Friday, June 23, 2017

How To: Refinishing an End Table with Glass







We have been slowly adding items to our guest room as we find them. There were a few essentials especially that we wanted to have for family who stayed a little longer when Joslynne was born. :) One of those was an end table or night stand.

We found this one at a yard sale for $2! It was kind of a beat up stained wood and had a glass top. I went with white chalk paint so we could paint right over the wood without sanding it. I didn't love the glass top the way it was, it just didn't seem to fit the room. So, I decided to treat it as a frame.

Adding something under the glass on a table or nightstand can add color or decor to a room and take the glossy transparent feel of the glass away from a piece if its not working for you!







Watercolor can be a great way to relax, so have some fun with it and display your work!

The Process:

1. Carefully remove the glass from the table and lay it on top of a sheet of watercolor paper.

2. Using a pencil, lightly trace around the glass.

3. Lift the glass and trim the paper to the correct size using scissors or a paper cutter.

4. Paint your watercolor design and allow it to dry.

5. Once the paper is dry, lay it down in the cut out of the table. For reinforcements, add a small piece of double stick tape in each corner of the top of the paper.

6. Carefully lay the glass on top of the paper and tape. Press it down until it is flush with the table.







I decided to do a watercolor painting that fit into the room's color scheme, but there are a few different ways to fill in the glass!

Marbled Paper: There are several DIY tutorials out there on how to marble paper with paint and shaving cream like this one. It would be a fun project and give you a great piece of abstract art add under your glass top!

Pretty Wrapping Paper: I always see gorgeous wrapping paper at Paper Source, but never know what I'd use it for. This would be a perfect excuse to pick out a pretty sheet, and a quick way to fill in the glass.

Printable Quote: There are so many sweet printable quotes available for download. There are tons on Etsy, and many designers have libraries you can subscribe to and often freebies! ;) One of my favorites is French Press Mornings. Just print off your quote and use the glass on the table as a frame!

Welcome sign and Wifi Password:  I love the idea of a welcome sign that includes the wifi password for guests in the guest room. Just make a cute sign and slide it under the glass so your guests have the info and don't even have to ask you late at night! :)





There you have it, a simple way to dress up your glass top furniture that can be switched up anytime you'd like!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Maternity Photos

We were able to recover our maternity photos we thought were lost, so even though Joslynne has been out of my belly just about as long as she was inside, we still wanted to share! It is so fun to look through these and remember the anticipation we felt to meet our little one. She is all we imagined and so much more! 















Dress









During pregnancy, it is hard to find clothes that still feel fun, flattering, and comfortable. There just doesn't seem to be much of a selection in most stores for maternity. Granted, it is a short period of your life, but you have to wear something for 9 months! And, during this season of a huge change in your body, boring, oddly fitting clothes do not offer much encouragement. 

Pink Blush came to the rescue for me! Their clothes are so beautiful, very fashionable, and comfortable. They fit true to your normal size and just add space for your belly to grow! I had some special occasions to dress for during my pregnancy, including being a bridesmaid, and I found just what I needed. 

Pink Blush not only offers maternity and nursing friendly clothes, but Women's sizes too! Their dresses are the cutest! I have teamed up with Pink Blush to give away a $75 gift card to one of you. These clothes are just too lovely for you to miss! Visit our Instagram to enter now through Saturday, June 3, 2017. 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Personalized Child's Step Stools


One of our favorite custom items available in our Etsy shop are our Child's Stepstools. These started out with a gift we made for our nephew, then one for our little girl! We started making them for others, and love it. Creating gifts is just so fun! 

These handpainted stools are completely customizable! You can choose the name, font, and base color. We love that this is not only something our little girl will use as a child and can act as decor, but it is also a keepsake she can have forever! 

I love seeing all the different names on each order! They are all so cute. If you need help coming up with a name for your next child, let me know, I have a running list now! Haha :)

We love to see our artwork in their new homes, so tag us with #jotsbyjacqueline in any photos you share!










You can find the stools in our Etsy shop! Let us know, which color is your favorite?

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mint Chocolate Popsicles





If you follow along with me on Instagram, you've probably seen my ongoing saga of trying to eat healthier, but refusing to let chocolate go. :P I seriously eat chocolate chips by the bag every week, its a problem. I've been on the hunt for healthy snacks that incorporate a little dark chocolate to satisfy my 3pm treat cravings instead. These coconut milk mint chocolate popsicles do just that! They are also dairy free, which I need right now while breastfeeding! They are quick, easy, and perfect for summer. :)

You will need:

1 can full fat coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons mint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Green food coloring 
1 cup dark chocolate chips (Use Guittard for dairy free)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
6 popsicle sticks
6 count popsicle mold 

Directions:

1. In a food processor, blend coconut milk, mint and vanilla extracts, and maple syrup. Mix in 2-4 drops of green food coloring.

2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and place in freezer. After approximately 2 hours, push a popsicle stick into the center of each mold. Continue to freeze overnight. 

3. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil for 60-90 seconds until melted. Stir every 30 seconds. 

4. Remove popsicles from the freezer and run warm water over plastic of the mold to loosen the popsicles. Remove popsicles from the mold and place each one onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. 

5. While popsicles are still frozen, dip each one into melted chocolate and place back onto the cookie sheet. Drizzle remaining chocolate onto popsicles if desired. Place cookie sheet back into freezer to allow chocolate to harden. 

Store popsicles individually wrapped in wax paper in airtight container or bag in the freezer. Pull one out when the chocolate is calling your name! ;)


So, these do contain chocolate, and maple syrup, but they've gotta be healthier than ice cream and cookies right?! For more chocolatey snack ideas I've tried, follow along on Instagram. And, if you have any healthy but sweet snacks to share, please, help a sister out! 







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