Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Favorites



Another rainy weekend here in Jersey. We broke rainfall records in June and July hasn't been too much better. We took the gray day to sculpt more clay for necklaces and got caught up on some orders. This evening we're going to paint some more. The weather really does make you want to dissolve into a blur of lazy internet browsing...so we're both doing our best to keep productive and ignore the urge to melt into the couch. We hope your Friday is brighter...and if it isn't, we hope your ignoring it like we are. Now lets get to my Favorites! 
Above just brings handmade jewelry to a whole new level...don't you just want to eat all of this? Ahh! Its a little glimpse at the worktable of our sweet and talented friend Andrea Singarella. We would know her work a mile away. Her palette is soft and sweet, but there is always an antique heirloom feel. She just knows how to pair candy colors and classic design perfectly. And not only does Andrea create these gorgeous pieces to sell, but she also teaches others how to make their own fab pieces. The above pics are detail shots of an e-course she is offering right now. And you can go even further...if you'd like to actually meet her in person and take a class she will be teaching this October in the Atlanta GA area. And guess who else will be teaching at the same exact event?! yep, Us! If you can, join us at the Sweethearts on the Home Front event this October! 



Behold The Cronut. The most talked about and sought after dessert in the world right now. Living in the Tri State Area we are just a short car ride from NYC, which is the home of the Cronut. We've driven into NYC on any given random night to play pizza game and cupcake game (these are rating games wherein we visit, one after another, every rate-able pizza or cupcake place in the city...amazing times!) Well even though The Cronut is only a short drive from us...it may as well be a million miles away. There is a line stretching for a block starting at the crack o' dawn for these things. And people are even standing on line for pay...like hundreds of dollars. I mean, they look and sound amazing...but we're not that dedicated. So below is a video from The Food Network...and they show you an easy way to make your own...though they call 'em Faux Cro Doughs I believe...since the name Cronut is owned by the originator...Dominique Ansel.






As you may know I'm a very big fan of tissue paper decorations. I have been collecting vintage party decorations for most of my adult life and many are so fragile. I just love the faded tissue and crepe. There are all sorts of fantastic vintage step by step booklets that were put out in the 50s and 60s, teaching how to make wedding, baby shower, tea party flowers. I've shared some in the past...and right now I'm loving this tutorial I came across on Pinterest! Aren't they so fun? 


Yes some of you may only see this as a nightmare...while others only wish they'd come across it on their next day at the flea market. Its a pic from a German factory in the 50s. It also reminds me of a great little film called Bubble. We saw it yeeears ago...its a very small quirky, dark, film with completely unknown actors, but directed by Steven Soderbergh. Anyway, the people in the movie work in a tiny dollhead factory in the midwest.



This! Oh my gosh the coloring of this vintage photo is just fantastic! I love everything about it! Aaron and I have a few "instant ancestors" we have found over the years at flea markets and antique shops with similar pastel tinting. Geez we love them!


Have truer words ever been spoken? (I mean, maybe if you Really Like zipper-back, pocketless, acid wash high waist jeans...then this quote doesn't apply to you.) But for everyone else...isn't this so right on? I feel like I've always stuck to my guns style wise and it always comes out in my favor in the end.

Ok, hope your weekend is great! We're off to the studio to paint. But maybe we'll make brownies or something first.
xo, Jenny...and Aaron

18 comments:

  1. Loveeeeeeeeeee that window sign!! *swoon*

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    1. Thanks so much Julie! Yes...words to live by for sure. :)

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  2. I love your jewelry works! You are always so creative! <3

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    1. Thanks so much...we're working on a batch of our pretty girl necklaces right now...ours are based more on our paintings than the actual jewelry making. But Andrea is a masterful creator of jewelry. There isn't a piece of hers that we haven't completely adored. Definitely check out all of her work if you have a chance. Thanks again! :)

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  3. What an honor to be featured here, dear friend!! I am so excited to teach with you guys in October too! Just a great creative year all around. Thank you for your kind words, your support and enthusiasm! Love to you both!!!!
    Andrea

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    1. The honor is all ours Andrea! We love your work and more than that...your warm, inspiring spirit is infectious. We agree about the 'creative year' part...we feel like we're falling into a good creative groove and just tonight while winding down on the couch Aaron says to me " wow, I'm looking forward to the art we'll be doing this upcoming week...like, there are so many projects lined up and each day will be better than the next." Seriously, he said that word for word and meant it. Our energy is pretty good right now. Can't wait to see you in October...It will be such a great event!

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  4. I live in southern Cali and it has been overcast and strangely humid here. I so long for sun.

    Love the vintage colored photo and the window quote!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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    1. Thanks! Right?? the rain and clouds are the pits! Today we went to Michaels and got a a whole bunch of art and craft supplies, which helped to cheer us up. But we went to a few stores in the shopping center and every time we had to walk from one store to the next...down came the rain! Almost like it was waiting for us. Thats what we've had here in Jersey...not constant rain...but occasional showers have been in the daily forecast for nearly a month!
      Yes...the quote really really works for your classic and timeless style! xo, J & A

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  5. I was wondering what a cronut was!! Now I have to try one, they sound SO good!! Also hasn't the rain just been pitiful? I feel like it's been raining in NJ since May :(

    ps. I tagged you on my blog today! xo

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    1. ha! Ready to stand in a two hour line for one? Not in this weather! Can you even handle how hot it has been!? ughh!

      Thanks bunches for tagging me!! :) We loved reading yours! It has been a rough week...but I'll be blogging my 10 things next week! :)

      xo

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  6. I l-o-v-e pastel colors and fried foods, teehee! Also, I love rain and stormy weather. You are SO lucky. I feel more productive and energized during rain and snow than I do clear skies and sunshine. Think of 'tis this way, Mother Earth is watering the soil, making 'tis fertile and lush... Hydrating the animals... Making that fabulous smell in the air. Crackling with energy all around. Challenge that creative energy into your pieces! :D

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    1. Hi Angie! ha! Great combo right?! pastels and fried foods! party! I do totally know what you mean about weather... I honestly will take a rainy day over a suuuper sunny hot day! But a combination of those two will do me in! ha! Today was brutal! no air! So so so hot! It just makes me void of creativity.

      Thanks so much for popping in! :)
      xo

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  7. The jewelry is scrumptious. The wedding portrait is priceless. Thank you for giving me a beautiful respite to resort to throughout the week. I totally loved your beautiful girl necklaces. Would totally get one. They would make great gifts!

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    1. Thank you so so much for the kind words! So lovely of you to pop in and take the time. :) We are working on a batch of pretty girls and hope to have them ready very soon! :)

      xo

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  8. I love Andrea's jewelry so much! So pretty! And the doll heads, so fun! I love the window quote because it's true! And I adore vintage tinted photos, too! I have a few that my mom's dad tinted himself.
    Michelle xoxo

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    1. I know!! so so so pretty! Everything she creates is beautiful! We are so excited to finally meet her when we teach together this October! :) So so fun!!

      That is so great that you have tinted photos from your family! :)

      xo

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