It’s that time of year! Cooler temps, changing leaves and……HALLOWEEN! This holiday has always been fun for me and it’s growing increasingly more fun each year as our little guy gets older. Oh and the dogs, we try our best to find them the most hilarious costumes every year:) This year they will likely be unhappy about their hot dog costumes. They look ridiculous which makes it all the more fun. We. Can’t. Wait! We’re in DIY mode with Shooter’s costume. I’m not nearly as crafty as my mother when it comes to sewing so his costumes require minimal thread and needle work however I got the goodie bags for our neighbor kids under control. Feel free to print these tags and dress up your halloween boxes and bags! Simply click the link below, print the PDF and trim them. Happy crafting!

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Download the free printable halloween tags here: SpruceAndWillow_Halloween_Tags_15UP

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I have a dream of one day owning a swanky barber shop with leather everything, barbers who use straight razors and the finest whiskey money can buy for these gentlemen to sip on while they get a clean shave and a hair cut. I can envision the space. I nearly have every inch of it designed all the way from the ceiling rafters to the stained concrete floors. These posters will hang on the walls. The front window will span the entire width and height of the building. Can’t you just imagine how much natural light will filter through these giant windows?!? And speaking of windows, they will have the sickest typography treatment on the block. But until then, I will continue to live vicariously through my dreams…

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man cave print | what dreams forget whiskey remembers

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man cave print | whiskey is like liquid sunshine

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man cave print | I’m still waiting for the whiskey to whisk me away

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”     ~Mark Twain

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Eeeek! I can hardly contain my excitement for big comfy sweaters, caramel apple spice from Starbucks and visits to the pumpkin patch with my two favorite guys. Fall is my absolute FAVORITE season and for no other reason than my simple love for cooler nights and boots, I’m sharing this FREE Halloween printable. Print it, frame it and hang it on your door! Although I love wreaths, I’m always looking for fun ways to surprise my UPS and FedEx guys:) And just for fun, I’d love to see how you display this print with your fall decor. Use the hashtag #spruceandwillowprints on Instagram to enter yourself in a drawing for a free print from my etsy shop.

Download the free 8×10 printable here: SpruceAndWillow_FineArtPrints_Halloween

 

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It’s been a minute or rather a year since I last posted. Whew! A lot can happen in a year. We celebrated the birth of our first born son, sent his daddy off to war 10 days later and welcomed him home 8 months after that. What a whirlwind that 8 months was! Living in a new house with a brand new baby, 1200 miles from family and friends, working full time and going to school. I still don’t know how I managed to stay sane. Perhaps it was the wine:)

I recently opened my etsy shop and today I added the 5×7 sign that our son, Shooter, held as he watched his daddy march across Cooper Field at Ft. Hood, Texas. Emotions came flooding back as I think about how much I missed my husband and how much he missed of his son’s first year of life. Precious moments that can never be reclaimed. I tried my best to capture those little moments on video but they’re hard to watch because it always feels like someone is missing. I recently saw this post “25 Telltale Signs You’re a Military Spouse” and as much as I like to think we live a normal, civilian lifestyle….we do not. We’ve spent countless birthdays, holidays and anniversaries apart. We keep original boxes for EVERYTHING in hopes that it will help make our next move easier. Our life revolves around the next PCS, training and deployment schedules. I can’t tell you how many times our plans have changed. I’m certainly used to it but trying to explain it to those family and friends who don’t live this life is tiring. I can recite my husbands SSN much faster than my own. This is a tough one for me. A little piece of me loses a bit of my own independence every time I key in his number. While some days, this lifestyle makes me want to scream, resiliency has become a part of me. I fully accepted this lifestyle and I’m proud to support a man who wears the uniform. We have sacrificed as a family but nothing compares to what these men and women do on a daily basis. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Home of the free because my daddy is brave print can be downloaded here.
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  • September 18, 2014 - 7:33 PM

    Ebel - Thank you Springer family for all of your sacrifice. My family sleeps soundly every night thanks to our great military and their families. I am so proud to be an American! We are so grateful for the freedom you provide.ReplyCancel

fabric wedding invitations
I love texture so when it came to designing my wedding invitations, I knew that I wanted something more than just a traditional flat invitation. I also love opening pretty packages so I knew that somehow I had to fuse these two ideas together so I decided to create a boxed invitation suite with the invitation and rsvp cards backed with fabric. The older I get, the more I realize my style has become softer. My wedding colors reflected that as well. I have never really been a  fan of anything floral but when I saw the yellow floral fabric and the pink fabric side by side, I was instantly scheming ways to marry all of these ideas. The process of lining each box, cutting the fabric, stiffening the pieces, ironing and eventually adhering the each piece was quite time consuming. In fact, I would be lying if I said there weren’t a few nights that I hadn’t contemplated scratching the whole project. But in the end, I am happy I had a few sleepless nights because I’m still swooning over these pretty fabric wrapped boxes.

fabric wedding invitations

fabric wedding invitations

fabric wedding invitations

fabric wedding invitations
fabric wedding invitations

fabric wedding invitations

(images courtesy of brandy j)

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