Faves for December

Following up on last month’s collection of my favourite online finds, here is some good stuff for December!

Awesome ideas:

This is a biggie for our home – new pup, new messes, much dirtier carpets with all the dirt he tracks in!  This saves me from feeling I need to buy or rent a carpet steamer.  YAY!  Great idea via Cheerios and Lattes.

DIY Amazing Carpet Cleaner via Cheerios and Lattes

DIY Amazing Carpet Cleaner via Cheerios and Lattes

Paper Goodies:

Seeing Benign Objects‘ and Besotted Brand‘s book plates makes me wish I found these about 5 months ago when I started putting together the books we gave to our guests at the wedding!  I just know I will be able to use these beauties in some of my own books (or future gifts)!

Bookplates via Benign Objects

Bookplates via Benign Objects

Bookplates via Besotted Brand

Bookplates via Besotted Brand

Photography:

I realize that this is not breaking news.  By no means is this a new product/website, but I just recently discovered how awesome PicMonkey is and just had to share it… about 500 years late!  Gotta love the goodness of the former Picnik with a few extra goodies.  Oh, and photo collages just became 100x easier!

PicMonkey

Christmas:

This is DEFINITELY not free, but I thought I’d share what’s on my wish-list – not just for Christmas, but in general.  No surprise here people, you will see a LOT of house-related stuff!

Christmas wish list Collage

1.Lexington Quilt & Shams (West Elm)2.The Handbuilt Home (Amazon)3.Decorate Workshop(Amazon)4.Young House Love (Amazon)5.The Perfectly Imperfect Home (Amazon)  – 6.Birch Candle (Indigo)7.Chunky Tassel Throw (West Elm)8.Antler Pillow Cover (West Elm)9.Yarn Candle (Indigo)10.Papier-Mâché Animal Sculpture (West Elm)

Fonts:

I’m a bit chalkboard obsessed these days (wait, isn’t EVERYONE?), so seeing these fonts made me giddy with daydreams of pretty chalkboard writing thanks to Nest of Posies.

Free Chalkboard Fonts & Dingbats

Free Chalkboard Fonts & Dingbats via Nest of Posies

I hope you enjoy the line-up of awesomeness for this month!!!

Faves for November

I’m trying something new.  Every day it seems I find a new site that has tons of free goodies available and amazing DIY ideas.  Sometimes I love them for myself because I get to use them for fun projects around the house, and other times I just think they are great ideas/products that other people can potentially use.  So I’m going to share the goodness with you once a month in hopes that at least one person can make use of some of the amazing stuff out there!

Awesome ideas:

Wrapping paper/ribbon wall rack: This is so great (especially for this time of year) if you have an area you can dedicate to your wrapping paper.  I know some moms that would appreciate this for all the birthday parties their littles get invited to as well!  I just want one of these because I think for Christmas alone it’s totally worth it!  It’s super easy to make and this is a great tutorial.

from 33 Shades of Green

Paper goodies:

Vintage Place-mat: I love me some FREE printables! These are great and can be used for lots of different occasions.  With the upcoming holiday season we’re all bound to have lots of company.  Knowing you can print some cute paper place-mats to protect your furniture from crumbs (then throw them away guilt and laundry-free) and do it in a stylish way just makes it way better right?  I think these would be great laminated, too!

from The Pretty Blog

Round Labels: Here is something we can always use: more labels!  Some of you are rolling your eyes right now, but I’m serious!  These are so great and can be personalized for anything from pantry labeling to gift tags to just every day I-don’t-know-what’s-in-here labeling around the house!  Speaking of pantry, The Pretty Blog has some pantry-specific gorgeous labels right here.  An example of some adorable vintage-style labels:

from World Label

DIY Phone 5 Cover: My very favourite freebie find this month.  I purposely bought an iPhone case with a clear back so I can use this.  I haven’t yet, but I will!

from Jones Design Company

Photography:

Make a photo collage using Picasa: I swear by this one because I use Picasa for a lot all of my blog posts.  It’s a fantastic FREE tool, and this tutorial is great for showing you how to use it.  The tutorial is done on a PC, which will be great for some of you.  Don’t worry, if you’re a fellow Mac user it’s not too much different.

from Jones Design Company

Christmas:

Paper Ornaments: These are just too adorable!  And for those of you who have kids or work with kids, this would be an easy craft (minus the sewing) for any age – just use some fun washi tape like these! How cute?!

from Elsie Marley

I could have gone on with the Christmas thing forever, but I figured enough of what I posted was already loaded with Holiday ideas.

Lastly, I put together a list of my very own free fonts available online.  I picked 23 of them because I started with 20, and 3 more kind of happened to be sweet enough to share.  Since I seem to be advocating printables and paper goods today, this is no different – these fonts look great on all kinds of paper goods.  And you can take my word for it – I used a couple of them when I made my own wedding menus and programs (I’ll share how I went about creating them in the most difficult way possible another day).

1. KG Lego House, 2. Jane Austen, 3. Kayetan, 4. Retroactive, 5. The Mocking Bird, 6. Road Trip, 7. Lemon Chicken, 8. Dean Martin (& Dean Martin Swing), 9. Bluelmin Ralph, 10. The Toadfrog, 11. Unbalanced, 12. Castro Script, 13. KG What the teacher wants, 14. Foglihten No 06, 15. Janda Cheerful, 16. Cinnamon Cake, 17. Halo Handletter, 18. Springtime, 19. KG Eyes wide open, 20. Lobster Two, 21. Jellyka Delicious Cake, 22. A Morris Line, 23. Florum Ipsum

I hope you can make some use out of these great ideas and blogs (plus all the awesome fonts I handpicked!).