Decorate Your Desktop Wallpaper Backgrounds | December 2018

Here we are, the last month of 2018 is upon us and I have my final Decorate your Desktop Wallpaper Background for the year to share with you. Usually for my free desktop backgrounds, I like to play around with calligraphy on pretty, elegant backgrounds but for December, I wanted to keep this fun, festive, and light.

I hope 2018 was a good year for everyone, with a lot of high highs. And for those who had a tough here, here’s to hoping 2019 is filled with hope, perseverance, and answered prayers. My wish for you all during the holidays is that we all focus on the good, count our blessings, be kind to one another, and continue to strive for more with every single day that passes.

As always, scroll below to get your free December wallpaper downloads.

Free December Tech Wallpaper Backgrounds

Desktop Wallpaper | iPad/Tablet Wallpaper | Mobile Wallpaper

 

Here are a few other Free Christmas Wallpaper Backgrounds from past years; download the Flirty Mistletoe Desktop Wallpaper here or choose from two different Fa La La La La Holiday Desktop Wallpapers here.

Free Desktop and Mobile Christmas Wallpaper Backgrounds

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Free Thankful Thanksgiving Placesetting and Grateful Hang Tag Downloads

And just like that, we are at the end of November and we are days away from Thanksgiving! I had to bring back these pretty thankful Thanksgiving printables from a few years ago since you all loved them so much.  They are a fun, simple, and a personal way to add that extra touch to your Thanksgiving placesetting.

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

You can easily make this a family affair; everyone from toddlers to grown-ups can participate in sharing what they are thankful for this year. Also included with these free Thanksgiving downloads are these beautiful calligraphy grateful hang tags. These hang tags are so versatile, you can tie them around utensils, stick them in a few Thanksgiving decorations, or even turn them into gift tags.

Thankful Thanksgiving Downloads

So go ahead, add some pretty calligraphy to your Thanksgiving decor this year. Download these FREE Thanksgiving printables here. All you have to do is click, print, and cut! Easy Peasy! And don’t forget, sharing is caring…send this page to a friend!

PS! If you’re a Black Friday shopper, don’t miss out on my Holiday Gift List Checklist Printable as well. Although this world lives on their phones, I think it is so much easier to have an old school paper list for shopping. You can download the Holiday Gift List Checklist Printable here.

Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Stay safe & warm.

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Elegant Eucalyptus Destination Wedding at The Courtyard of the Maison Dupuy, New Orleans | Racquel & Dustin

Racquel and Dustin are that couple that every wedding vendor dreams of working with. Not only do they have the most impeccable taste, but Racquel was the most organized, (my love language!), thorough, and sweetest bride ever. Again. Dream.Couple.

I have all my clients fill out a wedding questionnaire to gather every detail about their wedding day in one, easy spot. Within the questionnaire, Racquel explained how they wanted to keep their wedding invitation collection clean and minimal, with a lot of white space. Together we created an elegant and effortless wedding invitation paired with soft watercolor hand-lettered calligraphy and rose-gold accents. Beyond the invitation, we created a custom map illustration of New Orleans including their rehearsal dinner location, ceremony location, and hotel accommodations & attractions. To complete the collection, the pieces were housed within a vellum eucalyptus wrap and secured with an embossed hang tag with rose-gold dipped edges <3

Scroll below to see every carefully planned detail and element from their custom wedding invitations.

Eucalyptus Rose Gold Wedding InvitationsMinimal Eucalyptus Wedding Invitations

I also had the pleasure of designing some day-of wedding items including a Welcome Sign and a fun Timeline Sign. I can’t forget about the custom handkerchief wedding programs that were a labor of love, but oh so worth the effort. Pictures coming, check back soon! <3

 

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Turning Two: Looking back at Everly’s Vellum Eucalyptus First Birthday Party Invitations

I cannot believe that I’m writing this, but my baby girl turned TWO last weekend!

Simple Family Second Birthday

(blurry photos & gym clothes…real life with kiddos!)

While the days are long, the years really are so incredibly short. The past two years have been a complete whirlwind, and I know it’s true that the older they get, the faster the days pass. I remember thinking as I sat and nursed Everly every single day for an entire year that this day would never come. I thought she would need me forever. I shouldn’t have been so silly, after all I went through this whole thing with Emerson. But when you are in the trenches with a baby, the endless nursings, the awful catnaps, and the deprived sleep, you think it’s never going to end. You don’t see the light. You don’t see the small changes every day. You foolishly forget that they grow up on you. Every single day they become a little bit less dependent, a little bit smarter, also a lot more challenging 🙂 Always on the go, always getting into something, always challenging patience.

Since I had so much fun designing Everly’s first birthday invitations that were featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper, (seriously, my work was featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper?! Pinch.Me.), I thought I would take a stroll down memory lane and share them again with you all. How I LOVE how her birthday invitations turned out, with the pretty eucalyptus vellum wrap and gold-leafed embossed hang tag…the prettiest of details <3

Her birthday party mimicked the invitations perfectly, from eucalyptus table runners, coordinating placements, and of course a naked smash cake!  You don’t want to miss these cute details, click this link if you’d like to see pictures from Everly’s first birthday party! Oh how itty bitty she was <3

Hand drawn Eucalyptus First Birthday Invitations

Unique Envelope Layout with Custom Postage Stamps

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Decorate Your Desktop | November 2018

And just like that, the month of November is here and I have a feeling the rest of 2018 is going to F L Y by. Between two winter birthdays, deer hunting and the holidays (and we have a BIG move coming next month), November and December always fly by. Winter really starts getting long mid-January, right after the holiday chaos settles down and Emerson’s birthday has passed.

Let’s get to it! For November’s Free Decorate your Desktop wallpaper, I wanted to keep it simple and straight-forward. “Be obsessively grateful” seemed just that. As always, scroll below to get your free wallpaper backgrounds. If this particular wallpaper doesn’t do it for you, take a look at all of my recent free wallpaper background freebies. If you want something a little more festive, check out this Autumn Wallpaper I designed a few years ago along this Pumpkin Spice Inspired Wallpaper.

November Desktop Wallpaper Background Freebie

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Modern Floral Destination Wedding at French’s Point, Maine | Courtney & Mark

Courtney reached out to me after seeing my daughter’s vellum eucalyptus first birthday invitations on Oh So Beautiful Paper, hoping I could recreate something similar for her and Mark’s destination wedding to French’s Point, Maine.

I knew right away that Courtney and Mark had the most exquisite taste. Their love for vellum, organic lines, and hand-drawn details was at the forefront of their wedding invitation collection, paired with florals in rich burgundies, deep eggplant purples, and tones of burnt orange. A custom illustration of French’s Point took center stage on the invitation itself, paired with an organic script font and soft deckled edges. The vellum wrap was adorned with bold florals and hand-drawn leafy vines, secured with their wedding date hang tag. Beyond the invitation itself, leafy vines fell across pale gray envelopes framing the addresses perfectly on both sides. As you can tell, no detail was overlooked.

Handdrawn Floral Botanical Wedding Invitation

Fine Art Wedding Invitation Collection

It was a huge honor to design and create something so beautiful for Courtney and Mark on their special day. I am so glad that this custom wedding invitation collection will last a lifetime and serve as a paper heirloom of the day they said “I do.”

 

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October 15 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

For all the babies taken from us too soon,
for our babies lost through miscarriage,
for our babies lost through stillborn,
for our babies lost to SIDS,
we will always remember you.

Miscarriage, SIDS, Stillborn Infant Pregancy loss

I can’t believe that it has been five years since we became pregnant with our first baby, a secret we kept from the whole world, wanting to protect this babe (and our hearts) from that chance of losing you. And we did. We lost our first baby to miscarriage at just under 10 weeks, a few days after New Years 2014.

Rereading that blog post, after finally finding the courage to write about our miscarriage two years later, brings back so many emotions and makes my heart hurt so bad. We didn’t know what our future held, we didn’t know that we would be blessed with Emerson and Everly in our lives, God giving us the privilege to be their parents here on Earth. And while at the time, nothing made sense, I have finally found peace in it all. Not that we have ever forgot, but it is true that time heals, or at the very least, you just learn to live with a hole in your heart.

There aren’t any words that I can say to make those out there who are grieving their losses right now feel any better. Having come from that place of total emptiness, I feel like I should have all of the appropriate words and insights to say to those who need it. Yet, while typing this, I’m scared to write anything, tiptoeing around my words afraid of offending someone who is in their darkest of days. I was there. I remember it clearly. The only thing I feel that may be some sort of comfort is reading my blog post.

If I can offer any type of guidance, I would strongly suggest just reaching out and talking about it. Some days are easier than others. There is always sadness and guilt, some days you learn to mask it better than others. It took me two years to open up and feel comfortable talking about it. But finally when I did, it wasn’t so much as talking about a loss, but it was discussing with my peers, friends, and the world about how much hope it brought us. People won’t have all the right things to say, maybe they won’t say anything at all. But just talk. Let it out, don’t hold back.

1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. 1 in 4. We all have four close female friends. It’s more common than you think, and it’s absolutely gut-wrenching to think that. Please help me bring awareness and join me in lighting a candle at 7pm as we remember these angel babies taken from us too soon, gone but never forgotten.

If you can find any solace or comfort in my story, click this link to read about our miscarriage loss. It’s long. It’s deep. And it’s raw. But I wrote from the heart, and I hope it can shed some light on at least one person’s journey.

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Decorate Your Desktop | October 2018

Another month, another free wallpaper background for you to enjoy!

This month’s free wallpaper is a favorite quote of mine by Atticus, a Canadian poet who has kept his identity under wraps. His words, the way he writes, and his hidden identity all make his work so much more alluring. I recently bought Love Her Wild, a collection of poems by Atticus, and pretty much dog-eared every single page. Definitely recommend it! I’m now waiting to receive another, The Dark Between Stars, hoping this one is just as good. I’ll keep you updated! 🙂 You can bet that I’ll be using a lot of Atticus poetry in the future, it’s so incredibly good.

As always, scroll below to get your free wallpaper backgrounds. If this particular wallpaper doesn’t do it for you, take a look at all of my recent free wallpaper background freebies.

 

Free October Wallpaper Background, Atticus Poetry Poems

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Moody Romantic Wedding at Rib Mountain, Wausau | Jaclyn & Elling

When Jaclyn reached out to me to discuss custom wedding invitations, she knew exactly what she wanted. Moody, dramatic, and different. Jaclyn and Elling wanted custom invitations that were unexpected and unlike what everyone typically sees, stepping way from the daintiness of florals and soft color schemes.

Jaclyn and Elling selected a casual trifold wedding invitation format with bold and moody watercolors flowing throughout the trifold effortlessly. Paired with a modern script font and a few paint splatters, their custom wedding invitations are everything wild and different. We finished off the moody wedding suite with a brass eyelet fastener, folding the invitation into itself with the finest gold thread, housed in the prettiest of gray envelopes.

Moody Wedding Invitation Collection

Moody Gray Trifold Wedding Invitation

I am so honored to have worked with Jaclyn and Elling, making their custom wedding invitations exactly what they had wanted. A treasured heirloom that they will have and cherish for a lifetime together.

Be sure to scroll below to see a few of my favorite shots from their wedding day, captured by the fabulous Natural Intuition Photography from Madison, Wisconsin.

These are absolutely dreamy, right? The lighting, her dress, those smiles <3 Head to Natural Intuition’s blog post to see more of Jaclyn and Elling’s Rib Mountain Wedding in Wausau, WI.

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Decorate your Desktop | September 2018

And somehow, summer has come to an end and September is here. I always welcome the cooler temperatures by the end of summer, but knowing what comes after Fall is what’s hard to accept.

With the transition into a new season, we also have a lot of transitions happening at home. First, we are sending off our little Emerson to 3k. A big decision we didn’t take lightly. I really do try to savor every second of his littleness, but we both know with his shyness putting him into part-time 3k for just a few hours a week will really help him socially. I see it as being more work for me, and our babysitter, dropping him off, with Everly in tow, and picking him up just a few hours later. It will seem like a lot of running, but it’ll just be something we will need to adjust to. We’ve been incredibly blessed to have slow mornings for the past three years, not having to rush the kiddos off to daycare or be really anywhere in the morning.

Another big transition (and a huge secret we’ve been keeping) is that we are in the process of building a new house, and will be listing our first home very soon. I don’t think it has quite set in, leaving this house that we have made so many memories in. Every surface and room in the entire house, and on the outside, too, has been redone and fixed up to make our own. And while we are SO.OVER the endless flip projects and never having enough time for the projects with two littles, it’ll be hard leaving this little corner of the street where we always have the company of our neighbors, within two blocks of three different playgrounds, and a quick walk to the store. I think the kiddos will be just fine adjusting, it’s me who is going to have a tough time. I’ve always felt isolated as a stay-at-home mom, giving up a social life to talk about trucks, bugs, and poop for 13 hours a day, and moving out to the country will only feel more isolating.

Crazy how things change. And realizing how much I hate change. As much as I can try and push back, it’s not going to work that way. I’m just going to have to accept these big life transitions with open arms. Learn to adapt and change, and plan better 🙂

Since I’m not quite ready to let go of summer just yet, I’ve created a Decorate your Desktop wallpaper that’s a slooooow transition into fall. Scroll below to get the links to your free downloads. If you are totally over summer and want all the fall colors for your free background, check out this Autum Wallpaper I designed a few years ago along with this Pumpkin Spice Inspired Wallpaper.

Free Wallpaper Backgrounds September

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