2017 Mother’s Day Card Freebie


Mother’s day is basically here! Today is a great day to send a note in the mail to the women in your life who have been there to guide you through life. I feel so grateful to have both a fantastic mother and mother-in-law. I’ve been privileged to have been surrounded by hard-working, strong, amazing women. It’s about time that I let them know I’m grateful for them. 

Download the printable file and print! The file fits 2 cards on a page, so send more than one note out today! 



Click the image above for a high-res sharable version to post on Instagram. Be sure to tag @melissapher when you post. Thank you!

*By downloading the above material, you agree to terms of use: This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!
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  1. AmoyLily says:

    This is really sweet to send the card for mom. And you are kind to offer the freebie card. No matter how old we may be, sometimes we just need our mom.

Baby Calligraphy


Some time ago, a calligraphy friend of mine had a sweet baby girl, so a bunch of us sent her artwork of her daughter’s name. I’m so happy with how my contribution turned out. 

I went with an upright, modern style with a meandering baseline. I loved adding florals as decor on there, florals I learned from the one and only Heather Held

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Creative things like this where I’m let loose to my own devices is so freeing. It was fun to go to town on this little piece. 

Lately I’ve been telling a lot of people how calligraphy is the perfect creative outlet. It truly is! It’s mobile, you can do it anywhere, you can start with even the simplest of supplies and it’s something that doesn’t require an artistic bone in your body. Because letters and rules are involved, it’s a fantastic left-brained art activity. It’s so meditative and calming for me. When life gets chaotic (which it is that almost entirely right now), I can pop into my studio, or pull out paper while my kids are drawing and draw letters alongside them. It’s so fantastic. 

If you’d like to learn how, definitely check out my online class at Calligraphy.org. It includes great content and personal coaching, so if something goes wrong, you’ve got someone to help you troubleshoot. I’m also available for in-person workshops and private classes. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions! 

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    Favorite Eats and The Wild Rose


    With our kitchen out of commission, we’ve been doing microwave dinners and eating out A TON. The microwave dinners are definitely getting old, but eating out has had the unexpected benefit of finding new places to try. I love finding great new restaurants. I’ve teamed up with Favorite Eats for a lot of our dining out. It’s super slick. You know those coupon books that you’d get at school fundraisers? They were great in theory, but terrible in practice because you’d always forget them at home. It’s basically the same concept, but in app form. On your phone that you never leave at home.  A lot of the restaurants I already frequent offer deals through the app, so it was a natural fit to start using it. If you’d like to give it a go, use code FOODIEFRIEND for $10 off your subscription. 

    Most of the deals are through quick-serve restaurants, but there are some fancy-pants places like Bona Vita, Oak Wood Fire Kitchen and… my new favorite, The Wild Rose, that include great deals on there, too. 

    Last Friday Chris and I got the chance to try out The Wild Rose for the first time. It was a fantastic experience. We felt thoroughly spoiled with the great service, crisp linens and delicious menu. 

    It may not look like much, but the butter on the house-made bread rocked my world. I need to go back just for this butter. 

    Our experience has me aching to make some gourmet ice cream and a chocolate ganache torte. Doesn’t it look amazing? Well, it tasted amazing. 

    We had a fantastic time, I’ve written a yelp review about it here. Have you gone on a date night lately? If you’re in the Salt Lake area, check out my Instagram for a $50 giveaway to The Wild Rose! Feel free to use code FOODIEFRIEND for $10 off your yearly subscription to Favorite Eats. Enjoy! 

    *The affiliate links used in this post help fund craft supplies and more creative DIYs and tutorials. Thanks for your support!

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    Simple & Quick Easter Outfits


    Time hasn’t been a luxury for me lately, but I wanted to take time out to do something this Easter for the girls. It’s a tradition my mom held with us when we were kids to make Easter dresses. I love that tradition. I’m sure at some point, Pen & Junie will dread it, but for now they just lit up when I showed them their new skirts. 

    I didn’t go sophisticated with their outfits at all. I just made two simple circle skirts and called it good. Junie is in the middle of a growth spurt, so I made her skirt fairly long so she can grow into it. Need some pointers? Check out this tutorial.

    Making a woven circle skirt is quite easy. You just have to make sure that you’ve cut the opening wide enough for the hips to fit through and then you put the elastic in the waistband and gather it to fit the waist. Finishing the skirt is simple. If you’ve got a rolled hem foot, it’s even easier. 

    Add some fun shoes a chambray shirt and I called it a day for these two munchkins. 

    Poor Felix didn’t get anything made. But he doesn’t care quite like the girls do. He had plenty of fun playing with the Hot Wheels cars that the Easter Bunny brought. 

    OMG aren’t these little Mary Jane Moccs the cutest things ever?!? They went perfectly with Junie’s outfit!!

    Outfit Details: 

    skirts: handmade

    chambray: H&M and Gap

    Penelope’s boots: Zara

    Junie’s Moccs: Freshly Picked (c/o)

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    2017 Easter Printable #PRINCEofPEACE


    I couldn’t let Easter pass by without making something for the season! I’ve been reflecting on the life of Christ and this scripture kept coming to me over and over again. So I put pen to paper (actual Apple Pencil to iPad) and made it happen. 

    I’ve formatted the printable quote to 8×10. I do hope you enjoy and remember Christ this Easter! He is our key to peace. I’m loving the focus on Christ with 8 principles of peace over on Mormon.org

    I do hope you take the time to print it out and display it somewhere. If you print it out, please leave a comment here or tag me @melissapher on instagram so I can see where you’ve displayed your scripture! 


    Want more Easter goodies? Some are more a-religious than others. Check them out below. 

    2016 Easter Basket Tag • 2016 Easter Box • 2016 Easter Scripture •2014 Easter Banner2011 Easter Box • 2010 Easter Box

    *By downloading the above material, you agree to terms of use: This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!
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