Archive | December, 2012

a stylish way to organize your new year

Have you begun your resolution-making?

Perhaps you’d like to be more intentional with your time. Maybe you’d like to simplify life by letting the little things go. Or possibly {like me} you really want 2013 to be the year you finally tackle meal planning.

One way to start the year fresh is with JDC | Monthly – a subscription created to help simplify and organize life in a stylish way.

This January, the collection includes:


Because the designs are pretty to look at, you won’t mind hanging your weekly schedule front and center. You’ll be much more likely to see it everyday and, in turn, much more likely to stick to your plan.

Every month I also show how to create a simple project using printable templates. This month, we’ll make notepads:

as well as a yearly at-a-glance calendar:

Both are great for gifts!

Plus, keep track of your 2013 resolutions on this note card:


And to top it off, you will also receive a limited edition printable art print.


JDC | Monthly brings you all original designs that are easy to use and never overly complicated.


JDC | Monthly is an incredible value at $9.99 per month and your first month is free.

You are welcome to give it a try. If it’s not the right fit, you can cancel at any time.

Plus, all JDC | Monthly members receive 50% off all printables in the shop.


Start your year off in organized style and become a JDC | Monthly member!

Click the button below to sign up:


    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.

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

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tips for decorating your christmas table

Last weekend Ryan & I hosted our annual Christmas party.  Ryan’s parents are talented in many ways and also generous and agreed to make our night extra special by cooking and serving our meal. A kid-free night without having to cook and hanging out with our favorite friends? Yes, please!

As an extra bonus, Ryan’s mom {Nonna to the kids} brought her decorating genius with her and made our table fabulous.


We started with a roll of sparkly polka dot wrapping paper, taping it to the table to hold in place. Then she started her magic, using a trailing potted ivy as the base and adding all sorts of silver, green and white vases, candles and flowers to fill.



It really was quite beautiful.


A few tips for decorating your Christmas table:

* wrapping paper, burlap or a long piece of favorite fabric makes a great table runner

* inexpensive chargers {mine are from Target for $1.99 each} make the table look a bit fancier

* sticking to a simple color scheme {green, white, gold & silver here} keeps things cohesive and makes a visual impact

* everyday white china and white cloth napkins work with any table theme -  these are great basics to have available

* use unconventional items – jars of apples, a vintage wire basket, a moss covered reindeer – all are unexpected and memorable

* clip from your yard {or christmas tree} for natural greenery {sticks are great, too}

* take apart a mixed bouquet from the market and group like flowers together – or, better yet, cut a bunch of roses or carnations short and pack tightly together for a modern floral arrangement

* vary the height of your containers and group in odd numbers

* add candles and if you have a dimmer on your chandelier, turn down the lights

* and in the words of the Nester, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Wishing you a very, very Merry Christmas!

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four gifts {tags}

Are you doing the four gifts thing this year?


Still wrapping? If so, here are some freebie tags for you to use.





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letting some things go

It never fails … every year around this time I have a long list of ‘want to dos’ and very little time left to actually do them.

The list is usually filled with good things: create meaningful gifts for teachers and neighbors, bake favorite christmas treats, wrap presents beautifully, set up the elf in clever ways each night.

You get the idea.

I’m guessing you have a similar list because ’tis the season to go get overwhelmed by our lists of good things.

The truth of it is, as great as the ideas/activities are, some times we just have to let go.

Take, for instance, our family christmas cards.

It was so hard for me to finally come to terms with the fact that in addition to everything else on the list, getting family photos, selecting a design, ordering the cards and then addressing was just not going to happen this year. It actually took me a few days to make the decision to let the cards go. I love having the keepsake each year, I love receiving friends’ cards, for goodness sake JDC started as a custom card company! But allowing myself to let the idea go has really changed my attitude about this holiday season.

Sometimes, no matter how good it may be, you just have to let it go.

My best friend is passionate about healthy eating and gets up early to make a wholesome breakfast for her family. It is something she enjoys and believes in, but sometimes, she says, her life ends up feeling a bit like Groundhog’s day – wake, fix breakfast, do dishes, kids to school, make dinner, do dishes, sleep. Repeat.


She didn’t ask for my opinion but in light of my recent christmas card decision, I gave it anyway: sometimes you just have to let it go. Even though you value healthy eating, it’s okay every now and then to stay in bed and let them grab a bowl of cereal {this coming from the mom who regularly stays in bed while her children make a disaster of the kitchen. What can i say? I value sleep more than a crumb-free floor}.

It may look different for each of us, but I’m guessing we all have a few things to let go.

Holiday cards. Eggs & bacon. Perfectly piped sugar cookies. That last homemade gift on your list.

With only a few days left before Christmas, I’ve made the decision to let go of some things and grab hold of moments with our family that ultimately mean more than darling christmas cards {oh, it still pains me!} and elaborately wrapped gifts.


May you be filled with peace as we move through this most wonderful time of the year.

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snow globes

Last week, the kids and I attempted to make snow globes.

We followed this tutorial and they sort of turned out.


But not as good as I hoped.

I couldn’t get the right proportion of glycerine/water/glitter and then the trees kept coming unglued from the bases.

So, actually, the diy was sort of a flop.

If I were to do it again, I would forgo the water, and do something simple like Melissa did:

Faux snow + faux tree + giant mason jar. So simple and so pretty.

Or I would just line up a bunch of bleached bottle brush trees like Bonnie did:

She even shows you how to bleach your own trees if your craft store only sells the green ones.

Or maybe I would spring for a real snow globe since I could literally shake and stare for a good 30 minutes. They’re mesmerizing, I tell ya.

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{west elm – no longer available}

{sundance catalog}

{potterybarn kids – they’re on sale!}

Sometimes its just worth it to buy the real thing, I suppose.

And that is the story of how I tried and failed at one of the easiest diy projects floating around the web. You win some, you lose some.

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