q & a day {because I could really use a distraction from my aching wisdom teeth that are no longer there}

So not to be all whiny, but getting my wisdom teeth removed was way worse than I expected.  Its been a few days and I’m still feeling yucky. My poor husband and children. I’m not normally one to sit on the couch all day, but believe me, there’s a pretty nice emily-sized divot in the cushion right now.

Anyway, how about a little distraction while I lay in my cozy spot?

Something fun 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 :

275 Responses to q & a day {because I could really use a distraction from my aching wisdom teeth that are no longer there}

  1. Jill Trumpy July 16, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Okay, you’re probably long done answering questions but as my mom tells me often I do things on “Trumpy” time :)

    If you have time for one more question (how many times have you heard that…especially with little kids :)

    Anyway, I have a question about your company/blog. How long did it take you before you started making money? I have a blog that my husband encouraged me to start almost a year ago. Shortly after I started it I found out that I was pregnant with our third child and so the blog took the back burner for a while. Healthy baby boy was born 3 weeks ago and I’m starting to get my crafy bug back. My husband loves my crafty ideas and is the best encouragement ever, and he has the crazy idea that my blog could make money someday :) Your blog is one of my favorite things! I look at it almost daily and think you are such an inspiration to women and mother’s everywhere!!

    Thanks for answering if you have time.

    Jill Trumpy

  2. Elizabeth Highsmith July 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    i love your sweet blog! i went to ask my question saw the number of comments and officially believe you deserve an award or at least a milkshake!! if questions are over no problem! could you share the entire menu for the ombre shower? i am throwing a baby shower and love the idea of a simple dessert menu just wondering your entire list? looked like some nuts in the picture? I can easily go overboard and want to keep it simple!

  3. mary beth June 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Hope I’m not too late to ask a question!

    I’ve always wondered what church you guys attend and if you grew up “in church” or not? Hope that’s not too personal, but I’ve always wondered. :)

    I LOVE q&a’s with bloggers…maybe it’s time to do my own. I need a whole Saturday to read through all your answers on here…hmmm…maybe I’ll get my wisdom teeth out too.

    Just kidding.

    • emily June 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

      We attend Eastlake Community Church {http://eastlakecc.com}. There are a few campuses and we trade off between Seattle and Bothell.

      I did grow up in church {Antioch Bible Church for a bit, Woodinville Alliance for a bit, University Presbyterian and then Christian Assembly in California during college}. Not too personal at all :)

  4. Gale Otter June 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    What happened to “what I wish I wore Wednesdays” ?

    • emily June 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      I’ll bring it back one of these weeks :)

  5. Kezia June 28, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    I would like to know how you get ideas for posts! I’ve started a blog but I tend to go way to long between posts. Also, as a side note, can I enter the giveaways if I’m not on facebook?

    • emily June 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      1. I usually have a running list of post ideas. Since my blog is just about my life, it is pretty easy to come up with ideas. I’ll post a list of possible blog post ideas soon!
      2. To enter the giveaway, we love for you to share on facebook, but if you do not have a fb account, we just ask that you are signed up to the mailing list to be entered.

  6. Aja June 28, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    You hand a tutorial of a doll you had made for a present, can you share that again…I can’t find it. I would live to “try” to make this for my niece.

  7. erin June 28, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    hope you are feeling better! love reading your blog and getting inspiration….you are a very talented lady. i know how much you like handwriting (i do too!). do you have any pen suggestions? i feel like it can make all the difference!

    • emily June 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      I like a fine or micro tip pen. Pilot Precise V5 rolling ball in black extra fine is my favorite.

  8. Nicole June 28, 2012 at 5:02 am #

    Hi Emily,
    Hope you are starting to feel a bit better… And are still answering questions.

    I have been thinking about signing up for your course, as I would also like to write a blog. Just wondering, do you have any suggestions on how to come up with a blog name?
    Thanks in advance

    • emily June 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      We have a section in the class about tips for naming a blog. There are lots of ways to go about it, but here are a few simple tips:
      1. make it memorable
      2. make it easily spellable
      3. make it personal
      4. try to choose an available .com name {rather than .org or .net}

      A special word or phrase, names that are meaningful, a combination of words that are unrelated but sound cool – these are great places to start.

      Hope this helps!

  9. MominWAfrica June 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    First, thank you for your blog. We can tell you have such a sweet and genuine heart. It seems to me that you try to balance well your love for creating, being a mom, and being a wife. Thank you for the reminders and encouragement to keep our priorities.
    In past posts you mentioned that you are a Christian who loves God. Can you share how you began a relationship with God and why it’s been important to you or how it has impacted your roles as business owner, mom and wife?
    Thanks for all you do! You are doing a great job!

  10. jordan June 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Does your dad read your blog? and if so, what does he think of your creativity and openness that you share?

    • emily June 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      I am not sure if he reads – I assume he does, but I’ve never asked. I’m sure he is proud of me for using my creativity in this way. As for my openness, I have done my best to be respectful and truthful in my posts and so while he probably didn’t love what I had to say in my pre-father’s day post, it is the truth and you can’t really argue that.

  11. Tammy h June 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    How many hits does your site get every day? There are so many people who love you!

    • emily June 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      I feel so thankful for all of you sweet ladies who like me!

      JDC gets about 250,000 visits each month.

  12. Becky Grafstrom June 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi Emily! Will you come decorate my home, your 4 can play with my 4! LOL Love your blog and your passion for the Lord!

  13. Emily June 27, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Basement “guest” bedroom troubles: We have a small egress window, low, recessed ceilings, and a wall of bi-fold closets. Without putting much money into it, how can I make it look fresh and homey? Will it be too dark if I paint the walls dark gray and the trim/doors white? Have you ever painted ceiling tiles?

    Feel better soon! I have to have my tonsils out soon–had to wait a long time due to babies, too!

  14. Melanie June 27, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Hi Emily! Love your blog, and reading up on all your DIY projects. I am wanting to put some photos onto a canvas, but not quite sure how. I want to make it look very “rusticy” and not too “perfect”….does all that make sense? :) Do you have a tutorial out there for something like this? This is stepping out of my comfort zone a bit, as I’ve not done anything of this nature. Eeeks! Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks a bunch, and hope you feel better real soon!

  15. Babette June 27, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Hi Emily,
    Love your blog! How can I separate my sunken living room from my entryway so that people can notice there is a step down and still be pretty and functional?

  16. Kari June 27, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Where did you find your set of little letter stamps? they are so cute and I see them pop up a lot in your projects? Thanks.

  17. Holly June 27, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Hi Emily! Hope you are getting lots of relaxation in while you are mending up. Get well girl!

  18. Natalie Figueroa June 27, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Emily! You inspire me! I love that you have created your own fonts. If I were to create a font how do I go about doing it and putting it on my computer? I am so not computer savvy. I am embarrassed to say I am an art school graduate and I create a lot of my small art work projects (signage/ labels/ greeting cards) in “power point”. I just don’t know how to use art programs well. I think they over whelm me with all the things you can do, yet I know I am really missing out. The computer was coming in as I was graduating from school (CCAC in Oakland/Sanfrancisco 1996.) But that is my goal this year. To take a class or two to learn photo shop/ illustrator. Heal well. Natalie

    • emily June 27, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      There are lots of places online where you can turn your handwriting into a font for a small fee.

      Be encouraged that while many design programs seem overwhelming, you only need to learn a little bit at a time and as you go, you can always learn more about each program. I have been using Illustrator for a year or so and am still figuring out how to do things.

  19. Melissa June 27, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    LOVE your blog!!! I find such inspiration from your creativity and from your Biblical values as a wife and mother.
    As I constantly try to figure out how to juggle being a wife, mom of 2, running a home, and being involved in church ministries, I’m curious to know what your daily routine is. How do you balance it all — blogging, spending time with your kids, being a wife, cleaning, laundry, cooking, doing projects…… and the list goes on!?

  20. Tami June 27, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    Were you the one who painted stripes on a ceiling? If so, did that kill your neck? Lol. I am planning on doing that in my pantry – big walk-in ….. Good luck with your teeth. I did that at 18 and was down for 2 weeks….

    • emily June 27, 2012 at 10:21 am #

      I did do my mud room ceiling. Just get a super tall ladder so that you don’t have to be painting from too far away and you should be fine. It wasn’t too bad.

  21. rachel in Cali. June 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Hi emily!

    I’ve got 2 questions and they are both regarding “how to’s” or “tutorials”.

    I would love to know how you make your little doodles and such with background papers, (I’m remembering a little Starbucks cup you did from a long time ago as well as some Christmas ornaments) as well as how to create pennant banners. I only have Photoshop Elements but I’m thinking it would be the same in Photoshop or Illustrator too right?

    It would be awesome if you could do a tutorial or either or both of those! :)

    Thanks for the Q + A’s!

    By the way, I’m dreaming of getting Illustrator, but I need a new computer that can handle it first! LOL! I can’t make up my mind between another PC and a Mac. :D I’d love to know your thoughts on that too.

    • emily June 27, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      I will try to do a tutorial for the doodles I make – the only problem is that I do them in Illustrator which is not a program that everyone has. We’ll see what I can work up, though.

      • Brie June 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

        I would LOVE a tutorial on how you make your little graphics in Illustrator! Do you add to your favorite Fonts as you go?

  22. Melissa June 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    So sorry about your wisdom teeth! I missed two weeks of my sophomore year, and got called squirrel girl because of my puffy cheeks! I didn’t read all 200 comments. What blogs do you like to read for inspiration?

  23. Robyn June 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    What is your favorite handheld sander for use on small pieces of furniture? (I am in the mood to paint everything WHITE!)
    ps- how are you so awesome?….

  24. karli vorderstrasse June 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Love your blog!!!! I totally think you are a super mom with all you do & having 4 kids. I have a 3 year old and 11 month old twins, crazy huh :) how do you & your husband find time for yourselves as well as just something to do for yourself? I’m still trying to find this balance of being a great mom & wife as well as taking care of me.


    • emily June 27, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      This issue of balance is such a big one for women. I wrote about it a year ago or so, but I think I’ll do another post with hopefully some helpful tips for how we run things around here.

  25. Kirsti June 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    My boyfriend is trying to become a full time fire fighter (he is currently a volunteer in the Seattle area) We, hopefully in the near future will be getting married, what advice do you have for someone who is going to be part of their difficult schedules. Being the mother of four with a husband who works days/nights and weekends cannot be easy!!!!

    Good luck healing!!!! I remember getting my wisdom teeth out, the pain meds made me sicker then the wisdom teeth coming out!!

    • emily June 27, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      Good luck to your boyfriend! A fire fighter schedule has so many perks but also its downsides. A typical firefighter actually works more hours per week than a regular 9-5, but because they are 24 hour shifts it also feels like they are home a lot more. It took a bit of adjusting to when we first were married and had kids, but we really like the freedom Ryan’s schedule offers. The most difficult part is that while is works, he really doesn’t sleep so he comes home the next day exhausted, has to recover and then go back to work the next morning. On a week with a full rotation {3 full shifts with days off in between} it feels a little like we don’t see each other for 5 days. But then he is home for 4 days in a row and that makes up for it :)

  26. Jody June 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Love love love your blog :) how do you create all of your fun logos and things? Illustrator and photoshop? Your talent is amazing :)
    Hope you feel better soon :)

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      I use illustrator. And a little bit of photoshop.

  27. Babette June 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    Hope you are better with your mouth! Such a pain. My question is: As you come into my entry, (which is not wide by the way), and go to the left you STEP off into a sunken living room/office/library. Since the tile is the same in both my entry and living room you cannot see that there is a step! Several people of late have almost fallen or tripped off and I’m afraid someone is going to get hurt. How can I separate these two spaces without the expense of putting in new tile?

    • babyblue June 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      @babette–try using an area rug (or two different ones) over one or both of the tile areas so that the space has a visual difference.

  28. missy June 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Hi Emily! Love your blog and am going to take the class as soon as we can get settled in our summer schedule. I currently have a blog, that I’m not very good at, and it is on Blogger. I’m noticing that everyone is starting to talk about how you need to change over to WordPress. What’s the deal with that? Whay do I need to change and do you discuss changing over in the lessons? Thanks, and get well soon.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      Well we’d love to have you in the class!

      Switching to WordPress is not essential to blogging, but it is a really, really great platform. You are able to customize pretty much everything using mostly free tools {called plugins}. You do have to pay for your own hosting, but with that small amount {about $10 per month} you get total control over your piece of the web.

      We have just added a whole new section to The Blog Class about transferring your blog from blogger to wordpress.org. We want it to be a smooth transition!

  29. nadine johnson June 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    O.K. here one for you.How often should one up date there blog and how do I get followers ? Sometime I feel its a waste of time to post on my blog and do how tos.
    I feel your pain by the way. I had my wisdom teeth out at a late age also.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

      How often you post on your blog is totally up to you – but in general, posting at least once per week is ideal if you have followers. Most people want to keep up with you and only getting updates once/month may not create a relationship that keeps them coming back for more. Gaining followers is a process – the best tip I have is just to be genuine and generous. Make sure you are reading other blogs and commenting so that you are making those connections and feel free to use social media to let others know you have a blog worth reading!

  30. Mallory June 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    What are your favorite paint colors (indoors)? Thanks so much!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      I really love Revere Pewter {benjamin moore}, Texas Leather {BM} and Rhino {Behr}. These are the colors of our mud room, kitchen and Audrey’s room.

  31. misty June 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I got them removed at 28. Fab until 2 days out and then double dry sockets. If they are hurting, as in dull ache-y pain, get them checked out to make sure the clots are still in place. I had to do clove packing for 10 days.

  32. Wendy J June 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Eeesh! My wisdom teeth were beastly too. So sorry. I love your blog. Great inspiration. And I love the way you come across. Very real and like it is.

    We have four kiddos too. All boys.

    So, I’m not so great at comments/questions, but I thought it would be great to connect. Have you always lived in the Northwest?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Yes, I am born and raised in the Seattle area. I went to college in Southern California, but moved home after. Ryan is also from here and we’re seriously contemplating moving to a new spot just for the experience. Any great city/town suggestions?

      • janie Williams June 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

        nashville is wonderful. i’m from west tennessee and have two sister in laws that live in seattle. they love the south and love the northwest. nashville would be a fun VERY different culture for you guys…if you really want an experience. good luck with what you decide. it’s also hard to uproot kids, too. my husband and i are thinking of doing this next year for him to go to seminary. with three boys about to be school age, i’m a little anxious about it myself.

      • Serah June 28, 2012 at 7:27 am #

        We live in Greenville, South Carolina and absolutey love it! We’re in the foothills of the mountains, so there’s gorgeous scenery, but we’re only 3 hours or so from the beach. Great weather, but the summers are a little hot. A really growing, thriving area. Perfect for families!

        • mary beth June 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

          I lived in the Greenville area for about 5 years as well. GREAT area and beautiful downtown that I miss since moving to Tulsa, OK. We go back every year now and visit the beach and the Pottery Barn outlet. I want to move to Seattle for a few years just for the experience. I have a thing for cold, rainy weather, so I always get a kick out of it when you say, “It’s raining again here.” :) I think I would love it.

          • emily June 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

            The rain during the fall is my favorite – it is cozy and the leaves are beautiful. But rain in March just gets you down!

    • Wendy J July 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      That’s tough. I grew up outside of D.C. It has its own kind of charm in a historic, melting pot kind of way. I went to college (where I met my husband) in Pensacola. We married and lived there. I would HIGHLY recommend living near the beach, especially gulf beaches. They are my favorite. We didn’t have kids when we were there, so I would totally love to go back and live near the coast with kiddos. My husband is from Atlanta, we’ve spent a good bit of time there. Not sure I really would want to live there personally. Just not my thing. We live in Nashville right now. I love Nashville. It’s pretty. It’s a big town feel and a small town feel all in one. Lots to do. Great shopping. Hot, though. VERY hot. Personally, I think I would love to try out the northwest. I guess we could swap for awhile and see what we thought! :)

  33. Nicki June 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    So…you may be done answering questions…but was wondering…you mentioned above that you and Ryan met in college…my hubby and I did too…being that you are from the Seattle area…what made you decide to go to Azusa? Side note…I had actually thought of visiting that school, but ultimately didn’t end up going out and visiting.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      I knew I wanted to go to a small, private school. I applied to Pepperdine, Westmont and Azusa {apparently I also wanted to go to school in California!}, visited all three and APU just felt right. It was the perfect college experience for me.

  34. Bethany June 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Have you ever designed a tattoo for someone before with your creative talent?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      I have not. My friend Lindsay designs her own and they are pretty cool {lindsayletters.com}

  35. Alima June 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Hey Emily!
    So sorry to hear you are in pain! I hope you will be feeling better soon! I asked questions (and got answers) last time so I will give others a chance, but just wanted to send some get well wishes your way and let you know how much I love your blog! :)


  36. Peggy June 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I started a new project with my mom coming to visit soon. My guest room is down to a futon bed and old dresser with 10 coats of different colored paint (that’s not my project…yet!). I wanted to create a headboard. The comforter is a black/white toile with a turquoise trim. Curtains are 4 panels of light gauze (2 white and 2 turquoise from PBTeen). The headboard so far is 5 white laminate kitchen cabinet doors already fastened together with brackets on the backside and it’s been primed (still white). I want more than just painting a ‘frame’ around the whole thing, but it’s staring at me like a big white, naked canvas. *HELP!* Any suggestions, ideas, recommendations you can offer? You’re welcome to come visit it that’s easier?!? :) Thank you and so LOVE all your fabulous creations! -Peggy

  37. Kristi Ripley June 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Hello Emily!
    I hope it’s not too late to ask you a question. I know exactly how you feel with your wisdom teeth…my experience was not good. I ended up having a couple dry sockets after and I would not wish that pain on anyone…in fact I told the oral surgeon when he was packing the dry socket that I would rather give birth again then have a dry socket! LOL!

    Anyway…. I have been contemplating having a blog. I am definately going to do your blog classes. I was so excited to see that you offered those! It was exactly what I needed…but with that…I must admit that I am extremely nervous to do a blog….will my content be good? What if my pictures aren’t good enough? Do I need to buy a super nice expensive camera first? I am so afraid also of a “project” not turning out the way I see something in my head and readers be disappointed…what if I get negative comments? Can I sensor what is posted?

    I think you see where I am going with those questions….what do you suggest? How do you handle these things? How did you decide to just do it? What if I don’t have a “niche” or a product?

    Anyway take care and I hope you feel better soon!!!


    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Kristi … love all your questions. Don’t love all this talk about dry sockets because that’s what I’m thinking is going on with me. Boo.
      So, blogging. Yes, it is a little nerve racking when you start to compare yourself to all of the experts out there. I get intimidated when I see amazing photos, original projects, fancy web design, posts everyday. I just can’t keep up. But then I sit back and remember why I’m doing this: because it is a way for me to be creative and bring glory to God. Ultimately, if I’m not enjoying it, its not worth it.

      Will your content be good? If you think it is good, then yes. Will your photos be good? Maybe not at first, but keep practicing and using free tools to edit and some simple tips {like using a tripod and shooting in daylight} and you’ll be just fine. You don’t need a fancy camera, just a good eye. Sometimes projects don’t turn out and that doesn’t mean you can’t share them or that you have to. It is completely up to you.

      As for negative comments, yes, you might get a few. Thankfully, I don’t get too many. But they can certainly ruin my day if I let them. You can set up your blog to be able to moderate your comments before they are posted so you are welcome to delete any that you don’t like.

      And the last one: what if you don’t have a niche or product? Neither do I :) I am all over the place and just blog about life. I think that works too. Do it because you love it, not for praise or numbers or affirmation.

    • Jessica June 27, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      Emily, I had dry socket! it was MISERABLE. i called my dentist, and he fixed me right up. SO much better! don’t hesitate to call if you aren’t feeling right!

  38. Jen June 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    so sorry about wisdom teeth! love your realness and design! How do you stay in shape? you have such a cute figure! are you a really healthy eater as well?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      Ah, thanks.
      Three things contribute to my shape:
      1. genes. My dad passed on his thin frame and ability to eat icecream every night without gaining a pound {thanks, dad}
      2. activity level. I’m not an exerciser {although I’d like to be}, but my life is active. When I do work out I like pilates and dance.
      3. food. We live in a health-conscious part of the country, which helps. We do eat pretty healthy. But my best friend will tell you that I eat like a bird. She is probably right. I do it all wrong and barely eat throughout the day and then eat a big dinner and snack at night. I’m working on that.

  39. Jo June 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    I enjoy your blog very much. My question is paint colors. Soon I’ll be moving into my mother’s home. My father built it in ’63. It is a 1 1/2 story with about 3700 sq. feet. I want the upstairs in one color. It’s between BM papaya or shaker beige unless you can suggest another good color. There are 3 guest BRs (one tiny) and a small studio. Two bedrooms will have all white linens. My grandgirls will use one of the rooms and my grandson will have the tiny room when they visit.
    I hope you are feeling better. My girls had theirs out so I know it’s rough. I myself never had wisdom teeth, something I inherited from my father.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

      How fun to move into your mother’s home! I am not familiar with either of your color options, but if you love them, go for it! I am always partial to slightly gray neutrals and Revere Pewter is a great one {also by BM}. If you are looking for a neutral gray, this could be a great option as well.

  40. MollyS June 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Emily! Bunkbeds are a consideration around here in our urban Seattle (fremont) home with 3 littles. What is your (boys’) trick for making and changing the beds? They kids barely make their beds now and the mattresses are currently on the floor! I should probably also ask how you keep them from flying off the top “super hero style”? THANKS!!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      We just don’t make the top bunks! They sleep with a fitted sheet and duvet on a down comforter and that works fine for warmth. As for jumping, they do it from time to time but we stop them when we start hearing the crashes :)

  41. Amy June 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I am in the market for new stainless steel appliances and with all the choices out there, just wondering if you have any you recommend or have or wish you had!! I would prefer they not show fingerprints. My neighbor has one she loves, but the fingerprints drive me crazy and she lives by herself.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      We have white appliances, which I actually quite like. They blend nicely into our white cabinets.

      Anyone else have a stainless suggestion?

  42. Ashlee June 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Hi Emily,

    Perhaps this is a strange question, but I have heard you mention your children on the blog and I love their names. What are their middle names?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      Very few things do I keep private, but our last name and kids full names are two of them. Sorry for the secrecy :).

  43. Theresa June 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    I am in the market for a good printer that will let me print on fabric. My ancient
    HP officejet jams if I put anything other than regular paper (including cardstock!).
    I love your blog!

  44. Laura June 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    I have felt your pain, and hope you feel better soon! I had mine out when I was 20, and thought I would be fine. I got married a week after I had them taken out (better for my parents insurance to pay for it!) I had to have them pack it for dry socket 2 days before my wedding!!!! The grossest part was that little pieces of stuffing would periodically fall out. Nothing like trying to kiss your husband and have to excuse yourself to pull little pieces of stuffing out!

  45. Marnie June 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Hope you feel better soon…
    Do you set work hours for yourself or is it random?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      It is a bit random, and will change this summer with the boys being out of school. Typically I work during naptime/quiet time in the mid afternoon and after the kids go to bed. We have a babysitter come once per week for a few hours so I can get some work done and Ryan is home a lot with his schedule. We change off who works and who has the kids just to fit what needs to get done.

  46. Lindsey June 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Emily, Your blog is amazing!! I love following you and reading about all your neat designs and ideas!! I am wanting to start my own calligraphy/custom invitation business, but I really don’t know where to begin! Do you have any advice for me? I am sorry you’re battling the dreaded wisdome teeth…but hopefully you’ll be feeling better soon! Thank you for using this time to get in touch with your followers! :) Have a great day!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      If you’d like to start a custom invitation business, the best advice I have is start networking. When I began, I did invitations for all of my friends, who then referred me to their friends. My sister was my biggest supporter and connected me with a local photographer who did a lot of weddings. He then referred his brides to me and that is where the bulk of my early business came from. So, if you can build relationships with other party planners/photographers, this is a great place to begin. Build up your portfolio with work you do for friends and family and start spreading the word!

  47. s.anderson June 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I love your blog. My question is ..how do you stay in shape? Do you have a set exercise schedule or “naturally thin” , a conscience eater or special diet?? please share your tips with an out of shape mom of two who feels like she has no time ..thanks:)

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      I answered this one up there, but I’ll do it here too. The bad part of the answer to how I stay in shape is that it is just how my body is. I know, bad answer and unhelpful. Second part is that we eat mostly healthy foods. I have a weakness for sugar, but we stay away from fried foods and too many carbs. And the final part is that while I am not a regular exerciser {and I wish I was}, I do stay pretty active with the kids. When I do exercise, I do an on-demand exercise video {usually pilates or ballet} in my own home. I worked out quite a bit before going to Hawaii this spring and felt great and toned up – wish I would have stuck with it!

  48. Amber daSilva June 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Hi Emily!
    So I am just curious how you are liking your eyelashes? I actually got them as well, I have a good friend who owns a salon and put them on for free! But the maintenance is now up to me. I looove the way they look and the ease of them, but I find them a little irritating, and now that some have fallen out they don’t look as good, but it has only been 3 weeks….so, not sure what to do….so i guess i am wondering if they are worth the maintenance?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      I still really like them. I have to have mine filled every three weeks, so you are probably due to have yours done and then you’ll love them again. They get pretty sparse and I’m not crazy about them, then I have them filled and love them. Worth the maintenance? I’m not sure. But I’m keeping them for a while longer.

      • Melissa June 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

        Emily~I, too am a fan of your blog. I’m not even sure how I originally linked to your site, but so glad I did! I always look forward to the emails notifying me of new posts and I think your monthly club is awesome! Thank you for sharing your talents, you are a special person.
        In regard to the eyelash extensions…I’ve wanted to try them for some time now, however I wear glasses every day and was wondering if the length would interfere with the eye glass lenses. What do you know about this?
        Thanks again…

        • emily June 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

          You can get eyelashes to be any size that works for you. I go a little longer because I like dramatic lashes, but you don’t have to.

  49. Erin June 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    What did you do before JDC? Have you always worked for yourself? If not, how did you make the switch?I work full time as a graphic designer at my church and while I love my job and the people I work with, I’m trying to make the switch to freelance/starting my own business when No. 2 arrives in September. I need to be more available to my boys while still making an income and doing what I love. I’ve been so inspired by your blog and so many times have found myself saying to myself “I can do that!” (art prints, stationery. etc.) but maybe lack the focus for what exactly to do. (What would I blog about? What kind of artwork would I create? How do I make it unique/desirable? etc.) Any advice for entering the non 9-5 world as a creative person?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

      My degree is in Child & Family psychology, my first job after college was an office manager at a real estate office, where I was then hired as a personal assistant for two high-end real estate agents doing their marketing/doing whatever they asked me to do. I loved it! I was an independent contractor, which is when I first started JDC. I also did some stationery design and that is what the business turned in to once I had our first babe and stopped working for the real estate agents. For about 6 years, I did custom stationery {wedding invitations, baby announcements and christmas cards}. I still do a few custom jobs – mainly large christmas orders for a few clients I’ve had for years. When I started the blog I had no idea I would be selling art work or designing monthly printables or offering a class – its been pretty fun and exciting to see how things have progressed for little JDC.

      As far as focusing on what to create, I think I just go with what I like. If I would hang it in my house, maybe others would as well. I started doing scripture prints when there were not a lot of great modern looking artprints available and they have done well for me. Finding a style or niche that you can design within is a great way to get started. Choose a theme, or a style and create a line of artwork and just see how the response is. You can always progress, change, develop as you go.

  50. Jen - athomeinthenorthwestblog.com June 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I see you have a Ben Towne Foundation button on your blog. Do you know them? They are friends of mine (i’m also a NW girl). They are such an amazing foundation and amazing people and such a truly tragic story.

    Hope you’re on the mend. Love your blog!


    • emily June 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      Ben Towne’s aunt is a friend of my sisters {and mine}. Great family, tragic loss, but awesome outcomes from the foundation.

  51. Kristel June 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling to great with the removal of your wisdom teeth….I need to get mines removed, but DREAD it, so I have been putting it off for years, problem is, it’s better to get it done when you are younger (so I’ve heard) Did you get all four removed? Some dentist tell me I need to get all four, other’s just the two that are sideways….again…dreading it. Hope you feel better soon.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      I was supposed to have all four of mine out while I was in college, but just never did. Then I got married and kept having babies and never did. So the time was right. It really hasn’t been the teeth that are the issue, it is more the side effects of the medicine – nausea and dizziness that is driving me crazy. Soon it will pass …

  52. brittany June 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Emily!

    This is so fun, I love bloggers that do q & a’s…because I like asking questions and I love your blog! So sorry your in pain, I keep cancelling my appointment to get my wisdom teeth removed-ha, I’m a whimp and it really scares me.

    My question is-how did you and your husband meet? Probably a strange question, but I love hearing about love stories. One day, I hope I have a home that is as lovely as yours!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      I like fun questions like this, so thanks for asking!

      Ryan and I met at college in Southern California, but both happen to be from the Seattle area. We were in the same ‘group’ and started dating our sophomore year of school. I probably pursued him more than he did me – what can I say? He’s a babe :)

      He was my first real boyfriend and first real love. We fell quickly and had a rough dating experience as it was during the time of my parents divorce which was probably not the most healthy time to start dating. Most people say their dating relationships were bliss and their first year of marriage was hard, but we are the exact opposite. Dating – not so fun. Marriage – much better.

  53. kate June 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Wow- I am a huge nerd. I have another question! Hope your mouth is feeling better- I remember getting my wisdom teeth out and it was not fun.

    Who did your blog design and how did you customize it to “your brand?”

    I have a photography business and I am moving over from Blogger to WordPress for a more professional blog, but I am having a really hard time trying to figure out how to customize it without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars to hire a web developer to do that.

    Do you do your own template/theme design? Do you cover this in your blog class?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

      I did my own blog design. We use a theme called The Cotton, and then have customized everything ourselves {me and Ryan}.

      The Blog Class was really written for you – those who want to do a WordPress blog, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Themes are great because they give you the basic framework and then you can customize the details within that framework. Hiring a web developer is great, but costly and not always necessary.

      In the class we offer the Pagelines theme – a great easy to use theme with lots of customization options. From there, we have lots of recommendations for additional plugins you can use to add features to your blog based on what functions you want it to have {password protected pages, photo galleries, etc}.

  54. ashley June 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Hi Emily….

    I am working through your Blog Class and love it! But every time I sit to work on it I wonder if I’m wasting my time…will I have any readers….is it going to be a bust….

    So my question is did you have any apprehension or doubt when you started your blog? And what made you decide to start your blog in th first place?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

      Totally valid question. I still doubt myself when I see all the amazing talent out there – its an issue I wish I didn’t have to deal with. I started my blog just as a fun hobby and a way to showcase some of the design work I was already doing with my small business. As I started going, I realized I loved documenting my life this way and having a creative outlet. I never expected it to turn into a real job or a form of income, but that has been such a fun perk. Once readership grew and we were spending several hundred dollars per month on paying for bandwidth {partially a mistake on our part for not having things set up correctly}, we realized that I either needed to quit blogging or use it to make money. So I started my shop and sold art prints to cover the costs of blogging. I’m getting off track …

      Yes, I have doubts. I think we all do. Yes, it takes time to grow readership. If you are going in to it with grand expectations of instant traffic and lots of money, you may be disappointed and it will probably not be very fun for you. The best thing to do is go back to the basic reason you wanted to start a blog and feed off of that desire. Make it personal, put in your passion, don’t put too much pressure on yourself and do your best to enjoy it.

  55. Tonya June 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    HI!! I have a question about starting a business. What do you think is the single most important thing to do in starting a business?? How important is writing a business plan?? What are the biggest hurdles?? What if you are buying into a business what is most important??

    Thank you,

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      Great questions. We did a class a few years ago about starting a small business and I realized while writing it that I am not a fabulous business woman. Business plans are not interesting to me, nor is pricing strategies and marketing tactics. I just love creating. BUT, if you want to have a successful business, some of these steps are necessary. Writing a 20 page business plan may not be, but making sure you have your customer figured out, a product that fits a need, pricing structure that is competitive and one that will make you a profit – these are all important facets of starting a business.

      The biggest hurdles with starting a business is often times just not knowing where to begin. My best advice is to figure out these four parts of your business:
      1. market research {who is your customer?}
      2. product {what are you selling? physical product? Information product? Service?}
      3. traffic {how will you find customers? How will you reach them?}
      4. conversion {how will you make the sale? online? in a shop?}

      HOpefully this will get you started.
      P.S. Everything I know about business I learned from Ryan. He is one smart businessman. Which is why my business is alive.

  56. Janice June 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for offering the blog class. I love it so far but I’m behind!! Do you schedule your posts in advance or actually write nearly every day?

  57. Jessica Vickery June 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi Emily!

    First, I LOVE your tutorials. I used the silhouette tutorial to make programs for my wedding!

    All that to say, I’m looking to make a divider curtain for the studio apartment my husband and I are about to move into (it’s tiny, and I want to section-off the bed area). Do you know of any good places to get affordable but trendy fabric I could use to make the curtain? I’ve been to places like JoAnn’s, but couldn’t find anything. Any websites/stores you suggest?

    Thanks so much! And thank you for sharing your talent with all of us– your blog is a blessing and encouragement to me!


    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

      You could try fabric.com. They have a lot of different patterns {search for premier prints for trendy graphics} and they usually have great sales. Or you could just get white curtains from ikea and paint your own graphic pattern on them.

  58. Wendy June 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    What is your best parenting advice as a mother of four?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Best parenting advice is to be relaxed. Kids feed off of our attitudes and the more relaxed you are, the happier your environment will be.

  59. kate June 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Emily, I adore you. You seem so grounded, so well put together. Your house is beautifully decorated. I love your creativity.

    I know you say you don’t juggle everything, but you really do seem so well-balanced. Keeping the house picked up, coming up with new designs, keeping up with your readers, chasing 4 kiddos (I have one and I am a mess! lol!), cooking, etc…

    I love your posts on what you wear, and not to sound weird, but you look like you are in great shape. How do you fit exercise or staying tiny into all that you do? I am really struggling in this department! Would love any tips on time management for exercise!

  60. Sierra June 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    My question for you is how you get the ideas (and the things!) to decorate your home. I’m still in college, but I absolutely love well decorated places–and trust me, your home is incredible! My boyfriend & I have moved into an apartment together and I desperately want to make it home-y. The problem I’m facing is I don’t know what to do with the drab furniture & the few college-esque decorations we have. My boyfriend supplied most of the stuff, so it’s mostly grey, black, brown, etc. and then our walls are a dark tan. How can I liven up our dreary place on a college budget?

    Lastly, I’m so sorry that you’ve had a bad experience getting your wisdom teeth pulled. I haven’t yet had mine removed, but I’m definitely not looking forward to it….Please feel better soon!

  61. Katie June 26, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Hi Emily! I am wondering if you have any recommendations for online printing places. I have fun designing invitations and such in photoshop, but whenever I print them at Kinko’s or office max they are just a bit blah. I wondered if there was a place online that was reasonable that you would recommend. Thank you!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:51 am #

      Have you tried mpix? I haven’t done any online printing because I like to print at home, but I have heard great things about mpix. Anyone else have recommendations?

    • lindsay June 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

      I recently started using a company called Pesnickety Prints and cannot say enough good things about them! Their turnaround time is super-quick, they offer $5 flat rate shipping, and multiple choices when it comes to paper choices. I’ve used them for invitations, art prints, and Instagram printing and have been impressed with the quality in each.

    • babyblue June 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      i use mpix. recommended to me by a professional photographer. i’ve been happy!

  62. Sarah June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    My wisdom teeth still ache from time to time (I had them out almost 15 years ago…not to scare you) so not a fun experience. You deserve to lay around awhile.
    My question: How do you pick the best paint colors? I bring home the swatches and then they all seem to melt together and I can’t tell which are good anymore. Do tape swatches to your walls, or paint squares? Any suggestions in picking the right colors?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:54 am #

      Unhelpful answer, but here’s the truth: I’m sort of good at chosing paint colors. I generally know what I’m looking for and have a good sense of color. Plus I do mostly neutrals so that makes it extra easy. For my master bedroom I bought a bunch of those little sample pots just to make sure the color was right and that is helpful, too.

      Or just go off of a room you see in a magazine or blog or real life and copy the color.

  63. Kari June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Emily,
    How do you get the watercolor-y look in your fonts?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      I use clipping masks a lot in my graphics – where you use a background and then overlay text and ‘cut’ it out.

  64. Wendy June 26, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Emily,
    Sorry to hear about your wisdom teeth. I hope you will be feeling better very soon. Your blog was the first blog that I subscribed to and I have enjoyed every post. Your honesty is refreshing. My question is….How were you able to become so talented at graphic design? Do you have a degree in that field? I would like to start a blog and have many ideas, but lack a graphics or technical background. I have signed up for your blog class. What would you recommend to bloggers who would like to learn more about graphic design? Okay, there were three questions there, sorry! : ) (Perhaps you could offer a graphics design class.) I would also love to learn how to design my own cards! Thank you!!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks for the sweet note.

      I am totally self-taught at graphic design. Someday I’d like to take a class, but so far, I’ve just figured it out on my own and its worked out for me.

      Joining The Blog Class is a great first step – we teach you lots of good technical and grapic design tips in the class.

      You can also take a graphic design class to learn Illustrator or Photoshop – I haven’t taken this, but her site looks good: nicolesclasses.com.

      The best thing is to just start playing around. You will get better with more practice, learn shortcuts, different techniques, etc and that makes it fun.

  65. melanie herrington June 26, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    what design software/program do you use for all of your cute little cards, paper and monthy goodies (and yes! i am a monthy member that LOVES all of your stuff)?

    also, i am really diggin the july waves and dots pinwheel paper…my first thought was (and still is) “that would make great drapes for my new living room.” have you ever thought of making some super cute emily fabric???? that would be so nice to see.


    • emily June 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      oooh, fabric would be fun. I have not thought of it, but I’ll add it to my list of someday products :)

      Lots of questions about graphic design – I’ll do a real post on it.

  66. jody June 26, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Just wondering if you have any go to recipes for quick dinners with the kids? My husband travels quite a bit for work and we tend to eat mac and cheese and hotdogs when he is gone.

    Hope you feel better soon – I remember getting my wisdom teeth out – definitely not fun.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

      I’m terrible about making full dinners when Ryan is on shift. Lots of black bean quesadillas and eating out.

      We just bought our first gas grill and I wish we had one years ago! It makes making dinner so much easier to just throw some chicken on the grill, mix up a salad, and heat up a loaf of bread.

      There are lots of online menu planning sites that are helpful. I do ohdinner.com and my friend Rae just started one {armommy.com}. My weakness, for sure, is meal planning. I’m with you.

  67. Olivia June 26, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Hey Emily! Feel better soon! My question was…what is your best advice for staying on track with the things you have to do that day without procrastinating or getting sidetracked?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      I like checking things off a list. So I write down what I need to get done on real paper {still a fan} and then take great joy in crossing off my tasks.

      And I get distracted a lot and start over the next day :)

  68. Kathy Pope June 26, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Just to commiserate, I just had my wisdom teeth removed at the end of May. TWELVE days to recover! I thought it was worse that I expected too. Hang in there!

  69. Courtney June 26, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Hi Emily,
    Do you have any tips on making your own cards or invitations? Must have items?
    Much thanks and feel better soon!

  70. Marisa June 26, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Just wondering where do you store all your decorations and stuff when your not using them? And how do you store them? Like your L wall? Where do you out that stuff when you change it out?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      We have a few closets with random decorating stuff in it. No real system to organizing it. All my extra frames are just stacked on the floor of our under-the-stairs closet.

  71. Anita June 26, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I hope you feel better soon! I can sympathize with you, I had my wisdom teeth out several years ago & it took a while to recoup.

    My question is about the adorable floral headbands you make your daughter…my second daughter is 3 weeks old and was born with awesome rock star hair! I mean it stands up all over & is super cute with bows! My first daughter had peach fuzz so this time I get to play with it more. Sweet Audrey Grace needs more headbands and I love the ones you make. Is it a simple project I can knock out between nursings or is it time consuming? Also, what is the best kind of elastic band that you have found to use? I have one a friend game me for her but it slides out every time she moves her head.

    Okay so that was more than just one question but I hope you don’t mind. Feel better soon! I’ll say a special prayer for you :)

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      My little Audrey wore a headband every day of her infant life – I love them.

      Yes, you can definitely make a few in just a few minutes. Just make a flower {any from my tutorial page} and hot glue to a piece of elastic. I’m going to do a tutorial on how to make a ruffle headband for ruffle week {coming soon!} and I’ll show how I do the elastic part.

      I like thin elastic you can buy by the yard at the fabric store. You can also cut a pair of women’s tights to create a loop of soft fabric for a headband. Just know that headbands create dents in soft heads :) Don’t worry, they go away.

  72. Kristine June 26, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I am sorry you are feeling yucky! I had my wisdom teeth pulled when we were first married 11 years ago, and it was hard! So you have my sympathy!
    I have 4 sweet babies too- three girls ages 9,7,and4…and then our sweet boy who is 20 months. My question (among many!) is how do you do your projects, which are absolutely beautiful, and also find the time for the “mommy jobs” like laundry, dinner, cleaning, homework and playtime? Are you a schedule person?
    Love your blog and am so thankful for you- always look forward to your posts!

  73. Jenny June 26, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Sorry you’re feeling yucky!

    I’ve been wanting to ask you this….I have two boys (just over 2y, and 8mo) and I feel like I want to put plastic over all my pillows and couches and chairs and bedding….and put all my pretty things at least 5 feet off the ground…..

    You sort of talked about this recently, but do you have any strategies for keeping your pillows pretty and pretties in place (and unbroken)?


    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      I don’t know about strategies – I guess I just have always had nice things out and expect them to leave them alone. My No.2 is a toucher and I have to remind him often that if it is not his, he shouldn’t touch it. I have no problem telling my kids that the book on the coffee table or the picture frame or pillow is mine and I don’t want them touching it. That sounds mean. I don’t think I’m mean, I just want them to respect my things and I show respect of theirs.

      So best strategy is to leave things out and teach them to leave them alone. But remember that mistakes happen and if it is super precious, it may be best to put it out of reach of your kiddos.

      One more thing on this … I am all about letting my boys be boys, but I also expect that they are not crazy. I’m probably screwing them up on some level by making them too feminine, but I’d rather have boys that have polite manners than ones who tear through my house and jump on my linen sofa :)

      • Ashley June 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

        I could not agree with this more and I am glad to know that someone else out there doesnt encourage their kids to wrestle throughout their home lol. My kids are 10 and 6 and have always been well behaved – I have never had to put things up or control what I have in my home and they have always respected the things in our home. Its stressful to have people over who dont teach their kids the same respect.

  74. Gina Diamond June 26, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Great Post. Hope you are better soon.

    Questions: On average, how long do you spend working on your fabulous blog each day?

    Side note: Your blog is my favorite!!!. I have enrolled in your Blog Class but due to a leak that ruined part of my upstairs I have not been able to get to the classes. Soon…very soon! Thanks for providing a wonderful bright spot to my days!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks, Gina! Sorry about the leak – what a pain.

      I work a lot. Mostly because I love it. I would say I spend 4 hours per day on the computer? Maybe more. I should time myself. Depending on what the blog post is going to be, I take photos, edit, write the post, edit. Tutorials take time, but writing the posts are easy. Writing from my heart takes longer and I usually go back over it a lot, but sometimes those are my favorite things to write.

  75. Laura June 26, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Just a question- When I was looking at the decorating in the boys room and then Audry’s room I almost looks like Audry has the larger room? Is this an optical illusion of my mind? or did you just find that with the layout of the rooms that 2 bunk beds would fit better in there room than in Audry’s?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      Audrey’s room is larger. But sort of a strange shape. The bunks fit perfectly along the side wall in the boys’ room so we kept them there. We have actually moved their room to the bonus room now {photos to come at some point!} which is much larger and now it holds their toys too.

  76. Rm June 26, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    My wife and I recently discovered we are having twins! I am trying to come up with some special ideas for the baby shower and would love to hear any suggestions you might have. Also, none of our family members know yet so any ideas on announcing this miracle would be welcome as well.
    Btw your site is super inspirational thank you for keeping it up.

  77. Crystal June 26, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    love the Q & A, hooe you don’t get overwhemed
    Love the Blog tutorial, thanks
    Now I just have to make time to work on mine.

    • Crystal June 26, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      oops, i mean Hope you don’t get overwhelmed

  78. Courtney June 26, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    On the tools you use section of your blog you have two printers listed. Which one do you use the most? I need to buy one for printing out photos and cards.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      I use the bigger one {canon pro9000}. It is big and sort of spendy, but it is great.

  79. Fonda June 26, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Aww Sorry Emily!! :( I am so dreading getting my wisdom teeth pulled.. They’re not even in yet that I know of, but I’m still dreading it.. :D

    I have a question ~ Have you ever watched the 180 Movie? :) That’s something you could do while you’re laying around. You can watch it free at 180movie.com. ;]

  80. Rachel June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    What are a few fun dates that you’ve been on with your hubby?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      We’re not good daters, to tell you the truth. He is home a lot and my business partner, so we are very connected, but we don’t really ‘go out’ much. We did go to a fire fighting function a few weeks ago and then slipped out early and went to a favorite restaurant. That was fun. And unexpected. I guess those are the best kinds.

  81. Iris Brown June 26, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    LOVE YOUR BLOG! Been following for 2 years plus, I came from The Nester. Anyway, I noticed you moved your tv a couple times in the family room. Just wondering why you went from flatscreen to old school tv again. Hopefully I’m nost sounding “stalker-ish”. Your house is so beautiful & just wanted to get your feedback/reasoning. That is if you don’t mind sharing. :)

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks Iris, for reading!

      We move our furniture too much. We move whole rooms too much!

      Our big tv was just so big in our living room so we moved it into our downstairs master bedroom as a media/game room and moved our room upstairs into the guest room. But I like having a tv in the living room for when I’m in the kitchen so we moved our old one back out.

      We love having a media/game room – it has an older couch in it that I don’t care if the boys jump on and they can play xbox, watch movies, eat popcorn without me freaking out. And its nice to have the tv mounted at eye level rather than having it over the fireplace in the living room. I’m not sure if we’ll keep this setup, but it works for now.

  82. Nanwv June 26, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Ohhh… I remember the pain! Mine was 35 yrs ago in the dentist chair not an oral surgeon. I was awake and aware of everything. I was throwing up for hrs afterward. Dentists didn’t have suction wands and everything was swallowed. Yuk. My question: my sis and I have been spray painting old furniture with fun colors for my moms house. After spraying and drying, the surface is rough to the touch. I sanded and sprayed again. Still rough. We are so disappointed. Used krylon and shook the can the entire time. Any thoughts? Enjoy your time on the sofa. It doesn’t happen often in the life of a mom!!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Oh my … maybe my teeth aren’t that bad :)

      I am not all that great at spray paint, to tell you the truth. I just sprayed a lamp that I had to sand and respray 10 times to get it semi-smooth. Anyone have any great suggestions?

      • Susan June 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm #


        I read this on icreatewithlove.blogspot.ca the January 31, 2012 posting about a product Zinsser cover stain, primer sealer where no sanding is required prior to painting. I haven’t tried it but the blogger loved it. Anything for less work!

  83. Nan June 26, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    How do you keep your home so beautiful with four little ones? I could barely keep my home in tip top shape.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Downstairs is my domain so it stays pretty most of the time. Upstairs, now that’s a different story :)

  84. Rachel June 26, 2012 at 9:46 am #


    I enjoy your blog and all of your creative ideas. What program do you use to create your stationary and scripture prints? Did you attend classes? If so, what type of classes? Feel better!

  85. Savannah June 26, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Do you ever run out of ideas??

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      i go on dry spells, for sure. But I’m a really visual person, so I usually find something to reignite the creative spark and I’m back on track. The hardest part for me is coming up with original ideas!

  86. Sandrine June 26, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I love your blog, is there any Christian books that you would recommend. Also you have a beautiful family. Have a good day

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      I just read an amazing one: 7 by Jen Hatmaker {http://www.amazon.com/Experimental-Mutiny-Against-Excess-ebook/dp/B006O34NKK}. I’ll write about it on the blog, but it is a definite must-read!

  87. Kim R June 26, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I’m so sorry about your pain. No guilt allowed for sitting on the couch, though. It’s a necessary part of healing.
    I’m a fairly new reader, and love reading and admiring your talent. One of my favorite posts was the Hawaii trip, and your outfits. So my question is – have you had other travel experiences that you’ve shared?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      No, unfortunatley! I’ve been pregnant or nursing for our entire marriage and so traveling has not been a top priority for us. Hawaii was a big trip and hopefully we’ll be doing much more traveling in the future.

  88. Traci June 26, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Im getting married in Austin, Tx in November and using burlap in my wedding. Any good burlap decorating ideas? Its a natural rustic theme texas wedding!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Cute! I would like your rustic texas wedding. My cousin got married last October at a farm and she had pretty rustic decorations. You can see her photos here: http://www.stacyjacobsen.com/weddings/?p=2197

      Burlap webbing {for upholstery} is cheap and makes great ribbon. Burlap for tablecloths, burlap bunting, you could even make flowers out of burlap for a cool addition to centerpieces or bouquets.

  89. Sonja June 26, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Hows your bathroom coming along? I think a gender neutral is kind of tricky, can’t wait to see what you come up with!
    G e t. W e l l!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      It isn’t! Soon, though. I got distracted by repainting my dining room :)

  90. nicci June 26, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    In a link above you mention that you have a monthly menu of dinners-do you use the same one each month? Do you mind sharing it or the process?
    Thank you!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:12 am #

      Its an ongoing process figuring out how to menu plan. I have used ohdinner.com {a great resource} and my friend Rae just started a monthly menu plan membership {armommy.com}. This is probably my biggest area of failure as a wife/mom. I am just not a good menu planner/dinner maker.

  91. Bethany June 26, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Hope you feel better soon! So I know you have young kids. I have a 9 month boy who still will wake up during the night and get upset from time to time. Do you have any tricks or suggestions as to how to help your baby sleep through the night? I know each baby is different, but I’m open to new ideas;)

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      All of my kids started sleeping through the night the minute I stopped breastfeeding {around 8-10 months}. I think they just know when they can get you to come comfort them! Best thing to do is to pop in your earplugs and let your babe fall back to sleep on his own. He’ll learn, evenutally.

  92. amy June 26, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    I hope you are feeling better soon! :) Love your blog and ideas!

  93. Julie M. June 26, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Hi Emily, How did you go about learning how to make your own font? I’m mostly self-taught on a lot of photoshop and graphics work and wondering what tools were needed to do this. Thanks!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      There are several different websites that will turn your handwriting into a font. You can even do it free at kevinandamanda.com. I did mine through another website and if I do one again I’ll figure out how to do it the way real handlettered fonts are made.

  94. Cathie (Tarling) Sarnecky June 26, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    I tried once and got an error message even though I had filled in name and email…will try again.

    Here’s a helpful hint for your swollen jaws…take an old pair of pantihose; put an ice pack in each leg at the thigh position; tie a knot right below the pack on each side. Then just put the pantihose on top of your head placing the icepacks where the swelling is…tie the dangling legs into a bow under your chin to keep the contraption in place and your hands are free to type, sip tea through a straw, or whatever!

  95. sarah June 26, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Sorry you feel so crummy- I bet you turn the corner any minute!

    I have a little girl almost exactly Audrey’s age and I’m always searching for new toddler dishes- what are a couple you like to fix?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      I’m not sure I have many great toddler dishes – she pretty much just eats what we eat {only on a pickier scale}. She likes yogurt and granola, squeeze applesauce, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, frozen peas, any fruit, hummus & peppers, pasta.

  96. Erika Harris June 26, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    Emily, I am so sorry you aren’t feeling well. I had my wisdom teeth out and I thought mine was the only one that was no picnic. All of my friends had theirs out and had no problems. *sigh*

    My question is what is your fave movie of all time and why?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      I had no idea these teeth would hurt this much! But I am feeling a bit better today. Hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon.

      Favorite movie of all time is: while you were sleeping. Such a dorky answer, but its just one of my faves.

      • Erika H June 26, 2012 at 9:44 am #

        I had a dry socket with mine and it was totally the pits. I am glad they are gone and can’t come back…lol. I am glad you are feeling some better.

        Your answer was not dorky. I love that movie, too.

  97. kimber June 26, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    I am an obsessive font junkie. What praytell, is the script font you use in your blog title {and the ampersand in today’s Q & A}??
    It is so beautiful!
    Hope you feel better. I’ve heard adult wisdom teeth is kinda yukky. Sorry you’ve been laid up, but how awesome that your husband and kids are letting you recover! Rest up while you can!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Yep, Bickham Script pro. You can buy it from myfonts.com

  98. Kristi June 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #


    I really enjoy stopping by your blog for design ideas and encouragement. I would love to hear (read) your testimony? When/ how did you become a Christian?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      I’m afraid it is a boring testimony {if such a thing exists}. Born into a christian family, baptized at age 8, church goer for life. I went on a mission trip to Guatemala at the end of my senior year of high school which was an amazing eye-opening experience. Definitely brought my faith to life in a new way. I went to college at Azusa Pacific University {a christian college} and that is where I would say my faith really grew. Surrounded by other young christians in a culture where prayer, bible study, chapel service, worship was normal was such an amazing way to do college. Sheltered, perhaps, but pretty amazing. It was during this time that my parents divorced, Ryan and I met and had a crazy dating relationship {we broke up a million times} and my dependence and trust in a Heavenly Father who was so much bigger than me and my hardships was really solidified. Things keep growing in my faith, but I find that if I am not involved in a bible study or small group, it is a much, much slower process.

      • Laura June 26, 2012 at 10:12 am #

        I am very thankful for “boring” testimonies. :) I myself have a similar “boring” testimony. By God’s grace we were spared from the more grevious and hard ways of a sinful world influence on your young life. Sin is all the same in God’s eyes, and we are all just as bad as murderers and any other sinner without God. Though it seems like there is nothing interesting about our testimonies like thoughs who were saved out of drug addiction and other terrible sins, it is just as wonderful to here life long devition to our Heavenly Father!

        Thank you for sharing!

      • Kristine June 26, 2012 at 10:42 am #

        Emily, I love your “boring” testimony! I think you sharing your faith through this blog should also be part of it! :)

      • Kristi June 26, 2012 at 10:47 am #

        Thanks for sharing! I live in the Southern California area and graduated from The Master’s College. I am very familar with APU! :)

  99. Debbie June 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Hi Emily,

    You have so many talents! How did you decide which area to focus on to launch your business?

    BTW, I’m supposed to have my wisdom teeth removed, but I have not been able to schedule the appointment, due to my lack of bravery.

    Hope that you feel better soon,
    Debbie~florentina designs

    • Madaline Meatte June 26, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      both are bickham script pro! personal fav!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Have you noticed how random my ‘business’ is?! I can’t decide what I love the most! I started Jones Design Company about 10 years ago designing wedding invitations for friends who were getting married. As I learned more about graphic design and started this blog, things have sort of progresed. Art prints grew from custom stationery design, printables grew from that, creating my own fonts was something I’ve always wanted to do. And now with the blog class, I feel like I’m able to help women and share some of what I’ve learned along the way. There’s always more and I love that I haven’t roped myself into only doing one thing so that I can always add new products, services, etc to JDC.

  100. erin June 26, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Hey Emily! So sorry about your wisdom teeth! It’s definitely crummy, I had mine out years ago but still remember it well. Hope your family spoils you and you get to enjoy some good couch time:)

  101. Tia June 26, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    How did you decide what your passion in life was? I have three children and have recently realized that apart from being a Mommy, I don’t know what I like to do any more. When my sweet husband gives me time off, which is often, I end up just running errands instead of taking the time for me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Hope you recover quickly to enjoy your summer with your kids.


    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      A few years ago in a bible study {this was before the blog} a question was asked: What is your dream? I honestly couldn’t answer and it was really bothersome. it made me feel like maybe I didn’t have any dreams. Or maybe i was just living mine being a mommy so I didn’t need any more. But neither of those were true. Each of us has a purpose – this is not always accomplished as our paying job, but we all have talents that can be used for good. And fulfillment. Maybe theres a season in each of our lives when those dreams are not at the forefront of our minds, but search and ask God to show you what He has for you and I’m sure you’ll find out what it is that makes you YOU. Maybe start by writing a list of what energizes you – when do you feel most content, happy, free, excited, alive?

    • Tia June 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      Thanks ever so much! Your words are inspiring, to say the least. Is it okay if I print out your answer and tape it to my mirror? Sounds kind of corny, I know, but I want to make sure it is alright before I do that.

  102. Nicole @ Three 31 June 26, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Oh Emily, please feel better soon. I remember having my wisdom teeth removed about a month after my tonsils and I was miserable … I was 20 years old. Six months later, I was diagnosed with a severe milk allergy. Of course, that was AFTER consuming lots of ice cream and mac-n-cheese and other dairy-laden “soft” foods during my recovery. Oh my, I don’t miss that time of torture at all. You’re in my prayers, speedy recovery and keep that divot in the couch warm.

    Big hug!
    Nicole @ Three 31

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks Nicole! You just reminded me that I love Stouffers Mac & Cheese and i’m going to go get some now!

  103. Anne June 26, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    I am a stay at home mom with a toddler and an infant; I am also a writer, always trying to squeeze in time to work in my busy day. I always feel like I never get everything done between my work, my kids, laundry, house cleaning, getting dinner on the table, and spending time with my husband. I know you’ll tell me that you don’t, but you seem to have it all together!! How do you make the time to accomplish all that you do??

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      This is probably one of my favorite posts I have writen about this: https://jonesdesigncompany.com/thoughts/doing-it-all/

      I am a multi-tasker and semi-perfectionist about things I truly care about, so for the most part, I do get a lot done. But come to my house or meet me in real life and you’ll see that there are plenty of areas in which I am very lazy.

  104. Nicole | Baking it on My Own June 26, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I am having a really hard time decorating my first (small) home. I am starting to get anxiety about it since the walls are still blank – over a year later!

    What advice can you give to a design challenged individual like myself? Where should I start?

  105. Amy Prochet June 26, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    What kind of printer do you use? :)

  106. heather cloudt June 26, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    I am trying to learn how to design some of my banners, cards, etc. etc. what program did you start off with? Thank you!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      I started with Microsoft Publisher, then used Paint.net {free} and now I use Illustrator. I do love it and wish I learned it sooner. There are online classes you can take to learn the program {nicolesclasses.com}

  107. Julie Marsh June 26, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    This is great! I’ve been wanting to ask you how you keep your hair so pretty even after days of not washing, as witnessed on our camping trip a few months ago. I just found out about dry shampoo, yes I’m sure I’m about the last to know :), do you use it, what kind? I wash my hair every day and I’d love to not have to, so I have more time to do more important things like clean up the spilled milk from breakfast! Sorry for your uncomfort, so painful in so many ways!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Julie, you’re so cute. I think as you wash your hair less, the oils figure themselves out and regulates itself. So maybe because I only wash my hair every 3-4 days, it has become used to it. I’m sure every one’s hair is different and 3-4 days is too long for some. I haven’t used dry shampoo, but I have heard it is great. Give it a try! Then come over and we’ll hang out and clean up milk together.

  108. Tori June 26, 2012 at 8:33 am #


    What are some fun activities you and your sweet girl like to do together at home? I have a 2-year-old daughter, and a 10-week-old baby boy, and I am struggling to come up with fun activities for her (besides coloring and watching cartoons) to do on these 105 degree Texas summer days.

    Praying you feel much better soon!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Congratulations on your new baby!

      Audrey likes to do puzzles and read books and play babies. And pretty much just follow me and the boys around all day. Does your daughter do play-doh? Its messy, but if you pour a bunch of oatmeal or rice into a large container, it provides hours of scooping fun for little hands. Look for items she can sort {montessori schools always have cool ideas for playing with everyday items – try googling montessori activities}.

      • Tori June 28, 2012 at 11:27 am #

        Thank you! Yes – playdoh is a frequent activity around here. I love the pouring {anything} idea. I’ll have to try that…on a day I plan on vacuuming! :)

  109. Nicole | Baking it on My Own June 26, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    What is one piece of advice you can give for a person that has no sense of home design at all?

    My house has been a blank canvas for over a year and I’m struggling!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Find one thing that you love {a photo, rug, pillow, fabric, poster, etc} and build off of that. Just start adding slowing with things you love. And look at magazines and blogs for inspiration.

  110. sakeenah June 26, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Emily? I have bought a couple chairs and an old end table from
    a thrift store. Your blog has been a great inspiration for me to repurpose and upholster the furniture. I am also planning to attempt to install board and batten on a wall in my house. The problem is that I am brand new to this and I am starting to
    doubt myself because I have never done any of this before. My question to you is, have you always had this creative bone in your body, and did you ever doubt that you would be able to do any of your projects?

    • Sunny Jane June 26, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      I’m not Emily, but I HAVE to respond to this. (Hope it’s legal to step on your toes, Emily:)
      Sakeenah, don’t doubt yourself! Just do eet, man. I was a non crafter/DIYer until last summer. I doubted my abilities, but did stuff anyway. And I made tons of mistakes. But it didn’t matter because this whole new world of spray paint and hot glue opened up to me, and I’m loving it! And my dining room table looks so much better now that I’ve painted a robin’s egg blue over the poop green it was before!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      I have always had the creative bone in my body, but I do not always execute how I wish! I think we all fall in the same boat – just give it a try and do your best. Your first project will never turn out as good as your second, but we have to start somewhere. Good luck with your reupholstering and board & batten projects!

  111. Lynne June 26, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    For the JDC subscription, will you have a annual deal to save on cost for us instead of the monthly $7.99?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      That is a great idea. We are going to switch to a new system so that you will have access to previous months by using a login so when we do the switch, I’ll add the option to pay a full year.

  112. Katie Wyckoff June 26, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Do you have any recommendations as to where to find a cute toddler dress pattern that looks vintage but that is fairly easy?

  113. Catherine R. June 26, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Oh lord, I’m getting my wisdom teeth pulled on the 31st of July! Any tips for preparing for surgery and any after care tips besides what they tell you?? (And here I thought I was getting mine taken out late at 21!)

    Hope you feel better!

    • Bernadette June 26, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      What style of vintage are you looking for? I design and create custom apparel and I would love to help you with this.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      I just had no idea I would hurt for more than a day! I guess I wasn’t thinking through it. Just make sure you clear your schedule so you can sit on the couch all day! The worse part for me has been the nausea from the medication, not the pain. Hoping this will pass soon.

    • Ericka J. June 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Here is my best remedy for post-wisdom teeth surgery!

      You’ll need ziplock bags, rubbing alcohol, water, and really long tube socks (men’s tube socks or maybe even women’s knee socks would work!)

      Mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and water into 2 small ziplock bags (just the sandwich size). Double bag them so you won’t have leaks, and put them in the freezer. This will freeze into a gel-like substance b/c the alcohol doesn’t freeze. You may want to make a few extra sets so you’ll have plenty on hand!

      Drop 1 bag into each tube sock, and tie them in a knot at the top of your head. This will make the end of the sock (where the ice is) rest on each cheek. If your socks are long enough and you want the ice tighter, you can tie a knot under your chin too.

      You will look positively RIDICULOUS but it feels so, so good! Plus it keeps the swelling down so you won’t look like a chipmunk! Happy healing!

  114. Amy June 26, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Strap ice around your jaw–it helped me get better 2-3x as fast!

    What are your favorite places to eat in the Seattle area? Fave hikes/adventures?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      Favorite restaurants: circa in West Seattle, Cactus in Madison Park or Alki. We live about an hour south of Seattle and wished we were closer so we could enjoy the restaurants more regularly!
      Ryan is a climber – he has summitted Mt. Rainier twice – but we have yet to do family hikes. Now that our kids are getting older, I’m sure we’ll start. Our friends have a beach house on Whidbey Island which is our absolute favorite place to go.

  115. Dawn June 26, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    I don’t have any questions, just some shared commiserating. ; ) I too had my wisdom teeth pulled on Friday and I’m still not back to normal. Eating hurts, yet I’m hungry! Hope you feel better soon.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      I know! Nothing worse than being hungry and grumpy and not being able to eat.

  116. I heart your blog June 26, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    My summer project is to bind all the recipes I have collected from family, friends, and magazines. Right now everything is in a generic three ring binder, organized but not personalized. I would like to create my own cover and page dividers as I bind my cookbook.

    What design or art software would you recommend for the beginner? I want something more versatile than Microsoft Office.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      I started with Microsoft Publisher and it worked great for me for years. Now that I know Illustrator, I wish I had learned it much earlier on in my design career!

      There are lots of free tools – paint.net, aviary, picassa – that you can use. If you’d like to invest in software, any of the Adobe products {photoshop, elements or illustrator} are the best.

  117. Kendra June 26, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    How did you cope with your parents divorce? When I was reading your Father’s day post, it was like I was reading about myself and what happened between my parents. Pretty much the exact situation.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      I hate divorce. And I don’t even like the word hate. But it fits for this one.

      My parents divorce was really hard because it was sort of out-of-the-blue. My two sisters and I all dealt with it differently and while we gave eachother the grace and freedom to deal with our dad how we needed, it was hardest feeling the pressure from others who did not give as much grace. Divorce separates so much more than just the married couple and that is the hardest part. For the first 8 years, I really couldn’t talk about my dad without crying. Lots of sadness and pain. Then some more healing took place, and forgiveness and the hope for restoration. Things were going better and then we hit another road block last summer.

      What I’ve found to be true is this: forgiveness does not always mean full restoration of a relationship. I have to be responsible for my own part and that means offering grace and forgiveness, but also protecting my heart and family.

  118. Lindsay June 26, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Hi Emily! I hate that you’re feeling so bad :( I’m hoping and praying you make a full recovery very soon! My question is about your blog. I watched the blog class video and heard how much you’ve grown in two years! Congratulations on that – that’s so awesome! I have been blogging for a while and am starting to get some growth, but don’t really know how to take it to that next level. I’ve considered adding a shop of some things I’m really passionate about. I know taking your blog class is probably the best option for this and I’m saving up for it :) My question is how much do you think your shop has played into your growth and monetization of your blog? Is it more just your posts or a mix? Thanks!!!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      I just wrote a long response and then it got deleted … boo. I’ll try again.

      Actually, I’ll probably write a post about this one, because it is a great question and I think a lot of ladies want to know how to make the most of their blog and use it to make an income {obviously we talk all about this in The Blog Class, but I can share stuff on the blog too}.

      First, much of how I’ve grown has not been intentional, but some of it has been. For some reason, my style in decorating, crafting, writing and sharing has resonated with ladies and things have grown because of that. Being generous with giving away products, printables, sources, etc has kept people coming back for more. Social media is also big {especially pinterest} and our monthly giveaways using Facebook comments.

      As for monetizing, most of my income does come from my shop and products. Ad networks and individual ads can be great, but are most beneficial to those with high traffic. So many bloggers are frustrated when they only get $4 per month from google ad words. By selling my own products, I have control over what I sell, what my site looks like, pricing etc. It has been a great way for our family to earn an extra income and for me to use my talents and passions.

      More to come … I promise.

  119. Sarah B Design June 26, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I am so sorry your wisdom teeth are hurting you so bad, I remember being pretty out of it when I had mine done too. Anyway, I have a questions for you…. I just got married 2 months ago, so I was wondering, what is one of your favorite date nights to have with your Hubby? :)

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Congrats! I didn’t realize you were such a newlywed!

      Honestly, Ryan and I are a little boring and we love sitting at starbucks and just talking. Or goal-setting {that is ryan’s dream come true}. We spend a lot of time together, but not always intentional time and that is why taking our vacation to Hawaii was the best. We will definitely take more trips together.

  120. Kristina June 26, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Emily, I would love to know if you have any insight into organizing and storing children’s art/ school projects. SO much stuff comes home in the backpacks! How do you decide what to keep and then what do you do with the stuff that makes the cut….

    Hope you feel better soon.

    • kimber June 26, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      I didn’t do this since my kids were born just after the invention of the wheel and digital wasn’t even in our vocabulary back then…
      But I did hear of an idea to declare a wall and art gallery. Put up some decorative frames with a wire with a clothes pin or clamp attached so you can hang the masterpiece. Take a photo of it when you do.
      You can take down the oldest and replace with the newest, and you’ll have a little digital gallery to refer back to.
      It may require more organization, but now, 21 years later looking back at my kids stuff {macaroni art does not stand the test of time, fyi} I think having a digital library would be more accessible than the chest of funky, crusty artwork that will just sit in a box. Hope that helps?

    • Bernadette June 26, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      I too struggle with this and with No2 starting K this coming fall, we are not looking forward to twice the amount of paper coming home. I love the idea of the gallery wall, this is more up my amount of time I can do. Can’t wait to see if there are other ideas posted as well. All I know is my filing cabinets are full and I can’t wait to purge them!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      My poor kids … most of their stuff gets recycled. I keep the most special stuff, but there is only so much art/schoolwork that I can keep. I have a bin for each of the kids to store special work {report cards, projects, first artwork, etc}. I hang art on the fridge for a few days before tossing it {just to let them know I think its special} and they each have a file where they keep their papers they want to keep. Once their file is overflowing, its time to recycle.

      I’m working on an art gallery wall using a wire system from ikea. Hopefully it will be up soon and i’ll take photos and share.

  121. Kelly at Talk of the House June 26, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Bless your heart (and your mouth!) Not fun. My question is…how do you organize for blogging? Like files for pictures on the web…to save the photo AND the source…and do you have a notebook that keeps you organized, and if so, how is IT organized? (guess that is waaaay more than one question…sorry!)
    Hope your mouth heals soon.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Ryan is always getting after me for not having an editorial calendar for blogging. I’m not really a long-term planner but he’s working on me. I usually have a running list of blog ideas and then a general idea of what I’ll post this week. But I like the freedom of writing what comes to mind {or heart} and not feeling stuck to a scheduled calendar. BUT, I could see that having some posts done ahead of time would be nice so that I don’t have to stay up late the night before when all I really want to do is go to bed.

      As far as photos, I don’t post a lot of outside images – I usually take my own so I don’t have to catalog them. Pinterest is probably my favorite source for images. I try to click all the way through to find the original source.

  122. Madaline Meatte June 26, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Inspiration! Where do you get it? What other graphic designers work do you admire?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      I am inspired by everything. I love signage – magazines, advertisements, anything graphic. I read lots of blogs. Anytime I need quick graphic inspiration I click over to minted.com to see what they have {so many amazing graphic designers!}.

  123. Crystal @ The Full Home June 26, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    How do you manage kids, housecleaning, crafting, cooking, blogging, and still have time to shower? I just started my fledgling blog and I’m struggling!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:57 am #

      Ha! Love that you put showering in there because as my real life friends know, I’m not a regular shower-er!

      I don’t have this one figured out and I’m certainly not great at balancing. Our house is not typically ‘clean’ just picked up, dinners are not extravagant, our kids play well together so I don’t always have to entertain them. I typically write blog posts in the evening once the kids go to bed. Everything has a season and its just a matter of choosing the ‘better’ thing. There’s always a tradeoff.

  124. Taylor June 26, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Hi Emily! LOVE your blog. Actually, I ADORE your blog :)

    I have 2 questions:
    1) How do you get your printer to print on card stock? I can not seem to get my printer to do that! Also, do you recommend a good printer {preferably less than $200} that does an excellent job printing on card stock? Thanks!

    2) What program do you use to come up with all your creative images?– like the “twirl” image and the “Q & A–ask away” image?


    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      1. Make sure you get a printer that accepts heavy paper. Not all do. I use a Canon Pro9000 printer {see it here: https://jonesdesigncompany.com/tools-i-use/}. Another option is the less-expensive Canon mp470.

      2. I design with Adobe Illustrator. I have just learned as I’ve gone and probably don’t do anything the way its supposed to be done, but it works for me! I’m thinking about doing a class on graphic design for beginners – probably not for a while as we just finished writing The Blog Class, but its in the back of my mind, so we’ll see.

  125. Angela June 26, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    This isn’t a question, just a comment….consider for your children having their wisdom teeth extracted when they are about half developed, BEFORE they come in or cause problems. This is usually somewhere between age 14 and 20. I had mine removed at this point and went out to dinner that same night, seriously. It’s much easier for healing. I am a hygienist and at our office we highly recommend preventive extraction if it looks like (based on the xrays) the wisdom teeth may cause a problem at some future point.

  126. Gayla June 26, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    I have two questions….how do you stay organized with 4? We are having our fourth child in a few months. Also, how is it working with your 3 boys in the same room. Our long-term plan is to have the three boys share a room. We have one daughter, who has her own room. I can’t decide if we should get 2 sets of bunkbeds or do 3 twins??? What are your thoughts on having bunks, etc.

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      The boys sharing a room is great. We moved them into our bonus room, so now they have more space and all the toys are in their room too {I’ll take photos someday when the room is finished}. We have two sets of bunks and that works great. Then there is room for an extra guest if we need it. I like the idea of a bunk room where they are all together. Sometimes our oldest wishes he had his own room so he could just leave his lego creations out all over, but I think it is better for him to learn to share his space. We’ll see how that goes when they are older, but for now, we love them being together.

      • Gayla June 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

        Thank you for your reply. I want the kids to be close. The oldest is somewhat concerned about his lego creations….since he will be sharing his room first with the 2 year old and then as the baby gets older he will join them.

  127. Nicki June 26, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    What is one thing you want to do that you haven’t done yet?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Hawaii was a big one – I have wanted to go on a trip with Ryan for a while. That was pretty much amazing.

      I want to swim with dolphins.

      I want to eat a fancy, fancy coursed meal just so I know what its like.

      I want to build a cool house with ryan.

  128. MaryJo June 26, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    First of all.. I hope you recover quickly!
    I love that you’re so up front with your faith on your blog… I was wondering what you do for a devotional? What is your process – journal? a book? go through a book in the Bible? It’s always interesting/encouraging to hear what others do especially since I often get somewhat stuck!

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      I do a couple of things: I have Jesus Calling for adults and kids as apps on my phone. I actually love the kid version more than the adult version because it is worded in such simple and truthful ways. We have the real books too, but it is easy to just grab my phone and read the devotions first thing before getting out of bed.

      I also just discovered She Reads Truth – a group of women going through a devotion together.

      This is one area I would like to put more effort into. There are a million excuses but ultimately if I can’t find time to spend with God, I probably don’t love, trust, believe him as much as I think I do.

  129. Katie June 26, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    What’s your favorite spot in your home?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      I do love my office. It is a place where I can do anything I want with the decor and it has all of my ‘stuff’.

  130. Tonya June 26, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    What advice do you have regarding managing life with 4 young children. I’m due in October (the day before our birthday, actually) with my fourth…My oldest 3 are all girls and this baby is a surprise!

    • bree June 26, 2012 at 5:48 am #

      Tonya & Emily,

      Have you ever done the pencil test to determine the baby’s gender?

      I was recently involved in a family group discussion hoping to determine what my pregnant sister-in-law is carrying :) Unfortunately she wouldn’t participate unless I went first and the pencil showed I would deliver 3 girls and then a boy.

      Also, Emily, do you ever hope to do the Summer Boutique again? I would love to buy your ruffle headbands and a few other projects you show the tutorials for. I always have good intentions to follow a tutorial – I’ll buy all the supplies and then never sit down to complete the project.

      Have a great day!

      • emily June 26, 2012 at 9:48 am #

        No pencil tests for me. I’m pretty sure none of those old wives tales are true as I tried all of them and came up with different results with each one. You get what you get and it works out perfectly for your family.

        As for the Summer Boutique – it was so much fun and really a launching off point for this blog and my business, but I’m not sure I’ll do it again anytime soon! Lots and lots of prep work for that one evening!

        We’ve talked about having some products manufactured so I can sell them, so perhaps in the future you can purchase ruffled headbands, pillows, dolls, burpcloths, etc. We’ll see …

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 8:11 am #

      Its always a little crazy. Especially breakfast time – everyone always needs something and this mama barely gets to take a bite before 10 am!

      I could talk for hours about this, but I’ll try to be brief.

      I wouldn’t say I am an overly organized person, so I don’t think I have a lot of systems in place to make life easier, but I do have a few. I wrote a post about some of them here: https://jonesdesigncompany.com/thoughts/keeping-up-the-house/
      and another here: https://jonesdesigncompany.com/thoughts/doing-it-all/

      Most of all, I just want my kids to be responsible, respectful, kind to one another and love God. And I want them to know that their parents adore them, but do not live for them. Its a balance that is hard to find, but we try to figure it out day by day.

  131. Jen June 26, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    Which addition to the family was the hardest adjustment (i.e. 0-1kid, 2-3kids, etc.)?Did it ever just become the more the merrier? And, kinda along those lines, at what age does it get easier/less exhausting. (I’m a first time mom with a 7 month old crawling and eating everything in sight…just want to see what the future holds :))

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      Great question! I hate my answer though because I don’t think its very helpful :). For us, each new baby just sort of fit in. None were particularly hard adjusting to. Of course going from 0-1 is tricky because your life is no longer just about taking care of yourself. But I had always wanted to be a mom and so I adored having my first and he was an easy, peasy baby. Ryan was just hired at the fire department and going though his intense academy and so it was a sweet time of just me and my baby to connect. No. 2 came 18 months later – which just sort of felt like since we were doing one baby, might as well do another! No. 3 was the most laid back baby and we had moved into our current home which is much bigger than our previous and our lives felt more settled, so it was great to add another baby. The older boys play well together which I’m sure helped our transition. And then with No. 4, we just felt like seasoned veterans so it was definitely a more the merrier moment!

      All to say, your experience being a bit overwhelmed with one does not necessarily mean you will be overwhelmed with two, three, four. It is a big change becoming a mom and having that responsibility. Make sure you find friends with kids whom you can get out of the house to connect with – nothing is more isolating than being a stay home mom with a baby who can’t talk with you!

      Hope this helps. Anyone else have thoughts about the hardest transition?

  132. Ess June 26, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    What is your favourite novel?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 7:56 am #

      Good books are the best. I have lots of favorites and I have an upcoming post with the last five books I’ve read {all of them excellent}. My favorite novels of all time are: Unbroken, The Red Tent, To Kill A Mockingbird, Peace Like A River. I could go on and on.

      • Krysta June 26, 2012 at 9:09 am #

        Peace Like a River is so wonderful. Everyone should read it.

        Memoirs are my go-to genre. I loved The Glass Castle, The Color of Water and The Liars Club.

  133. Katie Alesso June 26, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    What is your favorite snack (when your teeth are working, that is)?

    • emily June 26, 2012 at 7:53 am #

      I love crackers & cheese {any kind, really}, almonds, a handful of pretzels with chocolate chips.

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