Archive | July, 2011

because I am fickle

Right now I am loving yellow.

But come next month, I will surely be over it.

Are you like that, too? {please say yes, please say yes}.

I also like paper goods : you know, paper calendars, to-do lists, note cards, etc. Some people say paper is dead. And while I readily admit that google calendar and email make my life a little easier, I still enjoy the act of writing directly on paper – whether it’s my grocery list or a thank you note to a friend.

And so I have decided to combine the two {my fickleness and love of paper} into a new product. I’m calling it

Each month, I will create a group of paper goods that fit with the season {or current trends. Or what I’m loving at the moment}. I’m offering it in two versions: printable pdf files or pdf files + real-life paper prints. Once you receive the files you can print as many as you need, share them with friends, or save them for later.

Included every month will be:

monthly calendar . weekly calendar . chore charts . dinnertime chart . note cards . mailing labels and a new and original art print.

Additionally, I’m getting a little crazy and I will be doing a video tutorial showing you how to do a simple project using templates that will be included in your package. For example, this month I’ll show you how to make your own envelopes with cute liners. Next month I’ll do bookmarks & bookplates and in October we’ll make goodie bag tags.  I feel a bit dorky filming myself making crafts, but hopefully it will be mildly entertaining and a bit informative.

JDC | monthly members will also receive 50% off all printables in the shop.

Want to see what I’ve created for August?

Would you like to join? The cost is $7.99 per month for the digital version. Click the button to join {first month is free}:

And $29.99 for the pdf + printed paper version {first month is $14.99}:

the fine print:

You will be billed on a 30 day cycle {so if you join on the 28th, you will be billed the following month on the 28th}. On the 22nd of each month, you will receive an email with the link to download the collection of pdfs, as well as the video tutorial. Please feel free to share the link with your friends : the more the merrier!

If you have opted to receive your monthly collection in digital + paper form, you will receive a link to the video and pdf files on the 22nd of each month and your package will be sent via USPS on the 20th of each month {so you will be ready to start the new month out in style!}.

For the month of August, you will receive: 1 monthly calendar, 4 weekly calendars, 1 dinnertime, 4 house duties, 4 house duties for kids, 1 art print, 2 sheets of note cards, 1 sheet of mailing labels, 1 envelope template, 1 liner template, 2 sheets orange/yellow liners, 2 sheets pink liners.

If you decide JDC | monthly is not for you, you are free to cancel at any time.

And don’t worry if you don’t have a great printer : your local print shop {kinkos, office max, staples} can easily and inexpensively print the pdfs for you.


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we still think we’re young

This past weekend our family {along with 8 other families – that’s 17 adults and 29 kids – oh my} spent 5 amazing days camping at our friends’ beach house property. It is an annual trip and the highlight of my kids’ summer.

We crab.


brady and the crab ethan and the crab

We kayak.


We fly.


We pour sand on our friend’s head.

audrey pouring sand

We play games and with the help of our talented speller {for the spelling bee competition}, compulsive sweet tooth {pie eating competition} and a slightly cheating momma {three-legged race}, our family was the big winners. Lucky us, we get to proudly display the trophy for an entire year.

whidbey cup

But the best part of the trip by far was the addition of the innertube. The boys, of course, loved it.

the boys on the tube

But us moms : we were in heaven.

mom trip 1

mom trip 2

girls on the tube

I haven’t been on a tube in way too long. It was SO . MUCH . FUN.

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july giveaway winner


When responding to the question : pool or beach : this was Micah’s response:

“beach: I’m a FL girl living in Houston. So, I’ve had my fill of the pool”

I think the vast majority of us prefer the beach {what’s not to love with the sand, water, seashells and peaceful sound} but I don’t think anyone would turn down a dip in the pool either.  So glad to have both as options when the days heat up in the summertime.

So congratulations Micah : send over your address to and I’ll mail you your goodies!

I liked the July giveaway and am still planning a few tutorials to share with you from it.

Like the stuffed whale.


And the flower pin.

ticking flower pin

Stay tuned :

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summer soiree printables

A few months ago, these cute invitations were featured in House of Fifty. I was honored to be part of the first publication of Janell’s {of Isabella & Max Rooms} great e-zine and look forward to her next issue {due out in just a few weeks, I believe}. You can sign up to receive the next issue right here.

If you didn’t see the first issue, I thought I’d share the printable invitations & note cards with you in time for you to throw a little summer soiree.

summer flag soiree

Just print them out, cut on the dotted lines and fill in the details. No need to be fancy about your summer soiree : just an afternoon with friends, lemonade and popsicles would be something to celebrate.

summer flag note cards

You can use these note cards as party favors, or to write a quick ‘thanks for coming’ note to your friends.


zig zag

One more thing : if you have not yet entered the July giveaway, please enter soon! The winner will be announced on Tuesday July 26th.


Click here to enter!

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using gathering tape for curtains

A few months ago I posted photos of our living room. I received a few questions about the gathered curtains, so I thought I’d {finally!} show you how I made them.

living room

When I visited a friend in Texas, she had just had her living room curtains using gathering tape and I fell in love. She is starting a new blog very soon and I can’t wait for her to share her house with everyone : it is amazing. So thanks, Christi, for letting me steal your idea!

gathering tape

So this is gathering tape. You should be able to find it by the yard at your local fabric store.  It is basically a mesh ribbon with two strings woven through it. When you sew it to fabric and pull the strings, it creates a nice gather. It comes in many different widths {mine is 1 inch}.


I used my favorite IKEA curtains {they are long, cheap and a nice weight}, cut off the top tabs and then made a deep hem {approximately 4 inches with another 1 inch turned under}. Depending on how high you want your fabric to stand-up above the gather, you can adjust the hem.

Then you will stitch the gathering tape to the fabric along the top edge of the tape.

stitch to hold

Now add a small stitch {back and forth a few times on the sewing machine} to tack the bottom of the tape down.

drapery pin

Hook drapery pins through the tape in equal places where it will be hung on rings {in my case, I used seven rings, so I took the width of the curtains and divided into 7}. You can get drapery pins at your fabric store, or online here.

pull strings

Now pull the top string until you have your desired ruffliness to the curtains, then make a knot to hold in place.


Hook the drapery pins to your curtain rings {I used these rings}.

gathered curtains

And you are finished!

gatherd curtains in living room

I was hanging these velvet curtains in my office {beware : it’s being rearranged again}

ikea velvet curtains

and noticed that they also use gathering tape. Why I have never noticed this, I am not sure.

ikea gathering tape

So I put them up to see the difference between using it and not. On the left, I pulled the strings to gather:

gathered using tape

and on the right, I did not.

not gathered

It does make a difference in holding the gathers tight. I am not crazy about the rod going through the middle of the gathers, so I will probably do the same method in here as with the living room curtains.

I searched and searched for other tutorials on how to make gathered curtains and came up pretty empty-handed. I did find these three images from drapery-making companies in the UK. Apparently this style is more common in England.

gathered heading with stand up frill






I also learned that the technical name is not gathered curtains, but rather gathered heading with stand-up frill. Fancy, schmancy.

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