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Simple Free Christmas Photo Booth Props!


My husband and I hosted a Holiday Open House in our home last Saturday and I decided last minute to have a photo booth section. We taped wrapping paper to the wall, put out santa hats and I created these simple photo booth props for guests to use. It was all very last minute and I actually had the first guest to arrive cut them out for me! We taped them to chopsticks and used them in photos. They actually floated around the party as people took photos with their phones.

I thought you might want to add a little extra fun to some of your holiday photos so I created 2 copies to share with you. I made them simple so that they would not use much ink when printing. You could also just hold them in your hands to for photos.

Just click on the images below to download a pdf of each.

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Above is a photo of me using one of the props. If you don’t follow me on Instagram then you might have missed my awesome vintage purchase earlier this season of a Hallmark Holly Paper Party Dress. Isn’t it fabulous!?!

I hope you are enjoying the season and I want to wish you Happy Handmade Holidays from the bottom of my heart! XO!

Feeling Thankful For You, Life + Erma Bombeck Plus a Free Printable!


It is Thanksgiving week here in the US and I have a lot to be thankful for! I am grateful for the connections I have made with all of you and I am very grateful for being alive. While I was living in Chicago my mom sent me a long quote from Erma Bombeck (an American humorist and newspaper columnist) in which she wrote some very wise words about living her life over after she found out she had cancer. I have this hanging on my fridge and it helps remind me about what is truly important. My husband even told me how much he likes reading it when he is passing by or filling up his water. I thought you might enjoy a copy of this to hang in your house  especially since we are in the season of being thankful and celebrating family and friends. The quote is below and you can download the printable here or by clicking the image above. I decided to keep it simple so that the words are what you focus on. You can pretty it up by hanging it up with lovely magnets or washi tape. Thank you so much for being a part of Handmade Success and my life. I am sending you lots of hugs and wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


by Erma Bombeck

(written after she found out she was dying from cancer)

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching real life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.’ There would have been more ‘I love you’s’ More ‘I’m sorry’s.’

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it… live it and never give it back.

Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what. Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

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LET’S GET CREATIVE – Free Printable!


Hello! I have noticed lately that I have not had much time to get creative just for fun. I made this simple printable and hung with washi tape to remind me to do just that. Now I have some outdoor projects planned like making and hanging bunting and possibly painting the back wall also creating a great space inside for getting creative with me and my boys.

You can click here to download the printable or simply click on the photo 🙂

I would love to know what you have been creating lately just for fun. Please share in the comments!



Free Printable: Simplicity by Coco Chanel


I was lucky enough to take a small break with my Mum earlier this month and in between long conversations, luxurious tea sipping and lounging around looking at magazines, I came across this lovely quote by Coco Chanel (the Queen of elegance, herself) and thought it was supremely relevant to those of us who own (or are hoping to one day!) a creative business.

I often have an idea that is made entirely too difficult by trying to make into something it really isn’t and I invariably go back to either the drawing board or my original idea.  I’m also slightly obsessed with my new calligraphy pens that I was recently gifted and so, I created a lovely print in spring colours and flowing calligraphy to remind myself (and now, hopefully you!) to keep it simple.


Simply click on the above image or click here to download your print or maybe you know someone who could use the reminder!

Happy Spring!

Please feel free to print out as many copies as you like for yourself, friends or family, but remember that this is for personal use only and not for resale of any kind.  We would also appreciate it if you would kindly link back to this post when sharing.  Thanks! Geri xx


Geri Jewitt — The Languid Lion

Geri Jewitt is a graphic designer gone rogue from Corporate who now owns The Languid Lion, a design studio focused on branding for small businesses and helping them stand out from the madding crowd.  Recently adding custom letterpress design + printing to the studio, she loves working on custom projects, such as wedding stationery or branding collateral! She is also the editor of The Lion’s Den, a blog where she writes about owning a small creative biz and offers tips, tutorials, templates and design inspiration.

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