Grillin’ & Chillin’ – Free Printable Cook-Out Invitations

I was thinking how pretty Mason jars filled with a delicious drink are, and how they are all the rage these days. Especially on Pinterest. They are also very old fashioned, however, and make me think of people lazing about on their big front porch, or veranda, down South, sipping on lemonade…. At least, that’s what I’d be doing if I lived down South! I think I finally understand why they invented Mint Juleps! ;-)

These simple little “Grillin’ & Chillin'” invitations are meant to bring that sort of atmosphere to mind. I hope you like them, and make use of them this summer!

The free, printable PDFs come in these three varieties: (see image previews below)

1 – Lemonade

2 – Limeade

3 – Grapefruit Cooler

To download all three colors in one PDF, please click here: Free Printable Grillin’ & Chillin’ Invitations!

Let me know if you use them! – Erin

Lemonade Printable Invitation

Free Printable Cook Out Invitations


Free Printable Cook Out Invitations - Limeade

I love the circus…

Well, actually, I don’t. I love fairs and festivals and carnivals. However, the motif is similar, and I have made a cute little freebie for you that is entitled “Circus Tent”, very simply! It is just an A7 invite so far, in 4 color schemes:

1- Gold + Pink

2 – Lavender + Persimmon

3 – Lime + Turquoise

4 – Scarlet + Sky

I will be churning out some cupcake toppers and other goodies soon… Just click on the pic to download the FREE printable PDF.

- Have a great rest of your weekend! Erin

Circus Free Printable Invitations

Colourlover Friday #2 | Nantucket

Today’s Colourlover Friday was inspired by this photo of a gorgeous tablescape featured on Once Wed. So pretty! I used the Photocopa palette builder tool on Colourlovers to make this palette. You just upload a photo, or enter in the url of an image from the internet that inspires you, and you can pick out the colors directly from the photo. Handy dandy! Here is my palette based on that photo:


Colourlovers Palette - Nantucket


And some patterns I made out of the palette:


Colourlovers Pattern - Vintage Sofa


Colourlovers Pattern - Squarish


Colourlovers Pattern - Bright + Cool


Have a fun weekend everyone!




Random – Funny Kid

Just a totally random post today of something that makes me laugh: My 2 year old son.

Here is a montage of the photos I found on my iPhone camera roll of him playing with my phone and discovering the FaceTime camera, which, for those of you who don’t know about it, it is the new camera on the iPhone 4 that faces you, instead of pointing out, for video chats….. Check it out and have a laugh!

FaceTime Discovery


Pinterest Pretties #4 – Spring

Well, I have to apologize for the small selection today. I have had a hard time finding images that I can trace the source of. A lot of the good Spring inspiration pins lead to either a protected flickr stream or tumblr, which is quite hard to deal with. Hardly any sources! And all 3 of my kids are sick, so I don’t have much time today! So I hope that these are inspiring to you, and I apologize for the brevity! And let me clarify the whole Pinterest credits issue: When I post these, I post the source of the image (original) and the person on Pinterest who posted it when I saw it. Not the very first person who pinned it. Because I want to give credit to the person who brought it to my attention. Does that make sense? Is that wrong? What is your opinion? There is so much banter going on around the web about people giving proper credit. I just want to share beautiful things with my readers, but not spend hours on end even tracking the stylist of the photo as some suggest. If people want to know that, I provide the original source so they can check it out themselves…. Maybe I’m not picky enough….???

Pinterest Pretties #4 - Spring



1. Tutorial on Sisters of The Wild West via Erin Carney

2. Creative Spring flower arrangement on Martha Stewart via Emma Sole

3. Southern Living via Wendy Walker Cushing

4. Great cost effective Easter decoration from Notes from the Heartland via Andrea Hoinka

5. Sweet photograph from Titatoni via Renate Bretzke

6. A Spring-y decorating vignette from Nest Decorating via Erin Holland



Mini Donuts + Free Printable Donut Party Invitations

Hello again! Last week was another busy week, and I am starting this week out with something pretty sweet… Mini Donuts! I was at Meijer on Saturday, and saw this Mini Doughnut Pan again (I restrained myself from buying it the first time I saw it!) and caved in and bought it! I love donuts (doughnuts?) and so do my 3 kids, and my husband too… And I love anything tiny. Can’t resist. So I made donuts on Sunday for my kids, and they turned out so well! Here I am going to share my photos, the recipe I used, and at the end of this post – a free donut party invitation!

First, I want to let you know, if you don’t normally bake you will need some patience for this process. The mini donut wells are very tiny, and you have to slowly and deliberately pour the batter off the end of a spoon into the wells, so you don’t get the batter all over the little “hole maker” in the center of each well. Does that make sense??? But over all, except the pouring of the batter, this is very very easy.

Since I was the only one awake at 6 am on a Sunday, I couldn’t capture a photo of me putting the batter into the pan, so here is my first photo, of the donuts baking.

mini donuts baking

My first batch, in which I filled the wells a little too much, looked slightly more like mini bundt cakes…

mini donuts in pan

mini donut


I dipped the mini donuts in a vanilla glaze, just turned them upside down and dunked them half way. Super easy. Then, I showered them with rainbow non-pareils! These rainbow non-pareils were purchased at The Flower Factory.


rainbow non pareils


glazed mini donut


rainbow sprinkled mini donut


Don’t they look cute?!?!


mini donuts finished


My second batch looked a lot more like donuts, not mini bundt cakes. The directions say to fill them half way, and this time I did a better job of that…


mini donuts 2nd batch


The only other advice I have for you if you bake up a batch (or 3) of these mini donuts, is when you spray the Pam into the donut wells, spray only a little, and if you spray too much, wipe out the excess with a paper towel, or this will happen:


mini donut fail



Here is the recipe I used, that was on the back of the donut pan packaging:


Baked Mini Cake Doughnuts by Wilton

1 1/4 c. cake flour, sifted

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. buttermilk (I used regular milk, and added 1/2 tsp. white vinegar)

1 egg, beaten

1 1/2 tbsp. melted butter


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray Mini Doughnut Pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, egg, and butter and stir until just combined.

Fill each doughnut well approximately 1/2 full.

Bake 4-6 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched.

Let cool for about 4-5 minutes before removing from pan.

Finish the donuts with glaze and sprinkles.

The recipe states that this will yield 24 mini donuts, but I got 40 out of it!!!


Vanilla Glaze

1 c. confectioners’ sugar

1 tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In small bowl, stir together sugar, milk, and vanilla until sugar is completely dissolved. Use immediately to glaze donuts.


Alas, since I gave up all sugar for Lent, these are the only mini donuts I could indulge in:


Unsweetened Cheerios



Also, here is a list of cute donut party finds on the internet:

P is for Party: Delectable Doughnut Party

Have Faith. Every Day. : Donut Party

One Charming Party : Strawberry Party – Donut Cake

Kara’s Party Ideas : Donuts & Doilies Party


Well, as promised, here are the free donut party invitations, in downloadable pdf format. You just open the pdfs in Adobe Acrobat Reader, and print onto Letter sized paper (preferably cardstock) and cut out! There are two color schemes in the file (see below). Click here to download the free PDF.


Free Printable Pink Donut Party Invitation Free Printable Donut Party Invitation