The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

12 Handmade Ideas for Mom and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #176

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The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Mother's Day is almost here! Treat your mother and even your grandmother to a handmade gift. Aside from being beautiful, each of these handmade items are something that the recipient can put to good use. From decor to glassware and jewelry to bath items, any of these would make lovely and sentimental gift that can be enjoyed time and time again.

1. Citrus Bath Salts in a Jar  / The Country Chic Cottage

2. Boxed Zipper Pouch / Gluesticks

3. Succulents Wall Hanging / The Homespun Hydrangea

4. Ribbons and Bows Table Runner / Flamingo Toes

5. Tissue Paper Kid Craft / Bombshell Bling

6. DIY Metallic Quote Flower Pots / Old Time Pottery

7. DIY Glitter Necklace / White House Crafts

8. Cookie Mix in a Jar / Simply Stacie

9. Marbled Monogram Flower Pot / Old Time Pottery

10. Lemon Zest Soap / Simply Stacie

11. DIY Confetti Cups / The Scrap Shoppe

12. Distressed Mason Jar Vase / Oh My! Creative

Amazing ideas! Now...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Behind the Blog: Home Workspace

When my husband and I first moved into our modest, 3 bedroom home, it was just the two of us with one very misbehaved dog and a sweet baby girl on the way. We set up the nursery in one of the extra bedrooms leaving the third bedroom to serve as my craft room/office.

Fast forward 8 years, and our 1,654 sq. ft. home is now holding a family of five, one very sweet dog, a fish named Kitty, and four chickens. Yes, the chicks are inside right now until they get a little older. That's a story for a different day though.

As you may have already guessed, having a craft room/office did not last long when more babies entered the scene. The transitions left my computer, books, and craft supplies homeless. I couldn't just throw my crafty/bloggy stuff out on the street though. After my second child was born, it was time to get resourceful and find a new area for crafting and blogging.

Thinking back, I now find it amazing that I was able to eventually make room for it all! It's all about getting creative with the space you have! The entryway closet became a craft closet that now holds what once filled a whole room. And both an office and sewing nook were carved out in the master bedroom. I'll share the sewing space at some point, but today I want to focus on the office area in the bedroom that houses our computer and office materials. This small area sits right in between our his and her closets. It's where I do most of my blogging when I'm not creating new content, typing away at my mom's house on her laptop, or scrawling out a post with pencil and paper. How I LOVE to write things down on an actual piece of paper! But I digress! Let's get back to the topic at hand...

We're talking about the home office. Yes, my work space--containing my computer, sources of inspiration, blog supplies, and binders for home management and blogging. I even have a cute container to hold my memory chips--there are a lot. I used to lose them all around the house until I finally found a permanent place for them in a ceramic jar labeled MEMORIES.

My little workspace is nothing fancy--just an organized office nook that I can retreat to when I need to write a post, get on the computer, pay bills... The computer sits on an old bookcase that once belonged to my mother-in-law. It could certainly use a little TLC, but that will just have to wait its turn on the to do list. The space is functional, cozy, and simple. Again, nothing fancy. This post isn't about showing off something that looks like it came out of a magazine though. The purpose is to give your a behind the scenes look--a REAL look--at where I'm sitting right now as I type this.

Are you wanting to see? Where are my manners? Here I am rambling on and on and leaving you waiting. Come on in and visit for awhile...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Breakfast Recipe: Nesquik Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

On some days, it's a chef. Oh, and then there was the time he wanted to be an artist. Lately it's been a professional soccer player. Whatever he dreams of being on that particular day, a delicious, nutritious breakfast gets him off to a great start! These Nesquik Double Chocolate Chip Muffins fit that description to a tee! Just wait until you see what they're made with!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Blog Photos

I'm coming clean today and sharing secrets on what goes on behind the scenes. From setting-up to editing, it's an unfiltered look at what you don't see when presented with the polished photos in a post. See what really goes on when the camera starts clicking. {Cue the suspenseful music.}

Oooo... Exciting!

It's really not as dramatic as all of that. But in this third installment of the Behind the Blog Series, I am taking you beyond the blog's photos to see how it all comes together. We're going from the creation of a craft or recipe to a finished post...