is there anything you want to know?


Today is a great day for a little question & answer moment.

If there is anything you’d like to know about me, our family, the business, our home, life in general … I’m here to answer.

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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316 Responses to is there anything you want to know?

  1. Codee April 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Emily – love your blog! How did you teach yourself Illustrator? I am looking into taking class but already have the program. Do you have tutorials you would recommend? Thanks!!

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      I really just played around with it. One of my friends knew a little bit so she walked me through the basics. You could try Nicole’s Classes {online illustrator class}. I’m also hoping to put together a mini class for how I use illustrator – it seems like there are lots of you who would like to be better at the program!

  2. Elizabeth April 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Let me start by saying sorry if you already answered this. I am on my phone so I haven’t read all the posts. I was curious about how you got the word out about your blog and company when you first started. I am currently trying to start a little creative business of my own. Thanks!!

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:44 am #

      There are lots of ways to spread the word … unfortunately none are instant or without some effort. Some of the best things you can do are: connect with other bloggers, offer giveaways or freebies, create great content that is sharable/pinable, submit ideas and blog posts to larger blogs as guest posts or featured posts.

      It takes time, for sure, so just be true to yourself and create the best content you can.

  3. Ashley @ the handmade home April 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    I just read through all these and feel like a total dork/like I learned more about you haha! This is a fab idea!!! And your sisters had me in hysterics. Love.

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      My sisters are the best. I’m glad you know me better!

  4. Heidi Biggs April 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Love your blog. Love your shop. I loved the embroidery you did of your daughters Bible verse and I’ve always wondered what Bible verses you’ve done for your other kids. Be well!

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      My boys are all the same: joshua 1:9
      Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid. For the Lord your god is with you wherever you go.

  5. E, April 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I absolutely love your blog (it was one of the first that had me started following) and am looking at taking the blog class. With the blog class, I remember it used to say something about getting a package with WordPress included – is that still the case? Thanks!!

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:42 am # is always free. But we do offer a free wordpress theme to our students.

  6. sylvie April 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    hi emily! first and foremost, thanks for being so candid and real in your blog and this Q&A. also, thanks for the wonderful free printables you offer!! wanted to ask ~
    1. what fonts did you use on audrey’s birthday invitation?
    2. if you were to do it all over again, is there anything you would have done differently with regard to your blog? what about your business?
    3. how do you record/organize your creative ideas?
    4. in your opinion, what are the top 10 “must-haves” for anyone wanting to start a blog/business?
    5. for fun….what’s the title of the last book you read? your favorite magazine?
    you are such an inspiration in so many ways!

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      1. I used bombshell pro and courier
      2. I don’t think I would have done anything differently because it has all been very organic. Some people go into blogging with a plan and actionable steps and that is not really how I have approached it {which is not surprising because I do very little with a plan and actionable steps!}. We are at a point now where things need to sift a little to figure out where we are headed, what we’re doing, what I want to be known for, etc. Sometimes I wish I could just start from scratch with a perfectly branded company and products that make sense and a process that is seamless – but this is probably not reality. It is always a process and I’ve learned to just adapt and change and grow.
      3. I pin things. I tear things out of magazines. I jot down ideas on random scrap pieces of paper and leave them stacked up on my desk. I start projects and make adjustments and they sit on my office floor for weeks.
      4. yikes. I’m not sure I could name 10! I’ll try: a passion, a talent, a website, a catchy/recognizable logo, an email list, something of value for your people, a business bank account, business email address, a workspace you are inspired in, a supportive family/friends.
      5. What Alice Forgot. Favorite magazine is country living.

      • Abbie (Five days...5 ways) April 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

        I read What Alice Forgot recently after stumbling across it in a bookstore when I needed a good vacay read. It was hard to put down!

        • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

          I know! I read it in just a few days because I was so intrigued and wanted her life to work out!

      • Christine Williams April 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

        I LOVED What Alice Forgot!

  7. Amber April 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    I have often thought about starting a blog, as I too love to create and decorate, but I cant help but worry about sharing myself on the internet and becoming vulnerable to whoever happens to stumble upon my blog. Do you ever worry about strangers stalking you or your family? I am not trying to freak you out by the way! It is just honestly something I worry about and has held me back.
    Thanks so much.

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      No. I actually don’t. But my husband does. I am much more trusting and free with details of our lives and he is more protective. It probably is a good balance. There are things you can do to protect your family – don’t share names or the location where you live or show exterior photos of your home. You can write with a pen name and keep your children off your blog altogether.

      We have kept our married name private and try to use No. 1, 2, 3 for our kids instead of their real names. Audrey just is known as Audrey – not sure why I share her name and not the boys. There are certainly creepy people lurking and I’m sure some of them have read the blog, but I really haven’t encountered anything that has threatened our security or privacy.

  8. Kayla April 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Love your blog and the blog class! You have inspired me so much to start my own blog and gave me the tools to do it! I’m amazed at all that you do with 4 kiddos! When the kids were little, toddler age (like mine who is 16 months) what activities or special things did you do with them? How do you fit quality time in with each child?


    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      Thanks Kayla!

      We live in a neighborhood where I have a group of friends with kids all the same age. When the kids were toddlers, we spent a lot of time together meeting up at parks or library story time or the open play time at the gym. We still hang out a lot, but our kids are usually in school or we go to the neighborhood park afterschool. Having other mom-friends has been the best thing to help make it through those tiring toddler days!

      As far as quality time with each child, this is harder to do with four. We like to read to them before bed, but that is usually a group or partial group event. We do one on one dates from time to time – just to starbucks usually.

  9. Rachel April 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Hi Emily, How do you stay so fit?? Any special diets or exercise?? Do you stay away from carbs?? Thanks!!

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      I am not so sure I’m fit … just thin :)
      Partially, it is genetics. I also try to make good food choices, but I’m sort of a sucker for anything crackery or sugary. I’m pretty active, although I don’t have a specific workout routine. I like pilates. Actually I love pilates. And barre workouts. Wish I did them more! My best friend claims I eat like a bird. I’m not sure about that, but she’s probably mostly right.

  10. kendra April 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm #


    i’ve been following your blog for awhile now and i love everything. i don’t know that the q&a is the right forum for my question but perhaps its the best way to contact you.

    i have been looking for recipe cards for at least a year now. my grandmother is getting older and i would like to have a hand-written recipe card from each grandmother and my mother to hang in my kitchen. but, i cannot find anything that really goes with something so timeless. i am looking for something classic but not retro (or 1990s with gingham…). would you have any interest in doing something like that? if not, do you have any ideas of good paper sources? i have done some hand lettering but i know that if i do it myself i will see every flaw in it for years…but if someone else does it, i won’t. does that make sense?

    i’ve kind of put the whole search on the back burner because i couldn’t find anything but this past weekend, my grandmother took a spill and i realized i don’t have as much time to complete my project as i would have hoped.

    thanks emily!

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      this is a great idea. Have you looked at paper source? they always have nice designs. I have also found recipe cards online that I like {search for printable recipe cards}. Hope this helps!

  11. Sally April 2, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    Discovered your blog recently when looking for ideas on how to create paper flowers. Using your button bouquet idea (from Family Fun Magazine) to raise money for a Relay for Life event I am participating in. I recently resigned from my job that had become very stressful and am enjoying being at home and creating for my own self-created Sabbatical. Very refreshing and rejuvenating for my soul. I have been reflecting on being creative and how it is a reflection of who God is and who he created us to be and that taking the time to create and sharing this with others is an act of Worship. The use of wire also inspired my emerging teenage artist son to create wire trees attached to rocks to also raise money for the event (as well as spending money for him). Thanks for inspiring others to create. I also made a coffee filter flower wreath and am making some for others. Since I am not working, it is great to find ideas that I can afford to do. My husband is saying no (in a responsible manner not oppressive) to the platform beds for my teenage boys who are too tall for a normal twin bed – need X-long) until I go back to work so we can afford the expense. Sigh.

  12. Sally April 2, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    One more thing. I think it might be more helpful for others to see pictures of your home and closet under your stairs as it is daily instead of picked u and pretty (maybe before and after pictures). I heard a lot about how lovely your home and family are (no doubt) in the comments. But, I hope they understand our worth is not in just those things. Our beauty and worth is also in the beauty of who we are in the mess and chaos of daily living when things are not so pretty. Do not intend to be preachy. Some of the most beautiful people I know don’t always look so on the outside.

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      I do agree. I will make an effort to show the process more.

      • Cassie April 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

        I have to say that I have always been impressed with how “real” you are in expressing the truth of your daily life! When I read your blog I always feel that you are doing your best like the rest of us, and you never appear afraid of showing or talking about the messy reality. Thank you for that!

        On another note, what is your all-time favorite, must-do craft? xxx

        • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

          I really, really, really love the book page wreath. It’s so light and fluffy and neutral. It looks equally pretty on the front door or in the house.

          I’m partial to realistic, inexpensive, simple projects. Nothing that takes hours and hours and doesn’t turn out like the example. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending an entire evening on something you don’t even like.

  13. Elizabeth April 2, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I’m thinking about getting lash extensions. What is the maintenance like?

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      I love mine. Mostly because I don’t have to wear mascara. I get them filled about every three weeks. If you are careful to not touch your eyes and sleep on your back instead of smushing them on your pillow like I do, they could last longer. Some places recommend a certain cleanser and comb, but I literally just don’t wash my eyes and try not to touch the lashes. Pretty easy maintenance if you ask me!

      • Jennifer April 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

        I have short stubby clear eyelashes, and I’m very interested in eyelash extensions. I have never heard of this before! Seriously, I look like a different person with and without mascara. At the same time, if you had the wrong person apply them, it seems like it could go badly. Do you have any recommendations for a reputable source? Did you have a recommendation from someone before you tried it, or did you just go for it? I feel like I sound a little crazy, but this is such exciting news!

        • emily April 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

          I went with my friend who had heard about a good local place. If you are in the seattle area, I’m happy to share the salon where I go. Otherwise, just ask around to see if you have any friends/acquaintances who have extensions to find a good salon. Of course you want to be careful since this is going on your eyes! And beware … once you start, you will never want to go without.

        • kathy April 5, 2013 at 11:27 am #

          Can you recommend an eyelash place near Bellevue? Thanks!!

          • emily April 5, 2013 at 11:33 am #

            I go to lash chicks in bonney lake. It would be a bit of a drive for you, but I am happy every time. I’m not sure of a great place near bellevue, but I’m sure there are many.

  14. Colleen Huff April 2, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    My husband and I have evolved to having very different decorating taste. Years ago we shared the same taste but I have grown to love a more eclectic approach and love Mid century modern too. I am a stay at home mom and love the blogs, yours especially, pinterest,etc and DIYing. How do you suggest we decorate our new house with both our taste? Do you ever run into this with your hubby?

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:20 am #

      This one is tough and certainly not something Ryan & I have figured out. Our real life friends know that decorating is our biggest marital issue! I know that’s crazy, but we both care and have opinions and so we’ve worked hard to find a middle ground.

      Have you seen those design shows where they take his style and her style and merge them into a collective one? I love those because I think a house is not just meant for the woman to decorate and the man to endure. A pink and flowery bedroom would never fly in our household! So maybe you could each do an inventory of what you like and somehow find a common ground. Do you both love light, white spaces? Or dark, cozy feel? Can you find a few major pieces of furniture that you agree on and then accessorize with an eclectic mix?

      Hope this helps …

  15. Becky Monteiro April 2, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Hi Emily. I just came across your blog this past week. You have no idea how has changed my life. It’s the first time I’m writing a comment. My whole life I always felt like I needed to live a creative life but so far that has not happened.
    I’m from Brazil and I’ve been living here for about 9 years now. I have two little ones, and I’m never motivated enough. Your life experiences have inspired me to make a change. I realized that is not too late. You revolutiozed my way of thinking. Who knows maybe I’ll have a blog of my own, even though I don’t think I’ll have followers. I’m very different than the other girls, most of them don’t look eye to eye. I’m very blunt and honest with my comments and most women I know can’t handle that. God bless you and your beautiful family!

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Becky … thank you so much for such a sweet note. I am honored to have helped you affirm your need to create!

  16. Deanna April 2, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you for your inspiration . I really enjoy opening up “emily” in my email in box because I know there is a nice surprise waiting :) How do you create your graphics ? Do you draw and design your own originals or do you edit/transform existing graphics ? I’m learning and have great vision but am struggling to do it myself .

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      Many of the graphics I create myself using Adobe Illustrator. I use a lot of digital scrapbook papers in my designs for texture and sometimes I make my own patterns as well.

  17. Sara April 2, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Hey Emily! My friend Lindsay is updating her kitchen (we all love those projects!) and she really liked the color of granite you used in your kitchen. Your post about your kitchen updates said that you got it from Home Depot, but could you let me know what the name of the granite it? Thanks Emily, and I hope you haven’t had to answer this too many times yet :) Thanks

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      I wish I knew the name of it. We bought it about 4 years ago and I never marked down the name.

  18. katie r April 2, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    I signed up for your emails (I already subscribed in google reader) to get access to your easter printables. I have gotten a confirmation email and then a link to todays post but not the printables. Did I do something wrong? Love your posts on life and faith and design!

  19. Roberta Jung April 2, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Wanted to know if you have any other downloadable paper flower patterns/instructions.

    I made the paper orchids and used them to decorate our Christmas gifts – they looked so beautiful and elegant! Thank you!

  20. Kristine April 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    How do you get dinner on the table most nights ??

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      We try to have a rough plan for dinner. If not, I start thinking about it around 4. Half the time we end up eating breakfast for dinner, going out or finding something basic like spaghetti or grilled chicken & veggies. My kids are good about occupying themselves while I make dinner. Ryan is also home most nights to help.

  21. Madaline April 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    How many JDC | monthly subscribers do you have? Did you ever foresee that it would become what it is now?

    I’ve been a subscriber for about a year now and love it! It often times helps spark my creativity and reminds me to send a little note to someone!

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      I hoped it would be successful! There is a principle in marketing that you can assume a 1% conversion rate when you offer a product. So if you have 100 readers, you can assume 1 will purchase an item. Based on those numbers, we have about two times as many subscribers as the general rules says we should, so we feel very thankful! There is a constant stream of new subscribers and ones who cancel after several months but for the most part, we’ve had only positive feedback. I’d like to keep things fresh with new items and we’re trying to figure out the best direction for monthly. I’ll probably send out a survey soon :)

  22. Kim April 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Hi Emily! Thank you for this blog and everything that you and Ryan do to put such great ideas, thoughts, and creativity to the universe! I truly am grateful for the constant inspiration that you guys provide to your readers!

    We just bought a new home and your blog gives me so much inspiration for decorating! But I have a 4 yr old daughter and she loves princesses and pink and has so many toys! As I am looking at Audrey’s room, it’s so tidy and chic! Does she have a play room where all her toys are? My daughter’s room constantly looks like a tornado’s gone through it! She has so many toys and clothes (that’s due for giveway/toss) – but I guess my main question is do you have any suggestions on how to keep toys organized is a chic manner?

    Also how do you go about discplining your kids? I put my daughter in time-out, but I’m not sure how effective that really is.

    Also (sorry for being all over the place) – have you ever done a sewing tutorial? I have been wanting to learn so bad how to sew, but it seems soooo complicated! I would love to sew my own curtains, etc.

    Thanks so much!!

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      Um, you should see the current state of audrey’s room. Now that she is old enough to have dressup and a play kitchen and a trillion dolls, her room is a mess. I’m thinking of an update in there as she is no longer a baby and needs more of a play/bedroom. We do have a playroom, but most of her girly toys are stored in her room.

      Yeah – we don’t have that one figured out. I love Love & Logic in theory, but we don’t always practice it. Time outs are our go-to discipline for the little ones. Audrey is still pretty distractable so most of the time I can get her to focus on something else. For the older boys, they lose privileges {like ipad time, no book time, etc}. It’s a constantly changing thing, this parenting.

      I have never, but it’s on my list of upcoming classes! Just a mini class about the basics of sewing. I’m thinking I’ll have my mom help because she is the expert. I just sew pillows :)

  23. Nicole April 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Hi Emily! I am a member of the blog class (and i love it!)and I have big dreams for my blog but i often get discouraged by what I don’t know how to do and often lose hope that my blog will be what I want it to be or that I can accomplish what I want to accomplish with it. I am learning the importance of feeling okay in the midst of being in process but how do you stay encouraged and what has helped you push through the aspects of blogging that are intimidating (if any). Sorry if this question is too vague…

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      I am discouraged all the time! There are a million better bloggers out there writing more often, posting fresh content, creating better projects, taking better photos. My numbers may be larger than they were a few years ago, but they are still small compared to BIG blogs. I compare and feel insecure and have to really work at keeping things in perspective. The last thing I want to do is STRIVE and STRESS and COMPETE. I just want to do what I am called to do and I hope that is enough.

      I was talking with a blog friend {ashley from the} and we both feel the same way: no amount of striving will get us where we want to be. There will always be more. So instead, we chose to be grateful for where we are – even if it is not exactly where we want to be, we must chose gratitude.

      Not sure if this encourages you. I know it is hard when you are pouring your heart and time and energy into your blog and it feels like it is going nowhere. Keep going, keep following the Lord’s leading, be yourself and make strategic choices when necessary. You’ll get there …

  24. Leah April 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Not really a question, but more of a comment: I found your blog a few years ago and it has been a source of encouragement that was much needed! I started my own blog recently and have often thought of how organic and simple you keep things. It is hard when every piece out there about blogging is full of rules and structure to feel like you can be genuine. Thanks for being a light of encouragement and openness!

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Well, you are welcome! I break rules all the time, but that is part of the beauty of doing your own thing. And honestly, there really isn’t just one way of doing things. We must do what works for our own situations and personalities and time commitments and goals. That’s my opinion, at least :)

  25. Militza April 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi Emily! Thanks for this Q&A! I write a blog, which I love, but the hardest part has been building reader engagement. Were there any specific actions that you have taken throughout the years to help readers become more engaged and leave comments? Thanks a million in advance :)

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      I wouldn’t say I get a lot of comments. Part of the reason is that I do not ask a leading question at the end of the post. That is probably the best way. The times that I do receive the most comments are when I write a more journal-y post that strikes a chord with other women. On just the day-to-day posts, there is not a ton of reader engagement. I think that’s okay. Number of comments does not prove that a post is good or relevant or make you a better blogger. So maybe think through why it is you are seeking more comments? Probably the most important thing is for your readers to share a post {either on facebook or via email or pin images from it}. So make sure you have some sort of share buttons at the end of your posts to make that possible.

  26. jordan April 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    It seems like you have a lot of creative people in your life (family/friends). I was wondering if you would ever do home/room tours of your mother in law, mother, sisters, bff, etc.?

    Also, do you ever see Ryan quitting his job to do JDC full time?

    Has jealously from friends/family been an issue for you since your blog has grown?

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Wow – those are interesting questions!
      1. I do have lots of talented and creative people around me. My best friend’s house is really cute. My mother-in-law has the best taste, my mom and sister’s have great homes too. I’d love to take photos and post them. Great idea.
      2. We would love for that to be a reality! We’re working towards it, but it is risky as we do have four kids to provide for! We’ll see. He’s always working on side projects and different businesses, so at some point I do see him retiring from the fire service, but I’m not sure if it will be to work for JDC or one of his other business ventures.
      3. I don’t think so … most of my real life people are not into blogging. They read mine and maybe a few others, but they don’t really get the whole blog thing so it doesn’t seem to be a big deal. They are proud of me and so supportive. And as my best friend says, she is not surprised to see me in this phase of life because I’ve always loved style and sharing it with others. She is very good to me.

  27. Kim M. April 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Hi Emily! I loved your Christmas post about how you were trying the four presents (something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read) for your kids. My husband and I want to do it when my daughter gets older. I have been so curious…how did it go for your family this past Christmas? Is it going to be your new tradition?

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      Great question! I was going to do a follow up post after christmas but I was honestly over christmas and didn’t want to talk anymore about it! So I’ll probably post about it before next christmas. But I will say that yes, we’ll do it again. And yes, the kids were terrific with it. It was hard for me to limit myself – but also a good learning experience. And I think it was good for the kids to get their most important things and not a lot of fluff.

  28. Felicia April 3, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    You do such a good job in so many different crafty areas, what is your favorite?

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      I like paper crafts the best. And I think I would love sewing if I did it more often.

  29. Winnie April 3, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    Hi Emily,

    Thank you for sharing your ideas and all your diy projects. Love it.
    I just want to ask which part of the US do you reside in (don’t worry I’m not gonna stalk you) and the printables for the easter project, are those handwritten or is it a particular font. I love the simplicity and all the table settings look great. I mean they are all charming in their own way. Looking forward to your reply. God bless you and your family always. :)

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      1. I live about an hour south of Seattle, Washington.
      2. The easter print was done by Lindsay of Lindsay Letters – it is her amazing calligraphy!

  30. Melissa April 3, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Hello. Would you mind sharing what color of paint you used on your kitchen cupboards and on the walls in your kitchen? Great blog! I love it!!

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      The kitchen cupboards is a custom mix to match our existing trimwork in the house. It is sort of creamier than I would prefer, but looks nice and not stark-white. The upper walls are Texas Leather by Benjamin Moore. Love that color.

  31. Nicole April 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Emily, I’m a little late to the Q&A party, but I was wondering about your business. Are you a sole proprietor or an LLC? I want to start my own small home business, but I’m not sure which is best. How did you decide which way to go when starting JDC? Thanks for your input!

    • emily April 4, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      I started as a sole proprietor and now we are an LLC.

  32. Caryn April 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Where did you get the natural fiber rug that is currently in your living room?

    • emily April 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

      It is from IKEA. A little small for the space, but it was a great price!

  33. christen April 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi, Emily! I’m super tardy so I don’t have a question but wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful tutorials you post! My mom and I had a lovely weekend together making a similar wreath for above my daughter Evie’s crib and a stack of burp cloths as well. Your tutorials were so, so wonderful- the projects created such sweet memories and beautiful handmade additions for my first little one. I love your blog so much and just wanted to say “thanks!”

  34. Shalise April 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    When are you going to share your fireplace redo? I am curious about the stone you chose (color/style/brand). We are in the process of our own fireplace makeover and I just love how yours turned out… (although a full photo might be nice to see)

    • emily April 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      It will be soon :) We still have to finish a few more things and then we’ll do the big reveal.

  35. Dawn Wiggin April 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Hi Emily! Do you have a list of on-line sources that you typically purchase fabrics from? As you well know, its so difficult to find the selection in our local fabric stores!

    • emily April 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      There are a few great online resources …,,,

  36. Stephanie April 12, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Where do you find your lovely throw pillows that are in many of your photos? They are so beautiful and unique!

  37. Martina April 28, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Hi Emily, I was just wondering where do you live :)) In a lot of your instagram photos, there is so beautiful nature! And I also want to thank you for your amazing work!

    • emily April 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      We live about an hour south of Seattle, WA. It is definitely beautiful!

  38. Amy August 12, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Hi Emily-
    I don’t follow a lot of blogs but by far yours is one I LOVE. You have so much talent and inspiration. My family just bought a home…finally :)
    My question is, I am on the endless search for a couch that is comfortable and stylish. I love your tufted couch with all the pillows in your recent post. Would you mind sharing where it’s from/what style? And do you find it comfortable. I’m looking to have it in our family room. Thanks so much for your time!!

  39. Carol February 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    Hi — found you not too long ago, and can’t thank you enough for all the free printables, especially the Bible verse artwork! Love your style — appreciate your time and work!


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