Happy Setpember! Let’s celebrate with a new digital wallpaper. Plus, we’re all super clever and hilarious; so this quote from one of my favorites, Oscar Wilde, is so fitting. I read The Picture of Dorian Gray for the first time more than 15 years ago and it’s still one of my very favorite books. I changed up my wallpaper game with a photo this time…so I hope you like it. You can have a photo of my desktop on your desktop. Clever, eh? Except that’s not my desktop. It’s my dining table. But I would have to clean my office to put up a picture of my desk. And that’s not gonna happen. So there.
Download your Clever Wallpaper here:
If Oscar Wilde’s wit isn’t your thing, you can get this September desktop calendar I designed over on the Wayfair blog. I used one of my hand-drawn patterns in one of my favorite fall colors to get us all in the spirit of sweater season. I can’t wait! Again, not my office. But I’m feeling super clever because I avoided cleaning my office again by using stock photography of someone else’s (clean) workspace. Winning.
Have a great day!
School starts next week. This is the first time in my parenting career that I’m not anxiously awaiting the end of summer. It’s been a really fun summer, and I’ve truly enjoyed the small people that give me zero personal space. This little darlin’ is headed for kindergarten and I’m not emotionally ready for it. But don’t tell her I said so. She’s feeling a bit nervous; and I have to keep my composure so I don’t freak her out. My pals at The Land of Nod sent over this adorable unicorn backpack to help send her off in style.
Over the years, I’ve sent kids to school in three different states. And I’ve learned a few tricks to keep things (somewhat) organized on the home front once the school bell rings and the papers start piling up. You can see my whole school year organization guide over at Honest to Nod today.
Here’s a sneak peak at one of my learned-the-hard-way tips: LABEL EVERYTHING! Somehow socks wander off, water bottles sprout legs and walk away and that super cool (literally!) insulated lunchbox gets left on the playground. The only way you even stand a chance is to slap a name + phone number all over the place. Sure, feel free to not label that awful pokemon hat; and then act surprised when it doesn’t make it home. I won’t tell anyone. 😉 But stick a label on the things you actually want to come home.
I made these printable label sheets to make the job a little easier. Print them out on card stock, a full-page label sheet; or laminate them luggage tag style and attach them to everything. Get them in pink/orange, blue, or green/brown (for those Minecraft lovers out there). Be sure to stop by Honest to Nod today for more Back-to-School organizing inspiration. And I leave you with one more look at the cutest backpack ever made:P.S. Backpacks and lunch boxes are 15% off until Monday…so go snag a magical backpack of your own, er, I mean for the kids.
Now I’m up to TWO blog posts this summer. So I’m pretty much killing it. 😉 I’ve teamed up with my pals at JAM Paper for this fun Tooth Fairy project. My almost-kindergartener has been losing teeth left and right lately. One tooth per week for the last three weeks! She’s giving the Tooth Fairy a real run for her money. I know every family approaches the Tooth Fairy differently; and I’m one of those parents who believes in prolonging the magic of childhood with a few white lies and an occasional sprinkling of fairy dust. My husband pulls teeth regularly, and the Tooth Fairy joins us often at community health fairs, so we’re basically family. Sidenote: loose teeth give me the heebie jeebies…so those 7 years of dental training were totally worth it if it means I never have to touch a loose tooth as long as I live.
OK, back to business; JAM sent over these adorable tiny envelopes and my daughter lost her first tooth the next day. So this project was meant to be. I occasionally design rubber stamps for my parents’ office supply store; so I whipped up an official Tooth Fairy seal for myself while I was at it. You never know when you’ll need an official Tooth Fairy seal, right?
Then I stamped the envelopes, and embossed them in silver because that’s was the Tooth Fairy would do. I asked her. She gave me two tiny thumbs up for my design choice. I made a little “receipt” so the Tooth Fairy can just check a few boxes, tuck the money into the envelope, and ta-da! Magic accomplished. She’s very busy, you know, so if I can streamline the process at all for her, I’m happy to oblige.
You can grab some envelopes over on JAM’s website; and you can get the printable receipt here. If you happen to be at Craft Lake City next weekend, I’ve got a version of this available during the event…so come visit me in booth 115. And Thanks, JAM Paper, for having tiny envelopes in bright colors. You speak my love language.
Hi Friends! I haven’t been around here since early June when the final school bell rang for summer. I’ve decided that summer and blogging don’t work together very well for me. And I’m OK with that.
I’ve been playing hard with the kids; and most of my creative energy has been focused on expanding my product line. If you find yourself in SLC this summer, come visit me at the Craft Lake City DIY Festival in August. I honestly didn’t think I’d get in when I applied, and therefore wasn’t in a rush to create new stuff; but then I got in, and I’ve been in various stages of panic for most of the summer. I keep telling myself that I do my best work in panic mode. Maybe I’ll start to believe it soon.
One of my goals for the summer was to spend more time creating with the kids. We have “school” work to do everyday; and quite often I throw an art project into the mix. I’m planning a “Gallery Walk” for the kids to show off their artwork to family and friends in the fall to keep us motivated with our projects.
Before summer began, I sat down and wrote a list of quick, easy and inexpensive projects we can do, so I didn’t actually have to use my brain once summer vacation started. You can get the printable list here…and it goes really well with our Summer Activity Lists…so combine them, and you’re all set to finish summer off with a bang. Or at least a big splash of color.
I’ve got several other blog posts planned for the remainder of summer…but who knows when I’ll get around to them. 😉 In the meantime, you can see what I’m working on over on instagram: @christinawilliamsblog, and while you’re there, check out our summer art hashtag: #cwsummerart so you can see our art projects in action.