New Items Available in the Shop!

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I’ve been having some fun designing for the Etsy shop, so I wanted to take a second and share some of my new stuff! Are there any phrases that you’ve been trying to find, so that you can display it in your home?

Find all of these printables in my Etsy Shop, HERE.

Wild & Free Printable Art - Handlettered

Handwritten phrase, “Wild & Free” to represent adventure and the desire to explore.Happiness - Turn on the Light Harry Potter Albus Dumbledore Quote

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” A quote from Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter Series. (From Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)you were the song all along from rent the broadway musical

You were the song all along…. a line from the song “Your Eyes” from the Broadway musical RENT.

measure your life in love, from 525,600 minutes, from broadway musical RENT

Measure your life in love. Just good advice and lyrics from the song “525,600 minutes” from the Broadway Musical RENT.

love is all you need sample

The Beatles. Love is all you need.

wicked fly mockup

“Everyone deserves the chance to fly.” This is a quote from more than one song in the Broadway Musical Wicked, but is most popularly remembered from the song “Defying Gravity”. This is a personal favorite for sure. :)

On Trend: Geometric Art

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I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’ve been working for a quilt shop for the past year or just seeing trends pop up, but I’ve really taken notice to the trend of Geometric Art everywhere! With basic shapes as the primary subject, your eye can focus on the relationship of colors and texture and the emotion it evokes.

Here are some of my favorites from around the web:

Modern Geometric Wall Art Triangles
by homeartstickers on Etsy

 

I love this large scale art that you can apply right to your wall! What a great way to add color to your room without having to commit to a bright paint color.

Geometric Cross Stitch
Geometric Cross Stitch

 

It’s time to revisit some of the old classic art forms. Young people are turning to the crafts their parents and grandparents enjoyed… cross stitch, embroidery, quilting, knitting… there is a reason these hobbies have withstood the test of time! I might even have to try it if I can find some fun patterns like this one!

city scape

 

I love this City Scape Art, that is made up of simple geometric shapes. Look at the overlapping of the buildings and the colors it creates. It’s so simple, but still has depth and movement.

hexagon quilt

I love this Hexagon Quilt from Nicole of Modern Handcraft. She paper pieced each little hexagon… it’s definitely a labor of love. But English paper piecing has been around for centuries and quilting. You would never guess it by looking at this quilt, with its fun, bright colors and modern arrangement.

sun mountains
the ocean, the sea, the wave

Such a simple design, but I love it so much! The gradient of the water getting darker and darker emphasizes the depth of the ocean. What does it make you think of?

geometric deer

Of course, when you talk about one trend another is bound to appear. This Geometric Stag is pretty great though… this would be a great pattern to use for String Art (another trend I am completely on board with!)!!

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent (Powder)

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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent and Save a Ton!

My children all have very sensitive skin, so I am very aware of anything that comes in contact with their skin. Since it’s socially frowned upon to go without clothing, the laundry detergent I use is a pretty important decision!

I found all of these ingredients at my Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Laundry aisle, but for convenience I’ve included links for where you can get everything online!

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

There’s not a lot to this recipe… you just combine all the ingredients!  This is a LARGE recipe, so you’ll need a bucket large enough to mix all the ingredients together.  For the Zote bars, it helps to take them out of the package and let them dry out overnight (slice each bar into about 8 pieces so it thoroughly dries throughout the whole bar).  Then you’ll need to FINELY (as pulverized as possible) grate the bars.  I like to put them in my Ninja, so drying them out especially helps when you go that route.  Add a little Borax into the food processor to get more evenly chopped pieces and keep the Zote bar from getting stuck to the blade.
The Oxi Clean is optional, but I highly recommend it.  You could definitely get the off brand from the dollar store if you want to save a little more $$
The first time I made this, I added a bottle of Purex Scent Crystals and felt like they were kind of a waste of money.  I’ve since decided to just rely on the scent of the Zote bars, which I quite like.
I also like to use plain white vinegar instead of fabric softener.  It is great at removing odors, keeps my clothes from getting dingy and keeps the machine clean… and if you have a load of laundry that you want to smell especially nice, then you can just add some good fabric softener like Gain (I have the Gain scent crystals that smell AMAZING, but don’t use them often).
I happen to have a baby formula scoop that I use, but in general, you’ll use 1-2 Tablespoons per load (yes, that’s it!!)
The last time I made this was in January and it lasted about 7 months, not including the 3lb Oxi Clean tub full of this detergent that I gave to my mom!  So, you’re looking at a $22 investment for 8 to 9 months.. and as a family of 4 (soon to be 5), we do a lot of laundry!
**This detergent works great on getting out most stains, but if I have an old or really tough stain, I will still pre-treat it.
**I do not have HE machines, but I’ve read many cases where people had great success (it doesn’t really create suds, so it is perfectly safe)… from what I’ve read, the best results come when you put the detergent right in the drum!
Of course I’m a craft nerd, so I covered an oatmeal container with some pretty paper and now I’m set :)  Make sure that you store your extra detergent in air tight containers, so you don’t lose the freshness and great scent!

 

Make Homemade Laundry Detergent for just $22! Lasts 9 months!!

 

Good luck and if you have any success or suggestions, please share!

Life as a Designer

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I am a graphic designer

It’s the middle of July and I’m humming the Christmas Waltz and dreaming of a winter wonderland.  This would be no surprise to other graphic designers like me.  I am knee deep in holiday cards, 2015 calendars, Christmas Facebook Timeline Covers and Marketing materials for the busiest time of year for photographers.  This is the time where you figure out if you really can make it as a designer.

There’s the mom guilt, where I never feel like I’m spending enough time with my kids… guilty for working instead of ‘cherishing every moment while my kids are still young.’  There’s always time to choose work later, right?

Then there’s the stress of money… am I making enough money to make this worth my time?  Most of the time, the answer could easily be no.  But if I was only doing this for money, I wouldn’t have even started.  Am I grateful for the times that it has kept my family out of a financial jam?  Absolutely.

But here’s the thing… I love work.  I love designing.  I love having a time out of the week where I can just be Heidi… not Adelle and Evelyn’s mom or Luke’s wife or the youth leader at church.  I love stretching my creative limits, meeting deadlines, sometimes just being busy with work. I personally believe that it makes me a better wife, a better mother, to have this part of my life that is just for me.  Some moms go get pedicures, go workout 2 hours a day, have book groups, etc, but this is what I do.  I work.  I am a graphic designer (not a writer…).

That doesn’t mean it’s easy… and it doesn’t mean that I love every little aspect of what I do (every job has tedious tasks), but I’m grateful for a supportive family who lets me have this little outlet just for me.

Even when I’m listening to Christmas music in July.

Pinterest

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Do you use Pinterest to try to boost your business?  While it can be very useful, I am learning that just because people respond to your work on Pinterest does not automatically mean an increase in sales.   I am, however, enjoying seeing this digital art printable getting pinned so many times :)

Start Each Day with a Grateful Heart

FREE PRINTABLE for Work at Home Moms (To Do List for Work & Home)

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I designed this simple to do list for myself recently and wanted to share!  I used to just make one giant To Do List and my tasks for home and work would just be all jumbled together.  I’ve already grown to love the 2 columns this design provides, so I can keep my work days organized, while not putting off the important tasks I need to do to maintain the order of my home.

I hope you find it useful (for personal use only)!  Enjoy!

To Do List for Work-at-Home Moms (or anyone who is trying to maintain their own business while attempting to maintain an orderly home)

Click Here to Download ‘To Do List for Work & Home’ PDF

Happy Father’s Day & Free Printable (10 Reasons Why I Love My Daddy)!

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I’ve been trying to decide what I should have the girls do for their daddy for Father’s Day, when I came across this sweet ’10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad’ printable at iSharePrintables.  The only thing I don’t LOVE about it is that it says 2013, which of course isn’t going to work for 2014!

So, obviously inspired by their beautiful design (they deserve all the credit!), I decided to create my own, which can be used for any year… I thought I better share 😉

Click Here to Download ’10 Reasons Why I Love My Daddy’ PDF

Enjoy!

Look for the Good

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We are always facing challenges in our lives… and sometimes challenges are also blessings.  For example, I am currently pregnant (yay!).  I am trying to count my blessings.. especially knowing how many women struggle with fertility.  However, there are some days where I feel sick all day long and it’s a little bit harder to be grateful.  So, I’ve had this little mantra for a while that helps me a little bit.  Look for the good.  There is so much good, even in trials, when we actually try to seek it out.

So, to share this message, I want to offer 50% OFF on my Printables, use code FORGOOD, so you can hang this up somewhere and see it everyday.  I hope it is a message that can inspire you the way it has inspired me.

 

Albus Dumbledore & Choices (+ Come Follow Me LDS Curriculum Handout)

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I have the awesome opportunity to serve the Young Women (ages 12-18) locally in my church.  Yesterday I taught a lesson on choices and “Why do the choices I make matter?” (from the LDS ‘Come Follow Me’ Young Women’s February Curriculum).  We had a great discussion… we talked about the choices we make every single day that matter (what time we go to bed, what time we wake up, whether we did our homework, whether we started and ended our day in prayer, whether we studied the scriptures and words of the prophets, etc.) and we talked about the big choices/decisions that we only have to make once if we will just make them ahead of time.  I always learn a lot from those girls and am so grateful to be with them twice a week.

For my lesson, I made this simple handout.  I personally feel like it’s important to recognize truth no matter where it comes from… even a young adult fiction book like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets :)  I made this printable available in my little Etsy shop as an 8×10, which also includes an 8.5×11 JPG that has 4 handouts to a page, so you can easily print it and share with your Young Women, if you so choose :)  OR you can just get the sheet of 4 handouts here.

Enjoy!

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