Archive for July, 2012

It is more important to live the life one wishes to live, Marjorie Rawlings quote

I first read this quote when one of my favorite authors, Jan Karon, quoted it in The Mitford Bedside Companion and was so struck by it. It is better to live a life you love and have less, than to live with all the comforts but not have peace. This has basically been my mantra this past year. I am intent on peace in my life – no matter what the cost!


Rustic Chic Wedding Shoot at Belle Haven

Posted on July 30,2012 by Jennifer

White Wedding Cake, Leaf Wedding Cake, Ruffled Wedding Cake, Art of Photography Workshop

Hello and welcome to Part 2 of the Wonder Photography Workshop post! If you missed Part 1 you can read it here. As you can see this workshop was just filled with amazing detail after detail! I adored this cake!


Wonder Photography Workshop – part 1

Posted on July 27,2012 by Jennifer

Wonder Photography Workshop, Art of Photography Learning Series, Barn at Belle Haven, Rustic Barn Wedding Reception Table

This past week I was invited to “Wonder”land! My friends Jen Fariello, Robert Radifera and Katie Stoops – all extremely talented photographers took budding photographers like myself on a workshop journey “behind-the-lens” to teach us how to capture better images and may I just say – what a treat this was!!! Made even more special by the stunning scenes that my dear friends Pat Roberts & Sherry Spencer of Southern Blooms and Meghan Streit of Shindig Events created for us. And as if that weren’t enough we were at Belle Haven one of the most lovely farms overlooking the James River in Scottsville, Virginia. Honestly – it was an amazing day & a half!


{Blogs I Love} Decor Adventures

Posted on July 26,2012 by Jennifer

Decor Adventures BlogToday I’m happy to introduce you to Jessica of Décor Adventures blog – this “worker bee” turned “project queen” is so much fun! I met her at the Haven conference and instantly clicked. You know how that happens sometimes? She is passionate about crafting and diy’ing just like I am. And I’m loving her latest projects! She loves to refinish furniture like this fab cabinet makeover:


{dress up your dessert} Ice Cream in Cupcake Cups

Posted on July 25,2012 by Jennifer

Cinnamon Ice Cream, Ice Cream in a Cupcake Cup, national ice cream month, dress up ice cream

Did you know that July is national ice cream month? Really! I just learned this the other day… I didn’t know it but it’s true. So, to celebrate this little-known national holiday (to me at least) I thought it would be nice to serve up a dish of cream but in a “dressed up” way. Rather than breaking out the crystal as is the norm when I think of “being all grown up” I actually decided to grab a whimsical paper cupcake cup. The flowery shape of this cup paired with pretty porcelain plates & pedestals truly elevate this favorite dessert.


{be encouraged} Aim High Quote by Michelangelo

Posted on July 24,2012 by Jennifer

Aim High Quote by Michelangelo, encouraging quote, inspiring quote, inspirational quote


{a video tutorial} How to Dye Coffee Filters

Posted on July 20,2012 by Jennifer

How to Dye Coffee Filters video tutorial, Dye your own coffee filters, summer entertaining ideas, summer party ideas, coffee filter garlandToday is the last day of my behind-the-scenes tour of the Dessert Under the Stars party as seen in the summer 2012 issue of my online magazine Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll.  You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. Before ending this series I had to share my coffee garland tutorial with you. You can read directions on how to do this in the issue on page 70. But if you are a video tutorial kinda gal (or guy!) then you are in luck! I’ve created a video showing you exactly how I made these sweet & super easy garlands. You can watch it on the screen below or click here to watch it on vimeo or here on YouTube.


{Blogs I Love} Breida with a B.

Posted on July 19,2012 by Jennifer

Breida with a B logoBreida with a B cards

I’m so happy to introduce you to my blogging pal Breida of Breida with a B! Breida and I were introduced by Miss Mustard Seed a few months ago as we were all preparing for the Haven conference and I just can’t thank MMS enough for introducing me to this lovely lady!  When I first visited her site and saw the bumble bee I was intrigued (I’m mad for bumble bees!) then I got reading and you know how they say opposites attract?  Well this is a perfect case in point. 

Dessert Under the Stars Party, Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining, Ombre Cake, Maliha CreationsDessert Under the Stars Party, Ribbon Chair, Colored Jars, Mason Jar flowers, Mason jar candles, ruffled menu, ombre menu, aqua and lime party scheme

On Monday I shared details on the place setting for my Dessert Under the Stars party {you can read the post here} this party was featured in the Summer 2012 issue of my online magazine Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll {which you can read here}.  When setting the stage for a true “wow” celebration the details are where “it’s” at. For me, that elusive “it factor” of a party absolutely lies in the details.

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