My Work Space... a tour!

Back in the day, one of my favorite things about blogging was taking pictures of my home!  I love to decorate and I enjoy photography, so naturally combining the two to show you all is a blast!

My oldest daughter, Alice, was snooping around this blog the other day and stumbled upon the "home tour" button.  She came to me and with an observation... "Mom, your blog is really out of date! You need to show some pictures of how our home actually looks now."   Yes, Alice...wise child... you are correct. :) So the most obvious place to start, for me, is my work space!  It's kind of home base for me during my days at home.  My work space is what technically should be the formal dining room, so it's very centrally located in our home.  I hang out there responding to emails,  keeping up with my Etsy stuff, designing and drawing, working on my planners, etc.  The bigger kids come to me for school work help or questions, the littles come begging for snacks or tattling on each other :)  But they always know the first place to look for mom is in her office/work space.

So without further delay... I present to you my happy place... my work space!

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I do! 


Free Printable Fall Critters Planner Lists!

Hi Friends :)

Fall is my absolute favorite time of  year for several reasons.  Some of them being... my birthday is in fall, I started dating my husband in fall, and I got engaged in fall!... if those reasons aren't enough, then there's all the standard reasons too.  It's colorful, crisp, and opens up a season of holidays!  What's not to love!?

In addition to loving fall, I also happen to really adore cute critters...especially drawing them! :)

So that leads me to the free knew I would get there eventually :)  I've combined two of my favorite things: fall & woodland critters!  And I've turned them into some super cute list inserts.

I've recently jumped on board the planner craze and am finding that is suits me quite well!  I love creating fun little extras to add some charm to my planner.  And these lists do just that.   Not to mention, they're functional!  I just punch holes along the edge and insert them straight into my planner.  But you could use them independently as well, of course.

You can either download them as a PDF through Google Drive HERE ...

Or you can click on the .jpeg image below and save it to your computer.

(file and printed product is for personal use only and may not used for profit of any kind.  copyright Amy J. Delightful 2016)

I hope you enjoy these cuties!  If you're on Instagram, I'd love to see what you do with them!  Tag me (@amyjdelightful), ok? :)


Ta-Da! I'm back...

Hey friends :)

Well, It's been over a year since I've been here.  wow.

And to be honest, it was a relief to have one less thing on my to-do list.  It was hard to step away, but necessary. And looking back now I realize exactly how necessary it was.  I was in a transition phase of my life without even knowing it. And I needed time to make that hard transition...

When I began my blog seven plus years ago, I was a different person.  I had three little girls, one of which was a baby!  I was a creative stay-at-home mama who wanted an outlet for photography, spiritual growth, family, and beauty.   I was constantly taking pictures of my growing babies, relaying their energy draining antics and the spiritual refinement that was taking place as a result!

But over the years, my babies got big (gulp), my camera was set aside and replaced by my Wacom drawing tablet, and all of my energy went into homeschooling my growing kiddos, running two Etsy shops, and daily supporting my husband in his role as lead pastor at our church.

But I realized something the other day... while I a have changed, the need to express my heart to somebody remains.  I realized that my blog followers from years past were perhaps the ones who knew me best.  You see, I'm a homebody who's also an introvert.  My days are spent with my kiddos, and my evenings with my husband.  I daily share on Instagram, but not my heart.

So I'd like to reclaim this spot to share with you...whoever you are!  I may not have cute baby pictures or stories of rogue toddlers trying to break into the neighbors car... but there's plenty to share.  I'm still a wife and mama desperately clinging to the hope of Christ.  I'm still in need of fellowship, friendship, and encouragement...just like you.  And I've still got good stories to tell :) ...just not about babies.... (ahem...Lucy... the craziest kiddo of them all).

And of course, I won't be able to resist sharing my creative side as well! ...I'm sure there will be some free printables along the way :)

So on that note,  I will leave you with a few catch up photos of my life over the past months!

My hubs, Jeremy...a.k.a the bearded pastor... built me this desk over the summer.  Can you say, "spoiled much!?"

Lucy has humbled me as a mom in ways that V wasn't even capable of!  She is every all the good ways and all the hard ways.  She. Is. More.

V (Virgil) grew curls...just like the rest of them!

Lucy and V act like an old married couple :)

Sadie loves to dress up :)

Elsie loves to anyone that will listen!

Alice is so grown-up! She is nearly as tall as me and wears the same size shoe...yikes.

Alice is 12, Elsie, is 9.5, Sadie is almost 8, V is 5.5, and Lucy is a spunky 3.5!

That'll do for today :)  We'll catch up more later.

Blessings to you all,

Amy J.

Make a Planner/Binder bookmark... Tutorial and Instant Download

I have this big green drafting desk in my office. I found it one happy day on Craig's List :)  We refer to it simply as the "green desk", since I have 3 desks in my office and naturally we need a means to distinguish between them all :)

This desk... is my home base during the day.  I like it because it tall and I don't need to sit down to utilize it.  I'm always moving from one spot to another during the day, hopping from one child's need to the next.  This desk always has an open 3 ring binder laying on it. ... it's where my daily to-do list is, my calendar, my meal plan (you can see what I use to stay organized here)... my random creative ideas get scribbled down there too.  I'm always drawn back to this spot, where I flip from one page of my binder to another... going about the business of my day.    So... lately I've realized it would be super handy to have a bookmark that clips into the binder to mark my place.   And it couldn't just be a paper bookmark.  I would destroy that too quickly.  No, it needed to be durable!  And thus, this project was born :)

So! Let me explain what I did... so you can make one too if you'd like :)

*printed design pages (you can download these at the end of the post...)
*glue stick
*clear contact paper
*craft knife, cutting mat, and straight edge ruler (these are optional, but handy)
*single hole punch
*paper clips

(forgot to include the hole punch and the paper clips in the photo... I'm tired. )

1. Glue the two design pages together with the glue stick... backside to backside.  Use a generous amount of glue, covering the entire sheet. Then smooth out to make sure you have a good bond.

2. Cut a large rectangle of contact paper.  You are going to use one piece to cover the front and the back of your glued design sheets... so make sure it's plenty big. 

3. With your glued design sheet near by, peel back the paper backing on half of your rectangle of contact paper.

4. Carefully place the glued design on the sticky surface of the contact paper.  Smooth down with your hands to make sure all the bubbles are out.

5. Peel the remaining section of the paper backing off of the contact paper and fold it over your design page.  Smooth it out on both sides, making sure there are no air bubbles.

6. Now it's time to cut!  I like to use a craft knife, straightedge and cutting mat to cut the long straight edges.  It gives a straighter and cleaner cut than scissors.  But scissors would work as well.

7. After the straight edges are cut, trim off the remaining round edges with your scissor.  

8. To punch the holes in the bookmark, you need use a page from your binder as a template for where the holes are to go...  Line up your template page against your bookmark so that the "today" tab hangs over the top edge.

9. Once you know where the holes need to go, top to bottom, scoot the bookmark to the edge of the template page (so the edges are flush) and secure with paper clips.

10. Use your single hole punch to punch out the holes in the correct spots, and ta-da! ... you're done!! 

Yay! Wasn't that easy!?
Now you go make one too! I designed two sizes.. the full sheet size, like you saw in the pictures, and also a smaller half sheet size.  

Click on the links to download... the files are hosted in Google Drive, so you probably need to be signed into you Google account to access the files...  and remember... please... files are for personal use only.  Files may not be used for profit of any kind.  Files may not be distributed.  Enjoy!!

Oh, and leave a cheery Hello! if you download :)

FULL SIZE Planner/Binder Bookmark file 

HALF SIZE Planner/Binder Bookmark file

To see more of my designs, head on over to my Etsy Shop!  There are always new things to see :)


Free Printable Mini Envelope Cards... for Valentines Day!

I'm not sure why, but I'm a sucker for Valentine's Day.  Maybe it's all the pastels... or the hearts... all the girly, sweet-sie stuff.  Yeah, that's probably it :)  Well, for that reason, I just couldn't resist making another V-day printable for y'all this year.  ... I probably have more printable for this occasion than any other I would bet! (you should go check out the all the others too...  type in "valentines" into the search it!)

So... this year it's mini heart envelope cards AND matching sticker strips!
I'll simply let the pictures do the explaining...okay?!

ooh, and I always love to know if you plan to download and use these!  ...then I know to keep making more :)

DOWNLOAD ENVELOPE NOTE CARDS HERE ...print on card stock, cut out, and fold!

DOWNLOAD STICKER STRIPS HERE ...print on sticker paper, cut into stips, peel off backing, and enjoy!

**Files for personal use only.  Files my not be sold or distributed without permission.  May not be used for profit of any kind. Copyright Amyjdelightful 2015
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