embroidery patterns are here!

by rae on January 19, 2015



Yes, the embroidery patterns I have been talking about are now done and for sale! Of course my favorite one is the alphabet sampler.
If you think this is a bit complicated head on over to Stitch Supply Co. to get your pattern and get in on the Stitch-Along. That is were the uber stitcher Ann Sandler shows you what you need to know.



The designs are mine, often based on the illustrations I did for my doodle fonts. But the idea and end product are Ann’s. You can find her at www.stitchsupplyco.com or on Instagram: StitchSupplyCo #stitchsupplyco.


I am thinking ahead to my next pattern. Which would you like to see?

1. a set of monogram alphabets in 2 sizes with borders

2. a map of Paris

3. days of the week dishtowels

Leave a comment!



a foggy sunday morning…

by rae on December 15, 2014



we have had days of warm weather (in the 40s) and fog. So we headed out Sunday morning to take a few pictures.

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and it is sort of a contemporary one…







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diy christmas ornament

by rae on November 11, 2014

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easy as pie… but I don’t necessarily think pie is easy. But this little do-it-yourself project certainly is.

I saw this on pinterest and it was credited to Mud Pies. Of course mine is different, more messy and I used more than green and red.


Step 1: Buy ribbon. If you go to Michael’s you can dig through the $1 bin. Try to find stiffer ribbon or ones with wire.

Step 2: Pick up sticks in your yard. Do this before it snows.

Step 3: Tie the ribbon on the twigs.

Step 4: Trim if you want to.

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Make them small or big. Can be a decoration on a package and then an ornament.




big sale!

by rae on November 6, 2014

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From Friday, November 7 until Monday, November 10 (Central Standard Time, USA) ALL fonts on this site are each $13.99 (regularly $29).

91 fonts to choose from… holidays, cities, birthday, blobs, Paris, frames, food, hearts, hand lettered, condensed fonts and lots more.


If you have a problem with downloads plz email me at rae@outside-the-line.

Coming soon!
Watch for embroidery patterns and Bird Doodles! All with the same playful Outside the Line look!


trains, type and textures

by rae on October 15, 2014






sunday we spent the day at the Illinois Railway Museum outside of Union, IL. It is between Madison and Chicago. It was a perfect Fall day and I was there with 3 generations of Ganahl men. Jackson who is 3 is train-crazy. We even got to take a 40 minute ride on an electric, passenger train. Alex who is 1 appeared to like it too, he gave Grandma a fist bump.

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Lots of cool signage and typography. There was something for everyone which makes this such a great place. We were there for 4 hours and walked over 3 miles and did not see everything.




Who knew? I didn’t. Lots and lots of interesting signs that we wanted to read. Maybe next time.


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As the guys were climbing on trains I slipped away to take photos of rusty stuff. As I said, something for everyone.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say: The museum was founded in 1953 by ten individuals (one of the founders was Howard Odinius from Milwaukee) who joined together to purchase Indiana Railroad interurban car 65.

Originally called the Illinois Electric Railway Museum, the name was changed to IRM in 1961 to reflect the museum’s expanding scope. The museum was initially located on the grounds of the Chicago Hardware Foundry in North Chicago, Illinois. In 1964 the museum’s entire collection was relocated to Union along the former right-of-way of the Elgin & Belvidere interurban. Two years later, operations were begun using Illinois Terminal interurban car 415, and in 1967 the first steam engine was operated. The first storage barn was erected in 1971. In 1981 a one-mile (1.6 km) streetcar loop was constructed. A 4.9-mile (7.9 km) railroad line was built during the 1980s and early 1990s.

The museum’s operations are primarily concentrated around its main campus just east of Union, Illinois. Train rides are offered on the main line as well as the streetcar loop. Electric trains are operated from April through October, and diesel and steam trains from the beginning of May through the end of September. Trolley bus operations occur the first Saturdays of June, July, September and October. IRM is one of only two railway museums in the country that operates both electric and diesel trains. It is the only museum that offers trolley bus rides.

It was pretty much a perfect day. And we were amazed that so few people were there, probably because it is late in the year. I can recommend this outing. In fact I could go back several more times. Next time I’ll take a real camera.




by rae on September 23, 2014

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Fall is here… yes it is. And it seems time for a giveaway. Since we all know what follows Fall the giveaway is a collection of 20 Holiday Cards.

To enter go to here and LIKE or SHARE the Facebook post. Plz leave a comment so I can find you. Happy Fall!



nautical doodles & christmas

by rae on September 16, 2014




September font specials! The new Nautical Doodles and Christmas fonts, 50% off. Yes… it is time to think Christmas. All those holiday invitations, cards and newsletters are just around the corner. Yes they are.



a few new house things

by rae on September 11, 2014



we plan to take a  vacation next month and stay home and do condo things. Like stain the deck, wash windows, basically winterize. Also seemed like it was time to spiff up the main living area. I got this new rug at Crate and Barrel. Nice Summery thin rug for my office space.



I’ve wanted a new clock ever since we moved in. Love this one. Especially after John figured out how to stop the tick-tock sound that sounded just like dripping water. I could hear this from my desk and it got so bad one day that I taped things to the back of the clock to muffle the sound. Love this tall element. It anchors the seating area which is part of an open space. This came from the Touch of Modern website. I am pleased with several things I have gotten from them. But you wait forever and ever, shipping is really slow.


These darling salt & pepper birds are from West Elm and are even on sale! They work with my mid-Century look.

I seem to be going back to a black and white, charcoal, cream, non-color kind of house look. No purple, no lime, very little blue…. it’s all good.

Soon it is time to edit the house for Fall & Winter. I go room by room and put away things that are sitting out that should not be. Try to get as visually clean as possible because in a few short months out will come a carefully edited group of Christmas decorations. Summer rugs go away and heavier Winter ones come out. The large Norfolk pine will need to find a home indoors again. We get cozier then. And while it does feel good it is hard to watch the days get shorter and colder.



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Outside the Line has a big deal on Mighty Deals. Oodles of doodles at a fab price. For less than the price of one font you get 6. Yup, you read that right. Short time and ONLY on the Mighty Deals site. Check it out here.