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Archive for the ‘family’ Category

Project Life

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

I have been anxiously awaiting the new ‘core kits’ from Project Life so I can get started saving some everyday memories in a simple, totally not overwhelming, but also really great to look at, way, alas, they are so popular that everywhere has been sold out!

I first learned about Project Life from you guys! You encouraged me to design some printables that would work with the Project Life system, which I’ve now done and consequently, want to share with you!

This set is for little ones, the next set (which I’m already started on!) will be based more on grown ups. Please let me know how you like them and please, please share your Project Life pics with me over at my FaceBook Page! I would love to see what you do!

(Link to download below Pics!)

Click right HERE to download yours!

*They may look light on your computer screen, but will print out perfectly!

End of the School Year

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

End of the year teacher gifts are ALWAYS my favorite thing to put together and this year was no exception! We’ve had a wonderful but busy year this year, so I didn’t get to do as much as I had hoped I would for my son’s phenomenal teacher.  I did however, design & have made these little cards for her to use in class next year!

At the beginning of the year, I’d designed & framed a print for her with a classroom crest and the class motto below it. She liked it so much that it ended up on the back of the kids school shirts! I decided to use that same design on these sweet little encouragement cards. On the back of the cards, it says, “You impressed me today!” then, there are some lines to write out what exactly the student did that impressed her! I thought it would be a fun thing to do for kids when they go above and beyond or show exemplary character. It’s hard to see with these pictures, but there’s a beautiful spot UV on the crest as well as the little banner on the back, you can see it best in the last photo.

I wish I’d have done all the other things I had dreamed up, but she was gracious and sweet when my son gave them to her and really seemed to like them. Next year we will be much less busy so I’m hoping that I put together a well thought out gift that will let him/her know how sincerely we appreciate teachers! I’m so grateful for all that they do.

In other news, I have some Project Life printables on the way for you to download on my blog soon! Thanks Robin & Melissa for the push to create those! I won’t be writing much here as we prepare to move late this summer, but I’ve got a few fun things in the works, so the best way to be sure you don’t miss out is to like me over on Facebook! Here’s to a wonder filled summer!!! xo, Mariah

Weepul Invasion Co.

Monday, February 20th, 2012

I know that my blog is about illustration and design and not about Weepuls, but I’m such a proud mama, I just had to share the news that after the success of the Weepuls my son sent with his Muppet valentines, he came to me asking what I thought about him selling custom Weepuls.. I loved the idea and we quickly went to work starting a company for him named, “Weepul Invasion Co.” and setting up shop over at Etsy!

He has long done artwork on my cintiq using Adobe Illustrator, so he was able to draw a little logo (I added a little bit of shading and helped with the kerning) but he did SUCH a good job! He’s also started a series of Weepul art prints that he’s going to sell as well.. things like drawings of Katniss, Peeta & Prim from The Hunger Games as Weepuls. It was important to him that 25% of all orders be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital too! This, after a particularly touching story he saw about some kids there a while back.

I think it’s all so great and super adorable & I love seeing him excited about using his talents in a way that will not only benefit St. Jude’s but also allow him to know with certainty that everyone can make a difference, no matter how old (or young) you are! What a good boy…and what a proud mama I am. If you want to support a great cause and give my sweet boy a big smile, head on over and place an order! He excitedly checks each order to see where his creation will be heading and thinks it’s super cool that they’re heading all over the country! Each Weepul comes numbered and with a teeny tiny birth certificate (so cute!) The packaging is minimal & gorgeous.

My favorite part are the descriptions he gives… like this one:  ”Sunshi loves to lay in her hammock in the sun while eating fresh fruit and listening to Metallica and Nirvana. She can’t wait for her next adventure!”  Kids are so rad.

Valentines, Weepuls & Google Eyes

Monday, February 13th, 2012

To go with my sons Muppet Valentines he wanted to make some Muppet Weepuls (remember those!?!) After some initial tries and due to time constraints, we decided to scratch making Muppet themed Weepuls and made regular old Weepluls instead.

As we made them, a google eye made it’s way to rest perfectly on top of Lew’s eye and by complete chance, we saw a fun way to add to the Muppet Valentines! We decided to add google eyes to all of the Lew Valentines as well as the Beaker ones. We even had the perfect sized pom poms to put on Lew as a nose! If you have some of these things laying around, you may want to take a little bit of time to ‘add the love’ as we like to say! It was a really great project, no need for perfection, just simple & fun!

Justice League & Ferris Wheel

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I can’t respond to every question or comment, but since there are so many about these two things I wanted to just post a public reply to them.

Question #1: Will I be selling Justice League invitations/posters etc. with the characters I designed any time in the future?

The quick answer is, no. I would love to, but to be honest, I’m pretty sure I’d have to purchase a license to sell products that are clearly depicting licensed characters from the Justice League. I would really love to offer them to you for purchase and I *am researching how much it might cost to buy a license, however, I have a sneaking suspicion, that it’s a pretty high number and will not be worth the relatively small volume I’d be doing. As I mentioned I *am looking into it though and would love any input from you if you are a license genius!

Question #2: Do you have pictures of the finished ferris wheel you talked about in this post?

Yes.. I’m sure somewhere in the archives I have them, but they weren’t good and I don’t think I ever got a picture of the ferris wheel filled up with cupcakes. It was just such a rushed mess that day. I really didn’t get any good shots of it. I also wanted to re-mount it in my new studio, so it’s not even up at the moment as my walls are still bare. So, it may be a while but, I’m workin’ on it!

Thank you so much for your emails, and again, I apologize that I can’t personally reply to each one, but I *do read and appreciate them! Thank you so much!

Printable Muppet Valentines

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Hello, hello! I had a very nice vacation with my family and am now fully back at work and in the swing of things.  We didn’t take a trip or anything, just got everything at home in order, had lots of nice dinners with friends and family, we played a lot of Farkle and Monopoly and even staying up one night until 1 am (all three of us!) finishing the first book in the book series, The Hunger Games. It was phenomenal.. kind of harsh at times, but so good! All and all, it was a very nourishing time.

I wanted to pop in and share some valentines with you! My son is a creative boy and he loves all things Muppet, so naturally, when I asked him what sort of thing he’d like to do for his class valentines he wanted Muppets! It’s really no wonder since (if you remember) my husband and I have long loved them too!

I did a quick search at a few local shops and then a little online search to no avail. This always seems to be the case with his valentines. One year he wanted Ben10 valentines (this was before they had ever come out with them), another year, he wanted Happy Pets (I’ll have to dig up those files to show you!) and now, The Muppets. I find it hard to believe that they are not putting any valentines out there this year especially with the movie and everything, but the only thing I’ve seen are some vintage cards.

I was disappointed at first, but I am pretty glad it turned out this way now, because I’ve had a lot of fun designing these cards!

I decided to keep the cliche valentine sayings out of the actual cards and instead added the valentine-y part to the header. That way, the cards could really be used at any time of year!

We’re going to place the valentines into a simple little clear bags that I already had from Michael’s, then we’re going to add some kind of treat (perhaps Swedish Fish for Lew Zealand!) and top the bag with a cute header that I created to match (featuring Kermit!). I like these bags because they are big enough to fit a variety of treats wether you decide to do candy, small cracker jack toys or something useable like a notepad and small pencil or something.

Here’s a photo of Lew in the bag and with the header card but with no treats in the bag yet (still have to decide what we’re doing and buy those).

I made the headers coordinate with the cards, here’s a preview of them, there’s a place to write who the valentine is to and who it’s from.

So, here are the downloads for you to enjoy! I put them separately in case you only wanted the cards or, you could really only use the headers as well and just put candy in the bag sans the card. Whatever you fancy!

Muppet Valentine Cards (3637)

Muppet Valentine Headers (3218)

Enjoy folks and drop in and let me know you used them, I’d love to connect with you!  xo, Mariah

Thank you and Free printable ‘You are loved’ notes!

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Hello, hello! Have you been over to Ali’s blog/site today? Seeing that I was her pick for *mom of the week* this week was such a fun thing to wake up to today! I’m a big fan of hers, I think she’s pretty extraordinary. She seems genuinely compassionate as The Biggest Loser host (I love that!) and of course I grew up loving to hate her character ‘Sami’ on Days. I want to send out a big thanks to Ali & her team, they’re doing great things to support moms and women in general over there. If you haven’t already, go check it out!

In relation to that, if you remember my post a couple of days ago talking about my answer to Ali’s question, I posted this photo:

It’s a photo of some of my favorite things we’ve put into Jacob’s Jar over the years. See that small note that say’s, “You are loved” on it? Well, a while back I printed a bunch of these out in different colors and we keep them near the jar to write on (along with other neat types of paper). That way, there’s some color and variety to the notes we write. Who doesn’t like a little color?
I’ve also always wanted to paint the lid of Jacob’s jar, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet! Anyway, I thought perhaps you would like to have your own little ‘You are loved’ notes. So I made a free PDF download for you too! (1748)

[click, save to desktop (or other location you knwo how to find) then open and print!]

Here’s what it will look like:

I did a little search and found some other cute jar ideas out there, check ‘em out!

Fingerprints On The Fridge

Young House Love

Evolutions of Style Blog


Enjoy the notes! xoxoxoxox, Mariah

Calling all moms!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I was wandering about online during my lunch (I know, I know, a big no, no!) and went over to my twitter page and saw this post: Calling All Moms asking, “What’s the funniest thing your child has ever said?” – If you know me at all, you know my favorite thing is a good & true laugh, so this question inspired me!

A long time ago my husband made a little ‘piggy bank’ type jar for us to put the little scraps of paper building up where we wrote funny things that happened in our family or sweet/funny things our son said. Just a little place to store the memories that was easy to access and remember. It’s worked well over the years. When this question came up on Alison’s blog I knew right where to go! It’s been a long time since I opened our jar up so I was excited to recall all the memories!

Dang you guys, my heart melted about a million times and I came away feeling even more blessed than I normally do! Here’s the one I chose to answer the question on Alison’s blog,

“I was asking my son about his day at school. As he was telling me about it he mentioned a name I wasn’t familiar with so I asked if she was a room parent. He replied, “No, she’s a kid, she’s not human yet.” Who knew we only become human upon becoming adults.

Here are a couple of my other favorites that are more sweet than funny,

“One day I was talking to you (me to my son) and I told you, ‘You’re incredible’ to which you replied, ‘I like it when you say that.’”

I remember this one, it wasn’t too long ago, and I’ll just never forget the sincerity in his eyes. It was quite a moment. I just thought, what a simple and honest reply. I wish I had that kind of grace.

The other one, well, you guys know that we’ve had a really hard time with infertility the second time around, so this was an extra heart tugging moment for me, but it shows you what a sweet heart my dear boy has. He’s going to be an amazing father (just like his dad) He and I were just chatting one day on the way to school when he said,

“If I ever have a little brother, and he had a crush on some girls at school, I would pat him on the shoulder when I drop him off at school and tell him, “Go get em’ Tiger!”

When he grabbed his bag to hop out, we said our regular, “I love you’s” and just as he turned to run to class I called his name and quietly said, “Go get em’ tiger!” …. I think I actually saw his heart swell. In the space of that moment, he knew that someone ‘got him’ and I will always cherish the smile that beamed back at me.

Yep. Being his mom is one of my biggest honors. I’m so glad I happened upon Alison’s question so I could mosey down memory lane for a while this morning! Thanks Alison! xo

Carnival invitations & masked bunnies

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Hello!  Well, as you can see, I ended up changing the colors on my sons invitations.  I adore the red and white, but I was printing these myself and the red just wasn’t printing well.  I should have planned on having them printed, but ..meh, I just didn’t.

Still, I’m very happy with the result!  I love, love, love the zesty yellow twine from Whisker Graphics so I was happy to have it hold all together so beautifully.  In the third photo from the top you can see that I also changed the treat boxes, oh they’re so cute!  I’m not sure yet what I will fill them with… perhaps lemon heads.

The little ’10′ card tied onto the invite is actually a little toy.  I’m not sure what you call these things (any suggestions?) but you can see that one side has the ’10′ and the other has the sunburst, so when you hold the pretty twine in your fingers and spin, the two sides look like one and the sunburst appears to be behind the ’10′.  It’s really fun!

I used to love these things when I was little, the one you’d see most often was the one that had an open bird cage on one side and a bird flying on the other and when you spun it, it looked like the bird was flying out of the cage.  What a lovely thing!   It took me a while to figure out what I was going to do to add an element of FUN into the invite and this worked out perfectly!

I have some other little surprises too, but my camera recently broke and I’ve had trouble taking photos that do them justice with my cell phone.  On that note, I know these images are a bit ragged as well, but I did my best with what I have.  I’ll be putting some money away for a new one & doing some research on which one to get.

So, I thought I’d tell you how I made these and also thought I’d make some that I can put up as a free download as well!  First, here are the directions:

Step One: Cut out both sides out with a circle punch (for these I used a 2″ circle) and then run either the back or the front through your small Xyron machine.  You could also use double stick tape if you dont have an Xyron.  It works fine, it’s just a little bit more time consuming.

Step Two: After cutting your  twine, center it on the sticky circle.  Do try and get it nice and straight so it will not spin all cock eyed.  It does make a difference.

Step Three: To finish them up, just place the non-sticky piece neatly onto the sticky side, sandwiching the twine between them.  The more perfect you get them the better.  If all the edges *dont align perfectly you’ll have a sticky edge. (yuk!)

That’s it!  Spin the twine & watch the magic!

Now, since I doubt that you have need for a spinning toy with the number ’10′ on it, I designed a little Halloween toy for you!  Here’s a little preview, though to really appreciate the fun, you’ll have to print them out and make them! (Pssst!  You could also head over to my Facebook page to see the bunny fully masked! Shhh!!)

Here is your download:  Masked Bunny (1223)  If you make these, I’d love to see some pictures!  You can put them up over here and I’ll feature them on my blog!  {They would be great for Halloween party favors!}


The 1st of *many* super cute downloads for you!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The day before yesterday, I blogged about my dear friend Melissa, and her newly
re-designed site, Another Lunch where she faithfully serves up fun, waste-free lunch ideas for the lunchbox crowd.  At some point during the design process, we had the idea to offer some super cute printable lunchbox notes to our readers for FREE!  I designed the notes based on her blog illustrations to commemorate the launch.  You can download, print, fill out & stick these notes into all the cute bento lunches you’ll be making this school year!

Click here –> Sweet Printable Lunch Notes (10725) to download yours! Feel free to print them as many times as you’d like! {Please note that these are for personal, non-commercial use ONLY!}  I’ve planned many more FREE downloads that I’ll be posting in the future! There are a few very special ones that will be offered as limited editions, so be sure you join me over here so you don’t miss out! If there’s something specific you’d like to see, please comment and let me know and I’ll see what I can do! Enjoy sweet friends!  xo

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