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celebrating summertime

So, my friends, we’re almost six months into 2015. Didn’t that go fast?!!

Summer has officially begun for many around the country and even though our kids here in the Pacific Northwest don’t get out of school until mid-June, there is just an excitement in the air. The popsicle man keeps making his rounds in our neighborhood, we’re transitioning from shoes and socks to flip flops and the temperatures are rising (only slightly here, but just enough to feel like summer is on it’s way).

The new June Paper Works collection is a happy celebration of the season change.

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Paper Works is our super cute and helpful monthly membership where you receive everything you’ll need (and more!) to keep you and your family organized throughout the month. It takes the mundane stuff – like writing out a meal plan or assigning chores – and makes it a bit more enjoyable because each piece is fun to look at and simple to use.

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You may not need or use every item included – I know I don’t – but I think that’s what makes it so great. You can pick and choose and decide what you need to keep yourself organized in a way that works for you. There’s no perfect one-size-fits-all organizational solution, but I do my best to offer a solution that works for our family and it just might work for yours as well.

paper works june collection menu and lists

If you find yourself jotting down lists on wrinkled napkins, if you can’t quite keep up with events and schedules, if you just need some prompts to help you manage daily duties, and if you like the feel of paper over digital apps – Paper Works is totally for you.

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Here’s how Paper Works works: every month you receive a new collection of items with a new, original design. Same templates, different look. This change up keeps you motivated and is pretty to look at!

Included in each month’s designs are:

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

* editable (which means you can open in adobe reader, type in details, then print. Especially useful for recurring events or if you don’t like your handwriting)

One extra included in the June Collection are these darling straw flags.

paper works june collection paper straws

Just cut out and stick together with a gluestick (put the kids on this one!) for cheerful decorated straws to pop into summertime drinks.

paper works jun collection straw flags

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

paper works digital // you have access to all pdf files and can print as many as you need. Reg. $9.99 ON SALE for $7.99

paper works printed // receive a professionally printed package of your monthly goods with access to all pdf files. This is so good if you want to have everything at your fingertips ready for instant use. Reg. $29.99 ON SALE for $25.99

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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.

join paper works today

Hooray for summertime!

(Sale ends June 5th. Discount available for June only for all new members!)

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simply embellished copper tags

embellished copper tags / jones design company
We celebrated my mom’s birthday this weekend. She is many wonderful things, but perhaps one of her best qualities is her completely authentic excitement over opening gifts. Every one is the best gift ever! which makes you feel pretty great as the gift-giver.

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Receiving gifts is not my love language, so I have to work a little extra to come up with something unique and meaningful to give to my mom who most definitely does experience love through gifts.  I may not be the greatest at gift purchasing, but I really do enjoy wrapping.

My go-to gift wrapping style consists of subtly patterned paper, a pretty ribbon, an embellishment – like a flower or ornament – and a tag.  My mom gave me a gift years ago (like for high school graduation maybe?!) with a copper tag and I’ve kept it all these years. When I came across these copper gardening tags, I knew I needed to grab a pack to use in wrapping up her birthday gift.

Because it’s such a simple and inexpensive embellishment for wrapping, I thought I’d show you how to make your own embellished copper tags.

SUPPLIES

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4″ copper tags / stylus (or ball point pen)

HOW-TO

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Using a sharp-tipped stylus (or ball point pen), press into the copper as you write your message. Adding some extra padding underneath helps with the embossing (I just stacked up a few sheets of scrap paper).

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It’s so pretty how the light reflects on the copper and makes the lettering stand out.

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Once your message has been written, simply tie on to the gift using the attached copper wire.

embellished copper tag for gifts / jones design company

Such an fun way to make a gift extra special.

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Do you have a favorite or unexpected way to embellish gifts?

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free easter printables

free easter art prints + place cards / jones design company

Ryan makes fun of me because every time a new holiday comes I adamantly declare that it is my favorite.

But Easter really is my favorite.

Growing up, our Easters consisted of easter basket scavenger hunts, Sandi Patti playing on the record player, marshmallow peeps and fancy dresses made by my mom. We ate breakfast (blueberry french toast) in the dining room with real cloth napkins and fresh flowers on the table.  We wore our new dresses to church then on to a big family gathering where the cousins overdosed on candy and dirtied our pastel outfits.  Sometimes we did an Easter egg hunt, sometimes not.

But ALWAYS at some point in the day we heard:

“He is Risen!”

to which we answered back:

“He is risen, indeed!”

Did you grow up saying this too? Doesn’t it just make you smile? There is something so happy about that phrase. Spiritually, of course. But also the idea of a fresh start, new life, a sense of hopefulness and excitement that surrounds this time of year.

It was this phrase that was the inspiration behind these free Easter prints designed by my super-talented friend Lindsay.

What she created is so beautiful – both in design and spiritual truth.  I am so excited to share her creations with you again this year.

Because sitting down for breakfast at a special table is a favorite memory of mine, I set a few Easter tables (using Lindsay’s artwork as inspiration).  There are lots of do-it-yourself ideas here as well as simple ways to set a pretty table. Perhaps it can inspire your Easter decorations if you’re still in need of some tablescape ideas.

(P.S. Before setting these tables, I had to google ‘how to set a table’. That’s how fancy I am.)

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

linen + white + industrial basket + vintage glassware

free easter printable / jones design company

and the perfect little place cards

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

printed paper + ribbon-tied napkin + coordinating chocolates in a pretty dish

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

with a lovely print to send home with each guest

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

fresh flowers + pretty china + playful polka dots

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

paper plates + candy appetizer + crepe paper flower

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

a name tag tied to a flower makes a special party favor

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So does that give you any ideas for your Easter table?

If you would like to use Lindsay’s artwork as part of your decoration, we have put together a great collection for you.

he is risen free easter art print / jones design company

This printable collection comes with small, medium and large art prints and place cards in navy, teal and green.

You can print as many as you need, give them as gifts or use in your own home.

Download the whole collection for free >> CLICK HERE

Happy Easter!

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audrey’s 5th birthday invitations

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My baby is turning 5. What?!

She’s just the best. She brings a girly flair to our family with her constant songs and dancing, she makes us all laugh and maaaybe has her daddy wrapped around her finger. Possibly her mommy and brothers, too.

The kids and I talk about our favorites all the time – favorite colors, favorite food, favorite memory. They all know that my favorite animal is a dolphin (I have been known to cry when I see sea life. I don’t know what it is, they are just so magical and majestic. Sea World is a teary place for me).

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So when Audrey told me she wanted to have a dolphin party for her 5th birthday, there may have been a few secret happy tears. She knows her mama loves them and so she likes them too. See? She’s just the best. (Well, except when she’s not.)

Since I’m kinda into designing things, I had fun creating this invitation for her upcoming party. There probably won’t be a lot of decorations or fancy party food since we’re having it at an indoor pool, but I love making invitations and couldn’t help myself with the dolphin theme.

One little trick I wanted to share with you is how I add the glitter details. The secret? Glitter glue. This one, to be exact.

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I used a free dolphin graphic and glitter digital paper to add to the invitation. The cards are printed on thick matte photo paper from home on this printer.

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Then I filled in the outlines with the glitter glue.

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And filled in the 5 as well.

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The glue dries in about 30 minutes and does not flake off like regular glitter, so it works well for these types of projects.

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I also added a few gold dots to a diy envelope liner (plain paper cut to fit).

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Didn’t they turn out cute?!

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We can’t wait to celebrate our dolphin-loving girl.

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Want to learn how to create invitations like the one above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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free set of valentine note cards + envelopes

free-valentines-cards-and-envelopes With valentine’s day just around the corner, it seemed the perfect time to share a few freebie love note designs. Watercolor doodles were scanned and formatted into sweet little note cards with matching diy envelopes. Keep reading for the how-to and to download the files!

To make the envelopes, here’s what you’ll need:

free-valentine-and-envelopes templates printed on thick white paper / scissors / adhesive (like this) / washi tape (here’s my favorite source)

STEP ONE / cut template on dashed lines

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cut-out-envelope-template STEP TWO / fold in sides, press firmly to crease

fold-in-sides STEP THREE / fold up bottom, press firmly to crease

fold-up-bottom-flap STEP FOUR / use glue dots (or other adhesive) to attach bottom flap to sides

glue-dots-on-envelope STEP FIVE / write a love note and slip it in

card-in-envelope STEP SIX / fold down top flap and seal with washi tape

plus-envelope-taped Add a name to the front and send to your valentine!

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plus-envelope There are four designs with matching note cards + envelopes, but feel free to mix & match!

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Enjoy!

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Want to learn how to create illustrations and graphics like the one above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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10 ways to celebrate the BIG game this weekend

My Seattle Seahawks are playing in the Superbowl this weekend. Two years in a row! It’s so unbelievable and well-deserved and this city has never been so electric and excited for our team.

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I’ve been a Seahawk fan for all of my life and can’t wait for Sunday’s game. Call me crazy, but I can’t stop listening to sports radio listening to the commentary and interviews and lead-up to the game of the season. Just. So. Excited.

If you’re still putting together your weekend celebration (or need a few ideas for what to bring to a party), here are 10 great ways to enjoy the big game.

1. Show your team spirit with a diy applique shirt (see full tutorial here)

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2. Make these delicious chocolate covered s’mores and add sprinkles in team colors (find the recipe here)

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Seriously. Make these.

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3. entertain your guests with a Seahawks word search

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4. Decorate with a simple football paper chain

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5. These buffalo blue cheese lil’ smokies won’t last long, but you will be happy you made them.

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6. Print these coasters to protect your coffee table.

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Free football coasters from design sponge – download here

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7. Serve snacks in these printable snack cones (instructions and printable found here)

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8. Bring out these easy football ice cream sandwiches for a crowd (and kid) pleaser

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9. Grab a few rolls of washi tape in team colors to make these flag food picks

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10. Send your guests off with these cute penalty flag party favors

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Fun, right?!

Hopefully these will give you some great ideas for making your game-day extra special.

#gohawks

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lovely prints now available (and a discount)

The Month of Love is right around the corner what better way to celebrate than with our lovely prints and a sale!

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Use them to decorate this Valentine season or to give to a special someone as a love-day gift (gently nudge your husbands, ladies!).

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(ampersand)

love-never-fails-styled

(love never fails)

love-one-another-styled

(love one another)

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(i still do)

Valentine’s Day comes and goes and the best part about each of these prints is that they remain relevant long after the conversation hearts are consumed. Prop one on your nightstand, tape a reminder to your bathroom mirror, hang in your children’s rooms or give as a wedding or anniversary gift. Love never goes out of style.

Each of the prints come in three sizes – 11×14, 8×10 and 5×7.

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We also have Lindsay’s fabulous greatest is love prints back in stock (they sell out quickly, so grab one now!)

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(greatest is love in slate)

as well as the darling twirl print

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To say thank you for your kindness and support and to celebrate this upcoming month of love, please enjoy a discount on all art print purchases between now and tuesday january 27th.

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start-shopping

(and remember: shipping is always free!)

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highlights and favorite posts from 2014

With the end of a year comes a few moments to reflect, to look back and remember the highs and lows and the in-betweens of the past 365 days.  Ryan and I laughed that we each had ‘words’ for the year, and neither were accurate at all for how things went. Sometimes you can direct the way things go, other times you just have to run with it. It was a run-with-it kind of year for us.

Was 2014 our best year ever? Maybe not. But it was good. Stretching. Hard and frustrating at times. Full of laughter and joy and beauty at others. I love going through old posts and remembering what happened throughout the year. So here are the highlights and favorite posts from 2014:

JANUARY

The year started off with me getting personal (no surprise there. I have a thing for sharing my deepest emotions on the internet).

And also talking about nail polish that lasts more than 2 days.

And picking bedding for Audrey’s room redo (which is still in progress … a whole year later)

FEBRUARY

A new free printable was created.

And we celebrated our little darling turning four with a tea party

MARCH

We had a full week of talking about all things graphic design – favorite fonts, printers, my pre-blogging life as a stationery designer, free clipart, my best tips & tricks for Illustrator and the launch of my beginning graphic design class (!)

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APRIL

Our kitchen was in a magazine!

And once again I went and poured my heart right out on the blog …

MAY

I tore up the carpet and added a new semi-diy chair to my office

Reflected for a moment on raising kids and enjoying the stage we’re in

Then I got sick for a week and spent my days watercoloring pretty things like fruit and lamps.

JUNE

Our house was freshened up for the summer

Atlas and I showed you what I wore

and posted a summer reading list (I read all but one and they were great!)

JULY

A highlight for sure of my year (and life?!) was visiting Rwanda with noonday & IJM. I came to terms with being a working mom, did a little twirling and came back with a few perspective changes.

AUGUST

Q & A day (one of my favorite posts each year!)

A bit of little girl clothes inspiration

And then my house started feeling way too loud, so I shushed it.

SEPTEMBER

With summertime over and kids back in school, it was time to get crafty with old magazines

And decorate our house for fall (my favorite)

OCTOBER

Fall fashion was on my mind

and also freshening up my pinterest boards (which now, I hear, they have made much easier!)

NOVEMBER

This month consisted of construction dust, the sound of an air compressor, painter’s drop cloths and major excitement over a mini-remodel (walls painted white and new floors installed)

DECEMBER

The house refresh is finished (for now, at least).

with construction-zone over, some girlfriends and I got a little crafty with book pages

We toured a friend’s coastal house for christmas

And set you up with a bunch of freebie gift tags

This year has been a beautiful time of creativity, and productivity and new opportunities, as well as frustrating and dry and uninspiring. Isn’t that the way life goes?! I’m thankful, as always, for the chance to grow and learn and be challenged and to do a lot of that along side of you here on the blog.

Thank you for being with me this year … for all of your kind comments and shop purchases, for the pins and likes and shares. Most of all, thanks for allowing me to share my life, heart, talents with you and for embracing me in return.

xoxo,
emily

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freebie gift tags

Are you busy wrapping gifts? I’m still shopping (still!) but soon I’ll move on to the wrapping phase and the pretty gifts will sit under the tree for all of two days before they are torn open. Someday I’ll learn to move things along a little faster so I can enjoy those festively wrapped gifts.

When wrapping, I tend towards simple paper, nice ribbon and a cute gift tag. There are so many fun (and free) options around the internet and here are a bunch of tags I’ve created for you as well.

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS TAGS

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WOODLAND CHRISTMAS TAGS

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For more Christmas goodies, check out this art print and these favorite tags.

Enjoy and happy wrapping!

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Want to learn how to create illustrations and graphics like the ones above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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thanksgiving table

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Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I know I say that about every major celebration, but truly, Thanksgiving ranks high (like right at the top with christmas and easter). We have the best memories of Thanksgiving from when we were kids – big family gatherings, weekends at my great Aunt & Uncle’s house in their small town, cutting down our christmas tree – and it’s continued to be a time of year that feels festive and filled with tradition even now.

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I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the kids, then the dog show after (weird, I know. But I tend to be a bit like my mom and she always kept the dog show on so naturally, I do the same), then football for days. Our house fits the most people in it, so we often host here which we love. We do some of the cooking, and the rest of the family each bring a favorite dish (sweet potato puree, sauteed green beans with shallots and bacon, sweet potato cranberry crescent rolls – yum). Continue Reading →

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a seahawks birthday party

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Our second son turned 9 last month and we celebrated with a Seahawk party. We started with his invitations (seen here – which turned out super cute and not too seahawky/footbally/cartoony) and carried the theme into the actual day. We watched the game, ate football party food, played a few games and celebrated the birthday boy. It turned out to be a perfect party for Brady and his friends. Continue Reading →

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DIY Seahawks birthday invitations + graphic design class now open!

If you haven’t gathered this from countless previous posts, let me tell you a not-so-secret secret about me: I am an in the moment kind of girl.  Casting vision, long-term goal-setting, meal planning, scheduling posts – these are not my forte. I’m a night-before, whatever is right in front of my face or on the to-do list today type which mostly works out fine. I like being flexible and I’m pretty good at pulling things together at the last minute.

Like my son’s birthday party, for example.

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It’s coming up this weekend and we just figured out what we’re doing for his party. It’s been on my radar – just not glaring enough to do anything about it (see? not very forward-thinking). But we’ve come up with a plan (Seahawks watching party!!!), planned out the food (football game snacks, gatorade to drink, chocolate covered s’mores for dessert) and written the guest list. All that’s left are goodie bags (a big deal for a nearly-nine-year-old) and decorations (I’ll figure those out later – see below).

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tea party birthday

We celebrated our little Audrey-girl with a pretty tea party that was every bit as sweet and happy as she is.

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Using a color palette of pinks, oranges, gold and black and white kept everything cohesive without being overly themed and made decorating really fun for me.

I started with these cute tea-bag invitations:

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A little card tucked into a glassine bag folded to get that tea bag shape. The no. 4 tag attached with baker’s twine with glittered edges is my favorite part.

tea-party-birthday-invitation (invitation by me, no. 4 artwork by lindsayletters)

We hosted the tea party at our house and set up in our rarely-used dining room just to make it feel extra special.

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The initial inspiration for the colors were pulled from a roll of wrapping paper (found at marshalls) that worked perfectly for a table runner. It gives cheerful pattern and bright color to the table and makes a big impact for only a few dollars.

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The light fixture got a fancy treatment with tissue paper fringe (three colors of tissue cut into strips, fringed and then hung with scotch tape directly to the linen shade) and this ruffled crepe paper was draped across the window for more color.

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I inherited my grandma’s mismatched set of tea cups and saucers and I loved pulling them out for the party.

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Lunch was tea sandwiches, fruit and crackers.

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For dessert we had striped chocolate pudding in mini glass jars with an extra dollop of whip cream and golden sprinkles.

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Audrey’s little friends were perfectly polite and had a fun time drinking tea (with sugar cubes, of course) and celebrating.

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And the birthday girl had a happy, happy day.

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serve one another in love (free printable)

As I was thinking about different quotes and song lyrics, phrases and thoughts about love, my mind remembered a verse that truly is the embodiment of how I want love to look for me and my family.

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To serve one another in love. To be kind and generous with our time, our home, our food and things. Sometimes it is hard (like when you’re tired or running short on resources or when when your best friend’s family lives with you for 7 months and by the end you just kinda want to not share anymore) and other times comes easily (like when your home team is in the playoffs and you don’t even hesitate rearranging your beloved furniture to accommodate a gigantic screen and a million wild children because go seahawks!).  Messing up your house, occupying your limited time, dirtying up dishes and giving of your money is not necessarily convenient. It takes sacrifice and putting others ahead of yourself, which for most of us does not come naturally.  Serving in love is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. Always. I hope this is what our family is about.

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This print was just a quick drawing that I’d love to pass along to you during this month where we celebrate all things love.

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Download the pdf file and print onto your favorite paper. Either choose an 8×10

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or 5×7 (then share with a friend!)

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To download the print, please sign in (or sign up) for the archive. This is our way to organize all of the best freebies, templates, downloads and make it easier for you to find and access them. Simply click on the image above to join or log in.

enjoy!

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beyond excited

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From the day I was born, I was a Seahawk fan. My dad only had girls, but he raised us to know and love the game of football and those memories of sitting in front of the tv cheering for our team remain some of my childhood favorites.

It’s never been more exciting to be fan than now.

Congrats, Seattle Seahawks.  What a spectacular season.

#gohawks

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