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

Fall Fancies

It’s Fall y’all! And for me, that means one thing. DECORATING FUN!  With the temperature outside dropping, this is no doubt, my absolute most-favorite time of the year.  Probably in large part, because I live in Louisiana, and I’m just sick and tired of being hot all of the time! So with things being a bit more comfortable, I just adore being able to spruce things up for myself and for my clients, all in the spirit of Autumn.

When it comes to seasonal decorating, it does NOT have to be a high-dollar affair.  Whether the budget be low, or otherwise, there are plenty are fabulous options out there to get your home looking festive for Fall!

Here are a few tips and tricks…

I love displaying an abundance of of different pumpkins and gourds.  I just ooze for the misshaped and warty pumpkins, green and white ones too!  Have fun with it! Display pumpkins don’t all have to be bright orange and symmetrical.  And a little secret…You will save a small fortune by getting your pumpkins and gourds at a local grocery store instead of at the pumpkin patch (a lesson I learned the hard way).

Pempkins and Gourds Galore

Another option that will have your home looking fabulous this Fall is a free one!  Yea, I said  FREE.  And even better, it’s simple.  BRANCHES.  I have always loved branches in a vase.  It is a timeless touch that can be reinterpreted for any season. Step out into your backyard and snatch up a handful of branches and sticks.  Plop them in a vase and voila! I say “plop.”  What I mean by that, is arrange carefully in a way that appears to others as effortless. :)

I love these branches wrapped in yarn.  It adds a festive pop of color, and a playful detail to an Autumn table.

Branches wrapped up warm

These branches still have the leaves on them.  They say, “This table is comfortable, casual, and rustic.  But still bold, vibrant, and cozy.”

Autumn Branches

Here are a few simple Autumn accents that will have your home feeling cozier for cool weather, and won’t put you in the “poor-house” in the process.

Acorns on mossPumpkin on moss

So have some fun this Fall!

XO- Jordan