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June 29, 2012

The drive to create … inspired by the people in my world!

Inspiration comes from many places, in my case it came from my family, friends and complete strangers.

My mom, wears with great pride, the custom appliqued sweatshirts I’ve been creating for her for years now.    Being asked by friends and strangers alike… “Where did you find that sweatshirt?” Her response was always the same… “My daughter makes them and sells them.”  Ocean Breeze Boutique was born.

Having five nephews and nieces, I find that I create with them in mind.  The boys love taggies and “Boy” inspired things, ala planes, trains, pirates and automobiles, while my oldest niece, who is a six year old “Fashionista”, forte is anything pink or dresses, bows, skinny jeans and anything her Auntie creates for her to wear.  My youngest niece rocks the latest in bows and cute outfits designed to show off her girlie side newborn style!

I always enjoy doing small boutique shows, talking to customers, who often times, come up and ask if I can make this or that.   Their ideas are refreshing and help to keep my finger on the pulse of what people want, need and desire in functional crafts.

Looking at my fabric and ribbon piles, I marvel at the possibilities to create, is today a bib day? Fancy pants? Bows? I never know what I’ll be making next as a phone call from a certain set of children can change my direction in the blink of an eye.

I look forward to creating fun, fashionable and functional items for you and your love ones to enjoy!

So when you have a moment… Swing by the new shop located here Ocean Breeze Boutique and take a look around!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Kat and the Kids!

December 7, 2010

Have you been Naughty or Nice this year?

It’s my favorite time of year, with the holiday season in full swing, I have been slowly traveling the net in search of festive sites to enjoy.

I have found yet another one.  You too can check your Naughty or Niceness.  Will Santa be good to you this year? is the hot spot to check!

So take a quick gander through the site and enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Kat & the Kids

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May 20, 2009

The Great Ham Hock Hunt!

Earlier this week, I got a wild hair to cook up a big thing of collard greens. Now in order to do this right you need some tasty smoked ham hocks. So while shopping about in my local markets, asking the meat counter guys for them, do you think a ham hock is to be found anywhere. Let me answer that for you, with a resounding NO! The ham hocks are hiding, but the big questions is WHERE!

I can’t quite figure it out. I can find just about anything in these stores from pigs snouts to sow ears and feet, tripe, and even fried pork skins but ham hocks seem to be the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the collard green rainbow.

Finally, with my frustration being at an all time high, I went home defeated, until I remembered in my freezer is a ham bone from a ham I cooked last month. This is why I save these things; you just never know when you might need them at some future date.

So this week success will be mine in making some tasty collard greens!!!

For those of you who have never made them, I’ve included a recipe from the food network. Enjoy!

Gina’s Best Collard Greens Recipe

Happy Cookin’!

Kat and the Kids

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