Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tied with a Ribbon

We wanted to try something different for a bridal shower we went to a few months ago. I've see this idea on pinterest and at many showers, but I never took on the challenge. I first emailed the mother of the bride and bridesmaids to make sure this wasn't already being made. It's also perfect to add those random registry items that would only go together because they're used in the kitchen. She registered for these beautiful kitchen towels and the colors red and bright green became the colors throughout. The kitchen supplies and towels were purchased from Bed Bath & Beyond and the potholders were from The towel cake was one of those ... "it was a good idea at the time..." because transporting it wasn't easy at first. The 3 layers weren't attached so when Dana stepped on the gas, it went flying. It arrived safely and was reassembled at the place. Here are step by step pictures of our creation... Any questions? Just ask!


From Jen with Love

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tied with a Poem

A bridal shower I have recently been to was themed 'vintage 1960s lace'. I have to admit I had to look up the 1960's part, we had fun adding those creative touches - from a brooch bouquet to handmade details on mason jars to lace picture frames. 

For this gift I combined 3 different gifts that were tied together with a poem...For the future Mrs. Frame.

Personalization Mall
Something with your name.
Something for Frame.
Something to light the flame.
Each gift was numbered and given a separate envelope and poem. 

It's always a good feeling when I hear "I know who this is from you." I tell Dana that we need to strive for - Best. Gift. Ever. Hope you will feel the same way too!

 From Jen with Love

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tied with a Theme

This post begins a 3-part series for bridal shower gifts. Each gift idea was tied with a... , read all 3 to find out. And just a side note, I had multiple people join on each gift so I had more money to work with. They pay. I create. Here are tips and websites so you can create too.

"We're so happy you found someone special  you get to annoy for the rest of your life." We had this engraved on a wine box for a themed wine basket. We did this last year for a friend that loves wine. The box preserves wine and you can pick the years. We chose - Open On…Honeymoon, 1 year Anniversary, 3 year Anniversary. The sooner the better, right? You can add your own wine or buy from the website  You can choose engravings on the inside lid (their names, year, place, saying). The website has an IDEAblog for quotes. For example, "you may need wine at this stage!" I added wine glasses and other registry ideas...napkins, cheese knife, etc.

Wine Boxes
Crate and Barrel registry items
From Jen With Love

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Gift of Gambling

One of my husband's favorite times of the year is here - March Madness! It's college basketball bracket time. A few years ago the first round of games fell on St. Patty's day and Ryan and one of his best friends took the day off from work. They spent the entire day watching all the first round games and drinking plenty of Guinness. By the time I met up with him I think he actually had a permanent smile on his face. So with that background, you get a sense of the "madness" in my house that starts this week. I must say I actually get into it too. If I'm going to have to watch all the games and know all the match-ups I might as well get something out of it - the chance to win some money. And so my gift to you is this - if you want to get in on the fun, have a reason to follow the games, and the chance to win some good money, message below or email me directly ( To enter the pool it's $5 so I will pay the way for the first person that lets me know they want in.  A gift in return will be for that person pass our link on to someone we don't know! Thanks - and good luck! 

From Dana with March Madness love 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I love Dana because...

While only a month after my birthday, it felt like forever for Dana to join me at this next stage of our lives. So for Dana's 30th she wanted to celebrate with family and friends right? Wrong! She went on a mini vaca with her hubby to Sedona Arizona. She escaped the cold and snow to well, more cold and snow. When she got back I finally was able to give her the gift I've been working on for weeks. Our stories always start - "it seems like a good idea at the time..." But we both learned our lesson: no more ridiculous gifts.

This gift began with a simple frame which I changed a bit to include I love you because...(stickers that I glued onto the frame). Side note: the glass works as a dry erase board

Then came the 30 reasons.
And the idea to hang it from a shelf I saw and bought off etsy.
Etsy: Country Wall Shelf
Next came emails to friends and family asking for their help. Everyone from growing up friends to grad school friends, to her favorite student to Moose. Be creative or call it desperate, but I had to get to 30!
To add more work, I decided to add a picture of each friend or family member onto the card.
Then the writing and gluing began...

And more email reminders, gluing, writing reasons, and numbering the cards.
And lots of tool to hang the cards.
Then extra tape because everyday at least one card would fall off.
And finally, flowers for the mason jar.
Dana's reaction...Priceless!

A special thanks to everyone who helped make this gift possible.
From Jen with love (30 reasons to be exact)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

What's In Your Pot O' Gold?

This weekend was Hoboken St. Patty’s Day. Why do we celebrate more than 2 weeks early? I have no idea, but it’s been a tradition in Hoboken for many years. Even without a parade and a $2000 fine for an open container or misconduct, thousands of people swarm the streets in a sea of green. Dana usually celebrates her birthday this weekend with a St. Patty’s Day party, but this year was different. You know you are getting old when.... we didn’t go to a party, we didn’t know anyone having a party, and instead we took a class out of town. That doesn’t mean though that we can’t provide some fun desserts for you to serve or bring to your St. Patty’s Day party (and I’m guessing it’s on or around March 17).These ideas were guessed it, Pinterest. 
You can get creative with making anything green or adding a rainbow. I've made rainbow cupcakes for my birthday last year and while it tasted amazing and looked pretty good, they were time consuming. 

Just remember to start early so you're not painting your nails as guests arrive.

Rainbow on top cupcake with pot o' gold

Irish Style Dirt Cake

Gumballs, candy sticks, Twizzlers and chocolate coins
Green food coloring or pistachio Jello pudding added to cupcake mix
Lucky Charms on top!
White chocolate covered pretzels with green sprinklesWhat's your favorite St. Patty's Day pin?

 From Hoboken with luck,

Friday, February 8, 2013

Don't Worry Cupid ... I got this

So I've never really been the flowers and chocolate kind of girl. It's not that flowers aren't pretty, but they die off in a week. Chocolate is delicious, but it's those added calories that I am just not looking to gain. So I started compiling a list of girl friendly gifts for the romantic day. Now I'm assuming we don't have a big guy following on this site, but what you ladies can do is copy and paste our link into an email for the men in your life and drop a little hint. I have always been happy to tell the people in my life just what I want because then I am guaranteed to get something I like. And I'll have several choice so the surprise will be...which one did he pick?
 Ok so the cute Valentine's gifts on my radar are from a variety of places. To start - I'm very into little stud earrings. This is a pair I saw on Pinterest and can be purchased on the Kate Spade website. Bow earrings are cute, trendy, and not too lovey dovey. I also saw these pave heart studs on shopbop by Marc Jacobs if you're more into the heart shape.

I also like the idea of getting things for the home. Cute pillow cases like these from amazon or a wine cork letter to hang from etsy goes well with a nice bottle of wine. I bet both gifts will lead you to the bedroom ;)

What has been your past favorite Valentine's day gift? Or is there something special your hoping for this year? Share with us!

From Dana with love on Valentine's Day