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……..so 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 SparklingTwine.com - I love you my deer!

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

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

 

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

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

 

-Carissa

: : 8 Months of Marriage : : & My “Love is” Doodle!

I can’t believe that it’s already been 8 months since I married my handsome husband! On one hand, it feels like we’ve been married for decades…and on the other, it feels like we just got back from our honeymoon last week!

Nate + Carissa Wedding | Deidre Lynn Photography | www.deidrelynnphotography.com |

I am blessed to have found someone who is my best friend and love of my life. Plus, it’s great to be able to giggle over silly things, hang out on the couch together, rock out to our favorite music, talk about our mutual (and not so mutual) life goals, daydream about our future kids and just have a good time with each other! All the while being completely trusting and comfortable with one another and totally ourselves.

(Don’t get me wrong, not every day has been a walk in the park. We’ve had a few rough days where we’d prefer to be on different planets (different galaxies even)…but those days help us to keep it real and appreciate the good days even that much more.)

Anyway, 8 months ago today, I stood in the sweltering heat, saying my vows to a handsome man and listening to my grandparents read a few bible verses. One of those verses came from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13. Today, I wanted to not only remember our wedding day but also the message in the verse. Here’s the verse:

1 Corinthians 13

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

And here is my doodle with a few of my favorite parts of the verse….

LOVE IS...

Thanks for looking and stop by again soon!

Carissa

February : : Free Printable Calendar & iPhone Wallpaper : : Non-Valentine’s Day

Hi friends! Happy February! Oh gosh…it’s already the second month of the new year! I hope everyone is still on track for their new years resolutions and goals! If you aren’t, grab a friend and help each other to be accountable…peer pressure always works!

So anyway, I have been browsing the internet lately and seeing all sorts of Valentine’s related printables, gift ideas, decorations, desserts, drink recipes…you name it! And as much as I love everything girly and Valentines-esque (lace, hearts, pink, etc.)…I am really not a big fan of the actual Valentine’s Day holiday. My hubby and I have never celebrated it and hopefully never will. Something about a holiday that requires scrambling for the “perfect” gift for your special someone just isn’t romantic, especially if there is an undertone of “it better be the right thing or else…”

I remember being in middle school and high school when February rolled around and feeling SO MUCH panic pressure to buy something outstanding for my current guy. Over those few years I found that you can never go wrong with…

  • candy (everyone loves candy)
  • over-priced, patterned (yet trendy) boxers
  • a nice picture of yourself (conceited I know…but hey! it works…)
  • a love note on pretty paper
  • anything hobby-related (I once bought a $300 impact gun for my serious boyfriend…yeah, about that…I’m not really sure what an impact gun even does…)

This year, I am thinking that maybe the hubby and I should try to have to most non-romantic evening just to go against the social standard. I am envisioning this: we both get home from work late, slightly ignore one another for awhile while we do chores, eat weird, three-day-old leftovers and then go our separate ways for the rest of the night doing whatever random thing we want…sounds romantic right?

Alright…back on track…so for this month’s calendar, I tried to make something that wasn’t oozing with red and pink lacey hearts, for those of us who don’t want Valentine’s Day to be looming over us all month long. Although my calendar does have hearts…and lace…and says the word “love” on it…(what? I like those things all year round!) I tried to go in a “what a nice, inspirational message” direction vs. “hello everyone, please choke on this Valentine’s day crap” direction. Either way, I hope you like it and have a happy February 14th (or Valentine’s Day) whichever you celebrate!

See February’s free printable calendar and downloadable wallpapers below!

-Carissa

Click the image above for the PDF of the February 2013 calendar. A new window will open where you can print or save the PDF to your computer.
Click the image above for the PDF of the February 2013 calendar. A new window will open where you can print or save the PDF to your computer.

 

 

Just right click to “Save As” to your computer or hold to save to your iPhone!
Just right click to “Save As” to your computer or hold to save to your iPhone!

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