Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scandinavian Christmas Pattern + free coloring page



Oh, how I love the Christmas season, especially Scandinavian Christmas! Nisser (elves), candles, greenery, julehjerter (those woven hearts), dala horses, birds, and cozy cups of cocoa - in Denmark it's all about creating that hygge feeling of warmth and togetherness and home. I thought I'd try my hand at a repeating pattern, which turned out to be a lot trickier than I envisioned. But I think this would make the cutest wrapping paper! If you'd like to you can download it as a coloring page below... God jul! (That's Merry Christmas in Danish.)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

If you could read their story -- free happy thoughts coloring page - #LighttheWorld

This coloring page is a repost, but I thought it was perfect for today's #LighttheWorld theme: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." The more we get to know others, the more we open our hearts to each other, the less we are inclined to judge them. It takes way more work and vulnerability than making snap judgments, but that's what we're here for - to learn to love.

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Hello, friends! It is officially Christmas time and I am absolutely thrilled. I'm also super inspired by the #LighttheWorld campaign - all about sharing the light of Christ this season by doing the things that he would do. There's a wonderful video and a daily calendar that you can watch and download here - 100% guaranteed to get you in the true spirit of Christmas.

This week's coloring page celebrates that theme. I hope you'll enjoy it and share it as you look for your own ways to light the world this beautiful Christmas season.

To print this page, just right click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click "fit to page" so the edges don't get cut off. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What a Wonderful World - free gratitude coloring page


Thanksgiving is nearly here, and I have one more gratitude-themed coloring page to share with you. This old Louis Armstrong song is my favorite when my heart is filled with gratitude - this world really is wonderful, filled with love and abundance if that is what we cultivate. I love the word abundance. To me it means consciously recognizing that our lives are full of blessings even as we struggle. We choose abundance through gratitude!

Click these links for this year's first and second gratitude coloring pages. And here's a link to last year's Thanksgiving coloring page as well.

To download this free page, just right-click on the image below and save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click "fit to page."



Monday, November 13, 2017

The power of finding beauty - free gratitude coloring page

I saw this quote on instagram the other day (thanks to the talented @merryletter) and it struck me so forcefully. This is gratitude and abundance - opening our eyes to the beautiful lives we have and the beautiful world around us, finding joy in what we already have and truly seeing the gifts we've been given. What a gift that would be to the people we love and to ourselves! And then this very morning I started the @smallseed daily gratitude devotionals with my kiddos and found this quote: "because the beauties of life are so abundant, sometimes we take them for granted. Our minds have a marvelous capacity to notice the unusual. However, the opposite is true as well: The more often we see the things around us—even the beautiful and wonderful things—the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds—even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Those who live in thanksgiving daily, however, have a way of opening their eyes and seeing the wonders and beauties of this world as though seeing them for the first time. " -- Joseph B. Wirthlin

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gratitude! - free Thanksgiving coloring page





Ah, November! This month all our happy quotes coloring pages will center on gratitude, because it really is the key to happiness in our own lives and in all our relationships. Here's one of my favorites, by Melody Beattie, complete with some lovely fall foliage. The acorns are a symbol that gratitude is a small act that grows into something so strong and beautiful in our lives. Enjoy!

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happiness is a form of courage - free happy thought coloring page




Is it courageous to choose happiness? I believe it with my whole heart. There is so much out there that could drag us down into a permanent state of doom and gloom - personal struggles, financial problems, family stress, the scary things that happen in the world, you name it. We could live in fear of the next bad thing that is going to happen. We could live with low expectations so that we’re never too disappointed. But we would miss out on so much! There is so much good and lovely and wonderful in our lives and in the world, and if we are brave enough seek out and cherish all of that, we will only find more and more of it.

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

I love the simple papercutting look myself, but you can also make it as colorful as you like. You can also download this cheerful sunshine-y version from my Etsy shop. Feel free to share, and have great week!