Thursday, June 23, 2016

Around here...


Even though I really love blogging, I'd be lying if I said it was easy to fall right back into it. Like so many other bloggers who temporarily or completely lapsed, I think I just got so used to sharing our little bits of life mostly on Instagram and Facebook. 
I love Instagram, but it is nothing like a blog. I have to get back into the swing of taking a bunch of pics throughout the day for the blog, and not just the one I might post on instagram. I have to share lots more behind the scenes stuff, more life, more of our process. That's the stuff I'd want to see on an artist's blog. How about you? 

The past week or so has been non stop work. Aaron has been non-stop cutting on the scroll saw. I posted the above pic on instagram and a friend was hoping that it was a pineapple on top of that stack. It's actually a potted succulent, but I was totally considering doing fruits and veggies! We do pizza, we do donuts, we do gemstones, and we love all those things. We also love fruits and veggies and eat a TON of them around here...so it could happen! ;)


A mix of pieces just prior to getting their edges painted. About two days after this pic was taken they all shipped out to their new homes! (Here you see the succulent that was mistaken for a pineapple)


This is a pic from yesterday, we were both packing up orders. We each took a stack of invoices and a bunch of pink tissue, got out the candy and the gold stars, blasted music, sipped smoothies, and  then had a huge pile of happy mail to take to the post office. 


So for years our workdays were all about cupcakes, and then it was macarons, and then donuts. And we are still making lots and lots of donuts. What's going to rule our lives next? 


Some of you old school blog readers and collectors may remember "Retro Baking Gal" from years ago! Well we brought her back and she is available as a 5x7 mini plaque


And if you are a Jersey shore local, you may remember our bra & pantie paintings from when we had a retail shop! Or maybe you saw them in a store near you! Those canvases were one of our best wholesale items. We shipped them to shops all over.
Really, it had been so many years since we made those canvases and we wanted to revisit the design but do them in a new format...as wooden diecut plaques instead of on canvas.
 LOVE how this set looks hanging! Would be so fab in a dressing room or girly bathroom! We hope to add a few more styles to the shop soon! Floral for sure! 


I was just talking about my love for vintage lady head vases and then a couple days later we spotted a super cute one at the OG Flea! She was similar to this gal that I've had for over 15 years. 


So I had mentioned previously that we moved our studio upstairs this winter since it was so crazy cold downstairs. Well here is a tiny peek at a fave corner of the room. It's still kinda empty in there, which is what we're going for in the studio...lots more room to work and spread out. We have a checklist of things that we still need to do, but we promise we will do a studio tour once it is finished! You may remember our little downstairs studio, well we still have that set up, but more for personal art & crafting, less for our day to day small biz art. 

Oh and if you are wondering...the "OK" planter is Oh Joy for Target.
 The "Do Your Best" flag is from Three Potato Four, and the abstract painting is by me.


Speaking of...I actually took this pic in the old studio. You can see my paper mache bunnies and things blurred in the background. 
Ummm how cute is this tiny porcelain chihuahua? My sweet friend Brandi  had read in my Ocean Grove flea market blog post how I was looking for porcelain chis, but had no luck finding any. Well this little cutie and two tiny puppies showed up in the mail!! I can't take it! So so cute! 
Brandi is an incredibly talented artist, and such a sweetheart! She and her husband are restoring an amazing old home in Savannah, and they painted the exterior pink!! It's so so beautiful! 

Well, as far as these little guys go...I definitely think a new collection has been born!! I need ALLLLL the tiny vintage porcelain chihuahuas now!! ha! 


I shared this on instagram a little while ago, but didn't share it here. A gal who knew I was a vintage ICE CREAM collector tagged me on Instagram letting me know that she had two of these up for sale! So of course I had to have it! It's the cutest vintage pamphlet. I think I might make a big print of the cover and frame it for our kitchen! 


And while we are talking Instagram...I LOVE this pic from @mrsjessicaroberts of her adorable little lady.
Our pieces look so happy hanging in her room! 


Lately we've been watching Preacher (on AMC). Yeah I know...we surround ourselves with all this bright cutesy stuff and we almost exclusively watch dark creepy stuff. 
I think it balances things. ha! 



Annnd I just feel like it is my duty to let you know how CRAAAZY GOOOD this Ben & Jerry's P.B. & Cookies Non-Dairy Ice cream is! Oh my worrrrd! 
As soon as we knew this stuff would be hitting stores we began stalking all of our local ice cream aisles. I can remember when I finally spotted it...I let out some really horrible, annoying sound. And I probably had a spring in my step for a good 30 mins. after.
 We tried all four flavors as one should, and this one is OUR FAVE! It's ridiculous. And I truly do not think anyone would know it was non-dairy. So super creamy and rich! Made with Almond milk! It's non-GMO! All organic! Calorie free!...(ok, that last part is a lie.)
Sooooo, if you are vegan, lactose intolerant, or just really love good ice cream...You need to try it!  

Thanks so much again for reading!
I'll be back very soon!

Love from the Jersey Shore!
xo, Jenny...and Aaron



13 comments:

  1. Loving all the photos!!!! I can see why she thought it was a pineapple!!! My hubby loves 'Preacher' too ... I can't handle the 'dark' things ... lol!!! Give me crime drama any day!! LOL!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Julie! haha! we always go for dark somehow, but we'd never consider ourselves horror geeks or anything. lol.

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  2. Love all your stuff and your blog posts. I used to live near the Jersey Shore. Now I live in southern NJ so it takes longer to get to the beach and I can't get there as often.

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    1. Thanks so so much! People not from Jersey would be surprised at how different all of our regions are, even though they're all within a relatively small state. South Jersey is an entire different place from central Jersey. Years ago we used to love scaring the heck out of ourselves on those dark dirt roads in the pine barrens!
      Thanks so much for reading and for commenting!
      xo

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  3. That PB & Cookie is ridiculously good. That's easily my favorite of the four flavors. I have a hard time stopping when I'm eating it, because there's always one more swirl of peanut butter I need to eat.

    I would love it if you did fruit and veggie plaques! I hope that happens. :D

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    1. Right??!! Me and Aaron always grocery shop in the evening, and by the time we get home we are exhausted and end up eating all of our ice cream that very night. And we're constantly saying "we should've bought more for the rest of the week!"
      ps. it always seems like Aaron gets all the peanut butter and cookies in his bowl and I get zilch.
      Yes, hopefully veggies!
      Thanks again for reading!
      xo

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  4. So glad you are back to blogging again! Although I follow you on Instagram, I really missed your posts!

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    1. Thanks so so much! We are happy to be back. As much as we love Instagram, we do like to get a little deeper than just a single photo.
      Thank you for reading and for commenting!
      xoxo

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  5. OOOH I know a couple of people who would love a pineapple die cut! This fruit has been popping up in paper crafting as of late, tis the season! I really wish I had room for a collection of anything! And lastly, I'm going to have to be on the hunt for that flavor of non-dairy Ben & Jerry's. That's my fave combo!! I'm not sure if you've ever tried it but Target has the "Peanut butter & chocolate cookie" snack bites by Archer Farms...it's dangerously good...It's usually in the aisle where all the Archer Farms snacks and trail mixes are. Hope you can give it a try! :-)

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    1. Yes, you have to try it. Again, even if you aren't vegan and even if you have no dietary restrictions...this stuff totally doesn't sacrifice deliciousness. We haven't tried those cookies, but we are due for a Target trip!
      Thanks so much again for reading!
      xoxo

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  6. It definitely is hard to get back into the groove of blogging if you've been away for a while. I myself have been slowly getting back into it over the past few months and trying to comment more on my favorite blogs. I have enjoyed reading your blog over the past few years and I love hearing about what fun things you have been up to! I must say, that little porcelain chihuahua is so cute! I have a little porcelain animal collection, but I have never seen a chihuahua before.

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah! Yes, we realized that blogging is an important part of our life...not like overwhelmingly huge...but meaningful. If only for the fact that it makes us slow down and realize that life is happening. If you document things they become more real and you won't feel like the months are flying by.
      Isn't that little guy adorable?! We will definitely hunt for many more!
      Thanks so much for reading and for commenting!
      xoxo

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  7. Getting back into blogging after an absence is no small feat, but you have put out a lovely, long post here with plenty to eye candy. I do love seeing your process - including the packaging routine. It is also intereting to read your musings on the turns your focus has taken and wondering where you will go next.

    And dairy free Ben and Jerry's? Gotta try it.

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xo Jenny & Aaron