Just in time for all your late summer activities, I’m delighted to announce the July/August 2014 issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll! This issue is brimming with ideas and inspiration to help you take time to slow down and savor these glorious days. There are picnic ideas a plenty, as well as inspiration for celebrating America’s birthday! I truly hope you enjoy it! Here’s a sneak-peek into the issue:
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Since finding that pretty set of blue & white china a few weeks ago I’ve been keeping an eye out for some pretty vases to add to my dining room table to update it for Summer. I’ve been taking my time with the search mostly because I’ve had a hard time finding them. I’ve been surprised that I haven’t seen more blue & white in stores – it’s such a perfect combination for summer and it’s a timeless classic. (Isn’t that always the way? When you’re looking for something you can’t find it, when you aren’t… it’s everywhere!) As fate would have it, I was in HomeGoods recently looking for something for a design client of mine (yes, I do a bit of design consulting too) when I spied these lovely vases.
Marion, one of my sweet friends – she’s the one who is always baking the amazing cakes I feature at my daughter’s birthday parties, plus she made the gingerbread houses I featured on the cover of the November/December 2013 issue of my magazine – is about to move to another state which of course makes me really sad. She also works at my mom’s salon and the gals there asked if I could make a special card to invite her to a Bon Voyage Party they had planned for her. I was of course delighted to create something for her and knew I wanted it to feel even more special than just a card, I wanted it to feel like a gift. So, I put my thinking cap on and stood in front of my craft closet. Now that it’s all finished, it kind-of reminds me of a mixed-media art piece… here’s how I created it:
Today I’m participating in the All Things Home “Elements of Summer” tour with some wonderful bloggers! You can explore all the inspiring projects via the links at the bottom of the post. Since I’ve been working so much in my garden lately I thought I’d share my tips on installing a pea gravel garden path. My DIY skills have typically run more in the crafting/cooking/sewing arena, not so much the outdoor DIY landscaping arena so I was feeling a little nervous about my ability to do this project but thankfully I was fueled by my angst over my existing garden path to give it a whirl.
I hope everyone isn’t seeing this title and immediately clicking the “unsubscribe” button… ha, ha! I mean, I kind-of would understand it, but I hope you bear with me on this… I recently heard Joyce Meyer say this quote and it stopped me in my tracks.
Because the magazine is celebrating its one-year anniversary with the current issue, I thought this would be a great time to hear from you about what you like and what you’d like to improve with the magazine. Thus, the concept of an annual reader’s survey was born! I’m new to surveys and I don’t pretend to be an expert. It turns out – there’s a lot of science that goes into these things. Since I don’t have a team of science majors behind me, I’ve tried to come up with questions that are pretty simple but to the point. And, good news, there are only 10 of them! I am truly looking for honest feedback and I hope that you, dear reader, will take this opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas for the magazine.
It is definitively strawberry season ’round here and I’m so excited that we’ve been growing our own berries this year! Strawberries have been surprisingly easy and low-maintenance plants. In early April I bought several small plants from Lowe’s and planted them in two rectangular planters that I had. I used a Miracle Grow type of potting soil and then just kept watering the plants… and this is the happy result: