Custom Design Queue Now Open & Other Details!

Thanks to everyone who gave me some feedback on my City and State Subway Art Prints, I’ve decided to go ahead and start making them up and adding them to my Etsy Shop!  I’ve already added the Boston, Massachusetts Prints that I have hanging in my own home…

Boston, Massachusetts Subway Art Prints

and I’ve made one more of another city and state that are close to my heart!  Salt Lake City, Utah!

Salt Lake City, Utah Subway Art Prints

This item comes with the JPEG files for easy printing at any photo lab (I prefer Costco) and the PDF files for easy printing at home.  They make great gifts as well!  Perfect as a souvenir for someone who is moving away or as a house warming gift to someone new in the neighborhood.   Or as a wedding gift for a young couple just starting out, or a new college student heading off to school.  Lots of options!

I am of course going to be adding more cities and states as quickly as I can, but I’d love to hear more about the places you are looking for.  Keep in mind that I can’t do every single town (I’ll have to stick to bigger cities mostly) but let me know what you want to see!

The second announcement is that my Custom Order Queue is open again!  I’ve had it closed for a few months as I took care of some other business but I have slowly been taking custom requests again.  I know we are heading into bridal shower season, graduation, and summer birthdays so I would love if you kept me in mind for some of your upcoming celebrations.  Creating custom party packages is one of my favorite things!  Here are a couple of the ones I have done in the last couple of weeks:

Printable Custom Order Surf's Up Birthday Party

Printable Custom Order Ocean Breeze Baby ShowerCustom Order- Business Logos

Have a party that you need helping planning?  Starting a new business and looking for the perfect logo?  Let me know, I’d love to work with you!


Easter Table and DIY Egg Place Cards

Yes, you read that title right.  I’m sharing an Easter post with you today.  “But wait Brie,” you are thinking to yourself.  “Easter has already happened?  Don’t you know that you should now be showing us Mother’s Day ideas or end of the school year gifts?  What kind of a blogger are you?”

Well the answer is that I’m a keeping-it-real-blogger and here’s the truth, I just did not have the time to set up a decorated Easter table weeks ago, take pictures, and then take it all down just to set it up again later.  It’s a good thing I managed to get it up for Easter at all!  But I was really pleased with the way it turned out and hey, Easter is one of those things that comes around every single year so if you like an idea you can always pin it for next year!

In all seriousness this past weekend was an absolutely beautiful holiday and we spent it with our dearest friends and loved every minute of it.  A perfect Easter.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg PlacecardsSince we were hosting dinner and had invited several of our friends over, I wanted to make the meal a little more special than normal.  I started by coming up with a color scheme for my table- green, yellow, white, and black.  And then I got to work making some cute little place cards for each person.

Supplies needed: two shades of green scrapbook paper, toothpicks, ribbon, double sided tape, and Styrofoam eggs.  (I found my eggs at the Dollar Tree.)  Here’s the how to:

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards#1- Cut two strips of paper 2 inches tall and 6 inches long.

#2- Cut each strip into little triangles, varying them in size and width.  This is your grass.

#3- Using some double sided tape make your grass into a circle so it looks like a little crown.

#4- With more tape wrap the second piece of grass around the first.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards#5- Tie a ribbon around the grass and bend the edges in random places to give it a more natural grass look.

#6- Using a toothpick and some additional paper make a little pennant.

#7- Stick the end of the toothpick into the top of the Styrofoam egg.

And done!  Cute little place cards!  If you don’t have Styrofoam eggs you could write on plastic eggs with a marker instead.  Then you could also slip a little piece of candy into the plastic egg for each guest as well.  Another fun variation.  Here’s how they looked on the table and how it all came together.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg PlacecardsEaster Table Settings with DIY Egg PlacecardsI’m pretty proud of the fact that the only things I had to buy for the table were the eggs and the yellow napkins.  Everything else I already had on hand!   Creating a color coordinated table is probably easier than you think.  I simply went through each room of my house and looked for any items in green, yellow, white, or black.  Separate these items may look random, but when grouped and arranged together they don’t look random at all.  Even items that don’t really say “Easter” work as long as they match.  Shopping your own home can be easy and definitely the most budget friendly way to create a centerpiece.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards

Hopefully you don’t mind seeing a holiday project after the holiday has passed!  And hopefully you had just as wonderful an Easter as well.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards


And now just one more thing… I thought I’d share something kind of fun that happened this week, one of my posts was used in this week’s issue of Woman’s World Magazine!  Remember these dish cloth pillows?  Well now you’ll also find them on page 39 of WWM!  It may be a little tiny piece in a magazine, but I was pretty excited to see my  name in print.  One thing to check off my bucket list!

Woman's World Magazine Feature

Spring & Easter Holiday Shelf….Finally!

A couple of weeks ago reader Mary left me a comment letting me know that she missed my holiday shelf posts and well now Mary, this post is for you!!  I really appreciate when people leave feedback like that because sometimes as a blogger I don’t really know which posts people like over others.  So thank you Mary!

It is true that I have been slacking in the holiday shelf department.  My home has been sadly holiday-decorating-less for the last several months.  For some reason I am just feeling extra busy lately (may have something to do with a crawling 10 month old who is into everything and doesn’t like to nap) and so I set up my shelf to be neutral and haven’t touched it in months.  Here is how it has been looking:

Spring & Easter Holiday Decorating IdeasA simple paper banner, some flowers in a milk bottle, lantern, bird, little box…nice and neutral items that blend in with my every day decor.  The best part though were these fun little prints I made for the frames underneath.  Oh Boston, Mass…you have my heart.

Spring & Easter Holiday Decorating Ideas

I’ve been thinking of creating prints like this for different cities & states and adding them to my Etsy shop.  What do you all think?  Would anybody be interested in something like this?

After reading Mary’s comment I decided that she was right and that I could find 5 minutes in my day to change out this shelf.  And honestly, that is really about all it took.   I made a few quick changes and wham…the shelf is now ready for Easter!  Good thing, since it is only a couple of weeks away.

Spring & Easter Holiday Decorating IdeasTo make the easy switch I added a new paper banner (the same one I saved from last year), some pink flowers and a new ribbon around the milk bottle, a nest in front of the bird, some ceramic bunnies, a bright bottle in place of the lantern, and some white eggs in the box.

Spring & Easter Holiday Decorating Ideas

I also changed out the frames, using my Go Blooming Crazy Print in one and then I quickly changed the text in the other to make it say Spring has Sprung.

So there you go, it is possible to decorate your home for a holiday in just a few minutes, I’m living proof!  I’ll try to remember this when Easter is over and my shelf is just waiting for a new look.  No promises though.  :)

And in not really related news, that 10 month old I was talking about?  She’s pretty much the most adorable thing in the world.   I appreciate you sticking with me even though my blogging has slowed down a little.  But when you look at this face can you blame me for wanting to spend more time with her rather than on my computer?!

Savannah 10 Months Pics



Go Blooming Crazy

This wasn’t a post I planned on doing but the other day I was walking through the grocery store and I saw this phrase on a poster in the window.  I thought that it would make an adorable print so I headed home and whipped one up.   I also picked up some daffodils from Trader Joe’s and together with this print I am pretending that spring has come to New England.  Last check of our weather showed a possible 6-12 inches of snow over the next few days.  I’ll be hiding out in my house in denial.

Free Blooming Print for Spring- available in two colors Cute, right?  I’m not always 100% thrilled with everything I put together but this is one that I really like.  I also made it in white so you can choose which one you like the best.

Free Blooming Print for Spring- available in two colorsI hope you enjoy these prints and that they bring a little bit of spring inside.  And if you live someplace that is nice and warm then please go outside and stand in the sun for just a moment and think of me.  I’ll be shoveling snow off my car. :)

Download the PDF- Black

Download the PDF- White

Testing, Testing…1,2,3….

I want to take a moment to introduce you to one of my dearest and best friends Tory.  She is amazing!  She has a little boy who is only a month younger than my daughter so we have “play-dates” all the time for our kiddos, but really it is so we can hang out together.  :)  Before she became a mama she was a teacher and taught US History, Journalism, and tutored in SAT Prep for the last 6 years.  Now in addition to raising her adorable boy she is a tutor with Home Base Tutoring and specializes in SAT Prep.  She knows her stuff.

_DSC0121A couple of weeks ago she held an SAT Prep Booster class for some of the local high school students and gave them some extra tips on how to prepare for the class.  I helped her put together some goody bags to hand out and I thought it might be fun to share some of what we did with all of you.  I know lots of you are moms (or teachers) and if you have a child who is getting ready to take the SAT or ACT maybe you want to put together a good luck package for them!  And you know, this could even work for someone in college (child or spouse) getting ready to take a test like the LSAT or GRE.   You never know, a little encouragement might be all they need to help calm those nerves before the test.

SAT or ACT Goody Bag- For students getting ready to take the big test, here's a little encouragement

Here’s what we put inside the goody bags, and why:

Smartfood Popcorn- for one because the name is cute but also because it is a healthy, light snack.  You want to avoid snacks that are heavy because that would draw the blood away from your brain and send it to the stomach to digest the food.  Nuts would also be a good option.

Mint Gum- Sniffing cinnamon has been shown to improve scores on memory tests and chewing gum has been shown to improve recall, specifically on the math section.

Small Soda- (notice the word small.  That means no RedBull.)  A jolt of caffeine can boost your memory, in fact of study done at John Hopkins said that caffeine can enhance memories for at least a day after they were formed.  Helpful if you were cramming the night before.   If you’re not a caffeine drinker, than good news.  An apple or some chocolate can have the same effect.  As if I needed another excuse to eat chocolate.

Water- Like the soda you want to only have a small bottle of water.  There’s nothing worse than being distracted with the need to visit the bathroom during your test.

Ear Plugs- to cancel out any distracting noises.  More than likely they’ll be taking the test with several other people, some of them will be coughing or tapping their pencil or foot, and ear plugs help tune them out.

Pencil & Eraser- these are self-explanatory. *Quick Note, in the picture I have a mechanical pencil because that was all I had on hand, but you actually aren’t allowed to use them on the test.  They have to be the old school kind.

Other Ideas- stopwatch or watch to time themselves on each portion.  Extra batteries for their calculator.

Then on the big day, or the night before, you can show your support by giving the test-taker this little bag of goodies and wishing them luck!

If you’d like more tips for test taking such as what to wear, the best breakfast foods, and why you should do certain stretches before the test then I encourage you to contact my friend Tory.  She has put together a helpful packet that she would be more than willing to share.  And just one more plug, because I think she’s awesome, Home Base Tutoring does in person and online tutoring in many different areas including test prep.  Check them out!





For Your Sole Sisters- Bridesmaid Gift Idea

To start this post off I have a confession to make.  We didn’t have any bridesmaids, or groomsmen, at our wedding.  It just wasn’t something I wanted to deal with and maybe that is slightly out of tradition, but it worked for us.  See, look how happy (and young) we were!

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However, I have been a bridesmaid before so at least I have some experience in that area.  Which is a good thing because I think one of the most requested gift ideas I get is for a bridesmaid gift.  This is an idea that you can go all out on or keep it small and simple.  Whatever works for your wedding budget.

Sole Sister Bridesmaid Gift Tag- Free Printable

The big day of the wedding your bridesmaids are more than likely spending many hours on their feet.  And probably in high heels.  And you will be requiring them to have lovely smiles on their faces the whole time.  That’s a lot of pressure on their footsies!  Giving them a gift to pamper their feet is a perfect way to say thank you.

Now like I said you can make this really fancy or super simple.  But here are some ideas of what you could include in your gift and you can pick any combination that works for you!

- Flip Flops or Comfy Slippers

- Socks

- Manicure Set/Tools

- Nail Polish (could match the color of your wedding for them to wear on the day)

- Foot Scrub

- Lotion

- Gift Certificate for a Pedicure

Sole Sister Bridesmaid Gift Tag- Free PrintableAnd what would a gift basket be without a cheesy pun to go along with it?  “On the day I marry my SOLE mate, there’s no one I’d rather have by my side than my SOLE sister.”

  I’ve made a gift tag in 6 different colors to try and give you brides lots of options.

Sole Sister Bridesmaid Gift Tag- Free Printable

There is a separate PDF for each color and each one has 6 tags.  Download the PDF:

Sole Sister Gift Tag Green

Sole Sister Gift Tag Pink

Sole Sister Gift Tag Purple

Sole Sister Gift Tag Red

Sole Sister Gift Tag Teal

Sole Sister Gift Tag Yellow

So for all the many requests I get, here is one idea!  I will try to keep them coming especially since we are heading into wedding season soon!