January 30, 2013

valentine argyle heart gift tags: free printable


Lets spread some love this Valentines Day with argyle heart gift tags. Yippee!

 
Once for sale in my shop, I decided to retire these gift tags and share them with you. Yep, I love ya just that much!





I've got my gift tags printed out and ready to go ... now I just need to figure out gifts. Crap! That's the hard part. ;)


 

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To download these holiday gift tags click here.

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January 28, 2013

white, gold and black


top: Snow White card — Karolin Schnoor
left: horse pillow—Classic By Nature
right: White Vintage Clipboards — Vintage Silver Lining



top: Striped Infinity Scarf — Flora Bloom Designs
left: Hedgehog Letterpress Ornament — Red Bird Ink
right: Doha Metallic Gold Hand Printed Pillow Cover — {me}longings

It's been snowing like crazy here in Utah. Brrr! Partially inspired by the huge piles of snow outside my door, today's post is full of a color combo I've been crushing on lately. White, gold and black ... oh, I love you so!

January 25, 2013

secret messages

My little guy loves to create and explore. I'm constantly trying to find ways to keep my busy guy ... busy.

KID FRIENDLY FRIDAY: secret messages

 
top left: Encrypted Message—Martha Stewart
bottom left: Valentine's Day Secret Messages—Martha Stewart
top right: Secret Message—Woman's Day
bottom right: Valentine Scratch Cards—Bloesem Kids

My little guy loves to pretend that he's a secret agent. I'm thinking that a scavenger hunt involving secret messages would tickle his fancy. Adding that to my to-do list. :)

January 23, 2013

diy striped candle using tape

I wanted to use a striped candle as part of my living room decor but could not find just what I was looking for. While cleaning up some supplies in my office I found an old roll of electrical tape and thought I'd try a DIY approach. Here it goes ...


Supplies
• candle
• tape (I used black electrical tape, washi could be another fun option)
• scissors



Directions
I started off by wrapping a piece of tape around my candle, overlapping the ends at least 1/4 in. After applying the first stripe of tape near the bottom of the candle I used a small strip of extra tape temporarly placed above it to get the spacing right for the next stripe. Once I applied the second stripe I then removed the temporary piece of tape and placed it above the second stripe, repeating until the candle was covered in stripes. Measure, wrap, cut, repeat. Wow ... that sounded a lot more confusing than it actually is...


Voila! Super quick DIY project that adds a lot of punch.


Man, I love fast and easy projects!



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January 21, 2013

kindah khalidy



I love it when I come across a fresh shop on Etsy that is full of inspiration. Kindah Khalidy is just that! Her hand painted clutches immediately caught my eye—one of a kind pieces of wearable artwork is such a personal and lovely idea.




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January 18, 2013

writing in a journal with kids

My little guy loves to create and explore. I'm constantly trying to find ways to keep my busy guy ... busy.

KID FRIENDLY FRIDAY: writing in a journal
{Little Paper Dog}

Since he was born, I have kept a journal of sorts for my little guy—recording milestones like when he began to walk etc. I've also written down things he has said that I don't ever want to forget like:

 "Mama ... I have a big heart. It fills up my whole tummy. It's big—I keep all my friends in it."

"I'm gonna eat this yogurt and then I'll be able to lift a car and house and be as strong as dad."

I don't write in it every day but I do manage to fill up a couple of pages every month. I've been able to stick with it consistently for the past five years because I have kept it simple—nothing fancy, just convenient. Remember this journal jar? I liked this idea because it was super casual, did not take a lot of time and it just plain worked great for me. Sure it's not the most glamorous option but I knew it was something that I could commit to. Take a sec, write it down on a scrap of paper, organize it later. Perfect.

top: Mer Mag - DIY Journal
middle: Paper Coterie - Memory Jar Printable
bottom: Paislee Press - Mini Masterpieces available at Shutterfly.

Now that my little guy is 5 (eek!) I want to switch it up a bit. I would love for him to take a more active part in what is written down.  Since he can't write and he has the attention span of a ...well, a 5 year old, I thought the ideas above might be some great options for us. I want to incorporate a little of each into what I already have. Give the cover some personality, ask him questions and jot down the answers and include drawings ... stuff like that.

I plan to keep recording these sweet memories for years to come. I never want to forget moments like the morning my husband discovered that our son had worn 5 pairs of underwear and 2 PJ pants to bed the night before. :)


January 16, 2013

emerald green free printable lists - 2013 color of the year


Remember this printable featuring last years color of year? I've decided to update them for 2013. Now you can download them for free in emerald green, Pantone's brand spankin' new color of the year.


Just like in my shop, these lists come with tags and bands for extra convenient gift giving.




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 To download these trendy lists click here.

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