Here is a simple DIY for your holiday shopping. I am not a massive fan of black friday or cyber monday. In fact, I kinda think they are draining of the soul of our society (but how do I really feel about it? :). Likely if you read this blog, you are already a massive supporter of small business and handmade shops. But in case you aren’t, support the small guys this year! Alright, enough of that.

Do you know what will make your soul feel better? CRAFTING! YES said the hipster girl with the peter-pan collar (whilst the woodland creatures danced in a field).

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What you need for this project:

Bakers Twine (your choice of color) | Fresh greens (cedar is easy to find) | Craft Brown Paper (comes on rolls at your local art supply shop usually) | JARFLY Retro Prints

The directions for this aren’t very complex…wrap your gift with the paper and twine, garnish with greens of your choice, and top it off with a JARFLY retro print gift tag. What is so special about this project is you can give keepsake photos to your friends and family in a unique way. And you can upload your favorite snapshots RIGHT there at the JARFLY store

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XO, Jenni

We are excited to announce the launch of JARFLY PRINT SHOP, where you can find Holiday Photo cards and other lovely printing options for your favorite photos! Many of our designs offer custom colors, and all of them give you the freedom to upload your photo of choice and type in your preferred text for front and back of your card!

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xo, Jenni

I will admit to you, right now, that I am no grand chef. When I cook, bake, or blend…I am forever attempting affordable and quick matched with good taste. While the culinary goddess in me lay dormant (probably forever), I can still bake a mean pumpkin bar. And when in doubt, smother it in cream cheese frosting (solves most problems). The following recipes are modified versions of Gluten Away and Food Network. I’ve included a Gluten-Free and Gluten-FULL version in the ingredients below. My husband thinks it’s hilarious to order things “gluten-full” when we eat out, and I’m mostly sure servers enjoy it too?

In summary, these are… like really super good. Your stomach will be pleased.

 

PUMPKIN BAR

Ingredients:
4 eggs  |  15oz can pumpkin  |  1 cup sugar  |  1 cup cinnamon applesauce  |  2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour mix (find here) or 2 cups Regular flour  |  2 tsp baking powder  |  1 tsp baking soda  |  1 tsp salt  |  2 tsp cinnamon  | 1/2 tsp nutmeg  |  1/2 tsp pumpkin spice  |  *optional-a pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl or mixer whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, and applesauce, until there are no clumps and it is somewhat fluffy. In another bowl mix together all the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry mix to the rest of the ingredients while stirring. Lastly, stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and cayenne if you chose to spice the recipe up. In a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, pour in the pumpkin mix and cook for 25-35 minutes.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Ingredients:
1/4-1/2 cup softened butter  |  2 cups powdered sugar  |  80z cream cheese  |  1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
In a bowl or mixer, whisk together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. After the pumpkin bars have completely cooled, apply a generous amount of frosting on the bars and then cut into squares. Enjoy.

As always, my corgi puppy named Walter is my kitchen companion (and everywhere companion…he is my little shadow during my work days). He REALLY wanted some pumpkin cake, as you can see. I’m happy to report that he did get to have one little bite…which he was nearly satisfied with. 

xo, Jenni

 

 

 

I know what you are thinking, this looks like a winter wreath. That may be true, but I was lucky enough to collect all these beautiful growing things from the wild during my visit in Iowa, which means they are in season. I figure if the botanicals are in season, they are good enough for my wall pre-christmas.

It was so refreshing to be outside and gather pretty things straight from nature rather than the flower market (as much as I love the flower market)!

xo, Jenni

I was recently commissioned to design a very simple personal card set for a lovely lady with a very fun name, Hannah Ferrie. Honestly, a name like that is a graphic designer’s dream with all the amazing extensions possible with the letterforms and the sheer whimsy of it. 

Hannah was inspired by botanicals and hand-lettered type in the mood boards she sent me. From the beginning she knew she wanted everything to be in gold and white, and was interested in true gold foil. For those of you who don’t know, gold foil is really beautiful. When beaten into paper, it produces a really lovely (and ornamental) look. I just had my heart set on doing this, but in the end, having it professionally done was too expensive. We then looked into gold embossing (which is much less expensive) but I doubted my sanity could handle doing it by hand. So we opted for a faux gold texture instead, and I think it performed nicely. 

As a surprise, I was able to provide hannah with a personalized stamp that she could do her gold stamping at will, on the white envelopes she ordered. If you are wondering where you can get your hands on a custom stamp, I’ll list my resources below. 

Some of you may remember me mentioning that hand-lettering was something I was excited to start perfecting. Hannah’s name was the perfect instance to test out all my practice, as I thought it would achieve the organic look she wanted much better than modifying a font. I always start out in my sketch book (see above)…and I allow this stage to be really messy. I used to get marked down in design school for my thumbnail sketches being so chaotic, but it’s just the best way I know how to get my brain working…I like to keep it fluid and crazy. I honestly had SO MANY drafts and was excited to share them. Sadly, my dog ate the drafts (I’m not kidding). They were in a pile on the floor and he shredded them all (he is still a puppy). So the only remnants of my process is what you see above. 

In the end, I was pleased with the results. I do have a lot of work and practice ahead of me with hand-lettering though. I suppose this is true until I die though….the endless quest to improve on typography. If you have any custom design work in mind, please do contact me!

My resource List:

Cards |   Envelopes  |   Envelope Liners  |   Stamp  |  Printed In House on Canon Pixma Pro-100  |  Gold Embossing & Heater