Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Photography Class

So both of our husbands teamed up at Christmas and got Becky and I a photography class to take together. It was such an amazing and thoughtful gift! We loved that we got to do it together! So we finally learned what those creative modes on our cameras are for, what shutter speed and Aperture mean, and a few composition tips. We took the class here with Illuminate Photography. One of my favorite parts of the class is that we had homework each week. (Trust me I never thought I would write that I liked homework!!) Our homework was to take pictures, so it actually was really fun! Then we would bring our photos into class and have them critiqued. Here are a few of the pictures we took. 

Some of the older folks in our class just wanted to learn how to take pictures of landscapes. Put your camera in Shutter Priority pick a low shutter speed to get this glassy water. If you want to capture individual water drops, pick a high shutter speed. I really wanted to learn how to take pictures of my kids.

This picture was for our self portrait assignment. Some people think I'm crazy for getting married young and wanting a family, but I couldn't imagine my life any other way. 

So for our last class, our teacher had a model for us to take pictures of. He showed us all different kinds of lighting. It was really fun. 

It was definitely a beginner class. Becky and I often would ask, "where is that button?" I still have LOTS more practicing to do. Luckily I have the cutest little girls to chase around and take a million pictures of. I love taking pictures of people, especially children. I love catching a moment or telling a story with my pictures. I love looking at Elizabeth Kartchner's blog for pictures ideas. She is a great photographer and I lover her style!!! She just did this neat post on pictures she was able to get by having her camera close by. I've always liked the saying- you miss 100% of the pictures you don't take. My sister-in-law is also an amazing photographer.  I wish she lived closer and could take all my kids pictures!!! Check Vintage Spice Photography here and her blog here.  Her work is breath taking! 

Monday, March 28, 2011


So another party is almost here!!! Becky and I are so excited and have a few new things up our sleeve to debut at next party. For these invitations I was inspired by a beautiful vase of flowers. It had deep purple and deep rich yellow flowers. I wanted something that had a hint of Easter and I liked this combination of deep purple and buttery soft yellow. I added the chocolate burlap for some rich contrast. The burlap's texture made me think of a birds nest, soil, and burlap bags of produce and seeds. I loved how the gold trim gave it sophistication. I used the same pocket idea and included a free clip for everyone!!! I loved the buttery yellow flowers, but we also included white flowers since they are more versatile. I hope you enjoy and I hope you can join us at the party!!! 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Picture Plaques

Just like I promised, I wanted to show off what I did with those wooden plaques I found in UT.  I got them at this store called Wood Connection.  And I am pretty excited about my finished product!  Check it out!

I made this plaque, in sepia to make it look more antiquey, for my parents.  Yep, that is my Mom and Dad almost 40 years ago...don't I come from good stock?  I figure it's a great 40th anniversary gift!

 This is a plaque I did of my girlies....I love these little summer dresses...LOVED the photo in black and white.

 I helped my brother Trent make this one...This is one of his engagement pictures and he gave it to his wife for her birthday.  I thought it was pretty creative and romantic!  I, uh, of course helped him come up with the idea, but truly he made it!  (Almost all by himself;))  I had never done it in color but decided this picture HAD TO BE IN COLOR!  It's fantastic, no?

 He made this one for her too!  I have to say, Kayla is one lucky girl!  This was obviously of their wedding.  Isn't the black and white just classic?

 If you want to throw a party with us sometime you can be the proud owner of one of these--well one with YOUR picture in it! 

Even if you don't want to throw a party--feel free to leave me a comment or send me a convo on our etsy shop! I would LOVE to make one just for you!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Crafting Spree

This past week my family took a little trip to Utah to visit some family, Ryan had some work appointments, and I had lots of shopping to do!  I came home with a ridiculous amount of stuff....these things were just a few of my favorites....

This truly wasn't even half the stuff I came home with...I think my husband's eyes are still rolling.  Mine are still sparkling...I haven't blinked once:)

 I HAD to feed my ribbon obsession.  I was actually quite proud of myself....I didn't go crazy.;)

 I LOVE these wood plaques and picture frames.  I can't wait to show you what I am going to do with these.  Prepare to be amazed!

 Before my trip I was blog stalking and found this tutorial.  I was crossing my fingers I would get lucky and find some doilies.  I didn't have any luck at the thrift stores or the craft stores.  I did find some at the antique shops but they are always so expensive.  Luckily, my MIL has very giving friends.  My MIL was talking to a good friend who was cleaning some stuff out of her house and she said she had some I could have.  Score!  These are just some of them.  I think I might seriously cry. 

So, when I get my amazing table runner done I will post it--so you can be impressed with my awesomeness:)

 Ahhhhh, (sigh).  While I was busy thrifting I found a bunch of these babies.  I am a full blown golden book collector and I found about 30 while on my thrifting/craft spree. 

 These are just a few of my fav's.  I'm really loving the vintage ones. 

 As a kid I LOVED the Berenstein Bears.  (Still do)  couldn't say no when I found these at the thrift stores. 

 So, these have nothing to do with crafts but are these not AMAZING!  I found them at Ross.  Yes I shop at Ross and am proud of it!  These are only I think my 7th pair of red shoes--but who's counting?  I mean come on, they are Madden Girl's for goodness sake and I found them at Ross for $18!  I don't think Ryan's eyes will stop rolling for a long time when it comes to these.  But they were so worth it!

Utah was definitely worth the trip!  Make sure to check back to see what I do with some of my finds! 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sparkly Roses

Who doesn't love a little sparkle? You saw a sneak peak of these at our first party and they were a hot ticket item. These darling sparkly rose clips add the perfect little shimmer to your daughters darling outfit! They come in pink, silver and black. Get yours here.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Our First Party!!

Welcome to our first jujuB party!!!

Congrats to our giveaway winner Kim!!! Hope you enjoy your earrings and clip!!!

Becky and I were so excited to share so many of the things we love with you!!!! Thanks for everyone who came to show their love and support. You have no idea how much we appreciated it!

We had some dresses we sewed along with some gorgeous pettiskirts and tutus! 

There were rows and rows of bows. Just looking at this makes me happy!! I love bows. They are like candy, perfectly colorful and sweet!

Pick your own stretch headband and then pick the perfect flower or bow to clip on!! Great for baby shower gifts!

Fabulous jewelry!!

Beautiful necklaces

Tons of fabric headbands to dig through.

Interchangeable watch bands!

Beautiful satin flowers for your daughter or yourself. I love these!

These Sparkly Roses are so glamourous and fun!!

Bow packs to give you a little taste of lots of different things. 

We are so excited for our next party! We are planning on adding HOME DECOR!!! So keep checking back in for a sneak peak!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I woke up this morning full of excitement. I can not believe our open house is tonight!!! Becky and I have pulled a lot of late nights and have some amazing stuff we can't wait to show you! 

I wanted to make a sign for our open house. Something with our name that we could clip our latest bows and flowers on and I came up with this little beauty. I love the burlap back ground and subtle lace along the bottom. It's so fun mixing fabric into my scrap book projects! Don't you love the flowers? 

So in honor of our open house tonight we are having our first giveaway!!! We love and appreciate all the support we have gotten from our friends, family and followers! We wish you could all be here with us tonight!!! We miss you!! We really appreciate all your comments! Thanks for supporting us as we go on this exciting adventure. We don't know exactly where jujuB will take us, but we are enjoying the journey. 

So in honor of you, we are giving away....

one Satin Posy and one pair of Smokey Vintage Earrings! I love both of these and wear them often. The satin flower is subtle and pretty. It's the perfect thing for clipping my bangs back or simply dressing up my outfit. See the rest of our Satin Posies here. When we made these vintage earrings,  I had to steal one of these smokey ones. Gray is one of my new favorite neutrals. I'm wearing them here

Please leave a comment by Sunday at midnight to be entered into our giveaway. To be entered again you can comment on Facebook about our blog or comment on your own blog! Then leave a comment here saying you did! We love you and can't wait to send these to their new homes!!!

To get your own Vintage Earrings click here. To get your own Satin Posy click here