Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another Birthday and life lately


It was my birthday yesterday! I turned 25 again. ;) Unfortunately, it was a majorly gloomy and rainy day here on the Jersey Shore. When we woke up in the morning and looked over at the window, we seriously thought that dawn did not yet break…it was that dark. And as luck would have it…it remained that dark ALL DAY LONG. And rainy, and windy, and cold. We had to turn the heat on for the first time this year. Gross weather really gets me down. As much as I want to travel to Portland and Washington state, I know I'd have to keep the visit short. Grey rainy days are not for me.
Though I'm glad that the weather yesterday didn't ruin any plans. Being that we have a lot of work to finish, we had already decided to schedule any birthday fun for the weekend. So, on Saturday the weather is predicted to be sunny with temps in the high 60's! Me, Aaron, my littlest broth Walt, and his girl Val are going to take a pleasant Autumn drive and celebrate for real. I can't wait!


Aaron the "non baker" has been baking AGAIN! Little by little I think his fear of baking is wearing off. Now I think he's beginning to like it as much as he enjoys cooking dinner. And he's pretty good at it. He baked me the most deeelish carrot cake muffins! They turned out perfect! They're loaded with carrots, pineapple, golden raisins, and walnuts…and they're perfectly spiced, and super moist. My morning looked like this. Coffee in my fave mug, and a muffin. 
Complete with a candle so I could start the day with a wish. 


How cute is this little air plant Jack o' lantern? Would you believe we found it at A&P while grocery shopping? Air plants are said to be easy to care for. They get their namesake because they aren't planted in soil. That little Jack o' lantern is hollow…the base of the plant is just floating there in the air. To care for it you only have to mist it, or soak it a bit, and then let it dry well. And it doesn't require direct sunlight.
 I guess we'll see how well he does! 


The past week was filled with lots and lots of Halloween art work! While I was working away, and deep in the holiday spirit, I took a glance over at our Charlotte die cut  and knew that I had the perfect Halloween accessory for her. I think that she will be wearing this sequined mask all year round now! It fits her perfectly! 


We brought back our classic Halloween cupcakes plaques! I love this painting! We have many friends who keep this one hanging on their wall all year round.


And we had lots of orders for our Haunted House Cake plaques! Here they are in progress! They are now off into the world and we are so excited to see pics of them hanging in their new homes!


We added a few creepy cute vignettes around the house. We love this one! Our fave vintage cardboard skeleton and pumpkin look made for each other, and they look perfect perched up there against our chalkboard wall in the kitchen. 


Ohh and this is so funny…I had told the story on Facebook, and instagram, but just in case you missed it…
I had hung this Jack o' Lantern candy pail up on this peg rack temporarily. After dinner I was sitting at the kitchen table, and as usual, Lt. Dan was on my lap getting a back rub. Well, Lt. Dan glanced up and caught a glimpse of this guy…and guess what?…he let out a tiny little growl. Dan was so nervous. Who was this new orange guy with the big red grin?? He wouldn't calm down until I took the pail down to show it to him up close…and even then Dan kinda shrunk. ha! 


Ohhh and we were SO excited to finally see our spread in Art Journaling Magazine! 10 full color pages! It was such a fun interview with the fabulous RicĂ« Freeman-Zachery. We are totally honored to be featured! And it's a great issue! Pages and pages of so much eye candy! It's on shelves now, or you can order from Stampington. We that love our Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Art Journal page was used on the title page. 
And speaking of that…We've been seeing lots of blog traffic on that particular tutorial being that it is that time of year again. So if you'd like to create your own version of this journal page here is a link to that tutorial! Complete with full step by step directions and a fun little video. 


Ohhh and we are so excited that so many of you have love for vintage bunnies too! Lots of these sweet fellas are headed out into the world this week! Thank you guys! 

It has been a really busy week, so our apologies on the lack of posts, but we have some awesome stuff coming up next week that we think we will totally make up for that! Including an AWESOME giveaway! So artsy/crafty peeps stay tuned! It's GOOD!! 

Thanks so so much for popping in friends! And thank you SO SO much for the super sweet birthday wishes on FB, Instagram, and emails! 

Love you guys!!
xo Jenny…and Aaron says hi!

26 comments:

  1. Happy happy happy happyyyyyyyyyyyy birthday!!!!!!!! And that Lt. Dan story is HILARIOUS!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you SO much Julie!! :) Oh my gosh it seriously took me a few seconds to figure out what on earth Lt. Dan could be mad at! ha!! xo

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  2. Happy Birthday! If you ever do make Oregon or Washington we have glorious summers..the gray rain is often a winter thing. Good thing I love the rain!

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    1. Thank you SO much Laurie!! We would LOOOVE to visit in the summer!! Gotta make it happen!! I'll just camp out in your little slice of heaven aka your studio!! ;) XOXO

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  3. Happy, Happy Birthday!!! You honestly don't look a day over 25. You continue to be such an inspiration in set and in life. I love the sequined mask and that vintage Jack-O-Lantern! I hope this year is even more rewarding and full of fun than the last!

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    1. Ohh you sweet sweet thing! Thank you so so much!! Just way too kind! Squish squish! Big hugs to you!

      Isn't that lil JOL the cutest? One of the best repros I have seen! I'm mega picky! I was sooo excited to find it!

      yeah, we shall see about the airplane. So far so good. yikes!!

      Love to you!! XOXO

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  4. Also, let me know how the air plant goes; I have a notoriously black thumb!

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  5. Happy Birthday Week, dearest Jenny!!! It sounds like it will be the perfect weather for you to have fun this weekend! I love your Lt. Dan vs. the pumpkin story! haha! So adorable! And your Halloween plaques are fantastic, of course! Loving your new artwork of your beloved "creep" too! He is the cutest creep ever! Congratulations on being featured in Art Journaling magazine! I can't wait to see it!
    Michelle xoxo

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    1. Thanks SO much Michelle!! Yesterday was indeed perfect weather!! Seriously perfect! And the towns we visited are the ultimate Fall destinations! I'll be blogging a little recap tonight or tomorrow. And yes… how funny is Dan vs the Jack o Lantern! ha! Thanks so much for the kind words!! Always so so sweet of you to pop in!! XOXO

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  6. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your weekend celebration!

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  7. Sending some belated Birthday love to you....or did I already wish you HB on Facebook, my mind is a blur lol! And congratulations on your feature in Art Journaling Magazine, that's so exciting!

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    1. awww thanks so so much doll!! :) ha! I do the same thing! I can never remember if I have already wrote on fb walls or instagram pics! Too much social meeeeedia!! HA! And thank you so so much! It's a great magazine! Totally an honor to be featured! :) XO

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    2. call the typo/grammar police!! *have already written.

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  8. You should visit New Mexico! It's always sunny in...Albuquerque ;-)

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  9. Hi Jenny - happy belated birthday to you! I hope the weather clears for your weekend birthday drive. I love the story about Lt. Dan barking at the Jack o' latern, that is sooo funny :~}

    Do you two ever travel out to California? If not I may have to travel to see you, I bought your book and I love it! It's very inspiring and since I'm new to art journaling it gives me a lot of great ideas. I would love to take one of your classes in person.
    Kristen

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    1. Thank you SO much! We actually had a great day yesterday! I'll be blogging a recap of my "rescheduled" birthday tonight or tomorrow! : )

      We have taught out in CA, and we were there last Jan. for CHA where we debuted our scrapbook paper collection and our book! We LOVE CA! We will be teaching in San Diego next year! Are you familiar with Paper Tales? Such a great shop! Thanks so much for the super kind words! And thank you for picking up our book! Hope to have you in a class one day soon!! :) Happy Art Journaling! xo

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  10. Happy Birthday! I laughed when I read about your little dog getting upset over the pumpkin. How funny! Hope you have a great day.

    xo Danielle

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    1. Thank you SO much!! and yes… so funny right? He's a crack up! : )

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  11. New to your blog (just found it in The Vintage Housewife's blogroll) but just wanted to say hi and happy birthday! :)

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    1. hi! Thanks so so much for visiting! And for taking the time to leave such sweet words! :) XO

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  12. Happy birthday. Birthday's are such a fun time of year.

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