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Monday, September 29, 2014

Cute Printable Cards #thankfulmail

     Why hello everyone! So glad to have you hear. I hope your weekend way totally rad! We had fun spending time with my family, eating good food, and talking loudly (when you have a big family like I do, whoever is the loudest wins in every conversation). And now, for the freebie of the day: cute printable cards!
     Today is extra exciting, because I am doing a blog hop with the lovely Colleen Pastor from Lemon Thistle. As you know, it is officially fall, and the season of giving thanks. Colleen came to me with the idea of a challenge to promote the idea of showing gratitude to those you love through writing them a nice letter. Who doesn't like to receive snail mail, am I right!? So, we are challenging both ourselves and you as well to write a letter expressing thanks to someone you love every week in October, and sending it via pony express.
     I know this is quite the challenge—writing letters take a lot of time, but I'm sure they will be really well received. And to help get you extra motivated, I've made these cute and simple cards for you to use! Not only are these little cards a fun touch for your #thankfulmail, but they come with matching envelopes too. I designed the envelopes and shared them over at A Dose of Paige last week, so be sure to head over there and download them! Not only are you going to show your friends and family how grateful you are, but you'll be showing them your crafty side as well.
     So, are you up for the challenge? We can do it! Download these fun cards, and check out the printable Colleen is sharing as well. This is going to be awesome!
     Happy letter writing!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Worth While" Poem Printable {Plus eShakti Review}


     Hi friends! It's great to have you here today. I hope you are doing well, and if you aren't then I'm here to give you a boost! I was feeling overwhelmed the other day (that seems to be happening a lot lately, haha), and I decided to read my favorite poem (Worth While by Ella Wheeler Wilcox) in order to cheer myself up and get motivated. Once I did, I took one deep breath and felt so much better. So, that's why, today, I've decided to share an uplifting message with this "Worth While" Poem Printable.
     The poem reads:

It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.

It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it's only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of earth
Is the one that resists desire.

By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
Who had no strength for the strife,
The world's highway is cumbered to-day;
They make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
For we find them but once in a while.

     Isn't that just beautiful!? I just love encouraging messages like that. It's a good reminder that, although things can get rough, if you can keep you head held high, you can get through it.
     Now, do you want to know how I was introduced to this poem? Let me tell ya, it's pretty random. I actually saw the first four lines of this poem printed on a plaque at (any guesses?) The Tower of Terror—that's right, that spooky, elevator-dropping, stomach-turning, theme park ride in California Adventure. (It's in the boiler room, top floor incase you want to find it next time you are there.) Just goes to show you that you never know what you can find when you take time to slow down and just take in your surroundings...which is pretty easy to do when you're waiting in a line for a ride.
     So, enjoy the design—print it out and hang it in your bedroom, bathroom, boiler room—wherever it will be the most motivational for you. It's a good one to keep in mind.



























eShakti Review

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for writing this review. However, all opinions are my own.

     Today I also have another treat for you! Take a look at this beautiful dress:



     That's right, soak it all in—isn't it lovely! 
     Ok, so something you should know about me it that I LOVE 50's/60's style dresses. Collars, buttons, cinched waist—divine! So, that's why when I saw this particular dress it was calling my name.
     Now, here's the cool thing about eShakti, their clothes are customizable! So, if you see something you like, but you wish it were longer, or the sleeves were different, no worries. If you find a dress you LIKE, you can turn it into a dress you LOVE using their handy customization tools. Here's an example:

1. Found a Super Cute Dress!

...but how do I know it's going to fit me right? And I'd like it to have sleeves.

2. Pick Out Your Size Using Their Detailed Sizing Table


And you even include your height to make it more accurate. This was a huge thing for me, because I am 5' 9" but a size 4, so I have a really hard time finding dresses in my size that aren't mini skirts!

3. What Kind of Sleeves Would You Like?

Seriously, look at all the options! How rad is that!?

4. Pick Your Skirt Length

I love dresses that go mid-calf length for church, but always have a hard time finding them—not anymore.

5. Even More Ways to Customize

Some of the dresses even have options for the neckline! And if you don't want pockets (personally my favorite feature, but to each their own), you can have them removed as well and any embroidery.


     Your dress comes just the way YOU want it. So, if your in need of a beautiful dress that fits your size, shape, and style, I would definitely give eShakti a try!
     Happy crafting, and happy shopping!






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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party {24}

I'm so glad you're joining us today at the fabulous Create & Share link party!!! I know you know this, but it's you guys that make this a party, and we're always excited to see your work and the talent you bring to the table each week. And I'm sure this week will be no exception!


Be sure to follow your hostesses—you'll be glad you did.

Our Projects


And, of course, we have some lovely features for you!

Most Viewed

(featured on all 4 blogs)

My Favorites


//  Blueberry Cheese Tarts – Simply Stacie //
//  Pom Poms: Make the Prettiest Decor Accents for Your Tables! – The Party Suite //
//  Mini Yarn Pumpkin – Craft Tutorial – The Real Before Pictures  //
//  Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Recipe & Free Printables – Pitter & Glink  //
//  Soft Frosted Snickerdoodle Bars – Celebrating Sweets  //

Holy cow! This was the hardest week yet to pick features!!! If you check out my Create and Share Pinterest board, you'll find a bunch of others that caught my eye. Which one is your favorite? I am dying for those sweet potato fries myself—YUM! Also, be sure to check out the other blogs to see if you were featured.

And don't forget to follow my Pinterest board to see all these lovely features and more favorites each week!

Follow Designs By Miss Mandee's board Create & Share Party Favorites on Pinterest.

Be sure to join us every Tuesday at 7:00 PM (MST)


Well, what do you say? Let's GET THIS PARTY STARTED, shall we!?!




Alright, now get to linking up the crafts and recipes you’ve been working on this week! Here’s the details:

★ Link up anything you’ve created and blogged, be it recipes, crafts, printables, tutorials, so long as they are appropriate.
★ Please link to your specific post, and not your entire blog.
★ Link up to three posts, but no more.
★ Try not to link up the same post more than once in a six-month period.
★ Do not linkup Etsy shops, giveaways, or other linkups; your entry will be deleted.
★ Add my button to your blog, or a text link pointing back to my blog.
★ Follow my blog, so you never miss a thing!
★ Visit some fellow linkers, share the love.
★ And most of all, have some FUN!

Get ready, get set, PARTY!

Ps: By linking up with the Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party, you are giving us permission to feature your projects and recipes on any of our social media platforms with a link back to you, as well as receiving a weekly notification of the start of the party via email.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Free Hand Drawn Boho Elements

     Hello there, and happy Monday! It's a new start to a new week, and anything is possible. Hope you had a nice weekend. Like most, ours was spent catching up on all the little things we didn't have time to do throughout the week. Not too exciting, but it's nice to have things at least [semi] back in order again. But today I'm eager, and excited, to share with you a brand spankin' new download: Free Hand Drawn Boho Elements! I can almost hear the crowd cheering with excitement!
     I've been blown away with the popularity of my laurel wreaths, and so I've decided to offer you some more fun hand drawn freebies. These boho-inspired designs are what I used for my Miniature Printable Gift Bags that I made as part of a post with my good friend Paige. They are absolutely adorable, so if you haven't seen them yet, you really should check them out!
     Like all of my drawings, these are really loose and not exactly symmetrical, but I've learned to embrace the imperfection in my sketches and now I like it—I feel like it makes designs feel that much more personal and human. Which one of these is your favorite? I like the feather and bead graphics. I think they would be so fun on a tote...I wouldn't really know how to do that, but it would be cool!
     So, as I mentioned before, all of these design elements are free to use: simply click the download button below and go nuts! If you'd like to learn how to alter the colors of these graphics using PicMonkey, you can view my tutorial.
     Happy designing!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Password List Printable

     Hey there! How is your week going so far? I'm ready for the weekend—who's with me?
     Things have been alright though, nothing to really complain about. My hubby and I have been watching America's Got Talent all Summer, and it was fun to see the finale! We really don't watch TV (we don't even have a TV...we watch everything online), but it was kind of fun to have a show we looked forward to watching together each week and predicting who would make it through. So it's kind of a bummer that that's over now.
     But, let's get to today's lovely freebie, shall we!
     I don't know about you, but I have a lot of online accounts...A LOT! I couldn't even name all of them. And I can't tell you how many times I've had to go through the process of clicking "forgot your password" and then re-setting it over...and over...and over again. Well, it's time for me to get organized! That's why I decided to make this fun password list printable.
     This printable is simple, but I think it's pretty darn cute! Plus, it's editable! That means that when you make a new account you don't even have to take the time to find a pen that works (that's always the challenge in our house) and write it all down—you can just copy/paste it in. Pretty rad, right? Of course, if you'd still like to have the hard copy to write on using you quill and ink (wink), you totally can. Just download it, and print it off like normal (the blue boxes that show up when you open it in Adobe Acrobat won't print).
     So, there you have it! If you are finding yourself on the less organized side of things lately, I hope you find this printable helpful. And also be sure to check out my other fun printables to help you get organized!
     Happy Organizing!


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party {23}

Hey there, and welcome to the spectacular, the amazing, the incredible CREATE & SHARE LINK PARTY (woohoo!!!)! So glad to have you here with us today, because, let's face it, it just wouldn't be a party without YOU.

As always, we are blown away by the amount of talent you all  share with us each week, and last week was definitely no exception!



Be sure to follow your hostesses—you'll be glad you did. Check out what we've all been up to this week:

And, of course, we have some lovely features for you!

Most Viewed

(featured on all 4 blogs)
//  Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Cookies – Sunny Side Ups  //

My Favorites

//  Apple Pie Scented Play Dough – Juggling Act Mama //
//  Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip – Mrs Happy Homemaker  //
//  No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake Dessert – Adventures of a DIY Mom  //
//  Fabric-Covered Nailhead Trim Cork Board – Moving to the Country  //
//  Country Apple Fritter Muffins – The Baking Chocolatess  //

Aren't these great!? I don't know about you, but I'm a HUGE fan of apple fritters, so I feel like those Country Apple Fritter Muffins are really calling my name right now! Be sure to check out the other blogs to see if you were featured.

And don't forget to follow my Pinterest board to see all these lovely features and more favorites each week!

Follow Designs By Miss Mandee's board Create & Share Party Favorites on Pinterest.

Be sure to join us every Tuesday at 7:00 PM (MST)


Well, what do you say? Let's GET THIS PARTY STARTED, shall we!?!




Alright, now get to linking up the crafts and recipes you’ve been working on this week! Here’s the details:

★ Link up anything you’ve created and blogged, be it recipes, crafts, printables, tutorials, so long as they are appropriate.
★ Please link to your specific post, and not your entire blog.
★ Link up to three posts, but no more.
★ Try not to link up the same post more than once in a six-month period.
★ Do not linkup Etsy shops, giveaways, or other linkups; your entry will be deleted.
★ Add my button to your blog, or a text link pointing back to my blog.
★ Follow my blog, so you never miss a thing!
★ Visit some fellow linkers, share the love.
★ And most of all, have some FUN!

Get ready, get set, PARTY!

Ps: By linking up with the Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party, you are giving us permission to feature your projects and recipes on any of our social media platforms with a link back to you, as well as receiving a weekly notification of the start of the party via email.