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Friday Faves #17: lovely design freebies + inspiration

Friday Faves #17: Your Weekly Dose of Blog Design Inspiration + Freebies from http://www.DesignYourOwnBlog.com

Your Weekly Dose of Blog Design Inspiration + Freebies!

Hi lovelies, can you believe Christmas is less than A WEEK away??

I’ve got a lot of really great stuff to share with you this week including some great last minute gift ideas!

Grab that cup of peppermint mocha (my favorite!) and read on…

In case you were wondering, Friday Faves is a collection of lovely freebie and cheapie design stuff I’ve found throughout the week. It’s just a sampling of what I share on my Facebook page so be sure to like me there for even more cool stuff!

Btw, some links in this post may be referral links which means I earn a small commission (at NO cost to you) if you purchase using that link. Thank you for your support.

DYOB Update

So this has been an interesting week, a few things hit way TOO CLOSE to home. Last Friday a sweet girl almost ready to embark upon her adult life was shot in the head at Arapahoe High School by a fellow student. Arapahoe is about a mile away from my office and I’ve driven by it many many times. Almost a year to the day since the Sandy Hook tragedy, this tore at our hearts!

Please pray for Claire Davis.

I don’t think this kind of thing ever happened when I was in school and it breaks my heart that this is something students have to live with in this day and age. Please talk to your children, be honest with them as much as possible and make sure they know they can always come talk to you about anything. Make them feel safe and unjudged.

Ending this epidemic starts at home.

Then Saturday a tornado destroyed a couple of houses THREE blocks from my parents house in Palm Coast, Florida. They NEVER get tornadoes there so what the heck? We are blessed that nothing happened to them, but it’s still too close to home and I feel for the people who lost their homes. Thankfully no one was badly hurt!

Recent Posts

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Not sure if you even noticed but I skipped another Friday Faves last week. I was stressing myself out about getting the tutorial up that I just decided “no.” It’s OK to not post it EVERY SINGLE WEEK, right?

I couldn’t skip two weeks in a row though, but I was running late so this might be getting to your inbox a little late (if you’re subscribed to the RSS feed). The good thing is, this post will make up for it because it’s got A LOT of stuff crammed inside, so get ready!

Favorite Friday Font

Unique is a free display font. A bit flashy and retro yet contemporary.

Unique is a free display font from designer Anna Pocius

This beautiful “Unique” display font is available free from designer Anna Pocius on Behance. Described as a little bit flashy, retro, but still contemporary”, Unique is perfect for logos and post headings.

Free Downloads

Just in time for the holidays!

Free Christmas icons:

Free Christmas icons download

Free Christmas icons download from Luboš Volkov

And adorable glitter social media icons in both silver and gold!
Free Silver icons from Xomisse and Gold icons from Pixel Frau:

Free silver glitter social media icons download from Xomisse

Free silver glitter social media icons download from Xomisse

Free silver glitter social media icons download from Pixel Frau

Free silver glitter social media icons download from Pixel Frau

Free Blogging Resources

Free Planning Resources for 2014
Kim Doyal, The WordPress Chick has come up with a list of great planning resources for 2014 for free. If you want to get serious about your blog next year, check out what she’s found. Her list is awesome…you’ll see why 😉

Last Minute Gift Guide
Starting to panic because you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? How about getting some printable gifts? Linsday at Shrimp Salad Circus has come up with a clever list of creative gifts you can instantly download and print yourself and give to loved ones.

Planning on selling anything over the next year?
Monica at Smart Creative Women suggests you start paying attention to YOUR own shopping habits NOW! Then dissect what prompts you to make purchases and apply what you’ve learned to your own business.

Lovely Blog Themes I Found

Free minimal, responsive WordPress portfolio theme

Free minimal, responsive WordPress portfolio theme

If you’ve been thinking about switching to the ever popular flat design style for your blog, here’s the perfect opportunity. Tink Tank at Creative Market has a FREE minimal and flat WordPress portfolio theme you can download this week (ends Sunday so hurry)!

Or maybe you’re in the market for a new responsive WordPress theme?

Tesla Themes bundle – 15 themes for $21

Tesla Themes bundle – 15 themes for $21

Here’s a great deal from InkyDeals: Get 15 responsive themes for only $21! The deal ends Sunday night so get on it. The good thing is, you can buy all 15 now and choose which ones you want later! Then if you get bored in a few months, choose a new one.

Friday Funny

If you’re into style guides and brand books, this Santa Brand Book is pretty funny and cute. Be sure to click through the book, this is just the first page:

Santa Brand Book by Quietroom

Santa Brand Book by Quietroom

Happy Holidays!!

I may or may post between now and Christmas so in case I don’t, I want to wish you all wonderful holidays!

For more Friday Faves posts, click here.
If you like tips like these, you’ll want to follow my Facebook page and Pinterest boards where I share a lot more of this cool stuff every single day!

After you click “Like” on Facebook, hover over it then click “Get Notifications,” so you’ll always be notified whenever I post something new. It might be worth your while as I post a lot of free, time-sensitive downloads!

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