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Doodles: Free Clip Art from My Sketchpad

Doodles: Free Clip Art from My Sketchpad • Little Gold Pixel

Some of my colleagues are very talented artists. They can pluck an abstract idea from their brains and immediately sketch out a good drawing.

It comes in handy in my line of work, this sketching on the fly, and while they draw buildings and dinosaurs and helicopters, I doodle idly on my sketchpad. Sometimes it’s stick figures, sometimes just the scribblings of a mad woman.

But I’ve made a vow to myself to exercise my sketching arm. I used to be able to draw simple things with aplomb — things like cappuccinos and pencils and humans who have real features instead of dots for eyes.

Exhibit A:

Doodles: Free Clip Art from My Sketchpad • Little Gold Pixel

From my high school sketchbook, when I was pretty much invincible.

Doodles: Free Clip Art from My Sketchpad

So here are a few snippets from my recent sketchbook that could be fun as clip art. (Personal use only, you know the drill.)

Doodles: Free Clip Art from My Sketchpad • Little Gold Pixel

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Maybe you could make your very own printables with them. Here are a few ideas I whipped up for examples:

Doodles: Free Clip Art from My Sketchpad • Little Gold Pixel

Doodles: Free Clip Art from My Sketchpad • Little Gold Pixel

P.S. More freebies here.
P.P.S. My history with art journaling — from high school to this year.

Like a Boss Free Art Printable

YES! Thank goodness it’s Freebie Friday!

Scroll down to download my new freebie. Here’s what I’m sharing today:

Like a Boss Free Art Printable

Like a Boss Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

In our house, this phrase is executed in an Ace Ventura “like a glove” manner. In case you’re unfamiliar:

likeaglove

Anyway, I thought it’d be nice to give you an extra boost to get through your Friday. I personally always go for a mid-afternoon coffee run on Friday afternoons because this is always my deadline day at work. I’m curious — what’s your busiest day of the week?

Whichever day it is, here’s a little printable for you to pin up near your desk whenever you need to remind yourself that you’ve got this.

In two color schemes, just for fun.

Like a Boss Free Art Printable in B&W

PDF is 8.5×11 inches. Download by clicking button beneath photo. Personal use only. Play nice.

Note: This free version is watermarked. Find a watermark-free version in the shop.

Font: Moonshine

Like a Boss Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

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Like a Boss Free Art Printable in Color

This version is available only in the shop. Click the button beneath the image to see the product page.

Font: Pillowbook

Like a Boss Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel • Freebie Fridays

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P.S. Past Freebie Fridays here.
P.P.S. Another good pick-me-up printable? You’ve Got This.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

This is an update in my Weekly Pixels series, a weekly photo project for managing my family’s digital files in lieu of printed photos. At the end of the year I will create a yearbook out of my images. Here’s what the middle section of August looked like for us.

What is it about home decor magazines that make me want to buy a new sofa immediately?

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

She bounced for a solid hour at a friend’s birthday party.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Isn’t it funny how every kid is obsessed with balloons?

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

We need a price check, please.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

A little lunchtime stroll.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Vietnamese tacos and coffee and work.

 

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

The things you see when you drive around LAX.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

Beach day! And it was a hot one.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

The entire family went splashing around.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

The marine layer coming in at dusk.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

She picks out her own outfits and shoes now.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

Friday afternoon coffee to finish off the week strong.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

I can’t get over how quickly she’s growing up.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

I could eat Thai food every day. No lie.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

The peacheely (peach + lychee) was ah-mazing.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

 

Impromptu beach time. If Alexa has learned anything from us so far, it’s a deep-rooted enthusiasm for going to the beach.

Weekly Pixels #31 & #32 • littlegoldpixel.com

P.S. Past photo projects: 2012, 2013, 2014

P.P.S. Follow me on Instagram for more photos.

Freebie Fridays: Isn’t It Pretty Hemingway Quote Free Art Printable

YES! Thank goodness it’s Freebie Friday!

Scroll down to download my new freebie. Here’s what I’m sharing today:

Hemingway Quote Free Art Printable: Isn’t It Pretty to Think So?

Hemingway Quote Free Art Printable • Isn't It Pretty to Think So? • Little Gold Pixel

PDF is 8.5×11 inches. Download by clicking button beneath photo. Personal use only. Play nice. This freebie has a watermark underneath the words. Watermark-free versions and more color options are available for a small fee in the shop.

You might recognize this line as the perfect final words of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (one of my favorite books of all time).

But did you know that this wasn’t the original closing line?

Hemingway’s original closer was “It’s nice as hell to think so,” which isn’t nearly as poignant.

“After Brett says, “Oh Jake . . . we could have had such a damned good time together,” the author at first had Jake respond, “It’s nice as hell to think so,” but later scribbled “Isn’t it nice to think so.” By the time the manuscript went to the printer, it had been altered again, to the sharp and sad and perfectly balanced “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” — The New Yorker

I love thinking about these nuances. What’s the difference between a so-so ending and an amazing one?

In this case, it was three little words. Isn’t it pretty?

Hemingway Quote Free Art Printable • Isn't It Pretty to Think So? • Little Gold Pixel

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Watermark-Free! + More Colors!


P.S. Past Freebie Fridays here.
P.P.S. Yes, I’m obsessed with the Lost Generation.

It’s Still Summer, Dammit: A Mixtape

Summer 2015 Mixtape • Little Gold Pixel

Judging by all the back-to-school photos in my Facebook feed and by the (even more) ridiculous amount of traffic the past few days, I think it’s safe to say many people are fall-focused right now.

It all starts with school supplies, people. That’s the fall gateway drug.

Bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils, and all that jazz.

It’s only a matter of minutes before everyone starts talking about pumpkin spice lattes and I lose my mind.

It’s still summer, dammit. It will continue to be summer until at least after Labor Day. And maybe I’ll even be brazen enough to call it summer until the first day of autumn a month from now.

Summer 2015 Mixtape • Little Gold Pixel

Every summer I put together a playlist of the music that grabs my attention. This year’s playlist came out really chill.

It’s perfect for margaritas. A beach drive. Dangling your toes into the pool.

The mixtape I’m sharing with you at the end of this post has been beach-tested, water-proofed and ready for your listening pleasure.

Summer 2015 Mixtape • Little Gold Pixel

I highly recommend you all join me for some extra sunshine before the days get shorter:


Photo credits: Snapwire/Blake Bronstad & Unsplash/Skyler Smith

What I’ve Been Reading

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel

This is an occasional series that chronicles my quest to read 80 books in 2015. This is the sixth roundup. You can read the first here. The second here. The third here. The fourth here. The fifth here. Let’s see how it went, shall we?

In my mind, my summer reading went much better than it actually did. I slowed down quite a bit over these past few months. In fact, I slowed down so much that I got to the 85% mark in All the Light We Cannot See only to absentmindedly let the library loan expire before I could finish.

I’m still waiting for a copy to free up so I can finish the book. Everyone has been talking about this book, and for good reason. It’s really, really good.

In the meantime, I’ve been distracting myself with my favorite Y.A. dystopian series of all time.

Somehow, even with all the tortoise reading, I’m still seven books ahead of schedule!

Gah, it’s been a while since I read some of these. I hope I can still remember their plots!

(Do you follow me on Goodreads? You should!)


Book Reviews July/August 2015: 56/80

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • A God in Ruins

A God In Ruins / Kate Atkinson
File under: Literature, nonlinear storytelling, life
Plot: Teddy never expected to survive World War II, but he did, and this is his life. And his children’s lives.
Review: After a meandering start, I was pleased when Kate Atkinson (“Life After Life”) pulled it together in a way only she can. No one writes about the human experience as adeptly and as sympathetically as Atkinson.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • A Small Indiscretion

A Small Indiscretion / Jan Ellison
File under: Literature, suspense, family secrets
Plot: Woman tries to come clean about her past escapades in Europe while dealing with fallout of her secrets in the present.
Review: So much stress, but somehow un-put-down-able. Other readers had a beef with the format of the book (written like a letter to her son), but it didn’t bother me in the slightest.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You / Celeste Ng
File under: Suspense, mystery, literature, family drama
Plot: Lydia is dead. Her family tries to figure out why and where they went wrong.
Review: This is far more than a book about losing a child — it’s a character study about the choices we make and how they can reverberate through our lives and through our children’s lives. Ng’s prose is painfully beautiful.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • The Heir

The Heir / Kiera Cass
File under: Y.A., Cinderella, dystopia, The Bachelorette
Plot: Princess Eadlyn is forced into a Selection (a la The Bachelorette) to choose a husband. Because as much as we hate the system it seems to be working … or something.
Review: I should’ve stopped reading this series at The One. The premise of this book is so flawed, I can’t even explain why I picked it up.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • Bones & All

Bones & All / Camille DeAngelis
File under: Supernatural, coming of age, the stuff nightmares are made of
Plot: Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call “an issue” with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Now a teen, Maren’s mom abandons her and she’s left to fend for herself.
Review: At times this book made my stomach churn, but I devoured it hungrily.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • Saint Anything

Saint Anything / Sarah Dessen
File under: Y.A., coming of age, Lifetime movie
Plot: Teen lives a life of passivity because her family is obsessed with keeping her from making the same mistakes as her brother. She just wants to eat pizza and date a boy, for crying out loud.
Review: This was just OK. I have a real problem reading about passive characters because I have the overwhelming urge to throttle them.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife / Audrey Niffenegger
File under: Time travel, life, literature, existentialism
Plot: Man travels through time willy-nilly, with absolutely no control of his predicament.
Review: Everyone frames this as a love story, but pigeonholing it like this is a disservice because it is more about philosophy than romance. If this book doesn’t leave you pondering the trappings of time, free will, fate and your life’s purpose, you didn’t read it right.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • Ready Player One

Ready Player One / Ernest Cline
File under: 1980s pop culture, super nerds, utopian/dystopian, trivial pursuits, suspense
Plot: Founder of a virtual utopia dies, leaving his fortune to whoever can find the easter eggs he’s hidden within the game. Teen geeks out and becomes a serious contender.
Review: I love a good treasure hunt, and I read obsessively till the end even though there were times when the geek factor was too precious for me.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • Scarlet

Scarlet / Marissa Meyer
File under: Y.A., Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, fairytale, sci fi, supernatural, steampunk, futuristic
Plot: A continuation of Cinder, introducing more characters based on fairytales and thickening the plot while the Lunar Queen tries to ensnare Prince Kai.
Review: This series is shaping up to be my favorite dystopian/Y.A. ever. Marissa Meyer combines fairytales and sci fi seamlessly.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck / Amy Alkon
File under: Manners, WTF
Plot: Guidelines for how to navigate today’s social pitfalls.
Review: It’s rough when a book with a kick-ass title fails to deliver or even hold my attention for longer than a split second.
Amazon Goodreads

 

Book Reviews June 2015 • Little Gold Pixel • Cress

Cress / Marissa Meyer
File under: Y.A., Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, fairytale, sci fi, supernatural, steampunk, futuristic
Plot: The best hope for the fugitives on the run is Cress, who has been trapped in a satellite for seven years.
Review: I don’t want to give too much away in the plot line because this series is so good. Just read it for yourself.
Amazon Goodreads


In a Nutshell

MUST READ: The Lunar Chronicles, all of them (Winter comes out in November.)

Three more to read: Bones & All, Everything I Never Told You, The Time Traveler’s Wife

Three to pass: Definitely don’t waste your time on Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck. Saint Anything and The Heir are just ho-hum, as well.

So there you have it. 56 down! 24 to go!

What have you been reading lately? I’m always on the lookout for a good book … do share recommendations in the comments. Have you read any of these books? Do you agree/disagree with my assessment? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

P.S. A running list of my fave must-read books. Soooo much good stuff here.


Linking up with modernmrsdarcy.com, a great place to find good reads. Check it out.
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Yeah Yeah Yeah Free Art Printable

YES! Thank goodness it’s Freebie Friday! 

Scroll down to download my new freebie. Here’s what I’m sharing today:

Yeah Yeah Yeah Free Art Printable

I was just thinking about that scene in Peggy Sue Got Married in which Nicolas Cage tries to change the lyrics of “She Loves You” from “she loves you / yeah yeah yeah” to “she loves you / oh oh oh.” It doesn’t sound the same. It doesn’t have the oomph.

The details matter, man.

PDF is 8.5×11 inches. Download by clicking button beneath photo. Personal use only. Which means no monkey business with my bananas.

Yeah Yeah Yeah Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

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P.S. Past Freebie Fridays here.
P.P.S. Yes, I’m obsessed with The Beatles.

Frame Game: Colorful Inspiration for an Entrepreneur Mom

Colorful Inspiration for an Entrepreneur Mom • Little Gold Pixel

Frame Game is an occasional series in which I take readers’ gallery wall requests and find art that fits their personalities. Click here to see past Frame Games.

Today’s wall was inspired by Jenna, who is a kick-ass entrepreneur plus a single mom of three ranging in age from 8 months to 15 years.

She suggested a few different areas in her life she’d like to decorate, hoping I’d pick one.

Well, I’m picking all three. Because I’m pretty sure with all her responsibilities she is used to taking care of other people constantly, so I’d like to take this chance to turn the tables and take care of her.

In Jenna’s words:

“A Southern- or Texas-themed wall. Would love this for my dining room. I love color. Except purple. Aqua and orange are my favorites.

“A wall for an entrepreneur. Female. For my office.

“A whimsical wall for my bedroom. I love fairy tales, Alice in Wonderland, color color color. Especially aqua. Hot pink, orange, gold glitter. … No purple.

“Inspirational quotes and affirmations are good right now.”

Let’s go!

 

A Southern-inspired Dining Room

I tried to stay true to what Jenna wanted, I really did. But no purple? Does she even know who I am?

You know how once you try to avoid something suddenly it’s the only thing you see? Yeah, that’s what happened to me and purple. 

There was one thing I found for her that I thought was amazing (and ORANGE!) but it didn’t quite fit in with the Southern dining room as much as I wanted. So bummed! In case you’re interested, it was a vintage Texas poster.

In general, well-designed freebies with a Southern theme were difficult to find. I’m happy I finally hunted down the ones below, especially the one about minding your own “biscuits.” I could just hear my late great Aunt Betty saying something like that. She was a Texan and a charmer.

To download these printables, click on the links below to go to the original download pages.

Colorful Inspiration for an Entrepreneur Mom • Southern-inspired Dining Room Gallery Wall • Little Gold Pixel

Southern State of MindHey Y’allSweet Tea

Double PatternTulips • Biscuits & GravySouthern Sayings

 

A Whimsical Bedroom

I so much wanted to bring more color into this gallery wall, but I couldn’t sacrifice the oh-so-awesome Alice in Wonderland illustrations, from the original book printing and now in open domain for downloading.

One of my favorite ways to get a huge pop of color into a room is to (a) either paint or wallpaper the walls or (b) blow up a nicely-saturated photo. This free stock photo gave me very strong “through the rabbit hole” vibes.

Colorful Inspiration for an Entrepreneur Mom • Whimsical Fairytale Bedroom Gallery Wall • Little Gold Pixel

Alice in Wonderland prints: 123

Orange Rock Photo • Have Courage and be KindDaring Adventure

 

Inspirational Office Space

The biggest challenge I had with Jenna’s rooms was laying off the quote printables. I mean, what you’re seeing here is only a small sampling of the quote printables I downloaded for this project. I might have a problem.

I kept this color palette on the cool, turquoise side to give it that office je ne sais quoi.

Colorful Inspiration for an Entrepreneur Mom • Clean & Bright & Inspirational Gallery Wall for an Office • Little Gold Pixel

Turquoise patternSucculentsYou’ve Got This

AmpersandFloralLike a BossDon’t Put Off Your Happy Life


Quick Tip

Sometimes, no matter how long you search for the perfect free printable (hey, it might still be out there!), there comes a time in every curator’s life when you simply must pay for good, quality art. Please do. I believe in supporting artists!

This is what I’d buy for Jenna. A very colorful and cheeky quote from “Alice in Wonderland,” starting at $18 for an 8×10 via The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy.

Colorful Inspiration for an Entrepreneur Mom • Little Gold Pixel • Alice in Wonderland print via The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy, an Etsy shop

 


Interested in being featured on the Frame Game?

Since I’ve started rounding up free printables (the first time, the second time, the third time, the kids time, the kitchen time), I’ve received a lot of emails seeking help with various dilemmas you have in your homes.

Use this form in the comments below (or email me) to indicate what mood you’re trying to set, and look out for future installments on the blog.

  • Name (first name only is fine):
  • Website (if you have one):
  • Which room in your house do you want to decorate?
  • Tell me a little about the person this room belongs to (likes, dislikes, special requests):
  • Tell me this person’s favorite movies, books, music:
  • Any additional info:

P.S. The frames featured in this post are mockups. Check the individual download pages for details on ideal image size. Want to print something huge but the highest it goes is 8×10? Consider a larger frame with a mat. (Example here.)

Weekly Pixels #30

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

This is an update in my Weekly Pixels series, a weekly photo project for managing my family’s digital files in lieu of printed photos. At the end of the year I will create a yearbook out of my images. Here’s what the first week in August looked like for us.

Champagne + sushi + Emmys for lunch, I don’t mind if I do.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

“Look, see?”

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

The prettiest sunset colors from the freeway.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

I’m catching glimpses here and there of the fashionista she will one day be.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Three flowers for a family of three.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

It was H’s birthday. He chose Thai food for lunch.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Whimsical.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Just a little something I’m working on for the shop. It’ll be there soon.

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

Piggyback rides. One is never enough. It’s always “again!”

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

 

Love the entrance to the science center.

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

Pink + gold.

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

Standing in lines bores us.

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

Seeing a space shuttle close up is strange. It somehow seems even less believable that it went to space (many times!) when you can see all the human-made paneling. Precarious.

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

This NASA jacket was made in China.

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

The mirror image.

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

Picture window.

Weekly Pixels #30 • littlegoldpixel.com

P.S. Past photo projects: 2012, 2013, 2014

P.P.S. Follow me on Instagram for more photos.

Freebie Fridays: I Can’t Even Free Printable

Welcome to the first installment of Freebie Fridays! Yet another reason to say TGIF. Yes, I went there. I’m going to make that tagline happen.

This feature is a long time in the making. Audrey and I started emailing about it last year. We wanted a linkup that put the spotlight on the free artwork so many bloggers and artists are generously sharing on the Internet. So many of us are creatives who are cultivating our own businesses and/or careers, and these freebies are our extracurricular release, something we put out there just to make other people smile.

For those of you who have been wanting to try your hand at creating a printable or a wallpaper or a poster of your own, hopefully you will find that this is the perfect time to do so, and I’d be thrilled if you shared it with us here.

Scroll down to download my new freebie, and scroll even further down to join in on the link party below. Here’s what I’m sharing today:

I Can’t Even Free Printable

PDF is 8.5×11 inches. Download by clicking button beneath photo. Personal use only. Which means no monkey business with my bananas.

Quick note: I have a lot of freebies on this blog, but this one takes the cake. I’m not joking when I say this is my favorite ever. I might even tape it in my cubicle at work, I love it that much.

I Can't Even Free Printable • Little Gold Pixel

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P.S. Find all Freebie Friday posts here.