Monday, January 31, 2011

Bunny Slipper Winner and Little Pretties

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The weather has been so strange, warm today {75 degrees} and in the twenties tomorrow. When the weather turns chilly and it's the perfect climate for creating, I dream of light and bright creative spaces like this one. Maybe with a long rustic farm table with lots of space, flanked with an antique settee that's been refurbished and paired with these upcycled burlap coffee bean pillows by Velvet Bean.


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And two of these fun lamps made of recycled sewing patterns by Umba. Can you picture it?
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Also, thanks to the nearly 800 of you who entered the little bunny slipper and Humphrey Book giveaway. The winner is Jess of Whimsy Blooms. Jess, please email orders@joyfolie.com within one week to claim your prize!

Dear Anthropologie



DEAR ANTHROPOLOGIE

This is just a little note to say
that we LOVE that every holiday
you offer kids clothing.

And that your children's line is only missing one thing.....

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{All clothing and this adorable hat from Anthropologie kids Holiday '10}
All shoes, boots, and the little textile necklace by Joyfolie.
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“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”
Hans Christian Andersen

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And you can never be too little to wear a cute pair of shoes!
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Inspiration Board Tutorial

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I've noticed I tend to favor certain decorative elements: wide framed cork boards, vases full of green leaves, and magnet boards, to name a few. To call this a tutorial is really sort of a stretch because I don't have time to show you the step by step. It's more like an idea, but it's fun and easy and has a million different possibilities!

Here is what you need:
galvanized metal flashing
tin snips
sand paper
decorative paper or fabric {not too thick}
spray adhesive
hammer
nail
coordinating ribbon or twine

I usually buy flashing in one piece that is approximately 3 feet long or so at Lowe's. I think it's under five bucks. Trim your metal flashing to the dimensions you would like your magnet board. You could go as big or as small as you like! Mine is pretty tiny, at roughly 5" x 7". Using the tin snips and wearing work gloves, trim the flashing to the desired size and round the corners. Sand the edges because they can be very sharp. Next, cut your paper or fabric to fit the piece of flashing with about an inch overhang on all sides. Spray both the paper and the flashing with adhesive, then {carefully!} smooth the paper {or fabric} onto the flashing, using care to prevent wrinkles or bubbles. Trim the excess with scissors. Using a hammer and nail, pound two holes for the ribbon. String the board with ribbon, and--viola--ready to be hung! It becomes the perfect little place for photos, cards, or swatches of pretty fabric. You could even seal it with modge podge if you wanted to. This would make a great little gift, especially when paired with some magnets you made in this tutorial. Happy crafting!

P.S. There is still time to enter this giveaway. Also, I am working on a special project, so I'm sorry, but there will be no Photo Folie this weekend. Have a lovely Saturday!
Friday, January 28, 2011

The Humphrey Books and Another Giveaway

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"The persons hardest to convince that they're at the retirement age are children at bedtime."
-Shannon Fife

At our house, we have found that bedtime can either be a delight or a chore, which depends largely on story time. I don't know what it is, but the thought of reading certain story books is sublimely unappealing to me. {There are some books that I just don't particularly like, or, even though the kids asked to hear it, it's a fight the whole way through to keep their attention. Then I end up saying something like, "Fine, if you're not going to listen, then lights out and off to bed!}

However, we have recently discovered the Humphrey books, and it has added such a sweet component to our bedtime routine! They are written by British author, Sally Hunter. They have beautiful, whimsical illustrations, and wholesome, relate-able story lines for the kids. The stories are centered around two sibling elephants, Lottie and Humphrey. I enjoy these books, not only because the pictures are sweet and emotionally poignant, but I love the subtle ways these stories capture the humorous harmony of both the love and fatigue of a parent. Like when Humphrey gets a "real proper superhero suit" on the morning of his birthday and starts doing jumps and flips off his daddy who is still under the covers. To which his mom replies: "Okay, let's see who needs rescuing. Downstairs." Or the artful way in which Sally Hunter depicts a house inhabited by children that is consequently strewn about with toys and stuffed animals... and nearly every room has mom's forsaken cup of coffee. Oh, how I can relate!

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I highly recommend both Humphrey's Birthday and Humphrey's Bedtime, but the kid's definitely prefer the the latter. My children {like all kids, I think} love to imitate. So, it adds a measure of joy and anticipation to their evening routine: "Can we make big bubble mountains in the bath, just like Humphrey?" Sally Hunter, as mentioned, is British, so the children in the story have supper time before bed. Aidan has since taken to serving him and his sister little trays of snacks in the evening hours. It's adorable.

In Humphrey's Bedtime the opening page features two pairs of slippers, seen below.
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Whenever we read the story, Mia always says, "Hey, mom, you could make us those." Right she is! So, I made Mia and Aidan matching slippers, which they have enjoyed so much. It's such a lovely story, that I decided to share it with you! So, I am giving away one Humphrey's Bedtime book and matching pair of made-to-order slippers from newborn up to size 8. The slippers are lined in organic fleece, and the outside is made from nubby organic cotton terry cloth. I didn't want to exclude those not on Facebook, so for this giveaway, please comment on this blog post to be entered. For one additional post (2 comments total), please click "share" on the Facebook photo, but then comment again here to let me know you did it. Last day to enter is Sunday at 11:59 am CST. The winner will be announced on Monday.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TAFT Winner!

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Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our giveaway yesterday! We had roughly 1300 entries. This week's winner is comment #490, Mary Beth Miller. Congratulations! Mary, please email yours address to orders@joyfolie.com, so we can mail your prize. To see how we used Random.org to select the winner, click here. These shoes look especially cute when worn. Didn't win? There is always next Tuesday!

Also, in case you haven't read, we are getting very close to lots of inventory up to toddler size 12. You doubt? Click here.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TAFT - Dusty Pink

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Lace Slip Dress by Vintage Opulence, Letter Garland by Icing Designs, Pink Magnolia Photo by Nature Mandalas, and Pink Peacock Feathers by Pegasus 22


So, I totally get that modern, clean lines are in... and that simple, unfussy styles can be hip. But sometimes, I just want to bust out my inner girlie and go with pink. On the one hand, I do get tired of it. {I mean, what is more trite than pink on a little girl?} And then again, is there anything sweeter?
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So, happy Tuesday to you and another Tell a Friend Tuesday Giveaway! While our handmade shoes do sell out in seconds, we are getting close to having thousands of firm-soled shoes coming soon up to toddler size 12. So, we are trying to spread the word about Joyfolie. You can win a pair of these shoes, the Harlow, in a dusty pink in size 8. To enter, please leave a comment on this link only, and don't forget to tell a friend about Joyfolie today! Contest ends Tuesday at 11:59 PM CST. Then winner will be announced on Wednesday.

**PLEASE PLACE ENTRY COMMENTS HERE ONLY!**
I will use Random.org to select a winner from Facebook comments only
Monday, January 24, 2011

Photo Folie - Inception

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Today's photo inspiration is a bit off the beaten path, but before I go further, I would like to share special thanks to Mrs. Soup, who suggested the name Photo Folie to replace Photo Friday. "Folie" is the French word for frenzy/madness and a play off our name, so I think this is just perfect! Thank you, to Mrs. Soup, for your brilliant suggestion! (If you haven't already, please email us your address.)

So, carrying on, today's photo inspiration is from the movie Inception. If you have little kiddos at home, chances are you are like us, and don't get to see many movies in the theater. Robert and I just happened to be able to steal away to see this when it debuted, and I have to say, I consider it a near perfect film. It has become archetypal for movies to have cataclysmic plot twist that end up being incongruous when you follow them backwards. Directors must figure that if the explosions are big enough, movie goers won't see the gaps. Well, Inception is not that movie. It has a tightly woven story that leaves for layers of discussion and speculation at the end. As soon as I saw it, I had a shoe design idea. (Yes, crazy, that's how my mind works!)
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Inception is based on the premise of the ability to steal dreams.... but what could be more dangerous than stealing a dream, but the planting of an idea; i.e. inception. One of the characters, Ariadne, serves as the architect and guide in the film. She wears red throughout the story, and it is no coincidence that she shares the name of the mythical character Ariadne who helped Theseus find his way through the Minotaur's labyrinth by leading him with a scarlet thread.

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SPOILER ALERT!
I suggest you skip this part if you haven't seen the film
(it won't make sense anyway)

One of the most brilliant components of the film is that clearly, the mark for inception is Dom Cobb himself. This is why even the "real" waking sequences of the film have the narrowing of walls, disjointed arrivals/departures, and why Cobb's father-in-law tells him the recurring phrase, "Come back to reality." Furthermore, within the deepest levels of the dream, we aren't grappling with Fischer's reality at all--but Dom Cobb's. Ariadne, then, serves as Dom Cobb's guide to leaving behind the painful guilt and regret of losing his wife, Mal. Furthermore, even the signal for the "kick" out of any dream serves as an elegant reminder; the French song "Non je ne regrette Rien" translates "I do not regret anything at all, either the good that has been done to me or the evil."

Of course, the biggest question after seeing the film: Is he awake or isn't he? The totem's endless spinning tells us he's dreaming, but the final scene cuts as the totem falters and Cobb walk off camera towards his children. But this can't really be answered without addressing the entire story as an analogy for film making. I think that Nolan is drawing from Oscar-winning director and screen writer, Federico Fellini, who wrote:
"Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams;
years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image.
And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.”

Dreams aren't real, but they still impact our reality. Maybe we have a fight with a co-worker in a dream, and end up inadvertently giving him the evil-eye the next day at work. Similarly, movies are not real, but have the ability to impact our thoughts and perceptions about reality. So, I think the ending is intentionally left ambiguous, and theoretically unsolvable.

What I love about this film is that Nolan left a string of easter eggs for discovery and speculation, whether it's the theme of the potency of ideas, the motif of "taking a leap of faith," the oppression of capitalism, etc. One of the mysteries I haven't figured out is the numeric code 528 491, the "forgotten memory" that is tied to the vault, hotel room, the phone number, and the safe. Some people say it's a music code, but I think it's a backwards date, something in 1948, perhaps to do with the end of the "hollywood golden age," this lawsuit and the distribution of films.

Fellini also said, “All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.” So, I speculate that Nolan has his own personal issues with regret. Regardless, I enjoyed the film and taking an hour or so to hopscotch the internet trying to piece together the puzzles in the movie. Whether it's literature or film, I enjoy the research, debate and process of discovery. Finally, I consider apparel to be fanciful and artistic, but I hope that this art form will give me the ability to still impact reality in a meaningful way.

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Back to the shoes, drawing from Ariadne's character, these boots not only share her name, but also the scarlet color and use of ribbon/thread. Her character represents navigating through a maze of ideas, and leading to a positive outcome. Something I identified with on both an artistic and personal level. I only have a handful of these boots which are available here.

I know that some of you probably didn't connect with the movie like how I did, but for those who you who do, I'd love to hear some of your insights into the film!

Hanging Postcards

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photo of our products by Andrea Hallett Photography

First of all, I apologize that I left you hanging on the boots and photo Friday. I had a sick little man as of last night, right as I was trying to finish the post. Today I feel fortunate that I am able to work (all be it inefficiently) and be home with him. You should have heard the conversation between my two kiddos this morning.

MIA: So, you're sick, huh?

AIDAN: Yeah *fake cough* no school today. (big smile)

MIA: So, are you on medicine or something?

AIDAN: Oh, yeah, the purple stuff. *fake cough, pity look*

MIA: You're so lucky it's not pink.

They kill me. Although, I speculate he's not that sick because he was able to spread an entire package of white pillow stuffing (a.k.a. snow for a "snow day") through our entire downstairs. Why is it that with my children, fun always equals mess.

So, I will get the boot post up today. I wanted to also show you some gorgeous photos that the very talented Andrea Hallett took for us. Andrea was the first person ever to buy two pairs of shoes from me, back when they were just little booties. Andrea started her photography business, I grew mine, and here we both are! Andrea and I chat occasionally over the phone, and I feel blessed to know her!

She also took photographs of our postcards for us.
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I don't know what it was about these little buggers, but I could not get a good photo. Andrea to the rescue! As a thanks to our customers, we sometimes drop a free postcard in with an order. However, these hanging postcards are not only hand glittered, but they are all also tied with crystals and vintage seam binding. If you want to purchase them, they would look lovely hung in a little girls room from a knob on her dresser or a little hook on the wall. You can see the listing here. Thanks, Andrea, for the lovely photos!
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bryce and Kate

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I don't know if it's the string of grey days, but sometimes I feel a little tired of the same-old and want to do something new: like dye my hair. {Oh, did you think I was talking on a spiritually profound level? We're keeping it superficial today, people. Hey, in life, I like a mix of both--the profound and the light-hearted.} I've had red hair my whole life except for one day, when I dyed it blond at the Aveda training institute. It was striking--and a touch grey. Yikes! The next day, red again. After that, I don't think I'll ever stretch so far out of my comfort zone again... but I do get tired of red and freckles. Anyhow, I saw this picture on Hip Hip Gin Gin of Bryce Dallas Howard, who will be the new face for Kate Spade. I'm a fan of Kate and Bryce, and she is wearing her red hair and bright colors so well, it made me feel a little bit more content with what God gave me.

What about you? Have you ever had a horrible dye job? Or changed your appearance in a dramatic way?
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TAFT Winner and a Quick Q&A

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To begin, I would like to say hello to those who are new to Joyfolie and thank you for all the kind words you have shared about our products! Perhaps you have already read on our site that I used to teach college writing. Two years ago on a road trip to Austin I hand made a pair of booties during our travels. That is how my "business" (when it wasn't a business at all) began--little hand sewn booties. I was still teaching writing and staying up late, sewing these little booties as the orders occasionally came in off of Etsy. Shortly after that, I was contacted by a celebrity who wanted to buy several dozen of these wee little shoes... and shortly thereafter, I was told they might be featured in Instyle Magazine. Therein, the journey began. Over time, I have learned bit by bit, how to grow a business: how to hire staff, file a copyright, seek manufacturers. The truth is, our staff is still just a handful of people, but we are the brink of substantial growth. We are just a cottage industry, and all our shoes are hand cut and sewn in my studio. However, after over a year of searching, we have found a manufacturer who is converting our soft handmade shoes into real, how-do-you-do shoes. These will come in hopefully by this spring and in quantities of several thousand. We have also been in contact with a major and well-known retailer, and I have also made friends with the former Vice-President of Reebok, with whom I am discussing the details to learn the classic technique of shoe making. It has been such an interesting, unexpected journey! So, as I watched on Tuesday as our blog stats teetered at ten thousand, I ask you to please be patient with us as we adjust and grow.

So, blah-blah-blah, you are probably thinking, Who's the winner? We had 1690 entries. The winner of the boots is entry #1196 Launa Boulanger. You can see the drawing from Random.org, and how I found this number by clicking here. There were so many more entries than I expected, so I picked two more winners, Lindsay Warren and Jennifer Posegate, who we will each get one of our embellished tees and you can see those drawings here. To all three winners, please email orders@joyfolie with your name and address so we can mail you your prize!

Also, as a special and sincere thank you to those who spread the Joyfolie name across Facebook like wild fire, I am offering a 25% discount on our embellished tees with the code TEE4U, good through Saturday.
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Most of the questions we are asked is "are all the shoes and boots sold out?" The answer is yes. We remake select styles and sizes every week, and they sell out very quickly. I am going to post a new shoe inventory batch on our Facebook page very soon. However, we do have our embellished tees, ruffled jackets, Hansel and Gretel boots, dresses, fur wraps, and women's items that are in stock. Also, I do sell the PDF pattern for the wee little infant booties I used to make when this journey initially began.

Finally, I put together a few Q&A's about our business. If you have a question that is not answered here, please post it in the comments, and I will respond there.

Thank you,so very much for all your amazingly positive energy. I can't tell you how much of myself and how many sleepless nights I have poured into this business. I am truly humbled and blessed by your encouragement!

thank you!
Jessica

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Q&A

Q: Is everything sold out? The items say they are “out of stock” or “choose a smaller quantity;" are they sold out?

A: When you get the message "Either product is out of stock or choose a smaller quantity" it means the item is sold out. Joyfolie is a small company and right now we are putting out very low levels of shoe and boot inventory. This is partly because I am actively working with manufacturers to convert my designs into firm-soled shoes. I am working on an order of several thousand pairs, which will run up to toddler size 12. In the meantime, we do stock our apparel and accessories and white fur boots. We also relist more shoe inventory every week, by posting specific listing times on our our blog and Facebook. These shoes usually sell out within seconds of being entered in.


Q: Is there a secret to purchasing a pair of Joyfolie shoes?

A: As you may have realized, my handmade shoes are offered several dozen at a time and tend to sell out immediately. I would recommend having the item up a few minutes before I put in the inventory, and then refresh the size you desire for several minutes before and after the listing time. I also recommend Firefox for your browser, rather than Explorer. Please don’t become discouraged is you are not able to purchase a pair. I can empathize with how frustrating this is as a shopper and am working extremely hard to grow our shoe and boot inventory.


Q: Do you offer custom orders?

A: No. Please understand I wish I could, but I spend most of my time working with manufacturers to try and grow our inventory on a larger scale. This is challenging enough, especially in tandem to being a mom to two small kiddos.


Q: Do you ship internationally?

A: Yes. Please select this shipping option at the time of checkout. We ship USPS first class, which takes 2-4 weeks for the shipment to arrive.


Q: Do you wholesale?

A: Demand has so far outstretched supply that we do not wholesale our products. We are working on drastically expanding our inventory, and will reopen wholesale lines when that happens. Right now, we are project spring/summer 2011.


Q: What sizes to you offer? Have you thought about making shoes for boys or for women?

Our handmade shoes are available up to toddler size 8. When we transition to manufactured shoes, we will offer up to toddler size 12. We do not have any immediate plans for boys shoes or youth sizes; our first project beyond toddler shoes will be branching into womens.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mod Boots and Another T.A.F.T

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Some of my my current Etsy favs (clockwise from top left): matchstick note pads,
Keep Calm recycled wood sign, herbal tea kit, autumn day print


The photos above are some of my newest luvs on Etsy. I especially think I need the "Keep Calm" sign.... if you read my Flood and Furry post then you'll understand why it would go perfectly right above the tub. Thanks, too, to those moms who said you could relate to that post or that you were encouraged by the openness of other women.

Today is Tuesday, so we are carrying on with Tell a Friend Tuesday and another giveaway! I've been a little bit nervous about going forward. You see, it took us a long time to build up our FB "likes" to where we were last week. I have been wanting to build our exposure as we are getting closer to larger shoe inventory. What I did not expect, was for our exposure to almost double in one week! If you are new to Joyfolie, all our shoes are handmade by me and my small (part time) staff. Our shoes and boots are not stocked in the listings on our site, but we replenish inventory in 1-3 dozen with specific styles of boots/shoes and listing times which we post here and on our FB page. The shoes sell out--very fast (literally seconds.) Incidentally, the next post will be the Ophelia shoes, size 3-8. I will post a time soon!

We have had a lot of emails asking about why all the shoes are sold out. So, please be patient with us as we wait it out for the next few months until thousands of shoe inventory comes in. Just, don't hate me if you can't snag a pair between now and then. I'm doing the best I can, I promise! In the mean time, our ruffled jackets, white fur boots, embellished tees, and accessories are in stock.

So, moving on, our giveaway items this week is these lovely little one-of-a-kind mod boots in size 7. Visit our facebook page (found here) to find out how to win them!
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If you are wondering what to pair with these graphic little kicks, I put together a little wardrobe suggestion for you...
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The scarf is by Zara, heathered legging by JCrew, adorable vest and finger puppets by Blabla, and oatmeal dress is Joyfolie, of course. One last thought, if you sent me an email about being a blog sponsor, I am so sorry I have not responded. It's on the top of my list! One final thought, you can read my random Q & A on the Makerie blog. Don't forget to tell a friend about Joyfolie this Tuesday!

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I just saw people are making entry comments in this post. Please submit your entry at this link. Only entries in that location will be counted. Thank you!
Monday, January 17, 2011

Photo Folie - Shades of Violet

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Today is Photo Friday on a Monday. I really need a new name. Feel free to offer one and if you come up with something brilliant, I'll definitely return the favor! In the meantime, to understand Photo Friday please read the explanation in this post. Today's inspirational image is from the oh-so fabulous blog Decor8 by Holly Becker. The Color Me Pretty posts by Leslie Shewring are my favorite, and always visit there when I am in need of a little photo styling inspiration.

The other day I bought some violet dye, and that purchase in combination with the image above inspired a series of shoes, pictured below.
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So, instead of one pair of shoes, I have three available for you, two of which were made from custom-dyed fabrics and trim just for this post. So many people said that they loved the flower on the Audra shoes, so I created a similar design but in violet....
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Second, I have fun modern print pair of shoes.
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Additionally, I have a third design, also custom dyed. It features a hand-torn chiffon bow, and a gem which I backed with vintage floral fabric from one of my shopping trips. All three styles of shoes in a few sizes are available here. I hope to add a few more sizes soon.
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Here are some additional photos...
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A few violet surprise clips....
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Where, like a pillow on a bed,
a pregnant bank swelled up to rest
the violet's reclining head,
Sat we two, one another's best.

-John Donne

Happy Monday!
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Of Flood and Furry

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Water Dreams by Magnesina

Last night I had the kiddos in the tub, when I ran to the kitchen to pop some rolls in the oven for dinner. I could hear Aidan and Mia both laughing. They fight nearly 80% of the time, so I thought it was sweet... how they were getting along so well. I mean, they were really laughing.

The kid's bathroom is an L-shape; the first room is long and narrow with double sinks, which leads into the second room with the tub and toilet. Once finished in the kitchen, I went back upstairs to get the kids out of the tub. When I stepped into the first room, my foot hit the floor with a gush of three inches of standing water. Let me repeat that: THREE INCHES OF STANDING WATER. Apparently, the kiddos were laughing so hard because they thought it was hilarious to dump quart-sized bowls of water onto the floor. And because they were laughing so hard, I didn't hear the water spilling--just their laughter.

I was livid.

I grabbed each naked child by the arm, swatting their naked little bum, yelling things like, "Honestly, what is wrong with you!!!" Lovely parenting, isn't it?

Before you judge too harshly, let me explain that the second floor bathroom is above the master bedroom and my closet. So, while the children were sequestered to their rooms, I was frantically grabbing buckets as the water dripped in a steady stream into our bedroom a story below. I have a notebook that collects my sketches, to-do lists, verses {a bound version of my collective thoughts} that was now smeared and water-logged. So too, the water leaked into the my closet and onto the pretty vintage hat boxed filled with my favorite lingerie.

Here's my point: when I was round-bellied with our first baby, I was constantly greeted by smiles and murmurs of: "it's a wonderful experience, it's lovely, and you'll love it." And it is and their right and you will. BUT there will be moments of resentment. Moments where you miss a life that used to be mostly yours and now is mostly not. I don't think I have ever been so mad at my children as I was last night. It's just a house, and they are just things. The reason I share all this is to comfort those who are also mothers of young kids, and tell you that if you struggle with these feelings, you are not alone. It can be very easy to focus on what the children take away: a tidy home, all my free time, moments of quiet. In Proverbs 4:23 it says, "Keep your heart with vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life" (NRSV). I have been surprised how often it has been an act of will and discipline of thought to focus on the joys instead of the sacrifices. The reality is that the joys are many! But they do come at a cost.

So, if you woke up today to a mess from your kiddos or with a longing for a time when your life was more yours, know that many moms feel just like you. And that I am sending warm thoughts and an extra prayer that you find joy in the midst of sacrifice... or bathroom tidal wave--whatever the case may be!

XO
Jessica
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Asymmetry

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I really enjoy how it has be come au courant to tout an asymmetrical look, even when it comes to hair styles. You probably wouldn't know it (because I hardly ever post photos of myself) but my hair is red and these days particularly long. Between managing a business, a small staff, two kiddos and all the household duties, I don't have a lot of time to do my hair. Lately I have been wearing it in an asymmetrical bun similar to this photo, and I've been surprised by how many compliments I get. Paired with a textured scarf, leggings, and boots, it a super easy (but still stylish) look. The photo above is from This is Glamorous, and you can see her helpful tutorial here. I don't do mine quite like that, though. I braid it on the side, pin it a bun, and go--maybe run an iron on the side pieces. Five minutes top. To keep the slightly messy look from being dowdy, I pair it with darker eyeliner. Of course, today, I didn't even do that! *le sigh*

Also, in case you didn't see it on our facebook page, more Piper Shoes in sea glass will be available here Thursday night at 9 pm CST.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tell a Friend Tuesday

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We are introducing a new giveaway series called Tell a Friend Tuesday! To read the details and to enter, click here. This week, we are running the contest on our Joyfolie Facebook page, but we may also do something similar connected to our blog for those of you not on Facebook. Special thanks to Florabella for providing us with the beautiful photo! If you haven't visited the Florabella site, you really should! Not only are the photography actions wonderful, so is Shana herself! And her site is brimming with lots of photography inspiration, as well!
Sunday, January 9, 2011

Photo Folie - Turqoise, Pink and Dots

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In case you're new, first of all, hello! And let me introduce Photo Friday. The idea originated that every Friday, I would design a new style of shoes based off of an inspiring photo. However, Fridays are busy, and so now they just show up whenever... and I still call them Photo Friday; I know, it's nonsensical. Anyhow, I love today's image, by SLG Designs. It is a perfectly captured diptych; I love the juxtaposition of colors and perspectives. So, drawing from SLG, I used similar photo-styling for these shoes:
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We have done several Ophelia shoes, these Ophelia's are in a turquoise and brown polka dot. You can find size 4-8 available here. I wish I could have gotten a better photo, but we had rainy, grey weather all day today! Nonetheless, I love the fun, mod print, of these!

Additionally, I am offering a last call on our Vintage Rose Tees! All the ones that were pre-ordered with our holiday launch were mailed today, and I have just a handful left. They coordinate perfectly with these snappy little Pink Dotty shoes. Shoe are found here and tees here.
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Happy... er, Sunday! Thanks to SLG Designs for the inspiration!
XOXO!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Piper Shoes in Sea Glass

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Photos, clockwise from top left: Dance Photograph by Create Love Laugh, Perfume Bottle One, Journal by $5 French Market, Le Jardin d'Eden Print by Urban Design by Winborg Design

I have come to realize that I tend to favor certain colors, and sea glass is definitely one of them! It's feminine and vintage and looks good on so many complexions. This is just a quick note to tell you, if you have a princess-lovin' girlie girl at home (or want to be one vicariously) this is the shoe for you. Upholstery weight diamond-patterned chenille pairs with soft chiffon and hand-beaded gem. Vintage, soft and sweet... but not plastic-y princess, like so many things you see in the store.
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The Piper shoes, pictured above, will be available in size 5-8 in both brown and sea glass. The brown version has the same fabric, slightly different from the photo on the site, by lovely all the same. This is just an extra photo that fit the color scheme that I found lovely! The Piper shoes in both colors and possibly others will be available at the Joyfolie website Wednesday at 9pm CST. You can see the listing and additional photos here. Happy Tuesday!
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