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Monday, January 2, 2012

A Magazine Shoot and our January Family


As I mentioned last week, we have some exciting news. A couple of months ago we received an e-mail from an editor about photographing our home for their Christmas issue! It was a magazine I have purchased and read in the past so I was absolutely thrilled and so excited, to say the least! They will be coming later this month to shoot everything so our Christmas stuff will remain up for another two to three weeks. In fact, I still have several projects that I still need to finish. So, the posts I do over the next few weeks will still be kind of "Christmasy" or there will probably at least still be Christmas lights in the background. =) I didn't want you all to think I was that crazy person, though, that never takes down their Christmas lights.  I will share more about it once it gets a little closer and will definitely give all of the details after they come and shoot everything. I am going crazy trying to finish all sorts of projects now - ahhhh!!!!!

We also have another new thing we are excited about. This year, each month we are going to choose a different family/organization/cause to donate a percentage of EVERY sale made that month. At the beginning of each month we will share where it will be going.

I had already planned in my head who we were going to donate a portion of all of January's sales to when I saw a Facebook post on my friend, Ashley's wall about a little boy that she had recently photographed that completely touched me. I couldn't get it out of my head all day yesterday and seeing how we hadn't announced it yet on our blog or our facebook page we decided to switch it. So, this month a portion of all our sales will be going to Ethan and his family.  Little Ethan had surgery to remove a tumor above his eye on December 22 and was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a rare cancer-like disease that affects 1:200,000 children. Ethan will most likely be starting chemo on Friday, which is his 3rd birthday. My heart just breaks for him and his family. If you would like to know more about Ethan and his family click here. Please keep him in your prayers.

Also, we have restocked some of our Briar Hats in black:
I can't believe how young Lillie looks in these pictures. She's grown up so much!

I am finishing up a free download for January and hope to have it available tomorrow.

I hope you all have had a wonderful start to 2012!


35 comments:

  1. Excited that you will be blogging about Christmas for a few more weeks. I was so sad to take ours down it will be nice to still have some Christmas posts to read about :)

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  2. Jen that is amazing! Congratulations! Also, I think it so fantastic what you are doing by donating a portion of your proceeds to a great cause each month! xoxo

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  3. Yayyyy Congratulations Jennifer!!! You totally deserve it!

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  4. that is wonderful! I give 5% of sales from my easy site to an organization that is dear to my heart as well. But how fun that you will be changing it each month. Congrats also on the feature. That is very exciting.

    MC

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  5. Congrats Jen! How exciting, I can't wait to hear more about the photo shoot!

    Jodi

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  6. Very exciting news indeed - it so funny, last night I said to my husband, she is going to be in a magazine. No one is pinning greenery in late December unless you are still putting up Christmas! Funny how powerful and essentail Pinterest has become to us all so quickly! Congratulations, so very well deserved! Take care, Laura

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  7. Congrats on your photo shoot! I can't wait to see it next year! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed new year!

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  8. Congratulations! I am not one bit surprised that your beautiful rooms are going to be in a magazine! I too will be excited to see it, and I'm glad to see more Christmasey deco now! Praying for little Ethan and for God's comfort and grace to be bestowed on the family at this time. You seem to have such a compassionate spirit! How wonderful! Happy New Year! Gail

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  9. Hurray for you...this is so exciting. I am looking forward to seeing the magazine!!

    Sending many prayers Ethan's way. What you are doing is so wonderful! You're good people!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. Congratulations, Jennifer, on your magazine feature. That's exciting, to be recognized so publicly for your talent and creativity. I will say a prayer for Ethan (I have a 3-year old great-nephew of the same name who is, thankfully, happy and healthy.) Good of you to mention his story and for your donation to his family at this difficult time.

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  11. All good over here! So happy about the magazine as well as your generosity to Ethan and others that are in need.

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  12. Congrats to you on the magazine feature. And what a nice idea to help others with your sales.....I only wish I had a little girl to buy that adorable black hat for.....my 21 year old daughter will not wear it. I will keep Ethan in my prayers.

    Sue
    Fruity Lemonade

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  13. I will keep little Ethan and his family in my thoughts and prayers. That is a wonderful monthly donation that you are starting. You have a generous heart, Jennifer. Congratulations on your magazine shoot! As you know, I think your home is stunning! I look forward to seeing it in print. Happy 2012 to you!

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  14. So happy for you. Congrats! God blesses us so we can bless others. What a wonderful way to start the New Year. Looking forward to reading your blog everyday. I will pray for Ethan and his family.Cant wait to see the magazine pictures. Love your house! Donna

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  15. wow!!! How exciting!!! :) Off to read about Ethan! :)

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  16. ahhhh! They are coming here too!!!! Email me and we will talk! lakeliving4@msn.com

    Melaine

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  17. Happy New Year, and God Bless little Ethan and his family. I am very happy for you - a photo shoot would be amazing! It is a great way to start your year.

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  18. I just ordered the hat for my grandaughter...very pleased to know you will be donating a portion of my purchase to little Ethan....congrats on the photo shoot...how exciting for you!Kathy S.

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  19. So happy for you Jennifer!! Such exciting news!! xoxo Rachel

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  20. Such a great cause--I think it is so important to think of others!! I've had my eye on a few things, so I'll definitely be ordering soon and also happy to help those who need it!

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  21. Awesome! Your home already looks wonderful so I can't wait to see the extras you add! Must be weird keeping Christmas up so long. I'd love to know, did you make the wreaths in yours and Jamie's homes?
    Tracey

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  22. jennifer...what great news! enjoy!
    thank you for all your exquisite sharing and inspirations in 2011. happy new year!
    -xok.

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  23. Thanks, everyone, we are really excited!

    Tracey - I got my wreaths from Lowe's and Jamie got hers from Agway.

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  24. Congratulations on the magazine shoot! I love love love that you are donating a portion of your sales to charity, what a wonderful idea.

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  25. Very exciting news! I am looking forward to hearing more about the photo shoot! Enjoy the process. Happy 2012

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  26. What a beautiful idea for your sales..On another note..Congratulations on the photo shoot..

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  27. My dear, I'd like to wish you and your dear family a so Happy and Wonderful New Year full of so much blessings and love! Thanks so much, my dear, for all the beautiful inspirations you share with all of us! Love all of them so much! Lots of Kisses, Rachel :))))))

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  28. Congratulations on the magazine! That is incredible!! I have always loved your blog and your creations, but now I see even more the wonderful heart that you have. You are so generous to donate to those who need it. What a wonderful thing you are doing and you will have my business.

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  29. Congratulations on the magazine shoot. That is wonderful news. So happy for you. And I love that you will be helping others through your business this year!!!!! Blessings,
    Kim

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  30. That's Wonderful! How totally exciting!, but not surprising at all... Of course you're going to be in a magazine, your home is Gorgeous, so is your family, and you're awesome people.
    I am also very touched that you're donating a portion of your sales to help others. As i said, ya'll are special. That inspires me to think about doing something along those lines when i sell a painting. What a great thing to "put out there to the universe"!

    Cindy

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  31. Jennifer,
    Congrats! Please consider visiting yummymummykitchen.com and finding out more about the G.S.F. (Gwendolyn Strong Foundation to end SMA)...an amazing cause.

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  32. Thanks for sharing that, Susan. I am now following Yummy Mummy Kitchen and will keep the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation in mind for another month!

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