cookbooks, travel books, photo books, scrapbooks, genealogy research, and more. Her books make great gifts for birthdays, graduations, weddings, retirement parties, and other important life milestones. She even works with local businesses interested in books for their clients, employees, or in-store sales and promotions.

     Alisha became interested in writing personal essays while studying creative writing at Florida State University. However, she never thought that her education would lead to starting a business, much less earning money by doing something she enjoys. She is known as the family genealogist, and in her spare time, Alisha likes researching her ancestral roots. She also plans day trips just to visit the cemeteries en route.

     Alisha's portfolio can be found here: And you can follow Paperclipped Memories through Facebook, their Blog and Twitter.