{Fun Friday!} Free Printable Christmas Chalkboards from Nest of Posies

Anyone who have seen my chalk inspiran from last week shouldn’t be surprised that I share this as a Fun Friday post. I came across these cool Printable Christmas Chalkboards totally accidentally while catching up on my favorite blogs. When I found these boards created by Nest of Posies I just had to share it. Enjoy!

For downloads go to: 5 Free Printable Christmas Chalkboards by Nest of Posies

If you feel inspired and want to create your own chalkboard art you can find out where to get the chalkboard background and where to get some of the fonts used in these chalkboards in this post. When I settle in Poland in a few days i’m going to play around with it and create some cool boards.

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{Color Palette Love} Through view

Here is my newest color palette. I found this amazing picture on flickr. It was taken by Phillippe (fxdx). I love the combination of blues and pinks. What do you think about it?

Ania Archer Blog, Color Palette by fxdx

Photo Credits: Phillippe, fxdx

{Random Facts From My Life} Packing

On Monday we (me and my husband) are leaving to Europe for 5,5 month. I’m so excited and just can’t wait to jump on the plane and take the 20 hours or so flight to Prague, Czech Republic, where we start our adventure.

I started packing in my head about a week ago. I  always pack few days before leaving because I usually forget stuff if I pack up last minute. Realizing that I’m missing something when I reach my destination or on the way there always makes me feel frustrated. I packed hundreds time in my life but this time it was really hard for me to decide what I will really need and what is not necessity while we are traveling.

To make our trip easier we have decided we are packing only in carry-ons. Well easier said than done. Winter time in Poland (where we are going to spend most of our time in Europe,) is not so fun. As Wikipedia states: “Winters are rather cold, with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and −6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.” These are average temperatures which don’t really show how cold it gets on the coldest days. I’m really lucky that I left behind most of my winter clothes back at my mom’s home. Since I knew it doesn’t get that cold in California I felt pretty good about leaving it in there just in case, even though I swore I will never go back to Poland during winter. Never say never!

Here is what I’m packing into.

Ania Archer Blog, Packing

My favorite Levi’s, leather carry-on suitcase and my camera Lowepro backpack.

One sure thing is that before we get to my mom’s we will be in Prague for almost 5 days. It means that I won’t get my winter clothes until we get to Ciechanów, my hometown. Definitely, I have to take warm clothes with me for those few days, which will take away space I could use for my favorite clothes. At this point I don’t remember what exactly I have back at home. I brought back with me my every day clothes since I could wear them in here. I also donated some of my clothes when I was at home last year because I thought I will never need them anymore. I’m only sure that I left warm winter jacket and winter boots which is all I would need if I would go straight to my mom’s. But in this case I need both some warm clothes that will keep me warm for the first 5 days but also I need to bring some clothes for any possible situation.

I had to make some serious decisions. I know guys probably think I’m overreacting and that I need pair of jeans, few t-shirts, sweater or a jacket, and some workout clothes (if they work out). But it is not so easy for us girls. I need to bring with me a dress just incase some fancy party we might be invited. I already know that probably we will go for one of the New Years Eve parties, which are pretty fancy in Poland. I also need dressy clothes for the events/parties my mom is going to take us – I already marked 2 Christmas Parties on my calendar. I used to work at Club Atelier in Sopot where I love to spend time, as much as I love Atelier I love hanging out at Rock Cafe in Gdańsk. My friends still hang out at those 2 places so I definitely need some appropriate wear to fit in. Of course I will need work out clothes. So like you can see it is not so easy to decide what to take and fit it in a carry-on.

Ania Archer Blog, Packing

Here are most of my electronics. In addition to this I will have my point and shoot small camera, extra memory card, and some more cords that I didn’t include in this picture because those items where in use at that time.

It is time for clothes and other items.
Ania Archer Blog, Packing

Ania Archer Blog, Packing

Well it was definitely to much to fit in my suitcase so to make it happen I replaced my Nike running shoes for my Vibram Five Fingers – that are perfect for working out. I had to also put away in my closet one of warm sweaters, but I have one really warm one that I will have on me while traveling.

Ania Archer Blog, Packing

In summary I’m taking with me: 2 pairs of jeans (one of them I’m going to wear), 2 dresses, joga pants, 3 pair of shoes (ballerina shoes, five fingers, and boots – which I will probably leave behind in Prague – it is definitely time to get ride of these pair), 2 sweaters, 5 undershirts, 5 blouses, 4 belts (1 I’m going to wear), rain coat, black long sweater (I’m going to wear or carry it with me depending on the weather on Monday), and of course enough underwear and socks for first 7 days. I also packed up toiletries and some accessories. I think I did good. I still had enough room to pack up 2 books that I wanted to take with me.

Oh and I forgot that Sheepy is going with us as well. She has her new winter coat with a hoodie on and just waits to get on the plane.Ania Archer Blog, Sheepy

Oh that was a longer post than I expected when I started writing it. If you want to know more about my adventures, whereabouts and if you want to see more of my pictures follow me on facebook.

{Random Facts From My Life} Sisterly Love Award

I was nominated by Poojycat for Sisterly Love Award. I want to thank her for this fun nomination.

Here are the rules:

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.

2. Answer 10 questions.

3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.

4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.

5. Include the award logo within your blog post:

Ania Archer Blog, sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award

Here are my answers for the questions:

1. What is your favorite color? It’s a toughie, I love almost all colors, some more than others. I don’t want to discriminate any of the colors that exist because I love them all. But if you made me to decide my top 3 are: Indigo, Turquoise, Emerald.

2. Your Favorite animal? This one is even harder. I love animals. I can’t imagine my life without them. I’m like Elmyra from Looney Tunes. Everyone who knows me in person will agree.

3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink? I would say it is Mint Lemonade. It is so refreshing, perfect for hot summer days.

4. Facebook or Twitter? I go with Facebook for various reasons, but the most important is because it allows me to stay in touch with my friends and family back at home and all my friends I made while traveling.

5. Your favorite pattern? I don’t think I have one, but if I had to choose it would be paisley because it reminds me my childhood.

6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? That one is easy: Giving, but I also enjoy getting cute personalized tiny souvenirs.

7. Your favorite number? I will say 4, 7, 8, and 13. 4 and 7 because it is my birthday, 8 – I’m not sure but I think it is because that was my number in junior high. 13 because I used to live in an apartment #13 for almost 18 years.

8. Your favorite day of the week? At this moment I don’t have one. Working every day of the week for last few years didn’t allow me to enjoy any special day of the week. It will probably change over next few months.

9. Your favorite flower? I love lots of different flowers, but I’m always sentimental when I see forget-me-nots. They are so cute.

10. What is your passion? My family, without them I wouldn’t be who I am and they always motivate me to reach for my goals. And of course Photography and Colors, Nature, Travel, and other things.

I nominate following bloggers:

{Charmed by…} Chalk

When I came across this picture/poster I couldn’t resist to share it. While inspired by this beautiful chalk board I researched more amazing pictures and became charmed by chalk. Enjoy!

Ania Archer Blog, Dust by LindsayHenry

Source: Dust by Lindsay Henry via The Say Something Poster Project.

Ania Archer Blog, Photo by Christopher RichChalk by Christopher Rich.

Ania Archer Blog, Photo by Periegese

Photo by Periegese.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk1. Palette of Chalk by Marlene Koslowsky, 2. Chalk by frumbert, 3. Chalks by Christina Prendergast, 4. Chalk by Angie Wang, 5. Chalk by Dick Waren.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk BoardSource: Chalk Board via The Mambi Blog.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk 1. Chalk by Mr. Snacks, 2. Chalk by toriortolani, 3. Chalk by
Michael Broughton.

Ania Archer Blog, ChalkSource: jenniferosever via LetterMidst.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk by PrintpresfmtSource: Print Press by Flea Market Trixie (Printpressfmt) at Etsy.com

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk1. Chalk by Thom@s, 2. chalk-O-late by Jackn888, 3. Chalk for Charity by Karolien Platteau, 4. Chalk by Greg Gibb.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk by Longfellowdesigns

Source: Longfellowdesigns at Etsy.com.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk

Photo by Greg Berdan.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk by Abigail Thompson

Chalk by Abigail Thompson Photography.

Ania Archer Blog, ChalkPhotos by Elaine Mesker-Garcia: 1. Sight Seeing, 2. Greaser on Pink Chalk, 3. Laundry Day, 4. Taking a Break Amongst the Chalk, 5. Kiss Among the Rubble.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk by Dear MusketeerCross the Ocean by Dear Musketeer.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk by Himadhu Kottege

Photo by Himadhu Kottege.

Ania Archer Blog, Chalk by Molly JacquesEinstein by Molly Jacques Illustration & Design.

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Dirty Chalks by Giorgio Verdiani

                                                                                                                                 Sidewalk Chalk by Jenni from the block

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Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

What is inspiration?

in·spi·ra·tion/ˌinspəˈrāSHən/

Noun:
  1. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “flashes of inspiration”.
  2. The quality of having been so stimulated, esp. when evident in something: “a moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display”.

What is inspiration for me? It is anything that will spark my creativity, anything that makes my head spin from ideas.  Like I said it can be anything: color, shape, flower, cloud, and the coolest thing about it is that inspiration surrounds us, everywhere we are.

Today’s photo challenge is to show what inspires me to blog. It is so many things that inspire me, but I think I have 2 main things that fire my creative side: photography and traveling. On our latest trip to Sonoma through Paso Robles and San Francisco my husband took picture of me when I was getting ready to capture the incredible ocean view from the Hearst Castle. On the picture you can notice my travel buddy Sheepy I mentioned in the past. To be honest most of the time we come back from our trips with lots of pictures of her and and just few of me and/or my husband.

Ania Archer Blog, Inspiration

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

I love this weeks photo challenge: Green. Colors are what I can not pass without stopping and admiring. More colorful something is bigger impression it makes.

Green is one of those colors that surounds us everywhere, it is omnipresent. There is no way to not notice it. Here are few of my photos, Enjoy!

Ania Archer Photography, Succulent

Ania Archer Photography, Succulent

Ania Archer Photography, Succulent

Ania Archer Photography, Succulent

Ania Archer Photography, Forest