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12 Free Halloween Printables

12 Free Halloween Printables • Little Gold Pixel

Who knew the entire week before Halloween would be a total mess? There were so many parties, carnivals, errands and other festivities to take up every single spare moment that I haven’t had a chance to post this week until now, Halloween Eve. (Is this a thing?)

So, apologies, Freebie Friday. We’ll return next week. Until then, let’s get our last-minute Halloween decoration on. Because if you’re like me, our Halloween decoration box is half unpacked and half buried in the kid’s toy box, and don’t get me started on the things that are mysteriously missing this year. Like, where’s my skeleton candy bowl that’s freakishly neon green? You know, the essentials.

Speaking of which. Here are 12 free Halloween printables to print out RIGHT NOW and spook up your home just in time for Halloween.

12 Free Halloween Printables

12 Free Halloween Printables • Little Gold Pixel

 

12 Free Halloween Printables • Little Gold Pixel

 

12 Free Halloween Printables • Little Gold Pixel

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12 Free Halloween Printables • Little Gold Pixel

 

But Wait, There’s More

Here are links to more freebies that I didn’t have time to mockup for this post, but they’re all really, really good:

 

P.S. Get more tips & tricks & freebies on my Halloween page! Lots of fun ideas!

Whatever’s Clever Free Art Printable / Freebie Fridays

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Minimal Typography Free Art Printable

Minimal Typography Free Art Printable • Whatever's Clever • Little Gold Pixel

Today I’m sharing a minimal typography free art printable. I’ve been working on my brand identity, and let me tell you — it’s tough to work on design for yourself.

I’ve finally decided on a color story. It’s similar to the one I detailed in my mood board, with the major change being that I’m kicking that dusty rose color to the curb. Adios!

You’ll see that bright teal and strong red have been promoted. And, of course, gold will always be a part of this blog. It is in the name, after all.

Anyway, to get to the point: This printable is the very heart of my brand aesthetic. It’s simple, it’s bold, it’s slightly off-kilter, it’s a pop of bright color, it’s my happy place. I love to experiment with different styles (and oftentimes you’ll see them pop up here), but this is who I am as a designer right now.

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Minimal Typography Free Art Printable • Whatever's Clever • Little Gold Pixel

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Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel

I’m looking forward to this weekend, when we will sniff out one of the very inadequate L.A. pumpkin patches and bring home a haul of gourds. H is eager to carve and teach Alexa how to carve.

Me? I’m happy to never carve again. The past few years I’ve painted my pumpkins. I like the ease and simplicity. Most of all, I like that there’s no mess.

This year I’m thinking minimal. Black & white. Classic.

This is a roundup of my favorite pumpkin DIYs on the Web. I’m super drawn to the painted polka dots and stripes, but I could be tempted to Sharpie a design. What’s your favorite?

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel • photo via Homey Oh My

I love the simplicity of these mudcloth patterns. I doodle like this all the time, anyway! Via Homey Oh My

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel • photo via Kara's Party Ideas

Plastic spiders on a pumpkin? Oddly effective. I’m scared. Via Kara’s Party Ideas

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel • photo via Lil Blue Boo

This looks more intricate, but I think it’s manageable if you take it shape by shape. Via Lil Blue Boo

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel • photo via Lovely Indeed

When all else fails, go super simple with a marker and some black paint. Via Lovely Indeed

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel • photo via Martha Stewart

A few tools (masking tape, foam brush) and you’ve got a professional, polished pumpkin. Via Martha Stewart

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel • photo via My Domaine

Black pumpkins are so elegant by themselves, especially in matte or chalkboard paint. Via My Domaine

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel • photo via Oleander and Palm

Rendering one single trendy item can make for a really punchy pumpkin. Via Oleander and Palm

Black & White Pumpkins: Easy, Minimal, No-Carve Ideas • Little Gold Pixel • photo via Sincerely Sara D

Geometric patterns are my favorite. Via Sincerely Sara D.

 

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Hand-drawn designs bring out the art student inside me. I love the perfect imperfections. Via The Happy Housie


P.S. Check out my Halloween page, chock-full of ideas and inspiration and freebies!

Arrow Pattern Free Art Printables / Freebie Fridays

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Arrow Pattern Free Art Printables

Arrow Pattern Free Art Printables • Little Gold Pixel

Today I’m sharing a pair of arrow pattern printables. They’re fun on their own, or as a filler eyepiece for your gallery walls.

Files are 8.5″x11″ PDFs. For personal use only! Play nice!

Purple/Blue Arrows

Arrow Pattern Free Art Printables • Little Gold Pixel

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Green Arrows

Arrow Pattern Free Art Printables • Little Gold Pixel

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Speaking of arrows, tell me I’m not the only one who was obsessed with the Disney Robin Hood cartoon (1973) as a child. I’ve tried to sneak “Oo De Lally” onto my daughter’s playlist and she always crinkles up her nose when it comes on. How dare she! Doesn’t she know that this song is my jam?!


P.S. Past Freebie Fridays here.

What I’ve Been Reading

Book Reviews October 2015 • Little Gold Pixel

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

I suppose I was a little late to the Uglies party. Never fear; I read the entire series in a week. It isn’t the best Y.A. dystopian series I’ve ever read, but hey, it’s better than most.

In general I read a lot more this month, one after the other. All of it was passable. Nothing prolific. Hey, it happens.

I’m now NINE books ahead of schedule! Which means I only have nine books to go before I hit my goal of 80 books for the year.

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


Book Reviews October 2015: 71/80

uglies
Uglies / Scott Westerfeld
File under: Y.A., dystopian, high school politics, ignorance
Plot: Tally is counting the days until she turns Pretty. But when a friend runs away to stay Ugly, her whole worldview is challenged.
Review: This book is everything good Y.A. dystopia can be.
Amazon Goodreads

 

pretties

Pretties / Scott Westerfeld
File under: Y.A., dystopian, high school politics, ignorance
Plot: Tally infiltrates the Pretties, but it’s more difficult to get out than she thought.
Review: Good grief does this book suffer from what I call “second book malaise.” Too much eye-rolling, too few a-ha moments. The introduction of a love triangle is such a bore. The stilted Bubbly-speak is a little grating on audiobook. Still, the story movies forward and I’m compelled to finish the trilogy.
Amazon Goodreads

 

specials

Specials / Scott Westerfeld
File under: Y.A., dystopian, high school politics, ignorance
Plot: Now that Tally has been turned into a Special, she has no desire to join the resistance she fought so hard for.
Review: This series as a whole was interesting, especially if read from a high school politics filter, a dystopian metaphor for the rigors of the teen years and how excruciating it can be to develop different ideas than your friends. How lonely it can be to feel like you do not fit in. You following me? But this book, taken by itself, had a most unsatisfying ending.
Amazon Goodreads

 

theoneileftbehind

The One I Left Behind/ Jennifer McMahon
File under: Murder mystery, literature, you can never go home, psychological thriller, suspense
Plot: Woman returns to her hometown when her mother is found alive decades after being abducted by a serial killer.
Review: It’s difficult to put into words how much I love Jennifer McMahon. Her characters are always so well-formed, so believable. I feel like she writes just for me.
Amazon Goodreads

 

allthebrightplaces

All the Bright Places / Jennifer Niven
File under: Pretentious Y.A., suicide, troubled youth, star-crossed lovers, Mad Love
Plot: Suicidal teens meet atop a bell tower, save each other temporarily, and embark on an adventure together.
Review: This one has me terribly conflicted. On one hand, it’s a book that deals with mental illness in a real way. On the other, it walks the line of romanticizing said mental illness. On one hand, I’m sad for these kids. On the other, I’m yelling, “COME ON!” when they channel John Green characters and quote literature to each other. In other words, it’s not as great as everyone thinks it is — but it’s not terrible, either. Conflicted yet?
Amazon Goodreads

 

thegoodgirl

The Good Girl / Mary Kubica
File under: Suspense, kidnapping, mystery, literature
Plot: Well-to-do twentysomething goes missing, but nothing is as it seems.
Review: This was masterfully done suspense. A page turner. The multiple narrator setup didn’t even annoy me like it usually does.
Amazon Goodreads

 

findingaudrey

Finding Audrey / Sophie Kinsella
File under: Y.A., mental illness, humor, coming of age
Plot: A 14-year-old learns how to deal with her social anxiety disorder.
Review: Sophie Kinsella’s signature humor was a welcome change of pace from the heavy books I had been reading, and I enjoyed it. I didn’t mean to read two books about mentally disturbed teens so close together, but of the two I preferred this one even though it has somewhat less “substance.”
Amazon Goodreads

 

moviestar

Movie Star / Hilary Liftin
File under: Chick lit, Hollywood true story, fluff
Plot: The rise and fall of TomKat —er, I mean, Rob and Lizzie.
Review: This story was ripped straight from the gossip pages. I read it in one day. Read into that what you will. It probably means I’m a vapid person, but oh well. It was fluff; fun, fluffy fluff.
Amazon Goodreads

 

peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat

People I Want to Punch in the Throat / Jen Mann
File under: Humor, Kansas, blogger, mommy wars
Plot: Woman navigates the suburbs of Kansas, makes a lot of observations.
Review: I snorted quite a few times. I know the people she talks about. I get her sense of humor. We could be besties if I still lived in Kansas.
Amazon Goodreads


In a Nutshell

Three to read: The One I Left Behind, The Good Girl, Movie Star (because yay, fluff!)

Caution? All the Bright Places & Finding Audrey — although I read both all the way through and enjoyed them for the most part, beware that they both paint an incomplete picture of mental illness.

So there you have it. 71 down! 9 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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Weekly Pixels #38, #39 & #40

Weekly Photo Project • Weekly Pixels • Little Gold Pixel

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 end of September and beginning of October looked like for us.

I honestly do not know what happened to the past three weeks. They just passed by in a big blur. Looking at my phone, I didn’t take that many pics. I haven’t even touched my DSLR in the past few months. That usually means I’m in a funk. Here’s hoping I’ll shake it off and finish this project with strength. Right now it feels like I’m dragging myself around the Weekly Pixels race with two bloody stumps for legs.

What we’ve been up to, according to my meager camera roll:

Spending as much time at the beach as possible to make good use out of this ridiculously warm Indian summer.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Binge-watching old episodes of “Medium” while I work on items for the shop. (I’m on season 5 now.)

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

The three of us in one photo … sort of.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

It was a beautiful boogie-boarding afternoon.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Surfer girl in training.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

These three rocks washed ashore in the surf. When wet they’re nearly translucent.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

This key doesn’t work at all. Way to go, self-service key machine.

Weekly Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Work desk as guarded by rubber snake.

Weekly Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Waiting for the start of a photoshoot for a story I’ll be designing in a few weeks.

Weekly Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Waiting.

Weekly Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Waiting some more.

Weekly Pixels #38, #39, #40 • Little Gold Pixel

Just your average workday.

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

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5 Free Halloween Quote Printables

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5 Free Halloween Quote Printables

5 Free Halloween Quote Printables • Little Gold Pixel

Do you recognize the quotes in these printables? They are from some of my all-time favorite Halloween-time movies. Honestly, most of these movies aren’t scary scary, just seasonal and spooky. Check out my 13 scary movies to watch on Halloween to really get creeped out.

A quick cheat sheet for the quotes:

  1. I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts — Ghostbusters
  2. I Wish the Goblins Would Come and Take You Away! Right Now! — Labyrinth
  3. Have You Seen My Tambourine? — The Worst Witch
  4. Do You Like Scary Movies? — Scream
  5. They’re All Going to Laugh at You — Carrie

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14 Free Halloween Fonts You Can Use Year-Round

14 Free Halloween Fonts You Can Use Year-Round • Little Gold Pixel

There are tons of cheesy Halloween/scary/distressed fonts out there. You won’t find any of those in this post.

I’ve been working on Halloween printables to share with you, and I had to do a lot of digging through my font library to find what I was looking for: typefaces that are classy yet potentially semi-creepy.

Here are the 14 fonts that passed my rigorous testing for quality and timelessness. Any of these could be used year-round in the right project.

 

14 Free Halloween Fonts You Can Use Year-Round

These are all perfect for use in your Halloween party invitations, posters, decorations and scrapbooking.

Just be careful when using free fonts for anything other than a personal project. Often you will need to buy a license. When in doubt, track down the original font creator online and check with them.

(Scroll to the bottom for links to the individual fonts.)

14 Free Halloween Fonts You Can Use Year-Round • Little Gold Pixel

Againts / Badhead / Barrio Regular / Bear & Loupe / Hoverage / IM Fell / Landlieb / Lorena Bold / Retrosans Regular / Runaway Regular / Swistblnk MonthoersThin Grotesk Serif / Silverleaf / Black Rose


P.S. My favorite fonts ever & favorite handwritten fontsan all-around and ever-updated design resource guide!

P.P.S. My font board on Pinterest.

Frame Game: Grand Art Deco Charm for a Gatsby Fan

Frame Game: Grand Art Deco Charm for a Gatsby Fan • Frame Game is an occasional series in which I take readers' gallery wall requests and find art that fits their personalities • Little Gold Pixel • littlegoldpixel.com

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 Tami, who is looking for ideas for her bedroom.

In her own words:

“I love navy blues, peaches, tiffany blue and hints of gold. I love typography! So anything written in a cool font I will love! My favourite book is The Great Gatsby. I love the 1920’s era and how everything felt grand and expensive. I would love for that to come out in the decor of the room. My favourite movie is Pretty Women. I love old classics. This movie incorporates everything I love: fashion and good style.”

Let’s go!

Grand Art Deco Charm for a Gatsby Fan

I may have gone a little overboard (TWO gallery wall options!) looking around for this one because I, too, have a thing for the opulence of the 1920s and the writers of the Lost Generation.

As a matter of fact, I included an Ernest Hemingway quote I created because it felt perfect and it had a peach hue that spoke to me. I also searched high and low for fabulous art deco patterns, finally finding a few in the New York Public Library digital collections. These should print out OK at small sizes, but there’s an option to buy a larger, high-res print from the library on the download page.

For the first wall, I went with a large golden Gatsby-style monogram — “T” for Tami. It’s not something I would recommend for a living room wall, but for a bedroom I think it’s intimate and luxurious.

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

Frame Game: Grand Art Deco Charm for a Gatsby Fan • Frame Game is an occasional series in which I take readers' gallery wall requests and find art that fits their personalities • Little Gold Pixel • littlegoldpixel.com

Gold monogram (also, check out this free Gatsby monogram creator for an alternate idea) • GatherI Like Large Parties Gatsby QuoteIsn’t It Pretty to Think So? Hemingway QuoteFind Yourself and Be ThatParty Like GatsbyInsect Art Deco PatternBotanical PrintGood NightRed/Orange Art Deco PatternsTiffany Blue Mason Jar Pattern

 

I couldn’t find any free Pretty Woman-inspired art that I liked, so I made one for Tami myself. A simple “I want the fairy tale” quote goes a long way. In this gallery wall, I brought in pops of tiffany blue and some 1920s-esque elements, including the insect art deco patterns, butterfly illustrations and flapper-era girl.

I wanted to explain how/why I picked the photo, but in reality the photo picked me. It grabbed my attention by having the right tones and the right balance of architecture vs. femininity.

Frame Game: Grand Art Deco Charm for a Gatsby Fan • Frame Game is an occasional series in which I take readers' gallery wall requests and find art that fits their personalities • Little Gold Pixel • littlegoldpixel.com

Colorful Butterflies1920s womanGrasshopper Art Deco PatternI Want the Fairy Tale Pretty Woman QuoteGirl + Skyline PhotoEinstein Quote • PeacockDazzle ThemTiffany Blue Pattern • Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle • Blush Butterflies

 


If You Wanna Splurge

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 Tami. A large, 16×20 Gatsby poster using the type as a graphic overlay. Totally worth the $30+ from TradeMarkDesign.

Frame Game: Grand Art Deco Charm for a Gatsby Fan • Art by TradeMark Design on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/244023126/the-great-gatsby-classic-novel-graphic

And some runners-up: A Little Party Never Killed Nobody, Art Deco Print, Pretty Woman


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.)

Pretty Woman Free Art Printable

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I Want the Fairytale Pretty Woman Free Art Printable

Pretty Woman Free Art Printable • I Want the Fairytale  • Little Gold Pixel

I have been working longer than usual on a new installment of the Frame Game. It’s one piece that’s causing me trouble, one I can’t seem to find anywhere. And I’m not one who gives up easily.

So I made it myself.

You might recognize this quote as uttered by the incomparable Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.” I for one miss the Julia Roberts rom-com. The last (sorta decent) one “America’s Sweethearts,” which was nearly 15 years ago. Unacceptable!

What’s your favorite Julia rom-com? I still have a soft spot for “Mystic Pizza.”

Edited: Oh, and check out the Frame Game featuring this printable — it’s a good one!

Pretty Woman Free Art Printable • I Want the Fairytale  • Little Gold Pixel

Pretty Woman Free Art Printable • I Want the Fairytale  • Little Gold Pixel

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