Archive | December, 2011

a new start for a new year

For as much as I love the Christmas season, it is amazing how quickly I am over it once Christmas day has passed. It was great to have  a touch of red in our home for a month, but I was so ready to remove it! After a whirlwind of family, gifts and lots and lots of food, our house was already torn apart, so I figured why not tear it up even more. Down came the garlands, the nativity, the tree.

It feels good to start fresh. I’m ready for white, bright, clean.

I think that is what January is all about. Starting fresh. New goals. A clean house. Re-organizing.

If you are in this same starting fresh mode, perhaps JDC | monthly is just what you need to help.

For January, I have created a monthly calendar, weekly calendars, menu planner, chore charts, grocery lists, to do list … all the little things that help keep you organized in a stylish way.

I have included thank you notes perfect for sending right about now as well as an envelope template so you can make your own envelopes to fit these petite cards.

On top of that, I think you’ll love the follow your dreams print-out. Simply write in your goals for the new year and post it somewhere visible {they say you are more likely to achieve your goals if you 1. write them down and 2. see them daily}.

There is also a new art print {that I love!}

and a great project {with video tutorial and printable pages} to help you journal the best parts of each day for the entire year.

I would love for you to join JDC | monthly and give this new organizational system a try. It is only $9.99 per month with your first month free.

{to learn more, please click here}

Continue Reading | 16 comments

merry christmas

So here we are : just one week until Christmas. It seems like the lead up takes forever, and then suddenly it is upon us.

My babes are nearly out of school and we are looking forward to a nice Christmas vacation spent with family, hopefully some snow and lots and lots of treats.

I am not quite finished with gift-shopping, gift-making or gift-wrapping. Hopefully this will be a very productive week!

image

I’m hoping to make a version of this sweet blankie for my baby doll loving niece.  And probably some miniature burp cloths too.

zig zag

image

The boys’ teachers are receiving personalized mugs that we made using this tutorial and my favorite fancy font. They turned out so great and were really quite simple to make.

image

zig zag

I have a few more batches of the yummiest sea salt caramels to make {and consume}.

image

zig zag

I’d like to wrap my gifts like this:

image

{diy printables from armommy}

and this:

image

{colorful monograms from martha stewart}

and maybe do a few with melted flowers and rolled fabric for embellishment like this:

image

{via prettypetals}

zig zag

I think this is such a clever way to create a time capsule and we’ll be doing this project when the kids are out of school.

image

zig zag

I’m putting the finishing touches on the January collection for JDC | Monthly. If you are already a member, you will receive your january link on the 22nd.

If you’d like to start your new year out in an organized {and pretty} fashion, JDC | monthly is a great way to do it. You can learn more here.

zig zag

I purchased this adorable nutcracker puppet theatre and need to have the boys help me assemble {and play}.

image

Sara Jane Studios has a really great Nativity paper doll set and coloring pages too.

image

zig zag

I love this time of year and am trying to cherish each moment with our little ones.  But I’ve got to be honest and say that amidst the projects, the shopping, the entertaining and busyness of the holiday season, my kids have not been my top priority.   It is time for me to take a break from my computer and spend a little more time just being a mommy.  So I’m going to hop off of the blog for a week or two, close my office doors and take this Christmas vacation to hang out with the family, indulge my creative side and let my babes know how important they are to me.

May you have a joy-filled Christmas with your loved ones.

our family

Continue Reading | 34 comments