Thursday, December 27, 2012

We Went Home for Christmas!

Here are some pictures of our trip home for Christmas! Daniel and my parents live in the same town so we had a week filled with family fun! I got a Canon camera for a gift so the photo quality on the blog should be much better in the following months.

It was extra special because we had a white Christmas... a rarity in Texas! 
 My family's Christmas tree!
 Daniel's family's Christmas tree!
 Opening gifts with Daniel's family
 My house covered in snow... so pretty!
 Our pecan tree out front - we got some great pecans this year!
 
 Our living room all ready for Christmas!
 Sweet Pye
 My parents' dog Meg (she was sleepy from playing in the snow!)
This is going to be Pye's Christmas card picture next year! ;)
Walking down the driveway in the snow
This is an old wagon we have in front of our barn (you can see the chicken coop in the background!)
My mom's miniature horses are staying warm near the barn
Pretty Bonnie after her haircut and bath!
The view from our back windows
Here's "Happy" the cow and one of our new calves!
The chickens are staying warm in their coop... we get lots of fresh eggs from them every morning!

How was your Christmas this year? What was your favorite gift/memory?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Freebie Friday: Everything is a Miracle - Albert Einstein Quote

This week flew by! It seems like it was just Friday yesterday. I hope everyone had a great week! 

This "Freebie Friday" printable features a quote from Albert Einstein. I love his quotes on faith and life. 

This printable is such a great reminder to keep around - either as a wall decoration, on a bulletin board, or as your phone or computer background.

And it matches perfectly with this printable in my Etsy shop (also an Einstein quote!).

I hope you love it! And please feel free to Pin it to share with your friends and family!

Free Einstein Quote Printable by PrintableWisdom
To download and print, click on the image above. A new window will open and you can right click and "Save Image As" to your computer. Then you can just print it like you would a photo!

All material copyrighted Ashley Gardner, PrintableWisdom 2012
Please do not resell or redistribute

I hope you love it! Have an awesome weekend! 

Let me know in the comments section what your favorite Einstein quote is from the link above. Or share another favorite quote with us... maybe I'll pick it for the next Freebie Friday! 

Happy Friday!

Feature!

Kelly from Blart {link} has posted an interview I did with her about my Etsy shop! I'd love it if y'all went to check it out! 


And definitely take a look around at the rest of her blog! She posts great giveaways, artist features, and tutorials.

Thanks, Kelly!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

DIY: Glittered Mason Jars with Chalkboard Tops

Today's DIY project is perfect for giving home baked goods (or anything else that will fit in a Mason jar) all year round... and it's super sparkly which makes any gift better! Check out the finished project below!
DIY Glitter  Chalkboard mason jars Tutorial by PrintableWisdom
Glittery right?

Now that you know how adorably these jars are going to turn out, lets get started! 

First we need supplies:
Mason jars (I'm using the quilted patterned jars but any Mason jar will work)
Mod Podge (I'm using glossy)
Glitter - any color you choose, I'm using bright gold (a giant tub!)
Masking tape
Paint brush(es)
Chalkboard paint (*not shown*)
DIY Glitter  Chalkboard mason jars Tutorial by PrintableWisdom
Follow these steps:
1. Tape around the Mason jar at whatever level you want your glitter to go to. I taped mine about 3/4 of the way up the jar.
2. Coat your Mason jar with Mod Podge. You want a layer that's not too thin, but not in huge globs either - just a nice even coat.
3. Sprinkle glitter all over your Mason jar (I did this over a bowl so I could collect the glitter instead of my floor collecting it!). Shake off the excess
4. Peel off the tape and allow the jars to dry upside down (so you don't mess up the bottom edges with glitter)
5. Paint the tops of the Mason jars (just the flat insert portion) with chalkboard paint. Make sure to follow the directions on the jar. I did 3 layers 1 hour apart each and let the lids sit overnight.
DIY Glitter  Chalkboard mason jars Tutorial by PrintableWisdom
After letting your jars and lids dry, it's time to assemble them! Put your treats or gifts inside, seal the lid, and tie on a cute tag!
I'm using my "Secret Recipe" tags from PrintableWisdom. You can find them in my Etsy store - they are customized with the recipe name of your choice!
DIY Glitter  Chalkboard mason jars Tutorial by PrintableWisdom
Don't forget to write the name of the gift-ee on your chalkboard lid!

Aren't these the sparkliest Mason jars you've ever seen? What are you planning to put in yours? Let me know in the comments!

And I'd love for you to pin one of the pictures in this tutorial to share with your friends and family!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: A Woodland Winter Christmas

It's Tuesday... time for an Etsy Treasury!

This week's treasury features rustic, woodland themed Christmas items. There's something for everyone here... soap, decorations, photographs, jewelry, paper products... what more could you ask for! 

Let me know in the comments what your favorite item is! And check out the treasury on Etsy at this link:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTI4ODMzODZ8MjcyMTE1ODY3OQ/woodland-winter-christmas

New PrintableWisdom Promotional Video!

I finally got around to creating a promotional video for my PrintableWisdom Etsy shop! The idea had been floating around in my head for awhile so it's great to have it actually done. I really enjoy creating book trailers for authors (you can see some of them by clicking on the "Book Trailers" tab at the top of the blog), and thought I could try the same thing to promote my Etsy shop. 

Take a look and let me know what you think!


Come back tomorrow for a great Treasury Tuesday post - featuring some great Etsy finds with a rustic, woodland Christmas theme!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Join the Meet and Greet Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Meet & Greet Blog Hop! It is hosted each week by Sara, Kim, and Laurie (who you can read more about below!). Each week a new featured blogger is chosen and I was SO happy to learn that I was the featured blogger this week! Learn more about the blog hop and join in the fun below!

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Click on our link to visit our blog. Leave us each a comment letting us know you’re following - we would love to follow you back!
Link up and add your blog to the list!
Please visit and greet other Bloggers. 
Let them know you are following and make their day!
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Each week one participant will be randomly chosen and featured along with the hosts!

The Meet & Greet Blog Hop will run Sunday and Mondays each week! 

Meet Our Hosts!
Sara - from FlowerLandShop is from Rome, Italy. Sara has a wonderful talent creating whimsical and colorful polymer clay jewels, home decorations and animal figurines!

Kim - from 2 just B you is from Northern California. Kim is active with her creative family! They work together and create handmade gifts, and homemade delicious sweets! 

Laurie - from Created By Laurie is from Honolulu, Hawaii. Laurie creates handmade custom stuffed animals and embroiders them to personalize!

*Featured Guest*
Ashley - from PrintableWisdom is from Houston, TX. Ashley is currently a medical student with hopes of becoming a pediatrician, who creates beautiful digital printables!


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Freebie Friday: And may all your Christmases be white!

It's Friday... and that means I'm done with my final exams for med school (yay!) and it's "Freebie Friday"! I don't know if this day could get any better!

Now that I don't have studying looming over my head, I am ready to really get into the Christmas spirit. Here is a fun printable to hang up in your home (or put on your desk, or use as your computer/phone background, or just about anything else you can think of!)
Free printable - And may all your Christmases be white, by PrintableWisdom

Just click on the image above and a new window will open. Right click and save it to your computer - then print it out just like you would a photo!

And here's a fun YouTube video to go along with your printable! (The white reindeer is my favorite! He has quite the singing voice!)


I live in Texas, so our "White Christmases" are few and far between... but I still love the song and this printable! What about y'all? Are you expecting a "White Christmas" this year?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DIY: Christmas card wrap-around address labels + Free download!

This year, I used one of my PrintableWisdom Christmas card designs as our family Christmas card! I ordered the cards from ProDigital photos... and they turned out amazing! How cute is Pye in her Santa hat?! 

So now that I had some super cute cards... I had to have cute labels to spice up the plain old white envelopes. And boy did I ever spice them up; take a look below! 

First, you'll need your supplies:
Free wrap-around address labels for Christmas - from PrintableWisdom

  • Christmas cards and envelopes
  • A label sheet - full page Post-It notes work best for this (I'm using shipping labels, but that makes it a lot harder... learn from my mistake and use the Post-It notes!)
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter - I ended up using my gold glitter, but you can see all the colors I had to work with here! I'll have to think up a new DIY project for all my extra glitter!
  • Scissors
  • PDF file of your labels (download at the end of the tutorial!!)
Now print out your labels on the full page Post-It (yours won't have the gap in the middle... remember what I said about using full sheet Post-Its instead of mailing labels? That's why!) :) 
If you download the Word file (via GoogleDocs), you can type in your addresses before printing. If you download the JPEG (click on the picture at the end of the post) you will now need to write in your addresses.

Free wrap-around address labels for Christmas - from PrintableWisdom
Now the fun part... glitter! Dab just a tiny bit of the glue on top of the stars (I used the tip of my finger to make sure there wasn't just a big glob that would take forever to dry). You're going for a nice thin layer to of glue to sprinkle the glitter onto. Shake off the excess and admire your handiwork! Don't those trees look awesome now?
Free wrap-around address labels for Christmas - from PrintableWisdom
The next step is to cut out all your tags. They'll look like this when you're done and the label backing is still attached to the back so you can peel it off just like a sticker!
Free wrap-around address labels for Christmas - from PrintableWisdom
I just had to show you how cute our cards looked with the tags... how very coordinated! The next step is to stuff your envelopes and put the tags on! Make sure the "from" is on the back and the "to" is on the front! I asked my father-in-law if these were Post Office "compliant" (he's a USPS mail carrier) and he gave them the seal of approval!
Free wrap-around address labels for Christmas - from PrintableWisdom
They'll look like this when you're done!
Free wrap-around address labels for Christmas - from PrintableWisdom
Free wrap-around address labels for Christmas - from PrintableWisdom
Don't those wrap-around labels look so neat? I'm really loving them!

And now, you can make your very own wrap around labels!


Handwritten Addresses:
Use this download if you want to hand write your addresses! 
  • Click the thumbnail below
  • The printable will open in a new window. Right click and "Save As" to your computer
  • Open and print it out on 8.5x11 inch (full sheet) Post-It Labels

Free wrap-around address labels for Christmas - from PrintableWisdom


Typed Addresses (Editable Word file):
Click this link [Editable Wrap-Around Christmas Labels] to download the Word file 
  • Open the GoogleDoc, click "file" then "download", then open and save your Word file
  • Click inside the text boxes to type in your addresses
  • *Tip*: You can change fonts, colors, and the size of your text and the text boxes!
  • Just print it on your full sheet (8.5x11 inch) Post-It label and follow the instructions above!
Have fun! And if you like this tutorial, I'd love it if you would "Pin!" one of the images to share with your friends and family!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Custom Home Portraits - Portfolio!

I wanted to take a few minutes today to share my brand new custom home portrait portfolio with y'all! I've been getting a LOT of home portrait orders (I think because they make such great gifts!) so I've really been able to add to my portfolio. 

Here's a link to my listing on Etsy: Home Portraits

Since I can only show five sample pictures on my Etsy listing, I thought I'd make a fun digital sample "book" to share with everyone! Enjoy!

You can click on this flip book to view the portraits in full screen mode, or click the escape button to go back to looking at it embedded on the blog... I recommend full screen viewing so you can see all the fun details!


Let me know what you think! 

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Giveaway! Printable year-at-a-glance Calendar - Personalized!

Just a reminder to enter the PrintableWisdom year-at-a-glance calendar giveaway going on now through January 3rd! There are TONS of easy ways to enter - and you can even earn one new vote every day by "tweeting" about the giveaway (see instructions in the Rafflecopter app below)!

Here's what you could win... and it's personalized with your photo!
PrintableWisdom giveaway... Year-at-a-glance calendar personalized with YOUR photo!

Just follow the instructions below - the giveaway is powered by Rafflecopter and the instructions should make it really easy to enter! Let me know if you have any problems getting your entries in!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Have a great day!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Liebster Award!


What a great surprise I got today! Kelly from Blart (the blog about art... and other stuff) nominated my blog for a Liebster award! How awesome is that?!


So what is the Liebster award?
Bloggers nominate other bloggers with 200 or less followers. Liebster means "favorite" in German so everyone can promote their favorite blogs... or maybe find a new one! If you are nominated, you just have to follow the rules (below!) and nominate 11 more people to keep the fun going!

Liebster Award

Rules for nominees:
1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

11 Facts About Me:
1. I married my high school sweetheart (1 and a half years ago!)
2. I have a degree in Molecular & Cell Biology 
3. I never want to leave Texas!
4. The Walking Dead is my very favorite TV show
5. I'm going to Las Vegas for New Years... super excited!
6. I love running my Etsy shop and log in WAY more times a day than I should! ;)
7. I think Pinterest is the greatest thing ever - so many DIY projects, so little time!
8. The Gap is my favorite place to shop
9. I'm about to finish up my preclinical classes for medical school and start clinics in January!
10. I have two little sisters - Emily and Hailey - they are awesome!
11. I made Christmas cards this year for my husband and myself, my parents, AND my inlaws!


Questions from Kelly at Blart:

1. Where do you live? 
Houston, Texas
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2. How much time do you spend blogging? 
Not as much as I'd like! I try to post at least 3-4 times a week though, and to never forget Freebie Friday!!

3. If you could pick one thing to eat as much as you want and not gain weight what would it be? Cupcakes - we have this great little cupcake shop in Houston that sells mini cupcakes in all kinds of flavors. I try to stay away but it's hard!
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4. What is your biggest dream? 
To finish medical school and be a small town pediatrician... with a big family!
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5. What is something not many people know about you?
My mom used to take my sisters and me antique shopping all the time. To help us enjoy it more, she let each of us start collecting something . That way we'd search around for our treasures instead of begging to leave! I collected antique bride and groom cake toppers!
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6. What is your favorite movie? 
Gone with the Wind
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7. What was the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
Not funny, but it was really coincidental and strange! A customer recently ordered from my Etsy shop who also lived in the same small town I grew up in - it's a small world!

8. Do you have any pets?
Two! Bonnie is a Yorkie; she's four and adorable! Pye is a cat; she's two and quite a character! Here they are smiling for the camera! :)

9. What is your favorite hobby?
Reading! I love Jodi Picoult books. My favorite is "My Sister's Keeper"
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10. Type the first word that comes to your mind
Genetics (I have a test over it tomorrow! Wish me luck!)
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11. What is your favorite number and why?
3 - not sure! It always just seemed like a good number of anything - not too much and not too little!

And the new nominees (in no particular order)...!
11. Emma Wood Romances!

11 Questions for my nominees:
1. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
2. Where do you live?
3. Do you have any pets?
4. What book are you reading right now?
5. What is your favorite movie?
6. What is your favorite thing to do in your hometown/city?
7. What is your favorite hobby?
8. Who is your biggest hero?
9. What is your biggest accomplishment?
10. What can you absolutely not leave the house without?
11. What is your favorite day of the week?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Freebie Friday: Matthew 6:34 Bible Verse Printable

This free Friday printable features one of my favorite verses of scripture. And it is very applicable right now as I'm studying for my medical school finals next week. It's so important to focus on the gift of each day we're given, and not to waste it by worrying about what's coming next!
"Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:34
To download this printable:
  • Click on the picture below, it will open in a new window
  • Right click and save to your computer
  • Print as many times as you would like (as an 8x10, or you can resize it just like if you were printing a picture!)
And please pin this printable to share with your friends and family!

Free Bible Verse Printable "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow..." Matthew 6:34 from PrintableWisdom

 Let me know what this verse means to you, or share one of your favorite Bible verses (or inspirational quotes) that get you through times of stress!

Have a great weekend!