Have you visited this great site yet? Mommypage.com is a wonderful resource for moms! There are contests, crafts, recipes and lots of helpful articles. Come by today and visit and see my interview. Thank you to all the ladies at MommyPage for contacting us and asking to feature Emily!
Posted by embjones on April 16, 2013
OK! Well, this week has been a BUSY one! I have been working on clearing out my editing queue so that I get these pretty photos out to this sweet girl’s family and so that I will be ready to work on next week’s line up of sessions. I can’t really describe how much I enjoy taking pictures of these newborns. Each baby has SUCH a special story and a family that is madly in love and I treasure sitting in the quiet, little space I set up in the warmth of the sun, listening to the stories and getting to see the love that is showered on these precious ones. It really is a gift.
Sweet Baby smiling at snuggles from her Mom.
(Headband from Lulu and ChaCha!)
I have more projects on my “To Do” list…hopefully for next week. I have been focusing on my photo sessions a lot lately and I love it so much but I also have several sewing and house projects simmering in my head that will drive me CRAZY if I don’t get started on them. I’m excited to get going…Spring seems to have FINALLY hit here, even though it’s still chilly. The sun in shining more and nature seems like it’s waking up as well. It’s motivating me to get going!
I hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend!
Posted by embjones on April 12, 2013
Hello!! Happy Saturday!
So here’s the deal – because we’re such a small blog, we didn’t get that many entries. SO I decided that I would just make everyone who commented before the deadline a winner ;) Because you all are SO sweet.
Michelle @ this little light
Lori – (maybe I’ll switch your prize option to our session since you don’t currently need an invite, how about?)
Please comment on this post BEFORE April 20th with your contact email address and your choice of which template you’d like OR if you’d like the two prints instead.
Thank you guys again for participating…I love doing little fun things like this – hopefully we can help you out a little with some fun things!
Posted by embjones on April 6, 2013
I’ve been busily editing several photo sessions over the last two weeks. I still have more to do but I wanted to post this preview today! Can you believe the lashes on this little guy? He’s got the brightest eyes!
I was lucky enough to shoot his newborn photos and it’s been SO fun watching him grow – it just reinforces how FAST babies change from teeny little ones to toddlers with so much personality. I LOVE being able to capture them for their sweet parents as they fly through these stages. What a privilege.
If you feel clever today – I am having a caption contest on our Facebook page for that top photo…doesn’t it just beg for a fun caption? Too bad my brain is far too sleep deprived and toddler questioned out to think of a funny one. Pop over to our page and see what captions have been submitted so far and join the fun!
Posted by embjones on April 5, 2013
Hello! We’ve been so busy celebrating and recovering and enjoying Spring Break. I have been wanting to do a giveaway for a while and I finally was able to get my act together this afternoon during naptime. So here’s the deal! We just hit 100 Facebook fans! And to celebrate 3 lucky followers will win their choice of 1 of 2 options from our CoupleJones projects.
Option #1 : Do you have a party or event coming up? You will be able to chose from the four CoupleJones invite templates below. Email me your event information, I will insert your text and send you a printable invite file that you can take to your favorite printer and print as many 5×7 invitations as you need! The invitations below were originally set up for bridal or baby showers but they can be used for birthday parties or any event you would like. (Templates will remain as they are, text will be altered by me to include your event title, name, date, address, etc.)
Option #2 : I will mail you 2 of our favorite CoupleJones prints, printed on high quality cardstock. One of which isn’t even available for purchase yet :) Lucky you!
To ENTER : Choose all or one of the following ways to follow us and then comment on this post you have, a separate comment for each way that you’ve followed CoupleJones. You can leave an additional comment if you share our contest link on Facebook.
A winner will be chosen by Random.org on Friday April, 5th so check back to see if you’ve won! Have a great week and don’t forget that if you’d like to help us raise money for Compassion International, you can download our Space Kid print for $8 and 100% of your money will be added to our donation total — See our original post explaining our goal HERE. Now back to my laundry piles!
Posted by embjones on April 2, 2013
I have been busily working on photographing and editing sweet pictures like these so most of my blogging time is gone right now. I will try to get back this week with the giveaway I promised on Facebook when we reached 100 fans (thank you for that by the way – you guys are SO much fun! I just love meeting and interacting with our amazing readers and friends like this!!) BUT I may have to wait until after Easter.
We are also preparing to celebrate Jesus’s sacrifice for us this weekend. I want to make sure I take time to talk with the girls about why we get dressed up on Sunday and the significance of the Lord’s decision to give His son so that we all could have the opportunity to experience His love and the promise of Heaven one day.
I hope you have a wonderful week! Hopefully Spring weather has found it’s way to you all!
Posted by embjones on March 27, 2013
So we’re out sick and focusing on keeping things running around here with 4/5ths of us down with an annoying cold. The only one NOT sick is our oldest – I’ve GOT to figure out how she keeps avoiding all the bugs that her younger sisters pick up and then pass on to us. The girl’s got an immune system of steel.
Since we’re definitely not up to being creative or writing about it – how about another free print? Should be able to just open, right click, “save as”…enjoy!
Please remember these are for personal use only ;) Thanks! You’re awesome!
Posted by embjones on March 19, 2013
We’re celebrating today so I’m putting this print up in it’s full size so you can grab it for free if you like it :)
Should be able to just open the image, right click and “Save” ;)
Have a wonderful day!!
Posted by embjones on March 13, 2013
When I started blogging two months ago, I wrote to my college friend Caila to tell her that I had finally decided to follow her encouraging Instagram hints that I should share some of my projects online.
Caila also happens to be an amazing blogger (you should follow her! Cailamade! ) and so I shared my heart with her a bit too. I shared that if I write, it is very important to me that I write a clear picture of real life. I am NO Martha Stewart, not anywhere close. I have 3 crazy kids and more piles of laundry than I know what to do with. I think it’s so easy to create this glossy, perfect picture online of something that life never is. I am real in person, can’t lie to save my life, SUPER bad at being cool. I want to be that person here too.
And those things are extremely important to Caila too. My sweet friend is SO good at sharing her beautiful talents in a way that is encouraging and real. Her sewing skills are far above mine, but I always feel encouraged by her projects and the new things she tries. And I always walk away feeling inspired to try something of my own.
We talked about inspiration and how we want to encourage our readers, and how we hope that encouragement leads them to feel inspired to create in their own way. We want them to be encouraged by reading about an average girl who attempted a new project. The end result is never perfect (more so in my case than Caila’s, ha!) but that doesn’t matter one bit. The joy is in creating something unique to who you are. Whether that means sewing, painting, writing, hosting a girls’ night, etc. It is our thought that when you feel encouraged, you are more confident in who you were created to be and will be inspired to pursue your own unique goals and dreams.
Isn’t it so amazing that we have the power to encourage others?
To illustrate this idea, Caila and I chose one of each other’s posts that inspired a project we created in our own way.
I was extremely inspired by the beautiful clutches that Caila made over the holidays.
She also worked with leather to make leather card holders.
These posts got my head spinning with possibilities and made me want to try to make a clutch AND to work with leather – two things that I have never attempted before! I wouldn’t have had the confidence to give it a try if I wouldn’t have seen someone else take it on with great results.
This is the result! My Inspired by Caila Clutch :)
I worked with printed burlap from Joann’s that I fell in love with. Not your standard fabric for a clutch but that’s how I roll.
With this project, I finally had the motivation (read –> BRAVERY) I needed to check out the leather factory in town. I learned a lot from my little adventure – 1. They don’t cut leather in yards like fabric, which means the piece I initially wanted to buy was WAAAY out of my price range. And I was NOT the cool kid in the shop when I asked about yardage – MY bad for being the newbie. :) BUT! 2. After some hunting, and not so awesome customer service, I figured out that they had a “Discontinued” table where I found a great piece that matched my fabric for $10! Sweet!
As a result of the encouragement I got from reading about Caila’s successes, now I feel comfortable in a leather store – oh yeah, not a rookie here anymore – Sweet. I also know more about the general layout of a purse/clutch and now the possibilities are ENDLESS. Woohoo! Thank you CAILA!
Read her post HERE to find out just how unintentionally identical our character ended up being to her sweet son, Hudson. You can also follow her on Cailamade, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and she is @cailamade in Instagram. She is such an encouraging person to be connected with, you will really benefit from following her on some or all of her social media connects!
Caila’s blog is beautiful and she is such an uplifting person. As we were working on our projects, I was so blessed by connecting with Caila. We discovered, on accident, that we were both in need of some encouragement and finding out that someone else was feeling the same way I was helped my heart so much. We accidentally proved our own thesis. Everyone needs encouragement. Everyone needs to hear that they are doing a good job. That they are special. That they are just who they were created to be. And if we take just the little effort needed to remind those around us of those things – inspiration can be infectious.
Please read Caila’s incredible Encourage to Inspire post. We are hoping we inspire you today to be encouraged and to encourage others around you.
If you are looking for a quick way to encourage today, please consider joining our efforts to help children trapped in poverty by purchasing our Space Kid print. 100% of money raised from this print will be donated to Compassion International. You can purchase it in our SHOP or use paypal to send $8 to our paypal address at zac.jones (at) yahoo.com, leave a comment that you did and include your email address and I will email you a jpg.
Thank you so much for spending some time here today! If you are inspired to start your own Encourage to Inspire project in your own life – leave a comment and tell me all about it! I’d love to hear from you!
Posted by embjones on March 11, 2013
These are the things we are LOVING this week!! A His and Hers edition! :)
1. Everything is Jake – We WILL be ordering that map at some point. It’s so perfect. —> Everything is Jake
2. The IT Crowd. Have you seen it? It’s awesome. —> The IT Crowd
3. Thomas Hammer Coffee is our FAVORITE local coffee, you can order from their website! —> Thomas Hammer Coffee
4. Oliver Jeffers is so inspiring. His children’s books are amazing works of art. —> Oliver Jeffers
1. I love all of the prints that Everything is Jake designs, especially the Oahu prints! —> Everything is Jake
2. Lulu and ChaCha has BEAUTIFUL hair clips and headbands for babies and big girls. AND she has one of the most innovative ways of mixing and matching them that I’ve seen…it’s SO great because it’s cost effective too! She just added a bunch of pretty new Spring snaps! —> LuLu and ChaCha
3 PS I Adore You has SERIOUSLY beautiful products at super good prices every single day – I want to buy EVERY SINGLE ITEM. And they donate part of their proceeds to childhood cancer research. Love! —> PS I Adore You
4. 31 Bits supports women in third world countries who would not otherwise be able to work. Their jewelry is GORGEOUS! —> 31 Bits
On Monday, we have an exciting collaboration with Cailamade to share!! This is my little sneak peak! I am SO excited to see what she comes up with. Caila has an AMAZING blog and I love everything she posts. I have known Caila since college and it’s been so exciting and inspiring to watch her start and grow Cailamade to what it is now. You guys have to check it out and follow if you haven’t already!
Caila is a veteran in this blog world and has been kind enough to let me bounce ideas off of her as I try to figure out my way. One thing we always seem to come back to is the idea that we want so much to be real in how we write. To encourage our readers and inspire them to take on new challenges…not exactly as we present them, but in their own way. We hope that our blogs will be uplifting! So this is a peak at our collaboration : encourage to inspire. Encourage others around you in whatever way you can so that they will be uplifted and inspired to move forward on their own goals and dreams!
This is going to be fun!
Come back Monday to see what we have planned and stop by Caila’s blog today to see her exciting preview!!
Posted by embjones on March 8, 2013
Our sweet friend, Dawnelle, has an amazing blog called JustDawnelle. Today she is helping us with our Do Something Good project! She created a beautiful inspiration board that includes our Space Kid print along with some other gorgeous items. Please pop over and take a look at her work and leave a comment telling her how awesome she is!!
Posted by embjones on March 5, 2013
Just finished preview #2 from the week before Valentine’s Day. We had SO much fun with this guy…I mean, there’s too much coolness going on here – the red bowtie, the extra large glasses, the killer personality. He’s one of our favorites.
Enjoy your preview Mr. Awesome!
If you are wondering where my TOTALLY rockin’ heart marquee came from – I made it using this FANTASTIC DIY tutorial that Kim from Oh, Sweet Joy! wrote. It’s seriously SO easy and can you imagine the possibilities here? Initials, words, shapes – ANYTHING! The only change I made to my heart was that I used foam core poster board instead of the thinner stuff because I need my heart to be able to stand up on it’s own for shoots.Kim used simple poster board and hung hers on her wall and it’s FABULOUS. Go check it out!
Posted by embjones on February 26, 2013
Last week, Kathy from BonBonBreak.com contacted me and asked if I would share our Embroidery for Slackers post in their issue that launched today! BonBon Break is such a fun resource! Just clicking around this morning, I’ve already found several articles and posts that I love and that are so helpful. We are so excited to be able to be a part of their issue this week. You should definitely check out their site and MAYBE give our article some comment love so we don’t get lonely :)
Have a GREAT Monday!! We will be back tomorrow with another adorable photo preview from last week!
Posted by embjones on February 25, 2013
I absolutely LOVE when I get to photograph newborns – I love it even more when I get to see those newborns as they grow. This was Baby Girl this summer as a newborn, she was an itty bitty ALMOST 5 pounder and I was in heaven photographing her. She even gave me smiles… because we’re BFFs, of course. Her Aunties called me The Baby Whisperer, but I think it was just this beautiful girl being her sweet self!
And this is Baby Girl now at an even more beautiful and smiley 6 months. It is such a blessing to see babies flourish like this. Look at that smile!
She is SO well loved. And she kind of has a thing for her Daddy.
Gorgeous girl!! Thank you guys for bringing her to see me and letting me capture your sweet family! It was such a blessing to see how she’s grown! Your CD is in the mail! :) Emily
Posted by embjones on February 22, 2013
Romantic, Spring wardrobe pieces, Gingiber Tea Towels and an AMAZING team up is on my mind and EVERYTHING Ron Swanson is on his… ( “I’m a simple man. I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food.”)
If I’m being honest, I’m a big Swanson fan myself.
Thanks for stopping by!!! Pop over to the other link up participants to see the awesome stuff that’s inspiring them this week!
Em and Zac
Posted by embjones on February 22, 2013