Free Printable: 2016 Wall Calendar

Confession: I'm a bit of a calendar whore. I collect them like jewelry, or postcards, or pretty cards. And as much as I love a monthly calendar, I always need to have a full annual calendar on hand. Because it feels easier to get a grasp on the whole year when you can see it all in front of you, right?

Get a grasp on your whole year with this freebie, made with love from me to you!

Friday Finds: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Best #GirlBoss Friend

If there's one trend I'm loving right now, it's the rapid fire spread of girl bosses, and the acknowledgement of makers and designers that girl bosses are a thing. Toot your own boss babe horn and treat yourself with one of these fun items that will have you singing, "I am woman, hear me roar," or grab one for one of your boss lady friends. I love the rise of "community over competition." There's enough business to go around for all of us boss babes!

1. Girl Tribe Tank, $38, Shop Pink Social

When you're a small business owner, there's nothing more important than finding your girl tribe. Boss babes need other boss babes to commiserate with and to help lift each other up. Carrie Barker and Sarah Baucom are two sweet girls from my hometown who created the Pink Social Girl Tribe, a 1,000+ member Facebook group where creative ladies can connect, support each other and hold each other accountable. They also have a super cute shop called Shop Pink Social that's filled with fun tees and tanks, like this one.

2. Girl Boss 8x10 Mini Canvas, $15, ADEprints //

This cute little canvas is hand lettered by a gal named Allie Edgar who I recently discovered on etsy. All of her pieces can be customized, including this one. Choose from hot pink, black, navy, teal or gray for the canvas, and gold leaf, metallic silver, black or white for the lettering. I'm partial to the pink and gold!

3. Like a Boss Coffee Mug, $18, Smallglow //

This shop is full of great gifts for bosses including tees, mugs and art prints. Aside from this "Like a Boss" mug, check out The CEO mug as well.

4. A Passionate Woman Print, $16, Winnie Jean //

I was lucky enough to meet the very talented Stephanie Creekmur this summer at Stationery Academy, and let me tell y'all, she really is the ultimate girl boss. This gal is not only ridiculously talented at hand lettering, but she also really understands the ins and outs of a successful business. Plus, she's sweet as can be, which is the ultimate girl boss behavior.

5. Like a Boss Coffee Mug, $18, Aspen Lane Colorado //

What's better than a coffee mug? A travel mug! What's better than a travel mug? A BOSS lady travel mug. Scoot around town like a boss and keep your drink warm at the same time with this sassy tumbler.

6. Girl Boss Pencils, $2, Harvest Paper Co //

Pencils are my latest obsession. I have terrible handwriting but for some reason I feel like I write better with a pencil. Or maybe it's just because I can erase it if it looks ugly. Either way, these bossy pencils are the perfect motivation for getting sh*t done.

7. Girl Boss Letter Banner, $11, All Her Glory //

How fun is this girl boss banner?? Customize it for your office or home — there are 4 different sizes and 18 different colors to choose from. I think I might just have to get this to hang above my computer... sometimes I need a reminder that I'm a boss when I get discouraged!

Free Printable Halloween Wall Art: Double Double Toil and Trouble

As a child of the 90s, I grew up watching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movies, and my hands down favorite was "Double Double Toil and Trouble." I'm actually pretty sure that it was that movie that made Halloween become one of my favorite holidays. So in honor of that fabulous little flick and 90s girls everywhere, here's a free print to help you dress up your mantle or front porch tonight. Happy Halloween!

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Free Printable Wall Art: Fall Pumpkin

Fall is in full force and I'm loving every minute of it! Except for the fact that the pumpkins we bought in the mountains are already rotten. (Why???) Seeing as how there are still ELEVEN days until Halloween and THIRTY SEVEN days until Thanksgiving, I guess I'm going to be going out to get some new pumpkins. In the meantime though, here's a pumpkin that won't rot. Sweeten up your mantle with this pumpkin-y print!

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Jewel-Toned Fall Porch Inspiration

I love Fall and Fall decor like it's nobody's business, but I'll be the first to tell you that Fall decor can get real tacky, real fast. While I love the orange and yellow colors of Fall leaves as much as anyone else, I've never been big on using those colors together in Fall decor. Feels a little too Michaels-y for me. I much prefer to leave yellow and orange in God's hands, and instead decorate for Fall with complementary colors (blues, pinks, purples) to complement His decor.

That being said, you will now understand why I am totally digging the idea of jewel-toned hues for a Fall front porch. I truly can't think of a better color combo! Case in point:

It's mighty lovely, don'tcha think? What colors are you using to decorate for fall this year?

Free Wallpaper: Happy Fall

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Nothing, and I repeat nothing, makes me happier than cool weather, the sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet, the smell of wood burning and the pretty colors that dust fall trees. In honor of my favorite season, I've got a fun little freebie to wish you (and your digital devices) a happy fall!

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Welcome to Hello Ginger!

Greetings, friends!

I am so excited to finally introduce Hello Ginger to the world. I have been working behind the scenes for months to get this baby up and running and am thrilled to finally be live! I am also excited to tell the back story of Hello Ginger, and how she came to be.

In 2012, I launched a small etsy business called Sweetpress Studio. It started out as an experiment to see if anyone would actually want to buy my invitations and art prints, and surprisingly for me, they did!

I was a newlywed fresh off the wedding planning process and dove headfirst into designing bridal shower invitations, rehearsal dinner invitations and wedding day stationery like programs, menus and signage. I loved what I was doing, but as my 9 to 5 job became more demanding, I found myself struggling to keep that passion going after a long day at work in front of a computer. I was burnt out from work, but decided that I was also burnt out because I wasn't loving what I was creating anymore. If only I could take it a step further and start designing custom wedding invitations, I thought, then my creative spark would be reignited. 

This summer, I was blessed to be able to attend Stationery Academy, a business school for stationery and gift designers. I went into it thinking that I would come home with my fire burning again, ready to dive headfirst into a custom wedding invitation business. Boy, was I wrong.

Stationery Academy is actually much, much more than a business school. It is a community for creative women to come together and discuss their fears and their dreams. We were encouraged to "get honest with our values" and identify our business' purpose. In doing that, I had an "a-ha" moment. I didn't want to design wedding invitations. I wanted to create bold and bright things that would make people happy every day of their life — not just on their wedding day.

I started brainstorming where I could go with my business, and the possibilities were endless. I jotted down ideas left and right, and for the first time in forever, I was excited about what I wanted to do with my business. I also had a newfound confidence because I had a wealth of knowledge and resources in my back pocket, and an amazing support system of like-minded entrepreneurs cheering me on.

Stationery Academy was a game changer for me. It helped me decide to close a chapter of my life and shut the doors on Sweetpress Studio, and say hello to a new chapter of my life — Hello Ginger!

Hello Ginger is an online paper and gift boutique that sells everything that I love — bold and bright paper products, art prints, coffee mugs, notepads — plus an abundance of fun new items that will debut down the road. Everything in the shop is a reflection of me and the things that make me happy. Whether it's a silly little saying, a song lyric, or a broadway-inspired coffee mug, everything I have created was created with love.

I'm brimming with ideas and can't wait to share them with you!  Keep up with the latest products by following me on instagram at @shophelloginger, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest if that's more your style. Thanks for visiting! Now, let's have some fun. :)


Home for the Holidays: Holiday Decor 2014

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I have to admit -- decorating for Christmas this year was a bit of a struggle for me. As the first Christmas in our new house, I wasn't quite sure where to begin! In our old house I had found a rhythm and designated locations for all of our holiday decor. So being the completely OCD person that I am, starting from square one was a tad overwhelming. Too many options for mixing things up! I love the way that it all came together though. This is the homiest that our new house has felt yet! Here's a peek into our Holiday home =)

For some reason, I had it in my mind this year that I wanted a fat Christmas tree. On our annual trip to the mountains, I was dead set on finding a fatty. There's something about a full Christmas tree that feels very Victorian and old-fashioned. So find a fatty we did. 


For the mantle, I used a combo of faux garland and fresh Christmas tree trimmings. The mix of faux and fresh really makes the perfect greenery. 

No fancy Christmas card display this year -- just Scotch tape on our wood trim!  

UPDATE: You may remember that our dining room looked a tad different the last time I posted. It's still in transition, but I love the way it's coming together. We found this dining room set on Craigslist for 300 bucks -- a great find for Chippendale chairs, if you ask me!

And of course, we always have at LEAST two trees, so here's tree #2. It's an artificial hand-me-down from my parents, and the lights were a BITCH to put together, but with the help of some sweet angels it ended up being just beautiful. 

On our back deck, I added some cheer to our window box with a mixture of Christmas tree trimmings, white pine garland, pinecones and fake berries. Also whipped up the same arrangement as a centerpiece for our patio table. 

And there you have it! Holiday cheer from our house to yours. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

3 Decorating Trends I'm Digging Right Now

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One could argue that you shouldn't follow trends when decorating, but let's be real. Every interior design magazine you pick up is full of them. The trick (in my not-at-all-professional opinion) is to make sure that the trends you're following are timeless, and to steer away from any trends that have made an appearance for the first time in the past two decades.

For example, did you mother, grandmother or great-grandmother ever decorate with "Keep Calm and Carry On" prints? You see my point. Now this is not to say that all design trends from the past are worthy of a comeback (decorating an entire room with shag should stay in the 70s), but it's generally a safe rule of thumb to follow. With this being said, here are three comeback design trends that I am currently loving.

1. Blue and White

What's more elegant than the traditional styling of blue and white? I can't think of much. Although blue and white porcelain has been used in decorating for hundreds of years, it has recently exploded back into the design scene. Look at the covers of House Beautiful and Traditional Home from the past year and you'll find yourself in a game of "I Spy" with blue and white vases, ginger jars, lamps, pillows... the list goes on. 

I personally am thrilled about the return of blue and white. It's a beautiful and timeless no matter how it's done, but my favorite blue and white pieces are done in the style of chinoiserie.

The good news is that although these pieces scream "Ralph Lauren" and "expensive," they're pretty easy to come by at reasonable prices -- you just have to know where to look. Online stores One Kings Lane and Joss & Main are oozing with blue and white pieces right now, but my favorite place to hunt for chinoiserie is at local thrift and antique stores. I picked up this vase at Hunt & Gather (a ridiculously gorgeous estate furnishings store in Raleigh) for only $30.

...and this teapot at Consignment 1st in Matthews for a whopping SIX BUCKS. Now that's what I call a blue and white steal!

2. Gallery Walls

The fact of the matter is that you really just can't beat a good gallery wall. Yes, gallery walls are the hottest thing going right now, but I fully support them because they pass the test on my home decor trends rule of thumb. My grandmother's front staircase climbed to meet a delicious gallery wall at the top, filled with framed photos of everybody that she loved. When she downsized to a smaller home, her gallery wall followed her there, and when she moved to assisted living her gallery wall came there too. So really it's only natural that I carry on the family tradition and do Nana justice with a gallery wall of my own. Here are a few walls (although no gallery wall compares to Nana's) that I am currently using as inspiration.

The gallery wall of art in my living room is still a work in progress, but I'm pretty pleased with what how the gallery wall in our den is coming along. (Stay tuned!) Makes the room feel homey and I love being surrounded by some of our favorite memories each day. Because essentially, that's really the point of a gallery wall, right? (Nana would have said yes.)

3. Bamboo

Remember the days when bamboo made you think of your grandma's pastel beach house from the 80s? Say bye bye to that theory because bamboo is back in a big way. From bamboo bar carts to faux-bamboo furniture, this Asian-inspired detail is popping up everywhere... and it doesn't have to be pricey. Sure, you can spend $294 to purchase this bamboo mirror from Pottery Barn, but smart bamboo-lovers get their fix directly from local thrift stores.

Bamboo is in abundance at second-hand shops and flea markets, you just have to see the piece for what it could be -- not for what it currently is. (Hint: When thrifting, I like to have a goal in mind, and I hunt for one or two specific things. That way I make sure that I don't miss anything in said categories and I don't get distracted by other pieces. Next time you're thrifting, think bamboo!) Here are a couple of thrifty bamboo finds that were transformed into something fabulous.

Several years back, I acquired this chest of drawers from (surprise!) my grandmother's beach house.


I didn't love it at the time, and really only took it because I was still in the post-college/first solo apartment stage of taking any furniture I could get. Feeling lucky now that I was needy back then, because it's now one of my favorite pieces of furniture. It's hanging out in my guest bedroom for now, and I'm debating if I should leave it white or go to town with a lacquer spray paint to really make it pop. Guess it depends on what I want to do with the guest bedroom, huh? Stay tuned!

4 Free Valentine's Day Printables

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Print these free 4x6 printables and add some LOVE to your home decor! Enjoy! :)