Friday, December 25, 2009



Today is the last day of the 12 days of Christmas here on my blog and website. I hope you've enjoyed it! Today I have a fun and inspiring desktop wallpaper for you to download for free (just click right here to go to the download page.) There are 4 different sizes that will hopefully suit most computers. Here is the 800x600 version:

I'm inspired looking at it, are you?!

Also, in one final celebration of the goodness that was 2009, through the end of the year you can buy a calendar and get a free print
in my etsy shop. Just let me know which print you'd like in the 'notes to seller section,' and I'll send it along with the calendar!

Merry Christmas, and I'll see you back here in the new year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


It's Christmas Eve! I've always loved Christmas Eve. We always used to go to my grandparents' house to have dinner and open presents, and it was one of the best parts of Christmas. This year I'll be with my husband's family on Christmas Eve, which will be nice as well.

So in honor of holiday family dinners, I have some cute downloadable place cards that you can print out and use on your holiday table! Just click here to go to the download page. You can write the names in the white space, and then fold them in half to make little table-tent-like place cards.

I have one more download and one more shop deal for you tomorrow, and then I'll be taking a blogging break until the new year. See you here tomorrow (or the next day, if you're planning to stay offline on Christmas!)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


If you're still needing cute wrappings for your gifts, I have a small downloadable sheet of wrapping paper for you to download and print out today. It's 8.5x11", so it'll only work for small gifts (or larger gifts if you get creative and tape it together), but it'll make your small gifts ultra-adorable!

CLICK HERE to go to the download page. And come back again tomorrow for the second to last downloadable goodie!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Can you believe Christmas is in 3 days??
(ps- I'm sorry to anyone that doesn't celebrate Christmas who reads this blog... I don't mean to alienate you! The blog will be back to normal soon, I promise.) :)

Today I have some cute holiday gift tags that you can download RIGHT HERE, which will hopefully help make your presents look a little cuter!

CLICK HERE to go to the download page, and check back tomorrow for another useful freebie!

Monday, December 21, 2009


Another downloadable treat today-- a Christmas card! Actually, it's two versions of the same card in different colors, but you'll have to download it to see what the other one looks like.

I hope they come in handy as you're wrapping your gifts! Now you won't have to rush out to one of the crazy-busy stores to pick up cards if you forgot to buy them.

CLICK HERE to go to the download page on my website.


Sunday, December 20, 2009


Today I'm focusing on giving to others again, but this benefits you also! Do you still have people on your Christmas shopping list? Are you wishing you would have ordered some artwork from etsy, but now you don't have time?

I have your solution. TODAY ONLY, you can purchase a piece of my artwork to print out yourself and give as a last-minute gift. Here is the image:

It's called 'Gratitude,' and it's very aligned with this season we are in.

You can purchase it right here. I'll send you a link to the download page for the high-res file, and then you can print away to your heart's content.

AND, all the proceeds will be given to the Samaritan House here in Atlanta. It's goodness all around.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Today I have a free goodie for you! If you are anything like me, you still have a LOT of Christmas stuff to do. Now you can organize everything on these cute to-do lists!

CLICK HERE to download the high res file, and then print as you please! I hope you enjoy them. :)

Friday, December 18, 2009


Again, another goodie today! If you've been meaning to pick up a 'You Are My Sunshine' or a 'You Are So Loved' print, today is a great day to do it. $5.00! That's a steal, my friends.

Click here to shop, and check back tomorrow for the last of the shop deals. After that it'll be *free goodies* all the way through Christmas! You'll love it, I promise.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Reality: by Ashley Inzer

Talented and lovely Ashley Inzer sent this over for us to enjoy- it's a diagram of reality. How cool is that??
This definitely seems to be the way that it works in my mind-- what about you?

Although, I'm also trying to get to a place where I don't completely identify my thoughts with what reality IS, and know that there is actually a deeper sense of reality that goes beyond the physical world. I think there are several ways to look at 'reality,' and this is one of them.

Big thank you to Ashley for sending this over, and make sure you check out her blog and her flickr photostream!


Today is a goodie! BUY ONE CALENDAR, GET A FREE PRINT. Nice, right?

And there's still time for some last minute gift-buying! Everyone needs a calendar, and it's my opinion that everyone also needs lovely art surrounding them, so get thee to the shop! I have both of those things.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


On this 3rd day of Christmas celebration, I'm focusing on giving of a different kind. Sisters of the Road is an amazing organization in Portland, Oregon which "exists to build authentic relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of nonviolence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual, while seeking systemic solutions that reach the roots of homelessness and poverty to end them forever." They run a nonprofit café which serves low-cost and nutritious meals that can be purchased in a variety of ways, including cash, food stamps, and exchange for work. I'm happy to say that I donated a small amount of money to them earlier this year, but I'd love to do more. Today I will donate 25% of all sales to this beautiful organization.

So, if you choose to purchase something from me today, you can feel good knowing that you are helping to feed someone a hot meal in this most sacred time of year. And I will thank you very much for your support and your generosity.

{Click here to visit my etsy shop}

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Believe: by San Smith

My super-talented pal San sent this little illustrated reminder over (seriously, check out her website,) and I couldn't agree with it more!

I notice more and more in my life that my thoughts most definitely create my reality. If I believe that today is going to suck, then it will indeed suck, and probably suck hard. If I believe that good things are coming my way, they always do. I know it sounds too simple, but it really does seem to work that way. Thought = belief = reality.

Sometimes we don't even see that our beliefs are just thoughts, and that we can actually CHOOSE what we want to believe. Which means, we can create whatever kind of reality we want, right? That's powerful stuff.

Anyway, big thanks to San for sending this over. Be sure to check out what she's up to, because she's the queen of cuteness!


Today I bring back everybody's favorite sale in my etsy shop-- buy one print, get one free.

Get one print as a gift, and one for you!
(Isn't that how Christmas shopping always goes anyway? One for you, one for me...) :)

Get thee to my etsy shop today only for this sweet deal, and come back tomorrow to see what new surprise I have in store.

{Please let me know which free print you'd like in the 'notes to seller' section when you're purchasing.}

Monday, December 14, 2009

Good morning and happy Monday! Today is officially 12 days before Christmas, and while the 12 Days of Christmas were traditionally celebrated beginning on Christmas and going through January 5th, I thought it would be fun to celebrate these 12 days of Christmas leading up to the big day!

So, for the next 12 days here on Pecannoot, there will be something for you, from free downloadable goodies and sales in my etsy shop to donations to charities and free shipping. Every day will be different!

So today, since I imagine many of you are still in holiday shopping mode (and if you are like I am you may still have LOTS of shopping to do!), I have a little deal in my shop for you. If you spend $15 or more, I will send you 10 adorable gift tags with your purchase! Here's what they look like:

They'll make your gifts look so darn pretty, won't they?

Head on over to my etsy shop to check out the goods-- there's still plenty of time to order gifts and get them in time for Christmas. (I am very prompt in my shipping!)

And be sure to come back tomorrow to see what Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas will bring!

Friday, December 11, 2009


As I was laying in bed reading Eckhart Tolle's book A New Earth last night, this sentence jumped out at me and struck me like a lightning bolt.

There are so many times that I want more more more. Isn't that essentially what much of our culture is about? We are so often taught to want more, to never be satisfied, to be selfish, to take from the world.

I realized that when I am wanting more and feeling like I'm not getting what I want or deserve, it's because I'm focusing on taking rather than giving. It's like waiting for inspiration to come from the outside instead of listening and cultivating it within yourself. If I am waiting for the world to give me the opportunity to express my genius, comparing myself to others in the process, thinking "it's not fair," then I am not giving my true self to the world. I am withholding the genius that already exists within me (and within all of us) from the world. If I think the world is withholding abundance from me, really I am not living abundance in the world. I am living lack. I am withholding that positive energy from the world. It's all about giving. If I want abundance, I need to be and give away abundance. If I am already abundance, how could I receive anything other than that?

Tolle goes on to say that "you are withholding it because you think you are small and that you have nothing to give."

Do I withhold the genius within because I think I'm small and what I have to give is of no significance? Yes. I think many of us feel this way, because we compare ourselves to others who seem to know more, have more, do more.... when really, each of us has our own unique and incomparable experience of life, and that is what we each have to give.

Each of our experiences can help someone, and if we go into each situation asking myself "how can I be of service?" then the world will respond by saying "how can I be of service to you?"

I'm going to try this out for the next few weeks and see what happens.
Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Twilight Tale: by Linda Plaisted

I'm so happy I somehow got connected to Linda Plaisted in this big blogosphere. Her work, firstly, is gorgeous, and secondly, this holiday tradition that she's created for herself is so, so touching. (And let me just say again how gorgeous and amazing I think the print above is. I can't stop staring at it.)

She says:

I believe in abundance. I grew up without a lot of "things" in my life, but I always had love and safety, encouragement and above all, hope. Ultimately that has made all the difference in my life as an artist. That is why for the past five years it has been my tradition to offer a Limited Edition holiday print, the proceeds of which are donated to charity. Last year's edition raised almost $1,000 to help victims of domestic violence through Heartly House, a program that provides safety, hope, and compassion to women, children and families.

This year, I am offering a digitally-signed, limited edition 11 x 14" print on matte archival paper at a special price to entice gift-giving and thoughtful gift-keeping! I will be happy to ship your print anywhere in the world to anyone you choose. To make the deal even sweeter, through December 13, all prints in my shop are 20% off, including this one. It's my way of saying Thank You to my wonderful clients, customers, colleagues and the universe at large for supporting me in pursuing my creative dreams.

This piece will only be available through January 10, 2010 and then retired in this size and finish, but anyone could also choose any piece in my shop and just send me an email to let me know you'd like the proceeds donated to charity and I will be sure to add the funds to the Heartly House total.

I get so much joy and peace from creating my work and I just want to give a little of that back to people who don't yet have the same opportunities.

How incredible is this? What a generous gesture. I can imagine how good Linda feels knowing that her generosity is making people's lives be a little better, especially during the holidays. We need more people like Linda in the world.

So, please head over to her website-- do you have an art-loving friend or family member who might like to own this beautiful print? Or any other piece of Linda's work? What a way to not only give a gift to someone you love, but also a gift to someone you've never met and who needs a little bit of help and love.

*Thank you, Linda, for letting us know about your abundant outlook and wonderful tradition!*

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Do Your Bit Jewelry: by Chrissy Foreman C

Australian artist Chrissy Foreman C is someone whose enthusiasm for all that she does oozes out of the computer screen. Every time I get an email from her it's filled with joy, and I can tell from the many projects that she is a part of that she truly loves spreading creativity and love as far as she can reach.

So I'm thrilled that she emailed me to share her line of eco-friendly jewelry, called Do your Bit, with us. She says:

One thing that there is an abundance of on our planet is WASTE and what better way to support the planet by snatching beautiful materials before they become landfill and transforming them into something unique! It’s kinda like alchemy!

Everything I create is made using salvaged materials such as fabric and leather off-cuts, plastics, computer wire and other wired and wonderful stuff that I come across (I admit all have new clasps, metal bits and/or sterling silver earring hooks ‘cause I feel that’s important in creating high quality pieces that last).

I feel a real rush and connection to ‘something good’ while I’m making them and I feel that each one quickly takes on its own personality in the process, hence why they all have their own names. It’s one of the ways I do my bit and share my commitment to nurturing our beautiful, abundant planet.

Inspiring, yes?
Check out more from Chrissy (and purchase from the jewelry line) on her website, and also visit her blog. You can also purchase the jewelry at Reverse Garbage in West End, Brisbane

*Thanks so much, Chrissy!*

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

send your style into the world

How do you put yourself into the world?

How are you authentic?

What qualities about yourself do you share the most?

What qualities do you most admire in others?

What message do you want to send into the world?

Does your style reflect that message?

I don't focus on style very much, I think mainly because I work at home and most of the time in in a cozy sweater and yoga pants. :) But when I do go out, I think I could step it up a bit. I want to inspire creativity and positive feelings in people, through my work and my way of being. How can I make my outward style match my inner mission?

Something to think about.

{If you are interested in thinking in depth about style, I suggest Danielle LaPorte's book, Style Statement. I haven't gotten all the way through it yet, but it poses lots of great questions to think about!}

Monday, December 7, 2009

Blissful Monday: week 5

Good morning, my friends!

Here we are on Monday again-- let's make this a good week, what do you say?

I skipped my Bliss List last week, so I'll make this one extra good. :) The time since Thanksgiving has been quite nice around our house, so there's much to be grateful for:

1. 3 days away in Asheville, NC with my husband was the BEST. We stayed in a gorgeous house in the mountains, built fires in the evenings, snuggled up in the cool weather, slept later than we normally do, and had fun exploring a new city.

{That's us at an amazing waterfall in Highlands, NC-- definitely worth seeing if you're in the area!}

2. My Cyber Monday Sale in my etsy shop was a huge success!

3. To celebrate the success of my sale, I finally bought my dream boots. They are supposed to arrive today (I ordered them from Piperlime), and I'm practically jumping up and down I'm so excited! Now, I am not a shopper, and I hardly ever spend money on clothes or shoes or anything, so this was a big deal.

4. We put up our Christmas tree! Tonight we are going to watch The Grinch (the Dr. Seuss version, of course,) which is one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

5. Spring was launched, after months of talk between Michelle, Carolyn, Jess LC, and me. The response has been beyond what we'd hoped for for our first episode, and I'm so grateful and excited to be part of this project with these inspiring women!

6. Pumpkin pie. Need I say more?

*Please feel free to share what's on your bliss list in the comments!*

Friday, December 4, 2009

i make my own rules: by jess gonacha swift

I'm embracing this idea more and more lately. I embraced it full on a couple of night ago when I stayed out until 1:00am on a Wednesday night with a group of fabulous and inspiring women, didn't get out of bed until 9:15am (which is about 3 hours later than I normally get up!), and then I didn't post anything on either of my blogs yesterday. And I only felt the teensiest bit guilty about it! This is a step in the right direction. I'm very hard on myself much of the time and don't give myself a break to be human and sleep in on a Wednesday if I need to-- and it felt good!

What self-imposed rules is your body begging you to break today?

Have a fantastic weekend! I'll see you on Monday.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spring Episode 1: GRATITUDE

Good morning!
I'm so excited to share our first Spring video with you this morning. (Remember when I announced it here a few weeks ago? It is finally here!)

We had so much fun recording the video, despite some technical challenges (which we will be working on improving in our future episodes.) Hopefully the gratitude shines through it all!

The video is available in 4 segments, which you can watch on the Spring website. Here is the first video (our introduction segment) to get you started, and then you can pop over to the website for the rest!

I really hope you enjoy our discussion of gratitude, and please feel free to leave us your comments and suggestions! We'd love to have you join the conversation.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Nelson II: by Sophie Callaghan

Sophie Callaghan makes pretty much the best handmade art dolls ever. They have so much life and personality! This one is Nelson II, and he has a hand-embroidered message of love from The Beatles on the backside of him. How wonderful is that?

I guarantee you will love all of Sophie's art dolls, which you can find on her flickr page, and oh man, there are so many!! It's impossible for me to pick a favorite. Go have a look! You can buy the dolls right here, and she also has an etsy shop with some other handmade goodies and a terrific website. What a talent!

*Thanks for sending this over for us to enjoy, Sophie!*