Wednesday, March 8, 2017

About St. Patrick's Day & Free Printable Posters

Phewww, it feels like 2017 just started! Valentine's Day just happened, I swear! Now, here we are, and it's March! I stopped wearing socks last week in celebration of better weather, and also I hate socks.  Yes, I do live in Montana.  Yes, I jumped the gun a bit.  Yes, it snowed the day before yesterday, and probably will next week too.  Yes, I have socks on right now.  Wool socks.  With stripes. {Sigh...}

(UPDATE: It snowed like 4" last night. I spent 15 minutes cleaning of my car this morning; I didn't put on socks since I was going to yoga, but I did wear boots.)

But still, it is March.  And with March comes the hope of spring, my birthday, and St. Patrick's Day. Celebrated on March 17, it's kind of a specific holiday.  These days, it is often a secular celebration of Irish heritage, all over the world. Historically it is a religious holiday which honors the death day of Saint Patrick (385-461 a.d.) , and celebrates him as the best known patron saint of Ireland. When I started thinking about St. Patrick's Day this year, I realized I didn't know anything about it, besides shamrocks, parades, and green beer.  So, I did a little online research to share with you.  It's a long story, but here is a [very] short version.

As a young man of about 16, St. Patrick was captured by pirates in South Wales and sold into slavery in Ireland.  He escaped after 6-ish years, making it France where he then joined a monastery and studied for 12 years.  After becoming a Bishop, he had a dream that he was being called back to Ireland to spread the word of his God. He was very successful at converting the pagans, and helped to establish churches all over the country. Although myth, it's said Patrick drove all the snakes from the country and used the shamrock to explain the trinity.  What this means is that at it's heart, St. Patrick's Day is a religious celebration, in honor of the man who had the largest influence converting Ireland to Christianity.  Most celebrations these days, though, have become secularized.  They are celebrations of Irish culture outside of Ireland, that include elements of the religious story and the even deeper pagan roots of Irish history and Celtic myth. Leprechauns, for instance, are a Celtic fairy, and have become inextricably entwined with these Irish celebrations, as has the afore-mentioned shamrock, which is also a symbol for one of the pre-Christian Irish goddesses Brigid.

Whatever reason you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, this holiday, like so many others, is a multi-faceted conglomeration of history and myth. Scratching the surface reveals a treasure trove of stories about our shared history as humans. Celebrate this year with these printable posters - one is an Irish blessing that is appropriate for any time of year, one is a subway art inspired poster in greens, and one is a glittery shamrock, ready to decorate any celebration.

Enjoy! Happy St. Patrick's Day, and happy birthday to me, and to my best friend,
who's birthday is just a few days after mine! 


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Click on each poster to download.

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Hey, interested in more: I talk about disliking socks here too: The Only 2 Reasons you Need to Plan Ahead, or Why I Own Only Black Socks




Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I don't believe in a black and white view of the world.  I think most every issue is shaded with gray, and that makes dealing with life hard and complicated and messy.  Valentine's Day isn't really a gray a issue; it's a black and white one; people love it or hate it.  What I'll say about Valentine's Day, this year especially, is that we can't have too much love in the world.  And a day set aside to celebrating love is not misplaced.

To that end, here are two different Valentine's Day posters, free to download, to help celebrate and spread love. Each one is an art inspired  design, using color and drawn fonts for a bright and fun poster.

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Click on each image above to download the poster. 

These are each a pdf file with 1 page set up on a U.S. Letter size page. 
Print on regular paper or card stock and hang it up as it is, or trim off the edges 
(1/4" from the left and right, and 1/2" from the top and bottom) to fit an 8" x 10" frame.  
It will also be easily printed onto an A4 page.  

Need some Valentine's? You can get matching printable Valentine's day cards HERE.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

FREE Printable Art: Winter Wonderland Poster

It's finally starting to look like Christmas here in MT.  I live on the plains side of Montana, and we have been having a warm fall and winter, until this last week.  It was ZERO degrees the other day.  So cold, it makes your face hurt. Why do I live somewhere the air makes my face hurt?

Once it warmed up from zero degrees, we finally had a snow that has stuck.  And even though I don't love the snow, it is starting to look more like Christmas. So, to celebrate that, I've set up a set of free Winter Wonderland printable posters.

Interested in other printable art for your home?
Check some out by clicking HERE

Don't Panic Design Free Printable Art Christmas Art Winter Art Home Decoration Winter Wonderland

This is a pdf file with 4 pages, each page in a different color of glitter. Print on regular paper or card stock and hang it up as it is, or trim off the edges (1/4" from the left and right, and 1/2" from the top and bottom) to fit an 8" x 10" frame.  It can also be easily printed onto an A4 page.  

Download Free Printable Poster Holiday Decoration Christmas Poster Winter Wonderland

Happy Holidays!

Remember, all designs are Don't Panic Design and are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
Please do not share, sell, or redistribute for profit.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

FREE Printable: Merry & Bright Holiday Poster

It's the time of year that people all over the world wait for: the holiday season.  Regardless of how you celebrate, this festive time of year is a time of family gatherings, sharing food, and fun.  Here in the Northern part of the Northern hemisphere, we have cold weather and often have snow. (I hate the cold, and I'm not fan of snow - you have to wear so many more clothes...if I could live my whole life without wearing socks, I totally would. I don't know whey I still live here. It must be Montana summer amnesia.  By the time I remember I hate winter, it's too late to move.  I mean, really, who wants to move in the winter.) Even though I'm not snow's biggest fan, much like how the seasons mark the passing of time, snow helps it feel like winter, and Christmas. I know there is snow in some places by now, but not in my town.  So, to help get in the holiday spirit - and help those of you who already are, I've set up a set of free Merry & Bright printable holiday posters.

Interested in other printable art for your home?
Check some out by clicking HERE.

Free Printable Merry and Bright Art Christmas Art Holiday Art Home Decor Printable
There is a pdf file with 4 pages, each page in a different color.  
The first three have a glitter effect, and the last one is a classic black and white.  
Print on regular paper or card stock and hang it up as it is, or trim off the edges 
(1/4" from the left and right, and 1/2" from the top and bottom) to fit an 8" x 10" frame.  
It can also be easily printed onto an A4 page.  

Happy Holidays!
Download Free Printable Poster Holiday Decoration Christmas Poster Merry and Bright

Remember, all designs are Don't Panic Design and are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
Please do not share, sell, or redistribute for profit.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Printable Christmas Tags

Your Christmas just got a little more fun.

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

When you get ready to wrap your gifts and stack them under the tree, the final touch is a beautiful and fun gift tag you print, cut, and sign.  These are easy to cut out and attach with tape, underneath a bow, or punch a hole and tie in with colored string or ribbon.

The Only 2 Reasons you Need to Plan Ahead, or Why I Own Only Black Socks

Organize your Life & Home with The Better Life Bundle


I have never been a planner, until several years ago when I had to get up early for work every day.  I am not a morning person.  I know morning people may not believe that it's a thing, but I am NOT a morning person.  I hate getting up early.  No, I don't hate it; it's painful.  It hurts to get up early.  I don't get up as soon as I wake up, I don't like getting up when it is dark out, and my body knows if it is early in the morning, and it wants to have nothing to do with it.  The other thing I hate is wearing socks.  I know, I live in Montana.  I have to wear socks here. So, when I had a 9-5 that started at 6:30 am, I did two things to help preserve my sanity.  I bought new socks that were all the same, and I picked out the next day's outfit the night before.  I didn't always lay it out, but by thinking about and deciding what to wear ahead of time, I awoke with a plan and I didn't have to use my still foggy brain to make a decision.  This felt silly at first, until I realized my mornings were so much more peaceful and smooth when I wasn't trying to decide what I felt like wearing that day. Also, I could stop matching socks (a whole amazing relief on it's own) and I wasn't searching for missing mates as I was trying to get out the door.

Weather you run your family, run a business from home, or work outside your home there are always lots of things to keep track of, and it helps to think ahead.  By writing down the information, your task list, your plans, or your schedule you do two important things:

1.) You prioritize that issue or task by dedicating time to it, and you solidify your plans or intentions by writing them down.  Whether it's financial responsibility by tracking your budget, how you eat by planning your meals, or what you need to get done by setting your schedule, you show it's importance when use your time to write it out. 

2.) You reduce stress. By planning ahead, or simply making a list, you no longer have to remember every little thing that needs doing. Nor must you try to decide what to do next.  Once it's outside your head and on paper, you can use it as a guide to stay focused, or refer back to it if you get lost.  Additionally you free up some space in your head, because you aren't trying remember it all.  You just look back at your previously laid out plans.  

Regardless of what your priorities are, when you take the time to think about what is important, or what you want to accomplish, you are taking the weight of remembering off your mind.  By writing down appointments, important dates, and your plans for the day, week, or month, you are giving yourself the gift of more time to actually accomplish those tasks, instead of trying to remember what they are, and when you aren't wasting time trying to remember what you forgot, you give yourself more leisure time to catch up on Mad Men, a show you never took seriously enough while it was on, and are now trying to catch up on.

Want help? Check out the organizing bundles and individual sheets at Don't Panic, Organize. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Freebie: Get Started with a Chore Chart

Printable Chore Chart Don't Panic Design Free
There's no better way to get started organizing your life and home than a chore chart.  If you map out your chores, you don't have to think about what to do when, and most chores only take between 15 and 30 minutes.  By scheduling each day, you can be sure that everything gets done, and you never have to spend too much time on it.  No trying to figure out what to do when, remembering what you forgot at the last minute, or trying to fit something in at the last minute.

A chart like this works just as well for your children's chores as your own.  Schedule yours, or theirs, or both.

Click and download a sheet to get started organizing your life and home.

If you want to start organizing more of your home and life, click here 
and check out all the printable bundles.