Wow! I didn’t realize it’s been an entire year since I last posted something or gave away a freebie for that matter. (gulp) The blogging world has taken on a new life and isn’t as casual as it first started out to be, which doesn’t suit me well. If I don’t have something unique to say, then I don’t want to have to force myself to come up with something just to keep readers and followers. Anywho, I didn’t come back here to reflect on blogging and what it’s become…I just want to give you a free download for back to school!! Woot! Woot! I created a new lunch note set and kept it neutral and also made them not as cutesie since my oldest is in her last year of elementary (another gulp). I like how they turned out, but when my girls saw them, they wanted color…and…well…something cuter LOL! Can’t please them all can ya’? But I hope you and your kiddos enjoy them! Happy back to school and enjoy that cup of coffee in peace!!! 😉 Click here for the PDF download
If you are rushing to find a little gift for your kid’s teacher, I’ve got a little something to save your bacon. I put together a little package for both my girl’s teachers this year. It’s small, sweet, personalized and best of all, easy to do! Just click here to download the free teacher appreciation card that, pair it with one of my instant download and editable recipe cards in the Frella Design Etsy shop and pick up a little kitchen tool such as the heart measuring spoons you see in the picture (Amazon!), but anything will do. I added each of my daughter’s favorite treat recipe to give to their teacher to make it personal to each of their teachers.
Our teachers deserve to be appreciated for all they do – I know that when I am in the class room for even an hour, I am spent and wonder how they manage day after day! They create an environment where our children feel safe, teach them something new every day and help shape and guide them to one day be participating adults in the big world. There is nothing easy or simple about that and we thank all of you wonderful and tireless teachers out there for the amazing service you provide our children. XoXo
I can’t believe I am talking about back to school already! We still have some serious summering to do, but back to school is nearing and I need to start thinking school supplies, clothes, backpacks, etc.
Last year I put a lunch note in my girls’ lunches nearly every day. There were some days I missed and I have to confess, the majority of them were more clustered at the end of the year. Partly because they were getting tired of the same old rotation of notes, and partly because I was burnt out on making lunches!!! Most days I wondered if they even cared I put a note in their lunch and if it had any impact. But when I would forget, I would hear about it when they got home. So if it helps them feel a little love to get them through the day, I’m willing to go the extra step. After all, the days when want a note from mom in their lunch and aren’t embarrassed by me are numbered. So I will take this time while I have it.
My littlest is starting Kindergarten this year (when did that happen?!) and so I want to make her first big year just as special as her big sister’s. To help myself not slacking on adding notes to their lunches, I created another lunch note set and I plan on printing a TON before school starts so I’ll always have a supply. Click here for the free printable download and check out my Frella Design Etsy shop for some more lunch note sets.
For years I have contemplated creating a wedding invitation suite, but always avoided it. As much as I love brides, I also was one once (in a distant past) and I remember how picky I was at the time and it has made me nervous that I wouldn’t be able to meet the particular demands. I have two young girls that are quite demanding in their own right, so I have needed items in my shop that are simple and straight forward. However, I do love including all of the accessory items that go along with an invitation…the table numbers, RSVP card, menu cards, etc. It just makes a wedding complete and wrapped up in a neat little bow. So with a little forward thinking and some tips from other Etsy Sellers, I think this pretty little wedding suite is customizable enough for the most particular bride. And the best part, I think, is that all of the items aside from the invitation, are editable by you. All the script text is static and the informational text is entered in by the user. I plan to add more color options in the future and maybe crack at some other designs…
My wedding was ten years ago (yikes!) and the style was way different back then. My colors were brown and green and for the time, I think our wedding was very elegant. Fast forward 10 years later and this suite of paper goods would be how I’d like my wedding to vibe. Simple, classic yet modern, black and white and not too fussy. I think that sums up my personality…maybe not quite if you ask my husband – maybe add in a little stubborn?! 😉 You can check it out on my Frella Etsy site here.
Happy Monday! I tried getting this recipe card ready for you last week, but was sidetracked with other duties throughout the week. Boo! BUT, I plowed through and got the last bits of it together this morning. Yahoo! Sharing recipes have long been a way of bringing families and communities together. An expression of love through food. No matter how we communicate recipes, whether it be online or cookbooks, sharing food we love will always be relevant to the human spirit.
The recipe cards on my Etsy shop are one of my biggest sellers. They are easy to work with, you don’t have to hand write a recipe (I loath writing a recipe!), and you can use them over and over just by saving a new copy. Who can argue with that?!
Recipe cards make a great personalized gift for your mom, sister or friends and are great for showers. And It’s close to wedding season folks! I’ve paired some of my favorite recipes on cute cards with some tea towels and kitchen gadgets from the brides registry for a sweet and personalized gift. So until Mother’s Day you can download this 4×6 editable and printable recipe card right here…for free! Hope you enjoy!
It’s been a few weeks since my daughter had her birthday, but shortly after we dashed off to Hawaii (can’t complain!!!) and now we are back to the daily grind of life. I’ve been anxious to post about Vivienne’s birthday party. I thought it turned out so cute, but I must apologize for some of my pictures. I am by no means a professional photographer nor do we feel it necessary to hire one for a kids party. Every thing we do, we do it ourselves…except for the cake. I’ve learned my DIY limits and cake decorating is not my thing 😉
After a year long conversation of Viv telling me she wanted a pirate party, a few weeks before I needed to send out the invites, she threw me a curve ball and said she wanted a slumber party? “A wha, wha?!!” I said. Me not being ready to host a sleep over with a bunch of six and seven year olds, seeing disaster in the making, years off my life and no sleep, I gently suggested a pajama party instead with breakfast for dinner (who doesn’t love that?!). She was sold! Amen to that! So I had a few weeks to rethink party ideas and come up with a game plan and here you will see the results with corals, peaches and golds as the main theme.
To keep with the ombre theme of the invitation, I had our local store do an ombre cake which I thought they did a fantastic job and much better than I could have ever attempted. Then I topped it with some sticker flags and gold washi tape I whipped up along with a #7 sparkler candle.
To set the scene and create an intimate, cozy atmosphere, I used a low table covered with white kraft paper and gold sparkle stickers. The kids sat on pillows and ate pancakes, fruit and yogurt parfaits…talk about sugar overload!! On either sides of the table, I had a teepee with faux sheep skin (#ikea) rugs and pillows inside. I already had one teepee I had made years ago, but I wanted one more without the effort of cutting and sewing. So with a little Google help, I saw some no-sew ideas and came up with my own take. Talk about easy!! Just using some 6′ wood dowels, a painters drop cloth and a few pushpins and you are good to go!! I also topped the teepees with some tissue garland and what I call “fairy lights” I had picked up a while ago from the #target dollar bin. That place can be a gold mine if you check regularly. Finally, we have a glass panel wall that I used to hang some gold and peach pin wheels as a back drop. Super cute!!
For activities we had a donut from a string eating contest (that was a big hit!!) and then the kiddos decorated their own pillow cases with fabric markers. It kept them busy for quite a while and it was fun to see what they came up with.
Finally, for the favors, I found these sparkly gold bags from (again) the Target dollar bin that I dolled up with some Thank You tags and filled them each with a peach colored bracelet, some donut shaped soap from Etsy, and these glass magnets I made that coordinated with the invitation. Over all I think all the kiddos had fun and who doesn’t like hanging out in your jammies?! To take one for the team, I even wore mine and I have to say, it’s the most comfortable I’ve ever been at a party 😉
**If you have any questions about how I created or styled some of the party items, I am happy to answer!
The Christmas season is now official with Thanksgiving under wraps. Our feasting day was wonderful, but I am personally excited to be in full holiday mode! The house is decorated, tree is trimmed and now it’s time to start thinking Christmas cards (oiye!).
If you need a quick greeting and no time to go to the store, I just posted this cute little number on my Etsy site as an instant download. Click, print, and mail!
Also, here are a few pics of our Christmas tree hunting excursion. It was a fabulous day in the northwest and was one of my favorite times we’ve had thus far picking out our tree. But you can see my little peeps were having a stand-off with Santa They wanted that candy cane, but didn’t want to talk to him 🙂
Two little reindeer peering through the woods! Can you believe the light that was shining through? It almost looks as if I Photoshopped them in, but this is oh na-tur-al!
I created the skinny wrap labels to coordinate with the Moose Invitation, but really they could go with any simple holiday design theme. They add a festive dressing your your envelopes and the best part is – the return address is editable and an instant download from my #Etsy Shop so you control what it says!
I was struggling in coming up with a new Christmas invitation design over the last several weeks and so I was thinking while in the shower – yes, that deep thinking shower scenerio 😉 I’m Canadian by birth right, and while I have essentially grown up American, I still feel my roots there and get comfort in knowing I’m from there. And when I come across a fellow Canadian, there is always something familiar about them.
So back to my thought process…while in the shower, I was trying to come up with something different, because Lord knows there are a million templates for everything and anything out there these days. So I asked myself what makes me unique from my friends…and…well…I’m Canadian. And who doesn’t love some of their quirky words they use?! Within the next few hours, I came up with this bad boy, and I have to say, I am quite taken with it. You can find it in my Etsy Shop and other coordinating items that I will be posting about soon! Eh?