Fall Front Porch Decor

Well, it rained this weekend here and for a second it felt like fall! So I got my first pumpkin spice latte and decorated my porch🙂 I am a creature of habit when it comes to decor (and we have no storage space so I have to keep the non-essentials to a minimum!) but this year I decided to change it up a bit!  

  I love this chalkboard I found at a vintage market! We leave it outside and Maddie loves to color on it!  The crates and window we had outback and I figured why leave then out there where nobody can see them! Aren’t the pumpkins cute too?! They are fairytale pumpkins from @traderjoes ! 

  This wreath was super easy and quick too, they sell them at any craft place and I just added a burlap bow and fabric strip to hang  it from. The mini welcome banner I made years ago and just added to the wreath (message me if you want one!)  
This was all super quick and easy, which is about all I can do these days! Hope you are all enjoying this fall season – and hopefully it’s feeling like fall where you are! 

Maddie Dean Turns ONE

I can’t believe how fast time goes! Just a second ago she was tiny and couldn’t even lift her head, and now she is a bundle of energy, walking, talking, and exploring everything – I feel like I can’t keep up with her!

We had a sweet birthday party for her with family and friends a few weeks back and it was so much fun. She loved opening presents and eating her smash cake.

I wanted to share a few of the things we did for the party, in case any one is doing any party planning of their own!

Since it was at 11:00am, we had both sandwiches and donut holes, because…well…donut holes. We decided those could be dessert as well, so we skipped a cake/cupcakes and just had a little smash cake for M to “eat”.donut first birthday party
donut first birthday party - loveinamasonjar.com

I wanted to stick with a simple party and not really have a theme, but it is just so fun to have a girl so I decided to go with a color theme of gold and peach. I made a gold polka dot “happy birthday” burlap banner (available in the ETSY SHOP) and a “#1” banner for her high chair with gold, peach, lace and glitter tassels (also available HERE).

gold and peach first birthday - loveinamasonjar.com

For the rest of the decor, I just used mason jars as vases (surprise surprise) and got some peach and cream flowers from Trader Joes. If your looking for some mason jar vases in lace or gold glitter, I sell them too HERE!

Another thing I loved having was old pictures of M around, especially the monthly photos we took of her throughout the year. We hung them on a clothes line at the entrance so people could see how she had grown. I also made the ONE glitter letters as decor (also work as a great photo prop too!)
monthly photos - first birthday party - loveinamasonjar.com
For the smash cake, since M hadn’t had any real sugar yet, I decided to go with a carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. I used the recipe from the Modern Day Homemaker blog and it turned out great. It didn’t get eaten much, but it looked cute!

For the cake topper it was so simple – I cut out letters to form “ONE” from gold glitter paper I got at Michaels and used a needle (actually my husband did this part!) to thread through the letters. Then we tied it to 2 skewers and used peach ribbon on the ends. That’s it!

gold ONE first birthday cake smash cake topper - loveinamasonjar.com gold and peach first birthday - loveinamasonjar.com

The last fun detail I wanted to share was our photo backdrop! I am so glad we had this! It was an excuse to get photos of everyone at the party! We had a camera out on a table near the backdrop and people snapped photos! I didn’t come up with the idea for the backdrop (I found it on pinterest :)) but I followed the instructions from the Oh Happy Day blog.

gold and peach first birthday - loveinamasonjar.com

We had such a good time (and I think M did too!:)) and we were so thankful to all our family and friends who came! We are so blessed.

summer is for celebrating

Well friends, a lot has happened in the last few months and the blog was not one of them. Just a week after I finished working and I thought I would be staying at home, I was offered another job working part-time with hours from home. It was such a blessing to be able to continue working, while still being able to be home with our daughter. I learned quickly however, that working from home is difficult and there is not much else you can get done. Hence, the halt on the blog progress again. But NOW, that is finished and maybe, just maybe, we can get to posting some projects and ideas again.

For now, here are some of the fun ways we are celebrating summer this year…

// SOMEONE turned ONE! We still can’t believe it. So we had a party (details HERE!) //

baby girl first birthday celebration - loveinamasonjar.com

// We had the privilege of going to Maui with our family and it was such a great time //

maui beach - loveinamasonjar.com

// Baby girl had her first taste of ice cream //


// And we’ve been enjoying lots of frozen yogurt //

frozen yogurt - loveinamasonjar.com


loveinamasonjar is participating in a handmade craft fair! TOMORROW!

Hello friends!

Just a quick note to say that we’ve been busy creating because we are participating in the Knot Too Shabby Bazaar in downtown Glendora, TOMORROW!!

If you’re local, we’d love to see you!

This is the current state of my dining room table.

We will have reclaimed wood signs, burlap and lace mason jars, hanging mason jar vases, soy wax candles, burlap and lace runners, placemats, banners and MORE!


New items on ETSY! Baby love

We’re so excited!! Last week we released some new items to our ETSY shop for our baby line! After having a girl, I learned about a ton of new “baby accessories” that exist and wanted to see what I could come up with on my own! I also started thinking about some fun things I could make for a first birthday party (crazy that our baby girl is closer to 1 than she is to a newborn already!). Here is a preview of some things we’ve released that we LOVE!

Burp Cloth and Bib Bandana sets

baby tribal print bib bandanas - loveinamasonjar.combaby tribal print bib bandanas and burp cloths - loveinamasonjar.comtribal baby bib bandanas - loveinamasonjar.com

High Chair and Photo Prop Banners for Birthday Parties

baby first birthday burlap banner photo prop - loveinamasonjar.com

baby first birthday highchair burlap banner photo prop - loveinamasonjar.com

It’s our anniversary.

Hello friends. It’s been awhile. I feel like so much has happened in the last year or so, and I feel an update is necessary. As you know, we’ve been through a lot of change since the loveinamasonjar brand was started, nearly 3 years ago. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years.


What started as a new beginning after leaving my career, moving, and getting married, turned into something to just “maintain” because I loved it, while working part-time and then full-time. Then came our most important job of all, becoming parents, and life as we knew it is completely changed! Needless to say, throughout it all, this blog and many of the creative things I love to do have become last on my list.

BUT I’m excited to say that things are changing again, and I will soon have more time to CREATE again! After going back to work part-time for a few months with the baby, we’ve decided to take the leap of faith and move to one income so I can stay home and be a mommy to our favorite little girl. And hopefully with that have more time (if she would take a nap!) to do all the things I have been wanting to try and tell you about it on the blog.

So…to celebrate our 3 year anniversary in February, we will be launching some new items in our ETSY shop, working on our brand, and hopefully will have more tutorials and blog posts as we go along. We have LOTS of new ideas that we’ve been working on (think baby related – surprise, surprise)🙂 and hope to be able to share them soon. Thank you for supporting us on this journey! I’m so excited to move forward and see what this will bring!


Fall Favorites

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite. I always feel more inspired to create and bake in my cozy house with hot cocoa and slippers and a cozy sweatshirt. Although it’s still hot here in southern CA (so so hot!!), I can’t help but dream about what’s to come in the next few months. Here are some of my favorite fall traditions that I’m looking forward to!

…Fall leaves…

I know we don’t have many fall leaves here, but when they come, I love it!!

fall favorites - colored leaves - loveinamasonjar..com

…Apple picking…

Every year we go up to an apple farm and pick apples and apple “seconds” (not as pretty apples, but perfect for applesauce)

fall favorites - apple picking - loveinamasonjar..com

…Canning Applesauce…

And of course with all those apples we make apple sauce and apple butter! Post about that process HERE.

fall favorites - canning applesauce - loveinamasonjar..com

…Canning Jam…

I always can in the late summer and early fall and use the jam for Christmas gifts! (Post on how to can HERE!)

DIY edible Christmas gifts - homemade jam - loveinamasonjar.com

…Foamy Lattes…

fall favorites - foamy lattes - loveinamasonjar..com

…Decorating Pumpkins…

Last year we made Gold Polka Dot Pumpkins and they turned out so cute! (DIY post on that HERE)

fall favorites  decorating pumpkins - loveinamasonjar..com

fall favorites - decorating pumpkins- loveinamasonjar..com

…Front porch decor…

I love decorating our front porch for fall! Even if it’s still hot here it somehow makes me feel like the season is coming!

fall favorites - fall porch- loveinamasonjar..com

…Pumpkin Spice Lattes…

I love coffee and Starbucks, so naturally the PSL is a fall favorite🙂

fall favorites - pumpkin spice lattes - loveinamasonjar..com

…Lighting Candles…

For some reason lighting scented candles is just so much more cozy in the fall! I usually pull them out early and make my house feel like its fall even if it isn’t yet🙂 I love these scents from Bath and Body Works best: Leaves and Cider Lane.

fall favorites - loveinamasonjar..com


I love to bake year round, but in the fall it is my favorite. I like not only making seasonal pumpkin things, but also cobblers and crisps and muffins and scones… sooo many fun things I can’t wait to bake once it’s not so hot in my kitchen!

This photo below is of Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins. The recipe I used for these is HERE. For my other favorite baking recipes see my post HERE.

fall favorites - pumpkin cream cheese muffins - loveinamasonjar.com


Now, let’s stop this heat wave and bring on the FALL!! Are you feeling inspired? I sure am! I think I’ll decorate my front porch, light some candles and bake something this weekend and pretend it’s cool outside🙂

Baby showers: Tea Party and Fancy Brunch

I’m learning that with a newborn (and probably children of any age!)  it’s hard to get anything done that takes time! But as I post now, I have a sleeping baby on my chest, so I’ll squeeze some blogging in when I can! I wanted to share a post about the baby showers that were hosted for us, because they were both so lovely!!

We were blessed with 2 showers, 1 was a family shower hosted by my moms and sisters, and the other a friends shower by my best friend. Both were just perfect and I couldn’t have asked for more!

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Tea Party 

For the family shower we had a “tea party” theme. We had fruit and scones and coffee cake and of course coffee and tea. They decorated everything in tans and creams to keep it gender neutral and had beautiful flowers and mason jars. It was beautiful!!

  tea party themed baby shower - loveinamasonjar.com tea party themed baby shower - loveinamasonjar.com tea party themed baby shower - loveinamasonjar.com

tea party themed baby shower - burlap banner - loveinamasonjar.com

 Fancy Baby Shower Brunch 

For my other shower, it was at a beautiful resort outside for brunch near the pool. It was a smaller group, so we had a special little menu and cabana and were able to decorate the table. It was so pretty and fancy. I felt so pampered!!

Special baby shower menu - loveinamasonjar.com

Baby shower pool view - loveinamasonjar.com

baby shower brunch - loveinamasonjar.com

baby shower brunch - loveinamasonjar.com

fancy baby shower brunch - loveinamasonjar.com


Gender Neutral Rustic Baby Nursery

We’ve finally had time to finish up the nursery! Matt painted it way back in February, and we purchased some furniture shortly after, but until recently, we haven’t had a chance to put it together or do any decorating!

This past week I was able to sort through what we had previously kept in the room and do some organizing and decorating. And now – its complete! All we need is the baby!!

Since we don’t know the gender, we wanted to keep things neutral, and I love how it turned out! We went with tan linen fabric and white furniture, gray walls we brought in rustic elements which we have throughout our home.

Want to see some photos?!

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

We found the crib at a garage sale which started the white furniture trend. We purchased the dresser and night stand from Ikea and the rocking chair we had already in the house. Our neighbors bought us the awesome cushions for the rocking chair and it matches the curtains and crib skirt perfectly.

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

I couldn’t find curtains and bed linens that I liked (except for at Restoration Hardware – which is way too expensive!) so I purchased linen fabric at Joann’s and sewed some curtains and a crib skirt. I am not the best sewer, but I tried my best and I think they look okay!

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

We bought a big dresser because we have a small house with no closets, so the many drawers will come in handy. And with the changing pad, it becomes a changing table too!

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

The changing pad cover came from a sweet little ETSY shop called Fern Leslie Baby. I loved the grey and ivory stripe and it totally matches the linen fabric for the crib skirt and curtains!

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

We of course have lots of mason jars and crates in our house, so I incorporated those into the baby room “decor”. I made the sign (it still needs to be hung :)) but, it is painted on a grape crate I got awhile back and have just been waiting to make something with it!

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

On the other wall of the room, we will eventually put in a bench seat and a built-in possibly under the window, but for now, we just brought in our red flyer wagon and added some baskets for toys.

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

And that’s it! I’m so glad I was able to finish everything and do some decorating before baby arrives. Once we know if baby is a boy or girl, we will likely add in some more details (and maybe a custom baby name banner from our ETSY shop too! :))