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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