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DIY Christmas Ornament Round Up

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

What I love most about the holiday season are the little surprises; unexpected gifts and spontaneous bouts of giving.  These are the times I cherish more than anything else. Growing up, my friend's mother made dozens of ornaments each year.  They were simple and sweet and hung on a special tree in their living room. She often enlisted our help and after hours of glue, seeds, sticks, ribbons, paint, clay, and patience  the entire tree was filled. Since I'm sure we weren't entirely helpful, this endeavor was a testament to her crafty dedication...and love. The really amazing part was that each ornament was made to be given. A surprise present to whomever crossed their door and sometimes to others in community who needed a bit of cheer. The mailman, random friends, a lady from church, co-workers, the elderly neighbor - everyone left with one of these small gifts. Eventually, the tree was completely bare and even as a teenager I realized that this stood for an incredible amount of goodwill. 

Now, with two boys of my own I'm looking to create those similar feelings of joy and giving for them. I've gathered up a few simple tutorials for really lovelyornaments to make, keep, and give. 

Make Your Own Clay Ornaments by A Beautiful Mess
Etched Birch Ornaments by Design Mom
Burlap Stamped Ornaments by Bliss Bloom Blog

Monogram Ornaments by A Pair of Pears


Thursday, November 27, 2014

This last week was supposed to be filled with holiday preparations, busy mornings in the studio, trips into the city to watch my little man play soccer at the actual Timbers stadium, and baking up all sorts of goodies, including these chocolate truffles from the Minimalist Baker (those alone make for a great week). Instead, preschool germs got the best of me. A cold that no amount of tea, steam, or soup was able to beat. And I was just about ready to throw myself a pity party. 

And then the boys brought me cough drops. Unwrapped, sticky, and maybe even pre-licked a few times. But still so sweet. Mark made endless cups of tea and never once commented on my week old outfit of sweatshirts and leggings. That's really the very best a husband could do. 

I was reminded again just how lucky I am. For this and so much more….

  • like a healthy 6 year-old boy post-concussion
  • a 3 year-old who holds hands with his playmates and cheers them up when they run out of glitter (don't we all still need friends like this?)
  • the opportunity to continue my post-graduate coursework…and have a reason to use highlighters
  • friends who jump in to help with my homework, knowing that mama & research paper are hard to do at the same time
  • a little brother who never fails to surprise with his unending generosity
  • a house where the boys chase each other around the halls, build couch cushion forts, and booby traps on the stairs. I will miss this chaos someday. 
  • a husband who loves me even when I'm not very lovable
  • a thriving business with customers who have become friends

Cheers to everyone for a love-filled, happy Thanksgiving! 


Finding Inspiration - A Few of My Favorites

Monday, November 10, 2014

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Last week I read somewhere that you can rewire your brain for happiness by thinking upon three things that you're grateful for every day. I'm not sure if this is true (or even where I read it for that matter!) but lately I've been focusing on counting my blessings and being more mindful of what I have rather than what I'm hoping for. 

Three things I'm grateful for right now: 
1. cozy saturday mornings spent with my two little boys in our jammies
2. a house to call our home
3. when my oldest hops off the bus, sees me, and runs to give me a huge hug. The best

And I've found these beautiful hand lettered art prints to keep reminding me of all I have! 

wild field paper co. 

More motivation here on my inspirational quote board.

xo, allisa 

Beautiful Photographs for the Weekend

Friday, October 31, 2014

 I have the loveliest photographer to share with you. Her work is amazing and highlights the rustic, country beauty of Australia. But first….let me get to the winner from this week's giveaway. It's lucky #112, Jessy S!  Thank you for all of the entries, I really appreciate the feedback & support.

Now, back to the photographs. Aren't these stunning? They are taken by Karen Rosenlund. She has a beautiful blog and offers her prints for sale through her site. I don't think I could choose just one...

xo, allisa

GIVEAWAY - Win Bridal Book and $50 Shop Credit!

Monday, October 27, 2014

 Thank you for all of the entries, I really appreciate the feedback & support. The winner from this week's giveaway is lucky #112, Jessy S!  Hooray!

Now this is how to start of the week...I've got a copy of The Inspired Wedding and $50 credit to spend in my shop up for grabs to one lucky winner!

This prize is just what you need to get started on your wedding - a copy of the gorgeous bridal guide by Emma Arendowski from Emmaline Bride AND $50 to spend in my shop, perfect for bridesmaid gifts or your own bridal clutch. Not getting hitched? This is still for you, share the book with your favorite bride-to-be and spend the credit on holiday gifts! 

TO ENTER: simply complete one (or all!) of the options below. Each is one entry, so please leave a separate comment below to share EACH time you've entered. Winner will be chosen at random this Friday, October 31st

  • Comment below and tell us which wedding theme you'd love or have had  at your wedding
  • Visit my shop, allisa jacobs, let me know what you'd like to spend the credit on
  • Share this post on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (include the link in your comments)

Interest in learning more about Emma's book? Check out the sneak peek along with a few gorgeous photos I shared last week.

And, I've added lots of new items to the shop:

Finding Inspiration: Black + Kraft

Sunday, October 26, 2014

the sweetest occasion
A little bit simple and a whole lot of impact. Loving kraft brown & black together. Here's some of my favorites...

art as life
a merry thought
ink kit paperie

The Inspired Wedding - New Book Sneak Peek

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Over the last few years, I’ve been lucky to work with Emma Arendoski as a vendor through her lovely wedding site, Emmaline Bride. During this time, I’ve gotten to know her a bit through our conversations and am always inspired by the mark she makes on the wedding industry. When I heard she was writing another bridal planning book, I knew it was going to be a beauty.

And boy, was I right! I’m thrilled to share a little peek into that new book, The Inspired Wedding: Seven Handcrafted Themes for Your Big Day, which just launched last month!  

While reading The Inspired Wedding it felt a little like being out to coffee with Emma herself.  Over a soy latte, she was there sharing pretty pictures and bits of inspiration. This book combines her signature conversational style with beautifully curated wedding photographs and handcrafted details to create a book that brimming with ideas. It's truly an honor to have one of my bridesmaid clutches included in this gem (p. 150).

Organized by different themes including Romantically Vintage, Urban Chic, Boho Style, and my favorite, Farmhouse Rustic, Emma offers more than just an overall vision but all the tips and details to pull it off. Honestly, while flipping through the pages, I couldn’t help but feel a pang of envy, wishing I had this book (or Emma for that matter) when planning my wedding ten years ago. Although we had a general concept for our country garden nuptials, not everything fit together. Sure, I can laugh about it now, but what I wouldn’t give for a second chance to change up those groomsmen's ties or offer a pretty handmade bridesmaid gift.

This is where The Inspired Wedding comes in, Emma artfully outlines various wedding themes and provides specific suggestions for details, including where to purchase featured items. I love her “Good to Know” section which includes tried and true advice any bride would be lucky to read.

Aren't these photographs gorgeous? Told you it's a gem! You can scoop up on your own copy of The Inspired Wedding here!