new Happy Place collection!


Today I am excited to share my newest collection of products… Happy Place!
When we were gathering inspiration for each collection I try to incorporate a story to help translate the ideas. This one was all about a road trip to Palm Springs with your friends. A weekend  with a bright mix of patterns and icons. One of my favorite aspects of this collection is that every pattern in the 24 patterns of paper were hand painted or drawn. Which adds a unique touch to all the designs! Kylie Harrison and Ashley Isenhour were the designers I worked with on our team and we all had the same vision which made the process smooth and fun! Plus, they’re amazing! Here is a first glimpse of everything… and I can’t wait to share more!



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Capture delightful, adventurous moments and good times with Happy Place by Dear Lizzy, which includes cheerful images of cameras, bikes, fruits, florals and other everyday essentials presented in bright shades of pink, aqua, yellow and green.

This collection includes 24 double-sided patterned papers, Thickers, paper pads and a variety of versatile embellishments. Adorn creative projects with stickers, die-cut phrases, tassels, stamps and more! Create custom pieces with coordinating Minc prints that can be easily customized.





A Savior Is Born

Merry Christmas!
The past few years I started collecting nativity scene snow globes. We’ve already had one casualty but I love catching my kids enjoying the magical scene. A humble scene of the birth of a sweet babe that changed the world.
My daughters learned the song, “Can I Hold The Baby” at church… the past couple months Lola would sing it under her breath while she was playing or I would bribe her to sing it for me. It’s such a tender song about baby Jesus. If you want you can hear it on youtube and have your children sing it… it will make your momma heart grow two sizes.
This month my family has also enjoyed watching a couple incredible videos about the birth of Jesus. One called A Savior Is Born and another Imagine the World Without A Savior.
If you have moment you should watch the videos below or click here! They touched my heart and I wanted to share…


One quiet night long ago in a tiny town a child was born. Born to change all hearts, end all goodbyes, fix all mistakes. Born to overcome anguish, regret, depression, fear. He understands you. He heals us. He can bridge the lonely gap between God and man and bring us home… if we let Him. If we love Him. If we follow Him. 

That’s why we celebrate. That’s why we sing. And that’s why He was born. 


Christmas Eve Pajama Party

Since the actual Christmas Eve can get busy with family we celebrated early with a breakfast. Including liege waffles topped with strawberries and cream from our favorite Waffle Love! Divine!!!

We also wrote letters to Santa and Rudolph, made Gingerbread houses and baby jesus ornaments (I’ll share those pics next).
Also matching American Girl doll pajamas. The pjs are from Kohl’s. I don’t know how much longer they will enjoy playing with their dolls and I could barely find a size that would fit Avery. She’s tall for her age and wears like 10-12 and that’s usually when they stop making matchy doll stuff.
This was so fun! Just some candy cane stripe details and a minty table cloth to tie it all together.

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Santa and Rudolph letters from Carravan Shoppe

Myles loves to get right in on the action with his sisters!
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Family Photos


Some of my favorites from our photo shoot with my dear friend: Heather Telford.
It was all dreamy and beautiful and somewhat chilly. Myles fell asleep in the car on the way there so he wouldn’t smile… just gave us his best Blue Steel the whole time. Which is much better than crying.
Someday I’ll look back at these with wrinkled eyes and probably cry missing these little ones. For now, I’m doing my best to soak it all in. All the craziness and all the love. This crew is my everything… even though I plugged my ears in the car all the way to dinner after this shoot. :)
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Photo Wrapping Paper/ Gift Wrap Blog Hop

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Today I’m excited to share a wrapping idea with your photos!
If you have a photo collage program start by making a collage of your favorite photos.
I used Picasa and photos on the computer. First, I selected enough photos to create 8 photos across each row so they would be a good size for gift wrapping. Then click CREATE and PICTURE COLLAGE next choose GRID. Or you could choose MOSIAC and your photos will appear all different sizes which would be fun too. You can mess around with the drop down menu under DIMENSIONS to change the size of each frame in the collage.
Next, I printed it at a local print shop as an Engineer Print. It costs $3 for a 36″x48″ size.
Also, Staples, Office Depot print them for $6 at that size.
Seeing highlights of our year on the boxes under the tree is so fun. It actually was hard to cut through and wrap with because I didn’t want to lose some of the pics by cutting. At one point I turned the paper over and went for it because it was going to take me all day to decide. photo wrapping paper

Dear Lizzy Bow Diets and Prize Ribbon! | Dear Lizzy Honeycomb balls

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This project is part of a BLOG HOP to see other Gift wrap ideas this holiday season…!

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Mailbox Merriment


Just ordered Christmas cards in ten minutes flat. Crazy how fast Christmas is sneaking up on me. But I love sending out some Christmas cheer!

TINY PRINTS is where I order my cards and they have a sale right now for 40% off and free shipping! Using code BESTSALE40FS
I shared some of my favorites below…

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December something

December is parading by whether we like it or not… So I’m trying to catch the highlights and keep my sanity. : )
Starting on my December Daily today and I’m so excited! Even though I don’t make it through all the days it’s always the very most favorite thing I create all year.

Refinishing our floors for Christmas… yay! We are thinking a grey finish… and can’t wait for it to be finished the next couple days since everything is chaos and stuffed into the bathroom.


Gift Guide: Instax Lovers

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Back in 2009, in what feels like forever ago, I got my first Instax camera. I geeked out and it instantly became my favorite toy. Same with many of you! Now we have all these Instax hanging around and they need a happy home. I love these ideas of how to display or store our developed Instax. The  frames would make such a thoughtful Christmas gift as well as darling to display! I need to snag some of those albums too! Especially since they’re only six bucks which would be darling in their stockings. I’m thinking to fill it with all Disneyland pics… my kids love that kind of stuff.

The Instax share is similar to the camera but prints the photos onto the polaroid directly from your phone. So you can choose the photo you love to print! I prefer it over the camera for that reason. I did a video review of it here! I found the best price for it at Amazon here. This would be such a fun gift for Christmas! Mine might be broken so I need a new one… Santa, are you listening? And I die over this striped film that has been sitting in my cart foreverrrrr.  Watch here or click below…




December 1st aka Let’s do this!

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Some more wrapping ideas!
The Dear Lizzy typewriter stamp is so great for tags. Stamp a word in the paper or write your own little note! The paper rosettes are Dear Lizzy too and fit right in with Christmas!
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Love all the kids toys at Land of the Nod! The hallway playhouse is genius because that would keep my girls busy for hours. Same with the doorway puppet theatre! Then you can fold it up and put it away. Darlingest stocking stuffers too! Click pictures below:


And some of the favorite items on my wish list to send along to the man in your life if they need a little help knowing what you want from Santa!

Give Thanks

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For some reason my family is entrusting me with the Thanksgiving dinner hosting again this year. I guess I didn’t screw up enough last time. After they hear that I got this pallet for decor from outside a dumpster I’m sure to be banned forever. But I wanted something besides pumpkins or pears like last year and decided that eucalyptus was the answer. Plus, it smells like Christmas and so I’m channeling some yuletide joy without offending those who insist we celebrate one holiday at a time. ; )
The banner is from Caravan Shoppe and the smaller garland is MME. I will be recreating it a bit different tomorrow that I’ll share on the dessert table.