Our favorite posts of 2016

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What a year! This year has flown by in the blink of an eye. Before we get with new posts for 2017, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite posts of 2016.

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Jane Can Make

We love to DIY. This year one of our favorite posts was our DIY embroidered denim. We had so much fun adding monograms to our favorite jeans. We also loved making our moss wreath and are starting to think we need to bring some more green in our homes now that the holiday decorations are down.

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Jane Can Celebrate

Everyone knows how much we love a holiday. We love to decorate, make special treats and get crafty for every holiday. While you won’t be thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas for awhile, the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day are just around the corner.

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Jane Can Decorate

We have both been very focused on updating our homes this past year, so we are always looking for home ideas, from front doors to outdoor spaces to interiors. There is no such thing as too much home inspiration!

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Jane Can Cook

We tend to make a lot of special snacks for school and sweet treats for our kids. Our kids love to help whenever they can so the simpler the recipe the better. Our marshmallow pops have been one of our most popular post this year, because they truly are the easiest snack ever!

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Jane Can Play

Our No Carve DIY Pumpkins was one of our favorite posts this year. You probably won’t be making pumpkins for awhile, but you would have fun doing some of these washi tape projects.

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Viva Luxury

Jane Can Dress Up

If you are like us, we are always looking for style inspiration. We are still using our  All Dressed Up post outfit ideas until the weather starts to get warmer.

We are looking forward to new projects and new ideas in 2017. Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow along on our journey.

Here’s to a great year!

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summer dinner party inspiration

Summer is the best time of the year for entertaining. We love to host a backyard dinner party on a warm Summer night with pretty flowers and simple food made from the best Summer ingredients. These tablescapes are more elaborate than most of our dinner parties, but the colors and details have inspired us to set the table with an extra dose of charm.

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Flowers & Fruit

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Happy Entertaining!

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kids’ gift guide

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If your kids are like ours, they have been putting Christmas present ideas on their wish list for quite a while. Henry has been dreaming of Legos and a skateboard, Mia asks every Santa she sees for a pink parasol, and Charlie has his heart set on a Batmobile. No matter what is on your kids’ list, most parents need a few ideas to fill in the holes. Here a few of our favorite  stocking stuffers that are sure to be a hit.

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1. Darth Vader key chain ($9.95) 2. J.Crew Girls Puffer Vest ($42.50) 3.World’s Smallest Laser Guns ($4.95) 4. Memory Maze ($5.95) 5. Confetti Nail Polish ($9.95) 6. Unicorn Tape Dispenser ($14.95) 7. Little Paint Pods ($7.95) 8. Boden Necklace ($12) 9. Johnnie-O hoodie tee  ($35) 10. Comic Book Activity Kit ($30) 11. Set of 36 colored pencils ($7.99)

If you need more ideas, many of last year’s gift guide items are still available and still loved by our kids!

Happy Shopping!

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thanksgiving for our little turkeys

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Halloween was over for about 30 seconds before our kids started asking when Thanksgiving would be here…clearly they share our love for holidays! Thanksgiving can be an overwhelming holiday for young ones, and they can sometimes feel left out of the celebration. Let’s face it there are no toys or candy involved, hoards of extended family are constantly in their faces and the day is rather long. To help keep our kids entertained and get them involved in what Thanksgiving means, we like to set a simple Thanksgiving table just of them, complete with a couple of kid friendly activities. You may remember our Kids’ Thanksgiving table from last year, which featured feather headdresses and floating boats. To celebrate with our little turkeys this year we went a little turkey crazy with lots of feathers, crayons and easy DIY turkey decor that anyone can make.

Thankful Turkey Centerpiece

The meaning of Thanksgiving can be hard for young ones to understand so we like to come up with crafts that help our kids learn what it means to be thankful. This year we chose to make our thankful craft one that would be a colorful centerpiece to our kids table: an adorable turkey with vibrant paper feathers. To make this craft easy for everyone we created templates for the feathers and turkey face.

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Supplies:

We started by painting a round vase with brown spray paint. We cut our turkey head from brown card stock and printed our turkey face pieces from our turkey beak template and our turkey wattle template. We attached googly eyes and the turkey face pieces to the head with glue dots. Then we attached the turkey head to the body with glue dots. You can place a dry oasis inside the turkey body to hold the feathers or you can place a few skeins of yarn in the body. The skeins of yarn will hold the popsicle sticks perfectly!

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To create the feathers, print our feather template onto various colors of card stock. Using scissors cut out each feather and make notches on either side. Let your kids write what they are thankful for on each feather. Using a few glue dots, attach a popsicle stick to the back of each feather and insert the feather into the turkey body.

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Even though our kids are still a little too young to write down everything they are thankful for, we like to let them figure out the spelling on their own, or even draw little pictures of what they are thankful for. It gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment to take ownership of the project. We also love to see what they come up with on their own!

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A simple milk jug can be used in so many ways; for Halloween, Easter, and lots more! To create our kids’ Thanksgiving beverage glasses, we tied a few colorful feathers to each jug with twine and inserted a colorful paper straw.

Paper Turkey Craft

No Thanksgiving table is complete without a place card and placemat, and our paper turkey craft works as both! It is the perfect activity to keep youngsters busy during the day while they wait for dinner to be served. To make this craft as easy as pumpkin pie, we created templates for everything including the turkey body, turkey face and turkey face favor bag label. Our white oval placemats double as the turkey body and the galvanized buckets that hold all the craft supplies work perfectly as place cards.

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Supplies:

Using chalkboard stickers, we labeled galvanized buckets with our kids’ names and filled them with all the supplies needed to create each turkey (colorful feathers, glue dots, turkey face parts and crayons). Start by printing the turkey body template onto several sheets of white card stock and cut out each body. Next, print the turkey wattle template and turkey beak template onto red and orange card stock and cut out the shapes. We placed all the turkey face pieces and goggly eyes into a small favor bag labeled with with our Turkey Face Sticker. Simply print the Turkey Face Sticker onto a white label sheet, cut out each sticker and place on the front of the favor bags.

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When the kids are ready to make their turkeys let them color the bodies any way they’d like using the crayons. Then have them attach the face parts with the glue dots. When they are ready to attach the feathers, turn the body over and have them attach the feathers along the top of the body with more glue dots.

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Thanksgiving day should be as much fun for the kids as it is for the grown ups. With a few crafts, some fun decor and a lots of silliness it’s easy to have a fabulous time!

Gobble gobble!

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setting a beautiful table, no. 2

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Today we are sharing our second installment of  setting a beautiful table. We really have loved this project; collaborating with friends, styling beautiful china and getting inspired for the Thanksgiving holidays. But whether you are setting the table for Thanksgiving or any other special occasion, we believe that a table should reflect your personal aesthetic and does not need to conform to any one look or color scheme.

Casey Moore, Hallman’s Sister

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Casey is a busy attorney and mom of two young boys. Since Casey and Hallman live across the country from each other, Hallman can’t just pop over to her house and help her with her table decor. Casey asked Hallman to help her come up with a stylish tablescape that she could easily recreate on her own. We created a place cards using a small bouquet of rosemary, thyme and sage tied with twine. For the centerpiece we filled small mint julep cups with eucalyptus and seeded eucalyptus. To add some texture and color to the table top, we arranged bunches of eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus and rosemary tied with twine along the length of the table. Since we love stripes, we couldn’t resist these navy and white striped napkins, which compliment the fresh herbs perfectly.

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Alexandra Pfeifer, Pfeifer Properties

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Our friend, Alexandra Pfeifer, is the consummate host. Her doors are always open to friends and family, and she relishes making her home a warm and inviting place for guests. Whether it’s a last minute, intimate gathering or a lively holiday party she loves to break out her best china. Her traditional china is so beautiful and festive, we let it be the focal point of the table. We paired her china with gold flatware, simple arrangements of roses and hydrangeas and classic, understated place cards. To add a bit of Fall flavor to the table without taking the attention away from her ornate place settings we placed an assortment of white pumpkins around the flowers.

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Krista Ewart, Krista Ewart Design

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Krista Ewart is a Southern California native that brings a mix of whimsy and charm to her interior design firm. Krista is a master of using color and pattern and her home is cheerful and fun. As the mother of 3 young girls, she has managed to create a home that is stylish and kid friendly. For Krista’s table we used her vintage blue china, preppy napkins and a collection of  playful vases, candles sticks and glasses to create a relaxed and colorful table.

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Your table is a great place to experiment with different looks and styles, so have fun with it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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things jane likes, no. 32

We hope everyone survived their weekend candy coma! October definitely went out with a bang. We loved all the crazy fun of October, but we are looking forward to a more relaxed pace in November.  Here’s hoping that happens! This week we are sharing some food, fashion and DIY inspiration…and the beginnings of the holiday season. We hope you have a wonderful week!

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1. Leaves are a simple and beautiful way to decorate your home during the Fall. We love the 8 leaf crafts featured on Say Yes and cannot wait to make a few of these.

2. Nothing says Fall like a cozy sweater and a chunky knit scarf. We especially love Alexandra Pereira’s monochromatic ensemble in shades of grey.

3. Fall is a great season for food and we love these cozy and simple Fall recipes from The Glitter Guide. There is nothing better than a bowl of soup on a chilly night!

4. Yesterday Sugar Paper’s holiday collection launched at Target and it is amazing!!!! The collection includes wrapping paper, ribbon, gift tags, gift toppers and more! Go online as fast as you can and stock up!

5. Mondays deserve extra large coffees and lavender scones with pumpkin marmalade! This recipe is at the top of our list to make this weekend!

6. It’s no secret that we love leopard. What better way to wear it that on this season’s hottest pointed-toe, lace up flats.

Happy Monday!

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5 spooky halloween cocktails

Halloween is the perfect excuse to get creative with your cocktails. You can make any cocktail festive as long as you have a theme and a great name! There are so many directions you can go in for Halloween, but here are a few that we think are especially spooky:

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Poison Apple

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The Shrunken Skull

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Vampire Kiss

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 Black Licorice Delight

Cheers!

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