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!

July : : Free Printables & Downloadable Wallpaper! : : Summertime!

JULY IS HERE! How is that possible already?

It seems like summer just started and now I’m worried that it’s almost over! All of you in Central Illinois know that this summer has so far felt just like Spring…or a rain forest…or maybe the last 2+ years in Northern California made be “weather spoiled.”

Definition of weather spoiled: One who has lived in perfect and predictable Northern California climate for the duration of at least one cycle of the four season, therefore making them a big, whiny, baby when normal or unpredictable weather strikes.

I just hope I get over it by winter! And yes…I really just mentioned winter…incredibly inappropriate. So sorry!

I’ve created some downloadable goodies for you to get into the summertime/July 4th mood (and just in time since Independence Day is tomorrow!)

Calendar – Please click the below image to open a PDF of the calendar, “Save As” to your computer and print on 8.5 x 11 paper (cardstock is best.) Enjoy!

Please click to open a PDF of the calendar. “Save As” to your computer and print on 8.5 x 11 cardstock. Enjoy!

Smart Phone Wallpaper – Save to your phone and set as wallpaper!

July 2013 iPhone

Printable – Print on letter size 8.5 x 11 paper (preferably cardstock) and put in a frame or on the fridge.

July 2013 Printable 8.5 x 11
Please click to open a PDF of the calendar. “Save As” to your computer and print on 8.5 x 11 cardstock. Enjoy!

Enjoy your celebrations, paradesfriends , family and fireworks tomorrow!

Come back soon!

Please leave me a comment, it would certainly make me very happy!


April : : Free Printables & Downloadable Wallpapers! : : Put a Bird On It…

Happy April Fools Day!I hope you got to play a few tricks on family members, co-workers or unsuspecting strangers today! I’m not into the whole “tricking” thing…I feel like Karma will come back and get me if I try anything at all! Plus I’m married to a if-you-get-me-I’ll-get-you-worse kind of guy…and I surely don’t want to start a prank war with the hubbie! Who knows what he would do to my make-up or hair products (and we certainly don’t want him messing with those!)

Anyway, I wanted to share a fun site with you all! It’s called Pic Monkey! [] I just discovered this site recently and it’s so fun! Chalkboard designs are all the craze now and sometimes you just don’t have the time or patience to sit down and physically draw on a chalkboard. Well…this site has lots of great fonts and all you have to do is download this chalkboard background, upload it to Pic Monkey and design away!


Or if you aren’t interested in designing your own chalkboard design, I have created a few for you to download! Free of charge, my gift to you…don’t mention it 🙂

Oh, one more thing, I know that my hubbie gives me a hard time about a) being terrified of birds and b) buying notebooks, candle holders, clothes, home decor and making crafts all with birds on them. When I made the second design, I knew the hubbie would get a good laugh especially when he remembers the Portlandia skit “Put a Bird On It.” The skit is hysterical…it’s 2 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back…but it will certainly give you a chuckle. Click HERE to watch it! You’ll thank me later…

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Not only do I have those beautiful chalkboard designs for you but I also have the April 2013 Printable Calendar and Downloadable iPhone Wallpaper for you! These make me so happy…there is just something so fun about polka dots and floral! (Oh, and there is a white version for those of you who don’t enjoy polka dots as much as I do…shame on you!) Enjoy!

Calendar – Print on letter size paper (cardstock if you have it!)

April 2013 Calendar - BlueDot April 2013 Calendar - White

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

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I hope your Easter weekend was full of love, joy and good food!

Come back soon!


DIY Kraft Paper Flower & Chalkboard Art!

Hello Ladies & Gentleman! (Ok…mainly ladies…)

Last weekend, I was on a roll…crafting my little heart out. A few things I am very excited to share with you are my DIY Kraft Paper Flower and my very first chalkboard art!

So I will start with the chalkboard design…this particular design came from one of my many pins on Pinterest. (Follow me here!) Here is the original pin from firstsnowfall’s Etsy page. 

Audrey Hepburn Original Chalkboard Design

 firstsnowfall’s Etsy page

This design was perfect! I absolutely love the font, the quote AND the overall design. I have always wanted to re-create a beautiful design like this one onto my chalkboard. SO…what did I do? Bought a chalkboard, some chalk, grabbed this image from my Pinterest board and spent 2-3 hours re-creating this masterpiece. [This took long enough for my husband to watch 3 or 4 episodes of MTV’s Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory…if you haven’t seen it…it’s probably not worth watching. I mean, it’s entertaining sure, but has little plot and lots of guy appeal…aka farting, scare tactics on poor, innocent people, loud engines, etc.]

Anyway, I hunkered down on the floor and just did my best to re-create it. It’s not perfect by any means but that’s what gives it character! Here is my final design:

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 Chalkboard Re-creation & DIY Kraft Paper Flower by

See that adorable kraft paper flower on the wall? Well I am going to show you how I made it!

It all started with a pillow design I saw somewhere…(assumingly looking at Pinterest on my long morning commute…) it was a felt, layered flower design that I completed a few months back. Here’s my pillow that has a very similar concept…it sits on my vintage sitting chair in our living room and gives me so much joy to see it every day!

Felt Flower Pillow by

Alright, back to the kraft paper flower tutorial I promised. You will need the following items:

  • Approximately 10 sheets of Cardstock weight Kraft paper [I bought a pack of 25 sheets for $6.00 here]
  • Scissors
  • Heavy weight paper/poster board for you back piece. I used a 9″x9″ piece of leftover poster board
  • Some type of glue [I used hot glue, but tape or regular glue would work fine]

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First step, take 5 sheets of your cardstock Kraft paper, fold them in half “hamburger style.” Cut leaf shapes out of each folded sheet, this will give you 2 leaves per sheet and a total of 10 large leaves.

Next step, take 3 sheets of your cardstock Kraft paper, fold them in half “hamburger style” and then again “hamburger style.” Each folded sheet should now be four layers thick. Cut a leave shape out of each double folded sheet, this will give you 4 leaves per sheet and a total of 12 small leaves.

The next two steps are the most fun and so easy! Lay down your 9″x9″ sheet of poster board or other heavy weight paper and glue your 10 large leaves around the edge to form the round, outer layer and your main shape of your flower. I didn’t put a lot of thought into my gluing, jsut a dab here, a dab there. Whatever would get the leaves to stick.

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Next, you essentially repeat the previous step with the smaller leaves in the inner part of the flower. I didn’t use all 12 of my small leaves, I just played with them until I was happy with the final result.

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Last and final step, cut a small circle out of your cardstock Kraft paper [mine was about 3″ in diameter] and glue right in the center!

I am so happy with how this project turned out, it’s easy, simple and pretty!

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Come back soon for my next tutorial…a vintage-inspired wrap shirt! Thanks for stopping by! Please spread the word and follow me on my blog or on Pinterest! See you soon!