Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Valentine Collection

My students at work have already been buzzing about Valentine's Day. All the excitement of slipping Valentines into their little bags this year, inspired me to create these!

I also priced them really reasonably because (quite frankly) I think the ones in the stores are over priced! Valentines customized with names are only $2.20 or you can purchase the non-customized valentine for a $1.20 which is available via instant download.

Once you receive your file, you free to print as many as you wish! Can't beat custom unlimited Valentines for under $3!

You will received a PDF file for ease of printing onto white card stock. The Valentines are formatted 4 to an 8.5" x 11" page.

Are you ready to see the collections?! To purchase, simply click on one of the pictures or the links at the end of each collection.

Thank you for supporting small business and the creative community!

The Owl Collection


The Love Bird Collection

The Robot Collection


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Snow Days and Chair Cushions

The golf course at Newnan Country Club covered in snow!

We survived Snowmageddon 2014. We live just south of Atlanta and as you may know, we had an epic amount of snowfall this past week. Maybe two inches of snow isn't epic to some of you elsewhere, but to us it's pretty darn close to the second coming of Jesus.

To be fair, the area where we live got closer to four inches than two and it was beautiful! Because snow is such a rarity, I took a ridiculous amount of pictures. Some of which, I will share now.

Our house covered in four inches of snow!

We spent the week hunkered down around the fire while watching a good number of the films nominated for Oscars and eating an obscene amount of junk food. Time well-spent, right?!

Bella playing in the first inch of snow for the first time. 

I did, however, manage to complete and start some projects. The most time-consuming project was probably my chair cushions!

When we got married, the in-laws passed on their kitchen table and six chairs to us. Since then, I've always wanted to put some cushions in the chairs, but at $8 to $10 a cushion it was low on the budget priority list.

Then behold! One day, I went to work and they were replacing all of our napping mats. I took home five mats and cut the foam out of them.

I bought three yards of muslin for $1.99 a yard. I used this tutorial from Prudent Baby. I didn't embellish and make them as pretty as she did, but they will certainly do the trick! I used all of her measurements and followed the directions (relatively) closely so I'd highly recommend her tutorial.

Seriously, you can't beat $6 for six chair cushions!

Have fun creating!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Love Bugs Baby Shower

I've been chomping at the bit to share these invitations and precious baby shower with you all! This shower was for two very special twin girls. Even though they are still in the NICU, we celebrated their surprise arrival with their mommy last Saturday.

The shower theme was based after the bedding sets selected by mom - bugs! Lady bugs, caterpillars and butterflies! Oh my!

I created a series of invitations for mom to choose from and here was the winner! These are for sale in my shop. You can purchase the digital file or printed invitations.

The cake was made to match the invitation. How awesome is that?! I cannot tell you how excited I was over this cake. It's just really cool when you see your invitation come to life in another form. 

The next idea I loved was this keepsake invitation. All the shower guests signed the matte and then it was framed! What a great idea, right? It'll be a keepsake that both mom and the girls will treasure, I'm sure.

 As for the food table, my sister-in-law found some adorable painted butterflies and caterpillars at Hobby Lobby. We sprinkled them around the table. 

The gift table was over-flowing with all sorts of goodies for the twins! Check out that little stroller made out of diapers and receiving blankets with the two little bears sitting inside! Too cool, right? I really want to learn how to make those now.

Now, for some quick family history - the mom for our shower is my husband's first cousin. A few years ago, we lost his Aunt Sharon. Even though she couldn't be there to celebrate the new life of her twin granddaughters, the shower hostesses found a special way to include her by displaying her picture, some flowers and a memorial candle on a small table by mom's chair.

The bulk of my business is baby shower invitations. It isn't uncommon for customers to request that I add on information about a diaper raffle to their invitation. That said, I knew what it was, but had never actually seen one at a baby shower. Seriously, a diaper raffle is a stroke of genius! Whenever we have children, I am so doing a diaper raffle.

I made rag quilts for both girls. I hope to post a tutorial on these soon. They are pretty easy to make. I want to make myself one now!

Are you planning your own love bug themed baby shower? Enjoy these FREE favor tags!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What's New!

I've been working my tail off lately on two pretty big projects I will share with you in the near future. That said, the blog has taken a back seat, but I thought I'd share two of my newest additions to the shop.

I was feeling a little glitzy so what better than to make a gold and silver confetti baby shower invitation! I have also made this a birthday invitation which can have any number written at the top. 

Are you ready for some football?! The Super Bowl will be here before we know it so I created the perfect invitation for your football party. 

To purchase, simply click the picture. It'll take you to my shop!

I just got a new set of graphics today so expect another birthday/baby shower invitation to pop up in the shop. I'm REALLY excited about it!

See ya!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Collection of Free 2014 Project Life Cards

I'm only six days late, but - HAPPY NEW YEAR! For those of us who are lovers of Project Life, it's time to start a new album! 

I'm happy to report I've completed my 2013 album and my attempt at a December Daily album was an epic success. It's the first time in the many years I've been scrapbooking that I've actually completed a year long scrapbook and I'm pretty darn proud of it.

Needless to say, it totally pumps me up for doing Project Life this year. To get you motivated and inspired, I thought I'd share a collection of free Project Life cards dedicated to helping you document your New Year. 

To get the goods, simply click on the picture and get to printing!


2014 by Kristin Cronin-Barrow


FREE "2014" Filler/Journal Cards for Digital Project Life! #freebies #digitalprojectlife #projectlife http://sayschelsea.blogspot.com

Free 2014 Chalked Filler Cards for Project Life from Dunia Designs {on Facebook}

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Christmas Home Tour 2013

Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I thought I'd give a little tour of our home all decorated. Seeing as this is our first Christmas in our first home, I thoroughly enjoyed decorating the house for the holidays.

When we first pulled our Christmas decor up from the basement, my husband said I had more than enough to decorate with. Once I had it all out and up though, he changed his tune saying, "I guess this house is a lot bigger than our apartment was." That said, I had all the excuse I needed to purchase some new staple decor items. Oh, how terrible, right?

I hope you enjoy the tour and happy holidays!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Foodies & Crafties Soirée - Blog Hop & Link Party #7

Welcome to Foodies & Crafties Soirée - Blog Hop & Link Party #7
each Thursday at 6PM EDT
Wishing you & your families a wonderful Christmas Holidays!
This will be our last party this year, hope to see you all next year!

About the Party

Each Thursday, there will be a blog hop and a link party going live at 6PM EDT. Each week you will have an opportunity to link your different social media, for example:
  • week1: pinterest | week2: google+ | week3: facebook, etc.
Once all the social media are done, we will start over. There will be one featured blogger selected each week from the blog hop and a few projects/recipes from the link party. You will have a great chance to meet new friends, gain more exposure for your blog and more new followers!

The party is hosted for you by:

Gosia from Kiddie Foodies (host)
Gosia Kiddie FoodiesGosia loves sailing, travelling, gardening, sewing and all kinds of DIY, creative things. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes for kids presented in a funny way to encourage them to discover veggies and fruits in a pleasant and tasteful way. Even picky eaters will love it! You can also find there different activities for kids, crafts and free printable coloring pages.
Follow her on: Pinterest | Google+ (Gosia) | Google+ (Kiddie Foodies) | Facebook | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram
Kallee from Creative Southern Home (co-host)
Kallee CreativeSouthernHome Kallee lives in East Tennessee with her husband and 4 great kids. She loves to read, play the piano, cook, craft and create. On her blog she enjoys sharing recipes she has tried, household tips, decorating, DIY, fun things to do with the kids, and the always fun reviews and giveaways.
Follow her on: Pinterest | Google+ | Facebook | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram
Miranda from Mr. and Mrs. Winslett (co-host)
Miranda  Mr. and Mrs. Winslett Miranda is a stationary designer who creates and sells her own line of stationary goods at PaperLark Studio. Outside of her design studio, Miranda is an avid crafter and scrapbooker who shares her latest projects at Mr. and Mrs. Winsletta. She's married to her high school sweetheart and lives with two of the most spoiled fur babies on earth.
Follow her on: Pinterest | Google+ | Facebook | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram

Features from last week's Foodies and Crafties Soirée #6

The featured Blogger from last week's Instagram Blog Hop is Carrie from Curly Crafty Mom from . Congratulations Carrie!!! We did a random draw, so everyone had the same chances. Please show Carrie some love and follow her on Instagram!Foodies and Crafties Soiree Instagram blog hop featured blogger Carrie from CurlyCraftyMom
You may also visit Gosia, Kallee and Miranda to see their favorites. INSERT your features here.

Party Buttons

If you party with us, please place the 'Foodies and Crafties Soirée blog hop & link party' button on your blog:
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If you were featured by the host or co-host you are welcome to grab the 'Foodies and Crafties Soirée I was featured at' button:
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To place the button on your blog, just copy-paste the text from the highlighted areas below the buttons.
If you want to be immediately notified when the party goes live, be sure to subscribe by email:

Party co-hosting:

If you are interested in co-hosting the Foodies & Crafties Soirée in January 2014, please fill this form - it is short and it will help to plan everything.
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Don't forget to come back next week to check the featured projects from the party and meet the featured blogger - or perhaps it will be you?:)

Sverve Blog Hop:

  1. Link your Sverve account for today's blog hop.
  2. All participants must follow the host and co-hosts on the social media from the blog hop, so please follow us on Sverve. We will follow you back!
  3. Please follow at least 2 more bloggers and have fun meeting new friends!
  4. Each week there will be one featured blogger selected that all participants of the next party will be asked to follow on her/his social media.
If you are new to Sverve, check out this article to find out more and discover some tips on how to earn money with them.

Link party:

  1. Please show off your own creations, as much family & kids friendly as possible. You must link directly to the specific post. No link parties, No Etsy/shops, No giveaways.
  2. Visit at least 2 bloggers and let them know they are making awesome stuff, by leaving a comment on their post or by sharing their creation on your social media. When you share, don't forget to use a #foodiescraftiessoiree hashtag, so they know you have found them on this party.
  3. Each week the favorite posts from the party will be featured by the host and co-hosts on their blogs and shared on their social media. They will be also pinned to the Foodies and Crafties Soiree Pinterest board, so don't forget to Follow it!
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Please be aware that by sharing your posts at Foodies & Crafties Soirée, you are giving permission for featuring your projects to the host and co-hosts. Therefore your projects can be shared on social media and in round up posts with a link backs to your post. All credits go to you!

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