My newest release for Cricut© is a set of dies called “Animal Crackers” for their Cuttlebug© machine! And they are TEENSY! The penguin is smaller than the width of my thumb. And they emboss! These were super fun to draw and it felt like forever waiting for production and then getting them in the mail. My son thought I was taking forever getting them photographed before I let them play with them, so he was thrilled when Penny and I made up a bunch of flat lays for fun this morning and we got to cut a bunch out. They are so fast because you can cut a bunch all at one time. Score one for mama; everyone had several to play with in just one pass in my Cuttlebug.
Part of me wants to have a little un-birthday for my kids with a Noah’s Ark, Zoo, or Circus theme just because it sounds super fun to make all the cute decorations!
Still looking for a little extra something to add to your Father’s day gift? Yeah, me too. So I was up late last night making some silver and gold foil prints to give as cards with the treats that the kids and I bought my husband, dad, and father in law for father’s day.
The file is formatted with crop marks to make it into a card, or you can easily just trim out the 5×7 and pop it into a favorite frame. Mine are these Ribba ones from Ikea.
Grab the free printable now below before it goes up into my Etsy Shop on monday!
Way back in January when I started the new blog and website, I thought maybe something in my office was making me sick. I was wrapping up a bunch of freelance projects and spending long days in the studio. All I could eat was ruffles and sour cream and onion dip and “chicago mix” popcorn from Costco – which should have been my first clue right there. It was mid January, and I remember I kept complaining to my friend Jaime about how I was sure I had some weird virus until she finally convinced me to take a pregnancy test and it immediately came back positive!
The kids were convinced right away that it’s a girl and I only took my daughter to my gender ultrasound with me because I was concerned that chaos would break loose if we were having a boy…. So in the video below my husband and two little boys are finding out what we’re having. Along with our sweet little friend Scarlett who happened to be over when everyone was finally awake from naps and happy enough to get to pop the balloon! If I was doing this again, I’d definitely cut up some small pieces of tissue paper or something a little bit more “floaty?” to put inside the balloon….
The pic above is of the very first gift I received for baby girl which was a beautiful pair of Freshly Picked Mocs from my friend Oakley. First gifts for my littles have always held a special place in my heart because for some reason it always makes pregnancy seem so much more real to me.
16 weeks pregnant in the video below, and 32 weeks pregnant in the photos in the pink shirt. The days are FLYING by this time around! Click on the link below for the free 5×7 It’s a Girl watercolor and modern calligraphy printable!
Please remember as always that all files and images on nataliemalan.com© are for personal use only. Thank you!
Because at my house we believed in first winners, and second winners…… Here’s a fun 5×7 free printable download for everyone who entered my Instagram custom portrait giveaway! Be sure to download it now before it disappears and travels to my etsy print store! NO guarantees how long this will be up.
Is anyone else into succulent houseplants these days? I’ve been seeing lots of cute things on Apartment Therapy, and if you know me I’m definitely traditional when it comes to style. But somehow the clean modernist style is creeping in….. and houseplants definitely seem to be part of the equation. I finally found a fiddle leaf fig last week and can’t wait to see how it does. It’s taller than I am!
I spent the last two weeks prepping and planting my garden so hopefully soon I’ll have more fresh flowers to paint for inspiration. But until then a little print will have to do.
As always, personal use only, and all images Natalie Malan©
I would love to see how you style your print! Tag me on Instagram #nataliemalanstyle
If you choose to print at home, my preferred paper is a watercolor paper cut to fit your printer, or a cardstock. They should both give lovely results. I like something with a little texture so it looks more like an original gouache painting.
If you choose to print at somewhere like Costco or Sams Club, I ALWAYS turn off the Auto color correct! In my Costco account it’s saved in “My Settings.” I also like to pick lustre. Hope you enjoy the free printable!
My kids have been so excited about their Mother’s Day presents that they made me open them the second they brought them home from school. I’m now the proud owner of a golden heart fingerprint salt clay necklace and a fingerprint flower bookmark. And I’m always truly touched by the handmade and heartfelt gifts they have given me.
My husband took my dickblick wish list to heart and went all out. I can’t wait to try try these new paints out!
If you’re looking for a last minute printable here’s one I made this morning. Yay for insomnia, am I right???? It took me longer to figure out how to post it as a download than it did to calligraphy and paint it. As always personal use only, Natalie Malan©
Happy almost Mother’s Day to all of you out there who are mothers, have a mother or know a mother. I’m part of a huge giveaway with Oakley from Nothing Down About it, and I’m so excited to be painting a custom portrait of the person of your choice if you win the giveaway!
There are some amazing things being given away so be sure to enter below!
-$100 Crate And Barrel Gift Card from Nothing Down About It
-Mama Bar Necklace From Made by Mary
-$40 Lulu And Roo Gift Card
-$100 Oilo Studio Gift Card
-Shirt For Mom AND Shirts For Littles (up to 5) from Cents of Style
-Solly Baby Wrap AND Matching Solly Dolly Wrap
–Portrait By Natalie Malan Studio
A bright and lively pattern for Petite Lemon for Shutterfly. Ever since we had our first son, I find it so fun and refreshing to design things for boys! I love it. There will be more monsters and robots in my future and I can’t wait. Design for boys is definitely an area that’s lacking.
Vector – Adobe Illustrator
My good friend Anne Marie was kind enough to host several “Favorite Things” parties and asked me to create this printable to hand out. We each brought 5 of our favorite thing, and then drew 5 names when we arrived at her house to see who we would be giving our five items to.
The printable was her inspired way to make it about people and not just “things.” Gotta love that girl; she’s got class.
Then we went around the room, and stood, and told everyone what our favorite thing was, why it was our favorite, and called out the names of the “winners” of our item. It was just like Oprah with fab food, and women screaming for fun prizes! So fun!
This morning my other friend Alana was styling her gorgeous mantle for Valentine’s day and sent me a pic so I could see how cute it all looks with the printable! It was completely her suggestion to offer it here as a free download, so you can be sure to thank Alana later…..
Click here to see how to make a cute string heart like the one Alana made. I’m not sure if this is the actual tutorial she used, but it looks pretty similar.
I hope you enjoy the Free Valentine Printable! Feel free to download and print as gifts to your loved ones and friends; I only ask that you keep my subtle signature on the bottom.
Click on the color image you’d like below; click again to see it at the maximum image size 5×7, and right click to download it to your computer. It should print best as a 5×7.
So I decided to make good on my last post about spending more creative time with my munchkins. And I realized that having a stool by my chair at my drawing table would probably be a good way to keep this little man from drinking his paint and
eating his crayons (well one out of two isn’t bad…). It worked out well this morning and I’m thinking I may even invest in a few ikea stools with backs like these so I don’t have to worry about him wiggling off.
This is his usual face when I’m wrangling him around my studio. He got a lot happier when he was sitting by me and we were both coloring. We encourage the time saving “two handed coloring” method. Deadlines people! Always deadlines. Might as well train them young.
Anyone have any tips for drawing with littles?