Thursday, December 24, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Twenty Four

It's Christmas Eve! This is usually the last day the elves visit our house until the next year. They make their journey back to the North Pole to spend time with Santa and to go relax on the beach until Christmastime rolls around again.

Looking for an easy Elf on the Shelf idea? We put together a sack race using brown paper sacks and the kids' toys. Captain America wins the race, of course!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Twenty Three

Our kiddos are HUGE dinosaur fans. Since  Jurassic World was such a hit in our home this year, we decided the elves needed a little dino adventure. We bought the oversized plastic ball at a local pet store to create the "gyrosphere" from the Jurassic World movie and surrounded it with the kids plastic dinosaurs.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Twenty Two

I love the new Elf Pets! This year, our elves Red and Holly adopted a reindeer named Jingle. She came with a fun book for the kids to read.

Monday, December 21, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Twenty One

Break out the crepe paper for this one! Our Elf created a festive barrier across the bedroom door for our son to run through in the morning. This set up makes for a fun video.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Nineteen

Running out of spots in the house for Elf mischief? Don't forget the car! One day our Elf Red took Mom's car out for a joy ride. But to make up for it, he filled up Mom's gas tank. This set up can be a fun surprise for the kids when you take them to school in the morning.

Friday, December 18, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Eighteen

Elves need a hearty breakfast after all the mischief they get into. Just whip up some tiny pancakes and stack them on a plate for a special Elf treat.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Seventeen

It's a Shoe Shoe train! Just line up several pair of shoes to create a "train" through your living room with your elf as the conductor.

7 Pc Printable Bridal Shower Package - Lavender Flowers - Invitation, Thank You Favor Tags, Water Bottle Labels, Welcome Sign, Game & More

Weddings by Susan on Etsy is now offering Digital, Printable Bridal Shower Invitations and Signs.

Visit my shop to order a package of 7 designs from my Lavender Flowers Bridal Shower collection. This collection is valued at $34 if the printable files were purchased individually. 

You will receive:
* 1 digital copy of a 5x7 vertical invitation design that reads:
Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
(Bride's Name) is ready to say "I Do!"
* 1 printable personalized 8x10 welcome sign featuring the bride-to-be's name
* 1 printable 8x10 shower guest book sign
* 1 printable 8x10 Love is Intoxicating Mimosa Bar/Champagne sign
* 1 sheet of three personalized printable water bottle labels. The wrappers, when cut out, measures 2 inches x 8.5 inches
* 1 sheet of 12 2x2 inch square Thank You favor tags
* 1 sheet of 2 Who Knows the Bride Best? shower game cards

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Sixteen

Well, I guess Elf didn't think our tree had enough decorations! Need a quick idea? Decorate your Christmas tree with the kiddos' underwear for a laugh.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Fifteen

Have lots of little toys, like Lego guys, on hand? Let them capture your elf! We used red ribbon to "tie" our Elf down to the table. Lots of laughs with this set up, for sure.

Monday, December 14, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Fourteen

Have a clear glass on hand? It's the perfect trap for your Elf! Just draw up a little Help Me! sign and you are set.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Thirteen

Our Elf, Red, has a sister! Now he has help to watch both the kiddos during the holiday season.
Has a second elf joined your family? Two can lead to twice the fun!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Twelve

Silly Elf! He replaced all of our Christmas stockings hanging on the fireplace mantle with family socks.

Friday, December 11, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Eleven

This set up was one of our most challenging but we really liked how it turned out. Elf is roasting marshmallows over a candle "campfire." We made a tent by folding a piece of card board and covering it with a red party napkin.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Ten

Looks like our Elf put his claim on the kids' milk. All this set up requires is a couple of markers, I used red and green to draw holly, and some food coloring to make green "Elf Milk."

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Nine

Sweet ToothEveryone knows the elf has a sweet tooth. Just set up your elf in the pantry and let him sip syrup with a straw all night long. So sweet!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Eight

Elf Wars

If you can't tell, we're Star Wars fans. One night our Elf found himself in a fierce battle.

Monday, December 7, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Seven

Playing Games

Our Elf challenged Darth Vader to a round of Monopoly late one night. You could do a similar set up with any board game and another action figure or toy.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Six

Gone Fishin'

Silly Elf is trying to catch some Goldfish crackers.

Crafty Christmas - Button Christmas Tree in Frame

Sure, I love making crafts for my Etsy customers. But sometimes a girl has to craft for herself! I saw super cute Christmas tree craft using buttons on Pinterest and decided to make one that matched my guest room/craft room. I started with an inexpensive 5x7 silver frame from HomeGoods that I removed the glass from.

Then I added a lavender swirl scrapbook paper that complimented the design of the frame. The buttons were the more expensive part of the project but I used a 40 percent off coupon to Joanns on a jar of assorted purple buttons. I also bought a specialty silver and crystal accent button for $2.50 to create the star on top of the tree.

Using my trusty glue gun, this is the Christmas creation I came up with. Happy crafting!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Five

That's Not a Present!

Our Elf was naughty one year and wrapped our son's play table up in Christmas wrapping paper. You could have your elf wrap up your coffee table, chair or other piece of furniture as a "fake" present. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Four

Sugar Angel

This Elf on the Shelf idea is super easy for those nights you just don't have time to come up with an elaborate scenario. If your elf's hands are still connected, you'll have to snip them apart to make a "snow" angel. Just pour some granulated sugar on the floor or counter and then swipe your elf's arms and legs in an arc to create the angel shape. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Don't Say Baby Pacifier Game Sign and Large Pacifier Necklaces

 Planning a baby shower? Weddings by Susan on Etsy has favors, games and decorations to help you put your party together in a snap.

24 Large Plastic Blue Pacifier Necklaces - Baby Shower Favors - $24 with FREE SHIPPING to U.S. addresses. Click here to order:

8x10 Printed Don't Say Baby Pacifier Necklace Game Sign in Light Blue Chevron and Gray and White Polka Dots.
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24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Three

Candy Cane Zip Line

This Elf on the Shelf scenario will require a small ladder, a roll of ribbon and a candy cane. Create a zip line between your Christmas tree and ceiling fan (or other tall object, such as a book shelf) and let your Elf be sliding down using a candy cane.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Printable Christmas Cards for Star Wars Fans

Are you a major Star Wars fan?

Weddings by Susan on Etsy is now offering digital invitations and signs.

Check out my new 5x7 Star Wars inspired invitation that will read either Happy Life Day or Happy Holidays.

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24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day Two

Do you want to build a snowman?

This idea takes a little more preparation. You'll need some crushed ice, which you will form together using your hands into tiny snowballs. I used toothpicks for arms and created a scarf from Christmas ribbon. I made the top hat out of card stock and then covered it with the same ribbon. Just place inside the freezer with your Elf for a chilly surprise. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Custom Printable 5x7 Sweet Fox and Kit Woodland Themed Boy's Baby Shower Invitation - Orange and Brown - Other Colors Possible

Planning a woodlands themed baby shower?
Weddings by Susan on Etsy is now offering printable baby shower invitations, signs, banners and more.
Check out this invitation design from my new Sweet Fox and Kit baby shower collection. 
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24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Inspiration - Day One

Will the adorable (and often mischievous) Elf on the Shelf visit your home this holiday season?
If your like me, it can be a challenge to come up with new situations for the elf to get into each night to surprise the little ones the next morning. I'll share a photo of our elf's past adventures for the next 24 days to hopefully inspire you.

Merry Christmas!

Deck the Halls with Toilet Paper

Go wild with a roll of toilet paper and wrap the Christmas tree and everything around it. 
Naughty elf! 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Printable Grab a Bag and Help Yourself to the Candy Buffet 8x10 Black and Hot Pink Fuschia Digital Birthday Sign - Instant Download

Are you treating your birthday party guests to a candy buffet?

Let them know how much you appreciate them sharing in your sweet day with this printable Birthday Candy Buffet Sign by Weddings by Susan on Etsy.

The words Candy Buffet, Thank You and Love, the Birthday Girl are in hot pink while the rest of the sign is in black.

Order a .pdf and .jpg of this sign here:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Free Lavender Toss Printable Wedding Sign

Will your guests shower you with lavender petals as you leave your wedding reception? Feel free to use this free printable sign to place next to your bags of lavender.

Other printable signs available at my Etsy shop, Weddings by Susan.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Printable Invitation and Party Sign

Throwing an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party? This cute, printable sign would look great displayed on your door or in your entry way. You can order it online at

You can also order this custom printable Ugly Christmas Sweater Party invitation. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

President Ronald Reagan first declared Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month on October 25, 1988.
“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.  This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world.  It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes."  - Ronald Reagan

Please feel free to share this graphic I designed on your Facebook page, twitter or other social media to raise awareness about miscarriage and infant loss. Big hugs! You are not alone!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Who Knows the Bride Best? printable bridal shower activity

Printable 5x7 Who Knows The Bride Best Bridal Shower Quiz Question Game - Purple and Lavender Flowers - Instant Download

Looking for a fun activity for your bridal shower? Test your guests on how much they know about the bride-to-be!

Weddings by Susan on Etsy is now offering printable, instant download "Who Knows the Bride Best" bridal shower game cards.

Other colors available.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

FREE Printable I'm a Dream Come True Nursery Wall Art in Aqua and Gold

Looking for a sweet sign to brighten your nursery walls? Feel free to download and print this free 8x10 aqua and gold "I'm a Dream Come True" wall art sign from Weddings by Susan.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

FREE Printable 8x10 Beautiful Means to Be Yourself Inspirational Wall Art

Who doesn't need a little love!

Feel free to download and print this 8x10 inspirational sign to hang in your office or home. Or share it with a friend or loved one. Visit my Etsy shop,, to see other affordable printable signs for your home, baby shower, bridal shower, wedding or birthday party.

(I've made this sign for personal use, please do not resell it as your own. Thanks!)