Saturday, April 19, 2014

Around here...


Hello everyone! Just wanted to pop in on this fantastic Saturday to kinda sum up the week over here. Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and we're possibly going to head to the boardwalk. We've got more warm weather in store for the next couple days so we're definitely gonna try to get outside. A highlight of this past week was the arrival of my new favorite shirt, seen above. If it looks familiar , it was a Friday Favorite a few weeks ago. When I said I needed it...I really meant it. It most certainly is a fitting phrase for myself. And its super comfy. A few gals told me they'd love to get one for themselves. Word to the wise...it runs a bit big and is a loose fit. So make sure to check the sizing guide before ordering. 


So this has been the scene over here the past few days. Lots of orders have gone out to happy new homes. All sorts of things! prints, stickers, plaques, signs, diecuts... nothing makes us happier! This stage of progress that you see above is the moment right before we start to fill the boxes. This is our time to double check everything all at once.


Wrapping orders up is seriously a favorite thing. Everything gets wrapped in pink and tied with baker's twine. We had to do the wrapping on the kitchen table due to every other surface in the house being taken. We had signs and diecuts drying on any flat space we could find.


I snapped this pic of Aaron to show just how big our larger prints are. We offer our prints in a few sizes, the 8x10 within an 11x14 mat is the most popular, but these large prints are great as a statement piece. A perfect way to really establish a theme for a room, or a bakery, or for a kid's room. The large print is 11 x 14 and fits a 16 x 20 frame. And definitely, the vintage pink mixer you see above is a customer fave! 


And guess what!?  Our "The Sweet Life" order arrived the other day and everything is now listed in the shop! Quantities are limited and we've already sold a bunch, so if you've been waiting...grab some goodies now! The resin pieces are so great! So fun seeing our paintings in this form! So many possibilities! And the 6 x 6 paper pads are too cute for words! And don't get me started on the treat bags or journaling cards! ha! I love it all I guess!


The windows were actually open today. Which is such a welcomed change form the past few cold days. Today the sun was shining bright and it made the workday way more pleasant. I like to be able to bounce around from project to project. So while orders dried I worked on a few personal projects. Including these collaged stacking stools that I started about 4 years ago! ha! I just set them aside for some reason and only now have I decided to get them finished up. Better late than never right?  I'll share pics of them when I finish them completely. Hopefully it wont take another few years.


And due to the sunshine outside Aaron got to do lots of cutting out on the deck. This is our trusty scroll saw which is responsible for the precision cutting of our diecuts.



Here we have an ice cream cone, an extract bottle, a cupcake, and a plate of cupcakes. We love working with wood! I grew up in my father's wood shop, so sawdust is in my blood.


We took a break from working to make one of our favorite meals. We call it the Harissa bowl. We got the idea from Sarah over at House in the Hills. It is so incredibly delicious. In this bowl are roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower that get tossed in Harissa spices before roasting. The roasted veggies are then served over coconut basmati rice with currants. Add a side of sautéed lime spinach, top with avocado, and yummmmmm. The balance of flavors and texture is so comforting. You won't believe that something so tasty can be so good for you. 


And finally...a pic of these two little nuts just for the heck of it. Jack's little "hand" get's raised if he's asking you for something. And I think Carlos has a perpetually blurred tail! ha! 

I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far! We may pop in tomorrow to say hi, but if not...Happy Easter friends!

xo Jenny...& Aaron says hi! 




Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites


It's Friday... and it's a Holiday Weekend. Those are two plusses in anybody's book. I love Easter for the pastel colors, the sweet treats, and the baskets full of fun. I have vivid memories of picking out Easter outfits to wear to church...oh geez some are cringe worthy...like that white 1940s inspired hat with veil combo...and the fact that I wore it with a pink and cream damask blazer, layered over a white blouse with black bow tie! Oh and by the way...I was 11 years old. Always the style maven. And my mom totally allowed my adolescent self to get as disgustingly inventive as she wanted. Luckily I really didn't do heels...that would've added injury to insult. Horrible fashion memories aside, I've always found the aesthetics of Easter to be right up my alley. 

Speaking of Easter aesthetics...I just adore adore adore these bunny nails. So simple yet so effective. Perfectly sweet.


 This tutorial for these coffee filter Fascinators from Aunt Peaches is just so much fun! A totally worthy improvement upon the Easter Bonnet. 


Now does it get more adorable than these? What a perfect way to to present macarons this Easter. Or anytime if you just love cute bunnies like I do. Check out the simple and sweet tutorial over at Sugar & Cloth


 Love these gold leaf eggs! Fabulous! There is something so magical that happens when you pair pastels with shiny gold. These are absolutely enchanting.


And these super simple, super cute doodled eggs are just as sweet as the gold leaf eggs, but they're for those of us who love that scribbly hand drawn look. They're simply rendered with a sharpie. To see them from start to finish check out Paper & Stitch.


This is such an adorable little project...DIY iron on bunny tees.  How cute would these be for the littles in your life! And again, not just for Easter either! Of course I would wear one myself in a hop, skip, and a jump! 




And I just had to include this image. Need I explain why? The word holiday...in that font! And this totally resembles the fab old motels we've got peppered all up and down the Jersey Shore. Oh jeez, Easter weekend is when all of our boardwalks open for the season. I'm predicting at least a short trip to see the sights and sounds of the stands, the rides, and the waves crashing in the distance.  


Whatever it is you have planned for this weekend we hope that you have a wonderful time. Lets hope for some warm sun. Get out there and enjoy it!
xo Jenny...& Aaron says hi!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vintage Style Spun Cotton Easter Cupcake Toppers


This is a super cute and very easy tutorial for all of you who love Vintage Easter collectibles and cupcakes! I'm thinking I just roped in a sizable audience with that opener. 
Homemade toppers are great, because even if you're not a baker, you can take a handful of bakery bought cupcakes and make them all your own by popping these in. Me and Aaron made these in an afternoon with very few supplies. We modeled them after some of our favorite collectibles.


And these here are just some of my favorite vintage toppers. They were a gift from a dear friend. I love the packaging! And yes, they were never opened. 


These right here are what we modeled ours after. The chicks crack me up. They actually have bangs! They look like surfers or skaters. 


We were so thrilled to find these spun cotton balls. They're exactly what we needed. They're from a great company called Spunnys. And I can't say enough about Nicolas at Spunnys...what great customer service, and fast shipping, and great prices too. I know we will be using Spunnys for lots of projects in the future. And the mullberry paper flowers are from Mullberry Bear, which has a great selection! 

Here is what you will need:
 Spun cotton balls (30mm)
Mullberry paper flowers (1 3/4")
party picks or toothpicks
assorted patterned papers
heavy duty crepe paper (or patterned paper)
all purpose glue
acrylic paint
ultra fine tip sharpie
pencil
scissors
xacto knife
paint brushes
circle paper punch 
1 white or yellow feather



We had a styrofoam food tray that worked perfectly as a place to keep our toppers while working. We just turned it upside down, and poked holes. First thing we did was to paint our balls with acryclic paint. We chose a pale yellow for the chicks and a creamy white for the bunnies. Once they were dry we drew the faces. First with pencil so that there would be guidelines for our sharpie. Tip: drawing on flat acrylic paint will dry up the tip of the sharpie, so keep a piece of scrap paper handy so that you can periodically scribble to get the ink flowing again.


Next we drew some ears on crepe paper, and some beaks on chipboard. (notice the beaks have two points...one of the points will stick into the spun cotton ball). We used the chipboard as is, no need to paint it. The ears we drew as one shape, rather than two separate ears. The part where the two ears meet will fit into a slot on the spun cotton ball. Cut out your ears and beaks and set aside. 


Next, using a sharp xacto knife we made slices for our ears and beaks. Be very careful here...you just want to poke the blade in and gently wiggle it to give enough space for the ears and beaks to slide in.


Now slide your ears and beaks into their respective slots. It takes a little work to get them in just right. Once they're in, using a detail brush, add a thin line of glue along the front and back to secure them. We love Aleene's because it dries fast, and clear!


Next up are the little "outfits". For your chick hats, cut out circles, then cut the circle in half, roll into a hat shape and glue the end to keep it in place.


For the collars, punch circles from patterned papers and pair them with contrasting colored paper flowers. And if you are giving your chicks the funny bangs you will need a white or yellow feather.


Cut a tiny bundle of feather and glue it inside the front of your hat. Then glue the hats onto the chicks.


Now poke holes in the centers of your flowers and paper circles and glue them together. Then push the doubled collar up the pick and glue to the ball. 
And you are finished!


Since we wanted a forever spot for these toppers we made some faux cupcakes from air dry clay. They're painted pink and creamy white,  and the tops are sprinkled with clear crystal glitter.


We hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Now tht we've made these you can bet we will be making little characters for all seasons and holidays! If you make some of your own, we'd love to see pics! Thanks for joining us! 



If you enjoyed this tutorial you may love our book!

Happy Spring & Easter!
xo Jenny & Aaron


Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites



It looks like it's going to be the wonderful Spring weekend we've all been waiting for here in Jersey. Spring has been taking forever to show up, but gradually it's getting warmer out there. A couple days ago me and Aaron took our first beach walk of the season. It was still chilly and windy up by the water, but it was pleasant enough for us. I'm really looking forward to doing some of our work out on the deck. We've got lots of base coating to do, on plaques and die cuts, and doing it out in the sunshine will feel great. And oh jeez...don't even get me started on the idea of grilling up our veggies every evening out there in the open air. I've been dying to get the grill fired up.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. I better keep my mouth shut about the pleasant weather or I just might jinx it. I'm psyched for Easter. The entire Jersey Shore pretty much opens for the season on Easter weekend. So it feels very fitting to open up this Friday Favorites with these super sweet Easter tags. 


I've shared lovely tags from Lia before, and these latest Easter tags only improve upon my already high opinion of her work. And guess what?...these are free printables! 
And not only are the tags printable...the sweet gift wrap is as well! You can find them all right here.



I love this table! The color is so bright and I love the contrast with the wood. It's half industrial, half super fun. Rustic yet modern. And the best part...it is a folding table! It's from World Market, who always has my number when it comes to furniture. They call it a Beer Garden table. I can think of a million uses for it. When I was putting this table in the post, right below those tags by Lia, I instantly imagined owning this and it being our designated giftwrapping table. That would be awesome.


Oh jeez, there's a word that I simply cannot stand: procrastination. Yep, procrastination drives me crazy. I love days when everything that pops into my head gets done right then and there. To me, that is the definition of a good day. 
That's why I love this sign. This simple statement says it all. 


One of my all time favorite collectibles are vintage photos. Vintage holiday photos and birthday photos are the best. Over the years I've come across some really fantastic vintage Christmas tree photos, with kids posed in front holding their prized toys. And I love vintage photos of kids with their birthday cakes. I'm always searching for the classic "kids on Santa's lap" pics. But the much rarer cousin to Santa's lap pics are Easter bunny lap pics. They're not too easy to find, and they go for a pretty penny on ebay. I'm partial to shots from the 1940s - 50s. For my collections I generally like Easter bunny photos that are actually sweet. But it is also very entertaining when you come across the crazy ones. And for some reason, there are lots of very weird looking Easter bunny costumes out there. So, hats off to the girls over at Prudent Baby for putting together this round-up of 25 Absolutely Terrifying Easter Bunnies. You have to click over to see them all....there are some gems in there.


Aaron and myself are makers of signage, and therefore, we treasure any vintage reference that we come across. We are suckers for vintage neon from boardwalks and ice cream shops. And this Giant Ice Cream Cone is like a total dream! It would be amazing in our livingroom! The rust stains are perfect. And I love the sun faded tones of the pink and blue, and that cherry too! Wow! 


Right now I could totally go for these Honey, Peanut butter & Coconut cookies. The recipe is simple, and I swoon for an ingredients list that is as short as this one. 


The other day my friend Carolyn shared a link to this home, which was listed for sale in Toronto. The owner is a 96 year old gal, and it's pretty much a 1950s time capsule. Carolyn suspected that I'd die over these pics...and she was right! This entryway is my favorite. That wallpaper is so incredibly beautiful. I'd move in just based on the entryway!


And this living room! Everything is so pristine! It all reminds me so so much of The Madonna Inn! I've never been to the Madonna Inn, but it is on the top of my list of places that I must stay in one day! You truly should take a few minutes to browse some of the rooms


It is all so much fun! Especially when you consider that it's pretty much a secret. All of these magical pastel interiors are hidden away behind an exterior...that looks...


like this! 

I love it! It would be amazing if the next owner just kept it exactly as-is.

Ok, thanks again for reading my Friday Faves. I hope you found some fun and inspired things. Have a fabulous weekend!
xo, Jenny...and Aaron says hi!





Thursday, April 10, 2014

"The Sweet Life" collection ...out in the world


Me and Aaron are artists who like to share. We know how much happiness the creative process brings us personally and through teaching we see how easily this happiness can be spread around. But teaching is just a drop in the bucket...you can only reach so many people. So when the opportunity to design a scrapbooking collection came our way we jumped at the chance. A scrapbooking collection is a very useful cog in the wheel of spreading creativity around. It's so cool to see our designs going to good use. And it's an honor. Seriously, It's an absolute honor when we see something that we painted here in our humble home being used as the focal point of someone's very personal creative project. So...now that "The Sweet Life" collection is out there in the world, we wanted to show some fab examples of how it's being put to use, and also tell you about some places where you might find it for yourself! 
We're totally loving these adorable mini albums by Melissa Phillips, using papers and journaling cards from the collection. The diagonal pink striped paper on the ice cream album is the flip side of our "Ballerina Cupcakes" paper. And the cakes you see on the ballerina themed album are from our paper titled "Hooray For Cake".


Again, this is one of our journaling cards being fabulously incorporated into a project. And those are a couple of our Washi Banner stickers affixed beneath the button.


Both of these adorable cards also by Melissa Phillips. This one has some of our "Bits & Pieces" paper in the background. I love the aqua vellum envelope, which is also from Melissa Frances, and the trim, ribbon, and tiny flower finish it off perfectly. 


If you checked out the pics or were lucky enough to be in Anaheim that weekend, you may have seen this adorable little treat container in our booth at CHA. It's made using our papers ("Sprinkle Everyday" and "Mixed Media Doodles"), a journal card, and our Sweet Life Words stickers. It was made by Rachel McAffee.


And she also made these adorable party hats! Seen here: a Journaling Card, and the pink stripe paper is from our "Ballerina Cupcakes" paper. 


The bunting banner on this hat is from our "Mixed Media Doodles" paper. The blue stripes are the flipside of our "Bits & Pieces" paper. And the "what a perfect day" banner is one of our Chipboard Accents. 


Another Chipboard Accent, and our pink stripe paper again. Of all our papers I believe we'll personally use the pink stripes the most. I love the sequins on this one!



And yes...we have Treat Bags! Though Rachel took them to another level with the fab embellishments. 


Here's another Treat Bag, and Rachel adorned it with one of my favorite journaling cards in our collection. It's our mascot bunny but rendered in basic black and white chalkboard style. I love the simplicity of the design. 

We have been receiving lots of emails from you guys asking when we will have our collection in stock in our online shop. The answer is: Any day now! Our order is in, and we are awaiting it's arrival on our doorstep. So as soon as it is in we promise to let you know! We love that you guys are so excited! We will be shipping worldwide!

But...If you truly just can't wait another second...



The awesome Blue Moon Scrapbooking carries most of the collection! And they've got a great little video featuring the items they've got in-stock. What a great source for tons of amazing scrapbooking supplies! We loved meeting Scott from Blue Moon at CHA. 


And for you paper loves in the San Diego, CA area...You can find "The Sweet Life" at the fabulous Paper Tales. Dining with all the Paper Tales gals was the highlight of our time at CHA. The realest, funniest, coolest, gang of gals you'll meet in the world of paper.




One of the funniest of the Paper Tales gals is our sweet and talented friend Karin. She will be teaching this adorable mini book using the collection at Paper Tales soon! 




And we are loving seeing peeks of projects using The Sweet Life over on Instagram. Loving these pics of this mini album that @maidmarianmade is working on! We love how she colored her Allie & Amy and cake! 

We are just so thrilled to see our designs in the hands of so many talented, creative, FUN people! We'd love to see pics of anything you've created using the collection! And we may share them here on the blog! So please feel free to send them to us or comment with a link to your blog post, or tag us on Instagram! @jennyeveryday

Thanks so much for popping in today! We hope that you are inspired by these projects! And we hope that you love "The Sweet Life". Have a great day friends!

Love from the NJ Shore, 
xo Jenny and Aaron