Meet Elise

My Facebook and Instagram followers probably know this but for my blog only followers…I had a baby!  And shame on me, but I don’t think I ever mentioned even being pregnant on my blog.  Boy those 9 month really flew by =)  So here she is…my little Sweetie Pie, Elise.  Love her to pieces. I just want to eat her up all…the…time!

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The Social Media sites get updated much more frequently. There, you can view our current work, jobsite visits, product recs, and adorable children.  Now on to them. Birth Announcement-Elise922w

My labor this time was SO different from my first that I hardly knew I was in labor.  My first, I had back labor and it was so painful, so fast.  This time, I felt some mild pains during the day but nothing changed much as the day progressed.  Called L&D and they told me just relax, take a bath.  Didn’t sound like anything alarming.  Well this put my husband in jeopardy of missing the birth of his precious baby girl!  Call it denial, stubbornness, whatever but I swore up and down the whole day I was not in labor.  I assured him as I said goodbye to him at the door when he was leaving for work, I was not in labor.  About 30 minutes after he leaves and I get out of the bath. I text him. “I think I’m in labor!”  Started timing the contractions and they were three minutes apart..yikes.  My Mom had already been on her way to stay with me just in case and the second I opened the door, hunched over I said “let’s go!”  I called labor and delivery while my Mom was driving us there and they told me they had no room for me and I had to go to another hospital 45 minutes away putting my husband even farther from me!  I was crying at them and told them “NO WAY” could I make it there and the situation with my husband being in the city.  They called one more hospital and they too, were full, so they told me to come there.  By the time I got there I could barely walk.  They took me straight to a room that had opened up.  The hubs had clocked in for 5 minutes, got my text that it WAS time and he clocked right back out.  He got there in time and we had our baby!

   {Photos by Jennifer Skog  and Jennifer Bishop}Jennifer Bishop Design-Elise Born 4

The next day, I had my Mom bring The Bean to meet her baby sister.  It was truly one of the best moments of my life seeing her meet “her baby.”

Jennifer Bishop Design-Elise Born 2

We bought our girls some Big Sis and Lil Sis necklaces so they’d have something special to remember the first day they met.

Jennifer Bishop Design-Elise Born 1

I can’t wait to see the memories these two make together.

Jennifer Bishop Design-Elise Born 3

Teacher Christmas Gift-Hot Cocoa Theme

Being pregnant and sick and tired, I just didn’t have it in me this year to get crazy creative with my daughters preschool teachers gift.  A quick run to World Market for some goodies to make a Hot Cocoa cup was just what I needed to dazzle up my gift card gifts. You can see how I’ve dazzled up a gift card for past teachers {HERE & HERE}.  All you need is a giant mug…because really…who wants a puny cup of hot cocoa?!?!  Not I.  Hot cocoa mix, a yummy treat, mini jar to hold some marshmallows, gift card and BAM…you have an amazing gift.  I also use Printables a lot, that I save on a Pinterest board when I find cute ones.  Then, I have great gift tags when I need them in a pinch.  This adorable little darling I found on Smitten Blog Designs.  Thank the stars for talented and giving graphic designers and their free Printables!  Boy do they make you look good in a pinch.

Jennifer Bishop Design| Hot Cocoa Teacher Gift

Jennifer Bishop Design| Hot Cocoa Teacher Gift


Teacher Appreciation Gift-Caricature Notecards

Can we please get in our time machines and go back to June…you know the time of year you hand your kids’ teachers their gifts for all of their hard work?  Because that is when I made these and it’s now NOVEMBER (how is it NOVEMBER going on DECEMBER?).  I figured I’d still throw these up because sometimes parents are looking for teacher Holiday present ideas and these might come in handy for that.  So every time I have given my daughters pre-school teachers a gift, they’ve always responded back so graciously with a thank you card.  I though it might be cute to get them some personalized thank you card being that they have to write so many throughout the year.   I placed the notecards and envelopes in plastic baskets I found at Target. With each notecard set I included a pen (that also had the caricature on them) as well as a DVD that held the caricature images in case they wanted to make more notecards when they ran out.  I wrapped the whole thing both vertically and horizontally with some rainbow twine and voila…a fun gift and package all in one!   The teachers were all so excited to see these caricatures of themselves and it was a fun unique gift to be able to give them.

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards, Caricature 2

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards Rainbow Yarn

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards, Caricature

CARCICATURE DESIGN-NOTECARDS & PENS: Vistaprint I also purchased the separate caricature file so I could print myself on my disc label.
PATTERNED SCRAPBOOK PAPER: I used the Moroccan Prints Digital Paper Pack from PrettifulDesigns on ETSY and printed it myself.
ENVELOPE:  I made my own by cutting an 8.5×11 sheet of cardstock and rounding the sides but you can purchase any type of envelope pocket at your craft store.
BASKETS: Room Essentials Storage Bin from Target.  I bought in the store and didn’t need to buy a set of 4 like it says online. 
YARN-TWINE or RIBBON: I used the Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Gems yarn.  I bought it at Joann Fabrics but don’t see it there anymore.
CD or DVD’s plus printable sticker labels for them
FULL SHEET STICKER PAPER: to print the caricatures on for the sticker to close the envelope.  You could also just print on circle labels.
CIRCLE PUNCHES: To cut out  stickers for envelope if you used full sheet sticker paper.
GEL DOTS: To hold the DVD to the paper. You stick them to the paper and them pop the DVD hole through them. I’m not sure where to find these.  My friend gave me a bunch that she had.

Halloween Decor

I haven’t shown you much of my apartment.  Primarily…because it’s a disaster zone almost 24-7.  But I’m OK showing you glimpses of the clean parts once in awhile!  My daughter kept telling me she wanted Halloween decorations up.  I don’t normally decorate for Halloween and didn’t have much in the way of typical Halloween decor.  Then one day, I was on Facebook, and a post came up from one of my Friend’s Leslie Nash whom I like to call the Master Crafter.  She had posted this artwork that she had designed and it was so funny to me!  Running a business and raising a small child…I definitely feel like I’m living in an insane asylum many days!  I immediately contacted her and wanted to know how I could get my own poster and also how she went about making the embroidery hoop prints.  The best part is that she has this print in her ETSY shop so if you’d like one customized for your own family just contact her.

The embroidery hoops were also such a cute idea.  I’ve never used this technique before but the image is actually printed right onto the fabric. I won’t go into too much detail but I will share with you the sources and directions for this project if you’d like to try it yourself.

Clipart Source: The Graphics
Embroidery  Hoop Directions: The Graphics Fairy
Label Printing Method: My Re-Purposed Life
Tip– I used Linen Fabric to make my hoops


So here are the results after I used Leslie’s Artwork, made my own hoops and added a few other items including a photo of my daughter on her first Halloween!

And speaking of my daughter, do you think she was happy with our Halloween decor…of course not!  4 years olds have such a mind of their own.  I asked her what she was envisioning and she said  “you know…the stickers.”  Come to find out she wanted the Halloween decals you stick on the windows =)  So off Mommy went to Target to hunt down some decor for my Bean to set up her own decorations.  I think she did a pretty great job!


Big Girl Room

So the problem with waiting too long on getting a design done is that your kid gets older…and gets opinionated!  You may remember back when we first moved into our apartment, that I was going to do the room around a certain Marimekko print?  She used to love it and would talk about it all the time.  Well times got busy and I never went through with the original  plans I had for the room.  In the mean time, my kid got a year and a half older and wiser apparently because “blue flowers are SOOO a year and a half ago Mom.  I want a rainbow flower room now!”  Well, my 3 1/2 year old didn’t say it just like that…but that’s how I heard it. The problem was, that I was so excited to use the extra wide black and white stripe and wasn’t ready to part with it.  I searched and searched for some multicolor floral bedding that had some black in it to tie in the stripe fabric.  Finally, I struck gold one day and found the Ayana Miranda Floral quilt by Cynthia Rowley on Ebay.  It had a rainbow of flowers to make my kid happy, and had sort of an Anthropologie look to it so I could go with an eclectic look like I wanted.

For sheets, I found the Bazaar sheet from Land of Nod that I’m going to order soon.  I was going to just do white…but my kid said “no white!” so more floral motifs it is!

Another change from the original design is I’m changing the use for  the stripe fabric.  I’ll be using it on a custom corner headboard instead.

Premier Prints-Vertical Black/White

I fell in love with the concept after seeing it done for this bed by Designer: Annsley McAleer (Photo: Ben Gebo)

With talk of a second child in the mix, most of the pretty beds I had found were not going to be feasible with 2 kids in a room.  So I had to double dip with my furnishings and a bed/dresser combo was really the best choice. I chose a white platform bed with 6 drawers underneath it.  I’ll then do the corner headboard and I think it will be adorable!


While out shipping at Homegoods with my little one, she spotted this rattan head…cow…not sure?  Anyways, she wanted it.  At first I was laughing and then, after some thought, I thought “hey why not!”  It would add some texture to the space.  I can already see the future of the head in the room though.  Pretty sure I’ll be removing it from the wall after it scares her during the night.  But hey, we’ll try it out.  I think it will nice with the Bamboo shade I’m using.  I’m going to get it made with a blackout liner since the mini blinds let light blare on through so much.

So there you have it.  My plans for the big girl room.  I’m waiting on the bed and new mattress to arrive and am getting antsy!  My kid has no interest in staying put in her room during bed time right now so I’m hoping this new space will bring her a reason to stay put!  I’ve been talking to her about her new room and trying to include her in some decisions her and there.  She told me that she wants to stay at Grandma’s and then I do her room and then she come back for the surprise.  Yes, she wants a grand reveal!  Definitely the daughter of a designer.

Valentine’s Day-Free Printables

My husband started buying our daughter these real mini finger skateboards to play with awhile back.  They came in sets where you could put the wheels on and choose the label to adhere to the board.  It’s a fun little tradition they have together.  When browsing the Target aisles for Valentine ideas, I ran across these little sets of finger skateboards or scooters as they call them that reminded me of the other boards.  I knew they would make the perfect Valentine for her to hand out to her Pre-School class.


I designed a page of cards that I could adhere each board to.  The top reads “Valentine…you’ve skated into my heart!”. For the bottom, I added some tire marks and a multicolored “LOVE Sydney”. I printed the page out on some textured cardstock and then glued those to another page of red cardstock for more support.  I used removable glue dots to adhere the boards with (3 total dots or there isn’t enough stick to keep them on).

Then for each of her Teachers, I bought a jar of jelly and changed the label to read “Spread the LOVE”.  xoxo Sydney”

I again used the glue dots to wrap the label around the jar. When they go to use the jelly, they can easily take the top label off.  The original label was left on underneath so they would know what it was.  I used some fabric I cut into circles with pinking shears so the fabric wouldn’t fray.  Then wrapped twine around the lid to hold them place.  They came out so cute and my daughter is very excited to pass out her Valentine’s to all of her little friends!

And I’m very excited to say that I made them both into Printables for you to download!  I’ve never done this before so let’s hope the downloads all work fine.  Both are left blank where the name is so you can write in your own.  Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

{click HERE to download your FREE copy of the Skateboard Valentine printable}

{click HERE to download your FREE copy of the Spread the Love printable}

A Christmas Party-Toddler Style

I’m sorry if you were all ready to move on to Valentine’s day…but I still have some Christmas and Winter Blogging to do so please bare with me!

Every year I host a Christmas party.  It started out as a cookie exchange many years back with some of my close friends from High School.  We started tiring of the cookie party…mainly because most of our cookies sucked!  So we decided to ditch the stressful late night baking and just get together for a Christmas gathering.  Over the years, we’ve grown and mainly in the kids department.  I wanted to set them up a special little place of their own and give them activities to keep them occupied.  Add 7 toddlers to the mix and well, that’s a party!  I truly wish I had taken an “after” shot of this tablescape.  It looked as if the Bumpuses hounds paid a visit to our party.

I scoured Pinterest for some fun ideas and I’ll share with you how I incorporated 5 different ideas I found on Pinterest plus one of my own to make this fun party.

REINDEER PB&Js::  I found this idea from the And Everything Sweet Blog.  Quick easy and was a fun main course for the kiddos.

CHEVRON BOWS::  Besides the fact that these chevron paper bows are adorable, they are offered as a free printable on the Ellinee Blog! Instead of using the included gift tag, I printed out a small photo of each child and attached with a small clothespin as their placecard.  This is the second time I used a printable from Ellinee.  I recently used their printable Holiday Petal Card for this years Teacher’s Gift.

SNOWMAN CUPS::  This was the cutest idea originally from the Blue Cricket Design Blog.  She used them to carry treats to her kids school, I added a straw for toddler drinks.

FELT CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING:: From the Johnny in a Dress blog comes this felt tree idea.  I made two so that the kids weren’t trampling over one another trying to decorate them at the same time.  I also attached mine on foam core boards for portabilty since the party was taking place in my complexes clubhouse.

SUGAR CONE CHRISTMAS TREES:: From the Pigtails and Tutus blog comes this great idea to decorate sugar cones.  Much easier to do with younger kids than a whole gingerbread house.  I divvied out candies for each child to use which doubled as my table decor.

The party favor was a lollipop memory game I made.  To hold the sticks I used Sip-A-Mugs I found at Walmart.  That way when the game pieces wore down, the fun cups could still be used.


And here were a few of our guests enjoying the party.  This was before things really started getting rowdy and green and red sprinkles exploded in the room!  You think college kids are ragers…they got nothing on these little ones!

And there was no mistletoe in the room but that never stops my daughter for going in for some smooches.  This time her victim…Jennifer Skog’s daughter sweet baby Jane.  She didn’t seem to mind much.

6 Years & Counting

They sure aren’t kidding when they say time flies!  6 years ago today I married the love of my life.  I thought my readers had seen photos of my big day but after a few people telling me otherwise, I realized I got married before I was blogging.  So what better day than today to share some details of my special day?  I’m keeping them down to minimum since this is a design blog and I’m assuming most of you want to see details rather than me gushing over my gorgeous groom!

Photography by Jennifer Skog & KI Photography

My 4 year old niece at the time was absolutely the best little flower girl a bride could ever ask for.  She got a little antsy during our ceremony so the officiant pulled her in between us.  Her little face looking up as we exchanged rings…priceless.

I also love how a flower girl brings a smile to so many faces.  My husband and I just attended a wedding and the same thing happened there.  A crowd filled with oohs, aahs and smiling faces.  The power little flower girls hold…amazing.



Both our ceremony and reception was held at the Brazilian Room in Berkeley, CA.  It really is a beautiful setting for a wedding.  It has nature as it’s backdrop and a blank slate reception room.  That was one of my top priorities when looking for a venue. To have a neutral space in which my decor would not compete with. Having some blue patterned carpet or fleur de lys wallpaper was not an option for this rustic fall wedding. I remember SO wanting to rent chivari chairs for the tables. Looking back at this image, I feel it would have made a big difference in the look.  But not spending a grand on chairs was more important at the time.  Darn money getting in the way of design dreams!

My flowers were designed by Wish Flowers.  Minnie did an amazing job with the budget I had to work with.  To cut down on the arrangements for the tables, I used urns filled with green apples for half of them.  The place-cards were apple candles and each guests name was printed with their table number on the leaf.  I covered  “B”s I cut from sytrofoam with Moss. They hung on the walls near the dance floor.

As much as I really wanted Fall colors for my October wedding, I wanted them a little more subdued than I had seen in other falls weddings.  I stayed away from yellow and bright orange and I think that really kept the palette softer. My bouquet was gorgeous.  When it was delivered to my bridal suite I cried…yes I cried when I saw my flowers.  Silly bride.  And talk about silly.  Pretty close to my wedding date, I received a wedding related fortune and you bet your bottom those things are for real!  Panda Express really knows their stuff.  I carried it down the aisle with me and it’s held true to this day.

Now let’s talk desserts…my favorite course of the meal.  This was one of the battles I had with my Mom during good ole Wedding planning. I’m sooo not looking forward to the day I have to battle my Bean in her wedding plans!  She’s one stubborn gal.  Anyways, my Mom loves cake, I do not.  We came to an agreement with these mousse cakes from Masse’s Pastries in Berkeley.  We had one large cake for cutting and then 5 flavors of mini cakes served family style to each table. Guest could take tastes of each or duke it for their own flavor…the choice was theirs!  They were SO good I cannot even explain.  And works of art on top of that!  I really need to go back and get some mini ones to surprise my Hubs with.


And now, for the real evidence that I was married in 2006.  Behold…my Candy Buffet!  All the rage back then and it was a HUGE hit with my guests.  Those people were straight ravenous.  You’d think they’d never had candy before!

All in all it was a beautiful wedding and a wonderful memory to kick off the start of our new life. Were there wedding details I’d change? Yep, I sure would.  There is absolutely no pleasing a designer!  But  there is one detail I’d never change and that is marrying Brad.  11 years together…6 years married.  I haven’t always “liked” him all these years but I’ve always loved him.  Just what marriage is all about.

First Day of School and My Abstract Artist

I’ve been wanting to share a piece of art that my daughter did in her 2 year old Pre-school class last year.  I thought since so many kids are headed back to school, it was the perfect time to show you a cute and easy way you can display their school art in your house.  I also have two white magnetic boards from IKEA that hang outside her bedroom door.   I use those to rotate all of her newest art that comes home plus I use it to hold her school calendar and class photo of her with her friends.

So back to the budding artist.  Of course there is abstract art that goes for many many $$$$’s. There is also some, that looks like it came from your preschooler.  So if you have young kids, nieces, nephews or grand-kids…hand them a paint brush and tell them you need some new decor!  It’s a way to make them feel proud and it will be more sentimental than something you could buy.  Here on the shelf where I store all my business samples, I framed one of her little paintings and set it with 2 glass jars with iron succulent tops.   I found those at Pottery Barn in the Spring.  I should have taken a shot of the whole bookcase, but the cubbies next to it were a mess! We’ll have to save that for another time…

And here she is…the big 3 year old ready for her new classroom.  She loves to tell everyone “I’m fwee years old.”  Its the cutest!

Right after this nice cheesey closeup on the bench she tells me “Mom!  No more tictures!”  Yes she says tictures…tee hee.  So we head to school.  I just wanted one last photo inside her classroom so I could compare it to last years class photo (well actually January since she started mid year).  She would not smile or say cheese…only stare off like she wasn’t hearing me and give me the fish lips.  We’re talking “fwee” years old here.  Gotta take what you can get.

My Girly Little Corner

I was at a clients house recently and he made the comment “you designers must have the most amazing homes.”  As much as I’ve see some designers with amazing homes, the majority of us are all trying to just get by like the rest of the world and don’t live the glamorous life our clients envision.  I live in an apartment for example so I can’t do everything I’d like to.  We also only have one bathroom which makes getting ready tough.  When makeup application and beard trimming (on my husband of course!) need to take place simultaneously, it gets tricky.  One morning, my husband just had it with the overlapping and said “you need to set yourself up a vanity somewhere to get ready at!”  Hey, not a bad idea Hubs…so that I did.  Although, I took it to a little different level and really made it a mirror with major jewelry display.

I’ve really never shared much of my place because I don’t feel like it’s actually “done” and you don’t want people judging you on half completed work.  The internet…such a cruel cruel world.  But what the heck!  I’ll do it and we can see progression…how about that?

The shelf, was a Target purchase many years ago.  It’s one of those things that hangs over the toilet.  Classy.  I went back and forth on painting it but in the end, decided to keep it wood toned which I think was the right decision being the walls are white.  I’ve collected many hooks and bowls and dishes and brought them together for my display.  Most came from Antropologie and a few from Homegoods and TJ Maxx.

So my two main discoveries in this whole process were #1, I have WAY too much junk jewelry.  And this is only part…I have more in the closet!  #2, I really dislike the way the back panel of the shelving looks.  It’s flat, yet not smooth and really needs some texture.  My goal is to get some grasscloth and attach it to the back.  Then, I think the items will pop from the back a little better as well.

HOOKS | ANTROPOLOGIE – B&W Wall Hook & Rabbit Forestry Hook

The necklace display up top was a linen wrapped bust I found at Michaels.  The copper baby boots were my Dad’s when he was a wee lad.  I always like to infuse personal items into a space.  I’ll show you some other things I have in my home that are sentimental on another post.

And while I’m photographing my treasures I hear something behind me.  I turn around, and someone else is admiring my work…Gabby my #1 fan.  Just love her.

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