Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday Tip (on a Wednesday): The Perfect Hostess Gift


This week's Tuesday Tip is debuting on a Wednesday instead of the usual Tuesday - we have had a busy few days getting things ready for fall (!!!) at plainjane designs.

The tip of the week is about choosing the perfect hostess gift. A hostess gift, no matter how big or small, is great gesture when you go to a friend or family's home, whether for a simple dinner or a large holiday party. The gift doesn't have to be anything elaborate, and the host will love that you are thankful to attend their party.

But what do you bring? Well, it depends on the host. If you know their taste, you might have an easier time picking out something for them. If not, never fear, because we've got you covered with ideas. From cookbooks to wine, here are our suggestions:

  • tea towel (we fancy this fun fox one!)
  • candle
  • vase filled with fresh flowers
  • picture frame
  • small art for a powder room or nightstand
  • cookbook
  • wine with carrier

 Stop by the store today to pick up your gift. (We have all that you see in the photo.) Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Coffee Talk with Courtney DeFeo

Hi! We're rolling out another new series called Coffee Talk. You'll see this once a month, and we'll be sharing a conversation with friends of plainjane designs over a (sometimes virtual!) cup of coffee. Enjoy! 

Welcome to Coffee Talk! This month's guest is Courtney DeFeo, author behind and creator of our favorite ABC Scripture Cards, an ingenious tool for memorizing scripture and placing faith as a priority in our everyday life.

pjd: Courtney, how did you come up with the idea for ABC Scripture Cards?
cd:  Believe it or not, this started from watching my two kids fight and I kept saying, “You can’t do that because Mom said so!” After way too many failed attempts, I realized that wasn’t working. There had to be a better reason for sharing WHY we do things in our home. My faith is very important to my husband and I. We wanted that common language to begin so early. I had just left a corporate marketing job with Chick-fil-A so I knew it was in my capacity to create a product and get it in the marketplace in a way that could really help other moms like me.

pjd: Did you have an age group in mind when creating these cards?
cd:  The cards were designed with the mom’s style and the child’s heart in mind. I was thinking of my home and all of my friends at the time. We all had little ones and I knew – if it didn’t stay out on our counters, we would forget about it. That’s why each set comes with an easel so all 26 can stay right there and decorate in your kitchen or desk area. Then, as you go about life – you can remember to go over 1 or 2 or 10 with your kids. Now, kids of all ages – tiny to teens use them.

pjd: What was your favorite part when designing them?
cd:   I had the look, the size and the idea all in my head – just one small problem. I am not a graphic designer. So, I called on a dear friend that is insanely talented. She helped get my vision into the design you see. I worked for months reading through the Bible just on the right group of verses I wanted for the families that would memorize them. God’s word isn't just to correct our kids – it’s to encourage them, comfort them and more! So, it was a team effort.

pjd: How have these ABC Scripture Cards influenced your life? 
cd:  They have given me just the right tool at just the right time. When one of mine is scared at night, I say, “What is the H verse?” And the sweet voice says, “He cares for you.” I didn't know all of these verses before and now I truly have a biblical answer for why we do things the way we do. They remember them! And I do too. D is “do everything without complaining and arguing” and sometimes mom needs to remember not to clean the house while complaining. They work for all ages.

pjd: Do you have any plans for ABC Scripture Cards Volume II or another project up your sleeve? 
cd:  The demand has been overwhelming to say the least. From kicking off from my office to an appearance on The View to now Magnolia Lane manufacturing them for over 350 stores – it has been a wonderful journey. We definitely want to do a boy themed set for those wanting to decorate boy nurseries and playrooms but don’t have a definite date for that. We do have one new product coming January at Atlanta Gift Show that I can’t tell you about just yet! You will love it – your dinner time will never be the same. Get excited.

Oh, and there is one project that has kept me super busy - my new book, In This House, We Will Giggle – launching October 7. That is my entire heart poured out in 12 chapters for families wanting to instill virtues, love and laughter into their home. I believe God is so very real and our little lights can shine so bright. We are in this journey together!

Thank you, Courtney, for inspiring us all - young ones and adults alike! You can find more resources or pre-order Courtney's book at

images via Courtney DeFeo

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Tip

We're back again with another Tuesday tip, and this one's fairly simple. When writing a married couple's name, whether it's on an invitation, notecard or sign up sheet, always place the woman's name before the man's.

Why? You never want to separate the man's first name from his last.

Here's an example:
John and Jane Johnson (incorrect)
Jane and John Johnson (correct)

Told you that was simple. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bye Bye, Monday Blues: Freshie & Zero Edition

For those of us struggling with a case of the Mondays, may I present our newest arrival at plainjane designs: Freshie & Zero!

Aren't they pretty? I think a new pair of earrings or one of these necklaces just might cure your Monday blues. What do you say? Treat. yo. self.

Friday, September 5, 2014

It's Friday!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Hope your weekend is filled with fun celebrations and mini bottles of champagne.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday Tips: Get Organized!

This is the start of a new series we'll share every Tuesday, ranging from wedding etiquette to table manners! Have any tips for us? Let us know! 

Ahh, September - signaling the start of cooler weather, football games, pumpkin-spiced everything and cozy sweaters. But, with the busy days of fall comes the need to stay organized so we aren't too frazzled to enjoy all of the wonderful things we love about fall.

If you're just getting started with organizing, or if you need some organization inspiration, here are a few tips:

1. Get an agenda. (And keep up with it!)
Someone once told me that if you write something down you're more likely to follow through with it. I couldn't agree more! To do lists, even when not fully completed, give you goals throughout the day so that you don't get sidetracked with small tasks. (Our favorites can be found in store!)

2. Plan your meals.
Anyone else go into the grocery store after a long day of work just to walk every aisle trying to figure out what to eat for dinner? Set aside 30 minutes to an hour each week to plan your family's meals and create a corresponding grocery list (breakfast for dinner is a totally acceptable meal). You'll quickly find how simple and effective meal planning can be. 

3. Take charge of the cluttered kitchen counter.
My family has a habit of throwing anything and everything on the counter upon walking into the kitchen, be it a magazine, old mail or yesterday's water bottle. Before going to bed each night, take some time to de-clutter the countertops and put dishes away so that the next morning, you'll wake up to a clean kitchen.

Though there are many other ways to stay organized, I think these three tips will get you started on your road to organization. Happy September!