Archive | February, 2012

and the award goes to …

Did you watch the Oscars this year? I missed it. And I usually really like awards shows.  But don’t worry, I will catch up on the best dresses in my sister’s cast off US Weekly magazine {oh, the benefits of having a subscriber for a sister}.

As far as I can tell my favorite dress of the night was worn by the cutie Emma Stone.

I probably like her so much because of her red hair and pale skin. We red-headed, pale-skinned girls need to stick together.  And also because she is in my current favorite movie Crazy, Stupid Love.

But the Academy Awards and Emma Stone is not what this post is about.

There is another award program happening over at Apartment Therapy and I’m oh, so flattered to be nominated.

If you have a second, and you think JDC is a good choice for the 2012 best design blog … will you vote for me?

A quick registration at Apartment Therapy is required to vote. You can register here.

Then vote here. Just scroll down until you see Jones Design Company and cast your vote!

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losing hair, choosing joy and giving hope

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of this beautiful lady:

But if not, please let me introduce you.

This is Ashley. She writes a blog at Lil Blue Boo. She is crafty and talented and has a line of whimsical, ruffly clothes for girls.

She’s beautiful and has a beautiful heart as well.

Last fall, after having a miscarriage earlier in the year, Ashley and her husband tried to get pregnant again. This time, her pregnancy resulted in a rare form of cancer called Choriocarcinoma. You can read more about this story here.

This form of cancer spreads quickly, and Ashley’s case has been no different. She is fighting, living joyfully and gracefully in spite of the ways it has challenged her faith and impacted her family.

A few weeks ago, she shaved her head. That beautiful head of long blonde hair.

I know this is a normal step for most cancer-fighters and so many women go through the same process with such strength.

Ashley documented this rite of passage, as she calls it, in this touching video. Seriously, you should watch it.

Rite of Passage – Shaving my Head from Ashley Hackshaw on Vimeo.

I cried through the whole thing. Not because it is particularly sad … but just trying to put myself in her shoes made me emotional. She’s a young woman. A mommy. She’s too young to be going through this.

And her mom shaving her head the day before just to support her daughter? That is the kind of mom I want to be to my kids. What an inspiring story.

I also cried because in an embarrassingly vain way, I can’t imagine shaving my head. I like my hair. It defines me. Who is Emily? She is the girl with the long, red hair. It’s always how I’ve been described. I’m sure the same has been said about Ashley’s pretty hair.  So to think about taking off that comfort blanket – knowing that the whole reason it is falling out is because it means the medicine is working – that just feels so overwhelming to me. And the fact that she is smiling through the whole process speaks volumes to her decision to choose joy.

Ashley is a brave woman. As are so many others who have endured the same event in their fight with cancer. I am in awe of her bravery, strength and grace.

As we all know, the medical expenses for treating this disease are crazy. So a group of ladies joined forces and created the Team Ashley Auction.

Reason 4,072 why I love this blogging community.  People taking care of people.

There are over 200 items available for purchase and ALL of the proceeds will go directly to Ashley and her family to help cover medical bills.  The auction is live and will end tomorrow {wednesday}.  If you are not the auction type, you are welcome to donate directly on the auction website or at Evy’s Tree blog {and read much more about Ashley’s story}.

In order to bid, you need a hyena cart account {super easy – just enter an email and password and you’re set}. You can do so here.

Once that is finished, you can start shopping {and supporting!}.

{click the image to go to the auction}

It is a wonderful thing that we are able to use this technology to support those in need – even if we’ve never met. I am honored to get to be part of this.

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a touch of yellow

Each season, a certain color seems to be just the right fit. Right now, that color is yellow. At least for me. Yellow shoes. Yellow rainboots. A new yellow wallet {this one, but in yellow}.

And lots of pops of the cheerful color around the house.

flower napkin ring propped on an old bible on the coffee table

new pillow using this gorgeous fabric

the original nonna wreath hanging on my favorite book-page covered wall

you are my sunshine print {part of the JDC | Monthly march collection}

yellow books

a rolled paper flower bouquet and striped hand towel add some sunshine to the front bathroom

potted flowers from my mom

pom pom ribbon = cute.

my favorite flower pillow {from the dwell line at target last year}

old school house chair – the perfectly beat up shade of golden yellow.

mini modern pearl necklace in mustard. A staple in my wardrobe these days. {P.S. these necklaces are handmade by the adorable Jessica of Allora Handmade and they sell out really quickly. If you sign up to be on her email list, you’ll be the first to know when her shop is restocked and you can grab one while its available}

Lots of yellow … in little doses. That’s how I do color.

How about you? Are you noticing any particular color preferences in your home or wardrobe lately? Do tell …

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decoupage light switch plates {tutorial}

When your walls are painted a dark color, what do you do with the white outlet covers that become so obvious?

The walls in our living room are this deep slate gray which makes the random white switch plates dotting each wall really stand out {and not in a good way}.  Someone suggested painting them to match the wall color, but I was a little concerned that the paint would not adhere well to the plastic {has anyone tried this? Does it work?}.

Then yesterday I had a moment of inspiration and decided to decoupage them with a fun scrapbook paper to make them blend, but also add a touch of style.  I know this has been done many times before, but I thought I’d share with you how I created mine anyway. It was a super easy project and you could come up with some great ways to either hide the covers or make them pop, depending on what works for your room.

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: switch plate

:: scrapbook paper {or wrapping paper, fabric or book pages}

:: mod podge

:: scissors

:: sponge brush

STEP ONE: cut paper slightly larger than outlet cover

STEP TWO: apply mod podge to back of paper and front of switch cover and press together

STEP THREE: cut out the corners

STEP FOUR: applying more glue, fold in the sides and press to adhere

STEP FIVE: trim top and bottom flaps at an angle then fold down and press to adhere

STEP SIX: cut out center hole as shown

Once you have cut the paper, add glue, fold and press to adhere.

STEP SEVEN: cover front with mod podge to seal

And here it is up on the wall. From up close, you see the pretty pattern of the paper.

And from the couch, you barely notice the switches.

Just what I was hoping for.

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pot of gold {march JDC | Monthly}

Every month I get to create a new set of organization and seasonal paper goods for JDC | Monthly members. To have the chance to just dream up any design without any hindrances is one of my favorite parts about this job.

I know March is supposed to be all about four leaf clovers and leprechauns, but I decided to focus more on the pot-of-gold part and go with cheerful yellow.

I need cheerful this time of year … perhaps you do too.

So here is what the March collection is all about:

All of these items are printable files so you can print as many as you need, send a few to friends, use as gifts or save for a later date.

Included for March is {from left to right}: monthly calendar, hello note cards, weekly calendar, dinner time schedule, sunshine art print, grocery list, chore chart, house duties and mailing labels.

Each month, I also create a simple project with printable files.  This month, we’re making labels for organizing our pantries {or using as favor tags or gift toppers … your choice}.

I tried to get my little #3 to join me in the video and help with the project, but instead he made silly faces and hole punched his dollar bill and then was sad because he didn’t really want a hole in his prized dollar bill … oh, the life of a four-year-old. Needless to say, he did not make the final cut. But I did do a short video to show how to create the labels and even share a cheater method for laminating tags without a laminator. Good stuff.

If you’d like to learn more about JDC | Monthly, click here.

Or if you’d like to just jump on in, we’d love to have you. Your first month is free!

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