Sunday, February 24, 2013


This little face brings me to much joy.
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.
xo jess

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Truth About Being A DIY Bride.

Six months later and I think I am finally ready to start sharing with you.
I am ready to let you in on all the secrets, all the things we learned, and everything you really need to know about planning a wedding yourself.

So you are thinking about being a Do It Yourself bride, well kudos to you. I can tell you truthfully that taking the time to make your wedding personal is one of the most rewarding things when looking back at your special day. I will also tell you it is one of the hardest endeavors you will ever take on.

Here are the basics:

Start early.
No matter how on top of things you might feel, the truth is you're not. I started so many projects MONTHS in advance and was still left the night before my wedding with a list full of things left to do. I was eventually told I had to pick 5 and let go of the rest. (thanks B)

Be Open.
When planning a wedding that may be slightly against the grain, expect challenges. You might have to tweak the picture in your head slightly to make your dream wedding everything you hoped. Things are likely not to go your way because what you're doing is not the "norm". I thought finding a dress would be a easy peasy because I was so specific but because my specific was not whats popular. There was only 1 or 2 dresses for me to try on and each bridal shop, thank goodness I had a Maid of Honor willing to hunt dresses down for me and drive all over to find them!

Let People Help.
Dear friends, I am sorry this took me so long to learn. Love, Jess
Your friends are not out to sabotage your wedding so let them help! I am the queen of independence and "I can just do it myself" but let me tell you something, you cant. The truth is this is a HUGE event that you cannot possible tackle alone. Let people in, delegate, trust people. I specifically can recall wanting to personally hang every ribbon and set every table myself. This wasn't realistic, I finally had to pass over my boxes of wedding magic to some sisters I trusted. I did not even see the end result until I was walking into my reception. Let me tell you they made my wedding into the whimsical place I had dreamed. Honestly, it most likely would not have even turned out as wonderful if I did it myself because I was so stressed I couldn't have cleared my mind enough to make it happen.

Have Fun.
I will not give you a false sense of reality, planning my wedding was really hard. I had so many things go wrong I could write you a book. But when I look back I also have crazy memories of last minute trips to Boston, hitting up every yard sale in a 50 mile radius, and late night craft sessions I really wouldn't have changed anything. I learned a lot about myself and the people I am surrounded by.

These are just my first thoughts. Throughout this season I will share some of our personal DIY projects and tidbits about how we did it, and how to survive.
But most importantly I just want to stress to you that it is only a day. Your marriage is the truly beautiful thing. When the flowers die, rentals go back, and the music quiets, your marriage will be the lasting thing. That is was you want to make sure you're taking the most time to invest in.

xoxo j

Monday, February 18, 2013


Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day.
I am feeling better this week thanks to massive amounts of tea and a couple NyQuil knock out sleeps.
I already started writing some posts for later this week, ahead of the game can you believe it!
Even though it was snowing today the sun was shining which leads me clinging to the hope that Spring isn't too far away. 
Tonight I am just really thankful for my little home, my little place in the world, and everything else I am so insanely blessed with.
Here's to surviving Monday,

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Printable Valentines!

So in case your busy schedule prevented you from buying valentines or making the ones you had been hoping to make we got you covered!
I have been doodling and my love as always has taken my doodles and making them into things to share with everyone.
So here they are quick little valentines you can print out, fold in half, and write a message to the people you love.
All you need in cardstock and some ink in your printer:)

(click the image to enlarge)

I love them! We printed a bunch and I have been writing them out to spread some love tomorrow.
Hope you have a wonderful night!
xoxo j

Monday, February 11, 2013

DIY: Tea for Two.

Valentines Day.
My very favorite holiday only 3 days away. How am I prepping and enjoying the day of love you may ask? Oh, well I am sick, in bed, and I cannot seem to shake it.
With all the tea I have been drinking I thought it finally a perfect time to tryout the whole sharpie mug deal, and guess what I loved it!
It is so fun and easy.. you have to give it a try.
I assume you can just get porcelain mugs from anywhere but if it matters I got mine at Target.
1. draw a pretty design
2. bake at 350 on a oven safe dish (like a cookie sheet) for 30-40 minutes
3. enjoy!! Be careful if it so easy and fun I found myself wanting to start drawing on all the plain mugs in my cupboard:)  oh and ps make sure you only gently hand wash the mug.

Hope you have lovely pink and heart shaped happiness planned for valentines day♥ 
xoxo j