Free Printable Penguin Christmas Gift Tags

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Tis the season for gift giving! I love picking out the perfect gift and carefully wrapping it in beautiful paper and bows. This year, instead of doing a full Christmas theme (we have a wedding on the front burner), we picked a holiday character instead. PENGUINS!

All of our paper either has penguins on it or is red, black and white, with bows and ribbons to match. Of course, I had to design matching penguin gift tags.

Aren’t they too cute?! The graphics are from ClipArtopia on Etsy.

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To print your own for free, click the link below! Happy Wrapping!

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Christmas Penguin Gift Tags

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Like many Gilmore Girl fans, my Thanksgiving weekend was completely hijacked by watching the Netflix special Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. However, I paced myself, spreading my viewing over four days so I could truly digest each episode and analyze the direction of the storyline. This presented the unique challenge of avoiding Facebook, Twitter and certain news websites because I really wanted to pull my own thoughts and feelings from the special. As I watched, I took notes, thought it through, and what follows is the culmination of what I truly felt about the show.

Warning: My Gilmore Girls fandom is about to be exposed.

Also… obviously, spoilers to follow.

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Pumpkin Carving 2016

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Ah – that glorious time of year, when pumpkins are just begging to be turned into frightfully fun jack-0-lanterns. I absolutely love pumpkin carving. Aside from seeing everyone’s ridiculously creative costumes, this is my favorite part of the season.

The theme for this year was easy – Halloween couples. With my upcoming nuptials, I had to do it. As I thought through the traditional couples, none of them quite inspired me as much as Victor and The Corpse Bride.

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History of Jack-O-Lanterns

pumpkin-carvingThis post was originally written and published at The Creative Cubby.

Carving pumpkins is a big deal in my house.  Every year, I start looking for or designing the perfect carving template in July.  I invite friends over and feed them dinner for the occasion.  I have even started collecting real tools to build a Carving Tool Box in place of buying a carving set every year.  I take my pumpkin carving very seriously.

As I have gotten older, my pumpkin carving has veered away from the traditional jack-o-lantern.  I tend to carve pop culture or Halloween-themed pumpkins – ridiculously intricate designs that take me most of the night to complete.  (My friends are very patient angels.)

But I couldn’t help but start to wonder why.  Why do we take a simple gourd and feel the urge to carve up its surface?  Why do we stick our hands into its gooey center and pull out its guts?  Disregarding the obvious reason… {to roast the pumpkin seeds – yum!}  Why?  Where did this tradition come from?

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Oh, Halloween Tree

Oh, Halloween Tree
Oh, Halloween Tree
Ray Bradbury
Would be so proud!

By pure happenstance, a Halloween tree has found its way into my apartment. I ordered a fake tree on Amazon. Being pre-lit and surprisingly inexpensive, I wanted to test it out – put it together, plug it in, fluff it out. You know, get a really good feel for whether or not this new addition would work for us.

So that’s what I did. I set the tree up, put it on the table where it would live during the holidays, and it just sort of… stayed there. It looked so cute and festive. I couldn’t resist! I already had the Halloween garland and spare pumpkins sitting around. I mean, come on. How could I not?!

I have no shame and no regrets. Actually, I do – I take that back. I regret that I put the Halloween decorations bins back in storage already and therefore, I can’t incorporate leftover materials from my Welcome Foolish Mortals Wreath into the tree. Ha! Next year… this is definitely making a come back next year.

Do you have a Halloween tree? Or a Thanksgiving tree? Or a year-round tree?

 

Favorite Halloween Projects

It’s that time of year again! The pumpkins are popping up in the groceries stores. Kids are arguing with their parents about costumes. Neighbors are stretching cobwebs all over their yards. And I’m dreaming of what design I want to carve into a beautiful jack-o-lantern.

Today, I was flipping through my old Halloween projects. Oh my goodness – so many good ones! Some of these are still my favorites to unpack and marvel at from year to year. So… we’re going to take a walk down memory lane, dig into the archives, and hopefully get some spooky inspiration!

“Boo” No Carve Pumpkin Using Paint Pen and Rhinestones
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Free Printable Halloween Banners
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Halloween Cookbook
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13 Days of Halloween Countdown
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and of course…
Build Your Own Pumpkin Carving Tool Kit
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I’m so excited to add more projects to the list this year. Have you seen my creepy “Welcome, Foolish Mortals” wreath?! Definitely keeping this one for years!

Stay tuned for more spoooooky fun.