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crafted by time... 23 Feb 2017

crafted by time / oh joy

One of the things I tell people the most about having a business or having a career you love is that nothing happens overnight. I've had my business for almost 12 years, and every year, things get better because I have gained more experience and learned more from past mistakes. Today, I'm partnering with Nespresso and their new Selection Vintage 2014 coffee (which, too, was crafted by time) to share the story and a look back at the evolution of my career.

oh joy timeline

Time is an important element to doing things well and finding true success. I have spent the last 16 years since graduation working towards my goals, and in the same way, Nespresso has aged this coffee for the last three years in a complicated system of rotation and regulation to make this Selection Vintage 2014 a fine aged coffee. This is a very long post, but worth a read if you want to know how careers really are built over time...

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happy friday + away we go... 17 Feb 2017

oh joy red and blush balloons

Happy Friday guys! Today, I'm headed to Palm Springs to finish up our Oh Joy room for the Modernism House in Palm Springs. Follow along this weekend on my Instagram stories to take a peek! I hope you have a safe and happy weekend. Monday is President's Day so we'll be closed for the holiday, but I'll see you back here on Tuesday!

{Photo by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester. Balloons from Shop Studio DIY.}

omg, it's the weekend... 10 Feb 2017

OMG Oh Joy

Happy Friday guys! This week went by soooo fast. I've been working on lots of new products for next year and just going and going and going. I hope you get some good R&R in. We're taking the kids to LACMA before the yellow noodles go away and launching our new Pet Collection on Sunday at Target! Have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing you back here on Monday ;)

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, side tables by Modernica, rug from EsaleRugs, everything else from Oh Joy for Target.}

happy friday + mixing it up! 3 Feb 2017

Bird-vase-fillers

Happy Friday, all! I hope you're looking forward to the weekend like I am. We're celebrating Chinese New Year with some local events here in Los Angeles and taking the kids to a puppet theater for the first time. I hope you get some R&R this weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Oh and P.S. There's a sale through tomorrow for everything in our Oh Joy for Target collections! The baby clothing is on super sale at 50% off to make room for our new collections coming soon!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, background fabric from The Fabric Store}

so i had to say... 30 Jan 2017

Dallas Clayton print

Over the weekend, I had a really hard time posting pretty pictures on social media. I couldn't think of anything to say that really meant much of anything. I'm an optimistic person. I am a hopeful person. And I have never felt comfortable discussing politics on social media. It doesn't mean that I don't care or that I am not thinking about it or feeling it or discussing it with people around me. It just means that I usually keep my opinions private because most of the time I am not strong enough to have the conversations with people that I can't look in the face and have a real dialogue with.

If you feel like seeing a little bit about my current feelings, you can see my Instagram story from last night. I needed to vent and speak from my heart for just a few minutes. So if you watched, thank you. I've read every single comment.

No matter what you feel about the state of the country right now, we all have the desire to feel united..to feel like we all belong here. I found that this image above spoke loudly to me with very few words.

{Print by the amazing Dallas Clayton}

favorite, least favorite, tomorrow... 20 Jan 2017

Oh Joy

A friend of mine recently told me about a family she knew who played the Rose, Thorn, Bud game every night at dinner. I loved the idea and immediately implemented it for dinner time with our kids—except we call it more literally, "Favorite, Least Favorite, Tomorrow". The idea is that during dinnertime, we go around the table and everyone tells their favorite part of the day, their least favorite part, and what we're looking forward to tomorrow. It often helps us hear more about what Ruby did at school, encourages us to share what we did at work with the kids, and Coco ends up having the same three answers every single day (since she's only 2).

My favorite thing about this daily exercise is that it gives us a moment to reflect upon the day, get caught up on what everyone did at school, home, or at work, and mostly, it has given my kids (mostly Ruby cause she's old enough to process it) a chance to think about both the good and bad parts of a day. And how to look forward to a different and better day tomorrow. It's also given my husband and I a way to tell the kids about not only the best parts—but also the worst—parts of our day. It's made us think how explain to kids why something didn't go great that day and how you still got through it.

If you've never tried it before, I encourage you to. It's so simple, but it makes you stop and reflect even if for only a few minutes. Especially on a day like today when lots of things are changing and you may be unsure of what's next, it helps to make you hopeful towards the potential that every tomorrow holds.

{Photo by Oh Joy}

happy holidays! 21 Dec 2016

Oh Joy Family

Oh Joy Family

...from my family to yours and from the whole Oh Joy team to each and every one of you! 2016 was filled with some lows as well as some highs. It was a roller coaster of a year for sure, and I'm excited for new beginnings and new adventures on the horizon in 2017.

Thank YOU for being here, for following along, for caring what I have to say, and for supporting all the things that my team and I create over here. I value and treasure each and every one of you and am grateful you take time from your busy day to visit our tiny part of the internet.

We'll be taking a blog break through the new year (I'll still pop in on Instagram though), and we'll see you back here on Tuesday, January 3rd with a look at our newest product collection and brand new content for you. I hope you have an amazing holiday and new year with those you hold most dear to you...

{Family photos by Morgan Pansing}

the best of 2016... 20 Dec 2016

Oh Joy Vintage Caftan

Wow...how am I writing this post already?! We've spent the last couple days moving to our new Oh Joy studio (see peeks on Instagram stories if you'd like to see!). As we get ready to head out for a much needed holiday break later this week, I wanted to give you some reading material and inspiration. We styled, crafted, baked, painted, designed, and social media-ed our hearts out. Here are some of my favorite posts from this past year...

Oh Joy Dressing The Team Vintage

Fashion

- The debut of our Dressing the Team series

- Altering Vintage Caftans

- Something Fun to do with a Vintage Scarf

Oh Joy Charcuterie and Cheese Plates

Yum!

- Funfetti Crepe Cake

- Spicy Chicken Pasta Salad

- Mini Charcuterie & Cheese Plate

- Making an Eton Mess with Kids

Oh Joy / 3 Ways to Style a Credenza

Easy Styling Ideas for Your Home

- 3 Color Combos to Bring into Your Living Room

- 3 Ways to Style a Vintage Dresser

- 3 Ways to Decorate with String Lights

- 3 Color Combos to Bring into Your Living Room

- 3 Ways to Fill a Vase

Oh Joy / Joint Birthday Party

Family Life

- How to (Not) Do It All with Two Kids

- How to Choose a Location for Family Photos

- A Joint Birthday Party

Being there for Bedtime

How to Add Family Photos to Your Home

Oh Joy / Honeycomb Wall Decor

Get Crafty!

- A Dotty Leaf

- Art Pumpkins

- A Rainbow Table Runner

- Honeycomb Wall Art

- What To Do With Leftover Wrapping Paper 

Oh Joy / Changing Careers in Your 30s

Our "Changing Careers" Special

-Part 1

-Part 2

Oh Joy Mural

And finally, some of the other things the team was up to this year!

- An Oh Joy Mural

- My family and I went to the White House!

- We celebrated 11 years of Oh Joy in Palm Springs!

Behind the Scenes of Making an Oh Joy for Target Product

- And, all of our Oh Joy for Target collections! (Stay tuned for lots more in 2017!)

happy thanksgiving + a last minute centerpiece! 23 Nov 2016

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Happy Wednesday all! We're signing off for the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday. But if you're looking for a last minute centerpiece for the holiday, check out this "cone-a-copia" (made of ice cream cones!) we made a couple years back. It's still one of my favorite projects ever. You can watch the full how-to right here!

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here's to lots of rest, being home in PJ's, and cozy treats galore!

{photos by Casey Brodley, styling and crafting by Julia Wester}

how to choose a location for family photos... 22 Nov 2016

how to choose a location for family photos

I love sending out our annual family photo as something for my family to treasure, and also as a fun way to stay in touch with those we love who are far away and to keep them updated on how everyone has grown. Every year, as fall approaches, the hardest thing to figure out is where to take our family photos. I try to change the location every year, but still keep it close to our home and convenient for our family's schedule.

We've been using Artifact Uprising for our cards for years and love the clean and simple designs (on 100% recycled paper!) that really let the photos shine. The new foil designs this year are my favorite! So we've teamed up with them today to share my tips for choosing a great location for taking your family's photo... 

how to choose a location for family photos

1. An indoor studio — If weather is questionable, an indoor location or photo studio guarantees it won't rain or snow during your photo session. For our first family photo ever, our friends Max and Jesse teamed up to offer 20 minute pop-up photo sessions at a local studio in Los Angeles. All we had to do was show up—no worries about props, lighting, or weather conditions.

Featured: Foil-Stamped Merry Card

how to choose a location for family photos

2. Your neighborhood — For our 2nd year, we wanted to capture the beauty of our Los Angeles neighborhood. Ruby was only 2 years old, so we kept the location within 10 minutes of our house. Little kids can only really take photos for 15-20 minutes (maybe 30 minutes if you have an especially patient child) so close locations are helpful. Our photographer, Katherine, did such a good job capturing the simplicity and beauty of our surroundings while capturing my family's personality at the same time.

Featured: Simple Love To You & Yours Card; Foil-Stamped Happy Holidays Card

how to choose a location for family photos

3. At home — The easiest location of them all is home sweet home. For our 3rd year, Coco had just been born and so she was a tad too tiny to take out and about. We shot most of the photos in our bedroom with the kids playing, laying, or sitting on the bed with us. They were casual, personal, and Katherine really captured the joy of our new arrival so well.

Featured: With Love Grid Card

how to choose a location for family photos

4. A graphic background — For our 4th year, I was really into finding the coolest walls around Los Angeles. There are so many amazing murals to choose from in this city. However, I ended up going with something more graphic in texture and chose this huge wall outside of the Broad Museum. It was also an ode to my love of art and the excitement of Downtown Los Angeles (where the museum is located). Our amazing photographer, Morgan, shot these photos right before sunset so the light was natural with a beautiful glow.

Featured: New Adventures, New Year Card with Foil; Simple Hand-Letterd Holiday Card

how to choose a location for family photos

5. If all else fails, add props — Sometimes when you take family photos, it can feel weird to just stand there and smile. We always take posed photos but then also just play and let the kids do their thing. One thing that helps loosen things up are some simple props. You don't have to turn it into a wedding photo booth, but whether it's a bunch of beach balls or a pile of flowers from your garden, props can add a whimsical touch to photos. For this year's photo, we went to a local garden and took a bunch of streamers for the kids to play with and hold. Our photographer, Morgan, checked out the garden the day before to make sure there would be some open areas where the kids could just run wild with streamers in hand. The streamers added lightness and extra color to our natural setting. 

Featured: Here's to the Good New Years Card

Hopefully, seeing all the locations we've taken family photos in the past give you ideas for your upcoming and future family photos! 

P.S. Artifact Uprising is offering a special code for 10% off their Holiday Photo Cards for Oh Joy readers. Simply enter OHJOYXAU16 at checkout by November 29th. And, tips for choosing outfits for family photos!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Artifact Uprising—a brand I've used and loved for years. All words are my own. 

{Flat photos by Casey Brodley, flat styling by Julia Wester. Family photos by: Max Wanger, Jesse Marble, Katherine Rose, and Morgan Pansing.}

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