By | February 23, 2015

This past week we celebrated one of my dear friends with a pre-birthday shindig at the hometown Reel Big Fish show with Less Than Jake. It was so much fun putting a bunch of DIY touches on the night and I can’t wait for the opportunity to do something like this again!

It started with a basic logo. Since Wanda is a huge fan of Disney, I went with a play off the 1950s Mickey Mouse Club logo. (I always loved Annette…)

I wanted people to be able to participate in the festivities, so I whipped up some fun badges for everyone to wear. (I’ll be adapting it for a printable template later in the week for you all.) Using my 3″ punch, some cereal boxes, tissue paper, fringe scissors and a little hot glue, these puppies came together pretty quickly and just as I had pictured!

birthday badge

I also used my new Flashe paint to whip up a little poster… next time, I will sketch things out a bit more. Sorry, mouse, for the exaggerated mouth!

birthday poster1

I added Chip & Dale to the top along with their little fingers, as if they were holding the poster up. I posted it on the passenger side door to my car and decorated the inside with curly ribbon streamers taped to the interior roof when I picked up the girls for the show. Wanda was pretty jazzed about it!

We also got her a tiki cup that she used at the venue as well as some black & white party straws… total class with this one!

Thanks to a magical little helper, the poster wound up on stage when Reel Big Fish started the show and it couldn’t have been more perfect!
birthday poster on stage

The only thing that bummed me out was that I messed up the soundtrack that was to be playing when she stepped outside & saw the car. I spent over an hour putting together the perfect mix of Disney songs in a truly appropriate order. That would’ve been the cherry on top!

This process was a lot of fun and surprisingly easy. It’s inspired me to plan out a new item for the shop: Party in a Box. Stay tuned for that one in a few months!

Many thanks to the fellas for cooperating with our hairbrained idea, and for wishing Wanda a happy birthday in between songs! #WandasBirthdayClub in full effect, people! So happy I got to be a part of it!

Wandas Birthday Club 11001997_10100683589114064_1795427346_o 11000064_10100683589153984_1772473093_o(^that’s a peek at some of the usual antics these guys have on stage, especially when a former member of the horn section makes a guest appearance!)

And last but certainly not least, I was jazzed to see my favorite band take the stage once more. They have the coolest stage decor in the history of awesome bands. Love them!
Less Than Jake

Obligatory Valentine Printable

By | February 13, 2015

Today’s Freebie Friday printable is a small set of DIY valentines in my favorite color palette. Enjoy!

free printable valentines

Step 1: Print & cut – I used sturdy cardstock

DIY valentine step 1

Step 2: Fold strip around card (it won’t completely reach all the way around)

DIY valentine step 2

Step 3: Write your note on the back of the card

Step 4: Put adhesive on both sides of the strip, making sure it will be hidden by the heart

Step 5: Affix your heart to the strip and walah – peekaboo valentine!

DIY valentine step 3

Typeface Tuesday!

By | February 10, 2015

Hello again, and welcome to another installment of Typeface Tuesday. Today’s theme is just plain fun fonts. Enjoy a little silliness!

Laser Metal <—my new fave

Ballerina Script

Les Mysteres de Paris

Radar Echoes, Unclear Atmospher

Canter family


And who doesn’t love a fun dingbat, especially when it’s made of vintage Mickeys?!

Mickey Vintage

Freebie Friday!

By | February 6, 2015

Happy Friday!

Here’s a little February – themed printable with that lovely font Wanderlust.

February 2015 free printable

Typeface Tuesday

By | February 3, 2015

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted for Typeface Tuesday; I hope you enjoy today’s picks! The theme is handwriting-inspired fonts.

Blueberry Oatmeal

Lilly Belle

Miss Molly Brown

Sweet Pea

Le silence des cafards




A new month is upon us

By | February 2, 2015

Happy February, ladies & germs! Here’s a quick calendar I put together with my new favorite font of all time, Wanderlust Letters – currently on sale for $22.40.

I’ll be back soon with some other printables using these lovely letters.

February 2015 watercolor calendar

Take me back!

By | January 16, 2015

Happy belated 2015, folks! So much for my new year, new way of doing things plans. I guess I’ll treat February as the start of the new way of doing things instead. That includes getting back to a regular posting schedule, and some fun new projects that I hope will inspire you. I have a ton of projects stuck on Pinterest, and this year I want to actually make some of them. Hopefully it’ll be a fun adventure for all of us!

Enough with the future, though; let’s talk about the past. This is, after all, the year that Marty McFly and Doc Brown (and Einstein & Jennifer Parker, too) visited from 1985. Very special, indeed, and kind of frightening. However, I can’t wait for this to happen in LA, so long as I’m able to get tickets.

The specific past I refer to is mine, this past holiday recess.

Since my sister and I live 1500+ miles from our family on opposite coasts, it gets real tricky trying to celebrate Christmas with the gang during the actual holiday. Thus, we’ve begun a tradition of meeting in the middle during the first weekend of December for our huge family reunion/holiday party, which is always a blast.

The downside? By the time December 10 rolls around, I’ve already exchanged & opened gifts with my family, had pictures with Santa, sung Christmas carols, driven around to look at Christmas lights, played holiday games, had some Christmas beverages, and everything else that comes with the holidays.

That means I’m usually alone on the actual holiday, all my friends are busy with their families, and I feel a little sad that maybe I’m missing out on something.

That’s not a great way to end the year, or to start a new one, so this year I made a very spontaneous decision and booked a flight to London with less than 48 hours to pack and prepare. And you know what? It was the best decision I’ve ever made. My wallet might disagree, but he’ll get fattened up in the spring.


London was so lovely and such a wonderful place to spend the holidays, save the frigid cold (I came to California to get away from that stuff!)

Here’s a rundown of my London adventure (I long to be there now!)

Last post of 2014

By | December 23, 2014

Here’s one more last minute gift idea (& corresponding printable). Buy some holiday candy or make up some tasty treats. Put them into sandwich bags, then use this printable to embellish the top of the bag. Easy peazy!

Holiday Bag Toppers

I hope you’ve enjoyed the past year of printables on this blog. While 2014 hasn’t been the greatest year for me, I have high hopes and expectations for 2015. After all, this is the year that Marty visited when he went Back to the Future!

Thank you for visiting, and here’s to an exciting 2015! Happy holidays to you and yours!

last minute printable gift tags

By | December 22, 2014

Can you believe we’re three days from Christmas? Holy moly, that snuck up on me quickly! If you’re like me, you may be freaking out a little about the fact that you haven’t yet wrapped or mailed your gifts back home (eep!)

Here’s a quick printable that can be used for a variety of projects. I first used the design last year for my holiday cards and then repurposed the graphic for some last minute printable elements. This year I needed a quick fix for some baked deliciousness that I made for my coworkers, so I decided to give the Merry & Bright graphic another go around the holiday circuit.


Sorry for the blurry photo; it was a quick phone snap on the way down the hall; my colleague already ate some of the treats so it’s not the entire picture of what I passed out, but you get the idea. Yogurt cup & bubble lid + treats in mini cupcake wrappers + washi tape + merry & bright card = happy coworkers.

This is the download I share with you today; click the image below to go to the pdf. Print, cut and be merry!

free printable holiday gift tags cards

Falling for Fall

By | November 14, 2014

Hello again, my friends! I have re-emerged from my cocoon with a renewed longing for my favorite season, fall. Being in Southern California, I miss having seasons like we did in the midwest. I always loved the crispness in the air and the smell of winter’s edge that marked the end of summer… and let’s not forget the overwhelming beauty of the multi-colored leaves that dot the landscapes.

I took a Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting class a few weeks ago and it was perfectly fitting to my longing for fall. This was my finished painting:


In the spirit of this dwindling season (much sympathy to my friends in “the middle” who have already started receiving snowfall) I bring you some leafy love printables. Enjoy!

Printable leaf pattern

Printable leaf pattern paper  Printable leaf pattern paper

Printable leaf art