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. :) 


The Todd Nest : Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch

Sneak into our garden and check out the Easter Egg Hunt we had with our neighbors this year...

As most of you know, we inherited an amazing backyard garden when we bought this house. The lady who lived her before us spent most of her days cultivating the lovely flowers that bloom year-round. We couldn't think of any better way to enjoy it than to enjoy it with others. 



Decor: We used the potting bench JD and dad made for us as the drink and dessert table. It worked superbly! We displayed chalkboards which proclaimed the glory of Christ, that He is risen! Unfinished quilting squares were used as tablecloths and we placed our snowball hydrangeas in old tins and a large vintage teapot. They bloomed just in time for the brunch. Mom and dad gave us their super sweet vintage cooler on wheels so we served ice out of that and filled with side pocket up with little glass Coca-Cola bottles (not pictured).


JD and I put together a mass of these "Jelly Bean Story" favors with the help of our next door neighbors. My friend Katy Jo told me about the poem she found online but I rendered it a bit to give it more diversity in the rhyming. :) The design matches the invitations we delivered to our neighbors. My genius husband had the idea of placing a couple of our barnwood boards on the arms of the island chair to create another table. Gosh, I love that man and his creative brain. We set a watering can and a few other vintage items on it. One of our neighbors brought us a lovely spring bouquet we set in the watering can.


All of the neighborhood kids came over, with baskets in tow. 


They started wandering the backyard garden as soon as we said "go"! 
{did you like the rhyming there...?}


Since we're planning on hosting this Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch annually, we asked the kids to return their emptied Easter eggs to a basket so that we could use for next year. (Thanks to my parents, we ended up having a total of 600 eggs!!! And thanks to our church small group, we had several hands willing to stuff tiny prizes in each one. Wahoo!)


The kids emptied their baskets and sorted through their eggs to find lots of little surprises....


And we even hid six golden eggs (a few with half dollar coins and one with a $5 bill). One of the kids found two golden eggs and sweetly gave his second one to Lilianna. She opened it only to find the one rolled up $5 bill. Cha-ching! 


This was, by far, my favorite moment of the day. I loved watching JD help little Ava open all of her eggs. While we're incredibly happy in the season we are in (married without kiddos), these moments certainly make my heart anticipate the day that we have some little Todd-lings running around. He's going to be an amazing dad one day. ;)

Ok... retreating from the sappiness, each family brought a delicious brunch item which varied from homemade cinnamon rolls to cheesy grits casserole to homemade biscuits with the fixins to sausage pinwheels to fruit to cute cupcakes. It was incredible!! 


Look at all of these beautiful faces!!


What an absolute joy it was, to see relationships being built and families gathering together all while worshiping the resurrection of Christ through joining in community!



We loved, loved, loved getting together with everyone... but having my parents with us made this celebration priceless. My mom is the master of hosting and making all things lovely. Seriously. She is the person I call before typing "how to" into Google. 

I thought she was going to help me organize everything and give me a checklist of things to be done. On the contrary, she made dad turn into an estate sale early Saturday morning instead of coming to help us. Before you start judging her and thinking that this was a terrible thing for a mom to do, please know that in hindsight, I couldn't be more grateful. I'm incredibly dependent on her and she knows it. She wanted this to be an event that JD and I put together all by ourselves, to show that we could do it without her and dad. 

It's the same way I learned to ride my bike... My dad was always there guiding me but when he knew I could peddle on my own without falling off, he stepped back. He let me ride freely, with my hair flowing in the wind (or stuffed under a fat helmet). He trusted that I learned all that he taught me and that I listened well. And you know what? Sure, I fell off a few times after that, but I always got back up. I learned from my mistakes and developed into a really great biker that only falls off her bike rarely now (instead of often. Yes, it still happens occasionally).

And so it went with the party. It made me flip out at first, but at the end of the day, I learned SO MUCH MORE!! She and dad stepped in when they were absolutely needed but stepped back at all other times. Thank you for teaching us your skills, your tricks and your creativity. Thank you for trusting that we learned those things and learned them well enough to do it all on our own. Thank you for letting us go forth on our own, but still coming to support us and celebrate with us. We are so deeply grateful for you both, mom and dad. 


The entire event was a massive collaborative effort. Thank you to everyone who helped us prepare / brainstorm, brought food, and helped clean. We couldn't have done it without you all!!


Jitney's Journeys Products : Halloween 90th Birthday Surprise Party


My sweet friend, Kandess, asked if we could make some special accents for her grandfather's 90th surprise party. 

Theme : Spook-tacular Halloween 
Location : Gorgeous Barn

As with all of our products, all of the goodies here were custom made and passed by Kandess first to certify perfect satisfaction. 

Not gonna lie... I had a pretty difficult time figuring out which direction I'd like to go when designing these products. The original thought process was chalkboard-inspired but then I thought that maybe I should go a little more grunge or even maybe a little more cute-sie. After hours of that not working out, I decided to try proceed with the chalkboard-look. 

That's when I designed this lovely banner...
and kept pressing forward.

Inspiration, achieved. :)


{happy birthday banner}


{up-close of the birthday banner}


{table goodies}


{menu cards - Kandess did an amazing job coming up with fun names for all of the food and drinks!}


{table numbers via papergravy.com / thegraphicsfairy.com}


{assorted signs to display}


{up-close of rosettes}


{black and orange striped straws via The Charm House}


Kandess and her husband dressed up as a gangster and flapper girl. 
"Ridiculously cute" cannot express how amazing they looked!!


{Daniel & Kandess}


{table set-up - isn't that cake fantastic!?}







Cucumber Water

First off, a HUGE thank-you goes out to the women who hosted our Guest Blogger series for May.

Now that your worlds have been rocked by those amazing ladies, you probably need a nice refreshing drink to hydrate yourself. 

Thus, we will continue rocking your world with this delicious cucumber water recipe.
Our dentist in Georgia serves this to all of his clients. We immediately asked for the recipe when we took the first sip.

You will need:
mint, rosemary, cucumbers, water

Venture out to your herb garden (or farmer's market or local produce section) and clip a few sprigs of mint and rosemary.

Rinse.

Grab an old glass milk bottle (or serving glass of your choice) and gently arrange the herbs into the jar. 


Slice your cucumbers and toss them in the bottle too. 

Add cold water.

Allow to infuse for a few hours in the fridge.

Pour.

Sip.

Be refreshed.


This display is also gorgeous in a large beverage dispenser 


Photo from hosting Emily's bridesmaid luncheon


What is your favorite water infusion?










Etsy Product Release : Moustache Burlap Tote


And we've got ANOTHER Etsy Product Release!! 

Find the Moustache Burlap Tote Bag here.


It's oh-so-simple and oh-too-cute. 

To be honest with you, I'm quite unsure of the best way to spell moustache. Regardless of your personal preference in spelling it "moustache" or "mustache", this burlap tote bag is the perfect size to hold all of your valuables or party essentials. You can stock it up with fantastic goodies and give it away as a gift. In fact, we think this would be a fabulous tote to fill with wonderful trinkets for a bridesmaid's gift.

The only thing you can't do with this simple tote is tape it above your lips. 


This was the first time I have posed for any of our shop media. In fact, it was a self-photo on a timer. I hope it doesn't look ridiculous... You would tell me if it did, right?

The vintage scarf is from an amazing collection of scarves my grandmother (whom we refer to as GinGin) so lovingly gave me. Not a day has gone by that I haven't had one in my hair (it's been a couple of weeks). 

Back to the tote...
Here are the specifics:

One black moustache is stenciled in the middle of the front of the bag. If you would like a different colored moustache, we would love for you to message us with your preference and we will customize your order without a problem. The backside of the burlap bag is plain unless you would like us to monogram a name or initial across the back for $3 per tote.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY, EVERYONE!!



Life Skills : The Lovely Ladies Luncheon


Get it?

Like - You can't touch this (oh-oh oh oh oh-oh)
Break it down (more oh's)
STOP - manner time.

Ok. Well, I thought it was witty.

Anyway, most of you know that I taught life skills to a group of twelve amazing young ladies this semester. Since I have been out 7 of the 14 classes because of travel, I wanted to do something super special for them while still teaching them a super crucial life skill. 

So we had a luncheon.

THE Lovely Ladies Luncheon, that is.


This is the formal invite I sent out, with a glimpse of the image on the envelope to the right.


Rhinestones, glitter, textured cardstock - you know, the works. 

The assistant teacher for the class (who is amazingly awesome) hosted the luncheon at her abode.


Each girl brought food (potluck style is probably not the fanciest, but we worked with what we had).


And I pulled out every nice dish JD and I had at our house (not to mention $1 chargers I found at Michael's that morning - oh yeah!!). 


Annnd... I may have pulled most of my Christmas decorations down to create cute centerpieces for each table. 

Did you notice that we put the bread rolls in Santa's sleigh?... That was a collaboration effort between a couple of my students. ;)


The girls learned how to create a centerpiece using vases, old bottles and antiques I've collected over the years for next-to-nothing at antique / thrift stores. 

Side note: One of the girls put up a pic on Instagram the next day of vintage vases they found at an antique store. I was beyond-words proud. :)



We put all of the plates and silverware in the kitchen and left the chargers empty so that the girls could set their own place settings. (Hands-on experience is the best tool, right?)

Each girl set her place place setting:
Dinner plate on bottom, salad plate on top.
Forks on your left.
Remember: F-O-R-K has four letters and L-E-F-T has four letters.
Spoons and knives on your right.
Remember: S-P-O-O-N and K-N-I-F-E have five letters and R-I-G-H-T has five letters.
Size of the silverware goes from smallest on the outside to the largest on the inside. 
Follow the sizes with each course (i.e. furthest fork from you is for your salad, largest fork beside your plate is your dinner fork).
Tea glasses always go to the top right of the plate.
Napkin goes in the lap. 


After we went over a list of table etiquette pointers, we passed a box of cards around the table called Table Topics. My favorite question was, "At what age is someone old and how does a person stay young?"

There were a variety of answers from 17-years-old is "old" to 40-years-old to 80-years-old. My favorite answer is, 
"You're only old when you begin thinking that you're old." 

That's wisdom -- from a teenager. 
I love it.


We finished up the afternoon with a present-wrapping and bow-making lesson where the girls dominated. I'm pretty sure they'll be giving out packages this year with stellar packaging! 


What do you think about being old...
At what age is someone old and how does a person stay young?


**Thanks to Shelby for taking some of these fantastic photos!





The Epic Shabby Chic Bridesmaid Luncheon for a Dear, Dear Friend

My mom and I hosted a bridesmaids' luncheon for my first "BFF", Emily Perry. We met at the age of two and have been friends ever since... yeah, 22 years. THAT is sisterhood. Her and her sweet new husband, Brian, dated for eight years and have finally TIED THE KNOT!!

Anyways, I have been so. stinkin. EXCITED. to show you photos of all mom and I put together. Among many other things, Mom (referred to earlier posts as "Mama E") set up all of the centerpieces and decorated the mantel; while I made the chargers, mason jar glasses and table runners. 

Meet Mrs. Gardner...


Mama E: "Tomorrow, call me 'Mrs. Gardner'."
Me: "No mom! We're not going to call you 'Mrs. Gardner'. That's going to be Emmy's new name."
(I was thinking it was a game she was wanting to play.)
Mama E: "Yeah. Call me 'Mrs. Gardner'..."
Me: "No, mom. Seriously, we are not calling you 'Mrs. Gardner' all day."
Mama E: "I'm talking about what you should write on the chalkboard!!"
Me: "Hahaha - oh. Well, maybe we should write, 'Tomorrow we shall call her Mrs. Gardner' instead...?"
Mama E: "Oh yeah. That would be much better."


The bride and bridesmaids' table. 
Notice there is an old school desk to the bottom left-hand corner. That's what you throw in when you miscount the number of guests coming. 


Mom used kitchen towels for the napkins to provide a more aesthetically pleasing presentation.

The bridesmaids and bride sat at the "groom" table, and the families of the grom and bride sat at the "bride" table. Thank you, Scrabble.


These lovely monogrammed jars with a chalkboard lid will be sold in our Etsy shop SOON!!


Drink Options:
Cucumber Water 
water with slices of cucumbers and branches of mint and rosemary - this refreshing water ran out QUICKLY
Virgin Mimosas
orange juice and sparkling grape cider
Coffee


The "marriage" mantel. Mom set all of this up. Isn't it lovely? We threw the vintage book wreath together in no time!


Menu Options:
Various flavored muffins
Mini pecan pie muffins
Heart-shaped fruit with dip
Egg & bacon casserole
Egg & sausage mini casseroles
French toast casserole
Italian cream cheese cake

My parents' neighbor, Amy, helped out with some of the delicious menu options!



The entire luncheon was a HUGE hit! 
Brian & Emily's wedding took place Sunday night. 
The wedding was beautiful and flashbacks of our childhood created kiddie pools of tears in my eyes.
Emily is such a blessing to my life. 
JD and I wish them both a lifetime of pure bliss!!


"This way... to happily ever after."