Nursery Love

From the moment I found out that I was pregnant, I have been dreaming about the nursery. Sure, a baby does not really need his/her own room but I really enjoy interior design and I knew this would be a project that would make my pregnancy even more fun. I am no where near an expert, but I am very excited about the progress we have made so far.

Once we found out the sex, the design process really took off. However, I am definitely not a fan of theme nurseries. I do not have themes to other rooms in my house so it just does not make sense to do so in his room. Our current apartment is pretty small and we cannot paint so I am trying to add pops of yellow, blue, and green accented with gray to really make it special. For the overall look, I envision something modern and playful with touches of vintage charm but nothing too babyish.

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Oeuf Sparrow Crib in White

This is the first piece of furniture we purchased. We really wanted to buy it immediately but the price tag was a bit scary.

Luckily, our local Giggle store had a floor sample in great condition marked down and we scored an amazing deal!





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Crib Bedding made by etsy seller fingersandtoes!

We skipped the bumper and will just be using a flat crib skirt and fun, printed sheets for a clean look.


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Ikea Hemnes Dresser in White

This will also serve as the changing table. I am currently looking at some knobs to make

it a bit more special and add some more pops of color.



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This was actually the first thing I purchased for the baby.
I remember having one of these when I was a kid and I loved it! I hope he does too.

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Some other things I am loving:

I Heart Vintage

Good morning friends!

I uploaded so many new items to my store last night. I have been experimenting with expanding the store and when I found these vintage cabochons, I knew exactly what I wanted to create and I could not be happier with the results. But the best part? Everything is under $20.00! Check it out…


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Make You Feel My Love

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All My Loving–Blush Pink

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Going to California

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All My Loving–Purple

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Mary Jane’s Last Dance

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All My Loving–Mustard Yellow

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All My Loving–Red & White

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Me & Bobby McGee

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Oh Very Young

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All My Loving–Eggplant

What do you think of the new additions to Hello, I Love You?


xo,


Jenna

New Additions

Good morning! Today is actually my birthday, so I am a little extra happy. πŸ™‚

I have lots of fun things planned with the Reg and my family (most of which involve food!). But before I go, I wanted to give you a preview of some of the new pieces that I am adding to my etsy store next week…


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Hair Accessories featuring vintage beads and colorful flowers on antique bronze hair pins.


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Dainty post earrings featuring more of those beautiful vintage beads. These are really tiny (a little smaller than a dime) and made with Sterling Silver.


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Both the lockets and the cabochons shown here are vintage and are going to look perfect on a long, thin gold chain.

I am thrilled with how they look. Truly, I would love to wear each piece.


Okay now it is off to celebrate turning the big 2-6. Maybe I will bring this back?


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xo,


Jenna

Hello…I Love Bob Dylan

I have always said that I was born in the wrong generation. As you can see from my jewelry, I am huge fan of music, particularly that of the 1960s and 1970s. Bob Dylan is easily one of my favorites. I love the way he combines rock, blues, and folk music to create powerful music with inspiring lyrics. In fact, I think Bill Clinton said it best when he discussed Dylan’s impact on music:

“He probably had more impact on people of my generation than any other creative artist. His voice and lyrics haven’t always been easy on the ear, but throughout his career Bob Dylan has never aimed to please. He’s disturbed the peace and discomforted the powerful.”

Here are a few of my recent designs inspired by Dylan’s legacy…


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Blowin’ in the Wind

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

I really love both of these pieces so much. In fact, I am wearing a pair of the Blowin’ in the Wind earrings (in pink) to a wedding this weekend. I consider them a little present to myself for my birthday, which is tomorrow! We are going to Pizzeria Mozza for dinner and then I am heading to Lake Tahoe for a very special wedding weekend. It is going to be a great time and I will definitely be sharing pictures when I return. πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful day!
xo,
Jenna

Busy Bee

Hello! I am sorry I took such a big break in blogging! I have been busy working on some jewelry for a wedding that takes place next weekend. Very exciting!

You want to see what they look like?





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I am really in love with the way they came out. That stone in the center is Aventurine, which is supposed to bring good luck. Legend has it that aventurine is a healing stone, improving imagination, increasing confidence, and reducing stress. Plus it is preeeeeeeetty.

However, because I have been so busy, I have not been coming up with as many original recipes. Instead, I have been relying on the Epicurious App for my iPad.

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In no way is this a paid advertisement for them but this app IS freakin’ fantastic. There are thousands of recipes with brilliant photos. Plus, there is a great feature where you can enter the ingredients you have on hand and then a list of potential recipes is generated.

Last weekend, when I had to make a dessert for a 4th of July party, I just wanted to make something quick. I really wanted to incorporate fruit because of the season and because I happened to purchase my body weight in nectarines at Trader Joe’s. Usually I don’t love their produce but these nectarines were actually quite good. They gave the cake the perfect sweetness and also came in a huge box. So really, no matter what I was making that day Nectarines were going to be included. Trying not to waste food here!

After a quick search I decided a  Nectarine Golden Cake would be perfect.

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I bought some vanilla during my last trip to Fremont Diner in Sonoma. I thought this was as a good a time as any to open it. Delicious.

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This cake was so delicious and EASY. I did make one adjustment, though, in that I used cinnamon instead of nutmeg for the topping because I did not have any on hand. The cake still tasted great. In fact, this cake tasted very similar to the Butter Cake from Mastro’s . Have you ever had it? It is probably my favorite dessert of all time. What can I say? I love butter.

Honestly, I think the best part of this recipe is it’s versatility. You could add berries, peaches, plums, apples, bananas (and chocolate chips) and this would have been fabulous. I highly recommend this if you need a quick dessert. Fresh whipped cream would take it over the top. Just sayin’… πŸ˜‰

xo,


Jenna

papernstitch <3

Hello friends! How is your week going? Mine is going great and I have to say, this positivity is probably due to my new exhibition that opened on papernstitch! Have you heard of this amazing site? If not, here are some more details…


papernstitch is an online exhibition space that was created to promote talented artists, designers, and makers selling handmade goods. the exhibition space is curated monthly and showcases the best of the best on an international level. hence our tagline: hand-picked. handmade (Source)


Needless to say, I am really honored and excited about participating. I admire the work of the others on the site and I am thrilled about the opportunity to share my jewelry with more people. The exhibition went “live” yesterday but here is a little preview of what was added to my store ! πŸ™‚


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xo,


Jenna

My Love

My husband Reggie and I just celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary. We met at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Co in 2005. When we met, I was an 18 year old freshman who followed her high school boyfriend to college, only to quickly get my heart broken. Reg was in an on again, off again 5 year relationship. We actually met through my college roommate Melissa, who happened to have an older brother who was friends with Reg. After years of being friends and now single, we connected one night, started dating and have not looked back since.

He is truly a perfect match for me. When I think about the person I dreamt of spending my life with, I realize I was selling myself short, because Reg is so much more. He is a huge supporter of everything I doΒ even if it has changed several times over the years. I am incredibly lucky. πŸ™‚


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xo,


Jenna

Pancakes for all Seasons

I know most of the food posts that I have done have been centered around eating out but really, I love to cook at home. Cooking, for me, is one of those rare activities in life where I am truly at peace and feel the most relaxed. I need to start cooking more. Period.

I recently set the goal to cook dinner at home 6 nights a week. Also, Reg and I are trying to eat a completely vegetarian diet! So, to spark up the creativity for some fun meals in our home we decided to join a local CSA, JR Organics. For around $25.00 a week, we will receive a small box of seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables. Every week is different so I can say good-bye to falling into any kind of boring eating pattern. Plus, you are supporting a local business and doing something beautiful for the environment–what is not to love? πŸ™‚

Check out this week’s loot…


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A bag of shelling peas, 2 bags of mixed greens, a pint of strawberries, 5 blood oranges, 3 medium sized summer squash, 3 avocados, and a bunch of broccolini–all organic! Heaven.

I was really excited and immediately tried to devise a meal that would involve every single item in the shipment. Yes, I am a little crazy. What can I say? I was really excited!


So, I finally calmed down and decided on using the squash, strawberries, and the mixed greens. I really wanted to use the avocado too but they were not quite ready! With the squash, I immediately knew what I wanted to make–crispy, salty pancakes. Yes, pancakes. Just trust me. This was a good one.


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I took 2 of the squash and chopped off those ends. Just a little though!



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Then I used my trusty old-fashioned cheese grater to grate both pieces. I got a killer arm workout too. Score!


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Then I took some chopped garlic…


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a large egg…


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FRESHLY grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Grating it right before really does make all of the difference in the world…

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And FRESHLY ground whole wheat bread crumbs to make…


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This! Cheesy, veggie filled “pancake” mix!


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After heating up some olive oil, I placed about a tablespoons worth of the squash mixture into the pan. I cooked them for 2-3 minutes on each side until they looked like this:


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Hello, delicious.


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Speaking of delicious, can we take a moment to look at these strawberries? I am so glad it is strawberry season and, boy, were these babies sweet! I chopped 4 large strawberries and tossed them with 2 cups of the mixed greens and 2 tablespoons of Brianna’s Poppyseed Dressing. This is the first time I tried the dressing and I think I overdid it a little bit. A little definitely goes a long way but I would recommend trying it.


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I topped my serving with a bit of crumbled goat cheese.


Bon appΓ©tit!


Summer Squash Pancakes

4 Servings


2 medium-sized summer squash

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

3/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup freshly grated whole wheat breadcrumbs*

4 teaspoons olive oil

4 oz. crumbled goat cheese (optional)

Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Cut off one end of each piece of squash and grate into a medium-sized bowl.

2. Add garlic, cheese, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper to squash mixture.

3. Place 2 teaspoons of olive oil into a frying pan and heat over medium-high heat until smoking.

4. Add rounded tablespoons of squash mixture to pan and flatten with back of the spatula. Lower temperature to medium heat and cook 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

5. Repeat with the rest of the mixture using the rest of the oil as needed.

6. Serve immediately and enjoy!


*I broil 2 pieces of whole wheat bread for 3 minutes per side then pop them in my Vita-Mix until crumbly.


P.S. Have you heard? Use the code SPRING10 (in the Message to Seller area) for 20% off any item in the Hello, I Love You Jewelry etsy store until May 22, 2010!


xo,


Jenna










New Chapter

So, recently I left my full-time job with an amazing company. I have nothing but amazing things to say about my experience at lululemon but it was simply time for me to move on focus on my jewelry and my family. I learned so much about the life I wanted to live and they gave me the tools to live that life every day, albeit away from the company but not without their blessing. How cool is that?!

Anyway, today was my first full day away from my old job and it felt odd but mostly exciting. I feel a certain freedom to pursue my goals but also miss the people I work with immensely already. To celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in my life, today was filled with some fun activities…

-Traveling to the Jewelry District to pick up some jewelry making supplies for a class I am taking at UCLA

-Target run to get some essentials (I heart Target a lot)

-Photographed some new jewels for my etsy  store

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Made (& devoured) an amazing spinach, bacon, goat cheese salad with balsamic fig dressing

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and LOST is on tonight!

I have to go to bed early tonight too–I teach a 6:15 AM barre physique class!

Good night friends!


“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” -John Lennon