Connecting Through The Written Word



Communication through today’s technology is a wonderful thing.

However, there is a lot to be said for the connection between people that goes along with communication through the written word.

There is something special about messages and thoughts written by hand.  It shows we took extra time from our daily lives to express our feelings to others.

If you have a young person in your life, consider gifting them with a set of notecards or gift cards to encourage them to pause and connect with others this way.

The sets pictured above are from my Etsy Shop, and would make a great Stocking Stuffer or inexpensive gift.  You can check them out at:



Print, cut out, and assemble these, tie them up with a ribbon, or package them with one of the matching gift tags.

As an alternative, just print the designs on cardstock as a gift.  Let your young friend or relative do the assembly, or make a memory by spending some time together creating their new stationery set.

Hoping you have the Merriest Christmas Ever!



Christmas Tags

These are the gift tags from the new “Christmas Couples design in my Etsy Shop.

I printed them on ivory cardstock, added some chalk around the edges, and use twine instead of ribbon for a different look.  These would look great with gifts wrapped in plain brown paper.

See them at www.etsy.com/shop/PixelDustPrintables1

Have a great day!



Joining the Planner Craze

dsc_0193For the past several weeks, I have been looking (and looking and looking) at planners.

They are EVERYWHERE!  And each one is cuter than the last one.

I have given in to the OCD side of my personality, and jumped on the Planner Addict bandwagon.

My Erin Condren planner arrived last week, and it was like opening a Christmas present!

Wrapped in tissue, with a cute little seal, bubble wrap, and THEN…



Discount coupons, stickers, sticker books, a pouch to hold stuff, affirmation cards, gift labels, and a little Thingie.  Don’t know what the Thingie is for yet, but it looks FUN, and I am gonna’ find out!

Now on to the Planner itself, which is what I actually ordered, after all.

It has more stickers, a Cutie Cute pocket folder, a ruler attached to the outside, and a little perpetual calendar.  I also ordered some stick-on storage pockets to attach to individual pages, and will be storing cards in them for birthdays, etc.

And – I was right – the mini cards that are in my Etsy shop are just the right size for those pockets!    http://www.etsy.com/shop/PixelDustPrintables1

So I will be adding Planner Accessories to my Christmas list.  And I will be organized to the MAX in 2017.

That’s the game plan, anyway…

Smiles and giggles,




Self Portrait


This is a week of cleaning and organizing for me.

During the process, I came upon this little angel that I made YEARS ago, when I first started selling crafts that I made.

This angel is the one item that I refused to sell.  I always called it my self-portrait, because her randomness and wild-looking hair reminded me of how crazy my life/schedule was during those days.

Coincidentally, (or maybe not!), this week I received in the mail my copy of “The Magnolia Story”, by Chip and Joanna Gaines.  The book really tugged at my heart because it stresses the importance of simplicity and staying true to what is important in life.  It also had a recurring theme of events in Chip and Joanna’s lives that clearly were all part of a greater plan.  I really identify with that theme.  I often look back on events in my crazy life and say – “Oh, I get it now!”.

That book, and my Self Portrait Angel, reminded me of why I love the creative process, and helped me FINALLY make some decisions that have evaded me recently.

So this little angel is out of storage and will continue to sit on my computer as an inspiration to stay true to the creative process and those things that are truly important in life!

Hope your day is wonderful!