Sunday, September 14, 2014

This Weekend


Hey friends! We've got some cooler weather here on the Jersey Shore and I couldn't be more thrilled. Being that we have a pretty heavy workload right now, we couldn't take the time to enjoy a day outdoors, so the best we could do is have windows open while we work. Though we vow to start getting out more. I'm not big into hot weather so now that my favorite season is upon us I can't wait to get outside some more. I'm an October baby…I love Fall fashion, hats, layers, scarves. I can't wait to get the bus or train into NYC a day soon. Oh, before I go on…the above pic actually isn't just a selfie… there was a certain chihuahua in the pillow cave behind me doing a little excavating. If you're familiar with tiny dogs at all, you'll know how much they're into digging out the perfect spot to curl up in.

We have been working like mad over here so forgive me for not popping in on Friday for my Favorites. I'll be back this week. I'm not one of those bloggers that schedules posts, so if I run out of time on a given Friday I have to put off posting until another time.

This week happens to be my blogiversary. I've been blogging since 2006. For me, the blog has always been a place to kinda pop in and say hi, show you some behind the scenes things, our collections, vintage finds, recap day trips, some family get togethers, home improvements, favorite recipes, Art Journaling…

 It's definitely more of a personal blog that also ends up being a peek into the artful life as well. Way less of a profesh blog. The professional stuff stuff kinda fries my brain and I really don't think I'd ever be able to get into it. I don't want it to feel like work. I like it how things are. 
Things have certainly changed over the years in blogging. When I started blogging in 06', it was a time I like to call the golden age of personal blogs and craft blogs. There were so many swaps, and it was common to get 50 comments on a post. We were all coming together in blog land. Now we are on Facebook , Instagram, etc. So now even though we have way more blog readers than we did back then, the comments are often spread out throughout social media. 

I found so many awesome friendships over the years. I actually just made a list the other day while sitting in the studio after cleaning and organizing and coming across a little scrapbook I had made after Silver Bella back in 07'. Those girls really hold such a special place in my heart. I'm feeling nostalgic and think that I may just have to host an old school swap soon…you know, in my "spare time".


Speaking of friendships, my friend Krista (Saturated Canary) did this insanely cute illustration of me and one of our macaron die cuts! Her style is so much fun!! Love it!


Late last night and early this morning I took a little bit of personal time to make these sweet and simple tags. I used my favorite girls stamps from our friend Ashley G. Just simple manila tags, painted polka dots, stamped girls, a light antique wash, gold glitter accents, and some white and gold twine. Perfect to keep on hand to tie to a gift or package, or to add to art journal pages. 


You may remember a little tutorial I did using Ashley G's stamps.


It was back in the Spring and I figured the egg shape was fitting for the season. I call them Mixed Media Cute Girl Ornaments, and I blogged the tutorial here.



After making the tags I really wanted to plan another quick little project for this week. So I pulled out my vintage printers tray full of favorite tiny bits and ephemera. I just adore tiny little cut out people from vintage photos. I promised myself I'd make something using them this week. And I promise you that I will share whatever that may be.

Well, I really just wanted to pop in and say hi! Our only night of TV is Sunday. The rest of the week we do podcasts while painting, a whole lot of Marc Maron. So tonight we are looking forward to The Strain and Boardwalk Empire…and chips and salsa of course. Hope you guys had a great weekend!

Love from the Jersey Shore!
xo Jenny…and Aaron says hi!



13 comments:

  1. Happy Blogaversary!!! I started blogging right after Silver Bella in 2008. I met Jodie and Pam there and they faithfully commented on almost every post for a couple of years. It meant the world to me and was incredibly supportive....I never would have continued if it wasn't for their support. I use my blog mostly for business now, but I keep a blog: parislondonasburypark@blogspot.com now for all the personal stuff. I have always enjoyed your blog and appreciated your support of our store Greetings from Geralyn. Congratulations on your book, glad I snagged some scrapbook paper this week and someday I am going to have to order a macaron cutout......blog on Jen and Aaron.......you rock!

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    1. Thanks so much Geralyn!!! Seriously…what would we do without these awesome friends who we have met through the blogging community?! It's so great to have a "head start" when it comes to making new friends. Just through common interests we get a preview of what each other is like. We're thrilled to know you Geralyn. We always talk about how filled you are with positive energy…you inspire us so very much! Thanks again for your super kind words! xoxo

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  2. ohmygosh those were the golden years of blogging! ssame for me...I always wished I was at silver Bella it looked like so much fun. all things change, but the friendships from then and now, well super special. xo

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    1. Right?! We can't believe how many real deal friends we've made through blogging. And Silver Bella in particular was such a great experience for us. It was so well attended and everyone was so extremely happy to just be there! Thanks so much again! So happy to count you as a friend Pam! xoxo

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  3. Happy Blogiversary! Love the tags you made.

    Tina
    aurathentic@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Tina! I love Ashley's stamps so much. I think I've found at least a half doze projects to use them on so far. Thanks so much again for checking in! xoxo

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  4. Love your blog so much! I'm really glad for the cool stuff you share and you are as cute as can be!!! I am terribly coveting your heart shaped glasses and wondering if they are prescription and who makes them.Major over the top adorablness.XO

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    1. Thank you so very much!! So nice of you to say. The glasses are not rx, though I'm sure I need an rx. They were super duper cheap…like under 10 dollars. I got them on Canal st. in NY. Canal st. is full of awesome and very cheap stuff like these glasses. Thanks so so much again! xoxo

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  5. Happy Blogaversary!!!! I always enjoy paying you a visit, it is such a breath of fresh air. Congratulations on all of your success!

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    1. Thank you Marilyn!! So so very nice of you! And right back at ya! xoxo

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  6. I love everything about this post! Krista's illustration is GORGEOUS. And I want to try that ornament DIY now! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Kelsea! Yes! you gotta make the ornies! Yours would be so so fabulous! xoxo

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  7. Happy blog anni!
    Oh I remember pouring over all the Silver Bella pics!
    Blogging certainly has changed my life.

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