We Lived Happily Ever After: November 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Free Vintage Christmas Graphics!


I don't know about you, but I am already putting up lights and playing Christmas music on pandora nonstop! Today I have a few fun & free graphics from Graphic Stock to get YOU into the Christmas Spirit too! 

They are perfect for decorating your Christmas cards, table place settings, gift tags & more.

To download this collection, you will have to sign up for a 7 Day Totally Free Trial, where you can download up to 20 images a day. If you don't want to be enrolled in the paid "unlimited download" membership, simply cancel before your seven day trial is up. To start your seven day free trial, go HERE

To locate the download link for each image, match the number next to the graphic you want, and click on the corresponding number below:

1. HERE 2. HERE 3. HERE 4. HERE 5. HERE, HEREHERE & HERE 6. HERE 7. HERE 8. HERE 9. HERE 10. HERE 11. HERE Background: HERE

Again, if you do not want to use it past the free trial, PLEASE cancel your subscription so you won't have to pay for the membership.

Now for a fun tutorial on how to dress up your graphics!

How to Add Text to your graphics using Picmonkey.


Step 1. Open your graphics up on picmonkey.com  and click "Add Text" in the text editing section.


Step 2. Type your wording into the text box.


Step 3. Choose a font you like, and change the color. Press "Save" and you are done! 


I can't wait for Christmas! XO



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Free Antler Graphics


 Hello Everyone!

It's been just over a year since I started sharing digital graphic freebies with you all. Remember my first freebie post HERE? It's probably my most popular post up to date. I honestly think it's because of that adorable stag I have on there. 

I figured it is about time for another deer graphic post, so here it is!


You may have noticed that I have fallen for the antler decor craze. I don't know what it is about those majestic antlers that make hearts pitter patter, but I LOVE them!


Anyhow, for all of you fellow antler loving people, here are some fun graphics for you to use this Christmas! Use them in your digital design, on your Christmas cards & place cards, or print on a canvas for instant art!


These particular graphics look great layered on top of backgrounds, like chalkboard, because they have transparent fillings.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MantraBand Inspirational Bracelet Giveaway


Today I am partnering up with a wonderful company that I absolutely love, MantraBand.

They make the most gorgeous bracelets with inspirational messages on them to encourage and inspire woman. My personal favorite is the "Warrior" bracelet. It acts as a constant reminder to me that I am capable & that God is on my side.

They have lots of great sayings, and would make the perfect gift for those special  friends in our life who need to remember just how amazing they are!

Mantraband is giving away three of their gorgeous bracelets to three winners! Which one would you pick? Oh yeah, and they come in three different colors too, gold, silver and rose gold! :)

Enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter box below this next photo! :)






A few fun facts about this awesome inspirational jewelry
  • Mantrabands are fully adjustable and will fit most wrist sizes
  • delicate, lightweight, comfortable, and durable
  • made of hypoallergenic, tarnish resistant, nickel free and lead free stainless steel
  • available in silver, gold, and rose gold (Gold Mantrabands are made with the same strong, tarnish resistant material as Mantraband's silver bands, with a thick overlay of 18K gold.)
Disclosure: While Mantraband sent me a few of their bracelets for free, I wasn't paid to write the above review; I just really love this product & think you will too! :)




Friday, November 14, 2014

DIY Deer Head Stuffed Animal Taxidermy


Hey everyone! A few weeks ago I shared this adorable deer pattern & tutorial over at the lovely Liz Marie's Blog.

Today I am posting it here in case any of you missed it & because I just love it that much... it's pretty darn cute after all!


If you've been following along here on We Lived Happily Ever After, the you will know that I recently designed my daughter June's room in a Rustic Prairie Theme (see the whole space HERE), and one of the biggest highlights of the room was all of the DIY'ed animals I made.

I love Stuffed Animal Taxidermy. It's a fun way to showcase your love for animals without hurting any of them. And lets face it, they look so adorable when done!



Monday, November 10, 2014

How to Paint a Drop Cloth Rug & My Honest Thoughts On The After


You know what gets me excited about pinterest? A hoard of creative genius minds who come up with brilliant alternatives to expensive store bought decor! 

Today is one of "those" posts. I was really intrigued by painted rugs, and when I started June's room (see it HERE) I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to try out this DIY.... At the bottom of this post, I am going to give you my honest opinion on how it has held up and if I would do it again.

This baby cost me like $15 to make because I already had the paint and the spray adhesive. The only thing I had to buy was the actual painter's drop cloth rug itself! The size I used was a 6x9 feet.I folded it in half, so it is now 6x4.5 feet. For this method, you need to get a drop cloth that is double the size you want it to be width -wise. That way you can fold it down the middle, resulting in a thicker rug.


I pre-washed mine with some borax to make it brighter. Also, if you ever plan on washing your rug, pre-shrinking in the wash is a must! After it's dry, iron your drop cloth until there isn't a wrinkle in sight. :)



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Free Christmas Gift Tag Printables

Hey Everyone! 

Is it too early to post Christmas stuff? I hope not, because I have some adorable Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags for you today!


And they come in white & chalkboard! 



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How to Transform a SCARF into a HEADBOARD


June's Toddler Bed is the most practical thing in her room (see all the colorful cuteness HERE)... I mean, you need a bed in a bedroom, right? My husband, Silas, and I built it together because I didn't want to put a full twin size bed in her room so she could have more room to play. 

I'll be putting up a tutorial and plans on how we made her bed soon, but today I'm going to show you the eye candy part of this DIY Toddler Bed: The Headboard!

Believe it or not, I made this headboard with 2 scarfs from Walmart. And it's awesome!

This scarf method works perfectly for toddler beds, and if you turn it on it's side horizontally, it will work for a twin, and maybe a full. It all depends on how large your scarf is. I purposefully made her's "tall" so that I could turn it on it's side and use it on a twin in the future.

Here is a full list of materials used for this project:
-2 scarfs (I used two because they were see-through thin, so I layered them on top of each other)
-Plywood the width of your bed (and whatever height you need it to be)
-Thick Batting Foam (you can buy yours, or if you're like me, steal it off of old furniture) 
-Super 77 Adhesive Spray (THIS is the stuff I used)
-Stapler
-Upholstery Buttons (THESE are the ones I used)
-A Drill and Screws
- A Big Strong Needle, thick Thread & Pliers for attaching the upholstery buttons