First of Fall

Happy September 1st!

I’ll be honest … I’m not as ready for fall as I usually am. This summer has been great and I’m still hanging on to the last threads. The kids go back to school in a few days and so I fully expect that by the end of the week I’ll be back to my normal autumn-loving self – lighting candles and pulling out my favorite fall sweaters and craving hot tea.

Last year I painted this cute Autumn Essentials watercolor print and just looking at it reminds me how wonderful this next season is.

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Slippers. The sound of rain. Changing leaves. Tall boots. Cozy, warm colors and pumpkin pie.

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The original autumn essential painting was scanned and turned it into a FREE! printable pdf for your enjoyment (here’s a post about how I do these, if you’re curious).

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It’s a fun piece to put out for the fall (maybe on your entry table? Or on your mantle?) or to give a friend who loves this time of year.

You can download the print from The Archive (login/sign up below), then print on your favorite paper. I printed mine on matte photo paper to get the best image quality, but watercolor paper would be a great option as well.

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To download this print, I invite you to join (or log in to) our library of freebies by clicking the image below. You’ll have access to all of our best printables, fonts, clipart and templates.

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Enjoy … and happy fall.

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quieting the house

I couldn’t take it any longer.

There was just too much stuff cluttering up the visual space in our home. I’m in a weird spot in my emotional life – deeply craving light and calm, direction and needing a deep exhale – and it has translated into this crazy lady pulling off and packing up every accessory just to let the house (and me) breathe a little.

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My friend Myquellyn calls it Quieting The House.  By removing all of the stuff (the accessories, pillows, picture frames, cute things!) it reduces visual distractions, clutter and loudness that I just need gone right now. I’m an accessory lover, but sometimes it gets out of control and quieting the house becomes necessary to help figure out what I like, what is just there for the sake of being there, what works, what doesn’t and why I insist on putting so many pillows on the couch.

So this past weekend, I shushed the house. Mostly just the living room and entry/hallways. The kitchen is next.

Here was the entry being all LOUD:

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And here it is QUIET:

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Here’s the living room LOUD:

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And QUIET:

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It’s looking a bit sparse and blah – and maybe like we’re packing up to move – so eventually accessories will be brought back in and curtains will be hung and the shelves will be re-styled. We’ll probably move some furniture around.

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But for now, it’s sort of refreshing.

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By getting rid of all of the stuff, I can see each space for what it is and assess what we can do to make it work better for our family.  One thing we’ve noticed is how dark the walls feel. They are a light-ish neutral, but the paint is 8 years old and looking a little rough and it’s probably time to put on a fresh coat of paint. White. Everywhere, white. And that carpet. Oh how we want to pull it up! Hopefully soon.

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For now, I have a chair-less dining room with stacks and bins of stuff that may or may not make its way back into our lives.

Shhhhhh … quieting the house is good for the soul.

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a fresh start for the school year (new paper works collection)

Are you looking for a new way to stay organized this fall?

Now that the summer is winding down, vacations have been taken and routines are on their way back, right now is the perfect time to set new habits to make your life easier.

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Paper Works is our super helpful monthly club with stylish designs made to keep you organized and I’d love for you to give it a try!

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Each month, nearly a thousand households use Paper Works to keep their families on task, meals planned and hand-written notes written.

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The designs are new each month and that makes Paper Works fun to receive and enjoyable to use (which is precisely the point, right?!).

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As a paper works member, you get a new set of original designs each month.

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Included each month:
month calendar*
weekly calendar*
daily planner
dinner menu*
weekly menu*
grocery & shopping lists*
dailies chart*
chore charts*
original art print
note cards*
wallpapers for desktop, iphone, ipad
surprise extras

Simply open the pdf files and print on your favorite paper. Items with an * are editable, which means you can type directly on them before printing. This works great for general chores, recurring events on the calendar or regular monthly meals and especially if you don’t love your handwriting.

Each month we also add in a few surprise extras. This month, enjoy these fill-in-the-blank notes to school and mini lunch box notes to pop into the lunchbox before sending your children or husband off for the day.

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You also receive an original 8×10 art print in your collection and this month’s is so good:

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There are two options for Paper Works and you can choose what works best for you:

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paper works print at home // you have access to all pdf files and can print as many as you need. Try it for free for 7 days to make sure it works for you! $9.99/month

paper works printed for you // receive a professionally printed package of your monthly goods. You also have access to all pdf files. This is perfect if you want to have everything at your fingertips ready for instant use. $29.99/month

Once you become a member, simply log in to your account and the next collection will be available to download on the 25th of the month. As long as you are an active member, you keep access to all previous months and can come back any time to reprint the art prints or note cards or whatever you love.

For all of the details and many more images, click here.

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(P.S. Paper Works members … the new September collection is in your account! Log in here to download and print)

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