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Brit + Co-Op Party

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J for Jamie Blog | Brit + Co-Op

I was so thrilled to participate in the exclusive Brit + Co-Op DIY party this summer. Brit + Co. sent me 11 Brit Kits and I invited 10 of my fabulous and crafty friends over to spend the afternoon DIY-ing. We embroidered watch bands from Timex with the embroidery thread, needles and thread that came in the kits. Luckily I had a ton of unused embroidery thread for my guests to choose from as well. To eat, I served fig and prosciutto croissant sandwiches, Caprese pasta salad, watermelon and feta and a charcuterie board. To drink we had white wine sangria and for dessert, chocolate pot de cremes and homemade red velvet bundt cakes from my friend Katie.  As you know, I love throwing parties so I had to go all out for this one. It was such a relaxing day crafting outside, eating delicious food and hanging out with some of my favorite people. If you’re interested in becoming a host for a Brit + Co-Op Party, apply here!

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See my Instagram photos from the party @jforjamie and #wearitwell and #britkits

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Pennie Post

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J for Jamie Blog | Pennie PostOne of my favorite things in the whole world is receiving thoughtful mail. These days, unfortunately, personal mail comes less and less often. Pennie Post is bringing back the thrill of receiving mail in an adorable way! It’s is a monthly stationary subscription service that sends you three new stationary items a month (brilliant right?). Pennie Post is the brainchild of the talented designer, Lindsey Chin-Jones of Elsie J. Lucky for us Pennie Post is a sponsor for the July Blog Party so our bloggers will be getting some of the stationary from the Pennie Post line!

Here are some words from Lindsey about Pennie Post - I’ve been designing invitations and cards for my company, Elsie J for many years. Specializing in mostly wedding and party invites and I wanted to create something new that centered around everyday stationery greetings. Thus, Pennie Post was born. Pennie Post makes it easy for people to send that birthday card or thank you note since items are delivered to your mailbox on a monthly subscription basis. Plus, it’s always fun to receive little surprise every month!

J for Jamie Blog | Pennie Post

J for Jamie Blog | Pennie Post

 

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San Jose Printers’ Fair

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J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair

I’ve been taking a 12 week long letterpress class at Foothill College in Los Altos. One of the classes was a field trip to the San Jose Printers’ Fair, put on by the San Jose Printers’ Guild at History Park. Chris came with me and we spent the Saturday being type and print nerds. The fair was held in History Park which has a printing office full of old printing presses which they let us play with. There were also exhibitors selling everything letterpress-related including actual letterpress machines, old wooden and metal type, printing ink and stationary. I’ve learned so much about letterpress the past couple months so it was great getting to talk about all things letterpress with some really passionate printers!

J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair

J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair

J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair

J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair

J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair

J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair

J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair
J for Jamie Blog | Printer's Fair

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Meet Judy

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J for Jamie Blog | Ele Story

I found Judy and her adorable children’s clothing line, Ele Story, at the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco. Judy’s background as a costume designer translates to the beautiful pieces of Ele Story. I just love her personality and her passion truly shows through her clothing – she makes me want to have a little girl of my own! Check out Ele Story and Judy’s inspiration behind her work.

Who she is / where she’s from / what inspires her by Judy Jei
I am a mother of an energetic 3 year old, a wife to a very loving and supportive husband, and a designer/owner of Ele Story. I work a full time job as well and am constantly trying to find a healthy balance in life. I am originally from Taiwan, and moved to the US when I was 10 years old.

The name Ele Story was inspired by a Chinese song my mother used to sing to me about a little elephant who is encouraged by her mom to be proud of her long nose because it is what makes her beautiful. In this song I hear echoes of my mother who always encouraged me to pursue my passions and to invest in the things that came naturally to me. After losing my mom to cancer seven years ago, I have been trying to find my way, discover who I am.  Ele Story is my personal story of following a dream that my mom inspired, and to do what makes me feel alive. I hope that in doing so, my little girl can be unafraid to write her own Ele Story someday too.

J for Jamie Blog | Ele Story

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J for Jamie Blog | Ele Story

J for Jamie Blog | Ele Story

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Sewing Tips + A Toddler Smock

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J for Jamie Blog | Sewing Tips

For all you novice sewers out there like me, here are some helpful tips. Perhaps if I had these printed and hanging in front of me, I could have saved myself from my silly mistakes and hours of picking out thread from fabric. I can’t tell you how many times I forgot to put down my presser foot! I finally finished my first more advanced sewing project – a reversible art smock for my friend’s adorable little girl Harper, who just turned two. I used the pattern for this tunic from Go To Patterns. I needed some emergency assistance from my MIL at one point (like I cut the whole thing in half accidentally) but it’s actually wearable and Harper put it on as soon as she received it in the mail so, success!

J for Jamie Blog | Toddler Art Smock

J for Jamie Blog | Toddler Art Smock

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Japanese Packaging

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J for Jamie Blog | Japanese Mochi

I think the Japanese have mastered the art of beautiful packaging and it was very noticeable when I visited Japan a few years ago. If there’s one thing I love, it’s good packaging. Luckily we have a little glimmer of Japan right in our own backyards! San Francisco’s Japantown house plenty of unique Japanese stores and restaurants that is a mild resemblance of the real thing. We came across this little shop that had boxes and boxes of beautifully wrapped treats stacked all the way to the ceiling. I was in packaging heaven! Of course, I picked up a box to take home with me – I picked a summer mochi because the box was wrapped in the prettiest delicate cotton fabric.

J for Jamie Blog | Japanese Mochi

J for Jamie Blog | Japanese Mochi

J for Jamie Blog | Japanese Mochi

J for Jamie Blog | Japanese Mochi

J for Jamie Blog | Japanese Mochi

J for Jamie Blog | Japanese Mochi

J for Jamie Blog | Japanese Mochi

 

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J for Jamie 3.0

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J for Jamie Blog | Site Redesign

I’m so excited to officially share the new look for J for Jamie! This re-design was, once again, done by my talented husband Chris of I Heart Design Studio. He did this for me as a birthday present when I mentioned wanting to refresh the site. I just said I wanted a cleaner look, bigger photos and easy navigation and let Chris take the creative reigns. I am so happy with the outcome, I don’t think anyone else could have known my vision better than my own husband. We have even more exciting projects coming and I can’t wait to tell you all about it here soon!

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Meet Sonia

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I am so pleased to introduce Sonia Scarr who currently lives in New York City. She is crazy talented and happens to be my cousin I’ve inherited through marriage. Sonia recently started an independent design studio called Love Dart. Her shop features a line of handcrafted leather goods and accessories designed and hand-stitched by Sonia herself. I am so inspired by Sonia and her work, I just had to feature her on J for Jamie. Here’s a peek into her life, work space and some of her beautiful handmade products (dying over that canteen bag). Also, if you’re curious, this is the meaning of Love Dart, fascinating!

Who she is / where she’s from / what inspires her by Sonia Scarr

I’m a designer/maker/generally creative person! I studied graphic design, but feel much more fulfilled by working with my hands (hence launching Love Dart). I originally grew up on a farm in rural New Jersey, but also spent part of my childhood in the metropolis of Hong Kong. I find that juxtaposition to be a huge influence on my design sense–the organic materials of nature with the sleek design of a city. Other than that, one of my biggest inspirations is science. There’s so much to pull from–the shapes of microorganisms, auroras and eclipses, the natural patterns of geometry, like in a snowflake or turtle shell. The other big inspiration is any artifact from the past 300 years or so–any ephemera, bottle, box, furniture or trinket you could find in an antique store.

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jforjamie | meet sonia of love dart

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photos provided by sonia scarr

instagram / @love_dart
twitter / @lovedartstudio
pinterest / love dart studioblog / love dart blog

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Wishing you all a lovely Friday today. One of my favorite little details from our wedding were the love quote cards that we made for each place setting. I thought today would be a great day to share them! We didn’t want conventional (re: cheesy) quotes so we picked sayings from movies and songs that we love. Now you can print them out at home (formatted for letter-sized paper) and give them to your own sweethearts, just click the link below to download. Because everyone loves a good Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure quote.

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Brit + Co. Makeshop

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The Brit + Co. Makeshop is one of the coolest creative spaces in San Francisco and it’s open to the public! Located at the Brit + Co. headquarters, is a space to make, with tons of DIY materials including 3-D and laser cut printers, paints and Brit Kits. The other side is a shop with items sourced from local designers and shops. They welcomed us into the shop during our blogger meet up and it was a perfect place to mingle and get creative. The Makeshop also holds classes like 3-D laser printing and puff pastry making so I’m grabbing some girlfriends and signing up!

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