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Pretty Packaging for little treats

Every year at Christmastime, I make sea salt caramels (here’s my recipe). I make them for our family. I make them for our church coffee + cookie Sunday. I make them for teacher gifts and to give to neighbors with our family Christmas card. They are my absolute FAVORITE to make, to eat, to give and […]

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Free printable watercolor coloring page

Here’s a fun project to do on your own, with friends or to keep the kids creatively occupied for a bit: A watercolor coloring page. I drew a quick sketch of a sweet bird and simple lettering and you get to fill it in! Rather than the typical marker or colored pencil coloring pages, I […]

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Watercolor for the everyday artist

Each month, I volunteer in the kids’ elementary school classroom teaching art. At our first art lesson of each school year, I like to ask the students to do something for me. I say to them: “raise your hand if you are an artist“. In the younger grades – kindergarten, first and second – almost […]

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Life is beautiful … but it sure is prettier with flowers

Houseplants and fresh greenery are key to my neutral decorating style … but first came my love of flowers. As a teenager, when other girls were covering their bedroom walls with cute boys and fashion tips, mine were filled with magazine tear outs of flowers. Martha Stewart Weddings was my first subscription and I couldn’t wait […]

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Free Printable Love Coupon book

FEBRUARY. The month of … ridiculously overpriced roses … half of my family’s birthdays … the superbowl … those sugared cinnamon jelly hearts that I can’t stop eating. The month of love. If you’re starting to think about what to give your sweetheart, I have a simple gift idea for you. In all my years […]

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simple + sweet diy painted wood hangers

My adorable cousin and her husband had the sweetest baby last weekend. This is their first and we could not be more excited for this new addition to our family. I know all families are different, so when you hear ‘cousin’ it might not be that big of a deal. But my sisters and I […]

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the emily handwriting font

I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time and finally the opportunity presented itself : You can now download the font for free {previously $4.99} by joining our exclusive freebies page. Click the link above to get your free font and much more! I added in a few doodles and symbols because they […]

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how to camouflage outlet covers with wallpaper

Up in the studio (and throughout the whole house, actually), the outlets, light switches and wall plates are almond colored. I’m assuming this almond color was the standard back in 1992 when the house was built. Not a huge deal except that they look pretty grimy next to all of the white walls. So on […]

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get your free set of valentine note cards + envelopes

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a few freebie love note designs. What’s not to LOVE about watercolor hearts, arrows, rain clouds raining down hearts? My illustrations were scanned and formatted into sweet little note cards with matching diy envelopes. Keep reading for the how-to and to download the files! […]

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cable knit sweater pillow tutorial

Today I’m guest posting at Finding Fabulous – a blog dedicated to finding fabulous design without spending a bunch of money. So in honor of the idea of decorating for less & thinking outside the design box, I’ve done a tutorial on turning a {thrifted} cable knit sweater into a cozy pillow. Click over to […]

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