Friday, September 12, 2014

Gettin' Crafty: Free Printable Creativity Quote 8x10 Sign

Free Printable "Creativity Makes Life More Fun" 8x10 Sign from B.Nute productions
"Creativity makes life more fun." It's as simple as that!

I've really been trying to step up my creative game lately-- doing more sketching, more drawing, more watercoloring, more creative projects - I've even picked up my dusty guitar to strum a few chords. I truly believe creativity makes my life more fun.

To get you inspired, I've created a free printable quote. I had fun playing with type on top of one of the color abstracts I painted. After I printed it out, I put it in a simple 8x10 frame and put it on my desk. It's bright, cheery and the perfect reminder to greet me in the morning when I begin work. I hope you find it inspiring as well.

Free Printable Creativity Quote 8x10 Sign
Free Printable Creativity Quote 8x10 Sign from B.Nute productions
Instructions for Making Your Creativity Sign
1. Select the link above, and print out the page on an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. Print on white cardstock to give some weight to the image.
2. Cut out the 8"x10" image, and place in a frame.

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dinosaur Party Invitations and More Filled with Prehistoric Fun

Prehistoric Fun Including B.Nute productions Dinosaur Party Invitations
I remember when my nephew was a dino-fanatic! He knew every dinosaur name, the time period in which they roamed the earth, their eating habits and much, much more. It's hard to believe he is now a senior in high school!

Many kids go through a phase of loving dinosaurs. To capitalize on their inner-Paleontologist, why not throw them a dinosaur party! I had fun creating these rustic invitations and matching party goods. I challenged myself by hand drawing the dinosaurs, and then giving them a grungy, dino-texture. Below is a sample of the invitation and matching party accessories available for your party.

Dinosaur Party Invitations, Stationery, Stickers and More by B.Nute productions on Zazzle
So, head over to my shop and customize your own Dinosaur party goods for your little one. Everyone is sure to have a great time!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bein' Real: Closet Envy

A Well Organized Closet
I have a case of closet envy, and I have it bad! On the last leg of our Japan trip we were spoiled and stayed in the famed Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo. Wow! When we were escorted to our room, I let out a few oo's and ahh's, but once the bellman had departed, I really started to drool! Ample space, wide halls, multiple rooms, great views, amenities at every turn. I was in heaven.

Then I walked into the closet. That's when envy set in!

Yes, there were no clothes in the closet, so of course it looked huge... but it wasn't just that. There was a place for everything and plenty of room too. There was even a sweet little dressing table with a mirror. (My 40+ year old eyesight now understands the beauty of these magnifying mirrors!)

I instantly thought of my closet at home. It's actually a pretty decent size. It's not Kardashian sized where you could fit a full boutique, but it's not tiny either. I've always loved it's late 1940's charm. It has 3 built in cubbies, and even sweet dressing table too. So why complain?

Well, unfortunately, in my almost 10 years living in our wonderful home, I have never had a cleared off spot to actually sit at that dressing table and put on make up, let alone consistently find an outfit I am happy with and/or pick up that scarf or accessorizing purse to match. My closet is stuffed. Overrun with a bunch of so-so clothes. It's time for a serious operation-- time to extract the bad, get rid of the "just in-case" items and find those cute outfits lurking in the mix.

I've been reading up on capsule wardrobes and am very inspired. Have you read about it? The simple description is a paired down closet per season or few months time period. Some folks pair their wardrobe down to 10 items. Some swear by a magical number like 33 items. Some are strict and allow no freebies (like accessories count in your item total), some are a bit more lenient. Either way, the theory is the less clothes you have in your closet, the more likely you will be able to find them and wear them. Also, if you take the time to think about your clothes as a mix and match set (per season), you will always look good.

Well, I'm sold. I've watched enough of the now off-the-air TV show "What Not to Wear" to know it's time! Wish me luck. I'll report back soon.

More Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration
Capsule Wardrobes on Pinterest
Thinking Through What You Need
Planning and Prepping for a Capsule Wardrobe

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Free Printable Super Cute Kawaii Notes for Home, Office or School

Free Printable Happy Office Printable Notes by B.Nute productions
Our big trip this past summer was to Japan. What a wonderful country filled with rich history, beautiful scenery and, of course, incredible design. I must say, I couldn't get enough of the kawaii, or super cuteness in so much of their product packaging. The sweet characters, winking vegetables, and happy inanimate objects really do put a smile on your face!

To keep you smiling - whether at school, at home or at the office, I decided to create some free printable notes in the kawaii style. Just print out a few copies, cut up the squares, and send notes to your kids in their lunch box, your students for a job well done, or your co-worker to brighten their day. Nothing like a little cuteness to brighten anyones day!

Free Printable Happy Notes
Free Printable Happy Office Notes from B.Nute productions

Instructions for Printing Your Kawaii Notes
1. Select link above, and print out from your browser. Use 8.5: x 11" paper.
2. Cut out each note paper. Write a note to a friend, student or co-worker and smile!

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School, Back to Work, Back to Reality!

It's Back to School Time (illustration by B.Nute productions)
I'm back! What a summer it's been. There was lounging by the pool and kayaking on the lake. There was time to sketch and time to workout. There was also an incredible adventure to a far off country.

Taking the last 2 months off has been wonderful, but now I'm ready to dive back in to my business and start designing. I've been invigorated by getting back to my artistic roots of sketching and painting and plan to add much of it to my work. I've also been inspired by our recent trip to Japan. There were so many wonderful visual delights I'm eager to capture. I can't wait to incorporate this new energy into my work as well.

So, now that the kids are happily back at school, I'm ready to get creating. This Fall, I plan to post on Tuesdays and Thursdays -- I'll be sharing all these new ideas and also plan to continue with fun free printables to liven up your every day. Here's to a wonderful Fall season.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July Break

July has arrived and life is good! We are spending time swimming, playing tennis, golfing, and of course making time to sketch. The craziness of the school year has taught me that slowing down a little during the summer is ok. In fact, I've decided it's just plain necessary.

Late August will be here in a blink of an eye, and my kids will go racing back to school, homework, sports and more, so while they are around this summer, I've decided to take a little blogging break and enjoy the long days and warm nights to just hang out.

I plan to pop in here and there, as well as give a peak in at our exciting vacation up ahead... But for the most part, you'll find me lazing by the pool! Feel free to email with any questions or thoughts, and I promise to dry off long enough to answer.

Hope you are enjoying the summer as much as I am!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Free Printable Reading /Video Game Log

Free Printable Reading/Video Game Log by B.Nute productions
Summer break is here, and although my kids will be very active with swim team, tennis lessons, golf, traveling and more, I know we will still have lots of downtime.... downtime that if my son had his way would be spent playing video games.

I'm definitely not one to prohibit a little gaming. My kids like it and even my husband loves to join in on the weekends. Like everything, though, it needs to be in moderation. So, this summer we are starting something new. I've created a Reading/Gaming Log page to actively track their gaming time and their reading time. The initial plan is, for every minute they read, they will get a minute of game time. My daughter is a big reader, but my son on the other hand will read only every so often. He also thinks that 20 minutes of reading is a good amount... but when it comes to his iPad games, he can be engaged for 120 minutes and not blink an eye. I think this log will give the kids a chance to see how much time they do spend on these activities, and possibly modify it in the future and/or choose alternatives to gaming like possibly running around outside!

We'll see how it goes. I'll definitely report back mid-summer and let you know!

Free Printable Reading/Gaming Log
Free Printable Reading/Gaming Log by B.Nute productions

Instructions for Printing Your Reading/Gaming Log
1. Select link above, and print out from your browser. Use 8.5: x 11" paper.

2. Fill in your reading time and minutes and game time and minutes. In the balance column, subtract the gaming time from the reading time.

Printable items are copyright protected, and provided free of charge by B.Nute productions for personal use only. B.Nute's printables can not be sold, altered, or provided for download on any other site. For questions or inquiries, please contact B.Nute productions.