Pantone announced their color of the year for 2017: HGow to use Pantone's color of the year: Greenery--in your own home!

What do you think?

Pantone describes the color as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.” I certainly love the description!

Pantone's color of the year: GreeneryWhile I wouldn’t want a whole room this color,there are plenty of ways to use it. It would make a striking accent wall in a mostly white kitchen like this one found on WB Tourism:  Fabulous White Kitchen Lime Green Accent Bethesda Contemporary Homeor in this bedroom by Panache Interiors:by panache interiors

You can bring greenery into your home through bedding or a bench like these from Casanova Design Group: bedding

Or maybe just a few accent pieces like Ann Hepfer Designs used in these pillows and the back of the bookcase in this living room: accents

Greenery is a great color for bringing the outdoors inside, but it would also look great on the outside! door

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said, “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

I won’t argue with that!

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Freebie Friday- It's a good day to have a good day printable from calmandcollected.usI have been alternating Freebie Fridays between offering you printables I have made and sharing links to printables by others.  This week I am supposed to share some links, but honestly, it takes hours and hours to put together one of those posts and I have been too busy with design work this week! So, I’m going to share with you another printable made by me!  You can use it alone or in a gallery wall!  See my tips on hanging a gallery wall all by yourself with no measuring!

At the moment, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of this other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a file that you can print out.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see as a printable?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog! I would be honored if you would follow my blog with Bloglovin.Freebie Friday- It's a good day to have a good day printable from calmandcollected.us

Freebie Friday- bible quote" I know the plans I have for you..." from calmandcollected.usIt’s time for Freebie Friday. This quote is a good reminder to us all!  This freebie can be printed very large.  You can use it alone or include it in a gallery wall.  For anyone interested- it is a photo I took coming home from work in Oxford, PA. I actually had it made up as a large canvas for the men’s room in our church! Be sure to check out my other Freebie Friday posts. I’ve been alternating between sharing a printable I’ve made and sharing links to printables made by fellow bloggers. This post of Black & White Printables is my most popular so far.

At the moment, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of this other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a PDF version of this quote that you can print out.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see as a printable?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog! I would be honored if you would follow my blog with Bloglovin.

So a few weeks ago I did not offer a Freebie Friday due to GISHWHES. (See that post with some crazy pix from GISHWHES 2012 here.)  GISHWHES stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen!  It is an international scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins with participants from over 100 countries.  This year I was on a team (PurpleRainLovesNorthstars) with 15 people including my son, my mom, 2 friends from high school and some people from around the country whom I’d never met, but were very cool, very creative and lots of fun!

We had to take pictures and videos of unusual, crazy things like someone eating green eggs and ham in a boat with a goat.  Now that the hunt is over, I thought you might like to see what crazy, silly things we did.  These are just some of the 178 things we could choose from.

GISHWHES 2016 Robot Baby

I forget exactly what the clue asked for, but it was basically a robot baby. Here our baby takes its first steps from Dad, Matthew, to Mom, Haley.

GISHWHES 2016 Dental String Quartet

Muzak during dental exams is so boring. Get a string quartet to play live music during your dental exam. Special thanks to Lisa, Josh, Lavenia, Jayne, Matthew, Haley & Dr. Drew Eckman (not pictured).

GISHWHES 2016- Rainbow Teeth

Deanne and her daughter, Holly chose the shortest clue in the hunt: Rainbow Teeth.

GISHWHES 2016-Carried off by Creepy Dolls

Using only forced perspective make yourself very small beside something you would not want to be smaller than. How about creepy dolls?

GISHWHES 2016-Mom at 67 & 90

My mom chose one that was to do a close-up of yourself wearing a wreath of flowers and using make-up show yourself in the same spot and clothes with wilted flowers and now you are 90.

GISHWHES 2016- Dessert Fairy

Brittany (a new friend on our team from Texas) chose an item that required her to dress as the Dessert Fairy and deliver ice cream to police, firemen or EMS.

GISHWHES 2016- Lawn Warming Party

Matthew chose one that had you decorate your front lawn with all of your clothes and host a lawn-warming party. (Haley, Josh, Olivia and Matthew.)

GISHWHES 2016- Super Hero doing mundane chores

Holly, dressed as a superhero, does a very mundane chore–it could have been any chore, but she chose folding laundry. Notice the Batman shirt. That cracks me up! The idea of one superhero wearing another superhero T-shirt on their day off!

GISHWHES 2016- 2 Jedi Knights share a root beer float

Two Jedi Knights drinking a root beer float in a 1950’s style diner. Shout out to Miss Oxford Diner in Oxford, PA!

There were many, many more, but this gives you a good idea of the madness we pursued for a week!  If you participated in GISHWHES this year or in the past, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!  If you want to join our team next year, let me know!  And of course, I would be honored if you could take a moment to follow my blog with Bloglovin.

 

24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

If you’ve visited my blog before, you know I LOVE putting together gallery walls.  I’ve even garnered the nickname “Gallery Girl”.  Helping clients with gallery walls has become a steadily increasing part of my business.  I have actually done walls with a travel theme.  I don’t know that I would make a wall out of just these freebies, but they do look nice together.  My thought was more that you would use your own travel photos as the basis for a gallery wall and then fill in with some of these pieces that I found on-line. All of these are for personal use only.  First 11 of 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.usThis is group 1.  Here is where they can be found:

pennsylvania- state printable

 

Andrea has all 50 states over at The Cottage Market. I chose Pennsylvania because that is where I live and I wanted a horizontal picture. LOL! These have the state names on them, but I chose not to use it here.

set of arrows from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

This is one of several free printables in this one post alone from Kyla at House of Hipsters. Poke around on her site. She seems like a lot of fun!

 

 luggage tags printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

I love the idea of printing out all of these luggage tags, but the sad fact is…they probably won’t print very large.  The original link I found to them is defunct.  Becky used them for an American Airlines party she did and there is a link on her site The Burke Family & a Box of Cupcakes -Adventures in Adoption. The file size is pretty small, but they are still cool!

oh-the-places-youll-go printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Christina from MyLoveNotedesigns on Etsy  shared this free printable on Jodie & Jen’s blog Eighteen25. Eighteen25 is the number of the house they grew up in!

Adventure printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Crystal made up this print to share on her blog Exploration America. This is a fun blog where she shares her adventures of traveling the US with her family of five.

Life is a grand adventure printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Full disclosure- you will probably not be able to blow this up as the centerpiece of your gallery wall as I have done here. I just did it so you could read it. This was actually designed by Katie Pertiet as a 3×4 card for scrapbooking on her website Katiepertiet.com.

Travel is to Live quote from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Missie from Lost Bumble Bee made this free printable in 3 different styles each in 3 different sizes.  It is part of a longer quote from Hans Christian Anderson:   To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.

hot air balloon printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

This cute little hot air ball0on was drawn by Ellen Kozyra Currier. It can be found on Feed Your Soul: The Free Art Project along with lots of other free art prints.

adventuring print from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

There’s not a lot of info about the maker of this Adventuring print, but you can find it at Couple Jones.

GoldFoil-Countries-UnitedKingdom from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Andrea from The Cottage Market made these gold foil countries, too, but these she shared on Shabby Creek Cottage.  There are LOTS of countries to choose from!

Wander Wonder Print from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Meredith made this print and a couple of others to decorate her sister’s bridal shower.  Isn’t that a fun idea?  You can find this at Unoriginal Mom.

Second 13 of 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.usThis is group 2. Here is where they can be found:

Wonderful World song quote printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Here’s another one from Missie at Lost Bumble Bee. You know I am a sucker for song lyrics!

Ontario Lakelands poster printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

I found this vintage poster from Canadian National Railways on Bloglovin’.  It is from Freevintageposters.com. (I told you you’d be seeing more from this website!)

Not all who wander are lost quote printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

This printable is from Katie at This Mountain Life. I shared with you before that Katie & her husband, Eric sold their home and moved into their RV to travel for a year. They are now about 3 weeks into the journey if you want to follow along!

Faux Travel Poster to Arendelle from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

I love this! It is a fake vintage-style travel poster for Arendelle from the movie Frozen.  It fit my color scheme and it is clever!  Alexis has a bunch of links to different Disney vintage style travel posters over at Persia Lou.

Sequoia National Park Poster

 

Here is another poster from Free Vintage Posters. There are soooo many great ones to choose from!

Cunard Line Vintage Poster printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

I mean, really!  See:

United Airlines Japan Travel Poster printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Ok. Last one. For now. But I knew my son would really like this vintage United Airlines poster for Japan.

Aloha Oe Sheet music cover printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

This printable is actually a sheet music cover that I found on Little Gold Pixel along with 15 other Hawaiian printables.  This is actually from The New York Library Digital Collection.

Earth Watercolor Print from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Lisa Mabey made this with and without words over at Mabey She Made It. Isn’t it lovely?

Map of the US printable from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

This map of the United States is one of four found on Mr. Printables.  They were actually made to do geography lessons, but this one is so colorful! It would look great in a gallery wall!

Traveler not Tourist Quote from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

Ashley Mayes made this printable for a travel gallery wall over at Bigger than the Three of Us.  It’s also available in black and white.

Adventure awaits journal card from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

This card was actually on a sheet of printables made for scrapbooking.  You might be able to print it as a 5 x 7, I doubt you could get it any bigger than that.  I found it at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking.

50 State license plates from 24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

 

You can hang this printable of all 50 state license plates on your wall or use it as a check list to play the license plate game while driving long distances. It was made by Jen at I Heart Organizing.

That’s all of them!  Comment below if you decide to try any of them or let me know if you know of other good travel printables!  I would love if you could take a moment to follow my blog with Bloglovin.

24 Travel Printables for Free Curated by CalmandCollected.us

So….I am having a CRAZY week because I am taking part in GISHWHES!!! This is the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen!  It is an international scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins with participants from over 100 countries.  I’m on a team with 15 people including my son, my mom and 2 friends from high school and some people from around the country whom I’ve never met, but are very nice and lots of fun!

We have to take pictures and videos of unusual, crazy things like someone eating green eggs and ham in a boat with a goat.  So that’s my project for this week!  I’ll hopefully be able to share some pictures after the hunt.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a couple of photos from the last time I did this hunt in 2012.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Awkward Family photo where everyone holds a cucumber

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Awkward Family photo where everyone holds a cucumber

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Donating coats to a local charity

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Donating coats to a local charity

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Carve a pumpkin to look like a female version of Misha Collins-the host of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.

Carve a pumpkin to look like a female version of Misha Collins-the host of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. I don't remember exactly what this one was looking for- something like "A photo of Elmo after a bender" Poor Elmo.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. I don’t remember exactly what this one was looking for- something like “A photo of Elmo after a bender” Poor Elmo.

I’ll be back next week with Freebie Friday!  Be sure to follow my blog with Bloglovin to see some of the contributions to this year’s G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.!

Freebie Friday Family Quotes Printable It’s Friday! For Freebie Friday, I’ve been alternating between sharing printables I have made and printables I have gathered.  Be sure to check out the 14 Fun Summer Printables that I shared on here last week!  Today’s Freebies are two family quotes that I put together for a client’s family gallery wall.

Free Printable Family quote

Free Printable Family quoteAt the moment, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of these other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a PDF version of these quotes that you can print out.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see as a printable?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog! I would be honored if you would follow my blog with Bloglovin.

14 fun Summer printables for your gallery wall- free. Curated by calmandcollected.us

Here is another super set of free printables.  All of these printables have a great summer vibe, some without being so literal.  As with the black and white printables I shared 2 weeks ago, these can be used alone or all together!  All of these are for personal use only.14 FuFree Printables for a Summer Gallery Wall curated by Calmandcollect.us

Here’s where these can be found:Cactus watercolor from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

This little cutie is actually a note card!  There is a set of 4 cards made by Nat from My Sister’s Suitcase.  The note cards were actually found in a guest post on Tatertots & Jello.

The Earth Laughs in Flowers Quote from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

You can find this lovely printable from Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road.  She has a lot of fun printables on her site and I admit, I was there a lot longer than I planned to be! (Side note: Our family once took in a foster child. It all came back to me while reading Kristin’s adoption story. She’s completely open about the trials and tribulations!)

Abstract Rainbow art printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Vanessa over at Little Gold Pixel made this freebie for a special project.  If you like Free Printables, check out her site and follow her, she has LOTS to offer!

Flower Customizable art printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

You can customize this floral wreath on a gray chevron background any way you like!  I put my last initial it it, but you could put a name or dates or a quote. This was made by Megan Hastings over at Shabbyblogs.

Summer Nights song quote printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

“Summer heat. Boy and girl meet…” You will have this song stuck in your head now and so will anyone who sees this great printable on your wall!  Keri made it in 4 super summer colors!  Grab them at  Shaken Together.

Love Each Other printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Danielle Burkleo made this printable 2 years ago, but it seems especially fitting right now.  You’ll actually see 5 printables on this post, but this one touched my heart (and it fits with the pinky-orange color theme of this post!)

Bright Sunshiny Day song quote printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone…”  Clearly I have a thing for song lyrics!   Rebecca made this fun freebie over at Crafted Sparrow.  Isn’t that a great name for a blog?

Good day sunshine quote printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Summer song lyrics abound!  I can’t help myself!  I love them!  This one was also made by Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road.

French wine poster from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

OMG!  There is a whole site devoted to free vintage posters!  I’m sure you’ll be seeing more from this site in the future.  I adore this french wine poster!  or should I say… J’adore cette affiche du vin français?  Ha! Ha! I used a translator. I don’t remember that much French from High school!

Watercolor Popsicles from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Sarah from Just the Bees Knees painted these watercolor popsicles. Aren’t they lovely?  There are a few printables available some with typography.  I found them on Remodelahaolic.  There are actually 9 popsicles, but I was looking for a horizontal print, so I only used 6 of them.

Butterfly Print from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

When Ashley Urke at Domestic Fashionista was putting together a gallery wall for behind her TV she was looking for a Butterfly print and couldn’t find one. So she created this beauty!

Vintage Ferris Wheel Print from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

This gorgeous Ferris Wheel is one of a set of three vintage carnival prints that Audrey put together for her daughter’s nursery over at Oh So Lovely.  If you have a chance take a look at the whole nursery put together for under $500 in the Home Tour section of her website! So sweet!

Flamingo Print from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Sarah offers this cute flamingo print on her blog at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

Vintage Orange Botanical Print from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Another great print vintage print from Karen at Graphics Fairy:  A Satsuma Orange Botanical.

 

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A great Free Printable in 4 different colors! Found on Calmandcollected.us- the blog

It’s Friday! For Freebie Friday, I’m thinking of alternating between sharing printables I have made and printables I have gathered.  Be sure to check out the 12 Awesome Black & White Printables that I shared on here last week!  Today’s Freebie is a To Do list that I made in 4 different color ways.  My favorite color is orange, but since that might not be YOUR favorite, I’ve added blue, pink and green.  I think I’m going to print this out to have on my desk!  It is a good reminder, especially “just breathe”.  Sometimes when I’m stressed I realize that I am holding my breath!  to do orange smallFree Printable To Do List in Pink by calmandcollected.usFree Printable To Do List in Blue by calmandcollected.usFree Printable To Do List in Green by calmandcollected.us

At the moment, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of this other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a PDF version of this quote that you can print out.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see as a printable?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog! I would be honored if you would follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Create a Gallery Wall in 6 easy steps-all by yourself with no measuring! calmandcollected.us

I’ve taken on the moniker “Gallery Girl”.  It started as sort of a joke and now my clients actually call me “Gallery Girl”.  I have created a lot of gallery walls in the many homes we have lived in over the years.  I have helped clients both locally and up and down the east coast (via the internet) create gallery walls in their homes, too! These are the instructions I give my clients.  You can do this all by yourself, with no measuring!

First of all, I would like to state that there is no right or wrong way to put together a gallery wall.  There are no “rules”, but there are some tricks to making them cohesive and pleasing.

You can make them cohesive using matching frames and mats or using mats and frames that are all the same color even if they don’t quite match.  This is what Emily Clark did in this home office by Emily A. Clark Interiors:

Gallery Wall with white mats and mismatched black frames.

Gallery Wall with white mats and mismatched black frames.

I’m a big fan of an eclectic gallery wall where all the frames are mismatched and there are objects besides photos.  I wanted a casual beach theme for my bedroom and I believe what makes my gallery wall cohesive is that all the items fit the beach theme.  Note that a gallery wall is also the best way to deal with this bend in the wall which would have made using one large piece of art very awkward.

Create a Gallery Wall in 6 easy steps all by yourself! All items on this wall and dresser have a beach theme. Calmandcollected.us

All items on this wall and on the dresser have a beach theme.

So here are six simple steps to creating a gallery wall that you can hang all by yourself:

1.  Gather your items.  You could do this on one shopping trip or over the course of several years.  It took me about a year to compile the items for my wall.  I had been waiting for one last large piece to anchor the wall when I came across the painting of a girl playing in the sand in the center of the photo.

2.   Lay your items out on the floor in front of the wall where you will hang them. Play with the configuration until you are happy with it.

Lay your objects out on the floor. (Pay no mind to not-so-pleasant carpet. It came with the house!)

Lay your objects out on the floor. (Pay no mind to the not-so-pleasant carpet. It came with the house!)

3.  Trace each item onto a piece of newsprint. Be sure to trace the placement of the hangers.  This is how you get away without measuring!

4. Use painter’s tape to tape each piece of newsprint on the wall in the desired configuration. Step back and make sure you like the overall effect. Adjust if necessary.

Gallery Wall layout made with newsprint

5.  Hammer a nail into the newsprint in the spot where you’ve marked the hanger.

6.  Hang the picture, remove the newsprint, repeat.

That’s it!  That’s all there is to it!  These are the actual instructions I give my e-design clients.  If you enjoyed this post, I’d love for you to click the follow button in the lower right corner of your screen or follow my blog with Bloglovin.