PRINTABLE note cards/place cards/ gift tags...

Well, I've got another free printable for you!   ...featuring  pretty "hand drawn" looking borders with lots of polka dots and gingham :)  I love making these... it's such a fun excuse to design random pretty things!

Today it's little folded note cards...  But really they can be used for just about anything!
- thank you notes
- place cards for a  party
- gift tags
- cut in half and use as a label...

Just print on card stock, ( I recommend: Wausau 40508 Neenah Exact Index, 110 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, White, 94 Brightcut on gray lines, and fold...  )

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File and finished product for personal use only... not for resale or profit of any kind. 


New Scripture and Nursery Prints...

Hello All!
Hope you had a WONDERFUL weekend :)
Mondays are still the weekend for me... It's JJ's day off (I know, I'm super lucky...).

So today, I took advantage of my hubby's help with the kiddos and listed a WHOLE BUNCH
of stuff on ETSY....  Feels good to get it done! :)

Almost all of my prints are scripture based... this excites me... getting to merge my love for design with my love for the Lord!  What could be better...

This verse is the inspiration for my prints...

"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."  Deuteronomy 6:9

This concept is so important!  Isn't it?!  When my oldest, Alice, was just a baby and Jeremy and I moved away from our home town for the first time, scripture took on a new role in my life.  I clung to the words of hope I found in my reading... I would write down the verses and tape them to the bathroom mirror, the fridge, the walls...  Those words became my strength and my hope as Jeremy and I struggled through some very hard months.

I still have my hand-written verses around my house... just lately I've actually hung up some of the scripture prints that I sell in my store!  funny.  My hope is that the prints in my store will be God's tool to help secure His word in the hearts of homes and families.  With each print that I mail out, I pray God's blessing on the home that it will go to... that His Word would be powerful in their homes and in their hearts.

So however you go about it... it doesn't matter the form... make His Word a part of your home!  Put it up so your kids can see it... talk about it... memorize it... pray it.  The blessing your home will receive is measureless.

I also listed the Kids Quotes Mini Books.... in case you weren't able to print one for yourself HERE (or just don't want to go to the work :) ... you can buy a set of 3 or $6 in the store....


Using Vintage Tablecloths Part 2: EVERYDAY USE

For part 2 on Vintage Tablecloths I wanted to share two things... How to actually use  your vintage tablecloths on your kitchen table and an idea for salvaging irreparable retro kitchen chairs....

If you're like me, you love the look of vintage tablecloths but are scarred to use them!

I have two suggestions for this:

1. Buy cheap faded vintage tablecloths... which still are quite charming... and use them!  Don't worry about it... use, wash, and enjoy!   I have several tablecloths that are worn enough that I feel comfortable doing this with... 

2. Cover  your tablecloth with plastic or a glass top.  I cover my tablecloth with plastic...  This way I can enjoy the color and beauty a tablecloth provides without my children literally destroying it!  It's not quite as pretty as going without plastic... but for families with kids a nice tablecloth used on a daily basis is not really an option!   A couple pointers...  Keep a basic white tablecloth (I bought one a Target) on your table as a base under the vintage tablecloth.  This way, any size of vintage tablecloth will work.  You can find this type of plastic at most fabric stores... just measure your table before you go and make sure to buy it a little larger than your base tablecloth (maybe an extra inch or so on each side).  You can always cut it down later if you need to.

Awhile back I saw a pic on Pajama Mama's blog where she used glass on top of her tablecloth... check it out...

Okay... onto the retro kitchen chairs!

So ever since I was in high school, I've always wanted a 1950s chrome table and chairs.  Well, on my 19th birthday, 2 days before I got engaged, my then future mom-in-law gave me one!  Oh, I was thrilled!  She surprised me... it was bright yellow.  But, it didn't have chairs that went with it :(  Well, she found some very beat up chrome legged chairs and we set out on a mission to find new/retro looking vinyl for them.  We searched and searched, but had no luck.  Then she came up with the idea to cover them with fabric and the clear plastic vinyl (same stuff that goes on the table).  I had the idea to use a vintage tablecloth as the fabric.  It worked wonderfully!   I bought an average sized tablecloth and she managed to squeak all fours chair out of the one!   I treasure that table and chairs... so many memories!  ...bummed our family is too big now to use it  :(  

I don't have any specific tips for how exactly to re-cover chrome legged chairs... she did it for me :)  But they turned out perfectly and as far as I know she is not a professional is this field!  

Here's some pics of the chairs from our old house...

Do you have any creative uses for vintage tablecloths?  ...I'd love to hear...!!


I'm a Sea Monster...

So I decided to paint my toenails the other night... for like the first time in about 3 months!  Ain't that the mom life...(big sigh.)

I pulled out a color that I bought over a  year ago, and had never used (pathetic).

I love turquoise... I wear alot of turquoise nail polish seemed like a natural decision.

Bad decision.

I look like a sea monster.

Even my girls laughed at my toes. 

....but my toenails match my bath mat perfectly...

Jeremy said, I should just do them over again.  I said, "Are you kidding, it took me three months to paint them!?"

So for the next three months (or until it all chips off), I'll be a sea monster.

 (Yes, I'm wearing sweat pants... in the summer.  Shame of all shames.)


Using Vintage Tablecloths Part 1: EASY CURTAINS

So I love vintage tablecloths...  This love stems from my love of 1950s Kitchen items in general! As a result, I've been gradually collecting vintage tablecloths since I was newly married.  I thought I'd share a few of my uses for them in this post and in another post later this week!

In our 9 years of marriage JJ and I have lived in 8 different houses...  this has forced me to get creative with window treatments!  I've used anything and everything to avoid the cost of buying new curtains for my ever-changing window needs.  One of my staples, has been using my vintage tablecloths for curtains...

Most of the time when you see tablecloths used for this purpose, it involves sewing and usually cutting the tablecloth.  I just can't do that!!  This idea involves no sewing and no cutting! 

I decided to draw some little diagrams for you instead of trying to take pictures of this  process!  so....

This works best with a square or almost square tablecloth...


I've used this method with various tablecloth sizes and on almost every window size... obviously though, a small tablecloth is going to work best with a small to medium window, etc..  Each window and tablecloth combo provides a unique version of this look. have fun with it!

Here are a couple examples from some of my past houses...

Here are some fun links and examples of more vintage tablecloths... Enjoy!





His Brown-eyed Girl...

My daddy...

...affectionately called me his "little A.A. " and his "Brown-eyed Girl"...

...carried me on his shoulders often...

...bought us kids "family day cokes" every Saturday (hence my addiction love for pop :) ....

...told me that I would never be too big to sit on his lap...

...unknowingly led me to Christ at a Union Rescue Mission service, as he preached...

...lost the majority of his hearing by the time I was in Elementary school...but still took the time and energy to listen to me...

...walked me down the isle ( I was only 19...still his little girl :) and pronounced JJ and me "husband and wife"...

...continually models endurance and strength in his life...

...makes me smile and feel so loved every time I see him...

...was and is a wonderful father... an encouragement...and a blessing....

Happy Father's Day, Daddy :)  I love you.

Father's Day PRINTABLE Tags...

Well, it's the Thursday before Father's Day... have you made plans... bought a gift...written a card?
You'd better get to it!

(This is actually an inner monologue going on in my head... I haven't done anything for Sunday except make these tags for you!!!  ...I'd better get busy!)

To use these tags, just download, print on card stock and cut on the gray lines...  (first cut them into rectangles, then cut off the corners...) ... hole punch, add some string or baker's twine and you're set!

Once again, I'd love to know if you plan on downloading! ... not to mention, I need to get to know some of my bloggy friends a bit better! :)

File and finished product for personal use only... not for resale or profit of any kind.


V is 4 months...

It's been a crazy weekend to say the least... I headed home to KS Saturday morning for an unexpected family issue, but am back and ready to tackle my busy week!  Here are a couple pics of little V that I meant to post last Friday.  ... doesn't he have the most adorable smoochable little mouth?!! I'm thinkin' Father's day printable this week?  ... tags? ...little cards?? 


PRINTABLE Kid's Quotes Mini Book

Okay... I'm really excited about his download!  It started out as a project I was going to work on for a friend... A friend on Facebook asked if I could design something to record all those cute things that her kids say.  She thought maybe a little book to stash in her purse might be know to have it handy when those random and  priceless words pop out of nowhere!   As I was thinking about what I could design, it occurred to me that this would make a great printable download for all my bloggy friends (that's you guys)!  So thanks for the awesome idea, Lesli :)

Here's what we've got:

Each little section features a place for the date, the child's name, and ample space for the quote. There is also a little section at the bottom where  you can select a descriptive word or phrase to further help describe the incident :) 

Now the fun thing is that this can be used a number of different ways...

1. Mini Book:  print 1 or 2 sheets front and back, cut along all the thin solid green lines, fold on green dotted lines and staple with cover.

2. Medium Book: print 2-4 sheets front and back, cut sheets in half on middle thin solid green line, fold on green dotted lines and staple with cover.

3. Print whole sheets and keep in sheet protectors in a binder

4. Cut out into individual rectangles and display/use individually... on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror, send to Grandma, etc...

It's a 2 page download... the second page is the cover, for if you make a book.  Leave it the original size for the medium book or cut in half (there are cut marks to help you) to use for the mini book!

DOWNLOAD HERE  The file sharing is hosted by Google Drive, so you must be signed into your google account to access.

File and finished product for personal use only... not for resale or profit of any kind. 

***I have one request for you, now!  Pretty please, if you could... would you leave a comment letting me know that you downloaded the super cool printable!!  You don't have too... but I would LOVE to know if it's getting downloaded at all and if future downloads are worth my trouble :)  Also,  I'd definitely like to hear suggestions/ideas for future downloads!  THANKS!***


Monday Encouragement...and a Happy Thing!

It's Monday, 9:00 am and I'm dragging already!  Oh, it's going to be a long week!  JJ is "unavailable" because of work, so I'm doing the single mom thing.  The To-Do list is much longer than my energy level right now... But...
"Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
 He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint."
Isaiah 40:28-31

This is the hope I cling to for this long week ahead...  How about you? :)

How about some colorful Sharpies to brighten your outlook also?.... Don't write your To-Do lists in black ball-point this week... How about fuschia or Turquoise instead?!  Sharpies are definitely a Happy Thing :)


HOME SWEET HOME...My Office/Work Space Tour

I am spoiled... I have an entire room devoted to my office/work space.  I used to dream of the day when I could have such!!  Jeremy says I've earned that I do so much design work beyond just recreation...(he's so sweet).  Regardless of why... I LOVE THIS ROOM!  It's colorful, happy, and spacious... and it's ALL MINE!   I'm so excited to show it to you...

Believe it or not, it was painted this color before we moved in! me.   It's kind of a muted sea foam color.

 This past Christmas, Jeremy received a Home Depot gift card from his mom.  He used it to buy me these cube storage shelves... like I said, he's so sweet!

This is where I package up my Etsy orders... this always involves plenty of unnecessary  stickers, divine twine, and other goodies.  I love sending pretty packages! 

 These are actually vintage cafe style curtains... I found a huge pile of them at a flee marked several years ago.   I just draped them over the rod... When I get around to it I think I'll make a matching pillow with some of the extra panels.

...And my favorite part!!! I just taped a bunch of my favorite things to the wall... vintage magazine ads, photos, bingo cards, vintage greeting cards, scripture prints, etc...  Fun, huh?!  Who says you can't  tape stuff to your walls like back in high school!?

So there you have it!  Hope you enjoyed the tour :) 
 See more of our HOME SWEET HOME.... Virgil's Nursery and Our Bedroom


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