Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #100

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here!  Today's party is a BIG one because it's number 100! Help me celebrate in a BIG way by sharing this party with others. Now, let's get this week's party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up to last week's party...
Tawnya from All of Life's Little Adventures shared a stunning Floral Crown!
Melissa of Melissa's Cuisine shared her recipe for Funfetti Crinkle Cookies!
Diane of Vintage Zest linked up her Wood Quote Sign!
&
Jennifer from Decorating Delirium shared her Gold and White Summer Tablescape!

Wonderful posts, ladies!  Feel free to grab a button if you were featured...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn
 
Now it's time for this week's party!
I know my fellow bloggers are doing some fantastic things out there in blogland.  A little bird told me that you are!  I'd love for you to share a recipe, craft, home decor project, activity/craft for kids, or any post you're proud of...
Grab a button, link up, visit others, and be sure to leave some comment love on each other's posts!  That same little birdie told me that we all love comments!
I will feature a few more fabulous links next week.  Remember that you must link back in order to be featured.  If your link does get featured, I have a special Pinterest board to further showcase your tremendous talent!
For my non-blogging readers, feel free to visit the links and glean inspiration!
Here we go!  I can't wait to see the amazing things that you link up this week!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ombre Paint Chip Garland

I'm over at See Vanessa Craft sharing the tutorial for this fun, colorful garland. Grab some paint chips and come visit with me there.
See the full tutorial.
Happy sewing!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ten Photography Tips for Photographing Kids

"Look this way, Miss Priss."
I can still hear daddy calling those words out to me as he'd click his camera.
My dad was always taking photos of us when I was growing up.
Birthdays...
ripping into presents at Christmas...
my sister and I playing in a summer rain with our pink and blue umbrellas...
sitting in our mother's lap on the blue floral couch they used to own...
riding a bike for the first time...
hunting eggs at Easter...
running beneath the Georgia pines...
visiting grandparents...
giggles between sisters...
smiles and joy!

He captured it all! Mama would take some pictures too. Although she left most of the family picture-taking up to my dad, she had once been a writer and photographer for a newspaper.

I guess it was inevitable that I'd grow to love taking photos too...
That I'd relish opportunities to take and share photos that tell the story of my little family and our lives.

Do you also enjoy capturing those precious memories on camera?
I've shared a few tips of trade I've picked up along the way on the Knoxville Moms Blog...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #99

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here!  Let's get this week's party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up to last week's party...
Ariean from One Krieger Chick shared this amazing Watercolor Outdoor Sign!
Mandee of Designs by Miss Mandee shared her tutorial for making a Floral Garland!
Katie of A Little Pinch of Perfect linked up a fun Nature Craft for Kids!
&
Heather from Krafts & Kiddos shared her recipe for Sand Dough!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #98

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here!  Let's get this week's party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up to last week's party...
Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling shared a tutorial for making a Custom Notebook!
Phyllis of Grandparents Plus shared her recipe for Lemon Blueberry Pie!
Laura of Everyday Confetti linked up this Colorful Playroom!
&
Tammy from The Colored Door shared her Kids Craft Cart!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Two Easy Ways to Sew Pillows


I love to keep our home beautifully decorated, but since we are a family on five on one income, our budget calls for creative ways to accomplish this. Toss pillows are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add interest and color to an area and to freshen up a room's decor. Sewing your own toss pillows is even better because you can choose the style, fabric, and size that you want. It's also less expensive than buying pillows from the store especially when you get creative with the materials like I did for this first pair of pillows...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fourth of July Tablescape

I love setting the table for festive occasions. When I was a child, setting the table on a daily basis was one of my designated chores. I'm sure there were some days I complained about having to prepare the table for dinner, but usually I didn't mind it--especially for holidays. It ended up being good practice for the countless tables I would set and the rolls of silverware and napkins I would put together for the jobs I held during the high school/college years. Today my challenge isn't setting an entire dining room in under 30 minutes though. Now the goal is laying out a tablescape that is both festive and kid-friendly. Here are some fun ideas for your Fourth of July celebration that I'm sure the kids will love...