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January 29, 2015

{Sharing the Love} Day 4: Love Lives Here Printable


We are already almost finished with this amazing week, can you believe it?!? 

This week has flown by and I've enjoyed every single minute of sharing these fun printables with you guys. 

Today's printable is so simple but a wonderful reminder for how a home should feel. 

We definitely strive to have a 'love-filled' home even though sometimes it's the hardest thing to keep up. 
I want my kids to remember a home filled with loving memories so this is such a great reminder for keeping that atmosphere around daily. 

I did a fun project with this same sentiment that I can't wait to share soon! 

Click on your favorite below to get your print!!





All you have to do to get your pretty little print is to click the link below for the color that you want and then 
download. print. frame.

That easy friends!! 

Choose your favorite color below: 







Don't forget to check back in tomorrow for the last free printable of the week.
It's a tad unique so you'll just have to see it to understand :) 

Happy Thursday friends!!

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If you missed this week's other free printables, check them out herehere and here


Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page





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January 28, 2015

{Sharing the Love} Day 3: You Are Adored Printable

So I just realized that yesterday's post had the picture stating it was 'day 4' and I totally got the prints out of order for which day they were coming out.

Heh.

I'm just counting the fact that I've been able to get posts up this week...I'll let you decide if it's horrible that I made a silly mistake :) 
I'm just glad to be back for a bit...so I'm not going to sweat the small stuff. 

Anywho.

Today's print is fun & whimsical which is how Valentine's should feel, right? 
Colorful and lovey and happy. 


It comes in three fun colors...the yellow is somewhat random but my living room is blue & yellow and I wanted one of these to be out year-round so I made it yellow. 
The power of being the creator of the prints :) 

All you have to do to get your pretty little print is to click the link below for the color that you want and then 
download. print. frame.

That easy friends!! 

Choose your favorite color below: 






Hope you guys are enjoying this series so far!
Can't wait to see you again tomorrow!!

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If you missed this week's other free printables, check them out here and here


Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page


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January 27, 2015

{Sharing the Love} Day 2: Hello Gorgeous Printable


Hello lovely readers!!

We are moving right along onto day 2 of my Sharing the Love series!!


Today's print is nice & simple. 
I've loved all the 'hello gorgeous' things that have been trending lately and had to jump on the bandwagon and create this bold printable with that same sentiment. 

Funny story is that when Husby and I first got together it made him super embarrassed when I called him 'gorgeous'. He'd blush like crazy and become incredibly flustered.
Can you believe my incredible guy wasn't used to being called gorgeous?
I mean, come on!!

But that's okay with me cuz I'm the one who gets to call him that for now on!!

So make your sweetheart blush by popping it in a frame and setting it on his nightstand or taping the print right to the bathroom mirror!
Get creative and have some fun with it :) 


All you have to do to get your pretty little print is to click the link below for the color that you want and then 
download. print. frame.

That easy friends!! 

Choose your favorite color below: 






I popped mine into a pretty gold frame and nestled it in among some milk glass, burlap flowers & a mirror tray from Target. 

I love how bold the black & white & red are together!!

Are you enjoying your free prints so far?? 
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for yet another one!

Happy Tuesday!


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If you missed yesterday's free printable, head here to check it out. 


Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page


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January 26, 2015

{Sharing the Love} Day 1: I'd Choose You Printable

I'm back this week from my incredibly long hiatus to get this Valentine party going!!!

For the past three (?!) years, I've been doing a series called 'Sharing the Love' where I share a new Valentine-themed printable every single day with all my lovely readers.

It's one of my absolute favorite events here on my little blog and I couldn't stand to let it pass me up this year even with things slowing down a bit.




So I dreamed up several pretty little prints to share with you guys and I can't wait to get going!!

Today's print is near & dear to my heart because this quote totally belongs in me and the husby's love story.

We always tell each other that we can't believe that we are together. 
Our love story is a wild & crazy one with lots of twists and turns.
Hopefully I'll get around to finishing it for you guys :) 

But no matter what, without a single doubt in my mind, I'd choose him all over again to be my soulmate and partner in life. 
Totally sappy I know but wonderful in my eyes. 

So here's to all of us that know that, without a shadow of doubt, you could never choose anyone else. 


All you have to do to get your pretty little print is to click the link below for the color that you want and then 
download. print. frame.

That easy friends!! 

Choose your favorite color below: 




Printables are one of my favorite things to use in my everyday decor because they are so easy to change with the seasons and add something different in when I'm needing a change!! 

I'm excited about getting a little Valentine's decor out in the house to amp up the love :) 
I printed mine as a 5x7 on cardstock and popped it in a simple white frame! 


Hope you guys enjoy your love-day freebie and head back over tomorrow to see what's next!!

See you soon!!



Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page




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December 22, 2014

Christmas Mantle 2014

I guess it's about time I show back up in blogland, huh? 

I figured that if nothing else this holiday season, I needed to hop in and share my Christmas mantle.

Because even with all the craziness and the loving on my sweet baby girl, I was able to get my mantle up!!

I mentioned before that the past few months have been so hectic and I just wanted a chance to enjoy our baby and get back into the routine of working again...so the blog had to be pushed to the back-burner. 
But I've thought about you guys so much and am yearning to get back into it all again.
I'm just not sure when I'll be able to return in full force like it was!!

But for now, we are eating up every single moment with Baby M and spending the holidays making memories with our three amazing kids. 
I have been crafting- though a lot more has been with the new embroidery machine that husby bought me as an early Christmas present.
So I've been sewing up a storm. 

But, regardless, I DID actually get my mantle and the rest of the house decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving. 
It's just taken me this long to get it sorted through, edited and posted :) 

So without further ado,
come join me in taking a peek into our holiday home.
Starting with my favorite- the mantle!


This year, my mantra was just to keep it simple.
I didn't have a lot of new projects planned and I really wanted to just pull a tiny bit of new and use a collection of the 'old' in new ways. 

My gold obsession continued on with the mantle and I so enjoyed layering deep golds with vibrant reds! 


The centerpiece was borrowed from last year's christmas mantle.
And while I cringed a tiny bit with using the main focal point again this year, 
I still loved it and knew that's all that really mattered :) 


The stockings were the 'new' part of this years decor. 
Since adding Baby M, we needed to have another stocking and since we had already gone eclectic last year, I just couldn't bring in a third style to the mix.
So I found these fun burlap stockings at Hobby Lobby and put my new machine to work and embroidered our names on them. 
Some fun red trim and layers of ribbon later, and they are the perfect addition this year!!
I love seeing all our names on them :) 



My salvaged tree sign came back out but I carefully took the 'merry' off so it wouldn't look repetitive against the 'merry' mirror. 
I also love my super easy reindeer wood sign that was made with supplies from the Dollar Store!!
Big score :) 


The sequined trees were DIY projects from several years ago that are still holding up wonderfully. I thought they added the perfect amount of height to the whole thing.
And that darling wooden tree was picked up at my most favorite place ever- Marshalls. 


I love to see how my style evolves from year to year. 
Sometimes, I'll look back on projects and realize they just don't fit me anymore.

But sometimes I can pull out something from several years back and still get just as excited as I was when I originally made it. 
Which is exactly how it is with my reindeer sign.
Can you believe it was one of my very first Christmas projects EVER. 
I still can't believe it's held up so well over the years.
But I was glad to give it a more up-front spot this year in the decor. 






The rag garland and lights have carried on for two years now. 
I just love the way they sparkle and shine when the lights are off in the house. 
Definitely my happy spot :) 



I've definitely been telling myself a lot this Christmas season that it's ok to not be able to do it all.
I'm very much of a 'do-er' personality and I love having lots of projects going on. 
But sometimes life demands a slow-down and I've been slowly coming to terms with being okay that for a season. 

We have plenty going on during the holiday season, especially with experiencing all of the firsts with Baby M, so slowing down in other areas- choosing to not take on so many projects, letting the blog become a ghost-town, etc, is a small price to pay to be able to enjoy all the wonderful moments that are going on right now. 

I hope you guys understand as I slowly make my way back into blog-world. 
I so love you guys and I still have a HUGE passion for creating, so don't think I'm completely running out on ya! 

I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas season filled with friends, family & all kinds of joy!!!

For now, I'll leave you with one of my favorite things about decorating at Christmas-time,
gorgeous twinkling lights.
Nothing gives off the magic of Christmas better :) 



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November 20, 2014

"Merry Little Christmas" Door Hanging

So I wasn't making it up when I said I couldn't wait to share my most recent project with you guys!!

I'm one of those people who really doesn't like to start to decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving has past...because I love fall decor so much.
But it's been really tough to hold out this year.
partly because the cold hit us so early and it just feels Christmas-y outside.
And because Christmas with a new baby in the house is so much fun and magical. 

There's something about that fat little baby cheeks, sweet little giggles and eyes filled with wonder at all the glittering lights and ornaments. 

So even though I haven't given into decorating yet, I did have to get something started for the Christmas season.
Of course, my mind always go towards my front door first.
And I wanted something big and bold to grace the front door for the holiday season.

And I think I hit the mark perfectly with my red & white nontraditional 'wreath'. 


Are you as head over heels about this beauty as I am??

I think it's mainly in how crisp the lettering turned out.
I'm usually a 'distressed finish' kinda gal which usually makes it perfectly fine when lines smudge and lettering gets a little wonky.
But for some reason I wasn't feeling the distressed vibe this time around (Gasp! I know!) and wanted a more clean line look.

So I took the challenge and love love love how it ended up. 

I'll give you a run-through on how I did it but I'll tell you that this isn't a quick and dirty project. 
It took several hours to get all the steps done and carefully hand-paint it.
But it's so worth it :) 

Supplies: 
*Desired wood (I used three pieces of scraps I had lying around) 
*Paint in color of your choices
*Screws/drill to put it together
*Letters or Silhouette & vinyl
*Painter's Tape 
*Burlap Ribbon
*JIngle Bells


First things first, you need a pattern to go off of for your wood piece. 
I knew I wanted a curvy, long piece to hang down the door. 

Unless you're good at free-handing, you can find all kinds of fun patterns when you search for them. 
I uploaded my pattern to blockposter.com to print it out as big as I wanted.
It slices your image into several sheets of paper to blow it up.
Then I cut the shape, taped it together and used that template to draw it onto my wood.

Takes a few steps but so worth it to have such a gorgeous shape to work with. 
I traced it on with Sharpie and then used my jigsaw to cut my shape out of the wood.


Now...if you're buying supplies for your project you can buy lightweight pine from Lowes or Home Depot in the size that you're wanting your shape to be in.
I didn't want to spend any money on mine so I used scraps I had lying around.
Mine is pretty darn heavy.
I used three pieces of MDF, cut them out and then hubby used two thin scrap pieces of wood to attach them together on the back of them.
Worked beautifully but does add extra weight to the whole thing. 

After cutting and attaching the pieces together, I gave them a good sanding to make the edges nice and smooth. 

If you're wanting to hang your sign on the door, drill a large hole at the top of the sign with a drill bit so that we can ribbon later for it to hang from. 


Next step is to start painting! 
I was lucky and my boards were all white from the get-go.
I still give it a light coat of white to cover any knicks and imperfections.
If you're working with bare wood, paint your piece the background color you want. 

Then let your imagination go wild!! 

I knew I wanted some graphic punches on either end of the boards so I taped off the bottom and tops and used painters tape to create a fun striped pattern on both ends. 


Use foam pouncers to stencil your paint on- I used regular acrylic craft paint. 
I painted on two coats and then peeled my tape back. 
I touched up any spots that didn't look perfect with a small paintbrush. 

After painting on my red stripes, I taped off a stripe above and below the middle rectangular area and painted it black to outline the section I was putting wording on. 

Next came the fun (and scary part!) 


I wanted some gorgeous lettering to really make everything stand out. 
I designed my saying in my Silhouette software and then set out to cut it out.

I didn't have red and black vinyl- that would have made this step go a lot easier!
So I used white vinyl and used the negative part of it to create a stencil. 
I love love love transfer vinyl for taking my perfectly lined up words and transferring them to my wood. 
Couldnt' have done it without it. 

After transferring my vinyl stencil to the wood, I used my foam pouncer to paint the words in black and red acrylic paint. 
Let dry for a little bit and then carefully peel away your vinyl. 

And then gasp in relief and excitement when you see those gorgeous letters pop out!!


I did take a small paintbrush and touch up a few areas that were lifted or messed up a bit from removing the vinyl.

But no major mishaps- praise the Lord!!


Another huge first (besides not distressing my sign) was creating a burlap bow for the top.
I'm not a big bow person but it just felt right for this project so I used some wired burlap ribbon I had on hand went at it. 

I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out :) 


I added in some glittery gold ribbon and some jingle bells for a little extra fun. 

After it was all put together, I couldn't help but squeal a little from how perfect it turned out!!
I'm so beyond excited that I was able to get exactly what I was envisioning in my head out for a fun Christmas sign!!


I can't wait to actually hang it up and keep it up for the holidays!!

Hope you guys are having a great week and have an amazing Thanksgiving next week!!! 




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