Please Pardon Our Appearance…


Jade and Fern is a little messed up right now. Someone accidentally forgot to pay an important blog bill (not me, really), and it’ll be a couple days till the blog is back on its pretty little feet.

Until then, please don’t judge our hangover bed-head. In fact, go spend your internet time elsewhere. Shoo!


Snaps: Life in Black and White

Snaps in Black and White || Jade and Fern

Just a few scenes from my neighborhood to start off the week. The weather has been fabulous for taking walks lately, and I’ve been drawn to capturing little moments every time I’m out. Thank goodness for camera phones.

Any good weekend stories to tell?

P.S. You can see more of my iphoneography on my Instagram feed.

Inspired By: Hipsters (Plus, Blog News!)

Decor Hints You’re Becoming a Hipster:

Nina Montenegro: Decor Hints You're Becoming a Hipster

Art by Nina Montenegro, via Curate This Space

Truth time, readers: how many of these hipster design trends do you have in your homes?!

Decor Signs You're Becoming a Hipster, by Nina Montenegro

Decor Signs You're Becoming a Hipster, by Nina Montenegro

I have SEVEN! And want at least 4 of the remaining 5. Which apparently means that, as I’ve suspected all along, I am truly a hipster.

In other news, exciting changes are happening on Jade and Fern! I will be switching blog platforms and hosts and themes and other goodies imminently, so please bear with me if things look or act wonky for a few days. Growing pains, you know. But it’s all for the best, we’re going big-time! Huzzah!

Have a fabulous hipstery weekend, all!


Update: read all about the hipster invasion of Somerville, MA (where I live, of course) in this great article! Hipster bunny approves.

Industrial Fashion: DIY Cement Brooches

DIY Cement Brooches || Jade and Fern

The folks over at CraftBits asked me to develop a project for them! Woot!

Since I’ve been digging industrial jewelry lately—who doesn’t love a good juxtaposition?—I took a stab at creating a wearable using cement and came up with these brooches. What do you think??

DIY Cement Brooches || Jade and Fern

DIY Cement Brooches || Jade and Fern

DIY Cement Brooches || Jade and Fern

I got über carried away while photographing these babies, so like any photographer worth her salt I found myself curled up in the fetal position to get the shot:

Behind the Scenes || Jade and Fern

My photo professors would be so proud.

It’s a really simple project but REALLY gratifying (if I do say so myself). Head on over to CraftBits for the tutorial on how to whip up your own DIY Cement Brooches!

Inspired By: DIY Cement Projects

DIY Cement Projects Roundup || Jade and Fern

Bookends || Ring Dish || Easter Eggs || Planter || Alphabet Magnets

Have you ever made anything out of cement??

I just tried it for the first time and I am HOOKED. It felt just as magical as making biscuits—grab a few pantry items and whip ’em up out of nothing. In this case, all you need is some regular old cement, a mold, some water, and a couple days of patience, and presto change-o! Cement goodness!

I’ll be posting my own cement project soon, but in the meantime, have fun with these great creations from around the web.

Fun fact: did you know that cement and concrete are not the same thing?

Happy weekend, all!

Snaps: The Coconut Buddha

Bare Feet and Coconut Buddha || Jade and Fern

In spite of being crazy busy last week, I managed to get out a few times for some pleasant walks in my neighborhood, soaking up the sun and the refreshing 80° temperature. And I’m quite glad I did, because I discovered this amazing headless Buddha statue topped with a coconut shell. The Coconut Buddha, if you will.

Quirky lawn decorations make me smile.

Do any of you like to go on walks? What draws your attention when you do?