Tuesday, October 2, 2012

bits of life



 I'm so happy to see that you guys are going to be following along with our kitchen makeover. Thanks so much for the words of encouragement regarding the previous post about my dream kitchen. This will be a period of sustained excitement...I can't imagine that we'll lose momentum on a project such as this. We hope to start with some paint within the next 2 weeks. And I'll be sharing all that good stuff with you guys...the nitty gritty and itty bitty details...paint swatches, lighting options, fab flea market finds, turning trash into treasure with some paint and TLC. I'm totally ready to talk HOUSE!

It's a rainy day here, one of our first chilly mornings of the season, and we got cozy on the couch with some hot tea. When we first moved in last winter I told you guys about our "coffee/tea/cocoa station"...our little island of happy, homey sanity amid the chaos. I think we've officially bid farewell to our iced coffee mornings. Now it's time to sample some of our fave Fall teas. Aaron bought a couple boxes of our good ol' standby's: English Breakfast and Chai...but we'd love to try some new varieties and brands. I know there must be some tea connoisseurs reading this. I think I can hear your spoons tinkling. So please, if you have any suggestions...we'd love to hear about them!



In the winter a gray day can be utterly depressing...but in the Fall, it's my favorite weather. I love starting the day out with the windows open...now the air is chilly enough to warrant a sweater. Just outside the window there are squirrels gathering nuts...in fact, I found some nut shells on the front steps yesterday. Just one more indication that it's time for my Fave Fall Fashion! Anthropologie's Fall catalog has arrived. What a dreamy little book. I still have every single one of them going back to the very first! 




We have been blessed with some of the most awesome collectors of our work. Fantastic people who have been supporting us and what we do for years. Owners of Bakeries and Cafe's, and sweet souls who celebrate everyday at home!  
Currently, we're busy making, and painting, and filling orders. The studio is pretty crazy right now. Since all of the table space seems to be occupied with one project or another we took to having to pack up our shipments on the floor...which means lots and lots of help from these little guys...



Each pup has got his own little packing day quirk. "Little" loves sitting on boxes when they are still flat...and when you try to slide it out from under him he'll look at you like "Mom, this is MY box...I'm sitting on this." 
And then there's Carlos. He's all about the brown paper or tissue paper or newsprint. He loves to get buried under big piles of these.



Look how "Little" is sitting...side saddle! He makes me laugh so much. And that lily white chest! He looks so naked. No collar or shirt!  He somehow always smells delicious...like clean laundry! Why is he always so fresh smelling? Is it the white hair? His brother on the other hand, can sometimes smell like popcorn or corn chips! 


Speaking of...here's the crazy old guy...who thinks this camera is out to steal his soul. I wish you could have seen this scenario play out. I go right with the camera...he looks left. I go left...he looks right. It is pure comedy! 


So daddy had to scoop him up and make him surrender to the evil lens. He won't even look up! Haha...what a NUT!


And a hello hello to you! I'm a bit of a camera shy type of gal...but I snapped this pic to send to Marie...who sent me this adorable bow! Jeez, get a load of my very clean, just blow-dried puffy pink head! 

Tomorrow will be a day of working on orders. Packing and shipping...oh, but that's not all. I almost forgot...we'll be Art Journaling as well! I'm so excited to work in our Fall Journal. We've got absolutely Nothing planned. We are just gonna sit down with a pile of pretty and inspiring papers, along with some other tids and bits...and just let it happen! That's the best way to go about it! 
See you guys Thursday!

xo Jenny

15 comments:

  1. My favorite tea ever is Constant Comment by Bigelow. You can get it at pretty much grocery store. Also Revolutiontea Lavender Earl Grey and Tazo Zen.

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  2. your pups are the sweetest!!! aw!
    xox dana

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  3. you both are working crazy busy. plus you're remodeling? wow! cute photos of all of you. jenny, i don't know why you're camera shy, you're so pretty. the dogs are adorable too. it hasn't been cold enough for tea yet, in texas.

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  4. I love that cute bow in your hair! Your pretty pink hair really makes me miss my pink hair :( Maybe someday I can go pink again. My current tea obsessions are Chai and Lotus Green Tea. I usually drink my Chai over ice with rice milk and a dash of cream.I know that probably sounds strange, but I was a barista once, so I'm kind of a coffee and tea snob..haha. Your fur babies are adorable :) All our animals love to lay all over everything we are working on too....anyway, the weather man said the weather is going to be a little stormy, but the weekend looks okay...I can't wait for cooler weather :) I'm really lovin Jersey so far! Alright, I'm rambling! I hope your having a great evening :)

    Xo,
    Eeka

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  5. Your fur babies are ADORABLE and so ARE YOU!!!!! And I have the same "J" mug as you!! It's my fave!!!!!

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  6. I'm quite a big tea fan myself, and I've found some amazing teas from The NecessiTeas (I particularly love their blueberry cheesecake green tea and strawberry shortcake green tea) and David's Tea (the pumpkin chai is fantastic, as is Mom's Apple Pie, which tastes like a delicious mulled cider). Bigelow also makes an awesome pumpkin tea if you can find it at your local grocery store (it's always hit or miss for us). Love your adorable kitchen and your coffee/tea/cocoa station setup!

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  7. How adorable are your sweet pups!! So sweet you are!! Love your wreath! xo heather

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  8. Matcha-latte is my new favorite tea for sure. It's a japanese green tea full of healthiness. I like to drink it with a drop of agave syrop and oat or soy milk yum! It makes you fly through the day!
    We have the same Anthropologie cups btw, aren't they fab, I love them! So glad we have an Anthro online shop for Europe now.
    Your camera shy Carlos is so funny, makes me laugh :)
    You are so pretty!
    Looking forward to see the kitchen transformation!
    Have a fantastic day!
    xoxo~ Carola

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  9. I can't believe that October is here and that the year is almost over, I feel a bit sad.

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  10. wow this blog is far too darling!
    we're your newest followers XO chaseandem.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your sweet comment. I love your decorating style, and I'm a fan your artwork. Hope to see more pictures of your kitchen!
    Have a great day,

    Rosa

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  12. You are soooo stinking cute I can not beleive how shy you really are! I can not wait to see what you do to your kitchen!! You and Aaron are Rock Stars. Love and kisses to u both Grace xoox

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  13. So many beautiful photos! You have the cutest puppies ever! And I'm so in love with those monogrammed mugs, I need to get one for myself :) Good luck with your big renovation project! I can't wait to see how it goes!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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  14. Always brings a smile to hear what you're up to...really looking forward to hearing all about your kitchen remodel!!
    My little Izzy girl could be your Little's sister they look so much alike. Aren't they just the best?!
    Love the fluffy pink hair btw! Still too hot here in AZ for sweaters yet, but hopefully soon!
    Hugs to all of you darlin' :)

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