Archive | January, 2011

valentines for your valentines

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Do you have a valentine?

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Or a friend who is extra sweet?

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Do your kids want to send something special to their best buddies?

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Introducing a collection of printable valentines perfect for your valentines.

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These valentines are printable files – simply download the pdf, print on your favorite card stock and trim along the dotted lines {provided in the file}.

If you don’t have a printer at home or the office, any print shop {kinkos, office depot, etc.} can print the files for you. Each design is 3.5 x 5 and formatted with four cards per page. The file is yours to keep and you are welcome to print as many as you like.

You will need Adobe reader in order to view the full pdf,
which you can download for free {HERE}.

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Select your favorite design and purchase by using the ‘buy now’ button under each card.

big heart

big heart | $2.95

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i love you

i love you | $2.95

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ampersand

ampersand | $2.95

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loopy

loopy | $2.95

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brackets

brackets | $2.95

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scallop dots

scallop dots | $2.95

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plaid

plaid | $2.95

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cherry

cherry | $2.95

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umbrella

umbrella | $2.95

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Do you * l o v e * more than one? Purchase them all for $7.95

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How sweet.

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what I wore {end of january}

If you are new around here, this is what I call ‘what I wore’. It is, quite obviously, photos of me wearing what I wore. It really wasn’t my idea : Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy got me started when she showed just how darling she looked every day. It seemed like a good way to motivate myself to wear more interesting outfits and actually put on real clothes!  I go in waves; sometimes diligent about taking photos, and other times feeling rather bored of seeing myself {and my slightly uninteresting clothes} plastered all over the blog.

But I have decided to start it up again for a time. I do this post on fridays and you are welcome to see past outfits {here}

Disclaimers:

1. I wear jeans nearly every single day. I really like Seven For All Mankind, but I’m beginning to expand into other brands.

2. I wear a lot of clothes from Banana Republic. But let me be upfront and say that most of the Banana items I own are from the Factory store.  I love the real Banana and if I were working outside of my house, wasn’t spending my days with sticky-fingered children and could afford it {!} I would dress in their fancy clothes. The Factory store is a bit more casual and their clothes fit my lifestyle a bit better.  If not Banana, my clothes are probably from Target, Old Navy or Nordstrom {regular and The Rack}.

3. Every time I get dressed and add an extra accessory I feel like such a dork. But I am trying to expand my fashion sense and go with it.  Try not to laugh at me.

4. Finally, while I don’t particularly love this feature, I do this for two reasons: 1. it stretches and encourages me to put together a more interesting outfit than I would normally choose. 2. I think fashion for moms is hard. We’re not really going anywhere {unless you count Target as ‘going out’} so heels aren’t necessary and we are spending time doing chores or crafts and a silk blouse doesn’t really stand up well to peanut butter or glitter glue. So we resort to comfy clothes and look {and feel} frumpy all day long. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of days when p.j.s or yoga pants are the best outfit choice. But when that becomes my everyday, I start to feel less attractive and become much less productive. Weird how that works. So, I guess you could say this is my encouragement to all the moms who want to look cute, but can’t quite fit a pencil skirt into their daily lives.  I hope that I can give some ideas for how to dress casually and still somewhat stylish {how strange it feels to claim that I am a stylish dresser – I would never put fashion as one of my strong suits}.

Okay, here it goes:

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1. button up: banana, t-shirt: target, jeans: seven, shoes: nine west

2. sweater: target, shirt: old navy, jeans: banana {nice scowl}

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shirt: marshalls, jeans: seven dojo, shoes: nordstrom

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I like these shoes. They feel like slippers. And I wanted to show you the gorgeous paint job that #2 {5} gave me.

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4. shirt: gap, long sleeve: target, skirt: old navy, boots: dsw. This is one of those outfits that was a real stretch for me. I do like my new boots though. It only took four pairs and months of searching to find ones that fit right.

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How cute is this tutu skirt? It was a gift from Audrey’s auntie from baby gap.

5. shirt: Martin + Osa {which is now out of business}, jeans: banana, shoes: payless, headband: me {tutorial coming soon}.

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6. sweater: Target, shirt: Nordstrom Rack, belt: Target, jeans: Hudson, shoes: nordstrom

There you have it.

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february giveaway

If you like pink, red and February 14th, you’ll *love* this month’s giveaway collection.

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Included this time around is:

1. A grain sack inspired Rug Pillow {tutorial will come}

2. A set of 12 valentines with envelopes {printable collection of valentines coming soon}

3. A generous sample of red & white bakers twine

4. An 8 x 10 ‘Love Never Fails’ art print {newly available in the shop}

5. Set of 12 ‘love’ stickers + 12 glassine bags

The Giveaway winner will be selected on Februay 7th {which should give the winner plenty of time to package up some goodies and deliver valentines to their sweeties}.

TO ENTER, PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW

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the lamp print

I wasn’t planning on sharing this story – the story of how the lamp print came about – but it seems appropriate after all of the wonderfully positive feedback and questions about it. It is pretty personal to me and if you aren’t in the mood for long-windedness and rambling, please feel free to click away. I am not offended.

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So here it goes :

In May of last year I was beginning to really enjoy blogging {I started doing it a little more regularly in January of 2010 when I combined my business & personal blogs}.  I found myself composing blog posts in my head as I washed the dishes or nursed the baby, I took extra photos of life just in case they were blog-worth and I started expanding my vision of what my little stationery business looked like.  As I played around on my blog, I began to get comments : and followers : and it felt really good. 

I’m the type who thrives off of positive feedback and is crushed when I disappoint. It is not something I am proud of admitting and certainly an issue I am working through. I wish I didn’t care so much about what others thought of me, but if I’m being really honest, I do. A lot.

So as I was gaining followers, I had to really check my motives with this blogging thing : was I simply doing this to gain approval of man {or woman}? I would read another blog, see on the sidebar how many followers they had and then compare myself and feel completely inadequate.  Yuck. That is not a fun place to be.

So one afternoon I had a quiet few moments to pour out my heart to the Lord in the form of – what else – my private blog. {I love to journal and find that I am much faster at typing than writing, so I created a blog to be able to do that – password protected, of course!}.

In those moments, I came across this verse:

Philippians 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

That really hit me – I didn’t want my motivation to be selfish or based on impressing others {both in my blogging and in life} but only in what could help others, inspire them, encourage and bring God glory. That really became my prayer.

A few days earlier, I had returned from an amazing women’s retreat where we had looked up our names to find out the spiritual connotation and the scripture that went with it {from this book of names}.  On this particular afternoon I looked up the verse that went with Emily and it was this:

Matthew 5:16 {New International Version}

16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

For some reason, this didn’t really make sense to me. What did letting my light shine have to do with the name Emily, and more personally, in my current life situation? So I looked it up in another version to see if it brought clarity – and oh how it did.

Matthew 5:16 {The Message}

14-16“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had this type of experience – when you feel like Scripture just comes alive and speaks right to your heart? That is what happened to me with this passage. It felt as though God’s will for my life just came together for me : and it felt so good.

What I got from this scripture is this: Whatever I did, whether on a blog or in daily life, my sole purpose was to speak God’s name.  Because I did have a small following on my blog, I felt I had a public ‘platform’ from which I could do it. I knew it wouldn’t always make me popular, that I could lose potential business and that I may never have tons and tons of followers.  But I realized that “by opening up to others, I [could] prompt people to open up with God” – which really was what I wanted in life. I didn’t {and still don’t} feel like I needed to share my faith all the time, but I loved that I could just be open about who I am and that maybe that could also bring Him glory.

Are you still reading? Sorry, this really is long-winded and I hope it is making sense.

As I was contemplating this all, I looked on my office floor and saw a stack of papers waiting to be recycled. On the top was a print out of a lamp silhouette I was going to use for a project.  And it dawned on me : I should put this scripture on the lamp and make a print for my wall as a reminder of my purpose.

And so I did.

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My intention was really just to create this as a reminder for me, but when I shared it with a friend and she suggested turning it into an art print, a whole new facet of my business began.

I think having scripture in our home is so important, but I’ve had a hard time finding ways to incorporate it. I’m not really a fan of the traditional scripture art with photos of snowy mountains or vast meadows {do you know the ones I’m thinking of?} so I decided to come up with a few that are a bit more graphic, modern and simple.

I have a million more ideas for future art prints, and I love hearing suggestions for new ones. If you have a favorite verse or saying, please let me know!

{already in the works are: Twirl, Be Intentional, 1 Cor. 10:31, the great commission, the Aaronic Blessing – I will add them to the shop as they become available}.

Thanks for bearing with me on a roundabout story of how the lamp print came into being.  It is personal, like I said, but I guess that is what this blog is all about – sharing myself with each of you and {hopefully} bringing God glory through it all.

{if you are interested in the art print collection, please click HERE}

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office–rearranged

Several months ago, this was my finished office:

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But in true ryan-and-emily-fashion the room didn’t stay that way for long.  Because Ryan was working with me so much on my blog and business, we decided he needed a workspace in the office as well.  So we moved a few things around, changed out art on the walls and here is where we now work:

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I’ve always loved the idea of two desks back to back and it is very functional for us. Ryan and I spend a lot of time at our computers and it is nice to be face to face while we work.

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I added some of my favorite pictures and artwork to the wall in a semi-organized but mostly haphazard manner.

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A sample of my favorite wallpaper, bird poster, photos of my darling boys, botanicals from my mom, silhouettes of the kids, a family photo, my lamp print, linen bulletin board and wall hanging card holders. Everything on this wall has special meaning to me and I loved putting it together.

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On the other side of the room is the chalkboard wall and an armoire that we brought in from another room in the house. It now houses all of my decorative paper and envelopes.

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A while back I decoupaged sheet music to a funky Goodwill painting. My three-year-old and I watercolored over top to ‘age’ the paper, then I painted my favorite word on top.

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And that is our rearranged office for two.

{If you are interested in details from the office, read THIS post and THIS one too.  If you want to learn more about the painted wallpaper, read THIS one.}

FYI: the desks were a gift from a family friend who no longer needed them. I don’t see any markings from the manufacturer, so I can’t give a name to them. So sorry for the lack of information!

The wall hanging card holder things are from Pottery Barn about three years ago. They no long carry them and I couldn’t find them online. I know, I’m really helpful.

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