Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Fondue Party

My mom is the queen of parties.  When we come home, we usually have at least one if not two theme parties.  We all love decorating and crafting and we LOVE celebrating, so just about any occasion is a good enough reason to plan a party.  Over Christmas, we started out with a fondue party.  Mom planned cheese fondue with veggies, and chocolate fondue with desserts.  We started out with oil in the fondue pot to fry our own meats and cheese balls.  Sounds like fun, right?  

It was not fun.  

It was scary and dangerous and hazardous to our health and well-being.  

Hot oil popped and spurted and splattered all over us.  When we were finally daring and brave enough to fry a tiny piece of chicken, we found out it tasted gross.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that the whole house smelled rotten McDonald's and week old greasy carnival food.

Good thing the good party count is still 783 to 1.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The ELLE JAY shop is OPEN!

The ELLE JAY shop on Etsy is officially open!  HOORAY!

I've always loved paper, design and simple crafting.  When I was little, my Papa would sneak $10 into my hand before Grandma and I went to Wal-Mart to shop.  Before the cash had time to burn a whole in my little pocket, I'd always, always rush to the paper aisle and blow it all.  Color-changing markers, scented crayons, Barbie coloring books, Lisa Frank stickers...I am having a little excited fit just thinking about it.

When I was naughty at home, my mom even resorted to "grounding" me from paper.  It was THE WORST.  I remember sitting in our messy toy room, being bored out of my mind.  I couldn't draw, color, collect stickers...  I couldn't even play school OR bank OR post office OR store because ALL of those things used paper.  Did I mention it was awful?  AWFUL.

So here I am today...  The ELLE JAY store will be a celebration of all things paper, and probably a few crafty things here and there.  I'm starting out small, and I will add things as time allows!

Do you have suggestions?  Things you'd like to see in the store?  Let me know!  You can always comment below, or email me at:

For now, check out my new "Check One:" cards in the store.  They are so delightful and flexible!  My mini-store is on the right sidebar of this blog, or you can always go directly to the store here:


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Mark and I finally bought ourselves a nice camera for Christmas.  I am obsessed with taking these blurry pictures of Christmas goodness.  Who knew blurry could be so beautiful?

I still haven't graduated into being a real adult and sending out Christmas cards.  Sorry, friends.  Maybe another year?  For now, here's me wishing you a very Merry and Christ-filled Christmas online.  Have a great one, folks!


Friday, December 23, 2011

and the WINNER is...

Kelly Zabel, it's your lucky day!  Send your mailing address to, and I'll send your pretty package ASAP!  Stay tuned for more ELLE JAY details.

Monday, December 19, 2011

I'm Opening an Etsy Shop! + a Giveaway!

Friends!  I'm opening a little shop on Etsy!  Over the next while, I will be making some of my paper makin' and design sorts of things available for purchase.  My informal "brand" name will be ELLE JAY - a spin off of LJ, or Liza Jane.  Fun, huh?

Here's a sneak peek at some pretty packages ready to send!  Can you guess what's inside?

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW with your best guess at what's inside for a chance to win a pretty sample!  Share this giveaway on your Facebook or blog (then come back here and leave another comment) for an additional chance to win!  I'll pick a winner on Thursday and send you some goodies!

Stay tuned for updates on ELLE JAY's official opening!  HOORAY!

Monday, December 5, 2011


Plant me like a tree in the house of the Lord.  Plant me by streams of living water.  Let my roots go down deep, unmovable, unshakable.  Let me flourish in Your courts, yield Your fruit in season.  Let my leaf not wither.  From Psalm 1 & 92


Sunday, December 4, 2011

All the Single Ladies...

...if you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it.  - Beyonce

Oh...I mean...

A woman's heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her.  - C.S. Lewis

There.  That was WAY deeper.  I like that better.

Just this past week, I had a bunch of single ladies over.  My friend, Stacey, who is older and wiser than me, talked to us about stewarding singleness well and about being the Bride of Christ.  It was lovely.  We ate yummy food, talked about the Lord, and had a Favorite Things exchange.  

I have officially turned into my mother.  She is a party planning fanatic.  Why not turn everything into a cute and fun party?  Why NOT?  

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