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.

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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.

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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:

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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

Freebie Friday – Polka Bat

By | October 3, 2014

Happy Friday! Welcome to a long-awaited edition of Freebie Friday; it’s good to be back.

I was playing around with some shapes and created this guy by accident. I want to flush out the bat/dot concept a little further sometime in the future, but in the mean time I do believe these could work as patterned paper. Enjoy!

Polka bat free printable Halloween paper

Polka Bat free printable Halloween paper

 

Halloween dots printable paper

Halloween dots free printable paper

Another new pattern

By | October 2, 2014

I was playing around and came up with this pattern, which I kinda liked, so I share it here with you. Enjoy!

Strippy Stripes printable

Strippy Stripes 2 printable

 

Cartoon hanging bat

By | October 1, 2014

I was suddenly inspired to create this little guy, and I thought he’d make a cute little hanging decoration for Halloween, so I’m sharing him here with you.

Print. Cut. Hang…. enjoy!

Printable hanging bat for Halloween

Like riding a bike

By | October 1, 2014

I can’t believe we’re already into October; where has the time gone? It’s amazing to me how quickly the minutes become hours, hours become days, and so on and so forth – especially since I moved to California. Speaking of which, how has it already been 8 years? I am amazed, to say the least.

2014 has not been the most productive year for me; I’ve suffered from a lack of time management, lack of inspiration, and oftentimes a lack of self-worth. I’m slowly realizing, however, that I must take my life into my own hands to craft my future and happiness. That’s a tough one to grasp sometimes, methinks.

During my past few months of self-discovery, I’ve given this little site nary a thought, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. I have high hopes of reclaiming my presence on the web, and using this site as a means for playing, practicing and flushing out some ideas. Of course, that means a continuation of the freebie universe here on the blog, so kick back, relax and prepare to print your brains out!

Thanks for sticking with me this year – I can’t believe how many hits the site’s continued to get. You are awesome! Hopefully I’ll be able to provide you with plenty of reasons to keep coming back.

A note for anyone who sent a request in 2014: I’m sorry that it wasn’t met. I’ll do what I can to catch up as soon as possible.

So much for planning ahead…

By | August 8, 2014

I whipped up a bunch of new versions of my classic chevron pattern, in different colors and configurations, before I left for vacation. I even uploaded them to the server… and then forgot to come back and schedule a few posts. So much for planning ahead!

I swear, these days I can’t seem to focus on more than one thing at a time, and I’ve got about 10 things that I’m trying to juggle at once. Anyway, here are some new chevron patterns for your downloading pleasure. As always, if you make something cute, send me a pic! I love seeing my downloads in action.

yellow thin chevronyellow plain chevron yellow multi chevronyellow depth chevron superbright-red orange chevronsuperbright-green yellow chevron rainbow chevronpurple yellow pink chevron

Freedom

By | July 2, 2014

Greetings & salutations!

I apologize for my radio silence; it seems I’m not that great at balancing all of the things I want to do in life, so inevitably one aspect of my life or another gets abandoned during the busy times. I’ll explain my absence later.

I received a number of requests while I was away and I’ll be addressing those in the next few days, so please bear with me and I hope it’s not too late for those of you who put in special requests.

For now, I wanted to share some 4th of July/US Independence Day/patriotic downloads with you. The first is a bunting/banner template that I like to use around the office. There are two per page, so simply print out as many as you want the banner to be wide and then cut them out. Alternate stars and stripes and either punch holes in the corners & string yarn through each end, or fold the ends over a string, then hang and enjoy.

patriotic banner