q & a


I’m trying something new for the next few days :

I’ll call it Q & A.

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 :


Thank you for all of the questions so far. I think I have answered each one, so if you have more to add, scroll to the end of the comments and keep asking!

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  1. Deanna April 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Greetings . I love receiving your emails and find myself looking forward to them as they inspire me so much ..l thank you ! My question for you is how do you create your graphics ? Do you edit clip art, existing images or do you design your own illustrations ?

    • emily April 2, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      I do a little bit of all of that. I design somethings by hand. I draw somethings with my computer mouse. I use clipart. I use a lot of clipping masks in Illustrator to take an exsisting shape/clipart pattern and make it my own.

  2. Elaine May 25, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I love your blog…I am a mother of one at the moment and work part time as an accounting assistant, but what I love is home design, refinishing furniture, and painting anything and everything.
    I am curious about your summer boutique – I loved the look and feel of the event. …have you done another one since last summer? Where do you sell most of your stuff…through your blog, etsy, or in local stores? I currently sell on etsy and have attended an outdoor market, but I am not sure I am capturing the best audience becuase of the size of most of what I sell.

  3. Annie May 24, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I love the photo collage you made for Audrey’s first birthday party. Such a creative and fun way to document your sweet girl’s first year. I want to copy your idea and do the same thing at my baby’s first birthday party. Do you have a template you created to make it?

  4. Kelly E. May 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    I, too, am late to the party! My family and I were in Palm Springs this weekend for a little get away and I excitedly said to my husband, “Emily was just here!” He said, “who” and I had to say, “the blog lady” and he immediately knows who I’m talking about. hahah…anyways, I tried to read through all of the comments, but it’s getting late and page 3 was as far as I made it. I apologize if this question was already asked.
    1.) I remember reading you went to APU, so I was wondering if you are originally from Washington or did you grow up in California? If you grew up in Washington, what made you choose APU as a college?
    My good friend (a native Californian, but just moved back from Seattle) and I were talking about the differences between Californians and Washingtonians (I think I just made up that word). She said the people are so down to earth and real in Washington and making friends (true friends) was so much easier. She misses the honesty people had up there. I was born and raised in Orange County, California and I have struggled with this too. Finding real people. Down to earth people who are open and honest and not trying to put on a face for what others want to see. Anyways your name (blog) came into our conversation about how real you are and how we would love to have a friend like you. So, thank you for being so open and honest and for being a good cyber “friend.” We need more Emilys in CA!
    Once again, thank you for what you do. Keep on being an inspiration to so many of us and let your light shine!

  5. Krissy May 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I know I am late to the party but…a few posts ago you said you were trying out a new way to organize your son’s legos. Was it a success? Please share! My son is a lego fanatic and I need some good tips on how to keep them organized! Thanks for your daily inspiration! I am in love with your blog!

  6. Heidi May 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Dear Emily,
    I am relatively new to your blog, but I was at once enamored, not only with your style and talent, but with you your refreshing honesty and vulnerability as well. It you be so easy for you to showcase only those aspects of your life that would make you seem perfect. However you have chosen to be yourself and in doing so have won the respect and admiration of so many. Thank You! I was wondering what magazines and catalogues to you enjoy reading.

  7. Kara May 23, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I enjoy your blog so much – thank you for all the beautiful things you share with us! Your creativity and generosity are a credit to our Creator.
    My question is about the custom stationary that you used to do, specifically, how did you advertise and get clients? I have, for years, made my own cards, invitations, announcements, etc., and also given them as gifts to friends. And while people ooh and ahh over them and urge me to sell them, no one ever wants to pull the trigger and actually pay for them! Do you have any suggestions for how to make a few sales?
    Thanks so much!

  8. Michelle May 23, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Hi Emily! A friend introduced me to your blog and designs a few weeks ago. She said that I could get some serious inspiration…and I have! I haven’t really done anything with the inspiration, but I just LOVE the look and feel of all you do. And I’ve been reading your blog since…I love it! You seem real and transparent, professional, fun and oh so creative! I love that you share your Faith, too. OK. So, here are my questions {assuming you’re still answering?!}

    :: I’ve been wanting to sell my notecards and photographs on my website, but it just seems SO confusing! Trying to set up shopping carts, getting the layout to look pretty…Eeks! I’ve looked into people to help set up shopping carts and such, but it’s quite pricy. Do you do this yourself? Or do you have someone to help you? If the former…any good resources for learning how to do it? If the latter…who is it? :)

    :: What blogging platform do you use? Blogger? WordPress? {I use wordpress…and maybe that’s where my trouble with the above lies?!}

    I understand having a family and having a business and a blog can be kind of crazy! Even though I’m a newbie reader and follower, I appreciate the time you put into “us”! :)


  9. Krystal Wight Armstrong May 23, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    I have a few things I’d like to ask, but I wanted to get through everybody else’s first…I’m hoping this offer still stands tomorrow, since I had to stay up late doing some Screenprinting homework for my may-term class tonight. Wasn’t sure how long ‘the next few days’ was going to last for this.
    It’s been really fun reading all the previous Qs & As so far though! And Happy Week :)

  10. Michelle May 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I just discovered your blog yesterday & I can’t stop reading! I was wondering, if you don’t mind sharing, what color paint is in your dining room, and what color is in your entry way? I want both!:)

  11. Grace May 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I do remember being so excited to find out that you were a Seattle(ish) gal! I live near Mill Creek but moved here from Indiana almost 3 years ago. My question is what are your favorite places to go in the Seattle area (dinner, entertainment, on a sunny day…etc)? Any secret, hidden gems? Any amazing thrift stores?

  12. Shalee May 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Another question since I just figured how to look at previous comments. What type of things, books, and websites do you learn to better you blog, design, etc.? I want to better my blog but I feel stuck..

  13. Shawna May 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    just a few more questions :)
    1. how long did you do ballet?
    2. what tips, tricks, and wisdom do y’all have for producing well-behaved children? any book, besides the Word!, that y’all love?
    3. did you have any other hobbies, besides dancing, when you were growing up?
    4. i would love to see your favorite products. anything from hair/face/make-up to laundry and stuff!
    5. i would love to see any and every organizational system you have! maybe from a house you lived in before? so those of us with smaller homes could get some ideas? i would LOVE to see pictures from your old house(s)! i live in a 1200 square foot house and have trouble keeping it “fluffed” because of the size and lack of areas to organize.

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      1. I love ballet. Every time I see a ballerina, I stare like a little girl dreaming of doing those beautiful spins. I took ballet from age 2 until about 12 and then for a few years on and off in high school – adulthood. I danced for Pacific Northwest Ballet and adored every second of it. When I got to Pointe, the ballet mistress met with my parents and suggested that I have my feet broken and reconstructed to make a better point. If I did not go through with the surgery, they would not accept me into their school to train to be a professional dancer. My parents decided NOT to let their little girl have her feet broken {!} and so my ballet career was over. That was a long answer to your question. Sorry.
      2. raising well-behaved kids – this could be a long one! I think I’d like to write a post about what we’ve done and open it up to a discussion with everyone. We are learning as we go and our children are not perfect, but we are pretty proud of each one of them. A great resource that we have found helpful is Love & Logic {http://www.loveandlogic.com/}. There are Christian versions as well, but this is what we have used a bit of.
      3. Hobbies growing up … I have always love to draw and do art, I was a cheerleader in high school, I tried to play volleyball and basketball in jr. high, but boy oh boy, I was not made to be an athlete.
      4. Favorite products would be a great post idea. I’m writing it down.
      5. I wish I had photos from our old house. I’ll see what I can dig up. At that time we only had one little guy and not that much stuff, so organization was not a big problem!

  14. Nancy May 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    I love your blog, it is such an inspiration to me. I wanted to ask a couple of questions. I love all of the frames that you use to display your art prints. Do you have a ton of frames? Do have a favorite place that you get all of your frames?

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

      Remember how wonderful my m-i-l is? She finds frames at thrift stores and then I get to take them home with me. Most are just random frames collected over the years. Nothing fancy – a lot from IKEA or Target. A few from Potterybarn.

  15. laurie May 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Hope you’re not overly exhausted by all these questions!! First off, love your site!!
    I wondered if you’ve ever purchase sofas/chairs off craigslist or a thrift store. If so, how would one go about cleaning it? I’ve seen some great items, but always been afraid to buy them due to the “ick” factor. I saw a blog somewhere that had been completely done in used furniture. I thought it was you, but I searched your posts and could not find it-so I figure it wasn’t you!! Anyways, just thought you might have a suggestion or some wonderful advice on second hand shopping!

    • laurie May 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

      I meant to say the room had been completely done in used items…..

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

      I am not an avid craigs-lister, but my mom sure is. I’ll ask her what she uses.

  16. Shalee May 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Where did you learn how to do design. I am wanting to do online school since being a mom and being in the military. I love to do invites and that for my own good and family and close friends but I want to get a bachelors in something. Want to take a few classes in photography/digital design and need ideas. I just want something to lean to just in case something ever happens with the hubs. Which I have a constant prayer that it doesn’t. Thanks for all your love and inspiration.

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

      I have really just taught myself. There are online classes at lynda.com that I’ve thought about trying, but have not.

  17. Kim Christian May 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Where did you get your the table (metal, three glass shelves, below the stairs) in your living room from?

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      We bought that a few years ago from Pottery Barn. I wish I knew the name of it!

  18. Kylie Wilshaw May 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    I am from Australia and I simply love your blog and your beautiful home. I have four children too (three girls and a boy) and red hair!!
    A)Do you have photos of your Master Bedroom, Laundry and back yard?
    B) I can’t seem to click on the photos of your living room…is there another way to access them.
    Your site and design ideas are truly inspirational…keep it coming!
    Kylie :-)

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      A) You should see my master bedroom right now. Good heavens it’s a disaster. Hopefully I can finish painting, add new curtains, put away the clothes that have been sitting out for weeks … then I will photograph :).

      I’ll take some more photos of the rest of our house and share them. Laundry room & backyard included.

      B) I did an updated post of our living room {http://jonesdesigncompany.com/decorate/our-living-room/} but I just realized that I never linked that image on the OUR HOUSE page. Sorry about that. You know the funny thing? Our living room is different now. It’s never ending, I tell you.

  19. Tina Little May 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Emily!
    Two things….first, how old are you? hahaha!!! second, if you are ever in Renton, up in the Highlands, (can’t remember what exit from 405) there is an AWESOME, HUGE Indian fabric store with all kinds of satin material, tons of ribbons, lace, and lots more and the prices are CHEAP! I can’t remember the name, but it’s across the street from Joann’s Fabrics. It’s not open on Mondays. My heart flutters everytime I walk in. Anyhoo, I love your blog, you inspire so many people. Your #1 fan from Renton and now Greece, Tina!! :)

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      I am 32. But I seriously forget half the time.

      Thanks for the resource in Renton. I’ll have to go check it out.

  20. becky May 22, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Hola Emily! Your BFF is Amanda, from Kevinandamanda.com, right? It is just so wonderful that you and Amanda are so successful. Your mommas must be so proud!

    Question – and so sorry if you’ve answered it already – I’m thinking of putting pages on a wall, and then having someone build shelves over it. Did you just use two sided tape on the nook wall (with the book case, flowers, and cute nick-nacks)? I thought I read that. How do you deal with peeling down pages? If permanent shelves are in front of it, it’ll annoy me if pages are falling down. :)

    And do you think you’ll home school your kids?

    And one more! Does Ryan’s momma have a website? That woman is taaaaaalented…I’d love to follow her projects, too! :)

    Thanks so much for your lovely inspiration and faith.


    • emily May 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      My BFF from highschool is named Brittany – who I think knows Amanda? – and she is the creator of Pea Quinny and Pea Lovey Dovey {her great handwriting fonts}.

      If you are wanting your book pages to be more permanent, I would suggest using wallpaper paste or decoupage glue. I just double stick taped mine and they don’t really fall off, but they do get lots of wear and tear. I love your idea of putting them behind shelves!

      We still aren’t sure about home schooling. I would not be able to do my work and that is a big part of me, so I’m not sure if I want to give it up. We want our kids to have the best education we can offer, so we’re still searching out what that means.

      I was over at Ryan’s parents’ house and read her your question {she loved it :)}. She does not have a website as she does have a full time job, but I love that I can highlight her on this one!

  21. engquist May 22, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I’ve just recently moved and am at a loss as where to find paper. Then I thought of you and realized you must buy it in bulk! Is there an online source for finding good quality paper? I am definitely in need for any number of fun projects. Thanks!

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

      Waste Not paper is a great resource. Neenah paper is great too, but their website is not super user-friendly. And, of course, Paper Source is always a favorite.

      • engquist May 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

        waste not is a favorite of mine and was the source for the paper for my wedding invitations this winter. thanks for the reminder!

  22. Abbie H May 22, 2011 at 9:27 am #


    As everyone else here has mentioned, the hard work and attention to detail that you invest in your blog are so inspirational (I really do hope that your shirts can still fit over your head b/c if I had this kind of adulation heaped on me for a couple of days straight, I’m SURE my husband would have to take an embroidery needle to my inflated noggin; sorry, gross image ; )).

    In addition to your unapologetic Christianity, I think what like most–other than your talent for eye-candy graphic design–is the accessibility of your projects (copied ones include: painted wallpaper, using fabric as a crib sheet, many versions of your flowers, and your chalkboard scripture verse; will have to send you pics) and the fact that, now that I’ve got a little girl (after two boys), I can use your girlie projects to “frillify” her.

    On a slightly weirder note, I appreciate your attention to punctuation, capitalization, and general good grammar usage. As a former English, Spanish, and ESL teacher, I cannot properly express how much of a de-stresser it is to read clean, well-written prose instead of spending my time, thinking, “Commas, spell-check, and capital letters, people!” : )

    My question: if there were *one* thing you could change about your life/circumstances/yourself (besides more hours in the day to get things done and therefore get more sleep as well), what would it be?

    P.S. I 2nd what everyone has said about your visiting the South. I think you should just plan a trip to the Dallas area, then post on your blog that you’re coming and name a meeting point, and I’d bet that you could get a tidy sum of women to show up for a “meet Emily” girls’ day out! Whaddya think?!

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

      Ha! I know … such nice comments.

      I’m so glad to know that the projects that I show are accessible. There is nothing more frustrating than trying out a recipe/pattern/tutorial and not even come close to what the picture showed. I do hope to offer easy instructions for easy projects.

      And thanks for complimenting my grammar. I try. I never thought I would enjoy writing as much as I do!

      Okay, and to answer your question … If I could change one thing about my current life/circumstances/myself it would be to just get over this deep root issue I struggle with of always wanting to be ‘good enough’. If I could just get the TRUTH through this silly brain that I will never, ever be good enough, but that I am loved and accepted and SAVED despite myself, I sure would have so much more freedom.

      On a lighter note, as much as we love our house and neighborhood, we have the itch to find a large piece of property {with a view, preferably} and build a cool barn/warehouse type building that would just scream ‘us’. It is such a fun dream, but I wish it would be reality!

  23. Cecily May 22, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    I love your blog and all of your ideas and inspiration! I have ordered your prints and LOVE them! My question is: How do you make the backgrounds on your prints? Maybe you could do a tutorial on how to do that. Thanks for all of your inspiration. I like you also have 3 boys and we are actually expecting twins! So here is hoping for atleast one girl! Thanks again

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

      I will definitely share how to do the backgrounds.

      And I hope you have a baby girl! They are so sweet …

  24. Sandra May 22, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    One more question, did you make the fleshy colored pillow on the white chair in your daughter’s nursery? If so is it a version of one of your tutorials??

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      That ruffly round pillow was from Pier One a year or so ago. I’ve been wanting to re-create it though, so I’ll be sure to do a tutorial.

  25. Jen D. May 22, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I also enjoy reading your blog and being inspired. My youngest is 21 months old. At age 14 months she loved to and still does like to put things in and out of containers. I would give her two containers with cereal and she would transfer them back and fourth between the two for hours if I would let her. She also just sat and observed my other two kids. She wanted to do what they were doing, but couldn’t yet. She colored a little with the twistable crayons (those ones she wouldn’t eat) and she loved these toy cars that are rubbery and go on their own if you pull them back, they were a gift for my oldest a few years ago from target (the Parents brand.) she also loved to go on walks and unfortunately living north of Seattle we would be walking in the rain a lot. She started grabbing my hand and wanting to go on walks in the house. She still does this. Those were our favorite activities at that age.

    On a different note, I too have a daughter named Audrey. She is five years old and my oldest of three kids. I love her name, but being named Jennifer (such a commmon name) I didn’t realize that Audrey would become such a popular name.:( I have four friends in my MOPS group alone that have Audrey’s. Your Audrey is precious and I adore her room. Thanks for sharing all of you decorating inspiration, your faith and your life on your blog. I must admit I sometimes wish that I could trade you lives, but I am working on being content with the lott that I have been given. I often repeat the phrase from your previous post, “I can NOT do it all” and one a friend gave me “This too shall pass.”

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

      I love the name Audrey. So classic. Our other favorite was Kate – but now with princess Kate, I’m sure it will be crazy popular too.

  26. Teresa Smith May 22, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I am wondering if you have any plans for a Father’s Day Art idea that you would sell. I am in love with your artwork! It would be fun to give my hubby a framed picture speaking to fatherhood. Maybe a scripture? Your thoughts? Thanks so much!!!

    • emily May 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

      Oooh … I’ll come up with something. Great idea.

  27. Anita Scheftner May 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    I wanted to say thanks for sharing your creativity and ideas! As always, good ideas give birth to more good ideas :D

  28. Alima May 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    I have already asked a few questions, but I just wanted to comment again and say that this is officially my all time favorite blog post. It has been so much fun to read all the questions and see your answers. I’ve loved your blog since the minute I found it, mostly because of your fun projects and cute graphic prints and your fun, down to earth personality in your posts. But this has made me love you and your blog even more. It has been so much fun reading your answers and getting to know you more! And you asked earlier, what we like about WIWW – what I like about WIWW is the same as what I like about this post. It lets the reader in on a little bit of a more personal area in your life. For many of the blogs I read I never see pictures of the blogger, just their fun projects and what not. But WIWW lets us see you and a little bit of your style and sometimes I feel like I can see a little bit of their personality through those pictures. Lisa Leonard does WIWW and I know I look forward to it every week! I would love it if you started yours again – even if it was just once a month!
    No pressure – I know it’s probably time consuming and you have enough going on!
    Thanks again for doing this! So fun!
    P.S. If you ever come visit the south I volunteer to be your personal tour guide! :)

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

      I’m totally going to plan a trip to come visit Y’ALL.

      • Alima May 22, 2011 at 4:48 am #

        Perfect! And you already have the lingo down! ha! :)

  29. Stephanie Johnson May 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    My dearest Emily, I have to agree with all the other wonderful women to read your blog. You inspire me daily, motivate me when I am in a rut, remind me to have faith, and make me smile. Every day I see your name in my email box, I go hide in my guest room (so that MAYBE my husband and son might not see me sitting and realize that I am not paying them enough attention) and read happily. Thank you for bringing me along on your journey through life. May God bless you in every possible way. And if you ever happen to make it down south, pretty please let me know, because I would love to take you out to dinner (and maybe Scarlet Scales? I believe you are a fan? And some wonderful shopping!). Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration.

    And I cannot wait for your paint tutorials, printable invitations, and father’s day ideas! And anything else your creative mind can dream up!

  30. Camryn Zamora May 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Hi Emily. I LOVE your site. I rent my house, and I am usually not able to paint my walls. Do you have any suggestions for how to get some great color on my walls without painting?

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

      I suppose art work is the best way to add color. IKEA has a few huge canvas type prints {a map, image of New York I think, etc} that could fill a large space. Or you could paint a large canvas yourself – even just blocks of color. I’ve seen large drop cloths painted or stenciled with a saying and that is fun too.

  31. Amy May 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Is there a way to look at every single one of your posts starting with the very first one? I know you can search but I would just LOVE to start at the beginning and read all the way through to the most recent post. :)

    {can you tell I am new to your blog?}

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

      I guess there really isn’t a way to do it from the beginning … let me see what I can do about that ..

  32. Lynne May 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Emily, will you be hosting a Summer Boutique this year?

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

      Not this year. It was such great fun, but we just can’t fit it in to our busy summer this year!

  33. Leslie May 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    I don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said. I love your blog and it’s now one of the few that I even bother to read. I am going to email you some photos of projects I’ve completed after getting inspiration from you. So a HUGE thank you for the ideas and the ‘cyber-motivation’..:)

  34. julie @ jam-n-jilly May 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    hey emily!
    whoa! what an amazing response! i am trying to read through all the comments but i have to take a break once in awhile! my eyes go cross! what a great idea! you know how i feel about you and your blog! looove it! (in my high pitch singing voice!) i think this is great because its nice to hear from a blogger that you adore! i think alot of bloggers dont have a chance to reply back to all the comments! so its nice of you to take the time! you know that if i lived closer we would be sweet friends! you are a daily read of mine and most of the time i have done something very similar to what you post about! love you and all you do! thanks for sharing! xo

  35. Annie May 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    GREAT questions and GREAT answers!! You’ve given me so much inspiration and so much to look forward to as I venture out (again!) in this arena. LOTS of changes: changed my biz name (Henson Communication Design >> Henson Design Company **chosen before I found you** :) ), changed overall scope (added my own art, not just marketing materials for small biz) and gained three years pro-bono work while volunteering at my kiddo’s school. Add to that the confidence I feel I’ve received from this blog and I am ready to hit the ground running! Again! :) Thank you for being so great and open with us all!!!

  36. Abby May 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Hi Emily! I simply adore your site. You’ve inspired me to create hair clips and I recently sold some to Pout Boutique – a baby boutique here in Fargo. I was wondering where you get your fonts. I love them. I saw someone ask this question but I couldn’t find your answer.

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      You can see my 25 favorite fonts here {http://jonesdesigncompany.com/create/25favoritefonts/}. I prefer free fonts because I’m cheap like that, but there are TONS of great purchasable ones at myfonts.com

  37. Brittany May 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Emily, I just started following your blog and have really enjoyed the tutorials and little bursts of inspiration. Thank you for sharing. And bless your heart for answering all these questions from strangers :)

    My question: Where do you get your supplies at an economical price? Especially the linen and heavy papers and all the fun ribbon?

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

      One of the perks of having a business is being able to order things like ribbon and paper wholesale! My favorite ribbon sources are midori ribbons, may arts and renaissance ribbons. I love all the paper from Waste Not paper {who supplies Paper Source}. Most of my fabric just comes from the fabric store. IKEA curtains make great fabric as well!

  38. Chelsie May 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    First I wanted to thank you for being so vulnerable with your faith. It makes me love your website even more, knowing that I am reading something from a person who is a fellow believer.
    Secondly, I am curious how you make your headbands? I truly enjoy making my girlfriends with baby girls (unfortunately I still don’t have one… maybe the next one will be) flower headbands… I’ve just been stitching them together and then backing it with felt to make it smooth for the babies… is there any other thing I could be doing?
    Thank you so much for this Q&A!! What a wonderful idea!

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

      I just take a piece of elastic and hot glue it to the strip of felt. Then glue your flower over top of that and you’re done!

  39. charlie May 21, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    hi emily~
    i love your sweet blog! i have a daughter who is 14 months old, and was wondering if you had any great play ideas for one that age. She still puts everything in her mouth and goes ninety to nothing all day, but I am wanting something more creative/constructive than stacking nesting cups! :)


    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

      I think 14-18 months is the hardest stage of a baby’s life. They are semi-mobile and therefore a bit independent, but can not easily communicate their needs and they seem frustrated at that. Audrey is totally in that stage. She roams from one thing to the next and doesn’t really play with anything in particular. She does like to read books and pull the sippy cups out of the drawer! I find that she likes taking small things and putting them in containers {like poker chips or wooden blocks} so you could try that. And she is starting to color a little.

      Again, anyone else have any great ideas?

      • Sandra May 22, 2011 at 12:34 am #

        There a website the Artful Parent http://artfulparent.typepad.com/artfulparent/ that goes into art projects for toddlers. I plan to start trying a few of these ideas with my daughter who is 2.

      • charlie May 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

        that is EXACTLY where we are at!!!! i’m so glad we aren’t the only ones; she is my first, so i’m glad to know you have seen this as a seasoned momma. finley wants me to sit with her, and then i do, and she roams off to something else; when i get up, she will whine to me to sit back down (totally agree w/ you that their inability to communicate is a huge point of frustration)! my pedi keeps telling me she just needs to explore her world, so i guess i just need to stop worrying and let her be. :) thanks for the ideas; she loves to pull smaller toys out of larger ones, and we are starting to work on putting smaller objects into larger ones. thanks again, and i am so impressed that you answered ALL of our questions–i can’t tell you how much i love your blog and your approach to parenting. :)

  40. Sara Graham May 21, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! I recently ordered some of your prints and LOVE them. would you ever think about doing a print with the “keep calm and carry on” saying. I feel like that would be a good reminder for me to look at every day. lol :)

  41. Stefanie May 21, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Ok I think I have caught up on reading all the comments. I absolutely love this conversation!!! :) I really only have one question – more of a point of clarification.

    You live in Bonney Lake? And you go to Church in Bothell?

    I live in Maple Valley and we travel to Mercer Island for our church! Peoples first response is always that’s far. So if you do the same travelling I’m so glad I’m not alone! :)

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us!! Keep letting your faith shine through I think you see lots of us really appreciate that breath of fresh air! And I think we should all do a meet up seeing as how many of us want to hang out! :)

    oh and one more thing – I also love your WIW. While I know it’s awkward taking pictures of yourself know that 1. there are lots of others out there doing it with you for the link up! and 2. It is SOOO inspiring! I think many of us have trouble even bothering to get out of our pajamas if we aren’t leaving the house, sad but true, and our kids & hubbies deserve to see us dressed just as much as those outside the house. Your outfits make me realize it’s not that difficult since they are simple “mommy” outfits! So many “fashion” sites outfits are too elaborate for those of use who don’t work outside the home! So do it with inspiring us in mind not worrying about people judging you and/or thinking you just want compliments.

    Thank you again so much for the inspiration!!!!

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

      I know, we do drive far! For this season, we are going to church where my sister is on staff and my other sister goes as well. It is great to have all of the cousins in class together and we all do lunch afterward. Not sure if we’ll be there forever, but for now it has been great.

      And WIW … your kind words are encouraging! Maybe I’ll figure out a fun new twist on it so that it is less awkward. I’m so glad it has been helpful though.

  42. molly May 21, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I love your kitchen remodel and was wondering if you have some tips for painting kitchen cabinets. Thank you!

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

      My tips:
      1. quickly sand all surfaces to rough up the finish a bit
      2. prime
      3. use a foam roller to roll on oil based paint thinned with a product called Penetrol.
      You could also spray them, but we did not.
      4. lightly sand between coats. I think I did about 4 coats of paint. It took forever, but they turned out great.

  43. Kaitlin May 21, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Just wondering where you got the chandelier that’s in Audrey’s nursery!!


    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      It was an estate sale find that my mom found in Oregon. I sprayed it glossy black, but sort of wish I hadn’t. I do like it though!

  44. Jenna May 21, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    I saw a blog awhile back that had a baby boy’s nursery that had pictures of antique cars about the crib. Of course now I cant think of what blog it may have been on and I’m looking for these pictures and can’t seem to find them anywhere. I seem to remember a dark green chaise in the room as well. Does this ring any bells? do you know where I could find these pictures?

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      I wish I knew! Anyone else remember?

    • Jennifer Lynch May 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      This is the only thing I could find that fit your description:
      Hope that helps!

  45. Kimber-Leigh May 21, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    what a fun idea emily! i think most of my questions have been answered…and forgive me if this has been asked and i missed it…but what are some of your favorite lunches to make for your kiddos? i find myself in the same PBJ rut many days and would love some new ideas! thanks for all that you share here!

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      I don’t really enjoy packing lunches {and I have about 15 more years of it!}. I do try to pack healthy foods and my poor kids are those ones who don’t get fun things like doritos and chips ahoy and lunchables.

      What I do pack is usually a pb&j, hummus & pita, pb, honey & banana, rice cake with peanut butter & raisins. Then maybe I’ll put in baby carrots, apples, orange slices, grapes, pretzels, trail mix and sometimes a treat. But those kids celebrate a student’s birthday with cupcakes or donuts nearly every day!

      Those are my boring ideas. Hope it helps.

  46. Tonia May 21, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Emily- I feel like we are friends. Your post on time-management has been sent to NUMEROUS mommy friends of mine. It seemed like the week you posted it, we all needed that encouragement & push to re-prioritize. My friend & I were in tears talking about not giving our kids the attention they deserved and neglecting great “old” friends, by spending time with “so-so” new friends. You were spot-on!
    My question for you: Can you add your post archives to your blog or a searchable feature? I seriously have to click back through “older posts” to find certain pics, posts, etc.. to print or forward to friends. Am I missing that feature? Is it already there? That would be great! I also could use a tutrial on the gatehring tape you used on your curtains. Thank you for everything…your honesty, your creativity and lastly your testimony of your faith– you are truly using the gifts God gave you. Thanks!

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 9:12 am #

      There is a spot where you can search the blog by typing in a key word or you can use the drop down menu for categories {both are on the left hand side towards the bottom of the sidebar}. I think that should help, but if there are better ways to navigate through old posts, I’d love to hear your ideas!

      • Tonia May 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

        Well, it is there. Ha! I have looked for it several times, but missed it! Thanks!

  47. laurie f May 21, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    You must be tired of answering questions by now but the questions people have asked are fantastic! I am obsessed and love the variety of questions and responses! I actually asked a question earlier about advice you would give to someone who wanted to branch out on her own. Thank you for your response. I have other questions but this is on the top of my list. Would you critique my blog? I am a totally new blogger and just started as a means to connect with my two sisters who live across the country. Not sure where the blogging will take me but I have loved it so far. No real followers just yet but who knows! www.colorofinspiration.blogspot.com (it has a long way go to but thoughts both good and bad are very welcomed! I am a teacher by trade so I can take it! )

  48. Janae May 21, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    I wanted to thank you so much for your blog! I love reading it—I don’t really get on any other blogs anymore nor so I take time to invest on Facebook. You are such an inspiring mother to me—I love your decor–and copy it often–including the baby bedding ;). PS–I’m prettying sure my entire family is on the Jonesdesigncompany band wagon! I also love my printable I bought back months ago–even though I lost it in the move ;(. My questions are:
    a) how many kids did you want when you got married and how many do you want now?
    b) do you ever start your project and never finish? Or how do you get motivated to go back to an old idea that you want to complete?
    c) how do you keep your adorable baby girl from choking on her brother’s legos??
    d) has your hubby always been a fireman?

    If you are ever in the Dallas area PLEASE PLEASE let us know—we will take your to lunch/dinner/brunch—–(and I will beg for your decor ideas for our home!!!!).

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 9:11 am #

      a) Both of us wanted four kids and we are happily staying at four :)
      b) I ALWAYS start a project and never finish. Way too often. Ryan’s least favorite is when I make pillows and never sew them shut.
      c) We definitely have to watch her, but she doesn’t pay much attention to them. I ask the boys to keep the legos in the playroom and Audrey is usually downstairs with me so it isn’t a big issue. Thankfully.
      d) Ryan has wanted to be a fire fighter since high school and was hired right after we were married. Before that he worked for corporate Costco for a few years. But, he is also a business guy and is always starting or working on a business.

  49. catherine May 21, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    dumb question and not really personal…do you read all your comments?
    i often wondered, when i leave comments, if the ‘blogger person’ just thinks im some kind of kook. love your style! and all the great tutorial. you have helped me rediscover myself….im happy!

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      FOR SURE! I love reading through comments {they all come in my email inbox so each one is read}. I am not always able to comment back, but know that I love to hear ideas, suggestions, compliments :). I am going to try to reply to comments in the comments more often. I like how ‘conversational’ it is.

  50. Marie May 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    So fun a q & a….for the longest time I have been wondering how you add “labels” into your photos–either in an orderly typerwriter fashion (Aubrey’s 1st bday” My Sweet Girl”) or in a swirly, flourishy way (like the monthly give aways)…how do you do that? Perhaps that could be a topic for one of your upcoming graphic design tutorials. I have frequently wanted to add a simple arrow to a pic I want to email to someone, but I thought you had to have Walcoa (sp?) “tablet” and “pen” to do that. Also, one more question, as a fellow font lover, I have enjoyed writing out the alphabet for fun–usually while in class in school (don’t have much time any more…)would you consider sharing your “emily alphabet”–with upper and lower case letters?

    • emily May 21, 2011 at 9:04 am #

      Those are all fun questions/ideas.

      You definitely don’t need a tablet to draw arrows on photos – this is something you can do in Illustrator or Paint.net. I’ll include that in the tutorial.

      And writing out my alphabet sounds fun. I am going to look in to having my handwriting turned in to a font, too.

      • jess May 21, 2011 at 9:56 am #

        yes, i would REALLY love to see your font! when i ordered the package of prints, i studied your handwriting on the outside! so beautiful!

  51. Jodie M. May 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Most of my questions have been asked so I hope I can just leave a note:
    I just want to thank you for your blog. Each morning I open my email, & I literally get a HUGE smile when I see JDC in my inbox! :) The way you write makes me feel like I am reading a letter from a dear friend! I happily get lost in old posts too! You have inspired me in countless ways – in creativity, in mommy-hood, & in faith. I have been going through some growing pains in my relationship with Jesus – allowing myself to try and figure things out on my own because my answers are quicker, & easily getting caught up my own thinking. The older I get (I’m 30 now-Jesus has had my heart since I was 15) the more I struggle with this. You’ve reminded me in many ways to ‘walk by faith not by sight’, & I just want you to know how grateful I am for these little nuggets of encouragement. I very much related to and enjoyed TWIRL! I also love how you incorporate His words throughout your home. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, what a wonderful way to be uplifted & reminded to include Him in it all. I hope you do the graphic tutorial soon – I would love to create some art with some of my favorite scriptures!
    I can’t wait for Bloom! Hopefully to meet you there as well and say THANK YOU for all your generous sharing and inspiration!
    WIW- I miss it! It was the first series I saw when I came to your blog. It really helped me put more effort into my clothes, rather than my standby mom uniform of sweats & yoga pants.
    Thanks again, and I hope you continue this blessing of a blog for a long time!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

      Thank you Jodie! I would love to meet you at Bloom so be sure to introduce yourself!

    • Kathleen May 21, 2011 at 5:36 am #

      So…….what’s Bloom? Where will it be? Etc, etc??? :) Kathleen

      • emily May 21, 2011 at 9:03 am #

        Bloom is an event we are doing as a fundraiser for friends who are adopting a baby from Ethiopia. I will be teaching a few different flower tutorials and then we’ll craft, eat & chat. It is in Seattle on Saturday June 4th. I’ll post more info this week and we’d love to have you!

  52. Jenna May 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Hi Emily! I LOVE your blog and all of your wonderful ideas… I am a teacher and on a tight budget for decorating. I was wondering how you decorated your letter for the board that was originally in your bedroom. I have decorated small(er) letters with fabric but it was a pain so I was surprised when you said you did it with paper!

    thank you for all of your ideas and thoughts!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

      That large letter was from Joanns and then I just cut up scrapbook paper into rectangles and decoupaged them on. It was so easy! And inexpensive. I can do a tutorial if that doesn’t make sense. Just let me know.

      • jess May 21, 2011 at 9:48 am #

        i’d love to see a tutorial on anything and everything! :) you could blog 5 days a week, and i would love everything you’d write!

      • Jenna May 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

        Got it! But I, of course, am always up for a tutorial!

  53. Jess May 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Hey Emily!
    i LOVE your blog. it is my absolute favorite blog i read, and love when you are able to post often! i could say a lot more, but it looks as though you’re getting bombarded!
    i was just wondering, because you have 4 kids who are rather close in age, if you did any type of schedule with them? especially when they’re newborns and stuff.
    i also miss your WIWW. i really love your style and seeing how it comes across in what you wear! your fashion choices help me to get a little more creative, even if you didn’t think it was much! it’s much more than my yoga pants and t-shirts! :)
    thanks so much for doing this! i have been hoping you would!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

      I am not a super scheduled person, but I know how important routines are for kids, so we try to stick to a loose one. As babies, they all were on the three hour eat, play, sleep cycle. But I wasn’t so stuck on it that if the baby was hungry after two hours I didn’t feed him. I went with the baby, but tried to keep things semi-routine.

      Now, we have a basic schedule of wake, breakfast, play, lunch, naps/quiet time, play, dinner, bath, books, bed. The kids are typically up by 7:30 and to bed by 8.

  54. denise May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Hi Emily, I would love to know how to make fabulous fonts and graphics like you do. They really make everything pop!
    Is there a program or website that can help with this?
    d e n i s e

  55. america ririe May 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    I love love love and adore your site! I wanted to ask where you got the glass canisters/jars that hold your cereal, flour, sugar, etc, and if they have the rubber seal, if not, does the cereal stay pretty fresh?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      The jars are mostly from IKEA and they do have rubber seals. Our large ones are from Cash & Carry and they do not. They work fine for holding flour and protein powder, but I like the ones with seals better.

  56. Donna May 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I really don’t have a question, but I just want to take this time to tell you how much I just love reading all your posts! They are so refreshing and it is so awesome to actually hear someone share their faith the way that you do! You are amazing and I look forward to your posts! I think we would be friends if we were to meet someday! But until then, I am your friend on cyber space! God bless and keep up the awesome work!

  57. Katrina May 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Just wanted to say that I love the blog and all your prints! Your “Twirl” post spoke to my heart! As the only girl from 4 kiddos, I always thought I wanted only boys. Tommy Boy all the way here (lets just say it has taken, marriage and babies for me to really get what being a girl is about and to truly own and appreciate it) Girls were a mystery to me. Boys seemed so easy and I always felt like I would have no idea what to do with a little miss. Now that I have one of both I could not imagine not being Mommy to our little girl or guy.

    Since you read both Wild at Heart and Captivating did you have trouble getting through Captivating. I loved Wild at Heart. It totally made sense to me. Each page a could go “yup, that is right” but seem to be struggling with the other. Do you have any other books like it you would recommend?

    So I have a few more questions
    1. As a fellow fire wife, do you find it hard to hang with other fire wives? The hubby is friends with so many guys on the job, but I always feel like I don’t quite know how to hang with the misses. We have our church friend and my crafty friends but it seems that those two don’t often mesh with the “fire” lifestyle.
    2. I have a blog that started out as a family one and now that I have a online store, it is slowly become both. How do you balance family and shop in the blogging world?
    3. Speaking of businesses, what were some of the first steps you took in growing yours? I have an accessories business and would love to advertise but starting out it just seems to cost so much. Any thought?

    Thank you for sharing and gives us a glimpse into your world.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

      1. Truthfully, we don’t do a ton with fellow fire fighters. We go to events and I visit the station, but we are a little removed from the group socially. Not sure if I have any pointers.
      2. The balance between personal & business is a tough one. But I found that when I had separate ones it was even harder! I am not a compartmentalized person, so splitting up business thoughts and personal thoughts just didn’t work for me. When writing posts, I try to offer something valuable {or at least mildly entertaining} to my readers so that I’m not always just boring you with my daily mundane-ness. But I also don’t want to only be about ‘buy my stuff!’. I’ve tried to put them together the best I can.
      3. Advertising can be very expensive. Maybe you could try trading ads? Or hosting a giveaway on another site? Have you tried getting in to local stores? Or participating in an auction? Try to be creative with how you ‘advertise’ so that you don’t have to spend tons of money.

      • Katrina May 22, 2011 at 10:30 am #

        Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. I agree it would definitely don’t be difficult to do separate blogs. Trading Ads? I have never heard/seen that. Can you do ads on blogger? I think you are on WordPress, so it would to be different right?

        I have done wholesale but they are out of state. My store store is thru etsy the majority of my business is online. But getting to a local shop is definitely a great idea.

    • Kathleen May 21, 2011 at 5:33 am #

      Katrina, who wrote the two books you mentioned? I’d like to read them:) Kathleen

      • Katrina May 22, 2011 at 10:16 am #

        John Eldredge wrote Wild at Heart and with his wife Stasi they wrote Captivating

  58. Meg May 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    OH Emily this is such a great idea! I’m not sure I have any questions that haven’t been answered already, but I wanted to say thank you for your comment above about wanting 4 girls. I have 3 boys, all the same ages as your 3 youngest, but have always pictured myself with girls. I am one of 3 girls and had all girl cousins. I was thrilled with my first being a boy, but with my second I had a gut feeling he was a girl and didn’t believe the doctors when they told me she was a he, I even got upset at every sonogram and didn’t believe them until he was born and could see for myself. Funny thing is the first thing the nurse said when she saw him was that he was too pretty to be a boy, funny huh? By the time we were pregnant with our 3rd I just figured it was a boy again, what else could it possibly be? My husband is one of 5 boys. I would love to have a little girl, especially to see my husband and the bond he would have with her. Reading your comment made me tear up same as writing this. Just wanted to let you know that you weren’t the only one who was upset at finding out the sex of your child wasn’t what you were hoping, and I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one too… of course I love all of my boys now and couldn’t imagine life without them but I still would love to add a little girl into the mix. Not sure if that will ever happen but I tell my husband about your family all the time to show him that there is hope for a little girl after 3 boys, so thank you for being honest about your feelings! And also you are one of my biggest creative inspirations, so thank you for that too, I’m pretty sure you could be a best friend if we lived closer!


    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

      Ah, you are so sweet. I totally get it and I’m glad to know we are not alone! I would give you pointers on how to ‘make a girl’ but I have none. Just trust that the Lord has such a beautiful plan for your family, whether a daughter is part of it or not. Blessings to you!

  59. Rachel May 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    As a fellow christian I was wondering what is your favorite bible verse .Mine is Psalm 23…

    God bless you and your family…

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

      I’m terrible with favorites because I have too many! But my life verse is “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” {1 thess 5:16-17}. Any time I wonder what God’s will for me is … I go right back here {to be joyful, pray & give thanks}

  60. etta May 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    I love your blog, Emily! You make everything so beautiful and I’m truly inspired by you! It seems like all my questions have been answered, but just wanted you know to know that I’m a fan! In all the ways you encourage me, I’m the most encouraged by the way you share your faith! :)

  61. Marissa May 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    I REALLY love your downloadable printables. They’re such an incredible resource! My question is, would you/could you design some birthday invitations/birthday printables and/or projects to help those of us that are (inept) less talented???? Like, by next week? Just kidding. Kind of.

    • angela May 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      i second her idea.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      Are you thinking fill in the blank invitations? I’m sure I could come up with some! Maybe not by next week :).

      • Marissa May 21, 2011 at 7:23 am #

        I’m thinking that everything you do is…well, awesome. SO maybe you could do like fill in the blank invites and coordinating thank you’s??? Something along that line. I just love being able to buy your stuff online and print it within minutes! Such an awesome resource. You’re the best! And thanks for the conversations!!

  62. Melissa M May 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    two questions I’ve been wanting to ask you (and you may have already answered them above…I’ll browse but)
    1. what type of home printer do you use?
    2. what type of tool do you use to cut/trim your cards/etc.? I use the ol’ metal ruler and exacto on a cutting matte! It’s hard for large quantities!!!


    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

      1. My printer is a canon photo printer that is no longer in production. I have heard that the canon i9900 is a great one. My best advice is to get one that accepts heavy paper and uses multiple ink cartridges {mine uses 8}.
      2. I use a Fiskars rotary paper trimmer {http://www.amazon.com/Rotary-Paper-Trimmer-%252d-12%2522/dp/B000YAJHVE/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1305958364&sr=8-16}. Works like a charm.

      • Melissa M May 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

        beautiful! thank you!

    • lindsay May 21, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Hi! I know I’m not emily but I thought I’d offer this little piece of advice: I cut really large quantities, too. When I need a whole stack of things cut the same size, I go to Kinkos. {now Fex Ex Office}. They’ll cut them all right there on the spot usually with no waiting, and it’s less than $2 per cut. So for instance, if you have one design up on a piece of paper, that would be 4 cuts {one cut per side}, which would only cost about $7. For me, if time is money, that’s well worth the price!

  63. Allison May 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    First of all, thanks for the wonderful blog. You are inspirational in all that you do and your honesty is refreshing. I love how open you are with your faith and how real you are. When my friend and I were first reading “about” you on your blog, we both said, “She should be our friend, she sounds just like us”. Several times you’ve posted items I have, or similar projects to ones I’ve recently completed, so it makes me feel like we’re kindred-spirits. :) If you do a Summer sale of any sort again, I’d hope to attend and meet you. I live in Spokane, but have dear friends in the Seattle area, and we’d love to come.
    I have a couple questions, which may be too personal, or info you don’t want to share:
    How many people read/follow your blog, or how many hits a day or week do you get?
    How many were you getting when you started making money blogging?
    Do you make very much money blogging? (since asking people how much money they make isn’t appropriate :) You seem to be quite a successful blogger, but from what I’ve learned it often seems that in creative ventures, even people who seem to be “making it” in their field, still don’t make that much cash. Not that making money is the only reason people do creative things like this, I am just curious.
    Thanks for the Q&A, browsing the above “conversation has been fun.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks for asking your questions!
      1. I wrote a little snippet on a previous question, but here is the short answer about the numbers on my blog. If you have specific questions and need more information, please email me at emily@jonesdesigncompany.com and I’d love to chat.
      2. As for making money blogging …
      Yes, I do make money. I really couldn’t devote this much time to the blog if I didn’t. We make money from advertising, affiliates and the products in our shop. It took about a year before we were making a profit and we realized that part of the problem was not offering anything for sale!
      There are lots of ways to monetize a blog and I’m sure there are many people who would call themselves professional bloggers who do make a living at it. How much it is, I’m not sure, but obviously enough that they continue. Again, if this is something you’d like more details on, please send me an email and I’d be happy to share more.

  64. Kristi May 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    I LOVE your blog and find myself checking it all the time to get inspiration. It’s a small world because my husband was roommates with your brother in law in college. Anyways, my question for you is with 4 kids, where do you put all of the toys? I have just 2 and feel like my house is overflowing with toys all the time. Any tips on organizing some of the bigger toys? Do you have a playroom that you keep most of the toys in and if so, any pics on how you’ve organized it?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

      Kristi – who is your husband and which brother-in-law did he live with? How fun!

      I will take photos of the playroom to show how we have things organized. It is usually a wreck, so I’m not sure how helpful it will be!

      • Kristi May 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

        My husband Nate roomed with Mike. We all went to SPU together & they were roommates when my husband & I started dating :) Nate wants to drive up & visit them sometime and I’ll told him that I’m sure I’ll be asking them a million questions about you because I completely love your blog! Excited to see pics of your playroom :)

  65. Jessica Cadriel May 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi Emily!

    I check your blog almost everyday for new and fun ideas. You are one talented lady :).

    I live in Bellevue, WA and was curious if you by any chance you go to Eastlake Community Church, or know someone who does? I know you’re somewhere in the area-ish. Our family goes there are your “Hold on to Your Fork” print was posted the day after our pastor told that story. I didn’t know if it was coincidence or if you attend that church. I loved the print so much, I bought it on the spot. I can’t wait to put in our home!

    A little deeper :) – I think as women, it’s so easy to compare lives, talents, achievements, instead of celebrating the uniqueness that we’ve all been given. You have a beautiful home, beautiful family, and are so creative, but do you ever find yourself still playing those comparison games with other women? And just for the record, every time I read a post of yours, I am so thankful for your humility, and willingness to share your journey with all of us. You are perfectly, imperfect- making fun of yourself, being honest with where you’re at, while being completely in your element. To me, that makes everything you are excellent at, so non-intimidating, and inspiring instead of feeling like a standard to live up to. Hope that made sense :).

    I love what you do!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

      Yes, we have been attending Eastlake. My sister is on staff there and my other sister and family attend as well. We meet up after church for lunch and get family time every week. Love it. And I really enjoy Eastlake.

      Oh, comparison. I mentioned above that I have had this journal-y post stirring in my heart for a while and soon enough it will come out. I have so much to say about comparison and I’m thankful that you brought it up. I will elaborate more when I actually write the post, but I will just say that YES I am terrible when it comes to comparison. I hate it.

      Thank you for what you said about being inspiring instead of a standard to live up to. I love how you articulated that and am glad you see me like that.

      • Jessica Cadriel May 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

        That’s so fun that you are connected with Eastlake! So much of what you had been talking about and expressing through your more journal-y posts are so similar to what I am learning and figuring out in myself, a large part because of Eastlake, so I just had to ask! Who is your sister- of you feel comfortable sharing. Just curious! I obviously like putting pieces together, haha. We were there this morning, and I swore that I saw you. I promise I’m not some crazy stalker, I just feel like I know you from your blog :).

        I will be looking forward to reading whatever you post about comparison. It’s something that I am in the middle of working through in myself, and feel like I need a good work done in me about it. Thank you for your honesty that it is something you struggle with. To me, somehow admitting it, takes away a little bit of its power, and it’s always so comforting to know you’re not the only one who deals with it. It’s so destructive. I hate it, too.

        Well, thank you for all you do! Your posts are so fun to read and I keep telling everyone how much I enjoy your blog and creativity!

  66. Kathryn May 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    WOW! So many great questions. You are so awesome to open up and answer them all! I LOVE your blog – you certainly have the magic touch – I love everything you make – so inspiring.
    So my first question is where do you get your inspiration from? Any website recommendations? Or other Blogs (saw you will do a favorite blog list soon – awesome!).
    And, secondly, how did you get people to find your blog, how did you get people to follow you (although I know why they would!). With a new blog I’m finding it hard to get any followers (although I should probably spend more time on it, rather than reading other blogs).
    Oh, and one more. I definitely think I have ADD when it comes to design and crafting – do you just like one style and stick to it? How can I just pick one thing to concentrate on!
    And I loved WIW too – you are a brave girl to do it, but it is so inspiring. As a stay-at-home Mom I need some inspiration – something simple, chic, elegant, but not too fashion-y – I mean you do have to go the park and not look too “dressed-up”!
    Thanks for your blog and for sharing :)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

      1. Inspiration comes from all over. I think I’m always looking at how colors go together, patterns, fonts, details on clothes, images on blogs I read, in magazines, nature, my imagination. I will put together the post about favorite blogs and I’m sure it will stir up lots of inspiration!
      2. One of the best things you can do to gain followers is to offer them something of value – whether it is in great content, free stuff, giveaways, etc. And, yes, spending time making your site great makes a huge difference :).
      3. I think my style is very eclectic. But I am mostly country/industrial. That is why I like throw pillows, though. I can change them and be more daring because I know I don’t have to live with them forever.

  67. Katie@PrincessandtheP May 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Love your blog! Love you…I can’t stop reading. :) I had a question that was asked but not yet answered. I’m a blogger too, and for the life of me, I CAN’T seem to get many readers. I am a writer and publishers want “a platform”. I love blogging and writing with or without people reading, but it’d be nice to know someone was out there getting something out of it. haha

    My friend who also blogs is having the same problema…any tips on getting more blog exposure?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

      Such a huge question … so let me throw it back at you … what have you been doing? What have you tried? What has worked? What has not?

      • Katie@PrincessandtheP May 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

        It IS a big question, I know. :) So far, I had e-mailed all of my peeps and shared that I started a blog and why & posted a link (that was 7 yrs ago). I wasn’t posting that often, but then I decided that I needed to post more frequently to keep readers, so I expanded the scope of my blog and have tried to post more than I did before (some light, some serious, some pics, etc.) Now, I link each post to my Facebook page and twitter accounts. I have been commenting on other people’s blogs and leaving a link (though I feel tacky when I do that. :( haha) I added a “subscribe by e-mail” and a “follower” widget to my blog, and some of my blogger friends and I have linked each other/posted about one another to get cross-traffic. Each post gets about 20-50 hits when I do all that. But I’m out of steam…

        So, this all makes me feel like it may be content. But then just as I get discouraged, I’ll have like 1 or 2 people say how much they get out of reading my posts. Sooo, then I go to the Lord and have a little heart to heart about ‘why am I doing this anyway: for readers or for an outlet for my heart?’ (The answer is because He has created me this way) But ultimately, I must confess, it’d be nice to know if I am missing something in the “spread the word” category? Any wonderful wisdom?

  68. Kara May 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    As a Christian women, do you find it difficult to fit in a “quiet time” with the craziness of four children, a booming business, and whatever else life throws at you? Are you studying anything worth sharing right now?? Did you always have a feeling you’d do something creative/business? Or, did you originally plan on something else? Has your husband always been supportive of your creative outlet?? You’re amazing and I aboslutely adore your work. Thank you for sharing!!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      Yes, I definitely find it hard to fit in a quiet time. If I could get myself up before the kids, I would do it then, but that rarely happens. My second best option has been to listen to sermons while I’m filling orders late at night. I know it is not the same as actually opening up my bible and studying for myself, but I’m working on that.

      I have mentioned it before, but my best friend and I are totally being changed by the book Inside Out by Larry Crabb. It has been amazing and I feel like each week I am being disciplined by my Father, but in a very good, refining way.

      I think I’ve always thought I would do something creative. I am not a naturally great business woman, but I like to create. When I was little I wanted to be an artist, a teacher or a window dresser {you know, those people who put together displays in the cases at department stores}. I feel like I am a little bit of each of these and that makes me so happy.

      Ultimately I wanted to be a mom, which, of course, I am.

      Ryan has always been supportive of my business. He is the business mind in our partnership and without him I would not have a business. I’m very thankful for him.

      • Krystal Wight Armstrong May 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

        What sermons do you listen to? …this sounds like a great practice I should take up too. Or where do you like to go to find such sermons?

  69. Laura May 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I’m new to JDC and was instantly hooked. I really thought when I was growing up that I would be an interior designer. Now I’m a youth minister and wouldn’t trade it for the world. But, I love that as a first time homeowner still in the 1st year honeymoon phase, I get to put all my ideas into action…as money becomes available, of course! As a sister in Christ, I LOVE that your faith comes through in your blog. It shows the genuineness of your relationship with Christ. For the couple months I’ve been browsing your blog, this whole time I thought your last name was Jones. That is, until you posted about your piano nook and the “L” that represents your family name. Is Jones your maiden name?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

      Yep, I am a Jones by birth.

      • Krystal Wight Armstrong May 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

        Ohh! I so didn’t put that all together. I always assumed you were Emily Jones and your family were the Joneses. Do you keep your families last name anonymous for the web (haven’t noticed it in print before)? Did you take his last name or are you still just Emily Jones? I love the study & story of names & their meanings etc. So now I’m curious about how you decided to name JDC and what your husband thinks etc. Obviosuly he supports your blog & biz, I’m just cruious about the family dynamic there with the names.
        And while I’m at it, and if you feel like it (this all must be keeping you pretty busy already)…I’d love to hear your kids’ names & how you came up with them!

        • emily May 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

          Yes, we do keep our last name anonymous as much as we can. Mostly just for security reasons. But my married name starts with an L {hence the l’s all over our house}. I started Jones Design Company before we were married, so I don’t think Ryan has ever thought anything of it.

          Our kiddos are Ethan, Brayden, Mason & Audrey.
          With No.1, Ethan was Ryan’s fave. I liked it but sort of wanted Charlie. I don’t even particularly like the name Charlie, but he just looked like one. Still does. But Ethan fits him. It means strong or firm and I love that we can speak that over him.
          No.2 was nameless until he was 8 days old! We just couldn’t figure out what to name him. Finally the hospital called and said we had to turn in the birth certificate and they needed his name. So we scrambled, called my cousin and Ryan’s brother for their final votes and ended up with Brayden. He goes by Brady and it totally fits him.
          No.3 was going to be named Wyatt for most of my pregnancy {we aren’t ones to make that decision until the baby is born} but toward the end, it just didn’t fit. So we went with Mason which was on our list with the other boys. I do like the name. But he probably should have been a Wyatt since he is sort of crazy and fearless.
          No.4 was our one chance to choose a girl name. We liked Sophia for a long time, but it faded towards the end. I struggled with not know what she would be named {you can read that post here: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/baby/he-knows-her-name/}. Then one day, I came up with the brilliant idea to use Ryan as her middle name and Audrey just fit. So Audrey Ryan she is. I love it.

  70. Tonya May 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Thank you for your honesty. Just today I hung the 5×7 prints you made for me several weeks ago and they look perfect in groupings with other items!
    My question pertains to getting started blogging. I’m not sure how long you’ve had your blog but when you first got started was it difficult for you to put yourself out there, so to speak? I’ve wanted to start one for a good long while and now that my health is better and I have the energy to keep up with life I’d like to actually start doing the things I’ve dreamed about. I love to write and get alot of positive feedback when I actually let people read what I’ve written and I have what I think is a great idea for a blog but every time I start thinking seriously about it I chicken out. The thought of such a public forum is, frankly, a bit terrifying for this shy girl, and yet I have things to say and I long to have a voice. Are you one of those who is naturally more comfortable opening up or did you have to step out in faith and face your fears? Any advice?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

      I would say I am naturally introverted, but learning how to be more extroverted. The thing that drew me in to blogging was that I have always loved journaling and writing a blog is so similar. I am pretty comfortable being open, so it wasn’t a huge stretch for me, but I do get nervous when I post really personal things and hope I don’t totally offend anyone.

      If you have something to say, go for it. I know it is scary, but like I wrote above, the worst would be if you had something to say, but never had the opportunity to impact others with your words. Be confident and press on!

      • Tonya May 21, 2011 at 6:21 am #

        Thanks for your response. I was reading though the others and I think I’ll be ordering the Larry Crabb book you mentioned. I hopped right over to amazon to check it out and it looks like something I should be reading. If I ever get around to starting that blog I’ll let you know! In the meantime, I’ll keep reading yours!

  71. Melaine Thompson May 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Hey Emily! Want to get something on the calendar for our “house swap?” I am free the week after memorial day weekend if that works for you! You can email me if that’s easier! :) Melaine

  72. Joni May 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Emily Hi and God Bless You,
    This is great! I’ve been wanting to be able to have a conversation with you. First let me say that I do not remember how I found your blog, but am very happy I did. I have enjoyed the tutorials and also reading about your family. You have really blessed my grandson with suggesting something spiritual on UTube. Now he sings all the scriptural songs and loves them, especially Philippians 4:6&7. He also enjoyed hearing about your trip to Legoland as he is eager to also visit there.
    I have a question: My website is on wordpress but I am contemplating about doing a new one through godaddy.com Would you be able to set up a blog for me? I want to be able to comunicate like this with my clients and clients to be.
    Thanks so much,

  73. Katherine May 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Wow what a sweet idea. I always enjoy my visits to your blog and your newsletters brings a smile when I read them. I’ve enjoyed reading the Q & A’s. I wish I had some marvelous and profound question for you. But ,you are always so open with your blog. So, I’ll just ask you if have you ever been to my blog Katherines Corner? Hugs
    P.S. if you do stop by I hope you’ll enter the giveaway.

  74. Anne May 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Your blog is one of my very favorite places in the world! Just last weekend I made some rolled paper flowers and some flower pins! Such girly fun! (My husband was out of town for the weekend, so it was the perfect time for craftiness!)
    I have noticed in the pictures of your house that the wall by the stairs has what looks like newsprint wallpaper or book pages?? I LOVE it! What did you do to it?? So incredibly cute!!

    Thanks for all your work on the blog! Love to know that I have super cute and crafty sisters in Christ all over creation!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

      The wall by the stairs has book pages taped to the wall. I did it a few years ago and still love it. You can see more of the space on this post {http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2011/04/favorite-nook-jones-design.html}

  75. Carrie May 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Love your blog! I’m with the others in that I would love to see the rest of your home, even “unfinished”- just to get an idea of the space. Also wondering, what some of your go-to meals are during the week, and if you’d be willing to share some of your recipes!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      I will happily post my unfinished rooms. Maybe I’ll do a video. We’ll see.

      My go-to meals: We love taco soup, flank steak fajitas, Mediterranean orzo salad, pasta with chicken sausage and red sauce, salads with chicken, and breakfast for dinner. And when Ryan is at work we eat a lot of quesadillas with black beans.

      • Krystal Wight Armstrong May 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

        Have you already posted these recipes somewhere, because that taco soup sounds awesome! And I love quesedillas, and blackbeans, but I never thought to combine them. Do they stay in them pretty well, or do you mush them up at all first?

  76. Sandra May 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Ok so you said we could get personal. Just a bunch of random questions: How tall are you? What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite food? How old are you? Other than Christian books, what is your favorite book? What is your biggest pet peeve that drives you nuts?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

      Fun random questions!
      1. I am 5’7
      2. My favorite movie is probably While You Were Sleeping. But I love a lot of others.
      3. Favorite food is homemade applesauce. Is that a food? I also love a good grilled sandwich with fancy cheese and veggies.
      4. Favorite books: the Help was fantastic. I also love The Red Tent, Water For Elephants, Thousand Splendid Suns, Peace Like A River.
      5. I don’t do well with loud chewing – especially popcorn.

      • Amy K. May 21, 2011 at 8:18 am #

        Do you have a recipe for homemade applesauce? Sounds yummy. :)

      • Krystal Wight Armstrong May 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

        I love reading but haven’t gotten through a decent complete book in a while, and want to be like you and the women I admire that are constantly devouring whole novels & such. So I know lots of ladies have already asked about ‘how you do it’ or other variations of time management questions (I’m slowly working my way through all the Q&As before I ask my own so as not to double-up)… so on just a slightly different note, specifically where do you find your reading time? You’ve laid out your general daily schedules a few times but I don’t recall it including personal reading time…I need some tips on how to fit that back into my life. Thanks!

  77. victoria May 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Just wanted to say thank you for your blog. I love it how open you are! Love your ideas! Wish I had more time to do the tutorials, but its a bit hard with an infant, a two year old and a three year old… please keep them open on the blog, will love to try them in a a year or so :))
    Just had two questions.
    Where do you get the pretty silver things you have in your home?
    Where do you buy your fabric?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      Most of the silver things are from my mother-in-law who has an eye for vintage silver things at the thrift store. So thankful for that eye!

      I get fabric from all over – Joann’s, Pacific Fabrics {a local fabric store with a nicer selection than Joanns}, IKEA {their curtains are great fabric choices}. Holly Mathis loves fabric.com and Lindsey at Pleated Poppy loves Hawthorne Threads. Both are great resources.

  78. Kelly May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Emily- your blog is great and has given me some really great ideas (i combined your ruffle pillow idea with your burp cloths for a gift to a friend, also used your blue stripped idea for your daughter’s bday party for a baby shower i recently hosted). i’m a work-from-home mom to a 9 month old girl. super close to my and my husband’s family who live very close by (like yourself like you mentioned above). also try to be active at church. my biggest challenge is fitting in working out, keeping my house clean, spending time with hubby and baby, extended family time, friend time and, last but not least, creative outlet time. The two that fall to the wayside are friends and creativity. Do you ever have problems with neglecting your friends? Do you have friends who this hurts their feelings? Please help a sister out if you have some suggestions or words of wisdom! :)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      I wish you could interview my friends! I’m sure they feel neglected because, quite truthfully, they are. My best friend and I see each other at least once per week for bible study and I see my sisters each week at church. But my other girlfriends don’t get as much from me as I wish. We try to plan a girl night once a month or so, and that helps. And we get to hang out for a few minutes at the park after school while the kids play.

      I think we all realize that each of us have busy lives and we have to give lots of grace so that our feelings do not get hurt.

  79. Camree Bingham May 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I truly love your blog. I have been reading it for quite some time and as a NW girl myself, it makes me feel at home even though I live all the way across the country. I love all the previous questions and comments and have been enjoying reading them. My question is…my oldest is just about to graduate from preschool and I am trying to figure out a fun gift to give to his teachers that have helped him grow so much this past year…any ideas?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

      I just gave my oldest’s teacher a bouquet of rolled paper flowers in a vintage creamer. You could attach a gift card if you’d like or just a sweet note. Personal stationery is always nice too.

  80. Katie May 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Do you drink coffee and if so, what do you order at Starbucks? (can you tell what is on my mind right now? ha!)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

      I do drink coffee, but just decaf. I get so shaky with caffeine. My drink of choice is usually a tall, decaf, nonfat, extra hot vanilla latte. But sometimes I change things up and do a cinnamon dolce latte or a mocha. And come November 1st, I am all about the eggnog latte.

  81. Brook May 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Love your blog! I am doing a baby shower with paper airplanes made out of atlas map paper as the theme, I have the decor down, but struggling with the invite…what would you do? I would love to have your brain for three hours so I could crank the invites out. I have Adobe Photoshop…help!

    • Christi May 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      I found the CUTEST invites on etsy that looked like airline boarding passes. They are made custom with your child’s name and birthday, party time etc. I got the most compliments on the invites out of all of the party decorations!


  82. Rachel May 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Sorry, I wanted to say Live where you are. Thanks too for introducing me to Holly. She is helping me decorate. I love your friend, Rae too. I hope you two will do Christmas cards again. My cards were fabulous!! Emily, you are the best!! Thanks!!!

  83. Whitney May 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I have plans to paint my powder room using your painted wallpaper template, when I explained this to my husband he had a look of shock on his face…but I’m looking forward to tackling it. Can you please give me a rough idea of how long it took you to do your office wall? He thinks it’ll take me a year of Sundays…and it just might;)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

      My office walls probably took about 20 hours. That is a total guess. It took a while, but is definitely doable.

  84. Rachel May 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Can we hang out? For real??? It’s totally a small world, but I found your blog when you were pregnant with Audrey. One of my dearest friends flies with your mom. Your mom of course, bragged you up and shared the blog with my sweet friend who knew I had just started a blog of my own and well, the rest is history. It was funny because one day I was looking at your post from your baby shower and saw my cousin in the picture. Again, totally small world. My last name is Teodoro (obviously married into it) but I know you know my cousins (many APU alumni). In fact, I grill Erica every time we get together to see when she will set up a dinner date or sometime when we can get together. So please…let’s hang out. I think we would have fun. And I promise you could be the pretty friend with all the style.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      Rachel – for sure. Let’s hang out. I’ll hound Erica too. Love that girl. Lucky you for marrying in to an amazing family!

  85. Naomi Lewis May 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Oh this is fun to read! I think all of my questions have already been asked and answered, but I do want to add my quick jot to say thank you. I have enjoyed your blog immensely since I discovered it a few months ago. (And we love love love your prints! I have your “I love you…” print framed and perched on the old red secretary (which was given to us by my husband’s dear grandmother) in our entryway, and I always recieve compliments on it. And I always refer them to you.). It is a blessing and inspiration to see and read of your love of beauty in your home, and to observe your gifts. We have such full and rich callings as wives and mothers, and your love of your home, family and Lord comes through so beautifully. All this to say it is a refreshment as I carry on in our sunny home. Many blessings to you and yours from deep in the heart of Texas.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Thank you Naomi! You are so nice. I’m glad you love your print, I’m glad it makes you happy and that I get to be part of your day!

  86. Carol May 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    When my friend Jenn (who actually knew you in college!) showed me your blog last fall, I fell in love with it. I have ordered several art prints from you and love them – thanks! (I also love that the Lily Rebecca one is on the front page, since that is mine!) Basically, your blog got me into blogging, and it has turned out to be one of the biggest blessings to be a blessing to others and to connect with others. Thanks for that inspiration. I feel like we would be friends in real life and looking through the comments, I can see that you have that profound effect on people since they feel the same way. You welcome us in and are so honest.
    Here’s my question. How do you stay grounded with all of the praise that you receive? Do you ever find yourself caught up in yourself? That has been the hardest thing about blogging for me, and I have a tiny little blog – I can only imagine what the attention is like on the scale you are on. Thanks for being real – you are one of my favorite daily reads.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

      You ask such a great/really hard question!

      I do receive some amazing compliments and encouragement and each one means so much to me. And yes, it can totally go to my head. Hopefully I haven’t let it and I’m pretty sure my husband and best friend would not let me get too full of myself :). Most of all, I recognize that no matter how good I look on the outside, I still have plenty of ugliness on the inside that I’m always aware of {especially while reading my current bible study book Inside Out}.

      I try to remain honest and humble here on the blog. Sometimes I get a little sick of myself and my rambling, but I hope I don’t bore you too much!

  87. Sarah May 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Hmm, what to ask? Well, more like where to start! ;)
    We’re actually moving to Washington soon, I was wondering if you could share some fun family areas in the state? Also, where do you get inspiration for blog material everyday? I rarely blog just because I don’t know what to talk about! Thanks!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      What area of washington are you moving to? I’d love to give you some tips for places to visit!

      Blog post inspiration: I feel like I’m composing posts in my mind all the time! I have a running list of ideas for posts and I have some business-y ones that are regular {giveaway, updates to the shop, etc}, but most of the time I come up with something the day before, take photos if I need during the day and compose at night.

      • Sarah May 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

        Thanks for answering me! :)
        We’re moving to the Tacoma area, and while I’ve been to Washington before I haven’t really gotten to explore it a lot. So anywhere in the state sounds pretty good to me!

  88. Rebekah {honeyandcheese} May 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I noticed in one of your responses earlier that you have a Facebook page for JDC, but you don’t really use it. I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to manage my FB page is to use Networked Blogs. After a quick, 5-10 minute initial set-up it automatically imports my new blog posts into Facebook.

    This still gives me a Facebook presence (and people have told me they really appreciate seeing the posts pop up in their newsfeeds), but I don’t have to manually go in and update it.

    I also have my account set-up so that when a new post is added to my Facebook page, it creates a Tweet. Then I’m reaching the Facebook folks and the “Tweeps,” without doing anything but update my blog.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

      Thank you so much for the tip … I will check it out and perhaps get my ‘social network’ life in order :)

      • Stefanie May 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

        This would be great if you set this up! That’s how I read all blogs I “follow”! Except yours that doesn’t have it and I can’t miss a post! ;)

  89. Jennifer Lowe May 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    I am so happy I found your blog you had be as a follower from the moment I found it! I find myself waiting for the weekend to pass so I can see what new posts are up for the day and check it out every morning after I check my email. I feel truly inspired by you and find our lives similar with Firefighter husbands and kids (thou I have 3 girls). I find you very inspiring with that being said do you have pintrest.com board? I’d love to see what inspires you. And are you planning another soiree’ of your goods anytime this summer?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      No on the summer boutique, maybe on pinterest, and thank you so much for reading!

  90. j May 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I am OBSESSED with you framed print of ‘twirl’ in your office. Are you ever going to do a large print for your shop??? Love your handwriting also……..I read somewhere where can use your own handwriting to “create” a font, download it to use. Not totally sure how to do it but if you could I would totally buy it!!!!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      I have tried to do a good twirl print, but it just hasn’t come together. I love the one in my office and would love to copy it somehow, so hopefully it will come to me soon!

      I have always wanted to do a handwriting font. The ones I recommend {pea Quinny & pea lovey dovey} were created by my best friend in highschool and we have such similar printing that I am not sure if mine would look much different! If the opportunity arises, I will definitely do it.

      • Heather Rakowitz May 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm #


        They will also turn your handwriting into a font and they have tons of cool fonts for FREE!!

  91. Nikki May 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Hi Emily,

    I got introduced to your blog through your sister. I am always surprised how many people in different circles are already following you and was wondering how many hits you actually get in a month? I’m sure it’s growing all the time, but I have sure been impressed how easy you make it to introduce your blog to other friends who would really appreciate it.

    All the best!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

      The blog does grow each month and I am so thankful for all of the readers and support I receive.

      Here’s the thing about numbers – they can be so addicting. When I was on Blogger, I removed my Followers link so that I didn’t even have to see it. Otherwise, I was constantly checking to see if I had any new ones. Or measuring myself up against other bloggers to see who had more. It was not healthy for me and not why I blogged in the first place. So in a round about way of answering your question, I have chosen not to make my blog numbers public. Comparison is a struggle of mine and I don’t want to hinder anyone else if it is a struggle of theirs. I hope that doesn’t sound rude, but I wanted to at least answer your question a little bit.

  92. Kimberly May 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Emily, I first found your blog last June, and as I read it, my heart literally started beating faster (as it does when I get excited about something). I was thrilled to have found a site I enjoy so much and someone so similar to my interests and season in life.
    I sound a bit like Anne Shirley, but I’m pretty sure we are “kindred spirits.” Wish we lived closer (I’m in Nebraska), but am thankful you regularly share through your blog. I so enjoy every bit of it.

    A dilemma I have and am curious what you do about this: 1) Where do you store all your design/decorating “props” in your house that aren’t currently being used? You may be constantly shuffling around pillows, art, vases, pedestal plates, urns, etc, but everything can’t be on display all the time…so….where does it go meanwhile? I *try* to limit my stashes to a few areas throughout the home (a storage space for pillows, a closed hutch for vases, candles, etc,) and try to have pieces that serve functions, but inevitably I find the perfect, funkiest thrift find and can’t say no….but later go CRAZY with having too much and often end up donating or selling it just to have organization back. So, 2) Do you have a simple formula for balance in this area? (ie. when is “enough enough” of decor?) :) Thanks!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

      Anne of Green Gables is the best. Do you think my boys would watch it with me?

      As for storing our ‘props’ … I have pillow forms shoved in one closet, a box of knick-knacks in a closet, dishes & bowls in a cupboard and the tall chest in our dining room, and a closet in the playroom with extra chairs, frames, lamps, etc. So really, I have no great ideas for storing as my closets are stuffed with extra stuff.

      One of the great things about doing the giveaway for me has been learning to let go of things I love and actually give them away! Maybe I really loved a certain pillow, but I know that I don’t really need another pillow and I have found great joy in offering them to others. It is a practice in generosity and holding material things ‘lightly’ that I need to continue.

  93. Natalie May 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Emily- You inspire me everyday! I have kind of a personal question…what are the best areas of your blog business in which you are able to make the most money in? Your online sales? Advertisements? Just trying to figure out if this is an avenue I can take to bring in a little more income. I’m a stay at home mom, but do interior design part-time. My husband is a police officer so you can understand me there (there’s not a lot of room for firefighters and police officers to make mega $$ unfortunately). Thanks for taking the time to answer today, so helpful and inspiring!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      There are a few ways to make money on a blog – and we try to hit all of them! Advertising, our own products, affiliate links. Our best money-maker are our own products, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do fine blogging without them.

  94. Amanda May 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    I saw above that you used to use paint.net. Could you possibly do some tutorials on how to use that program? I have tried to figure it out and for the life of me can not. I also can not find many good tutorials on how to use the program. I would L-O-V-E it if you could! :-)

    I love your blog… and now that I know you are on the computer when your kiddos are awake I don’t feel so guilty doing the same while my Lyla bug is awake and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse :-)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      Seriously, don’t feel guilty. I’ve been on my computer all day responding to comments and currently my boys are making mush out of oatmeal and water in the front yard. Oatmeal is good for the grass, right?

      Okay, Paint.net. Yes, I will work on a tutorial.

      • Amanda May 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

        Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :-) And Oatmeal has to be good for the grass… I mean it is good for people so why not grass??? :-)

  95. Susan May 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    hey Emily! Thank you for answering these questions, I have been dying to ask you some of the ones you already answered like about design programs & printers. One more for you—my best friend and I have been planning for months to start a garage shop like the one you did at your house because we both have an eye for fun things that we think our friends would love. How long did you collect before you had your actual sale? Did you allow for custom orders of things from the sale? Did you find that you actually made any money in the end? P.S—it makes me happy that you love Jesus! Thanks so much and can’t wait to hear what you have to say! :)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

      How fun. I think doing an at home sale is such a great idea. You can bring in vendors {or other friends who make things} to spread out some of the work. Or just start collecting things from thrift stores/things you make yourself. For my summer boutique, I had the idea at the end of may and our sale was at the beginning of July. We were totally and completely consumed with all things Summer Boutique for the month of June and I had my husband, mom and mother-in-law helping out as well. We used our own furniture to stage things, which filled in the space quite a bit and my sisters and brothers-in-law helped out at the event with setting up, serving drinks, frosting cupcakes, etc.

      I advertised custom products at the sale {stationery, invitations, etc} and don’t think I received any orders there. But I think it is a great way to go.

      We did end up making a little bit of money, but it really was not a ton – especially for the amount of work it was. I don’t say this to discourage you though … I think if we were to do it again, we would have more customers and would probably do much better. Word of mouth is amazing and if your friends love your first event, they will probably be happy to bring friends to the second.

      Lindsey at Pleated Poppy has done a few posts on home craft sales {www.pleatedpoppy.com} which will probably be very helpful to you!

      • Susan May 21, 2011 at 5:58 am #

        Thanks so much, Emily! Good advice. I kind of suspected it would be alot of time and not much money, but could be super fun. We are both interior designers, so I think we would have a ball doing it & our friends would really love it! You are awesome, just wished we lived closer (I live in NC), I think we would be great friends!

  96. Katherine Sasser May 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    What widget or pluggin do you use on your WordPress site that gives your photos rounded corners?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      I do it in Live Writer {where I compose my posts}.

  97. Jessica May 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Emily – you mentioned you use a plug-in for your blog for your shop … would you mind telling me what that plug in is called? I have a self-hosted wp blog (that is sadly neglected right now … ) but I’m interested in doing something like that in the future.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

      The plug-in we use is called wp-estore.

  98. Ashley May 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Emily, you are a HUGE inspiration to me in so many ways. I also got my mom (who does NOT read blogs) hooked on your blog. Your style is a total marrying of my mom’s style and mine, and your blog has gotten our creative juices flowing! Thank you for that. We were ohhing and ahhing over your boutique pictures for days. How about a question that (I think) hasn’t been asked… how did you do your hair for your family pics? It looked so gorgeous. Also, have you heard of Pinterest? Because many tutorials from your blog are the stars of my Pinterest to-do crafts board! :)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks for the compliment! I did a sort of tutorial on how I do my hair right here {http://jonesdesigncompany.com/thoughts/a-whole-lot-of-stuff-to-share/}.

      And yes, I am thinking about pinterest – just not sure if I even want to open that can of worms!

      • Ashley May 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

        Ok I feel so silly. I totally read that post! I’ll extend a delayed thank you :)

  99. Rachel May 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Emily, I love your blog!! It inspires me. I started doing self bible study.
    I love it. I made several beautiful flowers. I have been redecorating b/c
    of your post on like where you are?? Thank you!! Three questions:what are your favorite magazines? Who is your favorite fashion designer?? Where do you get all your pretty silver or pewter pieces?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

      Oh Rachel, how I love you. You always give me the best encouragement!
      1. fave magazines: country home or living or whatever is still alive, better homes, the matthew mead seasonal magazines and of course US Weekly.
      2. fave fashion designer: umm … totally not cool enough to know about fashion designers :).
      3. Most of the vintage silver stuff {okay, probably all of it!} was purchased by Ryan’s mom at thrift stores. She is a pro. I just reap the benefits.

  100. Stacy May 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    First off, I’d like to thank you for Flower Week! As I look around downstairs, I see the button flower arrangement we made my mom for Mother’s Day (she forgot to take it home and I’m not sure we’re willing to part with it now!!), a rolled paper flower magnet on our fridge and a rolled fabric flower in my daughter’s hair.

    2 questions:
    1 – any chance of you doing a week of ideas for Father’s Day? (We’re actually going to be in the same city as both grandpas for Father’s Day this year and I have no idea what to make/buy them!!)
    2 – what’s some of your favorite music?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      1. I am racking my brain for father’s day gifts. Let’s see what I can come up with. Love the idea though.
      2. I mostly listen to worship music {shane & shane, david crowder, whatever pandora spits out} but I also really like country and a bit of popular music that Ryan introduces me to {he is way cooler than me}.

  101. Cari May 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Emily! I am newly married and I have loved reading your blog and doing all of the projects you post. I especially love the wire words – those have been a big hit when I give gifts. Thank you for that!

    -I have been wanting an area rug, but have not found what I am looking for. Do you know of any tutorials for taking pieces of rugs and making them a whole rug? Does this make since? (My mom didn’t think so. =)

    -Where do you usually find your unique picture frames? I am trying to figure out a fun way to put up pictures from our wedding day.

    -How do you commit to a color you pick for a room? Trying to decide on one palette for a room is hard! =) I LOVE neutrals! But then I see pictures of yellows and reds and blues and I swoon. =)

    I love how your faith in God shines through your work and your blog. How amazing that believers can share their heart and it come through so clearly as yours does! My husband is working his way through seminary right now, and reading your blog encourages me in more ways than I can type on here! Thank you for giving of your time for this. =) This verse comes to mind for me to share with you from Titus 2:
    ‘Encourage the women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers in the home, kind, being subject to their own husbands…’ – you encourage us all so well in these areas.

    • Tori May 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      I love that this is just a page full of Titus 2 women encouraging one another!! :)

  102. laurie f May 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    After a day of running my little one to gymnastics camp and then to science afternoon at the library, your email was the first one I opened when I sat down just a couple minutes ago. I love your blog! I love your postings! I love your honesty! Who you are really comes through your site! You are so inspirational to some of us who are trying to navigate our own worlds! I am wondering what advice you would give your readers who want to start their own small business and work for themselves? What would you say to someone who is feeling unsure and a bit frightened to branch out on her own? I am looking for the all encompassing “financial freedom”!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

      This one is such a big question and I know so many other women feel the same – wanting to have a business where they can work from home doing something they love and earn an income.
      My best advice is to first figure out what you love to do or a product that you are excited to stand behind, then decide on what your financial & time commitment goals are. Then see if the two will match up {i.e. will selling $10 bracelets make enough to reach your goal of spending 10 hours per week and making $1000 per month?} If they match up, great … run with it. If not, go back to the drawing board and try something new.

      Does this help? Please ask more questions if you have them …

  103. Whitney May 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    …another question, loved the show you had in Kirkland last spring. A lil birdie told me you might be doing one this next week-is that happening?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

      Well I need to chat with that little birdie and confirm! I will be helping at the Bloom event for my friends who are adopting {you can read more at: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/things-i-like/bloom/} and we’d love to have you!

      • Whitney May 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

        The birdie may or may not be named Amy;) Is the Bloom event on Wednesday? Your fingers must be cramping from all the typing!

      • Whitney May 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

        Yes, June 4th in Greenlake…got it!

  104. Megan May 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    May I ask how you got all your boys to sleep together in one room? I’m about to try with mine and could use some ideas. Thanks!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      The first two have always shared a room, so that was an easy one :). When we added in the third, he was about 2 and we weren’t sure how it would go, but it works out. He is the chatty one and keeps the boys up sometimes, but we bribe him by saying we’ll close the door if he talks :).

      • kristin M May 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

        My husband is a fire captain/ fire prevention officer and the biggest thing I find him teaching parents about is the need to close your bedroom doors at night when you sleep. This is what BUYS YOU TIME in the case of a fire in your home. I can’t quote all of the statistics he can about ignition time etc but whenever I hear parents mention the bedroom doors open at night I feel an obligation not to scold but to educate. CLOSE your doors at night.

        • emily May 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

          That is funny and I should have added that when they are asleep we do close their door for that exact reason! Thanks for the reminder.

  105. Julie Grover May 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi Emily. I was wondering what your favorite wall/paint color is.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      I really love Texas Leather by Benjamin Moore {it is the top portion of our kitchen}

  106. jordan May 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    What a treat, to get to ask my favorite blogger things…..hmmmm…..
    1. Did you struggle with longing for a daughter all of those years of only boys (asking as a mother who loves them all the same, but ended with pink:)?
    2. Is your dad a part of your life?
    3. Do you have any career goals outside of JDC?
    can i just say thank you, dearly, for the joy I get coming to your blog…..Thank you, emily.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

      Not sure why I’m crying, but I think this is really cool that I get to chat with strangers who don’t feel like strangers at all. Random, I know, but thank you to everyone for asking such great questions.

      Okay, my answers:
      1. As I mentioned above, I had this dream of having four girls. I have two sisters, was a nanny for three little girls and am as girly as they come, so I figured girls would be right up my alley. When our first son was born, I could not have been more delighted by him. Our second one was the same – totally thrilled to have another boy. When I found out that the third one was a boy, I was so surprisingly upset and disappointed. I know, that is terrible to say, but it was the truth. I got over it after a day or so of crying, but I think I needed to just get it out and admit my true feelings. Now, of course, I couldn’t imagine our family without our little Mason.

      When we found out No. 4 was a girl, we were thrilled. I think I was at the point where I would have been fine with a boy, but I am so thankful to experience life as a mommy to a girl as well as boys. I love seeing Ryan with her and the boys as well. My aunt told me that having a daughter is ‘magical’ and I now know what she means. When Audrey was born, something awakened in me and I feel like I am more fully ‘me’ because of her. Not sure if that makes sense, but I can’t really articulate it.

      2. My parents divorced when I was in college and IT WAS ROUGH! My dad and I are working on our relationship and I see him from time to time which has been healing. Divorce is ugly and messes things up and I wish it wasn’t a part of my life. The short answer to what could be a long story is that, yes, he is a part of my life, but no, it is not what I expected.

      3. Career goals outside JDC? Nope. I’m pretty amazed at the opportunities this little blog has given me and I’m just running with it. I mostly wanted to be a mom and I love that I get to do both mommy things and creative, business things.

      • jordan May 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

        Thank you for answering my personal questions. This is quite a daring position to put yourself in as a blogger (on the world wide web), yet as a believer, sahm of 3 (7,6,4), I love that you keep it real!!!! Thanks again, emily. I LOVE all of the visual inspiration, but as someone who has shared some same struggles (as what i asked) it is SO excouraging to connect with another in the same boat.

  107. Whitney May 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Emily…
    Love your blog so, SO much…I can get lost in it for days:)
    Question: I want to display an assortment of different plates on my dining room wall (like done on the wall of the Nest blog you love), do you know what I can use to hang the plates? I don’t want the exposed plate racks…does this make sense? I’m sure there is a special product out there to do this…just don’t know what it is or where to get it, but I’m guessing you might;)

    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous talents with us all, your tutorials make me giddy!

    • Whitney May 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

      Okay…answered my own plate hanger question-thank you!!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

      Hmm … I really don’t know what to use. I have some hanging on my dining room wall, but they are hung with the traditional spring plate hangers. Anyone have a suggestion?

      • Whitney May 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

        Those will work great! Thank you

        • Kristen Whitby May 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

          I used the 3m command strips to hang plates and it worked really well! They’ve been up for about 7 years now with no problem.

      • Jan May 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

        there is a product out there called plate disc, I want to try it, but it comes highly recommended by some of the blogs I read.

    • Stefanie May 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

      Disc hanger! They have them on amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-English-Hanger-Disc-5-5-Plates/dp/B001FVG25K/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt/191-0684272-4696338

      very high ratings!!

      • Whitney May 21, 2011 at 5:22 am #

        What wonderful suggestions! Thank you

        • Alima May 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

          One day Nester posted about how she hung her plates. It was hilarious! If you read her blog, you know how she is – nothing is perfect and she likes it that way! She had used everything from hot glue and a paper clip to old wire and all sorts of other things! She says they stay on the wall just fine! ;)

  108. emily May 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Well this is sort of a bummer … I can’t reply to a reply. I’ll see how to fix that.

    But I wanted to comment on a couple of things:
    1. Please ask personal questions! I am pretty much an open book.
    2. To EarlyGirl – your idea of using book pages on your dining room ceiling is brilliant. If you don’t mind permanence, I would use wallpaper paste or decoupage glue to stick to the ceiling. I think I’d like to give it a try somewhere …
    3. Please feel free to reply to other questions – I love the conversation

    • Angela May 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      has fear of failure ever stopped you, or almost stopped you, from doing something great? i have this fear of failure, or not being “better than average” with my new business i am starting and could use a few pointers.

      also – have you ever found yourself “going through the motions” of the good christian girl, mom, wife etc. or doing things cause you feel other people think you should? if so, how did you get over that?

      • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

        Fear of failure is always there for me – but I think my deeper issue is fear of what others think. I am {slowly} learning how to clean out this ugly issue and part of that for me is writing this blog and allowing others to think poorly of me if they wish. As for failing, my husband has this quote somewhere that goes through all of Abraham Lincoln’s failures {of which there were many} and then at the bottom is his one great accomplishment of abolishing slavery. The point is, we all WILL fail, but if we don’t try, we don’t have the opportunity to be great and make a difference.

        I did a Beth Moore study and the most impacting question was when she asked “What If your biggest fear became reality?”. So what if you fail? What if someone doesn’t like me? What if … whatever your fear … take it all the way to the end and what you’ll be left with is that your Heavenly Father will still love and adore you. I love that.

        As for going through the motions of Christianity – for sure I’ve been there. I still haven’t figured out exactly what God thinks a ‘good’ christian is – is it church service, daily quiet times, only listening to worship music or talking to other christians? I sort of don’t think so. I am reading an amazing book called Inside Out by Larry Crabb and it is changing what I think about how to be who God wants me to be – apart from what modern day Christianity says I should be. I’m a work in progress …

        • Amy May 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

          I hope you {everyone} finds this encouraging: it’s not about being good. There is absolutely NOTHING that any of us can do to earn God’s love. Daily quiet times or {insert good deed here} are important and some are needed to grow our relationship with Christ but they aren’t necessary to have God think hugely of us. Nothing is necessary for God to love us, He just does. He created us in His image. He breaths the breath of life into us because He wants to, because He cares, because He is our Father.

          Take time to lay in His lap, sit at His feet, and be in His presence. He desires YOU and misses you when you don’t. The key to “having it all” is simply Jesus. When our priorities are in place with God first the rest will fall in order because as you grow in your relationship He will mold you to be like Him. Gracious, merciful, loving.

        • Bonnie May 23, 2011 at 10:17 am #

          Emily – I am replying to your thoughts on fear. One of the Bible quotes most associated with Pope John Paul II is “Be not afraid.” I have also had thoughts of ‘what if’ and being afraid to do one thing because…. The results of my extensive bible studies, readings, spiritual direction and prayer with God Himself is that fear is what lack of faith is. To live your life moment by moment knowing that God is the one that is totally in control takes away my fears. If what happens in my life is what God wants and because I am His child and He loves me unconditionally, He will take care of me through everything – the good and the bad. Over the first decade of this century, I have grown in my belief and living of my life with God in control. I have actually stood at the foot of the crucifix in our church raising my hands up and giving God my fears, difficulties and other things that were happening in my life. I don’t think God needed to see me giving them to Him, but, for me, it helped me to give them to Him to keep me from trying to control them myself. (We all know that God has the whole picture so His Way is the best way.) So, basically, fear is when we try to control. IF we live our lives as God wants us to, there is no reason for fear – so, “Be Not Afraid!”

          Also, I think what God wants from us to become the best person we can be and to grow closer to Him every moment. I have read the book ‘Captivating’ by John and Stassi Ellgredge. Amazing book that helped me to understand why God created me (a woman) the way He did and how I was to use His blessings to live my life. I cried as I read it realizing the times in my earlier life where I wanted to something one way and the world told me another. What did I do? Followed the world. Now I understand the way God was trying to communicate with me and why. Highly recommend this book for any age. It is a high school grad present for all the young women in my life. (Wild At Heart by John is for the men.)
          Also, Matthew Kelly is an author with several books helping those who love God to become the “Best Version of Themselves” they can be – all written within God’s love for us.

          This is my first response to a blog. Thank you for your blog and website. God Bless you for what you are doing!

    • Kylie Wilshaw May 23, 2011 at 2:48 am #

      Personal questions (!!):

      With four kids do you find it hard to get “adult time’? We try and do a “date night” once a week – which basically means all four kids are in bed and we have a candlelit dinner and watch a movie or do something together at home. Do you have any suggestions?

      What are your favourite things to do together as a family?
      Kylie :-)

  109. Angela May 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Are you going to do another “Summer Boutique?”

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      We don’t have one planned. It was so much fun and probably one of the best days of my life to see a dream become a reality. It was LOTS of work and totally worth it, but the timing isn’t right for us to do it again this year.

  110. Abby May 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    here’s the link:


  111. pam May 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    I do have a question but wanted to tell you how gracious you are by helping so many with your honest answers. Thank you.

    I am sure I have probably asked you this before but do you create all your patterned backgrounds, like the one in your banner (behind Jones Design Company)? I love the patterns and frames that you use. I wasn’t sure if you purchased the patterns from digital scrapbooking websites or made them yourself.
    Second question. How are you adapting to Illustrator? Are you learning from trial and error or did you take a class to learn?

    Thanks again.
    You’re the best!

    • Kate May 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

      Pam, I’m piggybacking off of your 2nd question – I hope that’s ok!

      I work in publisher a lot but where do you get backgrounds, fonts, etc. I would really LOVE to be able to do it but I guess I’m just drawing a blank as to where you would get the resources other than Microsoft clip art!!!! i.e. trellis patterns, damask….I feel like I’m really missing some resource out there that I just can’t find. Thanks!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

      Seems this is a common question and I will definitely write a real answer with details soon. My short answer is that some I make {hand-drawn or using shapes in illustrator}, some I purchase {digital scrapbook sites are great for these} and some are clipart.

      I am adapting well to Illustrator, although I know I’m missing out on all kinds of great ways to use it! I need to take a class…

  112. Abby May 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    You posted a Gungor song a few posts back and I replied with another extremely amazing group called Sons & Daughters that I know you will love. I am posting another link to their live performance at Relevant. They are the worship leaders at my church here in Nashville & are truly incredible people. My husband also play cello with them!

    Do you ever visit Nashville? It’s a fun place!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Abby … thanks for sending the link. I did listen to the song and love it and passed on the site to my brother-in-law who wants to start a new christian radio station. It totally inspired him as well.

      No, I have never been to Nashville or anywhere in the south for that matter and I’m dying to visit!

      • Alima May 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

        You’ve never been to the south?! Oh you should definitely come visit us! You are missing out! ;)

  113. Dani Taylor May 20, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Emily! You are seriously SUCH an inspiration to me! I just love you! I wish we lived in the same state so we could be good ol buddies! :) I read an older post of yours the other day, about how you felt when you wanted to gain followers and more business, and it totally spoke to me. I am going through the indecisiveness (is that a word?!) of finding my style and gaining followers on my blog. I sincerely want a stationary and design business of my own. Like you, I NEED to create, but am having a hard time figuring out the “how” of it all. Are there any tips you can give me as to how to get started, get my name out and have a more successful blog?
    Thanks for all you do to inspire me!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      I think the best thing to do is just to start. There are definitely ways to grow a blog – commenting on others, giving things away, joining link parties, advertising – but first just focus on creating a space that reflects you and let your creativity out!

      • Stacey May 21, 2011 at 6:42 am #

        Love this Emily! Great insight! When you create a space you love – others will see that and want to be there too! It becomes a reflection of who you are!

  114. Dannette May 20, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Hi Emily!

    I’m love this “Q&A” post! I’ve had a couple questions for you for a while now.

    1) Where do you purchase the thin white headbands that you attach your flowers to? I have a bunch of cute flowers made but can’t find the little white headbands.

    2) Do you create the swirl borders in some of your images like “dwell” or the art print “frame”? I’ve been searching for photoshop brushes like those but haven’t come across any simplistic frames like yours.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      1. The thin white headbands are just thin flat elastic I buy at the fabric store. You can purchase packages of it or by the yard. A friend of mine makes them with teensy elastic for her newborn and they are so sweet.
      2. A lot of people are asking about graphic design and so I think an actual post with details is in order! Stay tuned for a real answer to the question.

  115. amy m. May 20, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    I don’t have a question (but don’t stop reading!).I just wanted to thank you for your blog. I’m a mommy to 4 as well (mine are 8 yrs and younger), and I’ve been struggling with some things lately. Your blog is the peaceful, beautiful escape I need for a few minutes during the daytime! I get lost in your words, images, and project ideas, and somehow your blog calms me and gives me enough serenity to be the “calm mommy” I want to be. Thank you.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

      One of the things I am so amazed and blessed by are comments like yours about how I have somehow encouraged you. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I get to do what I do and allow God to speak through me and that it somehow makes a difference! Thank you for sharing and I’m so thankful that I get to be part of your life.

  116. Janell May 20, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Emily, a friend introduced me to your blog and I have been hooked every since! I am a stay at home mom with two small children (I also have a son named Mason!) and one of my biggest struggles is exhuastion. How do you manage all you do, with four kids, a husband and get any sleep? Are you one of the lucky ones who does not require much sleep? I always say that I will work on projects or maybe do some shopping by myself after my husband comes home and my kids are asleep but the truth is I’m just to tired! Would love to hear your thoughts on this. Love, love, love your blog:)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

      I am definitely NOT one of those can survive on no sleep {just ask my husband}. I sleep about 7 hours per night and wish it were more like 10. I hear that eating healthy and exercising regularly increase energy {can’t say I’ve tested these theories :)} but maybe it is worth a shot.

  117. Linda May 20, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I absolutely LOVE your site and style! I’ve purchased several of your prints both for myself and for gifts. My question is would you ever mix both black and brown/bronze accessories in a home? For example, wrought iron bronze mirror frames and black chandlier?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

      I’m all about mixing – I think it is what makes a house look lived in. You just have to go with what you think looks good and what makes you happy. If you love the bronze mirror and the wrought iron chandelier, go with it! When I watch design shows it seems they always use something that will pull everything together {a fabric, piece of art, etc} that draws from all of the colors. I think that is a great idea.

  118. Meg May 20, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Are you on pinterest? If so I would love to find you and follow you!

    If not, I imagine you’ve heard about it. It is an incredible time hog but also so inspiring!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      I just was ‘invited’ but haven’t clicked on the link yet to sign up. It is one of those things that I know I’ll get sucked in to and I’m not sure if I have time!

      The same goes for facebook and twitter. I have jdc accounts, but don’t use them … soon I am sure I will and I’ll let you know when the time comes.

      • Katie May 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

        Pinterest is SO addicting, but also a fantastic way to remember all of the great ideas I see around. I save future projects, recipes, inspirational quotes, etc. There is also now an app for my iPhone. I was at the grocery store the other day, and looked up one of my recipes for the ingredients.

  119. pve May 20, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Do you sleep?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      Ha! I really, really love sleeping, and yes, I do. I usually go to bed around 11:30 or 12 and wake with the kids around 7:30. I wish I could get 10 hours a night, but I just can’t give up my evenings.

  120. Katie May 20, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    My house has touches of “Emily” all over it. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Your flower week came at the perfect time for me to prepare the house for a Mother’s Day Brunch. I’m not thinking to Father’s Day. This is my husband’s first Father’s Day, and I’m struggling for gift ideas. Any suggestions?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

      Want to know what my husband is getting? A key chain stamped with something special {haven’t figured it out quite yet!} from Starfish Jewelry {http://www.starfishjewelrydesign.com/product/poppys-key-chain}.
      I’ll try to work on other ideas and do a post about them.

  121. Christina E May 20, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Hello! I’m going to have boy #2 at the end of August and am in the works of creating a bunk room for my ‘older’ boy to transition into this summer. I say ‘older’…he is only 17 months old. :)
    We are on a super tight budget and am thankfully receiving some hand-me-down bunk beds that I plan on painting navy blue. The room also has some wonderful built-in bookshelves. But I was wondering what has been the best investment for your boys’ bedroom/playroom? It will be all one room in our house.


    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      I think storage bins or baskets that you can sort toys is the best investment. The boys will inevitably have all sorts of small toys as they grow and having separate places to keep them makes organization and clean up much easier.

  122. Meg May 20, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    When did you accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Were you raised in a Christian home? Do you and your family have Bible study time on a daily or weekly basis or something like that? :) I hope these aren’t too personal of questions! <3

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      I was raised in a Christian family with a Christian extended family, so it has always been part of my life. I really began a personal faith when I went to Guatemala on a mission trip my senior year of high school. Following that, I attended a Christian university {APU} where I learned and grew so much. The past few years have also been a huge growing time for me and I hope to continue to grow in wisdom, humility and faith as I go.

      As far as family devotions go, we really don’t do anything routinely. I wish we did, but haven’t made it a priority. We LOVE the Jesus Storybook Bible {http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Storybook-Bible-Every-Whispers/dp/0310708257} and we also have this devotional for kids that we like reading from {http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Calling-365-Devotions-Kids/dp/1400316340/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1305918589&sr=8-3}.

      • Meg May 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

        What a blessing to have Christian families all around you! :) My husband is a Youth Pastor at our church (dare I say I am the Youth Girls Leader? Eeek!), and we have a soon to be 1 year old daughter who I need to begin doing some Bible studies with while we are at home (and I’m blessed to be able to stay home with her! Praise Jesus.) so I will definitely look into the two books you posted. :) Thank you!

        P.S. Your family & your house is gorgeous! <3

  123. JennaR May 20, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I am a wanna-be blogger and am having a hard time knowing where to start. Did you take a class on blogging or read any great websites that helped you set up your page? Any help would be much appreciated- I need a creative outlet, stat! Thank you!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      I started after I read a few blogs and thought, “that looks fun”. I have just learned as I’ve gone and have gained a lot from reading {and studying!} other blogs. I started using Blogger because it was free and now use WordPress.

      • Krystal Wight Armstrong May 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

        Oh that’s interesting; were you able too transfer the first blog content over to WordPress? I started a little personal blog on Blogger ( www.Andrew-and-Krystal.blogspot.com ) and then last month was required to make a professional website for my Sr. Portfolio class (was a Digital Cinema & Graphic Design student)…so my husband and I both did one on WordPress ( mine’s www.KWgithAmrstrong.com ) But now I’m wondering if I ever want to transfer the blogger one to WP too, if that would work, or if I’d have to recreate a new one from scratch with WP?
        Thanks for this awesome post by the way….I LOVE asking questions, so an open invitaion makes me happy. Questions don’t often seem so welcome in life…and, as my husband calls me, I’m ‘insatiablly inquisitive.’ So Thanks!

  124. Mei May 20, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Emily. My husband has asked a couple times when I am going to make something for him. I’ve seen a lot of refashion crafts using our husband’s clothes but what about for him? I’ve made a subway art for him using lyrics from Amazing Grace and a framed photo with our life verse but that is the extent besides doing house projects together. Do you have any ideas? Thank you!!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

      poor husbands and boys. Most crafts are just so girly. I think that is why having a girl opened up this huge desire to create in me – I could actually make her things!

      I don’t think Ive ever made anything for my husband {other than dinner and four kids :) }. I have seen tutorials for how to make ties which could be fun and your artwork is a great idea as well. Maybe you could frame some of your kids’ art work {if you have any} or make a quilt/blanket out of his old shirts? Anyone else have ideas?

      • Cari May 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

        I made a candy dish for my husband’s office back when we were engaged. I used an empty (tin) peanuts container and took the paper off. I covered it with strips of newspaper, got a cream soda bottle cap and painted his last initial on it, then attached that to the container and put candy in it. Not too exciting, but he liked it a lot. Guys presents are hard, because they usually dont care for ribbon or buttons =) hehe.
        If he wears a suit, you could also try making pocket squares…?
        Thats all I got! I like emily’s idea about children’s art.

      • Toni May 21, 2011 at 6:43 am #

        For our 10th anniversary, I made my husband a perpetual daily calendar (i.e. Jan 1, Jan 2, no days of the week so the calendar wasn’t tied to a specific year). For each day, I had written a short sentence on why I loved him, and I had several different categories: “You are the best husband because…”, “What I like about you”, “You’re so hot because…”, “One of the ways you are so cute”, “You make me smile when…”, “How you are an example of the Bible”, “I know you love me because…”, “I admire/respect this about you”, “A fond memory”, and “Quotables”. Looking back at this list, some of the categories may sound redundant, but they worked for me at the time! I created a template on Word and cut them to 5″ x 5″ pages, then had them printed and hole punched at Kinko’s (looking back, it would have been a ton cheaper to just print at home, but at least they had fancy paper I could use). I used heavy cardstock for the front and back covers, bound the whole thing up with book rings, and used a glamour shot of us as the cover photo. It was probably the best (and only) idea I’ve had as far as gift giving, not sure what I’ll do for our 20th!

        • Mei May 23, 2011 at 8:41 am #

          This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing!

      • Tonya May 21, 2011 at 7:56 am #

        Several years ago I made a knotted patchwork blanket for my son out of his old baby/toddler clothes. I included a patch of denim with the ripped knee of a pair of jeans because holey jeans were (and at age 10 still are!) reflective of him (I’m sure every mom to a boy would agree!). My husband loved it so much I’m now saving his old fire company t-shirts to make one for him eventually. He designs fire trucks for a living, as well as being a volunteer fireman, and has received countless shirts from around the country so that will be a very special gift for him.

        For our 5th wedding anniversary I made a small scrapbook for my husband highlighting all his roles. I included husband, father, son, brother, engineer, fireman, outdoorman, and man of God. I made a two-page layout for each with journaling on one page and a photo on the other. His parents and sister provided the journaling for the brother and son pages. He loved it!

      • Stephanie Johnson May 21, 2011 at 8:19 am #

        Ok, so I am a huge fan, and avid crafter. I have a husband and a son, who could really care less. Until I make them something. The quilt idea is great (I am cutting up all my husbands fraternity shirts) But I have made my husband plates with my son’s handprints, footprints, etc. I am attempting now to make him a tie; he loves to grill so my son and I got a big galvanized tub and painted it with “helping hands” (our hand prints). Maybe this might help?

  125. Jenna May 20, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    This is so fun! I’ve really enjoyed reading all the questions and answers so far! I have a few of questions too:
    1) A good friend of mine and I are planning to start a blog together (the only way we could get our husbands to agree was to split the load). We are both big fans of yours! Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
    2) I know you kind of answered this above I think, but how do you actually make all the pretty banners and headers for your blog? Do you design all the elements from the ground up, purchase them somewhere, get them for free? Keep in mind your talking to someone who knows next to nothing about graphic design!
    Keep up the good work, Emily! You really are an inspiration!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      1. This is a big question! I think my best tip is just to start. Read other blogs to see what you like/don’t like, then create a space that is reflective of you. Be genuine. Write in your own voice. Post about things that are interesting to you. Visit other blogs and comment often. Most of all, remember to be you.
      2. I really will do something helpful on graphic design so that I can fully answer the question. I am self-taught and I’m sure I don’t do things correctly, but maybe no one cares! The elements I use {like frames, shapes, backgrounds, etc.} are either created by me, found for free on clip art sites or purchased on digital scrapbook sites.

  126. Alima May 20, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    I just thought of another one..how do you pick the producs for your monthly giveaways? I know some of them are your own products, but for the other ones I am always curious to know where you found them. I would love to see the list of sources for future giveaways so that if we don’t win, we could buy the items!
    This is so much fun! Thanks for answering all these questions! ;)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 11:06 am #

      I usually get an idea for a ‘theme’ and then gather things that go with it. Many of the items are either made by me or from around our house {lots from my m-i-l who is a thrift shopper-extraordinaire}. The rest are purchased at shops or given by companies. I will definitely add a sources list for this next one. Great idea.

  127. Lou Ann May 20, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    I love your blog and your style. I am excited that you will be sharing graphic design “how-to”. I am very interested in design, but not sure I could make a go of it at my age. Do you offer custom stationary/invitations/announcements, etc?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      Custom stationery is how I started and I love it, but have more recently decided I needed to take a break from it. With blogging and new business ideas, I just can’t do it all. Lindsay is my go to girl for referring out custom designs {you can read her blog at http://www.lindsayletters.com}.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      Oh, one more thing. You can TOTALLY make a go at graphic design or any other creative idea at your age! Please be encouraged to give it a try.

  128. Stacey May 20, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Have you ever done any guest posts/Would you be willing to do one if someone asked you?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      I have done a few and yes, I am totally open to it. I am not always able to say yes {just depends on what I have going on} but please ask!

  129. Nicole May 20, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Hi Emily!
    I love your blog! I have an 8 week old baby and I read your posts during the 2 a.m. feeding.. so thank you for helping keep me awake!
    My question is… are you going to offer the “Be Inspired Workshop” anytime soon? I am so bummed to have not been reading your blog when you did that as I would have most definitely attended!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      What did mommies of the past do for those 2am feedings?!! I was so glad to have modern technology to keep me awake too and I’m glad I can hang out with you while the rest of the world is sleeping :).

      The Be Inspired Workshop was great and we’d love to open it up again. We are re-working some of the content and will keep you posted …

  130. Margaret May 20, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    I just love your blog. Your creativity is so inspiring. What type of scanner and printer to you use?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:48 am #

      Answered above … but the short answer is that I have a Canon ink jet photo printer no longer produced. Love it though. You can try Canon i9900 for something similar.

  131. Tia May 20, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    I have a couple of questions…

    1. I am slightly new to the blogging world and would love to know how you get your photos to look the way you do on the blog. I love that look, but don’t know how to replicate that photo look for my own blog.

    2. What advice would you give to a mommy in the throws of motherhood, who doesn’t even remember what it is she likes to do anymore? My husband is great at giving me “me” time, but when I get “me” time, I have no clue what to do.

    I absolutely love your blog; I find it so refreshing and uncomplicated, and that is exactly what this world needs more of.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      1. What are you wanting to do with your photos? Is there something specific you need help with?
      2. Mommyhood just takes it out of you sometimes! Are there things you used to do that you no longer have time for? Any dreams you have? Perhaps you could join a MOPS group or other social group {book group, craft group, bible study} that would give you a chance to connect with other moms and re-discover yourself. I’m not sure if that answers your question very well … anyone else have anything to add?

      • Tia May 21, 2011 at 6:45 am #

        I love the look of the rounded corners on the photos…that is what I need help with!

  132. Angela May 20, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Would you do an “our house” picture for your bathroom. I’m moving into a new apartment and I’m looking for some ideas and I love all your other rooms!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      Our master bath is almost next on my list of re-dos. It is a boring space that I’d like to spruce up with some paint and fabric. So, yes, I would love to post photos and will try to do it soon!

  133. Lorrie May 20, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Wow, tons of great questions. I don’t have any more to add, but wanted to say that I love your designs and style. As someone who has raised three children to adulthood while I crafting and cooking, I want to encourage you to continue being the person God created you to be!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      Thank you Lorrie! I love the encouragement!

  134. Taylor May 20, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Love your ideas; thanks for putting your creativity out there for us to share. Regarding WIW… I’m a SAHM, and I love that you share easy-to-put-together, affordable outfits that work for those of us who run around with little ones but still don’t want to wander around in sweats. Magazines are great, but seldom can I afford anything they show; you shop at affordable store. Plus, I love your style: classy, feminine, yet practical. Would be glad to see WIW back.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      Thanks for the feedback. That is why I do W.I.W. – because I think finding realistic outfits is hard and I’m happy to show what I put on. Maybe I’ll just get over my awkwardness and start up again.

  135. Emily May 20, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I would like to start selling my artwork on my blog, but I use blogger (honestly, I don’t know if it’s an option with blogger). Since your blog is wordpress is that a feature that is offered so that you can sell your products? Or how did you get it all step-up? I love your blog! Thanks for the opportunity for questions!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:42 am #

      We do use wordpress and have a plug-in that allows us to have a shop directly on our blog. You can certainly use a shop like Etsy and then link to your blog, but I like that everything is seamless from posts to shop right on my site.

      • Tiffany May 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

        I’ve been wondering this myself, can you name the plug-in?

        • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

          We went through just about every wordpress shop plug-in available. Most use wp-ecommerce but it didn’t work for us. We use wp e-store.

  136. Debb May 20, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Hi Emily,

    ~This is my first time ever actually writing….I have been following your blog for a long time and I LOVE IT! You seem very classy, crafty and sweet! I don’t really have a question perse’ I just want to comend you on your awesomeness! :}

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:46 am #

      You are sweet. Thanks for calling me awesome and for following!

  137. Aubri May 20, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    What is your favorite family activity? What does your favorite date night look like?
    With 4 kids does your family stay on a strict budget? If so, do you have line item for home decor?! :)
    You’re house is fabulous! From the time you moved in, how long did it take before it felt “finished?”
    At one time you mentioned homeschooling your kids… where did you land on that?
    How is your blog built? WordPress?
    I know you will answer this question on a few others posts but I mostly want to know…”How do you do it all?!?”

    I LOVE your blog and there’s so many great ones out there but yours if my favorite. I think it’s because you speak my language of faith, family and design! Thank you for letting us ask you questions!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      1. Favorite family activity: spending time with our extended family. Both of our families live in the area and we spend a lot of time with cousins, grandmas, aunties & uncles eating & enjoying each other. This summer we are excited to be outside a lot camping, swimming and playing at the park. My kids love wrestling with daddy and playing dart guns – I love doing crafts and reading with them.

      2. Favorite date night: how boring of me, but it is going to starbucks and talking. It was our first date and always my fave. Palm Springs was a nice vacation and so I hope we can do more of that!

      3. Budget. Ugh. We are not tight budgeters, but we have recently been much more diligent about stewarding our finances wisely. It is a constant challenge to know how and when to spend money, but we’re trying our best to be smart and still enjoy the little things in life {like pillows and flowers and dishes :)}

      4. Our house never feels finished. We’ve been here for almost 5 years and some rooms have come together, but most have not. That is part of the fun for me, though, to continually change, rearrange, play around … I’m pretty sure our house will never be ‘finished’!

      5. Homeschooling: we just talked about it again last night. We are not planning on home schooling, but we totally see the benefits of individualized education and want that for our kids. Not sure how we’ll deal with this one in the future … any suggestions?

      6. My blog is self hosted on wordpress.org. Do you have a blog? Or questions about wordpress?

      7. And how I do it all? I really don’t. I just do a lot and let other things go :). And I don’t sleep enough.

      • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:58 am #

        Let me add that the way I’m answering these questions is that No. 1 & 2 are playing angry birds on the ipad, No. 3 is squirting plants outside with a spray bottle and No. 4 is pulling out bottles of beer from the little fridge in the kitchen.

        Just don’t want you thinking too highly of me :)

      • Aubri May 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

        Thanks for your response!! I don’t have any tips on Homeschooling… mostly cause I don’t even have any kids of my own yet! But where we live now is very big into homeschooling and I totally understand cause some of these public schools could be rough. My husband and I talk all the time about how we will raise our children someday and I just love hear from others about what they do. :)
        Also I do not have a blog but I would REALLY like to start one and I’d like it to be a WordPress blog. I’m an Art Director/ Graphic Designer, I have some web experience but print is where I enjoy spending my time. Someday I’d love to be a stay at mom, have a beautiful blog and home (like yourself) and do freelance business. I really enjoy being a full-time designer now but that may change once we have kids.
        Thanks again Emily!!

      • Sarah May 23, 2011 at 8:51 am #

        Hi Emily! This is one of my first times posting too! All my questions have already been asked and I’ve enjoyed reading all the responses so much! Thanks for all the time you put into this…it’s such a blessing! Just wanted to see if you’ve ever thought of doing a video program for homeschool. There’s lots out there, but personally, I think one of the best is BJUPress. It’s good quality education, but it also frees the Moms up to spend time on other stuff…like creating :) Not for everyone, but it is a unique option. Plus it’s Christian-based, so you don’t have to worry about what they’re being taught. Anyway, just a thought for you! Thanks again for sharing so much of yourself on here! Love the blog!

  138. Amy May 20, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Hi Emily! You are my absolute favorite — I’ve been checking your blog faithfully for at least a year now. :)

    If I sent you a picture of my living room, could you tell me what you thought was missing? It’s so close to complete, and I love 90% of it, but I think it needs just one more…something. Our design sensibilities are so close — I think you would see that in the picture — what do you think? I would be so excited too! LOL

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:19 am #

      You are so sweet. Sure, send me a photo and I’ll take a look. But remember that I am not an interior decorator!

      • Amy May 20, 2011 at 11:51 am #

        :) That’s OK — that’s the fun in it! Thank you! I have always thrived on my girlfriends opinions, and all my wonderful girlfriends in our “new” (4yrs) town could care less. Which is a blessing when they come over and my house is a wreck, and a curse when I really need an opinion on what color to pick! Besides, it’s just plain fun. Thank you! Yay!

  139. Laura May 20, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I love the initial picture you made and put in your piano nook. How did you make it? I noticed there’s a plate and love the idea of typing the established date from our wedding. Where did you find the plate? Can you do a tutorial please?

    Also, I agree! Please bring back WIW!

    I would LOVE to know how you create design boards on your blog. I’m guessing you use software. Is it pretty simple to use?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:18 am #

      That initial picture was made on a whim and I’m glad lots of you like it! I will put a tutorial together. The brass plates have been sitting in my craft bin for a long, long time and it was fun to use it! I’m sure you could find something similar at a craft store in the scrapbook section.

  140. Maggie @ Black and White {Side by Side} May 20, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Hey Emily! Love your blog :) How did you make that verse on your piano? Cardstock? I love the simple ways you incorporate scripture into your home decor!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      Yep … it is just cardstock with cut in edges. I did the verse in Illustrator using a fancy {okay, not that fancy, but fancy to me!} tool that lets you ‘type on a path’. I didn’t even save the file or else I would have offered it as a free printable. Sorry about that.

  141. Gwendolyn May 20, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    You are the most inspirational blogger I follow. Your honesty, faith, and creativity are such a blessing! I love creating invites and things for myself, friends and volunteering my services for church events. I would love to know if you print everything yourself or if you hire it out. If you print yourself, what kind of printer do you have and if you source it out are you printing digitally or litho? Thanks so much, Emily, for all you share with us!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:16 am #

      Thank you Gwendolyn! What nice words …

      I do most of my printing at home on my Canon inkjet photo printer. It is no longer available {unfortunately} but I have heard that the Canon i9900 is a great one as well. I need to try it out. If you buy a printer to print stationery at home, be sure that it accepts heavy paper {up to 120 lb} and I like that my printer uses 8 ink cartridges for better color.

      I have also outsourced printing to a professional printer {especially for photo christmas cards} which makes things super easy, but I actually like the quality I get at home a little better for my prints and other non-photo designs.

      • Shannon May 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

        Any recommendations on professional printers online, or do you just go local?

      • Gwendolyn May 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

        thanks so much for all of this and i look forward to seeing all the new things you’ll be sharing with us. your openness and willingness to share the gifts God has given you with us is such a blessing, i thank you for it all!

  142. Loren May 20, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    My son will be turning 1 July 2! I want to do a cute red, white and blue theme, but not make it too “4th of Julyish”. I thought about All American, red wagon? Any ideas or suggestions on where to start?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:13 am #

      Holly did the most adorable 1st birthday party for her son last year that was sort of Americana style. It would be perfect! You can see her party here {http://www.hollymathisinteriors.com/2010/07/henrys-party-part-1/}

      • Jan May 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

        Oh YES…Holly Mathis is amazing! Another one of my favorite blogs along with yours!

  143. Jessica May 20, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    This is great! Thanks for doing this.
    1. Do you have any favorite ways that you save time since you have so many things on your plate?
    2. Do you use coupons when shopping?
    3. Can you come to my house and help me decorate? :) I feel so overwhelmed!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      1. Multi-tasking is my best time-saver. I fold laundry while I watch tv, listen to sermons as I fill orders, put the kids in the bath while I put on make-up.
      2. I am not a coupon girl. I do use grocery store club cards thought!
      3. Decorating is so personal that I think I would be terrible at interior decorating for others! I’m pretty sure my neutral, funky style might not translate into every home :). Have you thought about having someone like Holly Mathis do a design board to help out? That may be a great route to go!

  144. Mindy May 20, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Its graduation season! I have been invited to 2 graduations, twins that attend different schools. I am struggling with gift ideas since one is a girl and one is a boy. Can you offer any DIY gifts for graduating high school seniors?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      Hmmm … good question. I’m sure you would like something personal, but gift cards and plain old money is always the best for a graduating student! You could package these cutely {maybe something like this: http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/gift-envelopes#slide_6}.

      Another great option is a piece of stamped jewelry for the girl and a keychain for the boy {Starfish Jewelry has some great options: http://www.starfishjewelrydesign.com/product/poppys-key-chain}

      Hope that helps!

    • Barbara May 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      Mindy….hope you don’t mind me giving you an idea! I also have graduations coming up. I made a large laundry bag with the college colors on the bag and had her initials monogramed on the front. I also made a small change purse that coordinated with the big bag and filled it with quarters. She LOVED it! I don’t sew much at all. I had my friend help me out. I had it monogramed by a place in my area for 6 dollars. Hope it helps. Oh, I forgot…I gave the other grad the book, “The places you will go”, by Dr. Seuss. The book has a great message!

  145. Heather May 20, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    What did you go to school for? And what does your husband do? :)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:53 am #

      My degree is in Child & Family psychology {apparently I was training to be a mom}. My husband’s degree is in Business Marketing. He is a fire fighter, but ultimately a total entrepreneur. He has started about a million businesses and loves it! I am thankful to have him on my team!

      • Meg May 20, 2011 at 11:37 am #

        Emily, I love checking in on your site, and I completely agree that you are such an inspiration. My husband and I are just growing our family (we have 1 10 month old boy and are hoping for a few more) and both of us are working very hard at establishing ourselves and developing lots of ideas that we have. To learn that your husband is a firefighter (my husband is working very long days at his regular job, and part time as a fireman, volunteer firefighter, EMS instructor, etc. in order to reach his dream of becoming a firefighter) just adds to my interest in your life. He too has so many business ideas that he’d like to develop on the side after becoming a firefighter. And I very much want to spend my life working creatively (and as a mom!) in something that is satisfying.

        I have to tell myself regularly “Just keep swimming”. Reading your blog and learning about you makes me see the light!

  146. jennie May 20, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Hi Emily! I must admit that your blog is the first thing I check each morning after checking my email….it is unbelievably beautiful and I find your ideas breathtaking, yet attainable, which I believe is part of the reason people fall in love with your blog. My question is this: do you know if one must have a business license or permit to host a home boutique occasionally? Thanks!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:51 am #

      oooh, I am not totally sure. Check with your state on what the requirements are {tons of information online – do a google search and you should find some helpful answers}. Don’t let a business license get in your way, though. It is very easy to obtain and then you can use your creativity to make some extra money. How fun!

      • Kristy May 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

        Emily, I hope it’s ok to talk to Jenni through you….

        Jenni, I am interested in the same idea. What state are you in? I’m in Northern California… if you find something out, could you send me an email? kristermostlysunny@yahoo.com
        Thank you in advance!! :-)

  147. Miss Hannah B. - Kathleen May 20, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    Hi Emily, I have just 1 question or maybe 2. What software do you use to design your prints on all of the items in your shop? Did you do the designing on your blog too?
    Thanks so much, Have a great weekend!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      Answered above {microsoft publisher, paint.net, illustrator} and my husband and I did our blog design.

  148. Ondrea May 20, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    What font did you use for the “Happy Birthday, Nonna” at the end of your post? <ore specifically, the little designs above the "H" & "Y". I noticed it was also on the stickers for the paper bag tutorial, but even after looking at your favorite fonts, couldn’t find it. Is it actually a font or some other design? Thanks for all your inspiration!!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:41 am #

      I don’t often purchase fonts, but I just loved this one too much not to! It is called Barocca Monograms by Tart Workshop {http://www.tartworkshop.com/barocca_monograms.html}

      • Ondrea May 20, 2011 at 11:54 am #

        thanks a bunch!

  149. Chaney May 20, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Emily, great idea!
    Every time you come up with a new design “header” for a post, I just LOVE it! You make even a giveaway header look elegant and swoonworthy (I think I just made up a word?). How do you do it? What software do you use to create them? Thanks!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:40 am #

      I sort of answered above {paint.net, illustrator}. This is the type of graphic design I love so it is fun for me. I’ll do a post soon on how to do simple graphic design.

      • Tammy May 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

        I would love if you would do a simple. Graphic design post! Hope to see it soon :)

  150. Alima May 20, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    How do you do it all? 4 kids, great blog, your graphic design business, crafting, keeping up with the house, laundry, cooking and having amazing hair! :)
    I only have 1 toddler and somehow I always feel overwhelmed!
    Can’t wait to see your answers! Lots of good questions!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      This one is a tough one … so many things go into the answer. I wrote a post a while back about time management which might answer some of the question {http://jonesdesigncompany.com/featured/time/}. I think the main thing is that I make certain things priority and other things fall to the side. I have to be okay with the fact that I can’t keep up with everything {even though that is so hard for me!}. Don’t be too hard on yourself … we all have such mommy-guilt and it is the worst. I have a journally post on my heart about comparison that will surely come out soon!

      • julia Towell May 20, 2011 at 11:41 am #

        Can I reply to this reader? {is that super strange?} I have had many talks with other moms lately and I really want to encourage my friends to do what God gifted THEM in… not trying to copy-cat everyone else’s gifts. I think the blogging world cam emphasize this do-it-all desire in women/ moms… we can’t all coupon, cook, craft, sew, knit, photograph, paint, design, blog… {a view into MY soul’s desires;)} I think we need to be better at admiring people’s gifts and not letting them be fuel to our ‘don’t add up-ness’… {OK, I’m sooo sorry for butting in there <3}

        • Amy May 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

          I totally agree, Julia! I just got done with a bible study by Chip Ingram on figuring out my spiritual gifts! I learned how important it is to know this and function in your gift that God gave you. It’s not about how you can be like others, it’s about how you can be Jesus to others and use your gift to show who He is. :-) if you’re not functioning fully in your gift then you and others are missing out on who God carefully made you to be.

          Thank you Emily for using your gifts to show Jesus to us. Blessings!

  151. shawna May 20, 2011 at 6:00 am #

    I have several!
    1. Do you meal plan? Does your family always eat healthy?
    2. Have we seen your whole house? I am in love with how you decorate!
    3. I echo the WIWW segment. I really miss it.
    4. How do you organize your house? Especially your closet and the toy room.
    5. When do you craft?
    6. And this is kind of personal, but how many children do you all want? They are all so beautiful.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:26 am #

      Love it.
      1. I am just coming to terms with the fact that cooking and meal planning is NOT MY GIFT! When I put together a plan and shop for all of the groceries, dinner time is so easy and I love it. But I rarely take the time to do it so we end up either shopping every day, eating scrambled eggs & toast {like last night} or go out to eat. I’m working on this. As for eating healthy … yes and no. My husband is the healthy one and I try to respect him by not having junk food/sweets/processed stuff in our house {which I mess up on alot}. We eat lots of fruit & veggies, whole grains, eggs, chicken – boring stuff like that.
      2. there is more to our house I haven’t shown. The playroom, Ryan’s office, mudroom, bathrooms, laundry room. All of these rooms are unfinished or not very cute so I haven’t photographed them yet. Still doing projects and I hope to show you soon!
      3. see question above for w.i.w.
      4. Organizing is totally Ryan’s thing. Have you seen our pantry? That was all him. I like separate bins for everything and categorize toys into their own basket/bin. My crafts are organized in bins/baskets/dresser drawers/boxes. I’ll work on a post about this.
      5. I craft/decorate/design all the time. Morning, noon and night. Mostly night. But if I am doing a project for the blog I have to do it during the day so I can photograph. The kids usually play around me while I’m doing whatever it is I’m doing.
      6. Four kids is good for us. We both wanted four {I wanted 4 girls!} and Dr. Snipps made our decision final about a week after Audrey was born {if you know what I mean}.

      • EarlyGirl May 20, 2011 at 11:36 am #

        emily… I am literally sitting in the waiting room at Dr. Snipps as I’m reading this! We’ve been blessed with three girls, and if somewhere down the line we really want that boy, we’ll adopt!

        I’m also a S.A.H. Mom, run a design business, volunteer at church and am generally always in the “on” position. I’m so glad you’re enjoying illustrator… It’s my favorite! And your flower pins are great – my mom bought me two of them for mothers day! My question is (finally), do you think the book page thing would work on a ceiling? I know you have it on your stair wall, but my hubby wants me to do it with vintage French and Italian recipes on our dining room ceiling. Whaddya think?

      • Cheryl May 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

        I have recently come up with a new way to meal plan! I am not an expert here but this is my latest idea. So, I am in the process of collecting all our favorite recipes. Whenever we make a dish that is not a “recipe” I snap a picture and quickly write out what we did…so we remember for next time. The plan is to combine pictures and recipes in one binder. Then each week I will flip through, choose my recipes and shop. I also tend to stock my pantry and fridge so I have most things on hand. I am always looking for great, easy ways to meal plan. This is my latest attempt :)

        Btw, I love your blog and greatly enjoy the tutorials and photos of your adorable home!

  152. Emily May 20, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    What is your favorite devotional/Christian book to use with quiet time? Your blog is a breath of fresh air, and I’m grateful to have you as a “friend”!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:13 am #

      I wish I had a good one right now! Any suggestions anyone?

      • julia Towell May 20, 2011 at 11:34 am #

        Anything by Joni Erickson Tada <3

      • Joy May 20, 2011 at 11:55 am #

        I love Jesus Calling ‘Enjoying Peace in His Presence’ by Sarah Young. You can get it from Barnes & Noble. It speaks to my heart every day and I’ve bought 10 copies to share with my young adult children and numerous girlfriends for love gifts. :)

      • Kate May 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

        I highly recommend “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. It’s a beautifully written book with an even more beautiful message.

        Thanks for doing this question and answer segment, Emily. I haven’t touched my blog in almost a year now, and was wondering how I might begin again. Your willingness to expose yourself though this question and answer segment makes me think that perhaps I need to do the same. You are an inspiration to so many in far more ways than you may know.

        Have a wonderful weekend. Be blessed.

      • Ashley K. May 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

        Here are some ideas:
        “Heaven Is For Real” by Todd Burpo
        “Royal By Blood” by Jennifer Johnson (bible study)
        “Good Morning, Holy Spirit” by Benny Hinn
        “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan

        I am not in love with reading, but I have thoroughly enjoyed each of these books. :)

      • Tori May 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

        I am LOVING Jen Hatmaker’s ‘Out of the Spin Cycle’! It’s hilarious, and full of good truths to help young mama’s through the day. I would highly recommend it!!

      • janie Williams May 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

        i just finished a book called “because He loves me” by elyse m. fitzpatrick. she is a wonderful writer. this book is all about relating the gospel to your daily life. she also has a 31 day book about the same thing that i am going to look into next. i recommend this to anyone. peace of Christ everyone.

      • carol carroll May 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

        Most definitely Destined to Reign, by Joesph Prince.. Super..

  153. Lesley May 20, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    I’ve always wondered what blogs do you read….do you have a list of favorites you could share with us? You are always #1 on my blog list! Oh, yes I agree with sarah….I also think you should bring back the “What I Wore” series….you have such a great sense of style! :)

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:12 am #

      I have a ‘favorite blogs’ post coming!

  154. Lisa May 20, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    Good morning, Emily! I have 2 questions :) 1) What did you study in college? 2) I remember you mentioning at some point that you were kind of a “homebody” during college (ie. not a partier :) so how did you meet your husband? I just love your blog! You are amazingly talented!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:12 am #

      This is a fun one! My degree is in Child & Family Psychology. I thought about being a family psychologist, thought about teaching early elementary, but ultimately wanted to be a mommy :). I think the degree works perfectly.

      I was not a partier, but do keep in mind that I was at a Christian university where there were lots of other non-partier and had plenty of other friends who were just as home-body-ish as me.

      My husband went to school with me and we were in the same group of friends. I had a BIG crush on him for a few months before he understood my flirting as an invitation to ask me out … but he finally did on February 15, 1998 and we’ve been together ever since. Well, that is not completely true. We broke up about a million times during our dating relationship {not the best of times for either of us with lots of deep family issues coming to the surface} but we made it through and were married in 2003. I Love him.

      • Lesley May 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

        What college did you attend?

  155. Charlotte | Living Well on the Cheap May 20, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    It’s clear your Christian faith is important to you; what specific denomination do you affiliate with? I’m so impressed by the ease with which you incorporate it into your home!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      Thanks for the question. My faith is super important and as scary as it is to ‘put it out there’ I have been so blessed by the encouragement I’ve received from fellow believers. I would say I’m Non-denominational. I have been part of all types of christian churches – small, non-denominational, missionary alliance, presbyterian, foursquare. Truthfully, I’m not even sure what the difference is and why we need denominations – I just love God, think Jesus is pretty amazing and am thankful for the Holy Spirit in my life.

      • Skye May 20, 2011 at 10:33 am #

        I LOVE this answer! :)

      • Angela May 20, 2011 at 11:42 am #

        i agree!

      • Stacy May 20, 2011 at 11:55 am #

        I’m a newcomer to the whole organized religion arena, and what you said perfectly sums up how I feel! Thanks for taking the jumble out of my head and putting it so nicely!

      • Kristy May 20, 2011 at 11:56 am #

        I love that answer too!!!

      • carol carroll May 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

        Very very “REAL” answer.. Love it. I always say at the end of my prayer time or study time “I am the daughter of a very rich King and my daddy really loves me”.. Rich meaning whatever I have need of. Don’t we just love the Lord and are so blessed. You are a amazing little girl, mom, woman, etc. That is why I watch you, you are inspiring. Reflecting the “LIGHT”..

      • jac reifsnyder May 23, 2011 at 11:31 am #

        i have been wondering about those thin headbands!! thanks so much. i looked everywhere

  156. sarah May 20, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    Oh one more, what kind of design software do you use?


    • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:04 am #

      I have just recently started using Adobe Illustrator {which I am loving} but up until three months ago, I spent 10 years designing with Microsoft Publisher and Paint.net. Both have totally worked for me {even though professional graphic designers would laugh in my face}. I am all about using what you have and making it work. If you have the option to purchase Illustrator, I say go for it. But if not, try using free programs.

      • Ashlee N May 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

        Thank you so much for commenting about the programs you use to design. I’m really looking forward to your grafic design tutorial for publisher and paint.net. You’ve created a card for our research study and I use your weekly calendar all the time – but would like to learn how t design something similar for our study. Your blog is amazing and I love following it

      • Katie May 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

        Thanks for sharing! I would love to try my hand at these programs!

      • Annie May 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

        LOVE that you said you used Publisher in your design work. That’s what I use too but have been almost ashamed to admit it. :( But knowing what you have produced and SEEING how beautiful it all is, I will continue onward and upward with my software!!

  157. sarah May 20, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    What happen to the “What I Wore” series? You always inspired me to try a little harder at getting dressed every day, lol! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

    • Serah May 20, 2011 at 5:47 am #

      I miss that, too! Please bring it back!

      • Becky May 20, 2011 at 8:55 am #

        me too!

      • emily May 20, 2011 at 9:02 am #

        Oh, what I wore … this one is sort of fun and sort of completely embarrassing. Taking photos of myself posed? So dorky. I would never consider myself a ‘fashion’ person, but know how hard it is to come up with good mommy outfits and love that I can help others. Receiving nice comments about how I look feels great, but it is also super awkward to post photos hoping people will say nice things about how I look. Does that make sense? Can I ask a question back? What do you like about W.I.W.?

        • Krystal Wight Armstrong May 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

          I guess that would feel weird, but it doesn’t seem dorky to us…since we want to see you & your cute outfits! What I like? It’s the simple thing behind any girl looking through pretty fashion magazines, we love looking at pretty people in their great clothes, and yours are just as inspiring and fun to look at…giving us ideas and new ways to think about our own wardrobe! That’s what I like anyway!

    • Carolyn May 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

      This was going to be my question–I loved those blog posts, too! To answer the question in your response, I loved seeing great ways to put a realistic outfit together. I’m a mom of two little ones, so if I’m not going to work, I tend to wear the same boring (out-of-date) clothes over and over. You inspired me to think a bit more about my wardrobe, and to narrow it down to only things I really like and feel good in. I can understand it would be awkward to take pictures of yourself, but I so enjoyed it and was inspired by it. Hope you bring it back!

  158. Anjel May 20, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    HI Emily, OK question on the last day of flower week u gave 2 tutorials which I did both & loved but at the bottom of the page you also did a mothers day card and in one of the pics was a blue and gold flower I love it but cant figure out how you did it. I would love a tutorial on it please!
    a very satisfied follower!!!!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 8:57 am #

      I will do a tutorial for sure. It actually came from the May Martha Stewart magazine and is this poppy flower {http://www.marthastewart.com/341463/silk-poppies} but I made some changes because mine did not turn out half as cute as the magazine showed. I’ll work on this one for next week.

      • Tenessa Renfro May 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

        Very much looking forward to this tutorial! Love your blog, by the way!!!

  159. PamK May 20, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    Hi Emily. With a lot of ideas floating around in my head or more like pounding to come to life, I find it hard to focus and get very overwhelmed when it comes to simple projects. I love to craft and am inspired by you to decorate my house with simple changes that would be more ME. I am in the process of making a ruffle pillow from your tutorial. It has been very easy to follow. Ok, so my question is how do you organize your thoughts? I do write things in a notebook but find myself doing just that, writing and not doing. So maybe another question is do you procrastinate or pretty much follow through once you get the idea? Thanks for responding.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 8:55 am #

      Umm … you should see our house. Most projects are half finished! My husband is an idea guy and I just jump in, but we generally fizzle out and then have unfinished things all over the place. Like the trim in our kitchen, my half painted bedroom, spotty front yard landscaping …

      I do write things down because I get random ideas all of the time. Most of them I don’t ever get to, but at least they are written down and someday I may be inspired to give it a try. I am the type that when I have the creative itch, I just get right on it. I use what I have rather than planning out an organized list and make it work.

      Hope that helps!

  160. Karie Murray May 20, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    I was wondering who created your blog? I’ve noticed a few of your sponsor businesses have a similar style to theirs. I really like it!

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 8:50 am #

      My husband and I did our blog design. We use wordpress.org {self-hosted wordpress} and think it is great. We have done a few custom blog designs and are hoping to help more people create their perfect blog in the future.

      • laurie f May 20, 2011 at 11:52 am #

        You are so talented! I am new to blogging but love it so far. I have created my own blog recently would would welcome your talent! Ido have a site but rarely give it out because I am working out the “kinks” of a new time blogger and non-technology guru! Please let me know when you get to that point to help other (me) bloggers!!!

  161. Stephanie May 20, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    I really like the grosgrain ribbon image you use on your “shop” page and would like something similar on my website, can you please offer a tutorial on how to create? Thank you.

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 8:45 am #

      I would love to! I have just recently switched to using Adobe Illustrator, but most of my blog graphics were done using a free program called Paint.net {http://www.getpaint.net/} and I figured out how to create layers and add text over top of images. I did a tutorial on how to create a silhouette that uses many of the same principles for creating graphics {http://jonesdesigncompany.com/things-i-like/silhouette-tutorial/}. I will definitely do a graphic design tutorial soon.

      • Kristy May 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

        I can’t wait for you to do a tutorial on graphic design! Please do it soon… :-) One more thing, I have to tell you I LOVE your blog and your style. God has definitely given you a gift with your creativity and I just want to say thank you for your honesty and willingness to share with others. You are a gift to us. :-)

      • Shera O May 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

        Any ideas for programs that are compatible with a Mac?

  162. Angie Hinchliffe May 20, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Hi Emily, I would love to know how many hours a day you allocate to your blog & to your business. You designed a fabulous custom blog for me & I love it but with family there are never enough hours to work on my blog & read all my favorites. How do you manage your blog time? Thanks again for my beautiful blog. Angie x

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      Angie – you are so sweet. Thanks for the question …

      The true answer is that I am on my computer a lot. Like right now with Audrey on my lap and Mason snacking on cereal watching a kid show. Or at naptime, and definitely each night once the kids go to bed. I would say I spend at least 4-6 hours per day ‘working’ which means either filling orders, emailing, designing or blogging. I try to read through my favorite blogs every couple of days and wish I had more time to just get lost in clicking to new sites.

      I think three things allow me this opportunity: 1. my husband is home a lot with his job and he is my business partner for J.D.C. and so supportive of this blog 2. our kids play really well together {most of the time} and 3. I really love what I do. I don’t mind spending most of my free time doing what I do.

  163. Andrea May 20, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    Are you naturally thin? Do you work out or is chasing your four kids around a work out enough for you?

    • emily May 20, 2011 at 8:30 am #

      The terrible answer that I’m sure no one wants to hear is that I’m just naturally thin. I {fortunately} inherited my dad’s great metabolism. But, I can say that we are an active family {how can we not be with lots of kids!}, we eat pretty healthy food {even though I really love sweets}, and I enjoy doing pilates {I just do the videos on our On Demand and the kids crawl all over me, but at least I get a semi-workout in a few times a week}.

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