Monday, February 19, 2018

Great Resources: Design and Font Bundles

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I discovered something over the past week that I'm super excited to share with you guys:

DesignBundles.net and FontBundles.net!


If you're a blogger, designer, crafter, or anyone else who needs commercial use graphics and fonts, then these sister sites are the place for you.  They have tons of images, photos, .svg cut files, graphics, templates, fonts, and other goodies available for purchase.  All purchases come with one of two commercial use licenses, so you can use them in products that are meant to be sold!  Just make sure you read over the licenses so you purchase the one that's right for you.


They also have Free Downloads on both sites available every week, and Font Bundles has Dollar Deal fonts regularly.


You get even more freebies if you sign up for the Plus membership.  The membership for one site is $5.99 per month, or you can get Plus access to both for $7.99 per month, which is what I did because it was the better deal.  I downloaded well over 100 different fonts and images in my first few hours of having the membership.  And they have new free Plus Products every week as well!


These were just too darn cute to pass up for me.  And this is just a few of the cute things I downloaded!

I can't wait to design some cute things for my Etsy shop with these goodies. :-)


If you do any kind of design to sell and need graphics, I highly recommend Design and Font Bundles.  Download some goodies and get creative!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Etsy Roundup- Be My Valentine

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Valentine's Day is coming up on Wednesday, so I spent the day scouring Etsy for some super cute Valentine related goodies.

I'm never disappointed when scouring Etsy.


From left to right: 1) Tic-Tac-Toe Bags by SassyDecals 2) Love Letter Pattern by Magic Pattern Shop 3) Valentine's Day Garden Flag by LittlePeonyCo 4) Wood Heart Blocks by 11YearParty 5) 3-D Printed "Love" by Drake3D 5) "You're My Boo" Card by TurtleSoup 6) Origami Rose by TheFlowingFold 7) Love Preppy Patch Raglan Tee by BlushandCoDesigns

I'm in love (pun intended ;-) ) with that shirt. And of course the happy little felt love note!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

5 Unusual Things to Do for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day: a day where you wait in line for hours to eat dinner and spend an obnoxious amount of money on flowers.  Fun the first time, but kind of boring after awhile.

Nick and my anniversary is the day before Valentine's Day, so we always have a double holiday to worry about.  Usually, we celebrate them together by going on a mini trip somewhere.  Or a big trip to Disney World.  You know, whatever we're feeling at the time.

This year though I was looking for something different to do a little closer to home, and boy, did my search bring up some interesting results! 


So I present to you my list of unusual things to do for Valentine's Day.  Most of these are in the Kentucky-Ohio-West Virginia area, but I'm sure there are some interesting things to do in your area if you look hard enough!

Take a Tour of a Chocolate Factory



One of my favorite plans that I found by far was touring the Old Kentucky Chocolate Factory and sampling some yummy chocolate.  They do tours Monday thru Thursday at 10:00am by appointment, and it sounds like a super fun and inexpensive way to enjoy Valentine's Day.

Old Kentucky Chocolate Factory

Have Dinner and Spend the Night in a Castle


Photo from Castle Post

Also here in Kentucky is a very unusual site: an actual castle.  This particular castle is also a pretty amazing hotel, complete with fancy restaurant, and they're doing a pretty amazing Valentine's Day Bash.


A four course dinner, champagne, chocolates, and rooftop s'mores in a castle.  Then, if you're lucky enough, snag a room to spend the night and feel even more like royalty.  Ticket's are pretty pricy ($300 per couple), but I can't think of a more romantic place to spend Valentine's Day!

Kentucky Castle Valentine's Day 

Take a Dinner Cruise in Cincinnati



BB Riverboats in Cincinnati Ohio is a company that offers cruises up the Ohio River, and their doing Valentine's Day dinner cruises for a few nights during the Valentine's week.  For $60 per adult, you can have a very yummy sounding dinner while enjoying the Cincinnati Skyline.  They even offer souvenir photos to remember your romantic night!

Valentine's Day Cruise with BB Riverboats

Have Dinner at a Zoo



Also in Cincinnati is this fun dinner idea: Dinner at the Cincinnati Zoo.  This zoo is one of my favorites, and not just because it's the home of Fiona the Hippo.  For $175 per couple, you can enjoy some special zoo events like learning about "The Wild Side of Love" and enjoy a dinner with a champagne toast that evening.  There's even wine and an open bar if that's what you fancy.

Dinner Party at the Zoo

Spend the Night in a Haunted Penitentiary  



If scary things are more your speed, then this one's for you.  The Moundsville West Virginia Penitentiary does haunted tours often, but they're doing a special event for Valentine's Day: "Into the Heart of the Dungeon."  After a nice romantic dinner, you'll be locked up in the penitentiary for a night of being chased, tied up, blindfolded, and dragged around.  The site warns that bruises and cuts should be expected, and police and EMTs will be on site for emergencies.  If you want an extreme thrill for Valentine's Day, head to Moundsville.

Moundsville Penitentiary


What unusual things have you found in your search for things to do for Valentine's Day?  I'd love to hear them!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Shop Update

The first shop Update of 2018!  Hopefully the first of many for the year.

I haven't had much up in the Etsy shop in awhile because I've been so stupid busy, but I recently uploaded some blogging related goodies.


While making my Social Media Icons, I made a few extras in my current favorite Pantone colors!  They're available for digital download over on my shop Doodleleaf.

If you're in need of some icons in a custom color, just message me on Etsy and I'll make it happen for you!


Monday, January 22, 2018

Travel Decor Wall

Traveling is one of my favorite past times!  Don't believe me?  Check out all my travel posts!  :-)

There is a downside to epic road trips and unplanned adventures, though, and that's souvenirs.  I have a problem...I love souvenirs.  Everywhere I go, I have to get something that reminds me of the place, the time, the adventure, or whatever! 

In addition to loving the act of actually traveling, I love mail.  Every time someone goes on a trip, I ask for a postcard.  I've also had several penpals from all over the world once upon a time, and I've kept all the goodies that they had sent me through the years. 

This has led me to have quite the collection of travel related goodies.  Luckily, my new place has an actual hallway at the top of the stairs that provides plenty of room for all of this:


The Travel Wall: Part 1!  It's part 1 because I still have my keychain and postcard collection to hang up on the other wall.  So. Many. Things.


I found this cute table at Target that was just the right depth for the space.  The drawer fronts also matched my suitcase shelf, which was a huge bonus!


Underneath the table was the perfect space for my little travel pillows and my two teddy bears: one from the Statue of Liberty in 2005 and the other from the Hardrock Cafe in Washington DC in 2000, possibly my oldest travel souvenir!


This suitcase used to be a shadowbox, but when the glass broke I added shelves and turned it into a display for photos and other cool things. 


The decals came from the app Wish, and I surrounded it with pins, scrabble tiles, and other cute things I found.


My current favorite thing here is this little doll set from Momiji.  This is Tilly and Ralph!  Most likely they'll eventually move to my craft room to make room for more travel goodies, but right now they'll stay happily here!  (Not a sponsor by the way, I just love them!)


That's my collection!  My Postcards and Keychains will have a different home that I'll post pictures of when they're done.  Until then, though, how do you display all your souvenirs?  I'd love to know!

Until next time!

Friday, January 12, 2018

"Bee" Healthy First Aid Kit

Today's post is a little older project that I put together for my bumblebee kitchen, but it's still proven quite useful, so I wanted to write about it!

I found this cute little box on clearance at Michaels (I believe...) several years ago.  I loved that it was a little blank slate, so I bought it with no project in mind.


It wasn't until I discovered that I had nowhere to stash my medicine and bandaids that I decided what this little box's purpose would be.  My medicine and first aid has always lived in the kitchen, so I decided to decorate my box to match my bumblebee decor.

If you're wondering why my medicines live in the kitchen and not the bathroom medicine cabinet, I've heard many times that the humidity in bathrooms is very bad for most medications and that they should be stored somewhere with a more stable temperature.  I haven't found a home for them in my new place yet, but I think that they will move to the second floor closet as opposed to the kitchen, as it has the least amount of temperature fluctuation. 


I always have a nice collection of colorful paper, so finding some cute yellow ones to glue on my little box.  I also have a nice collection of buttons, which got glued to the top:


And the final result was this:


Pretty cute right?  These days it's more of a first aid kit, since my medicine collection has expanded from just a bottle of ibuprofen and anti-allergy pills and no longer fits in here.  But it's perfect for bandaids, gauze, tape, and antiseptic creams.  And it's adorable.

Where do your medicines live?  Got any good medicine storage tips?  Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Etsy Roundup: You've Got Mail

If anyone knows me, they know one thing for sure.

I LOVE MAIL.

I don't know if it's because my dad is a mailman or because I love how cute everything mail related can be, but I love it.  Letters, cards, stamps, packages, mailboxes, everything!

Here's a quick roundup of all the cute things I've found on Etsy recently pertaining to my favorite thing ever...MAIL!


(Update: I was just accepted to Etsy's affiliate program and I'm so excited! I love promoting other Etsy creators and their awesome goodies! Being an affiliate means that I will make a small commission if you chose to purchase something below. Thank you for your support of both me and my fellow Etsians!)

From left to right: 1) Vintage Post Office Box Door By Destinationvintage  2) Snail Mail Letter Box By Signshack  3)  Air Mail Trinket Box by KaztielKrafts  4)  Happy Mail Stickers by PlannerPixieCo  5) 9 to 5 Cute Mail Cat Pin by Ririmon  6)  Rustic Mailbox by Rustalgic  7)  Delivery Person Mug by BudderstownGifts  8)  Air Mail Stickers by Azmari

I hope all your mail today is happy mail!