Thanksgiving Placesetting Printables, Plus a Holiday Gift List Checklist

Thanksgiving sure snuck up on me this year! With Halloween and Everly’s first birthday party days later, and the launch of my new website (yay! read all about that here), it was a week or two of playing catch-up and now here we are, a day away from Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

I had to bring back these pretty Thanksgiving placesetting printables from last year. They are simple, yet pretty to add to your Thanksgiving tablescape. Also, I have to admit, I tend to get a bit “sappy” around the holidays, too. I enjoy a few small organized activities with complete family participation, such as going around the room sharing what we are most thankful for this time of year. Since we don’t have room for a Thankful Tree, (and knowing this annual activity is unavoidable with my mother-in-law), these hand-lettered thankful printables are something the whole family can enjoy—pretty enough for the adults, yet lines far enough apart for the kiddos 😉 Also included with these thanksgiving printables are 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.

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So go ahead, add some pretty calligraphy to your Thanksgiving decor this year. Download these FREE placesetting printables here. (Please be patient, the file is a bit large.) 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!

Pssssssst! If you’re a Black Friday shopper, don’t miss out on my Holiday Gift List Checklist Printable as well. Although I have about a million notes in my phone, 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.

Elegant Botanical Wedding Stationery | Beth + Jacob

Yesterday marked Beth and Jacob’s one year wedding anniversary, and I cannot believe I haven’t blogged their beautiful botanical wedding stationery collection yet.

I first met Beth at a Bridal Fair in Eau Claire, and I could tell immediately that she was my ideal client. I was so comfortable talking to her and we meshed so well right away. When you feel like you are talking to a friend, I feel like that’s when you know it’s going to be the start of a great collaboration. When you know, you know!

They wanted an elegant, intimate wedding celebration full of greenery and big blooms. The lace detailing and cap sleeves on her wedding dress was exquisite, and I knew that I had to create something just as beautiful. Hydrangea blooms were the focal point on the soft ivory linen paper that Beth had selected. It was the perfect balance of simplicity, yet a statement of elegance. For their wedding programs, we created a square booklet program that I still adore to this day. Not many brides go beyond the standard double-sided flat wedding program and I was elated when Beth suggested a booklet, which you can see below.

I want to congratulate Beth and Jacob on their first wedding anniversary. I hope the first year was full of love, laughter, and a million memories. They recently added to their family, a little golden retriever puppy named Ozzie and I’m positive that will make for a wild second year together 🙂

I’m thinking my brand new website will make writing blog posts on a consistent basis much more attainable & enjoyable, considering this is my second blog post in a week! 😀 If you missed last week’s blog post, be sure to read all about my new branding & website here.

The New Brand Redesign of Mint for Hue

It has been 4 years since I officially launched Mint for Hue and I think it’s perfect timing to announce that special little project I have been working on for months now—my new brand redesign + website! It has been a long time coming to do a complete overhaul, from my logo, submarks, and brand patterns, to completely redoing my website to make it more user friendly. Not only did I want to make my site easier to navigate, but my design aesthetics has changed drastically over the years. I have evolved as a designer over the years & it’s imperative that my current style is reflected in my own brand.

I knew immediately that I wanted a calligraphy style logo, since that has become such a big part of my design work. I wanted the overall look and feel to be timeless, chic, and effortless, yet modern with some flair. As you look through my website, you will see that I have finally updated my portfolio, which I think is a much better portrayal of who I am as a designer. The work that I chose to showcase is much cleaner, more modern, and ageless compared to what I have done since launching Mint for Hue in 2013.

I want to thank you all for your continued support. Without your support and your fabulous reviews & referrals, I wouldn’t be where I am at today. I value each and every single comment, “like,” and email you send my way. While I know their is still room for improvement, it is so neat & rewarding to see how I have grown in the past few years. Lastly, I want to thank my husband from the bottom of my heart. He has supported me through every single phase of this journey. And while he may not totally see “the point” to some of my personal projects and understand why I am so obsessed with pretty paper, he knows that this fulfills that little void within myself <3

Please look through my website and let me know what you think in the comments below! And if you catch a spelling error, send it my way. It’s so hard to notice mistakes after hours and hours of staring at something over and over again 🙂 I cannot thank you all enough for being my biggest fans and supporters through the past few years. I absolutely love what I do and I hope that’s evident in my work and customer service. XX

Decorate Your Desktop | December 2016 Wallpaper

I feel like I keep saying this, but how has another month just completely flown by??! It is already December, and in just a few weeks, we will be celebrating Christmas and an exciting New Year.

Life has been beyond crazy over here with a newborn and a rambunctious (almost) 2 year old. Emerson is so great with baby sister Everly, always checking in on her, sharing his blanket, and asking where she is the minute he wakes up every morning. I shouldn’t wish away these days, but I cannot wait until she is old enough and begins to interact with him. He already adores her and my hurt could literally burst just thinking about them growing up together.

Okay, let’s get back on track! I created this FREE Christmas Wallpaper download to add a little holiday cheer to your tech devices. As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue free wallpapers each month and I’ve come to realization that I just don’t have time for them, and all the work I put into creating them, to keep them going monthly. I may offer more generic wallpapers each season, or switch it up with some giveaways, when (and if!) I have the time. Maybe life with two littles will get easier come spring and I can bring back the monthly wallpapers, but at this point, the Decorate Your Desktop wallpapers will be put on hiatus.

With that being said, scroll on down and get your last FREE wallpaper background for the year. And have a great month spreading cheer!!!

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FREE Thanksgiving Placesetting Downloadables

The past month I have been getting things in order to keep myself somewhat “present” on social media making it look like I have it all together, when realistically, I’m currently running around like a crazy person, wrangling a cooped up toddler, being a crazed sleep-deprived zombie, and drinking waaaay too much coffee as I figure out “balancing” two kiddos and running a small business all together. (Is there really such a thing as balance?!???!)

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Knowing we were going to be tied down to the house with a toddler and a newborn, and hosting Thanksgiving for both sides of the family, I wanted to create something easy, yet pretty, for this cozy (and chaotic) holiday we have ahead of ourselves. I thought something simple and universal would be some holiday hang tags, effortlessly hand-lettered on a simple plain background. Whether you want to tie them around utensils, stick them in a few pinecones, or tie some around a few centerpieces, I think they give the ordinary a bit of extra charm to the table, or even entryway decorations. Also, I have to admit, I tend to get a bit “sappy” around the holidays, too. I enjoy a few small organized activities with complete family participation, such as going around the room sharing what we are most thankful for this time of year. Since we don’t have room for a Thankful Tree, (and knowing this annual activity is unavoidable with my mother-in-law), I hand-lettered these placesetting lists—pretty enough for adults, but also lines far enough apart for the kiddos 😉

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So go ahead, add some pretty lettering to your Thanksgiving Table. Download these FREE placesetting printables here. (Please be patient, the file is a bit large.) 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!

Pssssssst…if you want to get extra fancy, print them out onto kraft paper to give it some rustic flair. 

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Decorate Your Desktop | November 2016 Wallpaper

As this time of year approaches, every single one of us are counting our blessings and being so thankful for everything we have in our lives. I know for me I am extremely blessed with a super caring and loving husband, the sweetest (and most stubborn) kiddo, a baby girl on the way, and truly the best family and friends a girl could ask for.

In keeping with this holiday theme, I created November’s Wallpaper Desktop with the words “there are so many things to be grateful for.” Because it’s true. I’m grateful for the cozy warm bed I’m sitting in right now typing this. I’m thankful for the warm cup of Chai Latte waiting for me in the morning. I’m ever-so grateful to have a slow-paced morning with my babe every morning. Don’t get me wrong, life is hard and some days (some weeks), I’m ready to throw in the towel. But really there are so so many things to be grateful for.

Get this free desktop wallpaper, hand-lettered by yours truly, below.

PS. I still haven’t decided on what to “Freebie” to offer for 2017 in place of these Decorate your Desktop Wallpapers. To be honest, there wasn’t the response I was hoping for when I suggested something new on October’s Decorate Your Desktop. I only received a few suggestions and if only a few people are taking advantage of these freebies, I don’t feel like it is worth allllll the time I put into them. We’ll see how the next 2 months of 2 kiddos under 2 go 🙂

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Our Sweet Angel Baby

I’ve thought a lot about writing this post over the past two years. There have been so many times that I wanted to share this story but didn’t. And even more so, so many reasons why I haven’t. I have been so scared to share my story, to go back and relive such a dark, sad chapter in our lives but something also seems so right in sharing it now.
 
In November 2013, I became pregnant with our first baby. I was elated. Brent was even more excited, crying when I told him the news. I will never ever forget his face, his tears of joy, and the immense fiery love that we already both had for this baby. We were on cloud 9. Four weeks pregnant and we were already doing the weekly bump pictures. I was beaming with happiness as I stood there with my hand cupped over my stomach each passing week. As the weeks went by, it was so incredibly hard to keep this secret from our family, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. We wanted to make sure we were “in the clear” before getting the whole troops excited. In such a short amount of time, I was already browsing nursery ideas and Brent, per usual, was researching everything he could possibly think of. We celebrated New Year’s with a few close friends, and I remember being consumed with so much happiness and love for Brent, and for our baby, that night. I will never forget that New Year’s and the insurmountable amount of happiness my heart had and how much I was looking forward to this new exciting year we had ahead of ourselves.
 
Week 4 of Pregnancy
 
Two days later, we went in for our first doctor’s appointment. I was 10 weeks along now, and since we’ve never had a baby before, we didn’t know what to expect. The nurse went through what seemed like pages of questions. I was so anxious, let’s just get to it! She left the room and I changed into a gown. Brent and I both waited anxiously to see our sweet, perfect baby. Our doctor entered the room and proceeded to give me an ultrasound. We saw our little jellybean on the monitor, and a smile was radiating across my face while tears ran down my cheeks. Brent squeezed my hand so tight; I have never felt a love like this before. So many feelings I will never forget.
 
An eerie silence came across the room as my doctor continued to scan. In what seemed like the longest seconds of my life, she softly said that she couldn’t find a heartbeat. I remember laying there, not quite sure what she meant (after all, we’ve never been through this before). Was the machine not working? Does she need to flip a switch to turn on the volume? I looked up at Brent and he looked at me, and we both looked back at the monitor, terrified to make any assumptions but I think we both secretly knew. I swear minutes passed before I finally asked, “what does that mean?” Our doctor continued scanning my uterus and quietly apologized, whispering “I’m so sorry you guys, there is no heartbeat.” She must have seen the blankness in our eyes, understanding that it just wasn’t clicking for us. She repeated herself and said, “I am so sorry, you have lost the baby.” I couldn’t even grasp what she was saying. I thought I misheard her. I was confused, in shock, and felt instantly empty. As I looked up at Brent, he too seemed completely confused, his eyes and face completely lifeless. The details we briefly discussed afterwards were a blur; I still couldn’t comprehend the news that we just heard.
 
There were no words on the way home, just tears. I walked up the stairs and threw myself onto our bed, trying to pull myself together because I had to go back to work. As I gathered my belongings and walked back down the steps, Brent was in pieces. I had never seen him like this, uncontrollably crying, sobbing with so much hurt. I remember grabbing him, hugging him as tightly as I possibly could, and we sobbed together.
 
Over the next few days, this sadness only worsened. I think it finally started to register to us what we were about to go through. We went from having the best kept secret from our family to having to share the most horrific news anyone could imagine. I know talking with the closest of family and friends was supposed to make this all so much easier, but to me it only made it harder. I don’t think anyone can really offer much support or comfort unless they went through the same things themselves. I never blamed them, and understood that they didn’t understand the amount of sadness in our souls. The things that they said while trying to offer comfort, support, and love only made me more sad, and honestly even mad. No, everything isn’t going to be alright. And no, there isn’t anything you can do. And no, we can’t just try again.
 
The weeks dragged on. I hated waking up. I dreaded going to work. I avoided going back home. While at work, I would sit at the computer researching miscarriages, reading forums, and trying to gain any type of insight, comfort, and peace in this nightmare we were living. I would repeat this ongoing research every single day as if I was going to find some new revelation to bring me immediate solace. I broke down numerous times every single day for months at work, hiding behind my monitors and sneaking away to the bathroom. I went to the gym every night, trying to shed this darkness and hide my sadness from Brent, only to see friends walking around with their adorable baby bumps peeking through their workout gear. I would cry on the treadmill, cry all the way home, and cry in the shower. Baby news consumed my Facebook. I couldn’t get away from it. This darkness followed me everywhere I went and everything I did. I can’t even count how many times I cried myself to sleep, having so much guilt that it was possibly something I did, feeling so alone, empty, and completely dead inside. There were no words Brent could say, and there was nothing I could say to him. He was struggling just as bad as I was, but was trying so badly to hold it together to be strong for me. We would fall asleep holding each other, and wake up in the morning only wanting to go back to bed. We didn’t want to face another day where every single thing constantly reminded us of our loss.
 
Darkness of Miscarriage
 
Nothing made us feel better, and sadly we both knew that only time would heal our hearts. It was a long, cold winter full of so much emptiness and sadness that turned into anger and madness. How did God let this happen, and happen to me? Haven’t I already gone through enough, losing my dad suddenly and tragically at the age of 18? And the pain of losing this baby was more excruciating than any other type of loss I ever had in my life. I felt like it was my fault, that I did something to cause the miscarriage, like eating something “wrong” or working out too hard, although I knew deep down it wasn’t that. I was trying so hard to find the “why” when I knew there never would be an answer. I felt like it was some sort of sick karma coming back to haunt me. I would ask God “why” over and over again, thinking He was punishing me for something I did wrong.
 
At the time, I never thought we were going to get out of this deep, dark depression we were in. After all, I didn’t know what our future held. And the few times we did feel like a normal couple again and laugh, we immediately felt guilty that we had a few minutes of happiness, like we forgot about our angel baby. I think what helped our hearts heal was finding out we were pregnant again that May, but sadly, we weren’t filled with the same amount of joy that we had with our first baby. We were terrified. Scared of what the future held, what the outcome was going to be, and if everything was going to be “okay.” Mother’s Day was a jumble of emotions; remembering our angel baby that we lost just months ago, but also trying to celebrate this new life we created, but then feeling completely guilty by celebrating this new babe. One week after Mother’s Day, we buried our angel baby on May 21st with all of the other angel babies through a small service that St. Joseph’s held. I am positive I would have been a blithering mess that day if it wasn’t for the little baby growing in my belly and the recent restored faith I had in God.
 
As the weeks went on, we felt more and more confident in this pregnancy. We were past the first trimester, but I still couldn’t trust the unknown. Even at our 20 week ultrasound and “normal” lab results, I still felt uneasy. I just wanted this baby safe and in my arms. There are so many awful stories about babies born too soon, and so many complications that could arise. I was anxious every single day for over 40 weeks. I was scared to share the news with the world that I was pregnant, afraid this baby would be taken from me, too. And going through a miscarriage myself, I didn’t want to “gloat” our happiness onto others who secretly may have been going through a miscarriage or infertility themselves.
 
Past the 40 week mark and after 22 hours, the doctors wheeled me down for an emergency c-section. My heart literally burst right there on the surgical table when I heard Emerson’s wailing cries. With the sheets hung high, I hadn’t even seen him yet but I was just so thankful that we made it. I was a puddle on that bed knowing our little guy was safe and healthy. I will never forget how my heart felt in those minutes, how fiery love burst through my chest, seeped from my body and soul into this new little human being we already loved more than life itself. Every single second of anxiety was all worth it for this sweet, (stubborn) little boy. Read about Emerson’s birth story here.
 
Sweet Baby Feet
 
Even though we have Emerson here in our arms, and his sister just 2 weeks away (again, I’m feeling so nervous that something could go so wrong), I still think about our angel baby on a daily basis. I often wonder what he or she may be like, what they would look like, and every single month I imagine the new milestones we would be at with him or her. I find peace in knowing that they are in God’s hands, sitting on Grandpa Stan’s lap. And to think when their little eyes opened, the first thing they saw was the face of Jesus. I also think that if we didn’t lose our first little baby, we also wouldn’t have Emerson here with us today. It is so bittersweet; not that I would ever want to replace our first baby, but the love that consumes our heart by having Emerson here with us is so undeniably irreplaceable.
 
I have to admit, before having our miscarriage, I knew that miscarriages happen, and that it is awful. But until you’ve either gone through it, or held the hand of someone going through it, I don’t know that you can fully grasp how terrible the experience is. The guilt, sadness, anger, emptiness, and darkness is so indescribable and utterly unbearable. And in today’s society where we are all supposed to be so “connected” through social media, that actually makes it so much worse. Still today I try not to “baby spam” on my Facebook account, knowing how common miscarriages are and how many of my friends are probably secretly going through such pain. I know that every single person is probably genuinely happy for someone else’s pregnancy success, but I still try to be considerate by not “baby spamming” assuming that it’s happening more than we know it is.
 
1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. 1 in 4. Since going through it myself, I have had friends open up and share their story with me. I feel like 5 years ago I never really heard about it or didn’t know of anyone personally who went through it. And maybe it’s just the timing in my life, but I now know several close friends and family members who have struggled with miscarriage, infant loss, and infertility. It’s absolutely heart-wrenching to know so many people who have gone through it, too. To think that they experienced the same pain that I had makes me sick to my stomach. I do want you all to know that each and every night I hug my Emerson so so tight, thanking God for him, and we ask God to watch over all of you out there and hold your hand through your own journey. I have been through so much pain; we all have gone through so much pain. And I know it may not seem like it at the time, because I never thought I was going to recover, but when that time does come, and God puts a baby in your hands (whether it’s through IVF, adoption, a real life miracle—whatever your path may be), it will make it that much sweeter when it does happen.
 
 Light a Candle for Infant Loss Awareness Month
 
This Saturday, October 15th, is infant loss awareness day. Please join me in lighting a candle at 7pm as we remember these angel babies gone way too soon. Thank you for allowing me to step away from the highlight reel and open up, spread awareness, and share our story of our sweet angel baby—greatly missed and never forgotten. Love and prayers to you all <3

Decorate Your Desktop | October 2016 Wallpaper

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We are a few days away from October and this weather is proving it to be true. Brrrr! It is definitely time to bring out the fall scarves, jackets, and boots!

As I mentioned in my Facebook post, I am thinking about switching things up for 2017 and possibly offering something new, in place of the Decorate your Desktops. With another little babe on the way, I want to make sure that my time is spent wisely. That being said, if people simply aren’t downloading and swapping out their desktop/mobile backgrounds, I don’t feel like it’s worth my time to continue doing them.

I have a few other options in mind that I thought maybe people may find more useful and inspiring. The first are Monthly Wall Prints. I’m thinking 5×7 and 8×10 hand-lettered wall prints with an inspirational quote or seasonal phrase of some type. For these wall prints, I would charge a small fee ($3-$5) to download + purchase through my Etsy shop. Once the small purchase is made, you then will be emailed a link to download the print and use to decorate your home, office, or give as a gift.

The second option would be a Monthly Greeting Card. These would lean more generic such as a “Just Because” card making it easy to give + use no matter your current situation. My thoughts behind a simple greeting card is that there is just so much hate and sadness in the world today, if I could somehow spread even a little bit of love and kindness, I want to. No matter how small it may seem. This option would be as easy as downloading, printing, and cutting the card…perfect little lunch-time break! Something so simple could really change a friend’s, neighbor’s, spouse’s, co-worker’s day around 🙂

The last option is to simply continue on with the Decorate Your Desktops. These would run exactly as they have, offering three wallpaper options for your desktop, mobile device, and/or iPad/Tablet.

Again, I want this to be beneficial for the both of us. I spend quite a bit of time each month on these free wallpapers (coming up with a phrase, dozens of lettering + design revisions, uploading the design, plugging them into the different sizing formats, creating several social media graphics, uploading them to my website, etc.) and if people aren’t using them, I can easily allocate all this time differently. I am more than willing to give out other “freebies,” but if those won’t be taken advantage of either, I would love to spend more time on other Mint for Hue projects or with my babies 🙂 So let me know–head to my Facebook page, comment on this post, and let me know what YOU want!

As always, this month’s FREE desktop wallpapers are below.

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Decorate Your Desktop | September 2016 Wallpaper

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It is somehow September already, and summer has officially come to an end. How in the HECK did that happen?!? Although I know the kickoff to Fall isn’t for another few weeks, I still feel like Labor Day weekend is the last “hoorah” of summer where we usually spend the weekend out on the boat, splashing in the water, and relaxing at the beach.

If you know anything about me, I absolutely LOVE summer. But if I’m going to be completely honest, I am actually looking forward to cooler temperatures. The last few days have been so pleasant and it’s much easier chasing after an energetic toddler when it’s not 95 degrees out. I’m excited for leggings, boots, pumpkin patches, and of course, Halloween—my favorite holiday!

Now onto this month’s FREE Decorate your Desktop! This pretty little one features some soft, neutral tones of dried up hydrangeas with a lovely calligraphy quote I created. I hope you love it as much as I do. Now go have yourself an awesome September 🙂

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September Wallpaper Background by Mint for Hue

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Decorate Your Desktop | August 2016 Wallpaper

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There’s been so much going on in the news lately. So much hatred, so much violence, and even more sadness. I feel like it’s such a simple concept to just be nice to people. Treat others how you would want to be treated. And if that’s just too hard to do, mind your own business and quit worrying so much about the next guy.

With all of this sadness in the world, I wanted to create a simple Desktop Wallpaper Background that reminded people to just be nice. Trust me, I have my fair share of days where I don’t have patience and people in general just annoy me. But we need to remind ourselves that we never know what someone is going through, and the smallest positive gesture could completely change their day. Let’s all take a breath, exert the smallest bit of effort into making someone’s day a little brighter and spreading a little more love. In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Scroll down to the bottom to get your FREE Desktop Wallpaper for mobile, iPad, and computer.

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