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Collection of Little Golden Book Party Ideas

A Little Golden Book Party

A Little Golden Book Party is a great theme for a storybook baby shower or birthday bash. There are so many cute ideas for decorating. Here are just a few creative ways to help make your Little Golden Book Party more memorable. Although this theme is great for a birthday of any age, it’s terrific for a first birthday party (the golden birthday).

Little Golden Book Invitations

Before you can have your Little Golden Book Party, you definitely need the invites! I have a huge variety of one-sided and two-sided invitations to match any occasion. Check them all out here. Below are a few examples. Click on any of the images below to purchase one now.

invitations
This invitation comes with free thank you notes and labels.
bambi invitation
A Bambi Baby Shower Invitation!

 

disney invitation
A more modern style with Disney characters!
Pokey Little Puppy Invitation
Who doesn’t love the Pokey Little Puppy! Click the image to shop for this invitation now.
little golden books
A slight variation to the invitation above.
little golden books cover
Click this image to get an invitation using any Little Golden Books cover you can dream up!
diaper raffle tickets
If you’re having a Little Golden Book baby shower, here are some adorable diaper raffle tickets. It’s an instant download via Etsy. Just click the image to download them now!

The Decorations

There are so many different ways to decorate using Little Golden Book pages.

 

little golden book table setting
A table setting idea from Northshoreparent.com.
little golden book cupcake toppers
Little Golden Book Cupcake Toppers. Click to purchase this instant download now.
banner
An instant download via Etsy – a Little Golden Books Happy Birthday Banner!

wreath
A Little Golden Books wreath. Adorable!
banner
Pokey Little Puppy Banner
Little Golden Books Cake

Party Favors

Give away things like bubbles, water bottles, and Little Golden Books themselves.

 

Little Golden Book Party Favors
Party favors! Courtesy of Northshoreparent.com.

 

water bottle labels
Printable Happy Birthday Water Bottle Labels
spinwheel favors
Spinwheel Favors
treat bags
Little Golden Book Treat Bags

 

 

Below are a few more articles on Little Golden Book parties from other blogs.

 

 

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Free Minimalist Recipe Cards (Regularly $2.75)

Printable Minimal Recipe Card Template is made to keep all of your favorite recipes in the same place with these printable recipe cards. In an easily accessible PDF format, each card can be printed as many times as you would need. This recipe template is available in 2 different sizes according to your needs:

4 × 6″ and 5 × 7″

► WHAT YOU’LL RECEIVE:
Click on the links below to access the 5×7 and 4×6 versions of this card.

Here they are in PDF format layed out (2 up) on an A4 and Letter sized Sheets:

A4 4×6

A4 5×7

Letter Size 4×6

Letter Size 5×7

Want these cards personalized? Visit my Etsy shop and send me a message to request a custom order.

5 x 7

4 x 6

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Tips to Sell More On Etsy

Do you want to know how to sell more on Etsy? Here are 15 Etsy seller tips. This amazing marketplace helped bring my dreams into reality when I started selling invitations, announcements, and digital goods. I’ve been selling since 2013 and I’ve learned a few tips to sell more over the years. Here are some great tips to help you make the most of your Etsy shop!

  1. Customer Service: Good customer service doesn’t just mean being nice to your customers. It means going above and beyond… all the time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to shout at a customer through an Etsy convo, but I don’t. I know better now. Above all, be honest! If their order is delayed, let them know. Let them know even if it’s an outrageous delay. Always respond to customer questions and thank them for their positive reviews. Be nice. Always.
  2. Ask for positive reviews. It’s totally okay to ask them for this. If I didn’t ask, I wouldn’t have half of the reviews I have. Most people don’t think to leave a review unless it’s a bad experience. However, I find that, if they’ve had a great experience with me, they’re more than happy to leave a review. How to ask for an Etsy review? It’s simple! When you know this might be your last conversation/email to that person (such as when you’re thanking them again – and always be sure to thank them one last time), use verbiage similar to mine: “Thanks again so much for your order. Though not necessary, I would greatly appreciate your review for my shop. It’s still a relatively new shop and every review counts! To leave a review, just click on your ‘my account’ link to the top right. Then, visit ‘purchases and reviews.’ The item you purchased from me should be there soon if it isn’t there already. Thank you again and I hope you shop with me again soon! I’d love to help with anything you can dream up!” Make sure you tell them HOW to leave a review if you’re asking for one. Also, encourage word of mouth about your store!
  3. Work with people on price! If someone asks you if you could make something for them and are surprised to hear how expensive it is, see if you can work with them a little. Perhaps offer free shipping or an extra freebie (such as with digital items).  However, never go too low that it isn’t worth it to you to do. I’ve found that I undervalue my work and I’ve suffered some in pricing before I realized that people will pay more.
  4. Have a good bio and store story. Etsy is a community. We know these are real people making things and selling vintage items. They want to know the person they are buying from. Points for pictures of yourself and your real name!
  5. Don’t price your items too cheap. People may be willing to spend more if they think that item is of a better quality. More expensive = better quality.
  6. Take some great photos! This one is a must have. You have about five photos that you can upload. Use them all. If you are selling actual items and not digital downloads, invest in a good camera for photo taking.
    Etsy Photos Upload If you really want to capture some great photographs, create a lightbox. Here’s how you can make your own light box from home.
  7. Build your brand. Use shop announcements, shop logos, header images, listing images, and more to set yourself apart as a unique and coherent brand. Ask yourself these questions. What message are you communicating? Who’s your target customer? Is this message carried through in your logo, shop banner, tagline, and photographs?
  8. Use SEO. Use search engine optimization. You’re allowed 13 tags in each listing. Use ALL OF THEM. Ask yourself what people would search for when trying to find your item. Use this language in your listing title and listing description. A lot of people just copy and paste their title to the top of the listing description. Although this can work for some items, I think it looks better to use a brief paragraph describing the items – while including those tags. To find words to use in your SEO, visit your detailed stats on your dashboard and view the keywords people are using to sell your items.
  9. Social Media. Social Media. Social Media. Social media is free marketing for your business. Almost all social sites don’t cost a penny! Put your social media URLs in your Etsy profile. Using platforms like Twitter and Facebook, you can interact with your customers and answer their questions. It also gives you the opportunity to tell people about any SALES you may be having. Use an Etsy Coupon code and spread the news via all your social sites. Some people may use their own, personal sites. I prefer to have separate sites (for example, I link to my shop’s Facebook page as opposed to my own profile) for each social platform.
  10. Target your customers. After you’ve made more sales and talked with lots of customers, you should have a very good idea of who you’re selling to. For example, my target audience is moms ages 25-50 years old. I know this from the past experience I have. So, I don’t try to target men (aside from little boys’ invitations for their moms to pick out) or anyone too young. This saves you time and a great deal of effort if you know who you’re talking to.
  11. Study successful shops. Search for something similar to what you’re selling. Visit that listing as well as that shops home page. You can see their sales numbers up top and, if you visit their reviews, you can see exactly what people are loving to buy. Don’t steal their ideas, but it’s fine to use some of their verbiage and other ideas from visiting other sites.
  12. Have accurate item descriptions. This says it all. Be honest. Tell the buyer EXACTLY what they will be getting if they purchase that item.
  13. Set clear policies. Be very clear when you state your policies. One way to make sure buyers read your policies is to write, “Read my shop policies before purchasing.”
  14. Use your own word of mouth. Tell friends and family what you sell and ask them to tell others!
  15. Think of a creative shop name. Remember, although it can be a hassle to change everything, shop names CAN BE CHANGED.

    Above all, the best way to become a great Etsy seller is to communicate clearly and sell products people want to buy. If no one wants to buy what you’re selling, you’re not going to start selling.

 

 

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Free Halloween Fonts

I love Halloween – from the smells of fall to the sounds of the leaves falling – I love just about everything. I also love designing around a Halloween theme. To do that, one needs fonts that are spooky and macabre. Here is a collection of free Halloween fonts.

Free halloween fonts

Jack Lantern Font

Ricky Vampdator Font

Feast of flesh Font

Nemo Nightmare Font

Halloween Too Font

Halloween Spider Font

Zombie Holocaust Font

Werewolf Moon Font

Black Asylum Font

Wild Wood Font

Casper Font

Witches Magic Font

Fiddums Family Font

Sketch Bones Font

If you’re looking for more, you can find them here and here.

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20 Quotes to Announce Pregnancy

pregnancy announcement card

There are lots of ways to announce that you’re pregnant. Here are a few pregnancy announcement wording examples. View all my pregnancy announcements here.

  1. New Year. New Baby. With baby’s due date and signature line.

  2. Double the Trouble, Twice the Fun! Dad’s Name has just knocked me up with two and not one!

  3. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Guess How Far Along We Are.

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

  4. (Your Pet’s Name) has been keeping a secret! Guard dog duty begins (your due date).

    pregnancy announcement wording

  5. Starlight, Starbright. We’re expecting some sleepless nights! Find that card here.

  6. We’d like to announce to you, we’re due!

  7. Our dreams have come true! We’re due!

    pregnancy announcement wording

  8. (Husband’s name) is going to be a daddy and I’m pretty sure it’s mine.

  9. First comes love. Then comes marriage. In February we will be pushing a baby carriage.

  10. Here’s to hugs and laughter as we welcome (baby’s name) to our happily ever after.

    pregnancy announcement card

  11. Please welcome with love (insert ultrasound photo), Baby’s Name. Due (due date).

  12. We’ve waited quite a while to share our happy news. It looks like we’ll be shopping for some very tiny shoes.

    baby shoes card

  13. I’m getting a new best friend (with dog or pet’s photo).

  14. Baby makes three!

  15. For a police officer or firefighter – “Call dispatch! Baby _________ is coming (due date here).

  16. Joy and happiness is near. Our baby will soon be here!

  17. We’ve waited so long to say, (baby’s name) is on his/her way!

  18. Shit just got real (with ultrasound photo).

  19. For Christmas – Santa’s not the only one coming to town (with ultrasound photo).

  20. For specific weeks, “We’re very merry. Baby’s name is the size of a blueberry!”

Here are some great pregnancy announcement examples on my Pinterest board.

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How to Find High Resolution Photos Online

PNG of a spider's web

Finding high resolution photos on Google, Yahoo, and other search engines is simple. If you’re not using search terms and search tools, then it’s time to start.  First off, when you do a google search, you should always use this first trick:

  1. Using the * – Put a * after the word. For example, instead of searching “Cow” or “Cows”, search “Cow*”. What this does is expand your results, giving you both search results from the plural and singular cow searches. This works in everyday searching as well as image searching.

To find a high resolution photo on Google, use the SEARCH TOOLS box.  I’ve illustrated this below.

using google search tools

When you search for size, make sure you’re searching for something at least larger than 2MP (1600×1200). This will almost certainly help you find the search results you want.

Google has a nice relatively new feature that includes colors with searches. As you can see illustrated above, you can now pick which shades you want your results to come in.

The same goes for a Yahoo search, as you can see below.

yahoo image search

It’s not just the “size” search tool you should be using, utilize them all for the best results. As you can see in the yahoo picture above, you can search for only photos, graphics, GIFs, face photos, etc.

Usage rights also matters. With google and many other search engines, you can search to get only results with the usage rights you want. For example, searching only “commercial use okay” or “reuse with modification okay” searches.

So, the internet is not just full of low resolution photos. If you know how to find them, you can find almost anything you’re looking for.

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Free Photos and Free Vectors

public domain images

Scrapbooker? Jewelry artist? Graphic designer? Looking for free images you can use in your projects and in things that you sell? I’m always looking for public domain images for my designs. A public domain image is defined as a photo, clip art or vector whose copyright has expired or never existed in the first place. These images can be used by almost anyone for personal and commercial purposes. Here is a rundown of finding public domain images.

Please note: Be sure to read each sites description carefully. Sometimes artwork on these sites can require attribution.

Wikimedia Commons

Here, you will find a number of sources of freely licensed and public domain images on the Web.

wikimedia commons

Old Book Illustrations

A great collection of public domain illustrations scanned from old books.

odl-book-illustrations

Google Image Search

When using this, simply change your settings to show only “free for commercial use” images.

google image search

Publicdomainpictures.net

Pinterest – They have many public domain boards, but these need to be checked carefully as many are not actually in the public domain.

public domain pictures

Pixabay

has More than 750,000 free stock photos, vectors, and illustrations

pixabay

Freepik

Free stock photos and many vectors

freepik.gif

Vecteezy

Lots of free vector artwork

vecteezy website

Unsplash

Made up of a collective of photographers who were sick of “traditional” stock imagery, so they decided to offer their own high-resolution images for free. All photos on the site can be copied, modified and distributed (including for commercial purposes) under CC0, without you having to ask permission or provide attribution.

unsplash

Flickr Commons

Partnered with worldwide libraries and archives.

flickr commons

Image After

A large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.


The ten best websites for free vector art downloads.

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Free Circus Printables and Circus Fonts

circus printables and fonts

Who doesn’t love circus art and circus printables. In this post, you’ll find free circus clipart images that I collected and cropped for you. Enjoy.

First, here are some of my favorite free circus fonts and links to find them.

free circus fonts

  1. Circus
  2. Pentagon
  3. Carnivalee Freakshow
  4. Circus Ornate
  5. DS Romantiques
  6. HarryPiel
  7. Freakshow
  8. Showboat
  9. Circus Circus
  10. Hustlers Rough (Tattoo Shop)
  11. JF Ringmaster
  12. Carnival

And now for some images…

Some of these are PNG transparent files perfect for overlapping. Others are JPEGS. Click on them and a new window will pop up with your free circus images.

blue circus elephant frame

Boliver circus elephant
A PNG File
Circus Camel
A PNG File

 

PNG Circus Elephant
A PNG File

 

circus elephant drawing

antique bear
A PNG File

 

circus train

Circus camel

Below is a fantastic circus elephant poster. You can find it in my shop here as an instant, downloadable file. If you send me an email or convo me via Etsy, I’ll send you a coupon code to get it for free. It’s sized 16×20″, making it awesome to frame. I still have mine hung in my home and had one made for my aunt. She now hangs her circus elephant poster in her circus-themed bathroom. You can find more printable art in my shop’s prints section.

circus elephant poster

Circus

The one above I found on Little Miss Mamma’s blog. She has a great guest blog tutorial on how to make a circus tent. (pictured below) Check it out.

circus tent tutorial

Printablee offers some great blank circus carnival printables. Here is one example.

come one come all nametag

admit one

And now for some circus posters…

Sells-Floto-Circus-Mlle-Beeson-A-Marvelous-High-Wire-Venus-1921.jpg

gargantua the great

forepaugh and sells brothers shows

the circus procession poster

There are so many circus posters that can be found by simply doing a Google search. One great site for some carnival imagery is Pinterest. Check this out.

Below: I absolutely love this idea from “Deliciously Darling Events.” The next two photos are credited to them and they’re great.

lion mask

candy buffet table

Lastly, I had to throw in my circus party invitation that I created for my daughter’s second birthday. I bit the bullet and got a pony for that one. They aren’t cheap apparently and I don’t think she’ll remember it since she was only two. I think it was more for the photo ops than anything.

Circus Party Invite 6x9.jpg

The circus party wording that I used for this card:

It might be a circus. It might be a zoo. One thing is for certain, it won’t be a party without you! Cake, Ice Cream, A few surprises, and a motley menagerie of magnivicent mammalia.

If you’re looking for free circus vectors, the internet is full of them. Just google circus vectors and you’ll know where to find them. There are some really fabulous .eps circus image files out there.

Thanks!

Jess

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Bench into Shelf

I did this a long time ago, in my old house. I found the photo and decided I should share it with you. This is an old, rather shabby looking bench. I use it as a bench again now, but for a while there, it was a shelf in my bathroom. This is a bench turned into a shelf. Hope you like it. It came in very handy for hanging towels and things. If you’re looking for shelf ideas, give it a whirl!

bench turned into a shelf.jpg

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10 Ways to Say Thanks

There are so many people who come in and out of our lives. When it comes to thanking those who have helped us along the way, there are many ways. Although it’s good to thank those who have helped us, I think thanking the people who’ve helped our children is even more important. Here are ten ways to say thank you to a teacher or anyone.

  1. Say it with a gift card for a coffee. This is cheap and simple for any coffee, tea, or drink drinker! These printable teacher thank you gift card holders are easy to purchase ($3) and to print from home using a color printer.  You can purchase one here. Thanks a Latte gift card holder
  2. A simple phone call. Although a thank you card is nice, sometimes just a quick call to that special person is all you need to do. Calls are more personal than thank you cards and it will give you a chance to show meaning in your voice.
  3. If you’re thanking someone who’s helped a lot of kids – like a teacher or girl scout troop leader – there are lots of fun ways to thank them. Put together a booklet with all the kids pictures and little notes. This is where you can get crafty and get all of the other moms and dads to help.
  4. I love this guest blog and its list of funny ways to say thank you. Check it out.
  5. Do something in return. Talk to that person’s friends and family. What do they need? See if it’s something you can do even if it’s just running an errand.
  6. Use social media. Facebook, Google+, twitter, any of them work. This will give a very public shout out to that person. Sometimes people like the public recognition.
  7. Bake a thanks. Make cookies, candies, cake. Or, do what I would do and buy something sweet. Nothing says thanks like homemade cookies.
  8. Send flowers. This may be very traditional and a bit formal, but it would do the job.
  9. Send an edible arrangement. I’ve never gotten one of these, but have always wanted one.
  10. Just in case that wasn’t enough, here are twenty more creative ways to say thank you.