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free Seaside clipart and how to use it

Can one ever have enough clipart? I think not. Especially of the hand-drawn variety. Add a little drawing to a gift tag or invitation, use one in your logo or in an ad – nothing overboard (ha!), but just enough to make a visual impact. Fun, fun, fun. I have summer on my brain and […]

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The Making of the blueberry muffin illustration

The Making of the Illustrated Recipe (a video!)

You guys! I recovered the video! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I tell the whole video saga at the end of this post). Anytime I see a video – whether it’s a makeup tutorial, lettering sample, photo editing – I tune in. I love watching the creative process of an artist […]

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18 ways to use Adobe Illustrator in your everyday / jones design company

18 Ways You Can Use Adobe Illustrator Everyday

If you’re not familiar with Illustrator, you may think (based on its name, alone) that it is used primarily for illustrating.  And maybe to the professional user, that might be true. But for all of us who just need a program we can use to create for our everyday needs, Illustrator is the absolute best, too […]

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sweet diy headbands

Every day of Audrey’s baby life, I adorned her sweet head with a handmade headband (see photos here and here).  My baby girl turns six (SIX!!) next month and while she will still wear a headband from time to time, she’s mostly a ponytail or leave it down kind of girl.  So when my sister […]

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Cozy Up with a Pom Pom Blanket

Do you follow Annie @zevyjoy on instagram? If not, you might want to. Her photos are bright, soft, cozy and full of glorious neutral texture. About once per week, she tags me as the source when questioned about where she found the pom pom blanket that pops up in many of her photos (a very sweet and […]

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Make a pom pom wreath for under $20 / jones design company

White Pom Pom Wreath DIY (for under $20)

How festive is our stag in his new pom pom wreath?! Last year I made a bunch of pom pom garlands to hang around the house (see an example here). This year, I thought I’d take the yarn pom pom thing a step further and make a big, fluffy, wintery wreath to hang around the […]

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The Easiest Way to Update a Ho-Hum Bookshelf

Audrey’s room has been an in-process project for well over a year. (Please tell me I’m not the only one whose projects drag on way longer than expected?!) We started with this design board idea, made the first updates, added a darling gallery wall and a cute diy bulletin board.  Things are going slowly, but […]

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DIY Pillow From a Favorite T-shirt

  Have you read the children’s book called I Had A Favorite Dress? It’s the cutest. In the story, the girl outgrows her favorite dress and turns it first into a new shirt, then a skirt, then a hair bow and so on. The illustrations are my absolute favorite, but the story is just as […]

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free hand-drawn back to school clipart / jones design company

Fun freebie: Back to school clip art

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

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How To Create A Gallery Wall

Audrey’s room has been in it’s incomplete state for well over a year. This seems to be a theme in my life – this starting and not finishing projects around the house – and I’m determined to wrap a few up.  I’ve been collecting art for her room and knew a gallery wall was in order. […]

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Covered Journal / a simple diy to do with kids

Covered Journal / a simple diy with Audrey

My go-to when my kids have nothing to do is to suggest crafts. This very simple covered journal was one such attempt to occupy a certain 5 year old who needed a productive activity (and probably some one-on-one mom time, too). Audrey is all about having her own notebook to write or draw in, so even […]

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diy stamped leather keychain

Getting mail is one of the best parts of my day. What is it about opening the mailbox and being surprised by what’s inside?! It’s often filled with junk mail or bills, but every once in a while a magazine comes or a note from my sister (she’s so good at sending cards!) and it […]

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how to make a linen ruffle wreath

One of the early projects shared on Jones Design Company was this linen ruffle wreath. The original tutorial had a sweet nest with glittered eggs and petite fabric flowers (see the full spring wreath tutorial here), but after a while I grew tired of the embellishments and took them off. What’s left is this classic […]

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Springtime Succulents (planted in an unexpected way)

Succulents are having a moment right now, and rightfully so. They are uniquely interesting, drought tolerant and rather inexpensive – a great combo if you ask me. When in Austin, Texas last month, we ate at this darling restaurant/flower shop and right away I was taken by the display of pretty succulents in brown paper. […]

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