Free Inspirational Printable

Happy Tuesday One and All,

How are you faring through this last week of February?

You may recall that I mentioned a couple weeks back that I recently started learning Adobe Illustrator and I’m currently taking the Illustrator 101 class offered via Nicole’s Classes (I’m loving it, by the way). I’ve been enjoying creating lots of fun inspirational prints and thought I’d share one with you today. It’s one of my favorite quotes spoken by one of my favorite poets, Walt Whitman.

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Download it, frame it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂

Rebecca Cretella

7 Little Ways to Inspire Yourself Daily

Hi there,

Happy Presidents’ Day to you! I’ve been making use of this lovely day off by painting the kitchen with my husband and making a number of other tweaks here and there to the house…we’ve owned it for nearly 3 years now and little by little our house is becoming more of a home.

I find it immensely gratifying when I complete a house project large or small, don’t you? It’s such a satisfying feeling of accomplishment. My home is my sanctuary and I’m slowly but surely making the adjustments and updates to make it more of that peaceful oasis I envision in my head.

While on this quest of mine, I’ve realized that sprinkling cheery items throughout the house to motivate and inspire me really does wonders for my peace of mind. Below are 7 little household items to give you a dose of daily inspiration.

1. Motivational Mug
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2. Carpe Diem pillow

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3. Dwell in Possibility print

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4. LOVE word bookends

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5. Create Mousepad

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6. iPhone case

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7. Life is short coasters

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Leave Today’s Nonsense Behind, Tomorrow is a New Day


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Hi All!

Though this post is short and sweet, it’s something I really feel compelled to share. This former English major (yup, me) read quite a bit of Emerson in college, and I am a huge proponent of his insights and musings. I came across this long forgotten quote (above) and it gave me some renewed resolve to end each day with a clean slate and begin anew the next day. It does us no good to hold onto the challenges, tribulations, hurts, and “absurdities” of today. The best thing we can do for ourselves is  acknowledge, move on, and begin tomorrow serenely and in high spirit.

I’ll leave you with that thought tonight. 🙂

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Mom–I love you, and this quote seems like something that would come from your lips.

10 Must-Keep Wedding Day Items for your Memory Box

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Well Hello Again 🙂

Another work week come and gone…I hope it treated you well!

As many of you may know, back in early November I got married. It was truly one of the best days (if not THE best) of my life; one that I never want to forget. That night, I remember trying very hard to stay in the moment as much of the time as I could. But of course, I found it hard to stay completely in the moment the entire time.

You try to absorb the sights and sounds, but there are moments that blur as the night rushes on.

You want it all to stand still but time gallops ahead at its steady pace.

And so you hire a photographer to freeze those beautiful moments in time, and you hire the videographer to record those spoken snippets that the photographer cannot…the wedding march, the exchange of vows, the joyful applause as the audience observes the first kiss, the best man’s speech, the laughing guests, the clinking glasses, and the beat of the music. The photographer and the videographer help to rebuild the night for you so that you can experience it all over and over again.

And yet, I think there’s something to be said about keeping a few tangible treasures from that perfect day to look back on in the year’s to come, and to share some day with children and grandchildren.

That is why I would recommend that you make yourself a wedding box. It’s easy to do! Just ask your wedding day coordinator to collect some items of your choosing at end of the night, which can be handed over to your mom or Maid of Honor for safekeeping. After all the hustle and bustle of the wedding dies down, you can look through your items and decide how you’d like to store them for safekeeping.

I’m a pretty sentimental person, so I decided to do just that. But before I share what my box contains, first I’d like to share the top 10 items you should keep from your big day.

10 Must-Keep Wedding Day Items

  1. Your invitation
  2. Your ceremony program–if you decide to have one. Sadly there were none of mine left over…
  3. Wedding day paper: place cards, table numbers, other cute signage
  4. A wedding favor
  5. The MOH and best man’s speeches — my MOH is still currently holding mine hostage, as she’s just gone through a move, but I will obtain it at some point 🙂
  6. Ringbearer pillow
  7. Flowers or a charm from your bridal bouquet
  8. Wedding cake topper
  9. Your “something blue” – in my case, that was my bridal clutch
  10. Wedding day card from your husband — since I also have a Happy Box, mine isn’t in this box at the moment, but it’s something you’ll definitely want to re-read and re-read again to relive that magical day, and remember the anticipation you felt before you said “I do”….

My original plan for storing my keepsakes was to use my wooden wedding card box, but I quickly realized that it simply wasn’t big enough to fit everything I wanted to remember.

What I used instead was this lovely little silver box from Target (10×10″), which fits all of my wedding items just perfectly. I could have made a box myself, but this one jumped out right at me from the aisle (AND was under $8!) Plus, the silvery-gray color happened to coordinate with my wedding colors.

Let’s take a peek inside…

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My wedding day clutch

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Burlap card box banner

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Bridal shower banner (not technically from the wedding day but I love, love, love it!)

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Wedding signage: In Memory, Sign Our Guest Book, Instagram our Wedding 

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Reserved for the Bride & Groom Sign & Table Numbers

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Ringbearer pillow

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Placecards

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Our wedding favor was a leaf-shaped bookmark nested in a rustic muslin bag (we got married in the fall and both love to read) 

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Wedding Invitation

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Cake topper

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And there you have it! Have any of you done anything similar? If so, I’d love to see what you did!

Have a great weekend all!

Rebecca Cretella

In 2014 I’m Making Goals Not Resolutions

Happy Tuesday!

Does anyone else feel like it’s later in the week than it actually is? I’m suffering from that today.

In my last post I shared my list of what was pleasing in 2013. Today I’m sharing my goals for 2014 with you. I decided this year that I don’t want to make “resolutions” anymore…even though resolving to do something connotes dedication, perseverance, and a certain level of intensity, to me it also has a bit of a negative undertone. The word “goal” personally gives me a more positive feeling.

So without further ado, here’s my list of goals in 2014. Are any of my items also on your list for the year? Do any of these particularly resonate with you?

Rebecca Cretella

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What Was Pleasing in 2013

Hello Friends,

These past few days sped by. I’ve been consumed with settling back in to work, putting away Christmas decorations, unpacking clothes, doing copious loads of laundry, following up with United about our bags, and looking into changing to my married name—just to name a few things. 🙂

Today I want to share with you a little project I worked on last night—I created a new printable that I hope you will find useful.

At the beginning of each new year, I like to take some time to reflect on what went well and didn’t go so well the previous year. I think it’s a great exercise because it forces you to think about and appreciate the positive things in your life (and I’m always trying to become a person who sees the glass as half full), and it can motivate you to work harder to achieve what you may not have achieved that year in the new year.

However, in this hectic rat race we live in I find that I often forget the accomplishments, events, and memories that are worth holding onto. I know my memory is already not what it used to be (I blame it on over-stimulation and being constantly pulled in 20 different directions), so I thought, why don’t  I create a printable where I can write down and file my thoughts on the previous year? How nice would it be to look back upon these reflections over time to see how I’ve grown and what I’ve accomplished?

So I created this printable called “What Was Pleasing in 2013” to reflect on this past year…

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…and I did a bit of soul-searching about what made 2013 pretty great.

Side note: for me, even though I got married and a lot of other wonderful things happened, I found it to be a particularly difficult year, one where I struggled with how to advance myself and be my happiest, and where I often felt hopeless because I ran into blockades time and time again.

I don’t mean to depress you, I do actually have a point here. My point is that when I looked back at what I wrote down last night I realized that there were so many great things to be grateful for in 2013!

Here’s what I wrote (since it’s a bit hard to read above):

  • I turned 30 – I’m officially a “big girl”!
  • I married the most amazing guy I know.
  • I had my little brother back in the US for 6 months and we got the chance to catch up a lot.
  • I completed a 21-day cleanse with my best friend & husband.
  • I bought a new car – something I never dreamed I would do!
  • I  published several articles in local magazines.
  • I hired a personal trainer and got fit.
  • I built a new home office (my prid and joy) with my hubby.
  • I started this blog in March…
  • And then had nearly 30,000 hits by the end of the year!
  • My best friend and I restarted our horror blog
  • …and then Homespun Weddings, our Etsy business where we make and sell whimsical wedding decor. You can “like” us on Facebook here.
  • My husband was inducted into our high school’s Hall of Fame (I’m such a proud wife!)…
  • ….and finished grad school….
  • ….and passed his exit exam!
  • I started a “rainy day” fund.
  • Jeff and I celebrated 5 years together.
  • Then we went to St. Lucia
  • ….on our long-awaited and much-anticipated honeymoon!
  • I got a drastic haircut (which I love).
  • I read more books thanks to book club…
  • ….and developed great friendships in the process.
  • I got the new Nikon camera I’ve been dying for.

I’m going to stow this away in my Happy Box, where I can refer to it when I need a little boost. I’ll also be sharing my 2014 goals with you very soon, and I hope we can inspire each other to make 2014 the most meaningful one yet!

If you feel like doing this exercise, feel free to download a PDF of “What Was Pleasing in 2013” here.

Rebecca Cretella

P.S.

Would you mind taking 30 seconds to fill out the attached survey? I would love to know what posts you want to see more of in 2014—thanks and have a great Tuesday!