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Hope everyone has fun dressing up today!  I love checking out all the outfits on instagram.  My girls are strawberry shortcake and princess Vivi (or “pincess fee fee” as Brigie adorably calls her).  We were at the fabric store getting things for the shortcake outfit, and Vivi fell in love with this dress pattern, so I just went along with it.  She picked out the fabrics, and it was really fun sort of designing a little dress with her.  It was fun dressing Brigie up as a little shortcake.  Her hat is beyond ridiculous (but really, so was the original!); I realized too late I was following some DIY instructions for a hat for an older child, and then my sewing machine broke on me, so it is what it is.  It is pretty hilarious, though.  Have an awesome weekend, and stay warm!!


fall family photos

I adore this photo!  Looks like Vivi and Brigie are sharing sister secrets that no one else is allowed to know.  My sweet and super talented friend Jen Wright came over recently to take some photos of us.  She is just the sweetest with the kids (Vivi loved her so much that she told me a couple of days later that she “missed Jen and wanted her to come play again”), and once again, I am amazed at what an excellent photographer can capture.  She miraculously managed an amazing family photo where we are all looking at the camera and smiling (huge victory!) and got a few of Brigie, who is very noncompliant when it comes to pictures.  Not Vivi, however.  She is totally willing to perform and my goodness, she is a natural  (especially when she is told that Elsa is looking at her through the camera lens).  My darling girl!

Jen sent over the photos this past Sunday morning, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  We were on our way to church, after a particularly crazy morning.  The girls wanted to just wear their pajamas to church, so getting them dressed was a serious uphill battle, and I kind of just halfway washed my hair in the sink because there wasn’t time for anything more, and we all felt a bit disheveled, rushed, and grumpy.  I opened the pictures, though, and just immediately teared up.  Such a sweet and timely reminder of just how blessed we really are.  When my patience is wearing thin, a good dose of perspective always helps.

I just love this one.  Chip is such a good daddy to the girls.  He patiently answers all of Vivi’s questions and is always willing to talk about anything and everything that is on her mind.  I love getting to watch him love them and they are so blessed to have him.

And this, oh this.  I think it might be my favorite.  My sweet little cuddly Brigie.  She has me wrapped around her little finger quite a few times, and while Vivi made me a mother, Brigette made me a mama.  That might be a weird thing to say, but after Brigie, I just surrendered a little more, let my guard down a little more, and just gave up a bit of the control I tried so hard to maintain (not that I don’t still struggle with that!).  I mean, sometimes mothering makes me feel a little crazy, but overall I feel like I roll with it much better than I did before.  And the fact that she can never seem to get enough snuggles just melts me all over.  So thankful for Jen and these treasures from this time!  It’s so good to be reminded that it’s ok to take things slowly, and things might get crazy, but what a privilege to be pouring into these little hearts that have been entrusted to us.  (See more of the photos here!)



Kitty"So, so precious! "

sue"Oh my goodness...just beautiful pictures. What a blessing to have your family captured so beautifully. Also, I need that little …"

Robyn""That might be a weird thing to say....I just surrendered a little more, let my guard down a little more..." …"


DIY Fruit Garland

Here is a fun little DIY for a cherry garland, made from wooden balls.  It’s a good way to add a little dimension to a space, and it’s also a fun one to do with littles, as they  will have fun painting the little balls!

(Sources: Overcast Wall Shelf; Flora and the Flamingo; Play Camera, Wall color is Angelic by Sherwin Williams)

DIY Garland

Materials Needed: Wooden Balls (can be found at Michael’s or craft store; make sure they have holes!) | Twine  | Yarn | Paint | Paintbrush | Green Felt | Scissors

Paint wooden balls.  While they dry, cut leaves from the felt, in a variety of sizes.  Cut one long piece of yarn to hold the garland.  Next, cut 5″ pieces of twine.  Tie a knot in one end (making sure it is large enough so the balls don’t slip off) and thread two of the balls onto the twine, making a knot on the other end to secure them.  Then tie each 5″ piece onto the yarn, spacing them equally apart.  Lastly, stitch the green leaves over the knot securing the cherries.

DIY Fruit Garland

A fun pop of color, right?

DIY Fruit Garland

Can’t wait to share the rest of Vivi’s room – just have a few more details to finish up!

DIY Cherry Garland

(Circus Bear from here.)




Carli"I love this--super cute! "

Stephanie"Oh my goodness I want to see a room reveal! My 3 y.o. soon to be 4 y.o. daughter just …"

Joni"Haha, thanks, Molly! Yes, Vivi has seen "Brave" and "RobinHood", so she is all about the arrows, too!! I …"

Joni"Thanks, Amy! We made it (you can find details here), but there are also individual book ledges at Land …"

Kitty"So cute! and sounds easy enough :-) "

Amy"Beautiful room! Where is the bookshelf from? I could use a skinny wall hanging bookshelf for my son's …"


fall mantel decor ideasToday, I’m sharing our fall mantel over on the Home Depot blog.  I have added to it a bit since submitting it, so I’m posting some different photos here, but be sure to check the rest out here (because you need to see the rest of the shelves peeking out to the left of the mantel – I’m so excited about them!).

fall mantel decor ideasIt’s been fun adding some seasonal decor to the house to make it feel festive.  I’ve never really done much for fall – mostly because I’m not into the creepy stuff, and also because warm colors aren’t usually my thing – but I love the way it turned out to feel like the season (to me!).  I posted the details about the garland here, as well as the wall hanging.  I love the texture the feathers add, and I put some greenery up there to add a little color.

fall mantel inspirationMy super talented friend Ashley Bailey took that photo of Vivi.  I love how it looks like a vintage tintype, and you can’t tell, but she is holding the most gorgeous peony (it’s huge!).

fall mantel inspirationThese little “thankful antlers”were a fun project.  I just trimmed a piece of pine board, and found some branches I thought looked antler-like and cut them down to size. I used 1/2″ drill bits and drilled at an angle so they will sit just so.  I added a few drops of gorilla glue to make sure they stay in place, and used some hooks and rope to hang it with.  We found some fall leaves, and sprayed them with chalkboard paint and wrote down some things we are thankful for with gold sharpie (such as Brigette, warm hugs, sunshine, and a cozy house).  It’s a fun and simple way to talk about gratefulness and display it as a reminder!

fall mantel decor ideasIt’s been so fun to make an update to our living room and enjoy the change in seasons.  Be sure to check out more photos on the Home Depot’s blog, and thanks so much to the Home Depot for letting me participate in this style challenge!

fall mantel inspiration


autumn mantel decor with home depot | The Tressle Blog | The Official Blog for Tressle.com"[…] Ideas + Inspiration, What's New October 24, 2014 0 …"

Joanna"Wow! your blog is so beautiful I love the space, I love the mixture of forms, one colour: pink, the delicacy of …"

Fall Decorating Ideas in Black and White (With a Bit of Orange) | Rychuss Web Reviews"[…] more of Joni’s autumn mantel decor, including some subsequent additions and tweaks on Joni’s […] "

Daddy"Honesty is vital in the blogosphere Joni. That is an aged photo of you at age four, not Vivi! Just …"

Lisa"It's beautiful and unique. The photos of your girls are awesome. I always decorate with white pumpkins and black …"

Lauren O."That picture of Vivi is absolutely stunning. Love your mantel! "


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