National Donut Day!

Today is Friday, June 5th, but more importantly…it’s National Donut Day!

What better way to celebrate than with a free printable! Click here for your free printable PDF from Sparkling Twine!

Donut images & MORE free printables from Oh Happy Day!

Donut Coffee Wrap Free Printable from Studio DIY

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National Donut Day -
Click on this image to download the PDF file!

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December : : Free Calendar & Downloadable Wallpaper! : : I Love You My Deer!

It’s beginning to look feel a lot like Christmas! 

With 30 degree temps here in Illinois, it is certainly beginning to feel a lot like winter! That means that decorating for the holidays is just around the corner and its bittersweet!

We have SO much to do around our new home that we purchased in October! Case in point: Painting (every single room), hardware changes, organizing everything, unpacking (yes..still), getting the nursery ready (yay!), furnace trouble (boo), filing and re-filing all sorts of paperwork…… this means that decorating for the holidays is waaaaaay at the bottom of the “real” priority list but, it’s on the top of the “feel good” priority list. (i.e. – I don’t really need to do these things, but it just makes my heart happy to do them and see them all pretty!)

So…my heart has won the battle and we are doing just *a little* decorating this year…just a tad.

On a different note, I have been so obsessed with doodling lately (mainly on my iPad), so I am sharing one of my pretties with you in the form of the downloadable December 2013 calendar and phone wallpaper (two versions!). A sweet, little deer!

Calendar – Click the image below to open a PDF of the December calendar. Print on letter size paper (cardstock is best, if you have it!)

December 2013 Calendar by - I love you my deer!

iPhone Wallpaper – Save to your phone and set as wallpaper!

December 2013 iPhone Wallpaper by - I love you my deer!
December 2013 iPhone Wallpaper by – I love you my deer!


December 2013 iPhone Wallpaper by - I love you my deer!

HAPPY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS & good luck in your holiday decorating!



Chalkboard Inspired Invitations : : Baby Shower & Holiday Cookie Exchange






Hello and Happy [almost] Thanksgiving!

I have been keeping pretty busy lately, and I am so excited about all of it! Design work, painting our new house, preparing for baby…not to mention sleeping terribly and having large amounts of heart burn : )

One of my good friends asked me to create an invitation for her Holiday Cookie Exchange that she has planned for next month! This party sounds so amazing, and it gives me great ideas for future holiday parties. See below for this fun and playful chalkboard invitation…

Holiday Cookie Exchange


I must have been feeling very chalkboard-esque lately, because in designing our baby shower invitation, I used it too! I created the mint “B” pacifier clip art (so it would match everything else perfectly…yes I am a bit particular) and I love the (now slightly overdone) gray and white chevron for the background!

Baby Brown Shower


I wish you and your families a great Thanksgiving holiday! Come back and see me soon!

November : : Free Calendar & Downloadable Wallpaper! : : Stay Clever Little Fox

Hello and Happy November!

It’s time for leaves, bonfires, hoodies, s’mores, boots & tights and SO many more great autumn things! There is just “something” about fall weather that is so amazing and refreshing, I missed this weather very much while living in sunny, always 70 degree, California. What did I NOT miss? Winter….oh, you dreaded winter please do not come this year! (yeah right)

Recently, I have had a plethora of time on my hands….wait….I’m being completely sarcastic. My husband and I bought our first home (more to come on that,) we found out that our little bundle is a BOY and we have been painting and cleaning this new house like crazy! Being a pregnant woman can be exhausting…let alone painting until the wee hours each night just to wake up, go to work and do it all over again! Mr. Brown and I have been working our butts off.

Amidst all the hustle and bustle, a way for me to feel creative and productive (and not completely insane) is to doodle…SO this month’s calendar is just that! A doodle!

And yes…it’s a fox. Foxes are a popular animal right now; I have no idea how an animal can be more popular than others…Pinterest I suppose…but I think foxes are adorable. And no, no one knows what the fox says. (Click here if you don’t know what I’m refering to) Anyway….here it is!

Calendar – Click the image below to open a PDF of the November calendar. Print on letter size paper (cardstock if you have it!)

November 2013 Calendar

iPhone Wallpaper – Save to your phone and set as wallpaper!

November 2013 iPhone

I hope to show you our lovely little cottage VERY soon so STAY TUNED!

Come back soon!


Showers come in all shapes & sizes…

show·er  [shou-er] noun

  • a party given for a bestowal of presents of a specific kind, especially such a party for a prospective bride or prospective mother.

Many couples, men, women and mothers-to-be are showered with love, gifts and support by their families and friends, but not all showers are the same!

Just to name a few types of showers…

  • Lingerie Shower
  • Bridal Shower
  • Bridal Shower by Mail
  • Tool Shower
  • Around the Clock Showers
  • Around the House Showers
  • Couple Showers
  • Baby Shower
  • Gender Reveal Shower
  • House Warming Shower
  • …the list could go on and on.

Whatever your occasion, there is a perfect invitation to send to not only give your guests an idea of what to expect, but also give your guests additional information, show the style of the shower recipient or the party theme and to let guests know what type of gifts they are or are not asked to bring, Here are just a few shower invitations that I’ve designed recently…all different but all perfect for the occasion!

A Celebrations & Blessings by Mail Shower for the Bride that lives afar:


Bridal Shower By Mail Invitation

Classic Bridal Shower:

Brooke Bridal Shower Invitation

Monster Themed Baby Shower by Baby Boy:

Monster Baby Shower Invite 5x7

Lingerie Shower and Bachelorette Party Combination:

Megan Bachelorette 4x6


If you have a shower or party coming up and want the perfect invitation to go along with your theme or your recipients style…contact Sparkling Twine Design!


Babies, Babies, Everywhere!

I’m not sure what was in the air this summer…but it resulted in lots and lots of babies!!!

Besides myself, my friends Cassie, Kelly and now Kathy are all pregnant and due in March/April! Crazy…(and no. We did not plan it!)

Kathy asked me to design her announcement, and (if I may say so myself) it is adorable! Kathy and I made the banner, then we set up the perfect time for photos and I added some perfect handmade design elements! Kathy wanted a postcard design for easy sending so, here it is:





Also, for those of you who either…

a) Live across the country or

b) Just haven’t seen me in awhile

I am including a recent belly pic for you just so you can see how big Baby Brown (and Momma Brown) are getting!

Here I am at 9 weeks:


And this was last week at 18 weeks,,,

18 weeks

Oh dear…and I’m only getting bigger.

ALSO…in other exciting news, Nate and I are in the process of buying a home…more to come on that in a few weeks!

AND at the end of the month (assuming Baby Brown & everything with the house cooperates) we will be having a party to reveal the gender of our little peanut! Can’t wait to send out these invites!


Happy Wednesday!

Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite PLUS a 20% off coupon raffle!

I am so excited about this new wedding invitation suite! There is just something so sophisticated and beautiful about watercolor. It can be great for a casual or formal event!

Here is the Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite! Head on over to the Design Services page to check out my other available designs and pricing.

After the jump…I will tell you about how you can win 20% off your next invitation or holiday card!

Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

I am giving away a 20% off coupon to one lucky reader! This coupon can be used for any party/event invitation or holiday card! (Sorry, wedding suites are not included in this deal)

All you have to do is enter your e-mail to FOLLOW MY BLOG (top right in your Internet browser or below this post in mobile view) AND LEAVE A COMMENT below telling which of my design suites is YOUR favorite and why! Easy as PIE!

20% COUPON 8-13-13

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Tuesday!



Upcoming Personal Shower? Check out my new design!

Introducing the Lacy Lingerie Personal Shower Invitation!

Lacy Lingerie Personal Shower Invitation

Head on over to my Design Services page to take a look at my invitation designs; all of which are available for personalization!

Do you want something a little more personalized to capture your big event perfectly? Just let me know and I’ll create something just for you!

A pricing list is available on the Design Services page as well. Jump on over and check it out!

Enjoy your last few summer days before you send those kiddos back to school!