Archive | June, 2012

painted lampshade {tutorial}

Once upon a time there was a plain lampshade that sat upon a thrift store lamp in the corner of my desk. It was a perfectly fine lampshade, but just so plain.

And so I gave her a pretty facelift.

Do you have a lampshade that could use a little love? I’ll show you how I did it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: lampshade

:: design to transfer {I used this free wreath artwork + a hand drawn initial}

:: pencil

:: acrylic paint + fine paintbrush

STEP ONE: tape your image inside the shade in desired location

STEP TWO: trace the pattern onto the front of the shade {lightly} with a pencil. Hold the lampshade up to a light source for better transparency.

STEP THREE: paint over pencil marks with paint.


What an elegant lamp shade she is now!

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q & a day {because I could really use a distraction from my aching wisdom teeth that are no longer there}

So not to be all whiny, but getting my wisdom teeth removed was way worse than I expected.  Its been a few days and I’m still feeling yucky. My poor husband and children. I’m not normally one to sit on the couch all day, but believe me, there’s a pretty nice emily-sized divot in the cushion right now.

Anyway, how about a little distraction while I lay in my cozy spot?

Something fun for the next few days :

I’ll call it Q & A.

You can ask me any question in the comments

and I’ll respond back {as best as I can} as a reply to your comment.

It will sort of be like we’re having a real life conversation as friends

only in a weird cyber-ish way.

But still as friends.

Okay : ask away :

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do you want to be a member?

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

Each month, JDC | Monthly members receive a seasonal assortment of calendars, chore charts, note cards and art prints to keep organized all month long {and look cute doing so}. We also do a monthly project with printable templates included – always something simple and season-appropriate that can be used during the month or saved for another occasion.

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

Here’s what we did in May:

And June has been a good month, too.

{have you started checking items off your summer-to-do list?}

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

Waves, jumping fish and summery pinwheels {instructions and printable papers included}.

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

“I just subscribed this month and have been so excited to get working on July. I’ve been joking with my friends that I already feel like a better version of myself ” – Amber


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 $9.99 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 . daily menu . grocery & shopping lists . note cards . mailing labels . an original art print {exclusively for JDC | monthly members} . tutorial with templates for the project shown

You will be sent a link to 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 project 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 July link was emailed to you on the 22nd. If you need any help, please let me know!

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how to make playdough

Playdough is one activity that keeps my kids busy for hours {okay, fine, minutes}. But it does hold their attention for longer than many activities and I actually enjoy playing it with them. Every month or so we make a new batch of fresh playdough using a very simple recipe.

Just a few pantry ingredients are needed and it takes less than 10 minutes to cook up a batch.

{see below for a printable recipe}

Pour all ingredients into medium saucepan over medium heat.

After a few minutes, the dough cooks itself into a ball. Remove from the heat.

Pop the dough into a ziplock and add food coloring of your choice. The kids like this part.

Now squish together until the color has mixed through.  The dough is still very hot, so be careful if you let your little ones help with this part.

Then start playing!

We love playdough.

For your convenience, I created a recipe card for you. Just click on the image below to download and print.

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paint chip garland {tutorial}

When brainstorming decorations for my cousin’s ombre shower, I came across this darling image:


How cute is that paint chip garland? So I decided to make my own and {of course} share how I did it with you.

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: paint chips – I felt like a total thief, but just grab a stack of coordinating colors from your local hardware store. P.S. Is this legal?

:: twine

:: paper cutter

:: hot glue gun, glue

STEP ONE: cut paint chips into strips

I only used the three middle pieces because I didn’t want the rounded edges.

STEP TWO: cut twine to desired length {plus a little for tying}

STEP THREE: add a line of hot glue to the top of the strip and press onto twine

Here I am in action. Talking on the phone and crafting. It’s what I do best.

You can use it as is, or snip the bottom of each strip for a ribbon look.

Such a simple and nearly free little decoration.

Will you be making one, too?

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