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Aaargh! Pirate Birthday Party & Free Printables

Updated on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 8:19AM by Registered CommenterCameron Blazer

Pirate Ship Cupcakes © 2010 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist 

Pirates are kind of a big thing with my son, and he's lucky—he lives in a town by the water where real pirates once docked.

A few weeks ago, when my son had spring break, I took the day off from work, and he and I spent the morning at Charles Towne Landing, which has a working replica of a 17th century cargo vessel docked in the marshy edges of the Ashley River. At first, fearful that real pirates might be aboard, my son was hesitant to climb aboard, but after assurances that there were no Blackbeards or Captain Hooks in sight, he had a blast, steering the ship, pumping the bilge, and ordering me to "up anchor!" I had a great time, too, and I took a boatload of pictures. The beautiful ship against the brilliant blue spring sky planted the seed for a pirate birthday party.

Continue reading if you dare, matey...loads of free pirate printable booty await!

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Really Good Stuff I Already Have

I began the year reflecting on my desire to eat more seasonally and more sustainably. And I'm happy to say that we have definitely improved the sourcing and quality of our diet in the last three months. But with the bumper crops of spring approaching, there is a looming challenge I cannot ignore if I am going to keep this up: I am a compulsive, impulsive produce shopper. And thinking seasonally about food has only made that worse, so afraid am I to miss out on a brief growing season or a particularly good harvest. And I'm no good with a grocery list, either. They only work if you look at them, you see.

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My Funny Valentine

Ok. I swear this is my last Valentine's Day post. (And, yes, for the last time, YES, July through December are coming on the calendars! End of February, I promise.)

I'm really not such a big Valentine's Day person. I tend toward the sardonic more than the saccharine in my personal life. So in the spirit of keepin' it real on this here blog, I'm offering up three printable cards that are in line with my personal romance philosophy. These are definitely tuned to my sense of humor—your mileage may vary.

I don't know about you, but I sometimes I think a little menace adds necessary spice to boring old love. To wit: feeling preppy & vaguely stalker-y? Go with alligators.

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Love and Rockets: Free Printable Valentine

  © 2010 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist

Well, it's that time of year again. While I don't care about receiving flowers or chocolate on February 14 (or the 18th, for that matter), I find that, as with most things, my enthusiasm is far greater when I consider the holiday through my kiddo's eyes. And, since he seems to see the world as one giant construction site/rocket ship launch pad for mankind, this year I put together these rocket ship valentines. Well, we did. Le kid was instrumental in the design of the ship, though he is a little disappointed that "da Spaceman" doesn't have a face. And I'm a little disappointed that I can't draw faces. We are both learning to live with disappointment. It doesn't mean we can't share the love.

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Free Card and Tiny Envelope Printables Galore!

Who doesn't love a nifty envelope? These days security envelopes are all the rage in crafty circles, and it's not hard to see why--they combine good, clean design with a little mystery.

In the spirit of that mystery and the fun that comes with surprising friends and family with a surcee or two at the holidays or any other time, I came up with a set of gift cards (or calling cards or charade-clue-cards or whatever else you want them to be) and tiny, matching envelopes that feature two of my favorite fabric patterns. And because I can't ever leave well enough alone, I went wild and added 4 new colorways to each pattern.

I designed the cards to be compatible with Avery pre-cut business cards (look for products 5881, 8373, 8869), but I printed mine on plain-ole cardstock and just cut-em out. I've included cut lines to make it a little easier if you go that route. If you want to type a message on the cards, you can use the fill-in-able fields in the PDF--whatever you type in one field will automatically show up as the text in all the others.

But, really, it's all about the envelopes, isn't it? These are just the right size to enclose a single card or a store-bought gift card. And they come together in a jiffy. Just cut around the edges, slice into the slit marked on the big flap with an x-acto, and tape the two side flaps to the big flap. When you're ready to seal the envelope, the top flap slips into the cut you made in the big flap. Fun!


Each card file contains 8 cards, 4 in each pattern. And each envelope file contains 2 envelopes, one in each pattern, and some strips of patterned paper that you can use to enrobe a tiny box, hang an envelope from your christmas tree. We used these at my house on Thanksgiving as place cards and napkin rings.

I meant for us to tuck cards into each envelope with a word or two about what we are all thankful for, but we never got to it. C'est la vie, non?

I've grouped each download into the colorway to which it belongs, each inspired by my dreams of Morroco (nope, never been there, just dreams)--download one or download 'em all, just remember these are for your personal, non-commercial use only.


Fez: Download the printable cards. Download the printable envelopes.

Marrakech: Download the printable cards. Download the printable envelopes.

Casablanca: Download the printable cards. Download the printable envelopes.

Byzantine: Download the printable cards. Download the printable envelopes.

Tangier: Download the printable cards. Download the printable envelopes.

Wasn't that fun?

If you haven't already entered my Holiday Fabric Giveaway, there's still time to enter--get crackin'!