Archive for June, 2009

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Note Cards Available at Rockfish Gap Country Store!

Posted on June 30,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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I'm so excited to announce that my Jennifer Carroll Designs Note Card collection is now available at the Rockfish Gap Country Store in Afton! This adorable old-timey, country store is filled with wonderful antiques, delicious candies, gourmet foods, toys, tons of gift items and now my cards too!

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Posted on June 26,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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I get asked for ideas for great bridesmaid gifts all of the time. There are some important points to remember when considering gifts for your gals:

First, let's remember that Bridesmaids do so much more than just wear pretty outfits (hopefully!) and stand next to you on your wedding day. They provide moral support for you throughout the entire engagement process (and likely did so while you were dating and will do in the future too). These gals have probably dedicated countless hours to go dress shopping with you, look at invitation designs, commented on hundreds of photos of reception flowers, not to mention they have agreed to wear whatever outfit you've selected with a big smile on their face.

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A Vintage 4th of July Celebration!

Posted on June 25,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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It's so hard to believe that June is almost over and the 4th of July is practically upon us! I love the 4th of July – always have. I get a thrill seeing our stars & stripes splashed around the neighborhoods, local shops and of course my home. I'm especially delighted by this collection of adorable vintage decor crafts I found on Country Living.com. They are straight out of "The Music Man" – one of my favorite musicals of all time with Robert Preston & Shirley Jones – Americana at it's best!!

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How to calculate alcohol for your wedding reception

Posted on June 24,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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photo courtesy Adam Barnes photography

Alcohol can be a significant expense in your reception budget and planning correctly for it can save you money and heartache later. If you are working with a hotel or other venue where you purchase your drinks from them directly, you won't need to worry about this. However, if your venue and caterer will allow you to purchase your own alcohol, you may be able to save a lot of money. But unless you are a bartender by trade, how do you accurately estimate how much beer, wine and liquor to purchase?

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4th of July Stars notecard

Posted on June 23,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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Just in time for the 4th of July – I've added this stars card to Jennifer Carroll Designs. Perfect for an impromptu BBQ invite or pool party, check it out here!!

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$25 pedicures @ Face Value Salon!

Posted on June 19,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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Today I had the most wonderful pedicure at my mom's new salon, Face Value Studio & Salon in Crozet. It was so pampering and best of all today and tomorrow they are only $25! oh yes, $25!! Luxury at such a bargain. If you have any time tomorrow (Saturday) call and book yours – this special definitely won't last.

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Farmington Country Club Wedding!

Posted on June 15,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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I'm so pleased to share another wedding with you all! Paige & Shawn were married in November and their reception was held at Farmington Country Club. Click here to see this wedding in more detail in my portfolio.

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I ♥ HomeSewn by French General!

Posted on June 14,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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As many of you know, I've been sewing a lot lately. Why I haven't been sewing my entire life is a mystery to me!? I guess I was intimidated and just didn't make the time to learn. But now that I have, (and discovered how easy it is!) it's as if I've been sewing all my life. I love, love, love it! So, naturally I'm seeking out every book & blog on sewing that I can find. My latest fave? Kaari Meng's Home Sewn. In a word: WOW. It is the ideal book for me. It's filled with gorgeous photos – approachable projects – and fabulous vintage chic textiles & notions!! So inspiring!!! Kaari is also the owner of French General in Los Angeles. I am so hoping to visit her shop on my next trip out West! Her website sells wonderful vintage French buttons, glitters, fabric and more. Be sure to visit soon.

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Poppy Summer Partyscape

Posted on June 10,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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Don't you just love these colors for summer? From strawberries to watermelons Poppy Red is just right to me. All the items pictured perfectly represent the season in my mind. I love the casual bunch of poppies in the glass vase at the top and do you see the simply iced cake topped with flowers? With a trip to the bakery and florist counters at your local grocery store and you could recreate this homespun cake for your next party or Sunday dinner!

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Summer Wedding Ideas & Tips

Posted on June 2,2009 by Jennifer Carroll
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Summer weddings are here and whether yours is this year or next, here are some fun ideas and tips to keep you and your guests smiling when celebrating in the great outdoors!

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