25 July 2014

Love + Summer Fun

It's Friday - are you ready for the weekend??  I am!! We've had workers re-finishing our house/painting all week and I am so looking forward to waking up to the absence of hammers shaking my bedroom walls, no temporary coverings over windows and full access to my backyard and the pool that has been cruelly calling my name all week.  I know, #FirstWorldProblems, right? 

Before I get into today's post (which includes TWO freebies) I wanted to share with you all this print I made for a friend who moved abroad to Cambridge.  My sister had it framed and matted and then everyone signed their names and well wishes around it.  Loving the way it turned out I've decided to start doing prints in the shop.  I'll have more info on that soon!


I've definitely been dragging my heels a bit with an increasingly heavy heart with all that is happening in Israel/Gaza and the horrific act of terrorism committed in the skies of rebel-held eastern Ukraine.  It's awful and I'm sure it does not help as I find myself crying nightly watching Anderson Cooper - but it's reality, it happened, it's necessary for us to know, they deserve to be remembered and we deserve the opportunity for change.  It's also important for us to not stop at grief, not stall over the devastation.  

With every fiber of my being do I want to personally protect the dignity of the victims and punch a rebel or two who try to take what's left or tamper with the truth, throw myself upon a weapon aimed at children, families, friends and foes, make use of my degrees and counsel those affected, listen to those who need to talk.  It's just never that easy, which is probably what makes it all so difficult.  

Don't let yourself be stopped by the road blocks, held back by limitations, cornered by helplessness, because there is something we can do and it's not always easy but it is possible.  These are the occasions when it is crucial for us to look to love, smell flowers, wear silly socks, add a splash of color here or there, laugh out loud and hold on a little tighter in our hugs.  Love is our greatest asset, our biggest strength, and our most important plan for change.  Do your part to add a little love and light to this often dark and jaded world we live in.  That's my mission, how about yours?




I have a little "I Love You" freebie which you can download below.




While you're spreading a little love don't forget to have a little fun!

















Here's a bright new freebie from today's Newsletter as well!



Make it a great weekend and stay safe. :-)

-Harper-




20 July 2014

Monkey'ing Around

It's the final hours of my "Monkey Business" sale...have you taken advantage yet?  Per request I've decided to extended the fun through midnight Monday so you have an extra 24 hours to take advantage.  Get funky and grab a monkey kit or two!  (LoL)









It's freebie time!  Pick up the "Monkey Business" mini kit and alphas below.







From my favorite little monkey to yours, have an amazing week!



-Harper-

19 July 2014

She's a Peach

It has been absolutely gorgeous here for the past few days so I decided to take advantage and tag along for this year's visit to the Porter Peach Festival.  As a fan of sleeping on Saturday mornings and having a phobia of being too far away from a Whole Foods or a Starbucks at any given time, this was the first year I took part in this little quirky treat that my mom, sisters and friends have enjoyed the past 6-7 (?) years.  It's amazing how your life changes and what becomes important when you have a niece to share it with.

Miss Q, future Real HouseBaby of Atlanta & Miss Peach
 We came, we saw, we conquered tiny Porter, Oklahoma and have jars of Peach BBQ sauce for all.   Even though I'm a "city girl" (ha) it would be impossible to not appreciate and enjoy the Rockwellian Main Street Parade, Apple Butter, Shriner's Club & Veterans, etc. that made up this summer morning.  I definitely found inspiration for my next collection, so stay tuned for that in the coming days.  

Miss Q making memories with her Mom and God-Mother

What are you up to this weekend?  Anyone have any.... monkey business planned? ;-)






Don't forget to download this "Monkey Business" mini kit freebie.




-Harper-


17 July 2014

New Release: Monkey Business

Alert: Monkeys have taken over HF Designs and are running wild with mayhem, crazy antics and one awesome sale - not to mention three fabulous kits all about Monkey Business.  I suspect that my niece Quinn may just be the Monkey behind all of this.






Thank you to everyone who let me know about the missing letters from this alpha freebie.  I've included the corrected download link AND a coordinating lower case alpha, both of which are here:





-Harper-



13 July 2014

Viva Deutchsland!

VIVA DEUTCHSLAND!!  ES LEBE DEUTSCHLAND!  DEUTSCHLAND GEWINNT!



Oh what a month, what a glorious month it has been!  This time tomorrow my serious World Cup withdraws will be in full force and I'll be surviving on MLS scraps until league play resumes in Europe/England.  Before it comes to that, here's a look back of some of the best moments from this fantastic tournament in GIFs....because football + GIFs = Happy Harper.










For all of my fellow 3 Lions fanatics here's a little palette cleanser and reminder of better days.


Shockingly I've managed to put a few kits, goodies and special offers together in the midst of this crazy football marathon.  You can save 50% in the shop with the codes GERMANY, ARGENTINA, BRAZIL OR HOLLAND.  A true fan should never be forced to go against their team so you choose which team you want to save with ;-)  






I had a little fun coming up with some World Cup freebies throughout the tournament.  If you missed any of them you can download each of them below.





-Harper-