Free Halloween Printables


Grinning carved, candlelit pumpkins flicker in the night.

Werewolves howl as trick-or-treaters scream in delight.

Witches brew their finest dragon breath brood..

Zombies in an ugly mood

Darkness and dread fills a Banshees cries.

Green monsters with thirteen eyes.

Ghost and goblins dance under the moonlight.

Cloaked in darkness hungry vampires bite.

Ghouls wander in cemeteries, robbing a freshly dug grave.

Bats by the millions fly from their cave.

Shadows lurk, scary monsters hide just out of sight.

Spooky houses invite neighbors with a single porch light.

Happy haunting to all,

but watch where you call.

Hairy, black spiders spin their invisible weave.

don’t become their treat on All Hallows Eve!

A bit of Halloween fun. Free printables for personal use. Fits on 8.5 x 11 paper – 8 x 10 image. Click below to save and print 🙂 For more printables visit

Happy Halloween 8 x 10 PDF

Trick or Treat 8 x 10 PDF

Happy Halloween!

With much love,


Free printables for personal use offered by Lismore Paper. Co.

Poem copyright by Lisa@Lismore.




I adore Halloween. This time of year, I often am taken back to my first job. It was seasonal, just for the month of October. My high school had an advertisement to work the haunted house located in the Holly Hotel, it was the next city over from where I lived. My friend and I decided it would be a perfect and fun way to make a little money.

I have to say, I was really excited with the thought of being a scarer at the restaurant filled with its own resident ghosts. There is a long and rich history of this historic hotel site. The entire block has stories of ghosts and happenings along what is dubbed “Battle Alley”. Check out their site, Holly Hotel to meet some of their resident ghosts. Unfortunately, they have discontinued the haunted house on the third floor ages ago, probably due to insurance reasons. All of the pictures on this post are from their site.


When we arrived, we (potential scarers) were ushered to the second floor to fill out an application, show proof we were able to work, and hired on the spot. We sat, getting to know each other. There were about twenty of us in total. Everyone was from the surrounding school districts. About half of us faced the double door to the hallway and the other half faced the street with a few, fairly large, windows with heavy drapes covering the windows. The room was filled with teenage noise that immediately stopped when a drape opened slightly as if someone was looking down at the street below. Problem was, there was nobody pulling back that drape. I remember looking at the shock on the others faces and thinking this was going to be pretty cool. I don’t know if it was a set-up or not, or if it was just one of the resident ghosts, but we were about to join their side.

For the month, I worked side by side with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, chain saw massacre man, Freddie, mad scientist, and zombies. Scaring all kinds of people who dared to enter the third floor. StarsWe had an encounter or two at the stairway with what we thought was a ghost, but it was really hard to tell when you are playing one yourself. I like to think that the resident ghosts enjoyed themselves during that month. Who knows, maybe they were able to show themselves from time to time.

It was an incredible experience I will never forget. I always laugh, telling people it was the best job I ever had. I made friends that I would not have met unless I had this opportunity. The Holly Hotel is an absolute wonderful place any time of the year, but it holds a special place in my heart.

To those of you who celebrate Halloween, or take the kiddos Trick or Treating, remember the Teal Pumpkin Project make great memories, have a safe and fantastic Halloween!!

With much love,






Free Botanical Printable from Lismore Paper Co.

Hortensia opuloïdes tea 8 x 10 frame

I love botanicals! My favorites have an aged paper appearance or printed on aged/stained paper. This weekend we had the opportunity to appreciate the spectacular colors that lit the foliage for the season finale. In my next post, I will share a few of the pictures I captured on a quick trip to Houghton Lake, MI. Many of the trees and botanicals are now at full color and just holding on by a thread. 

This printable captures that hue of color that the season blesses us with. The botanical print has a tea-stain paper overlay that gives it a nice vintage flair. Attached is a PDF of the print above. 

Hydrangea tea 8 x 10 PDF

I hope you enjoy all the season has to offer! For more botanicals visit

With much love,






Continue reading “Free Botanical Printable from Lismore Paper Co.”

Change of Season and Identity

Etsy Shop Icon

Hello! Today, after a little over a year, I’m releasing an updated brand identity, which  includes a new logo and color. You will see the new look on all the public spaces. Soon, the shop, Lismore Paper Co. will offer new products like fine art, planner pages and stickers, stationery, and a few new lines which include schoolhouse paper and nature inspirations.

I will be offering more free printables right here 🙂 I am excited to grow the shop and gain new followers that become friends. The shop is open, but still in the rebuilding phase. I will send a shop announcement when the new lines are complete. So, you will see me on Instagram and on WordPress liking my favorite posts. There are so many amazing bloggers out there.

Creating new items has been inspiring, especially the nature inspirations. Here are a few I have seen at my home that sparked the creativity.

Momma Deer


Momma and Baby Deer


Bird in the Garden


Maple Fall Color

With much love,


The Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to Roda from Growing Self,, for the Blogger Recognition Award. I was lucky enough to discover her site through one of my followers. Roda’s talent and passion jumps off the page through her photography, gardening, farm life, recipes, and oh the critter connection, it’s amazing. I could go on and on about this site, but you must check it out for yourself. Such a beautiful person inside and out. This site sets my day on the right path.

I was lucky enough to receive this twice! I also want to give a thank you to Rob from Food Allergy Dad, I was again lucky enough to discover his site through Roda from Growing Self. The networking and knowledge learning opportunities are priceless. Rob’s love and passion is ingrained in each of his posts. The recipes he comes up with and shares are amazing! Check out the Apple Cider Salted Caramels, YUM!! Keep in mind, he has to adjust for his kiddos, he is the food allergy dad. He also has FAQS, EOE, and tips for kids with food allergies. He posted information about the Teal Pumpkin Project. This is such an important drive, I have re posted his post. I believe this is so important to keep all of our kiddos safe. Check out his inspiring site. Such an amazing person who is passionate about his family’s health and safety.


Blogger Recognition Award

The Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

The Story behind Pen Paper and Petals

I have always enjoyed making things from the time I was a little girl. My parents always fueled that fire because they are creative people, too. My husband also encourages my passion for creating. He doesn’t even mind when I flip on the light at night to show him my latest creation (or at least he doesn’t complain). I cheer on his building aspirations, it’s glorious!

Gardening, writing, and art have always been a staple in my life. I could not think of a better way to incorporate that all into one place. The love of paper goods has me over the top with joy. Botanical and vintage prints, tags, ephemera, journaling cards, and medical art are my favorite items. My site is where all my creations land. Here is a link to the About Me on my blog.

My Advice

Be Yourself! Your love and passion will reach more people especially if you are doing what you love.

Network! Follow other bloggers and comment on their amazing posts. You can learn so much from people who are blogging daily. I have to take my own advice here. I need to post more often. I need to learn the balance between losing myself in art and writing and posting on my blog. And add the day job in there, too.

My Nominees

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to say thank you for inspiring me to keep doing what I am doing and learning from you. All of you are amazing artists, writers, and photographers. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us! If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep doing what you are doing because you are truly talented…♥

In no particular order…


There are so many fabulous and talented bloggers I follow it’s hard to pick just 10!

With much love and thanks,






Teal Pumpkin Project

Hello and happy Friday! Tis the season for our little ghosts and goblins. Keeping them safe while experiencing this magical time of year is most important. After reading this post, I thought it was so important to spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project. There are so many kiddos with food allergies out there. So please if you are able to participate it would be a wonderful new tradition to begin. I will be setting a teal pumpkin on my front porch this year.
With much love,

Adventures of a Food allergy dad

It’s October, the time when the minds of little ones (and not-so-little ones) turn to the fun and festivities of Halloween.  Whether Halloween parties at school, trick-or-treating with friends, or doing Trunk-n-Treat/Harvest Festival at a local church, it’s a time of costumes, fun, games, and most importantly… CANDY!

I loved Halloween as a kid.  I loved dressing up, carving pumpkins, getting candy, rummaging through it with my sister to find our favorites… it was the best.  As I got older, I fell out with Halloween for a while, due in large part to seeing the way some of the teenagers in our area would use it as a chance to snatch candy bags from kids and do other heinous pranks.  As a parent, though, as I see the excitement on my kids’ faces, I have a renewed fondness for the holiday.  I still love carving pumpkins, and taking the kids…

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