too many pillows! / jones design company

coffee chat (scatterbrained edition)

Friends. My brain has turned to mush this week. First of all, the sky turned dark and it rained for the first time in what seems like months. And when it gets all gray and gloomy around here, it makes you extremely sleepy and unmotivated and blah. So I’ll give credit to the weather for […]

Continue Reading | 17 comments

sending him into the world

This is my baby. He’s almost 12 years old, is kind and witty, loves reading and digging, playing with friends and will probably invent some crazy contraption when he grows up because he’s always coming up with ingenious ideas.  He wants to be a teacher or a chef or a professional lego builder. He likes […]

Continue Reading | 9 comments

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 […]

Continue Reading | 31 comments
Simplified Graphic Design: Illustrator for Beginners / and online class from jones design company

class is now in session

I wish I was talking about my kids being in class, but no. They don’t go back to school until next week. It’s been a FANTASTIC summer and I’ve been holding on to it for as long as I can, but the weather is changing around here and the kids are getting antsy and this mama is […]

Continue Reading | 11 comments
Boys in the Boat - a great read if you like history , sports, Seattle and an engaging story / jones design company

a book recommendation for you

This summer, my newest obsession has been listening to audio books. I listened first to this one, then this, this and this (even though I had already read it and seen the move. It was so fantastic even for a second time and maybe even better to listen to than to read or watch). While […]

Continue Reading | 30 comments

Getting back to schedules and routines and organization

Are you looking for a new way to stay organized this fall? Now that the summer is winding down, vacations have been taken and routines are on their way back, right now is the perfect time to set new habits to make your life easier. Paper Works is our super helpful monthly club with stylish […]

Continue Reading | 10 comments
free hand-drawn back to school clipart / jones design company

Fun freebie: Back to school clip art

Well, it’s back to school season. We still have two weeks before our kids head back, but it seems like facebook and instagram are filled each day with smiling kiddos in new shoes wearing too-big backpacks starting off their new school year. In honor of our kids and teachers and schedules returning and quiet houses (ahhh), […]

Continue Reading | 11 comments
How to wear your shirt with a half tuck / jones design company

Doing the half-tuck (how to wear your shirt)

My friend Julie and I have a joke: every time she texts me with a question, the answer appears on the blog a few days later. So either she asks questions that I’m totally thinking about at the same time OR her question spurs on a blog post topic (hint: it’s probably the latter). A few days ago she […]

Continue Reading | 19 comments
inspired by emeralds / jones design company

Inspired by Emeralds

You all know I’m a forever-and-always neutral girl. But mixed in, I usually have a certain color I’m drawn to at the moment. Sometimes it’s blue (usually it’s blue), sometimes mustardy-yellow, once it was orangey/peach. Right now, I’m feeling emerald green.   This deep, pure, bright-ish-but-not-too-bright green feels so fresh and early fall and compliments my […]

Continue Reading | 25 comments

Four years ago: blogs are like …

Sometimes I look back at the post archives on the blog and think it’s fun to see what was going on one year, two years, even four years ago to the date. When I came across this post from August 15, 2011, it felt like a good one to bring back for today. We’re all pretty aware […]

Continue Reading | 11 comments
DIY bulletin board / jones design company

DIY Bulletin Board

Slowly but surely, Audrey’s room is coming along. The gallery wall really stepped things up a notch and it got me motivated to add some cuteness to the other walls. When you have one side of the room filled with art, it makes knowing what to do with the other walls a little tricky. Add more […]

Continue Reading | 14 comments
Exploring Mt Rainier / jones design company

a day trip to mt rainier

Ryan and I took the boys on a day trip to Mount Rainier this weekend. You know how it is when you live somewhere and take certain places for granted and skip out on doing the ‘touristy’ things because you aren’t a tourist? This was one of those things. But Ryan has summitted the mountain twice […]

Continue Reading | 15 comments

coffee chat No. 42

I made up that number. I’m not sure why. If you’re new around here, sometimes I like to do what I call COFFEE CHATS. This is where I just spew all the little stuff out at once – kinda like if we were real life friends sitting around over a cup of coffee and hitting […]

Continue Reading | 26 comments
How to curl your hair with a curling wand (how-to video) / jones design company

How to curl your hair with a curling wand

I’ve recently added a new tool to my beauty regimen and like it so much I made you a video for how to use it. This is becoming like a mini series – first I did a video about how to curl your hair to get loose waves, then came a video about my 5 […]

Continue Reading | 17 comments

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 […]

Continue Reading | comments