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Black and White Striped Dish Towels + Napkins (and a giveaway!)

black and white striped dish towel / jones design company

You may have noticed in photos posted here on the blog and on Instagram that I have a slight obsession with all things black and white striped. Rugs, lamp shades, ribbon, throw blankets, and most recently, striped dish towels and cloth napkins.

black and white striped dish towel / jones design company

I found this perfect dish towel at a little shop on vacation and bought a few. I’m super picky when it comes to towels in the kitchen … they must be absorbent. It is so annoying to try to dry your hands or a dish and have the water just push around or bead up on the towel. I like one that actually soaks in the water and does it’s job. I was so hopeful that these striped cuties would also be useful towels. Thankfully, they are. Even before washing, but especially after.

Since I found what I loved, I researched the distributer and ordered a whole box. A few more for me and a bunch for you.

black and white striped dish towel / jones design company

While ordering, I also found the matching napkins. Big, square, soft goodness that look great dressing up the dining room table.

striped dinner napkins / jones design company

These are great for fall, but I think I can use them throughout the year embellishing with different fruits, flowers, greenery to match the season. I’m also thinking they could be turned into pillows (you know how I feel about pillows …)

dining room place setting for fall / jones design company

I have a set of 8 napkins leftover and would love to give them away!

Enter to win the giveaway!


As for the dish towels, I wish I had more to offer, but I didn’t want to go crazy with my order so I only have 28 sets of two. I’m thinking the easiest way to offer them to you is to do a sale on a first dibs basis over on Instagram.


If we run out before you have a chance, don’t worry. I’ll try to get another order in soon, so just let me know in the comments if you’d like a set!


The towels sold out waaaay faster than I thought. I’ll place another order and will send them out when the shipment arrives. If you’d like a set, head to instagram and post your paypal address here

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the annoying framing saga of my new favorite artwork

Months ago I spotted the most striking watercolor birthstone artwork in the Minted catalog. The collection caught my eye and I kept coming back to it trying to decide where I could put a print or two in our house.


I really loved all of them, as a whole set, and walked around the house looking for a blank wall that could feature 12 gem prints. Turns out, our front guest bathroom had just the wall. Blank, white, ready for art.


The people at Minted were so kind to send the prints to me and I agreed to frame them and hang them and share how fabulous they look with all of you fine blog readers.

Well, as I mentioned, that was months ago. It has literally taken me months to get these things framed and hung and ready to share.

So here’s how the saga went down:

The prints are 11×11 square. I could have opted to have them framed from Minted, but I envisioned a modern, streamlined, super simple gold metal frame and they don’t offer that as an option.

So I just figured I would have them framed myself.

I took the art into a local frame shop on a day when they were having a big custom framing sale. I picked out the thinnest (and I’m assuming cheapest) metal frame. The sales lady measured and typed some details into her computer and spit out a number for the 12 frames and glass and back hanging things.

You know what that quote was?


And that was with a 40% discount.

My mouth hung open and then I politely let her know that I’d be looking for another option.

I mean, I’m not the cheapest person in the world and I realize nice things cost money. But a thin metal frame with some glass should not, in my humble opinion, cost over $100. Especially when I needed 12 of them. Good grief.


So the search began. What I wanted was an 11×11 square gold thin metal frame. And as luck would have it, that does not exist in the world.

I bought a few different frame options and wasn’t crazy about any of them.

When I found a pack of 4 12×12 album frames from Walmart for $9, I figured I would give it a try. I ordered 3 sets and when they arrived, one was damaged. So I ordered another set. One of those was cracked, too, but at that point I had a few extras so I just tossed the broken ones and kept the good ones.

The frames came in black and are the cheapest, most poorly made frames ever created. But at this point I was just wanting to get the project done, so I stuck with them. I thought about just keeping them black, but decided I really did want them gold and took them outside one day and sprayed them with my favorite gold spray paint.

Once the frames were painted, I put the art in them. The frames are 12×12 and my art is 11×11 and the lady at the frame store told me I couldn’t have mats cut with that small of difference so I went the easy route and just mounted the art on off-white 12×12 scrapbook paper. It’s not ideal, but it looks fine.

Are you bored with my story yet? I am. The whole thing was annoying.

Anyway, I finally popped them into the frames (which was a saga in itself as two of them shattered) and hung them in a grid on the bathroom wall.


I hung them in a tight grid with one inch in between each frame. Using a level and ruler, I marked where the nails should go and started tapping them in. It only took me 19 holes to hang 12 prints :)


But after all the drama, they are on the wall and look beautiful. I seriously adore these prints. I love their simplicity and their detail and how they are organic and fancy at the same time.


And the frames, while not perfect, work fine. From afar, they actually look like just what I had in mind.


Here’s the moral of the story:

  1. If your eye is drawn to a specific piece of art, go for it.
  2. Thin metal frames from the frame shop are not cheap.
  3. Cheap frames from Walmart are inexpensive and also terribly engineered.
  4. Pushing through with this framing fiasco was worth it. The art looks great.

Thanks for reading my story and letting me rant for a moment. To reward your perseverance in getting this far, how about a chance to win $250 from Minted?! One lucky ready will win $250 and three more will win $100.

minted + jdc giveaway. 1 winner will receive $250 to Minted, 3 will win $100 each!


Good luck!

*** UPDATE ***

The giveaway winners are:

Emily S.
Lindsay B.
Erica W.
Gwen L.
Congrats, ladies!
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My daily bible reading routine

I haven’t been great at opening my bible these past few years. I’ll just put that out there from the start.

The reasons are legit – my kids wake earlier than I do, I’m just so exhausted by the end of the day, I’m not part of a formal bible study so I don’t know what to read. And yet, if I truly believe that what I believe is true, then God speaks and nourishes my soul through His Word and the thing I need most in my day is connection and openness to hearing God. Which comes through opening my bible.

A little over a year ago, I discovered She Reads Truth and it has changed my daily bible reading routine.

She Reads Truth started as a small group of internet friends holding each other accountable to get into God’s Word and has turned in to the most amazing resource for women all over the world.  They offer simple bible reading plans, regular studies to work through, an app that makes following along each day super easy and optional workbooks that double as journals.

So this is what my daily bible reading looks like:


I grab my bible (or two – I like my NIV study bible and The Voice for a different translation), my current She Reads Truth study workbook, a pen and my ipad.  I don’t have a set time, just when there is a few minutes of quiet when I can steal away to the front porch or living room couch or my bedroom. I’m learning to just tune the kids out because unless I get up very, very early, there’s just no avoiding their sweet presence in my life (do you hear a hint of sarcasm?!).

Whatever the current SRT plan is, I follow along. I like to use their app, but you can follow each study for free on their site (or get them sent to your email each day). I find that I can’t keep up with the everyday – I miss a day here or there and so I like using the app to keep track of where I left off.  This usually means I’m behind a little, but I’m okay with that.

I used to just read the scripture, read the devotion and maybe pray for a second. But my best friend challenged me to use the workbook to write down prayers, thoughts, insights and since starting that a few months ago I find I get so much more out of each day’s lesson.  It makes me pause for a little longer, forces me to write which makes me think and I’ve had such soul-satisfying times with the Lord because of taking those few extra minutes to linger. Plus, I can go back and see what He was speaking to me and how prayers have been answered and where I’m still growing.

I’m so thankful for my friends at She Reads Truth who help us busy ladies get into God’s Word.

I asked my friend Raechel if we could do a giveaway of their newest study and she was so generous! We’re giving away a $30 store credit to FOUR lucky ladies. You can use it for the upcoming This Is The Gospel study, or any of the previous ones (may I recommend Fruit of The Spirit? I designed the art, but also the study was SO GOOD). Enter the giveaway below.

We also have a discount code for JDC readers:

Enter EMILY15 at checkout for 15% off anything in the

She Reads Truth shop

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christmas card goodness (and TWO $200 gift cards!)

We had our family pictures taken this past weekend in preparation for our annual Christmas card. I just love christmas card season … the mailbox is suddenly filled with pretty envelopes and loved ones faces instead of boring bills and junk mail. It’s like a little gift every time you open the mailbox.


I snapped this photo of our photographer working her magic with the kids and then later she sent me a real sneak peek and – oh my goodness – I can’t wait to see the finished photos so I can make our final card selection.

We ordered our cards from Minted last year (shown above) and will definitely do it again this time around. They have amazing designs, excellent quality, quick turn-around and affordable prices. Plus, they started printing with gold foil! That makes me happy.

Here are a few of my favorites this year (how am I ever going to choose just one for our cards this year?!)

2014-favorite-cards-1 favorite-cards-2

So cute, right? There are a million other great designs with fun options for colors and shapes and they even offer envelope addressing for free.

You can order your cards now

// OR //

enter to win $200 in minted wonderfulness!

minted-giveaway Click here to enter.  Minted will select TWO winners.

Giveaway ends Tuesday November 25th. Good luck!

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she reads truth (and a giveaway)

Occasionally I have the honor of collaborating on design projects, and this one is my favorite so far.


She Reads Truth is an online community of women reading, studying and dialoguing about God’s word together. I was looking for a change to my morning bible reading/devotional time and came across She Reads Truth. Each day, I get an email with the devotional for the day that goes along with the current series. There is a scripture passage to read and then commentary to help apply what we’ve read. It is quick, but deep and is a perfect way to encourage me to actually open my bible.

on desk

When the girls at She Reads Truth asked me to help design their first study in print, I was quick to say yes. I love what they do and am totally on board with the idea of a daily devotional study in print form. There’s space to journal, write out prayers, jot down notes or parts that are extra meaningful. Online devotions are simple and useful, but there is just something about paper that helps keep me focused.


This 17 day study goes through the book of Nehemiah and begins on May 12th. You don’t need the book to join the study – it’s really just an extra tool if you are a journal-ly, doodler type of lady.

Plus, it’s such a pretty book.


I especially love the watercolor map of Jerusalem which will hopefully be helpful as a visual guide in understanding what Jerusalem looked like in Nehemiah’s day.


Here’s the whole Nehemiah Study Pack:


The Nehemiah Study Pack includes:

    • 1-8×10 Scripture print designed by Jones Design Company and printed on watercolor paper
    • 2- super nice, wallet-sized scripture memorization cards to correlate with Weekly Truths
    • 1- 8×10, 34-page booklet including:
      • gorgeous, full-color cover printed on watercolor paper
      • informative, watercolored map of Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s day
      • daily scripture references (correlating to the online reading plan)
      • key verses for each day
      • dot-grid study area for writing and sketching
      • two lined writing areas for prayer and life application
      • Weekly Truth pages with useful memorization tips and areas to study the selected verses
      • and a lovely, watercolored benediction on the inside back cover (which you can also remove and frame, if you like)

I’m so proud of this project and can’t wait to start the study!

Study packs are available for purchase now. Use code JDCFREESHIP for free shipping through friday at midnight.

OR … enter to win a set of three (for you and two friends to do together!)

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Giveaway will end on friday at midnight!

You can learn more about She Reads Truth, join their email list to receive daily devotionals and connect with a community of wonderful women by clicking here.

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favorite christmas card designs {and a $200 giveaway}

Don’t you just love receiving holiday cards in the mail? I know we’re in an age of digital delivery, but I sure hope this tradition of sending actual cards in actual envelopes that you pull out of an actual mailbox never stops.

It’s about that time to start thinking about Christmas cards and Minted is one of my favorite sources for amazing designs, quick turn-around and affordable prices. And they really have something for everyone.

Here are a few of my favorites this year {how am I ever going to choose just one for our cards this year?!}



So cute, right? There are a million other great designs with fun options for colors and shapes and they even offer envelope addressing for free.

You can order your cards now

// OR //

enter to win $200 in minted wonderfulness!


Click here to enter.

Giveaway ends Saturday November 16th.

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three final giveaway winners and a freebie for you

Hello Saturday! I hope you find yourself enjoying this weekend – resting, playing, creating, sharing, celebrating. I have two things to chat about today:


Here are the last three winners for the 20 days of summer giveaways:

noonday necklace // Ellen Lyle

beach body oil // Grace Adkins

lisa leonard gift card // JJ Blandford

Congratulations ladies! Please email me {} with your address and I’ll send out your goodies.


As the end of summer vacation approaches, I feel this need to reorganize, set goals and start fresh. It happens each year – does it happen to you as well?  The kids head back to school, summer adventures wind down and it feels so good to take a look at our routines and make changes to make things better.

One of the things I want to take a closer look at is the direction of JDC.  I will always blog my heart and share creative ideas here because that’s just what I love, but I also want to know what you, the readers of the blog, like best. I think I have a pretty good idea of who you are, but most of that is based off of assumptions and I might be totally off. I’m kinda all over the place with blog posts and if there are some categories that are much more interesting to you than others, I’d like to know so I can focus on some ideas more than others.


We’ve come up with a few questions that will help us get a better idea for who you are, what you love about JDC and how we can make things better. Would you take a few minutes to fill it out?

As a thank you for your time and answers, you will receive this super cute printable art print {from the JDC | Monthly August Collection} for free.

Just fill out the survey and at the end you will be able to download the pdf to use as you wish.


Click on the button above {or right here} to take the survey.

Thank you!

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the FINAL summer giveaway with lisa from lisa leonard designs


 We did it! 20 days of AWESOME giveaways. Thank you to the lovely ladies who let us into their lives, for their summertime item suggestions and congratulations to all of the winners {your prizes are on their way!}.

To wrap things up I have a special guest who is just about as inspiring as any woman I’ve {virtually} met. She has a sweet family, a fabulous online business and is the type of lady you want as your friend. I’m so pleased to chat with


She answered a bunch of my random questions and her answers just confirm what a talented, sweet, down-to-earth person she is.



We’re in San Luis Obispo, on the central coast of California. Summer means trips to the beach, camping, ice cream at Avila Valley Barn, fresh strawberries, lazy mornings and roasting marshmallows after the sun goes down.


We all gather in our family room/kitchen area and it’s the heart of our home. But if I want some quiet time, we have a cozy couch in our living room with lots of natural light. I love to sit in there with a good book and a cup of coffee.



Story. I want to hear your story and know who you are. The heart of our stories—that’s where we connect.

{Lisa and her family have a pretty inspiring story. Read more here}.


I love DIY! This jewelry stand is super easy and functional.



 Honest, imperfect, generous, creative, loving.

{funny thing is, I don’t even know Lisa, but this is totally how she comes across on her blog/social media. I love that she is herself and that it translates over the internet}


I love creating unique jewelry and gifts. I want my designs to be truly original and fresh. When I see something go from sketch, to model to finished design, it makes my heart happy!


{See more of Lisa’s designs in her fabulous shop}

We’re excited to finish out this series with a great giveaway to Lisa’s shop:

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Thanks for entering!

To read more about Lisa’s family, her story, what she wore and her jewelry line, visit

{one winner will be announced on saturday august 3}

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summer giveaway with kate from centsational girl


We’re down to our last two days of this giveaway/blogger feature series!

Today’s guest is a pro – at blogging, diy’s, photographing her home … all of it. She is super talented and has become one of the top home bloggers due to her great sense of style, approachable design and generosity with tips and tricks. Please welcome the charming




Picnics in Sonoma, sunsets at the coast, and road trips to favorite California stops: San Diego, Carmel-by-the-Sea, or Lake Tahoe always get a visit!



In the morning, my desk where I catch up on blogs and do my writing with a big cup of coffee at my side. In the evening, our bedroom where the kids and I snuggle up to read together at night.


{such a pretty room. I can see why she loves it!}


An actress on Broadway! But then I realized when I became a teen I didn’t want to live that scene, so I chose a different stage: the courtroom. I practiced law for 7 years before turning to my adult passion: interior decorating and home improvement.


I have a ton of favorites but the one that gets the most use (and most traffic!) is the laundry room drying rack from 2009.



My ability to teach myself something new, from learning to use power tools, to mastering Photoshop, to learning how to take better pictures with a DSLR camera. All self-taught!

{see 10 great photo tips at this post}


If we’re talking material things, it’s a pair of vintage champagne glasses. They are Empoli Italian cased glass goblets we bought at the End of History in New York City and we toast our anniversary every year with them.



The ability to work in my pajamas if I want! Not that I do. Okay I do it a lot, especially on rainy days.


See more of Kate’s lovely home, check out her best diy’s and keep up with her current projects at

Kate’s pick for her summer must-haves is this yummy-smelling body oil. I love it just for the bottle!

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{one winner will be announced on saturday august 3}

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summer giveaway with paige from simple thoughts


Sometimes you just want a friend who is a little bit older than you, maybe a stage or two ahead of you, who has advice to offer, a calming presence and the wisdom to tell you it will all be okay. Not quite your mom, not quite your peer. I’ve always been drawn to these type of women and today’s featured blogger is one who I would put in that position in my life in a heartbeat {if it weren’t for our across-the-country-distance}. She is a southern woman with all the charm in the world, who loves her husband in such a sweet and inspiring way, and who speaks so highly of her four girls and the privilege of motherhood. She makes me excited to watch my own children turn into adults. She is amazingly talented behind a camera and works as an ambassador for one of my favorite shops with a cause, Noonday Collection.

Please welcome




atlanta braves; an air conditioner that cranks up as early as april and runs will into september; fresh georgia peaches; freshly mowed green grass and a back yard of hydrangeas; our annual trip to seaside, florida {affectionately referred to as holy week}; grilled hamburgers & hotdogs and ice cold coca-cola; a house full of girls, flip flops & wet towels; sitting at the table after dinner is finished and not hurrying off to the next ‘event’.



Over the years I’ve gone from being quite a collector and wanting to display all of my collections at all times to a much more minimalist approach in my decorating. I’ve spent a handful of years really minimizing and giving away so much of our clutter. In a home of six people, all of the ‘stuff’ can easily overtake and dominate a home. I wanted our home to be comfortable and clutter-free. A blank canvas where I can choose to display different pieces of art {oftentimes made by my children} or a simple large bowl of shells. I want the people in my home to be my focus, not all the things. I did a little video on my journey to simplifying here.



the white sand & crystal blue peaceful waters along the gulf coast; beautiful music, folk music, bluegrass, country, jazz. I love all genres really; stories of women overcoming obstacles in their lives; whimsical art; time with my girlfriends; love letters from my hubby; one-on-one time with each of my daughters; spending leisure time in one of my favorite shops: perspicasity, anthropologie, pizitz, patchouli’s.



I just can’t do it all and do it all ‘well’ all the time. I think as women we love to be the caretaker, the chef, the chauffeur, the gardener, the stylish fun friend, the hot wife, the well-read intellect, the carefree fun encourager, the everything. It’s just in our weave to try to do a lot and do it well. Many days I feel I fall short. I didn’t give enough attention to one of my girls, or I snapped at another one of them, I didn’t prepare a fabulous meal or I hurt someone’s feelings. I want to come to terms with being comfortable with the ebb & flow of doing life as a realist but maintaining a sense and a heart for dreaming. I want to come to terms with the fact that I can’t be the perfect mom that each of my {all very different} four daughters need. I’m thankful that my faith instills the promise that the Lord gives new mercies to me every morning … now I just need to give myself the same new mercies!


Oh wow. How long do you have? I can honestly say blogging has been a game changer for me. While blogging is truly a labor of love, it’s a sacrifice of time to be intentional and regular about journaling our lives. Somedays I just don’t have all the time I’d love to spend writing down moments that I want to capture forever … but on the days I do, it is truly a blessing.I have more than one answer for this one. Blogging keeps me accountable to journal notes of encouragement for my girls. I can share my love of capturing images of them over the years and put those images in a medium with words and I love the outcome.Secondly, some of my dearest friends have truly been formed through blogging. Honestly, if I listed my closest friends right now, more than half were birthed in one way or another through blogging. A priceless blessing I can’t imaging being without!


You can see more of Paige’s home, her beautiful daughters and musings about life at

Paige is an ambassador for noonday, which offers accessories handmade by vulnerable groups of people around the world. Their  aim is to bring style while creating a pathway out of poverty for artisans and their families through dignified sustainable income.

Today’s giveaway is a necklace handmade in Ethiopia using recycled nickel, copper and bronze melted down from previous war weapons. Most of the artisans who created the pieces are HIV positive and receive healthcare and literacy training in addition to job training.

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Thanks for entering!

To learn more about Noonday, visit here.

{one winner will be announced on saturday july 27}

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winners this week

Here are the winners for this weeks’ giveaway goodies:

boxwood wreath // Courtney Cotten

design book // Amber Low Middleton

narnia series // Lettie Burns

candle // Stephanie White

paper placemats // Melaine Thompson

Congratulations! Please send me a note {} and I’ll send out your gift.

We’re finishing up this series this week with three more fabulous bloggers {and prizes!}.

Enjoy your weekend

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summer giveaway with shaunna from perfectly imperfect


Some bloggers are just inherently likeable. They share good ideas, are honest about their imperfections and give a heaping dose of inspiration. Today’s lady is definitely one of those. Please welcome



Shaunna answered a bunch of my questions and I’m guessing you’ll like her even more after reading her fun/sweet answers.


 Alabama heat, trips to the coast, sweet tea, & a slower pace


I love a few of our projects, but the one I keep coming back to is our writing room and playroom.  We finished out our attic and turned the spaces into places that serve us so well, an office for me & a playroom/school room for the kids.  It was a 6 month process, but totally worth it in the end!


{such a lovely space! See more here}

And the playroom


{see this space here}


A writer.  Granted, I wanted to write tales of mermaids and fairies, but a writer nonetheless.

{congrats to shaunna … she just announced that she is indeed going to write a book!}


Drink a half a pot of coffee & write.  Seriously : my kids have two breakfasts: their snack breakfast and the larger one.  #reallife


Cooking them breakfast sooner!  And putting away clean laundry.  Slacker.


 The sea, paint, mamas who have dreams, & my little people.



Go for it:do it all, and leave the perfection to someone else.  Create the home you want now.


Shaunna has such pretty style with lots of soft colors and textures. She is a pro at painting furniture, does really great tutorials and even opened a small retail shop {it looks amazing!} and an online shop as well. You can see much more of Shaunna at


I’m crazy about today’s giveaway. These darling papers are great for simple decorating and add a cute graphic element to your tabletop.

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{one winner will be announced on saturday july 27}

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summer giveaway with melaine from my sweet savannah


Today we’re chatting with my friend Melaine. She’s been blogging for quite some time and has such a laid-back, friendly, creative personality.


One day about two years ago, Melaine and her friend came to my house for lunch. It was so fun meeting in real life and we’ve been able to catch up a few times since. She lives about an hour north of me in the most fabulous lake community and regularly hosts craft nights {which I have yet to make it to, but must!}. Please enjoy our visit with




endless hours swimming, BBQing, fishing, and paddle boarding.


a bar cart I made out of a tv table and old trunk


{so great! You can see the whole post here}


Determined, hardworking, focused, happy, and content.


if you love it, buy it. If you are wishy-washy about it, it’s probably not meant to be.


our home



{I will agree with Melaine … I’ve been to her house and it is definitely worth cherishing! It is this darling shingled cottage with a view of the most charming lake. You can see her house tour here}


Something comfy. Pillows, blankets, slippers, soft area rugs.



I love inspiring other people to get out and try things they otherwise wouldn’t have.  And also all the sweet friends you meet!

You can see much more of Melaine’s home, recipes, giveaways and projects at


Melaine is so great at executing ideas – it seems like she makes something new and creative everyday. One of her specialties are these great salvaged-wood frames and signs. She even has a fabulous studio to make them in!


She is teaching an online workshop in just a few weeks where you can learn how to use reclaimed wood to make signs and frames. It’s going to be a great course! Learn more here.

Today’s giveaway is one of Melaine’s favorite summery things {in the savannah scent, of course}

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{one winner will be announced on saturday july 27}

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summer giveaway with emily from the anderson crew


Here’s a true {but sort of embarrassing story}: I met today’s blogger while at a conference last year. I actually didn’t ‘meet’ her right away. I judged her first.

She had this funky/cool platinum blonde hair, cute glasses, trendy clothes and was teensy.

I thought she was way too cool for me.

A day or so later, I actually met her and we totally hit it off. She is funky/cool, cute, trendy and teensy, but also tender and selfless and honest and so funny. I hate when I judge based on my own insecurities.

All to say, I am now a big fan of this family blog, of her photography and refreshing truthfulness. Please meet my friend,




Well, it’s nothing fancy, but my silhouettes have been one my favorite DIY projects that I’ve actually finished.  I tend to start a lot of things, but rarely finish.  I’ll blame my children for that one.



My bed.  Or my couch.  Or really, just the floor.  Basically, anywhere that I can take a nap.



Well, seeing that I haven’t taken a vacation in 10 years (since my honeymoon) I should be asking all of you this question.


It might be another 10 years before I actually take a vacation.


Sarcastic, compassionate, feisty, helper, hippie-at-heart


Globes, milk glass, gnomes, antique plates and old furniture that sits in our garage.  My husband likes to affectionately call it all junk.
All the memories I’ve recorded.  My kids will thank me one day for documenting all of their embarrassing moments.  Or maybe not.  But the reality is, I’ve recorded stories and pictures that might not ever have been remembered.  I’m so thankful for my many years of blogging.



One of my favorite things that Emily does is called Embrace The Camera. You can read all about it here, but basically she just encourages women to get on the other side of the camera lens and document life with us in the photo.


How great it is to have all of these little snapshots of daily life.

To hang out with Emily and her whole family, visit

You will love them.

Emily’s family loves reading and their favorite series is Narnia, so today we’re giving the whole set away.

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{winner will be announced saturday july 27}

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