Bookish Princess Paper Doll!

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I am so excited to share our newest paper-doll! In fact, I have been writing and rewriting this post hoping to get it just right. I have been trying to piece it all together perfectly so I sound completely articulate and not overly enthusiastic…but that is not me, so that was not working.

I MADE A PAPER-DOLL FOR ONE MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS! I was so nervous asking her if it would be okay. I actually did not open her reply for a bit out of fear she would not be interested. Of course she was happy to see herself as a doll, but that is not the best part! Together we fashioned this doll as a gift for you! You can download the PDF file

Here for the Emma Doll with the Stand

Here for the Emma Doll without the stand.

Oh, I need to tell you about Emma! She is the Bookish Princess (click on her name, see her blog) I actually discovered her while looking for fun Disney videos to watch with my little one, Melvin. I cannot even remember now which video of hers I watched first, when I clicked on her channel I noticed she also discussed books, stationery and fashion. I think at that point I actually texted my mom and told her I found a vlogger who likes all the same things I do, this is important (I will say why a little further down). Click here and you will be magically transported to her YouTube channel.

Click here and you can see a video with one of the dresses she and paper-doll Emma share.

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I took a few photos of the doll in play (my son wanted her before I was able to get many photos, so she is a hit with 5 year-olds!). If you love the Emma Doll yet are thinking “I don’t really play with paper dolls” here are some other uses- print them on magnet-paper and make refrigerator magnets, cut the tabs off the dresses and uses them as bookmarks (you could also laminate them), print them out on standard paper and write on the back like stationery, frame them or use them as a a notebook cover.

We printed Emma on lightweight cardstock, and she kind of flops over, so a thicker cardstock would be better for actual play. Melvin loves all of her little accessories so much! He was excited to dress her in the dole-whip dress adding her camera, Mickey ice cream sandwich and sunglasses.

Now, why is it important that I told me mom about Emma? The past couple of years have not been easy for our family. We have been through a lot of loss. Some days it feels like we are walking through mud. My mom was becoming concerned because she saw me losing interest in many things. I closed my personal blog, I was not writing anymore at all, I wasn’t drawing or reading as much…so finding Emma’s YouTube channel helped remind me of all the things I think are fun! It is amazing how you can do something and never know whose life you may touch, and how much you are helping them by just being yourself.

I want to say Thank You to Emma for being a fun and cheerful ray of sunshine in the world, my husband thanks you, my mom thanks you, my sister Barbara (who owns this shop with me) thanks you, and my 5-year old son who will now have more paper toys to play with thanks you, too!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit this blog and read this post. Leave a comment and let me know what kind of paper toys or dolls you would like to see next! I am thinking a paper-doll of Emma (and her brother, too perhaps) in their Halloween costumes! Do yourself a favor and look for the costume videos on Emma’s channel!

Kindly,

Tricia

We are a BUZZ here at Shy Socialites about Monogram Notecards!

We love bees, don’t you? They pollinate our flowers to help our gardens grow, make sweet honey and create the amazing honeycomb pattern we adore.

In celebrations of bees, we have created this hand-painted bee note-card, and it is our gift to you! Each page has four 4.25 by 5.5 inch cards which you can add a monogram too using Adobe Reader. It is a block-style monogram so you can add a word if you prefer, the font will self-adjust to fit. The reverse side is a watercolor golden yellow honeycomb pattern.

Get Your Monogram Bee Note Cards HERE

If you really love bees, and we know you do, why not plant a few bee loving-flowers that are native to your area? What grows well is different in each location, the bees here in California’s central valley LOVE my lavender garden! Marigolds and California Poppies are other beautiful choices. Be sure to find out what grows well in your area before planting!

These little notes would be wonderful for an informal Spring or Summer tea party, where you can serve scones and honey along with honey infused chamomile tea.

We hope you enjoy these note cards, please feel free to share them, you can even download and add a monogram to a set to give as a give (Mother’s Day perhaps?) put them in a pretty little box or tie them with a ribbon!

We so would love to hear from you! Would you please leave a comment on this blog post? Not sure what to talk about? Tell us about your garden, what you love about bees (and other pollinators). What are your plans for these note cards? What theme or idea would you like to see next in our shop or on our blog? Would you like us to share recipes? Craft ideas? Let us know, we love to listen.

If you are planning a bee themed party, take a look at these BEE ITEMS in our Etsy shop.

Ladybugs more your taste, you can find LADYBUG ITEMS here.

Thank you so much, we look forward to hearing from you

Kindly,

Patricia (also, Barbara) the Shy Socialites

Botanical New Year Tags

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Happy New Year!

Yes, it is last minute however we wanted to give our lovely readers one more gift this year. We hope you enjoy these pretty botanical new year tags. There are sketches of a peony, cherry blossoms and a water lily. They are 3 inch squares with crop-marks on the front side to make cutting more fun :).

They can be used as gift-tags, sticky notes, letter enclosures, for journaling, as planner elements and pages (try the reverse side as washi-tape!), bookmarks, thank you notes and love letters!

You can get these HERE, thank you

Thank you so much for following our blog this year! We plan to post more content in 2019 and we hope you will join us! You are always welcome here.

Kindly,

Tricia

PS leave a comment, we love comments and yours will make this the most wonderful post ever!

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Complimentary Printable Stationery

Dear Friend,

How have you been? Any new adventures lately? Have you started new projects, learned a new language or traveled to a new country?

Have you written any letters lately? There is something exceptionally heart-warming about holding a letter in your hands, words from a friend, written just for you. The new year is a great time to send a few hand-written letters. Connect with someone, share the excitement going on in your life, and let them know how much they mean to you.


We have created this cute fold-over stationery to share with you, as our gift. The illustrations are exclusive to Shy Socialites, brand new drawing we create of a fun kitten, designed to resemble a Maneki-Neko good-fortune cat, along with cute paw prints and golden fish! The fold over design in create to be printed on 8.5 by 11 inch paper, page 1 is the front & back, and page 2 is the interior, no cutting required. The front features the kitty climbing over the page, the back is, well the back of the kitty.

Here are some tips-

-When printing, if you computer prints double-sided make sure you are are NOT printing duplex.

-Print on 8.5 by 11 inch WHITE paper or lightweight card-stock, any colored paper will change the look of the drawing (colors)

-When folded in half then into thirds these fit your standard stationary-size envelopes.

Feel free to print as many as you wish, you can get them by click RIGHT HERE.

Want some coordinating clipart to make stickers with? Leave a message on this post AND write to info@shysocialites.com requesting the “fortune kitty clip-art”.

Thank you so much.

Kindly,

Tricia-Shy Socialites

Cute Candy Corn Matching Game!

Hello friends, have we got a treat for you!

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This free printable match game is a perfect way to keep your little goblins and ghouls entertained as they wait to trick or treat. Also a fun game to add to your Halloween party, or a nice quiet time activity. The line-up includes our favorite, Unicandycorn, as well as Pirate Corn, Candy Kitty, Mad Science Corn and many more.

Print on white medium weight-cardstock. We are also including a coordinating pattern page for you to print on the reverse side, or you can use it for Halloween crafts.

Get your cards here!

Get your coordinating pattern page here!

Looking for some coordinating fun from our shop (and want to help support your favorite designers) you can purchase:

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Coordinating Invitations

Take a look at all of our Halloween Invitations here:

Halloween Shop

There is still time to order a custom illustrated design in time for Halloween as well, you can order that here.

Thank you so much, please leave a comment and share.

Kindly,

Patricia and Barbara, Shy Socialites

Dinner Planner Printables

Hello there, HAPPY FALL!

It is our busy time of year! School activities, holidays coming up, my little one turns 5 in September, and Barbara’s turns 4 in October, not to mention both of our wedding anniversaries are in Fall! Where is the time going?

We try to make things runs as smoothly as possible by being as organized as possible and planning, planning is key. We plan our trips (apple picking time!), organize our schedule around activities, and try to keep our homes running as smoothly as possible (which for me, with 3 boys is not always that smooth).

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One thing we both like to do to is meal plan. It helps with time, budget, and making sure our family eats healthy meals.

We have created and want to share with you this handy dinner-planning printable. It has a section for each day of the week along with a place for notes and a shopping list along the bottom. We have also created coordinating recipe cards, so you can quickly write down some of your favorite recipes and add them to you weekly meal plan.

Click here for your planner page

Click here for your recipe cards

You can find more recipe cards and planning items in our shop here: Planner Pages

If you are planning a dinner party, we invite you to browse our shop for the perfect invitation! You can find us at Etsy and ShySocialites.com.

We are also available to create custom invitations, illustrations and printables to suit your needs. We would love to talk to you and help you plan your gatherings!

Looking for more ideas for organizing your week? Visit Strawberry Blondie Kitchen where you will find a lot of tips to make your life easier, and some delicious recipes.

Kindly,

Patricia

A Tropical Vacation via Your Printer

We would like to take you on a tropical holiday, or at least make it FEEL like you are on one.  Our shop is filled with fun Tropical inspired invitations and printables. Have fun browsing through our selection of delightful items. Have something in mind but don't see it in the shop? Let us know, chances are we can create just what you are looking for.

Our gift to you today is the playful and fun Hula Monkey paper doll, all ready for an island get-away. Click here for your paper doll.

View all the tropical invitations in our Etsy shop here.

Etsy Tropical Invitations

Here are a few of our favorites!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog, we truly appreciate it.  Take a moment and let us know what you think of the paper doll and what kind of tropical designs you would like to see.

Kindly-Tricia and Barbara -the Shy Socialites

Plan a Safari Day!

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Adventure awaits when you plan a safari-themed party or gathering for your favorite people!

Whether celebrating someone's special day or just having fun with friends, a safari-theme is a great way to play!  You can set up a safari scavenger hunt, have the explorers search from one clue to the next and end it with a special treat!  If you have a wagon, you can turn it into a "boat" and take your guests on a jungle-themed cruise, setting up different scenes along the way, like a snapping alligator pond, rhinos on the savanna, elephants in a wading pool and giraffes munching from the trees (toy animals only, please).  A craft station is perfect for your safari adventure, create friendships bracelets or decorate hats.  Keep the foods healthy, fresh and light for the warm jungle, but give the food cute names like "Crocodile Cucumber", "Macaw Mac and Cheese", "Watering Hole Watermelon", and "Safari-So-Salad.

A fun themed event any day is a great way to create a memory.  No need limit you gatherings to just birthdays and holidays.

We want to help you get started with this coloring page, our gift to you, a fun (and funny) Hippo and his bird friend all dressed and ready for their adventure. Click here for your coloring page PDF.

Looking for more?  We have some wonderful safari themed invitations and printables (some links will take you to our Etsy shop)

The adventure begins here, take a look at these and other great invitations in our shop!  We are always available for custom illustration and design. 

Happy Mermaid Monday!

Summer is here, the perfect time for a mermaid themed party!  Whether celebrating your special occasion at the pool, the beach, indoors or out, we have some of the splashiest mermaid invitations available.  From beautiful faux glitter mermaid tail invitations, to cartoon mermaid drawings, we have something that will be a perfect fit for your mermaid princess!  See something you like but need modifications? We can do that!  And like all of the designs in our store, our Mermaid invitation designs can be turned into party kits, we can make banners, candy-bar wrappers, gift tags, coloring pages and so much more!
 

Speaking of coloring pages here is a printable ready for paints, crayon, pencils and glitter! A mermaid color-cut-and-play jewelry set.  Your little merfolk will have fun making this crown, necklace and bracelet in their own one-of-a-kind style. A free gift for you :)

Click here for your Mermaid Jewelry Set

We are ready to help you put your mermaid party together, and make your celebration go swimmingly!

Have another theme in mind for your party?  Contact us, we can create something just for you!

Kindly,

Tricia and Barbara, the Shy Socialites

A few of our favorite Mermaid Invitations

 

 

Get Your Hive in Order

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Ready to "Bee" scheduled?  You can keep your hive in order with the fun printable bee-hive themed weekly planner.  Each color bee can be a family member, or a category (like work, school, so forth).  The hive comes with a Key so you can keep track.

Download your hive here.

Party in your plans?  We have just the invitation or party printable you need in our shop!  Don't see it?  We do custom work based on your themes and ideas.

Here are some of our current favorite invitations

The adorable Sweetheart invitation is inspired by our favorite candy!  Sweet for a baby shower but can be modified for a birthday party, valentine's day party, bridal shower or tea party!

This key invitation would be perfect for a hosuewarming, valentine party or to celebrate finding the key to your heart!

This key invitation would be perfect for a hosuewarming, valentine party or to celebrate finding the key to your heart!