A Kiddo Valentine | Free Printable

Dear Friends,

This creative idea grew from the same place many of my creative ideas currently come: necessity.

I know, boring boring. I haven’t been brooding in a coffee shop (though I’d like to some days) having fabulous creative ideas just come forth from nowhere. Nope, not right now. Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. Around our house, my limited energy has taken a very practical turn. How can I store my brooms and mops with no pantry? (Still working on that.) How can I label all of this food I’m freezing? And maybe, could it also be cute? (Blog post forthcoming! In the form of free printables, btw.) This week, I think I said “Oh SHOOT next week is Valentine’s Day and WHAT THE HECK am I gonna do for little dude’s classmates?”

More specifically, what are some of my little’s man’s favorite things?

Yogurt pops? Too messy.

Construction equipment? Nah, there are girls in his class.

Treats? Some that aren’t filled with sugar? Because I’ve been fighting the snots and losing all week. I don’t wish that upon other moms in the class.

Then it hit me.

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BOOM.

Cute? Check.
Not sugar? Check.
And, I already had everything on hand? DOUBLE CHECK.

Naturally, I took to Pinterest to see if there were any super cute printables…

There weren’t. So, I made some. And I want to share them with you because I love all you busy mamas out there who really want to do something cute for your little buddies’ friends.

School-o-Fish Valentines

You’ll need:
this printable!
• white cardstock
• a good color printer (I actually sent these to Kinkos because my home printer isn’t so great for color)
• exacto knife
• straightedge
• A2 size cello bags without flap (I order mine here)
• scissors
• goldfish
• (optional) a pair of little (germ free) helping hands! (I did not have these readily available at the time of this post.)

1. Print out this printable onto the white cardstock. Copy as many times as there are children in the class. (Don’t leave anyone out! That’s the worst.) (This printable is laid out two Valentines per page. So keep that in mind if you’re ordering from Kinkos, Staples or wherever.)
2. Using a straightedge and your exacto, trim along the crop marks. (Design school hint: don’t cut all the way to the edge of the page so that your crops stay intact for reference!) #allthefreetips
3. Fill the cello bags with the fish.
4. Eat a fish.
5. Eat a few more fish.
6. Give your little buddy some fish.
7. Wash your hands in between filling the bags so that you don’t leave fingerprints on them!
8. Fold the trimmed printable in half, lengthwise, and place over the opening of the cello bag.
9. Staple each end down.
10. Hand out to all the friends!

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Want more Miss Wyolene-y Valenteen-y treats? Check out this post for another super cute DIY! (Just a friendly reminder not to sell this or any other project you see here in Miss Wyolene, since it’s all under my copyright.)

Share the love, y’all!

Love,

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Making Things New | Free Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

Happy 2015!

Today I made you a desktop wallpaper calendar. So that you may be reminded that you are lovely and valued. That you have been created for a purpose. May you bloom this year, friend.

Download yours here! Or right click and save the image below. (Please feels free to share this link with others! Just remember it is for personal use only.)

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Love,

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Merry Merry and Hello Again

Hello, dear readers!

Wow, it has been QUITE some time since we last spoke. We welcomed a sweet baby into our family several months back and while I haven’t spent nearly the time designing, printing, blogging, promoting, and frankly worrying as I have in previous years, I have been cuddling, cooking, cleaning, and absorbing as much of these two littles as I can.

I must be honest, I was very tempted to be discouraged upon opening my blog folder and seeing only four dates (including this one!) for the entire year. Over the past few months, I’ve had TONS of thoughts and lots of prayers relating to my work, His work, mama-hood, life, and busyness. I just haven’t quite found the right words to post yet. In due time, friends. For now, know that I think it’s a conversation that is long overdue, this one about creative entrepreneurship and the pressure we put on ourselves as women and mamas to be the best and first at EVERYTHING. (If I see the word “hustle” pop up in my IG feed one more time…I swear I don’t care how cute the lettering is. I might throw my phone out of a moving vehicle.) But…more on that later.

For now, know that I started out making these tags for our family and I thought to myself “Self, you could like, totes put those on your blog as a free printable!” (Which, I did.) But seriously, y’all, there is NO SUCH THING as a quick and easy creative project. First I had to create the tags. Then I printed them. Then I trimmed them out. Then I styled them. Then I took pictures of them at 1:35 pm in my kitchen (which, I’ve discovered is the ONLY time of day to get a decent picture in my house and also, coincidentally, directly coincides with the last ten or so minutes of naptime). THEN, I photoshopped them and laid them out as you see below which took up .99 percent of today’s naptime. The only reason you are able to download the printable from the post right now is because the hubs came home a bit early and surprised us. So, everybody wins!

Even though mamahood is all consuming these days, I just can’t shake my love for creating paper goods. And the holidays bring it out in me like none other. The tree could still be naked in the corner but, by golly, those presents are going to be wrapped ADORABLY. And the key to a great gift? Really cute tags. These are the perfect size for stocking stuffers and smaller gifts. You can print them on whatever stock you have lying around. I even dipped a few in glitter! (Those are not shown because of aforementioned naptime constraints.)

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So, these are free for you, darlings. (Download the printable  here.)  Please remember these and all free gifts on my site are for personal use only.

Maybe these tags will save you a little time and money this season. My hope is that this time and money will be multiplied and can be a blessing to others. If you think about it, please pay it forward and give to a charity or organization that speaks to you. That would be so lovely. I’ll list a few of my favorites below. I would encourage you, if you can, to give locally, regionally, and as far into the ends of the earth as your pocketbook allows.

http://www.virtualtoydrive.org/
https://www.savethestorks.com/
http://www.mealsonwheelsgreenville.org/
http://www.eastwest.org/

Thank you, sweet friends! Merriest of Christmases to you and yours!

Love,
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Custom Wedding Stationery Designer • Dallas, Texas

I see a lot of mood boards with fluffy blooms, billowy dresses, windswept hair…okay, I usually make those mood boards. But, every now and then, a concept will come across my inbox that makes me, well, pause. (Or in this case…paws?)

My friend Audrey of French Knot Studios reached out to me with the idea of a themed shoot centered around French bulldogs: complete with water colors and miniature bow ties (for the pups, of course!) I mean, HOW do you say no to that kind of fun? Shot by the amazing Lauren Peele Photography deep in the heart of Texas, I think you’ll love the playful style and whimsy of this shoot!

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We are honored that this goodness was featured on Green Wedding Shoes last week. Hop over to see even more images as well as a tutorial from Blome’s Paperie on how to make the fun standup watercolor flowers above!

And YES! This suite will be available in my shop starting this summer. (The shop is currently on vacation because- drumroll- we are about to have our second bebe ANY time!) If you simply cannot wait until August, feel free to shoot me an email. I will be checking in sporadically. I only apologize in advance for slower than normal response times, as well as any replies you might get at three in the morning…it’s how we’re going to roll around here!

I have one more fabulous styled shoot to share with you first thing next week, if baby holds off, that is!

Happy Thursday, my dears!

Love,
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photography: Lauren Peele Photography // planning + design: French Knot Studios // venue: 809 at Vickery Fort Worth, Texas // florals: The Southern Table // make-up: Tracy Melton Makeup // paper flowers: Blomes Paperie // dress: De Ma Fille // rentals: Rent My Dust // stationery: Miss Wyolene // cake + desserts: Sugar Bee Sweets