The Prettiest Graphics Resources

Hello Friends!

There are some dishy + delightful free graphics out there. I'm constantly amazed at how incredibly talented people are and more than that, how generous they are in sharing their work. 

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 Here's my list of favorites. Many offer graphics, textures, printables or a combination. Please read their terms of use before using (they are quite reasonable). Enjoy!

 Creature Comforts 

Draw! Pilgrim

Erin Vale Designs

Free Pretty Things for You 

How About Orange

Just Something I Made

Mellowmint

Pugly Pixel 

The Graphics Fairy

Vintage Moth

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Puddlejumping
(via)

"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful."

e.e. cummings 

Sophisticated Paper Mache

Pretty amazing what some people can do with a cardboard box and an exacto knife…

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Find a pattern and tutorial on how to create these paper mache teacpups at Ann Wood.

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Lovely!

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And for a glittery version– Connie from The Paper Dialogues made the teacup and gave it some dazzle.

Thanks Ann Wood and Connie Lyu.

Malia

Father’s Day Printables

It's a bird… it's a plane… it's a "Dad's A Superhero" set of printables and project!

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By Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! via Alpha Mom

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What hero wouldn't be psyched to receive this box? And keeping with the super hero theme:

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 A Father's Day banner and more from My Delightful Designs

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Hey Ho Daddio– Retro Father's Day labels from Martha Stewart

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Funky Father's Day clip art from Just Something I Made

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Zippy tags or toppers from Paper Glitter

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 Father's Day party circles, invitations, tented cards, favor tags, drink straws, and a “Happy Father’s Day” banner by Tea Party Designs via Catch My Party.
 
Thanks for sharing!

Malia

Crafty Soiree #38… A linky party featuring parties

Let's celebrate A Crafty Soiree by enjoying some party ideas:

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I'm enchanted by this Vintage Paper Doll Party from Christie at Three Pixie Lane. OK– the details of this party are too fantastic. You must go visit Christie to see how she pulled all the goodness together in such a darling way. I may be a tiny bit biased– I use a vintage Betsy McCall paper doll in my blog banner!

Catinthehat
Clever party ideas from sisters Erin and Joy on their blog Heck Fridays make this Cat in the Hat party as whimsical as a Dr. Seuss story. Green eggs? Check! Thing One and Thing Two? Two checks! Go check it out…

Artparty
Tammy from Housing a Forest created a colorful Art Party… if you like crepe paper (and who doesn't!) you should check out how she decorated with it. This gal is creARTive!

Thank you to everyone who linked up!

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I'd love to see what else you're been working on…

Party Guidelines

1.  Link up to four of your creative projects (No Etsy stores or other linky parties pretty please).  

2.  Add your link to the specific posts not the main URL.

3.  Add a "Crafty Soiree" button to your blog or posts.

4.  Please comment on the post linked up in front of you.  All partygoers love meeting new friends… don't just stop there…if you see something that catches your fancy– stop by and say hi!

5.  Your hostesses would love it if you'd follow us. You can find Katie here

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Please check out Katie's Features too…let's link 'em up!

Spring Organizational Printables

Hi Friends!

Summer officially starts June 21st… which means there is still plenty o' time left this spring to get organized and to anticipate sweet summer.

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Countdown to Summer printable numbers and delightful bicycle graphic from Eighteen25.

Springphotochecklist
A charming Spring Photo Checklist from the talented Rebecca Cooper via her blog

Simple as That

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Jumpstart your spring cleaning with this fabulous Weekly Cleaning Calendar over at Evelyn Kate. And in what I believe is a brilliant move… this was printed out and handed to her hubby!

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Maybe she's using her matching Blogging Calendar while he's tidying up?

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Vintage infused Garden Shed labels by Cathe Holden on her blog Just Something I Made for Country Living Magazine.

Thank you Eighteen 25, Rebecca Cooper, Evelyn Kate, and Just Something I Made.

Malia

 


Mexicali Hamburger Casserole

Mexicali

Ingredients

1-1/2  lb. lean ground beef

1 15-oz. can Mexican-style diced tomatoes

1-1/2  cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

1/2  cup plus 2 tablespoons finely shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided

1/2  cup all-purpose flour

1/2  cup yellow cornmeal

1 Tbsp. sugar

1-1/4  tsp. baking powder

1   egg, beaten

2/3 cup milk

2  Tbsp. cooking oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In 12-inch skillet cook and brown beef; drain off fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes and 1 cup of the corn; heat through. Transfer to greased 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cheese.

2. For corn bread topping, in medium bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in egg, milk, and oil. Evenly spread on beef mixture. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes or until topping is set. Let stand 5 minutes.

 Serves 6

Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. For a printable version click here.

  Malia

 

 



Splendid Succulents Project

What do you think of succulents? I've been very taken with them lately. They don't require as much water as many types of plants, or need to be planted in deep pots. Their roots do well in shallow containers– making them perfect for my less-than-perfect vintage and bargain finds.

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Supplies: I used some stained china teacups, a broken bird mug, a marred lusterware bowl, and a bowl from Target's dollar bin for containers. You'll also need succulents, gravel and dirt. To make the little flags, I used plastic toothpicks and Japanese Washi Tape (this tape is Cath Kidson by Chronicle), and scissors. 

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Take the plant and roots in both hands and twist about midway through the roots, discarding the bottom part.

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Place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the container, about 1/4 -1/2 inch thick.

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Add dirt (not everyone uses dirt, many people just use gravel, but this was the advice I got from a woman who grows succulents).

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Position the succulents– go for balance and symmetry if you're using more than one plant. Add a little gravel on top if you like.

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I think it's SO cool how the plants look like flowers.

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To make tiny flags measure out some tape, affixing it to the toothpick.

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Fold it back upon itself.

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And cut a little triangle out to make the flag shape. You can use a contrasting tape pattern too.

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I was so glad to have a use for this broken bird mug.

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And this sweet stained teacup.

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It's so pretty how the plant seems to pick up the pink in this bowl.

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It looks like a lush little forrest.

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This peachy iridescent bowl looks ever better when it's full of succulents.

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And another stained teacup makes a prim and proper home for these lovely succulents.

I'd love to hear you advice on growing succulents!

Linking up.

Malia

 


All abuzz over honeycomb freebies

Hi Friends!

First I want to tell you I have been feeling sad and frustrated by Blogger lately. When I try to leave comments I get this message basically saying "Blogger isn't working… sorry!" Although my blog isn't on blogger, most people/bloggers are, so please accept my apologies if you haven't heard from me lately. I'll keep trying.

Onto honeycomb goodness:

Katrina from Pugley Pixel is giving these honeycomb patterns (that you can download as JPEGS or seamless photoshop patterns) away on her blog. So talented + generous!

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And…this is so clever:

Find a fantastic honeycomb tutorial by Becca Feeken from the blog Amazing Paper Grace:

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Now that's sweet.

And I'm looking for a free, cute, printable thank you note with a honeycomb pattern in the background– I've seen it and now I cannot remember where.  When I first found it, I thought to myself: "This is so fabulous, I'll NEVER forget where I saw it."

Well I did. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Happy Weekend!

Malia