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25+ of the Best Free Spring Printables for Your Home | Plus a Free Printable Envelope Liner

DIYChloe | Boxwood Ave.4 Comments

Over 25 free spring printables for your home! Plus, upgrade your stationary with these free printable envelope liners!

25+ of the best free printables for spring! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com

As spring rolls around, and the earth begins to wake up, I am reminded of how much I love to be outside. During the summer months, you rarely find me in the house. I spend so much time with the goats, in the garden, or out riding, that being in the house becomes a chore. 

The first sign of spring here on the ranch is when the calves begin to drop and the bulbs begin to peek their head out of the ground. Flowering bulbs are some of the most beautiful in my opinion; I absolutely love hydrangea, ranunculus, and dahlias. Greg's grandma spent years placing bulbs all over our property, so it's a beautiful sight when all of the daffodils bloom. I spent some time last year planting peonies, ranunculus, poppies, and lilies - I hope that they bloom this year! 

I am excited to be teaming up with over 25 of my favorite blogging friends to bring you 25+ free spring printable ideas for your home. Ranging from watercolor downloads to notecards, each of us has shared a free printable on our site today. I have linked them below so you can visit everyone in the group. I think you will love every single one of them, it was such fun to be a part of this! 

25+ of the best free printables for spring! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com

My contribution to the spring printable roundup is a simple spring envelope liner - it's one of my favorite ways to upgrade ordinary paper. I have a real love of handwritten letters, when I sold pillows in my etsy shop, I made sure to include a handwritten note in every single order that went out. I always thought I would be able to stand by that, but I am no longer able to keep up with that tradition. Still, I love the feeling of paper in my hands; high quality stationary is a true luxury. 

Adding personalized envelope liners to letters is a beautiful way to add a little 'something extra' to your notes. It's also one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to create your own luxurious stationary. If you don't have the budget to splurge on heavyweight paper, you can print your own images onto card stock and turn plain envelopes into personalized stationary. 

We did this for our wedding, and even though it took me a few hours to glue every liner in place, it made our invites that much more special without having to spend very much money (my aunt painted the flowers for us, which we used throughout the entire wedding). 

I downloaded a few images from The Graphics Fairy and created three different options for you to use in your own paper products. They are the perfect spring adornment to any letters you find yourself sending out this season. I hope you enjoy these free printable envelopes, and when you're finished here, I invite you to visit my other friends to see what they've got in store for the Spring Printable Tour!  


Free Printable Envelope Liners for Spring

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Instruction

Step 1: Print the free files onto card stock. Click here for: lily | daffodil | collage 

Step 2: Once printed, trace the outline of your envelope on the backside of the printed card stock. 

Step 3: Mark new lines 1/4" in from the original lines. This is easiest to describe in picture form, see below (click to enlarge). 

Step 4: Cut the shape out, and place the liner inside of the envelope to double check that the sizing is correct. Trim off any necessary pieces. 

Step 5: Add a bit of glue to the backside of the liner, and secure it into place on the inside of the envelope. 

Step 6: Use a score board to score a line down the fold of the top of the envelope. Enjoy! 

25+ of the best free printables for spring! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com

25+ Free Spring Printables

~ for the home ~

25+ of the best free printables for spring! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com
{1} French May Day Flower Cones by Ella Claire | {2} Floral Envelope Liners by Boxwood Avenue | {3} Spring Bunny Cards by Julie Blanner | {4} Spring Flowers in Watering Can by Live Laugh Rowe | {5} Bird and Branch by Craftberry Bush
25+ of the best free printable for spring!!! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com
{6} Spring Napkin Rings by Zevy Joy | {7} There are Always Flowers by Clean and Scentsible | {8} Nest Watercolor by Finding Silver Pennies | {9} Watercolor Vegetables by My Someday in May | {10} Spring Farmer's Market by Nest of Posies
25+ of the best free printables for spring! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com
{11} Set of 6 Herb Printables by Cherished Bliss | {12} Must Have Flowers by A Burst of Beautiful | {13} Spring Notecards by My Fabuless Life | {14} Spring Bunnies by Kelly Elko | {15} Spring is Sure to Follow by The Happy Housie
25+ of the best free printables for spring! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com
{16} Spring Fern by Making Home Base | {17} Spring Definition by Design Dining and Diapers | {18} Welcome Spring by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | {19} Dive Into Spring Straw Toppers by My Sweet Savannah | {20} Hope Springs Eternal by Maison de Pax
25+ of the best free printables for spring! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com
{21} Vintage Rose Fortune Cookie by Paint Me Pink | {22} Spring is Sure to Follow by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | {23}The Rose Song Lyrics Chalkboard by TIDBITS | {24} Perhaps Today by Unskinny Boppy | {25} Watercolor Tulips by Refresh Restyle
25+ of the best free printables for spring! (Plus: free sprint printable envelope liners) boxwoodavenue.com
{26} Spring Flowers Silver Platters by So Much Better with Age | {27} I Must Have Flowers by Shades of Blue Interiors | {28} Set of Spring Floral Printables by Just Destiny

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My First Bottle Baby: Charlie

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For the past 2 years I've been waiting for this moment. This week, it finally happened. 

My first bottle baby. 

Bottle Baby Charolais Calf | boxwoodavenue.com

For some reason, Greg has kept the bottle babies from me (possibly because I'm likely to start a day care and keep them forever), but this year, I didn't beat around the bush, and instead went straight to Emiliano (our cattle boss) and told him I was ready to be a mom. 

So, finally, this week, I became a mom, and I think all of us fell in love. 

He is a Charolais calf, so I named him Charlie. His mother died giving birth to him - she got turned around up on a hill, and when a cow gets turned around on a hill with her back pointed down, it's always bad news (she can die within minutes). It's a real shame that no one was around to catch her before she went; had someone seen it, we would have been able to help her. Unfortunately, she didn't make it, so Charlie needed a new mom. And that new mom, was me. 

Bottle Baby Charolais Calf | boxwoodavenue.com
Bottle Baby Charolais Calf | boxwoodavenue.com

I was in absolute heaven. 

The same day that Charlie came to us, the boys decided to move some of the heifers a few miles. Alex, Emiliano's son, let me ride one of his colts so that I could come along and help move the heifers to their new home. It was a weird day with a mix of sunshine, wind, and blowing snow. One minute we were warm, and the next minute we were cold. 

Once I got home from the ride, I spent some time with Charlie attempting to get him to eat his colostrum. Colostrum is a mammals' first feeding, it's imperative for all mammals to receive colostrum during their first meal. 

Colostrum is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals (including humans) in late pregnancy. Most species will generate colostrum just prior to giving birth. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease. In general, protein concentration in colostrum is substantially higher than in milk. (source)

When I first tried to give Charlie his colostrum, he couldn't have been less interested, I spent 2 hours giving him drops from the bottle to no avail. When I got home from the ride I headed out to try again, and luckily he took right to it and polished it off within minutes. 

The next few days went very easy with Charlie enjoying his milk, and being cute and snuggly. I was happy that he did not get runny poops and was very healthy, but a few days into motherhood, Greg warned me that there was a milk cow in need of a calf. 

I knew that it would be better for Charlie to have a mother of his species, but I was not excited about losing my new little guy so soon. I thought that just maybe, I would get to keep him throughout the weekend. 

Later that evening, it was confirmed - Charlie was going to the milk cow. We spent some few precious moments together, and then the truck arrived. I was so sad, really - it was tough. We loaded Charlie into the truck and he headed on down the road to his new mother. Again: I knew this was good for Charlie, but it was hard for me. 

When Greg got home he gave me a sliver of good news: since Charlie was going to a milk cow, we would be leaving him as a bull, which means that he would never be eaten for meat, and would live out his entire life on the ranch breeding the cows. It was some good news after a hard day. 

Bottle Baby Charolais Calf | boxwoodavenue.com

Some people have asked a little bit about the "cow adoption" process so I thought I would fill you in a little bit... Sometimes a cow will die giving birth, and sometimes a calf will die during birth. It seems to balance out for the most part so usually, we don't have bottle babies. But, when we are attempting to get a cow to adopt a calf, we remove the skin from the calf that didn't make it, tie it to the orphaned calf, and place the mom and orphan in a small area. The mom then gets confused by the scent of the hide and thinks that the orphan calf is hers. It's a little trick we play in order to facilitate the adoption process. 

It's always hard to lose an animal, but being able to pair a mom and a calf up is important because it's so much better for a calf to drink cows milk than milk replacer. 

Later that week I headed up to the ranch to pay Charlie a visit. I was nervous that he might run from me or be scared of me (which is pretty viable), but when I walked into his pen, he completely recognized me and let me snuggle him for awhile before he got up to play with his new brother. It was the best ending to our bittersweet week, and I have to say, I can't wait to take in more bottle babies this year! 


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This Week on the Ranch: Annual Spring Cattle Drive

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A cold and cloudy day made for the perfect spring cattle drive. Come ride along with me and find out why we move our cattle every spring!

Northern California Grass-Fed Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com

The spring cattle drive is sort of like The Ranch New Year. It marks the beginning of the cycle of nearly everything that happens up here. Once the cattle are moved to Likely (where we live), it signals that spring is right around the corner, calving season begins, and feeding season is almost over. After a long hard winter of days consistently hitting -20 F, the spring cattle drive is something that everyone looks forward to. 

This was my second year going on the drive, and this year was much more fun for me (probably because I kinda know what I am doing now). Last year it was quite hot, and the cows, all of whom were on the brink of delivering, were not excited about walking 12 miles. They scattered through the trees, and at one point united in protest in a creek, refusing to move. We only had one dog with us, so gathering and pushing them out of the creek took what seemed like hours. 

This year though, it was a cloudy and cold day. The girls didn't seem to mind moving to their new home, and we didn't have to stop for a break even once. Last year, I rode in the back of the group, which was stressful because if one broke off, it was my job to high tail it after her and push her back with the rest of the group. This year, Greg and I led the group. It was much more fun for me - we trotted along in the front and the cattle followed closely behind us. 

This year went much more smoothly than last year, probably because of the weather, and also because we had dogs with us. The work of dogs is equal to that of 3-4 men. I think I posted something about this on Instagram the other day. When well trained, they are invaluable tools. I don't remember doing this last year, but this year, we broke the heifers and the cows into two groups - 5 guys went ahead of us with the cows, and we followed about 30 minutes behind with the heifers. In total, we moved about 700 animals. 

[cows: cattle that have had a baby before | heifers: cows pregnant for the first time in their lives]

Northern California Grass-Fed Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com
Northern California Grass-Fed Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com
Northern California Grass-Fed Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com
Northern California Grass-Fed Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com

I had quite a few people ask me why we move the cattle? Why not just keep them up at the ranch?

We move them because they are grass fed ;). In the winter months we keep them in a central location because we hand feed the hay. The cattle are divided into different fields, and each man is responsible for feeding a few fields every day. We estimate that the cows and heifers will begin having their babies right around March 10th, so we move them from their winter homes right around March 1st (before they have their babies). 

Once they settle into their new home, they start to have their babies - if you follow me on IG, you may have seen my story of the new baby that has already arrived. As I am writing this, I am sure many more have arrived. We continue to feed the cows hay (that we grow, cut and bale all summer long) until the grass has grown enough to support the cows (right around May). 

Once the grass has grown, we stop feeding altogether and the cattle eat the grass that is in the fields - our 'rangeland'. As you can imagine, they eat the grass faster than it grows. So once the grass is consumed, we move the cattle to a new field. This becomes the cycle: eat and move, eat and move. We move the cattle to Likely to have their babies because it is the start of our summer range land, as the summer goes on, they slowly make their way, from field to field, all the way back up to the ranch. By the time they make it to the ranch, it is nearly October, and time to start feeding hay again. 

Northern California Grass-Fed Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com
Northern California Grass-Fed Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com
Northern California Grass-Fed Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com

When we first moved up to the ranch, I wasn't interested in being very involved in things like that - just reading last year's post about the spring drive made me laugh. What a year has done! I have begun to love everything about cattle ranching and love to join in whenever I can. I am looking forward to calving season this year, and really hope that I can learn how to rope. 

I hope you have enjoyed 'coming along' on the cattle drive with me, if you have any questions, you can put them in the comments below, or head on over to Instagram, I try and share daily ranch life on my stories! 


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