Archive | October, 2011

giveaways are fun

I’ve been doing monthly giveaways for a little over a year now and I still love both putting them together and giving them away.  Well, actually, sometimes it is hard to part with all of the good stuff, but for the most part I love giving them away.

The October giveaway was one of my favorites. Thanks to all of you who entered and shared your favorite fall tradition. Isn’t it the best time of the year?

The winner of the October collection is :


Congratulations! Please send me a note with your mailing address and I’ll send your package right out.

Surprise of all surprises, I actually have the November Giveaway put together.

Here she is:



1. fruit poster 2. bundle of wheat 3. autumn flower pin {tutorial coming} 4. set of six note cards with lined envelopes 5. vintage plate 6. give thanks picture in frame 7. fruit gift topper 8. mittens from Noonday Collection {see below} 9. pear art print 5 x 7

Renee from Noonday Collection sent these adorable mittens to be included this month and I could not be more charmed by them {this is one of those instances where parting with them will be hard}.


Noonday Collection is an amazing company that supports artisans working their way out of poverty. All items are fair-trade and locally made, so you can feel good about supporting a great cause through each purchase. Take a peek at all they have to offer – maybe something special for Christmas?

Okay : now to have a chance to win the giveaway :


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office desk

A few weeks ago I showed you my new office desk in it’s raw state.


At that point I was thinking I would add a skirt. But once it was sanded




painted {two coats of Sherwin Williams Cashmere paint in Rushing River}


given a band of white grosgrain ribbon


and some silver nail head trim



I ended up really liking its modern simplicity.

So here she is now living happily in my office.

jdc office from doors

jdc office

I needed more storage {and display space} and so I installed three rows of shelves. I put them up myself. Into studs. I am quite proud.

IMG_4157 IMG_4158jdc office desk with nailhead trim


jdc office rolled paper flowers


{one of my all time favorite photos from our first trip to New York}

jdc office ribbons

{a current display of neutral ribbons}

jdc office boxes

{boxes of envelopes at the ready}

Now do you want to see my next project?

jdc chair

It is time to reupholster this handsome chair I have neglected for over five years.

jdc chair

It actually needs to be re-padded and tied too. I have never reupholstered anything, so this one might be ambitious for a beginner, but I’ll give it a try one of these days.

Questions about my office? Here are the past posts:

office {part one}

office {specifics}

office {rearranged}

painted wallpaper {tutorial}

painted wallpaper {clarified}


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q & a a day

I bought myself a new book last week.  It is for sure a new favorite.

Q & A a day

The book is called Q & A a day and has a year’s worth of questions to answer for five consecutive years. I love the concept. As my real life friends will tell you, there is almost nothing I enjoy more than asking random-make-you-squirm-a-little questions. This book is so up my alley.

Plus, just look at the inside cover:


Beautiful. Graphic. Gray.

I thought I’d share with you a few of the pages to get your mind spinning on some good questions to ask yourself or to start a conversation with a friend.  And just for fun, I will share my current answer.

Here it goes:


I am a crier, so this one isn’t too hard for me to recall. I teared up when the kids said the Pledge of Allegiance at the boys’ school yesterday.  It wasn’t a full-on cry, but I’ll admit to a tear dropping. Don’t laugh at me : I was having a moment of gratitude for our country and of nostalgia for good old-fashioned tradition.


I have no patience for whining. Especially when it is performed expertly by a soon-to-turn-four year-old little boy. He is a pro. This mama is not buying it.


I just ordered one of these from Allora Handmade and am pretty sure it will be my new favorite.


The last movie I saw in the theater was The Help. Loved it. Loved the book more, but the movie was great too.

The next movie I hope to see in the theater is Dolphin Tale. Seriously.


I made dinner for my super cute cousin and her super cute boyfriend last night. We ate this. Yum.


This one could be it.  It’s one of my all-time favorites.

And here is the question for today. Yikes : it’s a personal one.


Considering I’ve grown four babies in this body, I’m pretty amazed that 1. I can still walk and 2. I have only a layer of flabby skin to show for it {ugh : it’s the worst}.

Considering that we have a trip to Hawaii in the early planning stages for next spring, I’d say I better get to work on said flabby skin!

That was fun.

Hope you like the book. You can get a copy here. It would make a terrific Christmas gift.

zig zag

While I was taking photos for this post, this is what was going on around me.


Many times I am asked how I do what I do with four kids and here is one way. I take photos on the kitchen table while they are all coloring.  Believe me, it was a rare occurrence, but a happy moment I wanted to document.

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want to be a member?

If you are new here, or if you haven’t heard : I now offer a monthly membership of printable paper goods called


Each month, I create a seasonal assortment of calendars, chore charts, note cards and art prints to help keep you organized all month long {and look cute doing so}.  I also create a video tutorial of a project with the printable templates included. I like doing those. I always feel a little silly talking to the camera, but it is fun to get to interact {sort-of} in person for a change.

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce you to JDC | monthly and invite you to join us.

Here’s what we did in September:


And October has been a good month, too.


{The monogram art prints were a big hit and are perfect for gift-giving this Holiday season}.

Next month’s goodies are whimsical and cozy and ready for you to download.


So many of you have had wonderful things to say about JDC |monthly. Here are a few samplings of your sweet words:

“I must tell you-I adore your JDC Monthly collection! It is beautiful, useful, and helping me decorate my space” – Rachael

“Oh My Goodness!
These sweet notes, labels, calendars etc : make me deliriously happy!
How Wonderful of you to share your designs! How talented.
Thank you so so much.
I see a great organized month ahead :woo hoo!” – Cheri

“To anyone out there on the fence, sign up for JDC monlthy. I’m working on my September schedule this weekend {stuck indoors, hurricane is coming} and it looks so pretty. I love all of the goodies you get and they are easy peasy to print out. So go ahead and treat yourself today!” -Nancy

Such nice things to hear. I adore creating each new month and it is especially rewarding when I hear that so many are finding them useful, enjoyable and simple.

So, if you would like to be part of JDC | monthly, of course we’d love to have you!

The subscription is $7.99 per month {first month is free} and is super easy to sign up for : just click the button below:

the details

Included each month:

monthly calendar . weekly calendar . chore charts . dinnertime chart . grocery & shopping lists . note cards . mailing labels . an original art print {exclusively for JDC | monthly members} . a video tutorial with templates for the project shown

You will be sent a link to watch the video and access all of the pdf files. Download and print, or save them to your computer for a rainy day.

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

fine print

When you sign up you will be directed to the current month’s link immediately. Billing is done on a 30 day cycle {so if you join on the 15th, you will be billed the following month on the 15th}. 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.

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


So, what do you say : want to try it out? Click below to sign up.

P.S. If you are already a member, your November link was emailed to you on the 22nd. If you need any help, please let me know!

P.P.S. The sweater I am wearing in the project video for November is from Old Navy.

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Let’s talk about refrigerators for a minute.

This is what ours looks like:

refrigerator with pictures

In a world where stainless is the preferred choice, ours is white.

But that’s not what I want to talk about.

Have you ever noticed that refrigerators in magazines are always bare? They don’t have random photos, calendars, invitations, school work & artwork stuck haphazardly to them. At least not in the photos.


I think Ryan would prefer a cleared off refrigerator. But I rather like the odd assortment of paper goods stuck to ours. It tells me there is life going on in this house.


It is a place to show off my kids’ spelling tests. To display their crazy artwork {a black pumpkin on fire? Not sure what’s going on there :}.


It makes an easy spot to put a few favorite photos, to test out a new art print and to stay organized with our weekly calendar.


And where else do you stick cute invitations?

If I could build my dream kitchen it would probably look a lot like this one:




I love a restaurant style glass door refrigerator.





But for now, we have a white fridge covered in little pieces of our life.

And that’s pretty beautiful, too.

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