Nov 20, 2018

Support Small Business: 20+ Makers You Should Check Out

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I know turkey day is two days away, but I wanted to share some awesome small shops that I think you'll like too! Many of them will probably have some great discounts this weekend since it's BlackFriday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday (lol), so I wanted to share now, so you can keep a lookout!

This is just a small list of the amazing makers out there! So grab some coffee (or hot cocoa) and start browsing! And maybe send some support their way! ;)

Nov 17, 2018

12 Recipes You Might Want To Add To Your Thanksgiving Menu



It’s so hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here in a few days! I'm not exactly sure what I'm making yet because it's just the 2 of us. Plus Brandon has to work in the afternoon, so we'll be keeping it very low key and simple over here!

Since our "feast" will be very low key and simple, I’ve rounded up a few drool-worthy recipes that I wish I was enjoying. The only thing missing from the roundup is the turkey, because I figured you've already got that under control. And because Thanksgiving isn't JUST about the turkey! The sides and desserts are just as important! ;)


Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

I'm drooling over here! I seriously want to try them all!
Also, just an FYI, I haven't actually tried making any of these. But they sure look delicious, don't they?


What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
And if you have a favorite recipe or food blog, leave a link in the comments!




GET THE RECIPES:
pumpkin cinnamon rolls // apple french toast bake // cranberry brie bites
roasted veggies with maple balsamic // sausage stuffing // cauliflower bacon gratin
shredded brussels sprouts // butternut squash mac and cheese // honey maple carrots
no bake mini cheesecakes // salted caramel pumpkin pie // pecan slab

Nov 15, 2018

It's Not Nice To Steal



Not really a post I wanted to write today (or ever), but after finding my work stolen for the third time, it was time to address it. And I know the saying "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" but it doesn't really feel good when your EXACT design is ripped off.

It’s nothing new to be inspired by another artists work. I’m inspired by amazing designers all the time, but there’s a huge difference between being influenced and completely ripping off someone's work. I’m not even talking about copying or when a design looks eerily similar. Yeah, that's not very cool either, but I think most designers have been there, on both sides. I’m mainly talking about knowingly lifting someone's design and claiming credit as your own. It's even worse when you profit from it. It's just wrong on so many levels!





For me personally, I don’t mind if you create something similar (not exact) to mine and use it for your own personal use. Of course, I’d love for you to purchase my products, because my little shop helps support my family. If you’re creative and crafty and I can inspire you, that’s great! Giving me proper credit or a link to my site is always appreciated too. But when someone crosses the line, and sells it commercially, I am not cool with that! I will report you (on Etsy, Zazzle, etc.) and take legal action, if necessary. As kids we're taught that stealing is wrong. It's not any different when your an adult or artist... you just don't do it! It’s wrong to claim and sell work that you didn’t spend time working on.

I have found my work stolen on 3 different occasions (that I know of) and it really sucks. In these instances they weren't even a copycat issue, they were blatant theft of my exact designs. The thief's literally used my free printable tag files (twice) and then I also found a few of my floral patterns (from Society6) being sold on larger site. I design things with heart and passion and so much time and effort goes into my work! Especially when I offer something for FREE, don't go around trying to sell and profit for your gain! It's just wrong and  when karma comes around, I hope it's not nice to you!


Please, don’t be "that" person.
You can be inspired, but please don't steal.



photo by dillon shook on unsplash

Nov 11, 2018

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags - Past Collections from Creative Index

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Union Shore Blog

If you read or followed my previous blog, Creative Index, you might already be familiar with these tags. If not, at one time, I was a much better (and more consistent) blogger and I always looked forward to designing these Holiday tags! It was always one of my favorite freebies to do and I seriously had so much fun designing them. It was even better to see people tag me in their posts/pictures... it made my heart so happy!

Even though my old blog is still up, I updated the files with my new blog name/logo. I also wanted them all in one place, hopefully making it easier to find and download, so I'm linking all of my previous collections below... each collection was designed to compliment the previous years, so feel free to mix and match! The options are endless!

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Union Shore Blog

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Union Shore Blog

And stay tuned.... I'm working on a brand new set for 2018! I wasn't blogging last year and this year has been kind of slow, but I'm excited to release a new set around Thanksgiving! But for now, have a look at my previous designs and hope they help to make your gifts a little more festive!

If you do use them, snap and share a picture on Instagram!
Tag me (@unionshore) and use #unionshoreholiday so I can see your pretty wrapping!!



** Each set has 2 pages of designs. Colors appear slightly different on screen and print results may vary depending on your printer and the paper you use. (ex. the red is brighter/bolder on my screen then actually printed) **


SEARCH BY COLOR
Each year/tag collection may not be available in every color.



LUMP OF COAL (black) // NAUGHTY & NICE (black & gold)
CANDY CANE (red) // SUGARPLUM (whimsical colors)

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Printables can NOT be used for commercial use, edited or redistributed. You can't claim as your own or sell for a profit either. You CAN share this printable on your blog or social media, but please give credit and link directly to this post and NOT the downloadable file. Print results may vary depending on your printer and type of paper being used. If you have any issues/questions, please contact me. Thanks! :)





Want to get on Santa's "NICE" list? I'd love for you to share this post on your blog
or if Pinterest is your thing, go ahead and pin one of these images.
Your support is very much appreciated! ;)

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Union Shore Blog

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Union Shore Blog

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Union Shore Blog

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