Archive | March, 2011

woven pin board {tutorial}

The other day I found a large {3 ft x 4 ft} cork board at the thrift store. I figured I could always use another pin board and the price was right, so I brought it home.

I was thinking I would cover it with linen like this one from potterybarn:


But then while perusing some of my favorite blogs, I came across this photo at Grace Happens:


That little woven bench caught my eye and I just knew that was what I wanted to do with the enormous bulletin board.

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Want to make one too?

Here is what you’ll need:


:: cork board

:: burlap {or other fabric of choice}

:: scissors, staple gun, ruler, sharpie, thumb tacks

STEP ONE: cut two pieces of burlap to fit cork board. Add 3 inches to each side for wrap around.


STEP TWO: cut strips of burlap.


With a ruler and sharpie, mark equal increments on your fabric piece {mine are 3 inches}.


Draw lines with the ruler and cut. Make sure you cut one piece of fabric with the strips going vertically and one horizontally so that they fit all the way across the board. {I folded my fabric in half so I didn’t have to cut all the way down}


STEP THREE: staple strips to the back of the board




STEP FOUR: add a row of strips to the vertical edge.



When you turn the cork board over, it will look like this:


STEP FIVE: weave in a basket weave pattern {over-under-over-under}




STEP SIX: pin ends in place, pulling the strip taut.



STEP SEVEN: remove pins and staple back of strips in place.


Trim excess, if you wish.


STEP EIGHT: trim frayed edges


STEP NINE: add ribbon to hang


Cut ribbon a bit longer than the board, fold end over and staple to the back of the board.



Hang and embellish!


{a little sneak peak of our *unfinished* bedroom}

Because I hung this over our bed, I wanted to embellish with thing that are just about US.


I had a great time collecting some of my most cherished love notes, wedding photos and creating a silhouette of the two of us on our wedding day.

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A photo from our wedding.   What a beautiful day.





An early love note from my sweet husband. Perhaps the nicest thing ever said to me.



I really love how this project turned out.

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round top recap

Well, we’re back from our trip to Houston. Holly was a delightful host and tour guide : we hopped all over town {and country}.


Until a few months ago, I had never heard of the Round Top Antique Show. But to the antique/junk shoppers : it is the place to visit each spring and fall.  Miles and miles of farmland is covered with tents and booths set up with all the antiques you could ever want. Some spots are funky, some are a little bit fancy. It is all wonderful on the eyes.  Here are a few of my favorite images from our time at Round Top.



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It was a hot, sticky and dusty day, but oh so fun. I think I could do this annually.

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One little item of business:

If you have been over to the shop page, you may have noticed that we are running a promotion on all art prints.


When you purchase a print, you will automatically be entered in the daily drawing. If you are the winner of the day you are welcome to select three of your favorite prints to be added to your order.

The winners from this weekend are:

THURSDAY: Stefanie Gallegly

FRIDAY: Kathleen Davies

SATURDAY: Jackie Wimmer

SUNDAY: Julia McNamara

Please send me a note with your additional print selections at and I’ll send them right out!

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On another note, thank you to all of you who have already entered the April Giveaway using the new simplified two step process {it used to be 4 steps!}. I appreciate the feedback and look forward to providing you with fun new features here at jones design company.

If you have not yet had a chance to enter click below:

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april giveaway


The newest collection has been compiled : and it is full of delightful bird-inspired designs.


1. three robin’s egg soaps in white dish 2. bird note cards from my printable line 3. matches

4. Flyboy cd by Elliott Park 5. love bird place cards from Timeless Paper 6. set of six twig pencils

7. bird confetti 8. melamine tray 9. glittered gift tag 10. embellished tote 11. nest

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Let’s talk about a couple of things:

First, the flyboy cd.

I received a sweet package in the mail from a reader who thought our family might enjoy her husband’s cd. I popped it in the cd player in the car and there it has remained. I LOVE IT! Actually, we all do. Elliott Park is such a talented song-writer {and has an amazing voice}. You can listen to a couple of his songs {HERE} and you can purchase a cd {HERE}. I highly recommend it.

And two, Emily from Timeless Paper generously offered her charming place cards to be included in this month’s giveaway. She has great products to spruce up a party {place cards, menus, table numbers} and a very pretty blog – you can visit her at And, she is offering a 15% discount on all of her products to you. Just use the code JDC15 when checking out.

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To enter the giveaway, click the button below to go directly to the giveaway page.

A random winner will be selected on A P R I L  1 8 t h

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best of luck!

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round top antique fair, here we come

My best friend and I are off on a little Texas adventure. We’re going to visit Holly and it just happens to also be the Round Top Antique Fair, which we are all super excited about.  

Truth be told, I’ve never been to a real antique fair. I’m not sure what to expect other than a whole lot of dust, plenty of quirky old things and lots and lots of ‘y’alls’. I can’t wait!



Holly’s visit to Seattle was just too much fun so we thought we’d swap and give Houston a turn {while the weather is still mild enough for adventuring}. And since Holly and my b.f. hit it off so well, we’re making it a trio {well, plus her sweet eli baby}. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos!

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spring wardrobe

See that ad over to the right for EstepWorks Photography? We’re having a family photo shoot with him in the upcoming weeks {our first date was rained out : late winter/early spring is very unpredictable in the NW} and I’ve been trying to come up with coordinated – but not too matchy – outfits for our family of six to wear.

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A few days ago I received an email from Jessica letting me know about a fun contest she is hosting. All you have to do is come up with a design board of your favorite spring outfit and include two pieces from her jewelry line to be entered to win a pretty generous prize.

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So I combined the two thoughts – outfits for our photo shoot and outfit for a spring design board – and came up with one giant collage to suit the entire family.

Here it is:outfits


What do you think?

For the record, I think ‘his’ outfit is a bit prepier than ‘he’ would actually go for {especially with the little pom-pom boutonniere which I happen to adore}. I am loving Kayce Hughes’ shirt dresses and those joyfolie shoes are the sweetest things ever.  I tried to include pieces that our family actually owns so that when photo-day arrives I could achieve a similar style.

So there you have it : my version of our family dressed for spring.

You can enter the Design Your Look contest at www. It is pretty fun to come up with a dream outfit : or six.

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