Ghost Pumpkin Party Update and Free Printable

Over the Summer my little boy (5 during Summer, just turned 6) planted and cared for pumpkins, a whole plethora of pumpkins! He had amazing results, and decided to throw his first annual “Pumpkin Picking Party”. Since most of his harvest was white and blush pumpkins, we went with a “ghost pumpkin” theme for the invitations. You can find those invitation here at our Etsy shop. I will also post a photo of the layout for his “evite” below.

We would love to share the artwork with you. It is a hand drawn and painted Ghost Pumpkin set, a trio of 5 by 7s to print and frame or use as notecards. Also included are two 3.5 by 5 notecards (we do not want to waste cardstock). You can get those here:

Ghost Pumpkin Printable Set

We hope you print them out and would love it if you send us photos of them “in use”!


The First Annual pumpkin party was a HUGE hit. I need to remember to take more photos, and next event ( a friendsgiving planned next month) I will! The friends each picked two pumpkins, then I read “What Was I Scared of” by Dr Seuss, a funny book that reminds us that the things we are afraid of might be just as afraid of us as we are of them! The friends each made a mask, we had kittens, bats and sugar-skulls and we took photos in-front of a spooky backdrop. We kept the treats simple ~ Krispy treats with eyeball candies, goldfish crackers, cookies and apple juice. It was a fun gathering, and we are already making plans for next year.

Have you had a Halloween or Fall get-together yet? Are you planning one? What games and books are your favorites for fall?

If you see an invitation PDF in our shop, but need it as an evite, we can make that change for you! This is the text (minus personal information) we sent out for Melvin’s first annual Pumpkin Picking Party!

If you see an invitation PDF in our shop, but need it as an evite, we can make that change for you! This is the text (minus personal information) we sent out for Melvin’s first annual Pumpkin Picking Party!

Thank you for stopping by. If you have any questions about the printables or our “Pumpkin Picking Party” please ask.

More treats coming soon.



P.S. I want to show you this adorable invitation my Sister created for my niece’s birthday! It is a fun way to celebrate an October birthday, and is in the Etsy shop as well.

Emma the Bookish Princess Paper-Doll


It is time for TREATS (no tricks here)!

We want to shower our readers with gifts, and celebrate our favorite creators, artists, vloggers, bloggers, writers…all of them, throughout the rest of the year!

We want to start of our “season of treating” with out favorite Bookish YouTuber by creating this new Bookish Kingdom Halloween Paper-Doll! it features Emma and (hold on to your hats, seriously this set has a lot of hats.) her brother Athos! The Delightful Duo will be modeling some of their cute Halloween Costume from the past few years, with a nod to Disney!

Emma creates such wonderful content in her blogs, ranging from Disney to Travel, with stops in Fashion, Decor, everyday thoughts and philosophy, and of course Books!

She is hosting a read-a-thon this month, the Boo-to-You Disney World (or land, you know I am a California girl) is her Halloween treat to everyone! You can find out more about it here:


I am participating this year, and will post a video about it this coming week! My choices have been called wonderful and interesting!

You can (and really should) follow Emma’s YouTube channel, along with her Instagram. She is warm, kind and funny, and you will love her content.

You should also see all the videos the Paper-dolls are based on

Trolly People

Mary Poppins and Bert

Dark Mary and Bert

Small World (my personal favorite, though I love them all!)

You can get the full paper-doll set here:

Bookish Kingdom Paper-Dolls


What treats do you have planned for Halloween? Are you dressing up this year? We would love it if you would leave a comment, let us know how you are and what kind of treats you would like to see more of on the blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

In Kindness,


Meet Cookie...and other news


Hello There! I am so glad you stopped by the blog today.

Where do we start with the news, well here is something ~ our niece was born last month! She is beautiful and healthy and we love her. “Your niece you say? That is wonderful but who ARE you?”. Okay, that is a good question. Some of you know us as Tricia and Barbara, and you know we are sisters, well technically we are sisters-in-law (sister-in-laws?), we married brothers. I married the eldest brother, so obviously if we were a royal family that would mean he is next in line for the throne, not that this matters…this is kind of a joke thrown in to see if any family is reading, it goes way back, such a long, long way back . Along with our husbands, Mike the eldest and Jared who is 4th in line, there are 3 other brothers and 3 sisters, for a total of 8 siblings on that branch of the tree! I am not going to tell you all of their names, as that is really getting off topic, which is that our niece was born! In case you are wondering I do not have a favorite niece, or nephew however if I did it would probably be



Cookie is Barbara’s chi-pit mix rescue. Cookie is just a baby.

I admit it, that paragraph went all over the place, but it did tell you a little more about us. Which is great, but you want to know more about Cookie…I assume, am I right? If so visit Cookie’s instagram page right here (click! click! hurry up and click!!)

You will find a lovely photo documentary of Cookie’s many adventures.

At the top of this post you will see a cartoon drawing of Cookie. Here at the bottom you will see a free offer. Would you like a cute little digital cartoon drawing of your pet? We are going to give away 5 free drawings, here are the conditions (sorry we were not going to have any conditions, but Cookie insisted). 1-follow Cookie on Instagram 2-Follow Shy Socialites on Instagram 3-Comment here 4 - Let us know if it is okay to use your cartoon pet as a sample in our shop when we add the drawings to our “products” later this year.

To make the Insta-liking easy the names are clickable :) We will choose the 5 winners in 2 weeks.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Talk to you soon.



Bonus Points: Follow Shy Tricia on Instagram. In full disclosure this does not really get you any points, but it would make me smile if you follow me.

Bookish Princess Paper Doll!


I am so excited to share our newest paper-doll! In fact, I have been writing and rewriting this post hoping to get it just right. I have been trying to piece it all together perfectly so I sound completely articulate and not overly enthusiastic…but that is not me, so that was not working.

I MADE A PAPER-DOLL FOR ONE MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS! I was so nervous asking her if it would be okay. I actually did not open her reply for a bit out of fear she would not be interested. Of course she was happy to see herself as a doll, but that is not the best part! Together we fashioned this doll as a gift for you! You can download the PDF file

Here for the Emma Doll with the Stand

Here for the Emma Doll without the stand.

Oh, I need to tell you about Emma! She is the Bookish Princess (click on her name, see her blog) I actually discovered her while looking for fun Disney videos to watch with my little one, Melvin. I cannot even remember now which video of hers I watched first, when I clicked on her channel I noticed she also discussed books, stationery and fashion. I think at that point I actually texted my mom and told her I found a vlogger who likes all the same things I do, this is important (I will say why a little further down). Click here and you will be magically transported to her YouTube channel.

Click here and you can see a video with one of the dresses she and paper-doll Emma share.


I took a few photos of the doll in play (my son wanted her before I was able to get many photos, so she is a hit with 5 year-olds!). If you love the Emma Doll yet are thinking “I don’t really play with paper dolls” here are some other uses- print them on magnet-paper and make refrigerator magnets, cut the tabs off the dresses and uses them as bookmarks (you could also laminate them), print them out on standard paper and write on the back like stationery, frame them or use them as a a notebook cover.

We printed Emma on lightweight cardstock, and she kind of flops over, so a thicker cardstock would be better for actual play. Melvin loves all of her little accessories so much! He was excited to dress her in the dole-whip dress adding her camera, Mickey ice cream sandwich and sunglasses.

Now, why is it important that I told me mom about Emma? The past couple of years have not been easy for our family. We have been through a lot of loss. Some days it feels like we are walking through mud. My mom was becoming concerned because she saw me losing interest in many things. I closed my personal blog, I was not writing anymore at all, I wasn’t drawing or reading as much…so finding Emma’s YouTube channel helped remind me of all the things I think are fun! It is amazing how you can do something and never know whose life you may touch, and how much you are helping them by just being yourself.

I want to say Thank You to Emma for being a fun and cheerful ray of sunshine in the world, my husband thanks you, my mom thanks you, my sister Barbara (who owns this shop with me) thanks you, and my 5-year old son who will now have more paper toys to play with thanks you, too!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit this blog and read this post. Leave a comment and let me know what kind of paper toys or dolls you would like to see next! I am thinking a paper-doll of Emma (and her brother, too perhaps) in their Halloween costumes! Do yourself a favor and look for the costume videos on Emma’s channel!



Lovely Floral Printable Calendar Pages


Spring is in full swing! I am in love with all of the pretty blooming things and the outdoor critters. I feel like I should be singing and dancing while little birdies help me clean! That may be just a dream, but I can keep my Springtime events organized with these pretty May and June printable calendar pages. I know, I know, May is half over, but that doesn’t mean the rest of it cannot be delightfully organized! I created them as two separate PDF files, in case you do not want both.

Get May Here

Get June Here

These coordinate perfectly with our new Weekly Outline and Correspondence set, it includes a weekly outline/overview page, list pages, a note page and four cheerful notecards for you to send to friends, or decorate with (or both, you can print as many as you wish of course). You can purchase your set here ($4):

Lovely set on Etsy.


Thank you so much for visiting our blog, please leave a comment, let us know if you want some more calendar pages, and what colors or themes you would like to see.


Patricia (and Barbara) ~ The Shy Socialites


We are a BUZZ here at Shy Socialites about Monogram Notecards!

We love bees, don’t you? They pollinate our flowers to help our gardens grow, make sweet honey and create the amazing honeycomb pattern we adore.

In celebrations of bees, we have created this hand-painted bee note-card, and it is our gift to you! Each page has four 4.25 by 5.5 inch cards which you can add a monogram too using Adobe Reader. It is a block-style monogram so you can add a word if you prefer, the font will self-adjust to fit. The reverse side is a watercolor golden yellow honeycomb pattern.

Get Your Monogram Bee Note Cards HERE

If you really love bees, and we know you do, why not plant a few bee loving-flowers that are native to your area? What grows well is different in each location, the bees here in California’s central valley LOVE my lavender garden! Marigolds and California Poppies are other beautiful choices. Be sure to find out what grows well in your area before planting!

These little notes would be wonderful for an informal Spring or Summer tea party, where you can serve scones and honey along with honey infused chamomile tea.

We hope you enjoy these note cards, please feel free to share them, you can even download and add a monogram to a set to give as a give (Mother’s Day perhaps?) put them in a pretty little box or tie them with a ribbon!

We so would love to hear from you! Would you please leave a comment on this blog post? Not sure what to talk about? Tell us about your garden, what you love about bees (and other pollinators). What are your plans for these note cards? What theme or idea would you like to see next in our shop or on our blog? Would you like us to share recipes? Craft ideas? Let us know, we love to listen.

If you are planning a bee themed party, take a look at these BEE ITEMS in our Etsy shop.

Ladybugs more your taste, you can find LADYBUG ITEMS here.

Thank you so much, we look forward to hearing from you


Patricia (also, Barbara) the Shy Socialites

Botanical New Year Tags


Happy New Year!

Yes, it is last minute however we wanted to give our lovely readers one more gift this year. We hope you enjoy these pretty botanical new year tags. There are sketches of a peony, cherry blossoms and a water lily. They are 3 inch squares with crop-marks on the front side to make cutting more fun :).

They can be used as gift-tags, sticky notes, letter enclosures, for journaling, as planner elements and pages (try the reverse side as washi-tape!), bookmarks, thank you notes and love letters!

You can get these HERE, thank you

Thank you so much for following our blog this year! We plan to post more content in 2019 and we hope you will join us! You are always welcome here.



PS leave a comment, we love comments and yours will make this the most wonderful post ever!


Complimentary Printable Stationery

Dear Friend,

How have you been? Any new adventures lately? Have you started new projects, learned a new language or traveled to a new country?

Have you written any letters lately? There is something exceptionally heart-warming about holding a letter in your hands, words from a friend, written just for you. The new year is a great time to send a few hand-written letters. Connect with someone, share the excitement going on in your life, and let them know how much they mean to you.

We have created this cute fold-over stationery to share with you, as our gift. The illustrations are exclusive to Shy Socialites, brand new drawing we create of a fun kitten, designed to resemble a Maneki-Neko good-fortune cat, along with cute paw prints and golden fish! The fold over design in create to be printed on 8.5 by 11 inch paper, page 1 is the front & back, and page 2 is the interior, no cutting required. The front features the kitty climbing over the page, the back is, well the back of the kitty.

Here are some tips-

-When printing, if you computer prints double-sided make sure you are are NOT printing duplex.

-Print on 8.5 by 11 inch WHITE paper or lightweight card-stock, any colored paper will change the look of the drawing (colors)

-When folded in half then into thirds these fit your standard stationary-size envelopes.

Feel free to print as many as you wish, you can get them by click RIGHT HERE.

Want some coordinating clipart to make stickers with? Leave a message on this post AND write to requesting the “fortune kitty clip-art”.

Thank you so much.


Tricia-Shy Socialites

WIN a cute drawing!


Hey Shy Socialites fans! We are offering a NEW semi custom printable, stationery with a cute sketch of YOU (or someone you love) on it! The art-style that will be using is show in these samples, a cute sketch style, We are adding it to the shop today, but YOU could win a FREE PDF! Visit our Facebook page a leave a comment on the post there (alternatively you can comment here and be entered to win!) and we will randomly choose a winner (or two) to get a free little drawing of themselves and a personalized stationery PDF. It is designed to print 2 per 8.5 by 11 inch paper and fits in a standard 3.5 x 6.25 envelope, but we can include a PDF to print a matching envelope for you as well. Please share this post and help us spread the word! If this goes well we will do more give-aways when new shop items are added.

Thank you so much and have an amazing day!


Cute Candy Corn Matching Game!

Hello friends, have we got a treat for you!


This free printable match game is a perfect way to keep your little goblins and ghouls entertained as they wait to trick or treat. Also a fun game to add to your Halloween party, or a nice quiet time activity. The line-up includes our favorite, Unicandycorn, as well as Pirate Corn, Candy Kitty, Mad Science Corn and many more.

Print on white medium weight-cardstock. We are also including a coordinating pattern page for you to print on the reverse side, or you can use it for Halloween crafts.

Get your cards here!

Get your coordinating pattern page here!

Looking for some coordinating fun from our shop (and want to help support your favorite designers) you can purchase:


Coordinating Invitations

Take a look at all of our Halloween Invitations here:

Halloween Shop

There is still time to order a custom illustrated design in time for Halloween as well, you can order that here.

Thank you so much, please leave a comment and share.


Patricia and Barbara, Shy Socialites