Thursday, December 6, 2012

honored.

Did I ever tell you Kristin Rogers included our animals in a shoot she did for one of my favorite products?
Yup, Greg's sweetest handmade animals are in a spread Kristin did for BlaBla dolls, my most coveted children's toy.
I'm glad Greg's blocks are so greatly loved, he gets such joy out of making them 
You can see the rest of Kristin's photos for BlaBla here.
Hey, its almsot Friday!
xoxo j

ps. Greg is taking is currently taking custom orders for christmas, if you're interested feel free to contact him!
jessandgreghandmade[at]gmail[dot]com

Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY: Advent Pocket Calendar


Hiii! I miss you guys! I do not know why I cannot quite get back into my blogging rhythm, I am just so invested in the current moment of life that I forget to visit with you here.
We have been so super busy I am now three days behind posting our this years advent!
Last year I made this DIY advent calendar, and this weekend I made a new one when my littles came over to play for the day.

We are loving decorating for our first christmas together. Our home already looks magical even though we dont have much thats truly deemed "christmas decor'. We are being inventive and creative and our home is filled with so much comfort and joy for the season.
If you want to make your own advent calendar Greggy made templates for you!
Just print these out, fold, and glue the flaps. Fill your pockets with goodies and special date nights and have fun counting down to christmas!



[click to enlarge]

More holiday happiness in the coming weeks.
xoxo j

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

our sweet slice of pie.

We've been keeping a secret... 6 weeks ago we bought a puppy. 



This is Avery, the absolute love of our life.
We've been patiently (or not so) waiting for her to be old enough to bring home and although we have only had her a week, it feels like she has been part of our little family forever.

Hope you had a great start to the week!
xo j
aka mama bird



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY: Give Thanks Banner

Helllllo!
I hope you all had an absolutely peachy Monday! I wanted to write all weekend but it was quite possibly our last burst of sunshine in upstate New York. Before the long we will be enduring the long winter so we had to get outside and enjoy to air.
When the sun goes down Greg and I retreat into our little home to spend our evenings snuggling, laughing, dreaming, and creating new things.
We were out recently I found I little banner I so badly wanted to buy. Greg assured me he could recreate it at home, he did. It was so darling I had to share it with you.

 1. cardstock 2. ribbon 3. hot glue gun 4. scissors

1. Cut out all your triangles

2. Measure out your ribbon and crease over your letters


3. All you need is a thin line of glue

4. Don't forget to turn it over and glue down the back!
 Hang it it somewhere in your home for the season!
Did you notice how many more leaves are on our Thankful Tree in just a week?! I love it!
Also my sweet husband is so kind, he made printable banner letters so you can truly make this at home!


[click images to enlarge & print]

I have been trying to take the time to go through our wedding photos so I can share them with you. I promise to get a least one post within the week.
Thanks always for your love and support.
Happy Homemaking:)
xo j

Saturday, November 3, 2012

DIY: Thankful Tree

Well, were home from the deep south and my brother now has a wife, *sigh*.
And I couldn't believe with our return came the first of November.
This happens to be one of my favorite months. The further and further we get into autumn and the leading up to winter always just makes me the happiest. There's just something about this time each year that makes my insides warm and makes me oh so thankful. Its possibly the nearing end of the year which makes me reflect and recollect all my memories of the past eleven months. All the joy, all the overcoming, and all that we have endured.
Thats why in November I like to make a Thankfulness Tree.
It can be something small like having hot coffee each morning or big like having a committed spouse.
Either way its something new for each day in the month of November that leaves you blessed.
I did this last year with my nanny kids and this year I thought I would share it with all of you.
Super simple and good for the soul, it will help leave even your worst days better because you are focusing on gratitude.

You will need:
1. pretty paper 2. branches 3. mason jar 4. yarn 5. hole punch 6. pen
1. Cut out your leaves and punch the holes (I promise you do them ALL ahead of time, if you think you'll have time cut one everyday you probably wont)
2. Hole punch the bottom of each leaf, thread yarn and tie
3. Put all your branches in a mason jar 
4. Start writing your thanks! We left our extra leaves and a pen near our tree so we remember to do it each day.


At the end of the month you will have a beautiful tree, full of love and blessings and an appreciation of both. I hope you challenge yourself this month, be happy, be thankful.

xoxo j



Friday, October 26, 2012

flying south for the winter.


Greg and I are currently in Louisiana for my little brothers wedding.
We are so excited for him and his sweet wife to be!!
It has been so awesome to watch their adventure unfold. To see where they were, how they've grown, and who they have become together... truly beautiful.
We will have updates of happiness throughout the next couple of days.
And as always you can follow us on insta @peacelovebird.
more soon,
xo j

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One year ago today.


A year from this very day, Greg asked if he could keep me forever.
It feels like some distant memory that warms me when I relive the day in my head. It was purely, and easily one of the most joyous days of my life.
But what may have been overshadowed by it all was also my best friends birthday.
Yes, Greg completely pulled one over on me and proposed on his own birthday.
But this year I am floating in a sea of thankfulness and excited to be just celebrating my sweet husband.
So to you my dear,
Happy Birthday!
I cannot believe how quickly a year has passed!
I am filled with massive amounts of happiness knowing I get to spend each and every day with you.
You are the most kind hearted, gentle spirit I have ever known. You bring not only me, so many of our dear ones peace and love by just your presence.
I love knowing I will be the one beside you as you grow older, wiser and even grayer for all our days to come.
So thankful for your life dear, its a beautiful one.

xoxo (yours)
j


photo c/o Joy Studios.

Monday, October 15, 2012

i thought they discontinued the patch.

Sometimes I feel like I am living in a dream.
Like everyday when I walk outside and realize I am sharing a house with two of my favorite ladies.
I remember it as if it were yesterday, I was craft dating with Lisa and she mentioned her neighbors were moving out this summer and Greg and I should think about moving in.
At the time it seemed like a reallllly happy thought, but just a thought. It seemed like it wouldn't be attainable or would just be one of those things you talk about in retrospect wishing it would have actually happened.
Well, guess what? This time the stars aligned in our favor. We moved into the apartment right behind two people that are not only super sweet to have as neighbors but inspiring and beautiful friends.

Before we actually moved in I had a dream that we were all carving pumpkins togther and it was warm and heart filling and when I woke up I knew this was the place we needed to spend our first year of marriage.
We made my dream come true in a small way this yesterday when the four of us went off to have a fall adventure.














 Ode to my favorite farm, *sigh*. We had a truly wonderful time. I think it was just what we all needed some simple beauty and outdoor air. Yay for Fall:)
All this talk of our apartment reminds me I really want to show you a home tour on the blog, we are SO close to being done. It has been quite a process but it really starting to feel like home 
xoxo j

Monday, October 8, 2012

DIY: Leaf Garland

Happy Monday!
Well, I hope yours was happy anyway. Mine had a damper of the Monday Blues but I figured what else better to help fix that but a happy fall DIY? Right?!
This is my favorite kind of DIY.. simple.. uses up scraps... and no mess so you can do it while you veg on the couch after a long day and watch your favorite program:)
1.felt scraps 2. embroidery floss 3. needle 4.scissors
 
1. Cut out your leaves. Greg and I had fun with this I asked him to help and cut whatever shapes he wanted so it would be more of a random combo. I like it I think it helps give them that 'freshly picked' look!

2. Take your needle and embroidery floss. Tie and knot in one end and just start stitching up the center of your leaves to connect them.

3. Hang and enjoy!
We are having so much fun collecting and making things to make our new little home feel festive. With the weather getting chilly again and were forced to spend more afternoons inside I feel more DIY's to emerge in the near future:)
So much to catch up on in  my blog life, so little time. *sigh*
xoxo j 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

a boy and a camera.

These were taken by my sweet husband around our home. 
I love looking at life through his lens, it is always so inspiring for me to see what he sees.
Some days I get so frustrated to come home to boxes which still haven't been unpacked and things that feel like they still do not have a place. Then I remember we only get to do this once, to combine and curate all our belongings into a space that feels like us. And when I see he can be motivated to capture and create beautiful things in this place, it encourages me on.
for all the lovely that is to come and ever inspiring husband,
xoxo j


Monday, October 1, 2012

one month.


Today marks one month of being married to my best friend.
One whole month of:
Growth
Figuring out which side of the bed we like
Eating waffles
Kissing goodnight
Kissing good morning
Making lunches
LOVE
Doing dishes
Laughing, so much laughing
Praying together
Setting up our home
Learning new things
Cooking together
Creating
Grocery shopping
Being inspired by each other
Problem solving
Being thankful
Bliss

The first month down of our lifetime together.
I am so grateful for everyday I get to spend growing in our love and no matter what is to come I still feel like the luckiest girl to have Greg standing next to me.

xoxo j


ps this photo is by Kristin Rogers my super awesome photographer. You can see her blog post about us here and I will do a full post about her and our wedding photos soon!



Thursday, September 27, 2012

a weekend away.

This weekend we went away to see my dear brother and his *almost* wifey! (next month, eee!)
Not only was it a wonderful time away for us but it was even sort of a life dream fulfilled.
My brother and I are really close in age which in turn made us extremely bonded. He is one of my best friends on this planet and I have always been so thankful for his role in my existence.
We have always had big dreams about meeting people each other liked and being sure our significant others would get along because we were going to camp, vacation, dine, have holidays, and raise our kids together. (Whether they were okay with it or not! hehe)
Through it all I don't know if I could have ever even have dreamed how perfect it would really turn out. My brother finally has a brother and I am gaining a sister I really consider one of my best friends.
And I sat in their apartment watching the boys play video games, my sister in law make dinner, and drinking a really delicious cocktail, I couldn't have felt more blessed and grateful. I am so excited for this next phase of life. I cannot believe things I have talked about for years and years are becoming reality.
So happy for this growing family and many years of memories to be made ahead of us.
Happy almost weekend!
xo j

Friday, September 21, 2012

weekend getaway.

Happy Friday!
We're going on a mini getaway this weekend and it could not come at a better time.
I love going away, it always helps to clear my mind.
Here is a little peak at what I bring in the car with me to keep me busy and enjoy the ride.
It is so nice to have someone who doesn't mind driving so I can relax or doodle or read. One of our favorite traditions we started is listening to books on tape when we travel, we SO look forward to it and find ourselves taking longer routes just so we can listen longer:)
Do you have any traveling traditions or things you just couldn't travel without?
more soon,
xo j

Sunday, September 16, 2012

sleeping in.


Weekends are my new best friend.
Greg and I are fully back to the daily grind. And even though we both LOVE what were doing, work is work and we are SO tired every night. When we wake up on Saturday we feel like ourselves and love spending the morning together. We laugh most the morning, listen to lots of music, and enjoy the simple things like drinking from a mug instead of our travelers.
I have been organizing memories and moments from our wedding adventure and journaling like crazy. I know I did not do as many Le Wedding posts as I had promised but I figured now that the madness has settled I could still share all our DIYs with you (believe me there is *so* many)!
Hope you all had wonderful weekend!
xoxo j