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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!).

ampersand-styled

(ampersand)

love-never-fails-styled

(love never fails)

love-one-another-styled

(love one another)

still-do-styled

(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!)

greatest-is-love (greatest is love in white)

(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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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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