Jitney's Journeys : Take Hope | Share Hope GIVEAWAY with Shattered Magazine!!

The day is finally here!!

We're partnering with Shattered Magazine to host our first true giveaway ever!! We're calling it the Take Hope | Share Hope Giveaway. And we're pumped. So pumped, in fact, that we have been working the last few weeks getting these custom goodies ready. Prepare to have your knee-high socks knocked off.

The winner will receive ALL the custom designed goodies by Jitney's Journeys pictured here, including TWO subscriptions to Shattered! Why two? Because we know you love to SHARE and you can keep one subscription for yourself and give one away! Plus we're pretty sure a friend or two would love to be encouraged by a couple of the other goodies in the bag too. So enter to #takehopesharehope as we continue to #celebrateShattered!

Each product included in the giveaway (with the exception of the Shattered Magazines) has been created and handmade by the Jitney's Journeys team. Whoop whoop!


Here's an up-close look of what's in the bag:

 (1) Large "Take Heart" Burlap Tote (John 16:33)

(1) Large "Take Heart" Burlap Tote (John 16:33)

 (1) Small Barnwood Hope Sign

(1) Small Barnwood Hope Sign

 (1) Hand-etched "Take Heart" Leather Beaded Bracelet

(1) Hand-etched "Take Heart" Leather Beaded Bracelet

 

Side Note: This is also a semi-celebration for new products that we are adding to the Jitney product line. Most of these products will be available in the Etsy Shop in July. Can't wait to place a special order? Email us at jitneysjourneys[at]gmail[dot]com or message us on Facebook and we will begin working on your order as soon as possible. Why are we waiting until July? Read about it here

 $10 Credit towards your purchase in the  Jitney's Journeys Etsy Shop

$10 Credit towards your purchase in the Jitney's Journeys Etsy Shop

 (2) Subscriptions to  Shattered Magazine

(2) Subscriptions to Shattered Magazine

 (1) "LOVE" Banner with flowers on each end

(1) "LOVE" Banner with flowers on each end

 (1) Coffee Cuffee

(1) Coffee Cuffee

Feel free to share the giveaway on your blog, Instagram feed, Twitter and FB pages! Be sure to post the giveaway with #takehopesharehope and #celebrateshattered. Enter below and good luck!!!

Jitney's Journeys : God's Provision & His Blessings [we've been published!!]

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you already know half of the super exciting announcement... but WE'VE BEEN PUBLISHED!!! 


How It Happened:
It all started in January when JD and I headed up the merchandise table for a youth retreat at church. Through that, we met the amazing Sarah Holmes and (of course) became Facebook friends within a day. She read one of our blog posts that I basically poured my heart into (which I don't do too often so there's no explanation other than God's timing in that) - The Marriage and Transparency Post - and she instantly wrote me a message asking if she could send it to the managing editor of Shattered Magazine. With a tad of hesitation (because I was thinking, "seriously, me?!"), I told her to send it on. Minutes later, Emily (managing editor) wrote me one of the best emails I've ever received in my life with praises about the blog and Jitney's. We totally don't deserve those praises but it definitely rocked my world. :)

So she sent me a few writing prompts and we narrowed it down to a story about our travels (the main story is about an eye-opening event we had in Germany, but you're just going to have to buy a copy to read for yourself). I also feel like I need to throw in here that, through this process, Emily has become one of my dearest friends. And we probably have way too many hysterical (and sometimes life-changing) email threads to prove it (with lots of hashtags). 


But back to the magazine... I saw the cover on the Shattered FB page and look!!


We made it as a cover story!!!!

Ahhhhh!!!
#jitneysjourneys

We also wrote out a list of Tips and Tricks for your summer vacation which was tacked on to the end of our article.



Emily and me at the One Year of Shattered Event

The greatest honor of being published in this particular magazine is because the purpose radiates deep to my core. It's a magazine about Real Life, Real Hope and Real Purpose. 

Shattered isn’t your typical magazine. In fact, it’s much more than a magazine — it’s a Gospel-centered movement of authenticity. Shattered believes that there is a need to break down barriers people have built within and among themselves and seeks to do so by sharing personal stories that point to the hope and power of an identity in Jesus Christ — who redefines lives and shatters the darkness of this broken world. No matter where you’ve come from or where you are, our heart is to remind you that God has a purpose for you as part of His greatest story of all.  -- Shattered

It's about Truth. Vulnerability. Brokenness. Seasons. Trust. 

It's about ugliness and the Beauty that God creates out of it.  

It's about the Gospel.
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The magazine is distributed nationally at Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million. You can pick up the summer issue in a couple of weeks....

Which lines up with the other half of the big announcement - Jitney's Journeys will be doing our first GIVEAWAY!!!! We're partnering with Shattered Magazine to give away a bag filled with lots of wonderful Jitney products and TWO subscriptions to Shattered!!! It would be an understatement to say that I am - ridiculously excited - about this. The giveaway will begin May 26th and end May 30th. There will be lots of ways to enter so don't miss out!! 
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And finally, because this tiny moment brought so much joy to my life, that I just can't help but share it with you....

As JD was flipping through the magazine, he saw the photos of this little boy and said, "Hey! Who took these photos of me as a kid?!" 


And he wasn't kidding. This little boy (Andrew) looks identical to JD as a kid. It's his little mini doppleganger. We laughed so hard... but then I read their story. My laughter quickly turned into tears, then my tears turned back into sweet, sweet laughter again. This article is slashes the heart in such a good way. Staci's words are beautifully written.

So, seriously... Go buy the issue or subscribe or get your hands on a copy somehow because God moves like lightning through each story. Be challenged.


Itty Bitty Jitney : Baby Shower Necessities


We have officially created our first Baby Shower Package. My best friend from high school (and one of my most amazing-est friends to this day) asked me to help her out with a baby shower her and her mom were hosting for her cousin. I had sooo much fun with this design / theme which they so lovingly ran with... "Sugar & Spice"

This was the final banner design:


Please excuse the pink which was not this "pepto-bismol" pink you see pictured. Truth be told, I was a procrastinator in taking these photos and the lighting was just not working with me. So I did was any amateur photographer would do: increase the exposure, get crazy with the tripod and attempt at Photoshopping the correct color. Well, at least now I know which classes I should take next.


The ends have a paper flower with a sweet pink vintage brooch at the center of each.



The finished package (sans pro photography and Photoshop color correction):


The package included the banner "Ella" with paper flowers on each end, Sugar & Spice poem (8" x 10"), 24 cupcake flags with the baby's monogram (ELE), Sugar & Spice tags for the spicy foods and the sweet desserts, and Everything Nice display tag for the gift table. I also designed and printed the invitations and addressed the envelopes with the classic Jitney handwritten font. :) 


Jitney's Journeys : Our First Wedding!!

When Jessica messaged us on Etsy about making 22 centerpiece placemats, I was curious as to what she would use them for. Regardless, I still answered with a resounding, "Yes! We can definitely put 22 centerpiece placemats together for you."

Next message excerpt: "I'm getting married in October..."

My eyes grew wide and my heart started racing with excitement! We get to create something for someone's wedding -- our first wedding that we can actually be a part of through the product line of Jitney's Journeys!!

If you couldn't tell from our previous posts, JD and I love marriage. Love. It. And for us to have the honor of making centerpiece mats for somebody's wedding - their first day of their marriage... we were pumped to say the least. Just like every personalized piece or order we put together, those centerpiece mats were prayed over. All twenty-two of them. Because of Etsy, we are able to pray for people we will most likely never meet. It's a beautiful way to see God at work.

So, here's a few photos of what we sent her, in order of the opening process...

Please note that I blurred out the addresses. :)







Jitney's Journeys : Seven "I Am" Statements of Jesus

TRUTH.
There was a heavy overflow of Truth coming at me as I worked on this piece. 
For every new canvas, I was reminded of who Jesus was and is. 
I loved every second of working on it.

The best part of the piece was how the idea came to light...


My friend Judy came over to pick up a few custom Christmas presents I put together for her in December. She shared an idea with me about creating an art piece based on the seven "I Am" Statements of Jesus they would want to display in their home. We discussed a few ways we could make that happen and she said, "Well, just be thinking about it. It will be a while before I'm ready to place an order for it."

Fast forward about a month...
I received an email from Judy's husband, Jeff, saying that he wanted to request an art piece from me for Judy's birthday, and that "I think a good one that would be meaningful to Judy would be the seven "I am" statements of Jesus from the gospel of John." He literally went on talking about the exact ideas that Judy and I bounced off each other for this same multi-canvas idea. 

Keep in mind that Jeff and Judy had never talked about this idea with one another. It was an idea that the Lord placed on both of their hearts. And I was able to see their love and oneness reflected for each other in such a way that their thoughts and ideas of bringing the Gospel to life were right on par with another. What a testament to God's hand in their marriage!

One friend came by the studio, looked at the pieces, shook her head and said, "I'm sorry, Whitney. But this piece did not come from you. This piece is completely God-inspired and I'm not sure you can take any credit for it..."

And you know what? 
I am SUPER okay with that. 
In fact, that is probably the best compliment I have ever and could ever receive. 


So, here's the breakdown of the design.

Seven 6" x 6" canvases stating the statements.
One 12" x 6" canvas stating "I AM".
The 6 x 6 canvases have stripes on three sides and the fourth side (on either the right or left side of the canvas) has the corresponding verse to the statement. The verse is facing the outside. 

The front of the canvas has a base covering of hymns and topped with the statement. 


These are a few of the designs I liked the best...


I couldn't think of a better way to finish this post than to leave it to Judy. This is a poem she wrote, inspired by the "I AM" statements...


I AM 
by Judy Webb

The Word Made Flesh
Alive, In touch
The Word Made Flesh
Among us,Now in Us
The Messiah, Salvation
Rescue from sin
Messiah, Salvation
Our peace deep within
The Light of the World
Exposing the darkness
Light of the World
Revealing God
Bread of Life,
Satisfaction,Fulfillment
Bread of Life
Delicious and sweet
Bread of Life to meet every need
The Gate
To the kingdom of God
The Gate
Beauty adorned
Heavenly desire is born
The Good Shepherd
Strength and provision
The Good Shepherd
Nurture with vision
The Resurrection and Life
An empty grave
Death is defeated
The Resurrection and the Life
Eternity conceived
For those who believe
The Way
Unique, Only
Narrow and few
The Way
Fellowship with God
For those who would choose
The Truth
Nothing False
Complete and whole
The Truth
Word of God
Light to the soul
The Life
Abundant
Joy, freedom, and grace
The Life
Shout out, Worship,
Run with me in this race
I AM
I AM
I AM

you can find more of Judy's writings and poetry here.

Jitney's Journeys : Baby Banners

Banners have been a popular item the past couple of weeks at Jitney's Journeys!

One of my Zeta sisters emailed me and asked if we could make a banner for a friend's baby shower. After sending a few options, this is what we ended up with. I fell in LOVE with the soft floral background and the fancy script. 



We normally do flowers on each end but went with rosettes for this banner to keep the aesthetic really clean.

Rather than using jute between each flag, I used this soft white ribbon between each flag and added a light pink ribbon on the ends. 


And then we shipped it off to Dallas. :)



This Blessed banner is one we did for another friend I met through ladies' bible study...
It was also used for a baby shower and given to the mother-to-be for the baby's nursery.

I love the hot pink with a pop of sage green! 



We used baker's twine between each flag on this order with a large flower and vintage button on each end.


They are both such different designs!! 
Which design fits your style best?

The Todd Nest : Guest Bedroom Revamp

Yesss!! 

It is finally finished.


Remember when we posted about our new guest bedroom furniture a couple of weeks ago?

It looked like this...


We threw a plant and a globe on there to make it look somewhat complete, but let's be honest here... that just doesn't cut it around the Todd Nest. 

It didn't take long for inspiration to hit as I began unpacking a few other things and started to develop a theme of milk glass, dried flowers and burlap.


Simply charming, no?

We found the shutter laying on the side of our street a few Sunday mornings ago. We were running somewhat late for church (we were meeting with someone before the service) and I was rushing JD out of the door. "HURRY!! We gotta go!!" So he's driving down our street when I begin yelling, "SHUTTERS!! SHUTTERS!! REVERSE, REVERSE!!" After he realized what I was attempting to say, we hopped out of the car, snatched those big guys up and threw them in the backseat. And off to church we went. We actually made it on time (in case you were wondering). 

Worth. It. 

The burlap centerpiece is actually a small portion of a special order I'm making for an Etsy customer's wedding. Won't that be lovely? I loved it so much that I've decided to make another one with a T to put in its place. Until I ship that order, I'll be leaving it here for safe-keeping. ;)

We bought the lamps from Hobby Lobby as one of our first "real" home decor purchases. I was drooling over these things!! But then I got tired of them and decided to put them in a yard sale... until I decided they would look fantastic in this set-up. So, I kept them and I'm happy with them again. 

Story of our life. Always changing things around. This is why it's a bad idea to throw things away in this family. I will always find another place for it, you just gotta give it some time. 


Finally, the books. I wrapped all three of these books in shipping / packing paper. One is an atlas of the galaxy, one is an old school Laura Ashley decorating book and one is a faux painting book (I'm mainly documenting this for my own memory of when I forget what's wrapped up in there). I considered writing the names of the books on the sides in pretty cursive but decided against it because I just love the simplicity of it. 


What do you think of the new set-up?
How long does it normally take you to gain inspiration for finishing a bedroom design?
Do you change things up often or leave it be for a while?




Jitney's Journeys : Ecclesiastes 3:11 Painting


What an amazing promise from God!

One of my friends asked me to make her a customized 16" x 20" art piece for her home with Ecclesiastes 3:11 being the main focus.

Color theme should consist of blues, grays and purples
with a tree somewhere in the painting.

The biggest challenge of not having a whole lot of initial vision for a piece is just that... not having a grand initial vision for the piece. 

But I went with it. I'm honestly not even sure how I arrived to completion with this piece because it started out way dull and kind of dark. Then I started highlighting areas and made the leaves (unrealistically) purple, turquoise, gray and white. It brought a whimsical flair to the piece; it brought hope, which is what Ecclesiastes 3:11 is all about. 


Confession: I wish I could say that I free-handed the wood grain on the tree but I used a stencil. I've been wanting to use this stencil for forever, and I finally did. It was worth the wait. Everything else was freehand though, I promise.


The sides are painted in gray and lavender stripes to highlight some of the lavender she has as accent pieces in the room.



I've really never done a piece like this for someone, being without a mixed media theme, but it was super fun to make. I hope Nicole loves it as much as I do!!

Jitney's Journeys : Rustic Wooden Frames (Chalkboard & Photos)


One of my closest friends is expecting!! She's still keeping it hush-hush but she gave me permission to post the chalkboard I made for her. 

Here's our conversation via text that led up to this marvelous piece:
Her: Any ideas on where I can find a neat chalkboard?
Me: I would try Etsy first, Hobby Lobby or even TJ Maxx.
Her: Thanks! Let me know if you see any while you're out and about.
Me: Thought... So I can probably make you one.

Please note that we've never built a frame before (we leave that to the handyman, my Dad), especially not a chalkboard with a frame from all bare wood. But we're always up for learning something new and trying to conquer a challenge. The result?

Not to step my bounds here, but I was kind of obsessed with how well this turned out. She wanted something rustic and with a chalkboard size of 11" x 14". So JD and I rummaged through our scrap wood, found a solid 2' x 4' and cut it ourselves. The frame looked awesome as we pieced together the first three sides... but then we got to the fourth side and the measurements were way off. I'm not even sure how we could be off by that much.

So we went back to the rummaging pile, found another large 2' x 4' and walked it up to our neighbors for a more precise measurement. Whew. It worked that time. 

I sanded the boards after they were cut to the right size, distressed them, stained them, then nailed in some massively intense nails to keep the frame intact (nails also courtesy of Julia, our awesome neighbor). The final dimensions are 17" x 20".

Voila!

I left one nail head jutted out a bit to give it that rustic vibe.


After making the chalkboard, I covered it with paper and drilled a few screws in the back to hold it in place. I also added some wire for hanging and later added a photo hanger in case they wanted to hang it vertically.


Before she came over (and knew that I wrote "Coming in September"), she asked me to write "12 Weeks, baby is size of a lime". So I erased my previous message and went with this instead...


I think she would've been pleased either way but oh well-ity. The saying turned out super cute too. I'm just an all-around pleased designer today. :)

I've also decided that this is the technique I want to use for our dining room photo wall. Whoop whoop!! Finally. Some more clarity in home decor.

Here are a couple of other chalkboards we've made recently using antique baseboards but both have been sold...



End Note:
I'm thinking we'll start carrying the thick wooden frame as a new line for Jitney's Journeys in the Todd Nest Shop and our Etsy Shop. Both chalkboards and photo frames. What do you think?



Jitney's Journeys : Burlap Corkboard with Frame and Pocket

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Lauren invited me over to her house to help her design a collage wall for her front entryway. 

"Great is Thy Faithfulness" is the theme of the wall with rustic red, black, white and burlap accents.


As we were envisioning the final product, we decided to add a third burlap piece. Thus, came this:





Lauren will fill the pocket with letters from the kids they worked with in Africa and put a 5 x 7 photo on the left. It's going to look AMAZING on her collage wall she's putting together!!! 


Here are the details if you'd like for us to make you something like this...

For Lauren, I made this piece a corkboard with a burlap covering. The pocket has a lovely ivory trim and Love painted on it. Other ideas for the pocket could be... Family, Memories, Letters, a quote or Bible verse.

Price is determined by size and materials (for example, Lauren bought this frame so that cut out the cost of a frame). I know I say this often, but I seriously have the greatest friends / customers to work with. It's such a joy to envision such amazing pieces with them and then to actually bring those visions to life. What a blessing!