Charming Cards

It’s Friday! Happy let’s-slack-off-day to everyone.  They sure are great, aren’t they?  For years I have dabbled a bit in art.  Don’t get the wrong idea. It is nothing fancy.  Every once in a while I have been commissioned to do paintings (just for a little extra spending mulah). I’m no Renoir, by any means. But, I enjoy painting so if I can make some extra money in the process, why not?  It wasn’t until recently, however that I was approached about creating a party invitation for a friend of mine.   Being a twenty-something-year-old with a strict monthly budget, I have become notorious for giving custom home portraits to friends as engagement or wedding gifts. Is that bad? I thought it was personal, and something they would like as a keep-sake. . . Anyways, I reckon they liked my little doodles, because she wanted more! This specific type of job would be new for me.  But I was confident that I could please my dear friend, and if worse came to worst, she could toss them and order some new ones off of Etsy.  The invites she needed were for a pre-Halloween party and she wanted a little sketch of herself on the front.  So after a few outfit changes (on her end), we came to a final design.  It is a bit bare and plain, but she wants to add in her own type. Which it totally fine! 

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Kind of fun, right?

XO- Jordan

Gaga for Gifting

Hey y’all!

Hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday.  I sure am.  Things have been busy over here at An Orderly Abode.  But no complaints. Busy is good (knock on wood)!  I have been working with a local magazine on my new add that will be coming out in their Christmas edition, yay. Right as things were wrapping up with the Christmas add, the editor asked me if I would be interested in contributing to their Valentine’s Day special.  Um, duh.  Well apparently, they are doing a story on the perfect Valentine’s Day and everything that goes into making it special.  Personally, I’m not into all of that lovely dovey, flirty dirty, ooh la la nonsense.  Yeah right.  It might be shameful to admit, but aren’t we all kind of into it? At least a little bit?

So it was with one nights notice, that I was to come up with what I thought was a pretty option for anyone in the giving mood on The Day of Love.   And of course, because I am so shamefully indecisive, I wrapped two gifts.  I figured better safe than sorry, right?  When I brought them in to the magazine editor the next day, she instantly chose her favorite and whisked it away for shooting.  She liked the one with the red bow, and pearls. Swanky. I’ll show y’all both and see which one you like!

XO- Jordan

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The First…

You made it! You’re here;  and I am so glad to see it.  So welcome to my brand new blog.

Let me introduce myself… My name is Jordan.  Jordan Elizabeth McDonald.  I am a 23-year-young interior decorator with a budding new business called AN ORDERLY ABODE.  I offer all kinds of services to my clients, from decorating and organizing, to home staging and holiday decor. As of now, it is a one-woman-show at A.O.A. and I LOVE that.  Being that it is just me, I get to experience every detail that goes into making a home lovely and orderly.

If you are a fan of all things interior design, organizing, and DIY, stay tuned as I babble on about my daily happenings, projects, and muses.

Do come back, ya hear?

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