Out With the Old, In With the New!

Since moving into our new house, I have slowly been making small changes to reflect my style. The latest change was updating the chandelier in the foyer along with the light over the staircase. Both were original to the home and they were ready to move to greener pastures. I spent a lot of time researching and pinning different lights that fit my style. So far all of the detail fixtures (door knobs, cabinet pulls and switch plates) have a satin nickel finish but ultimately I opted to choose a oil rubbed bronze finish for the lights. I picked this finish specifically because my walls are a lighter khaki color (scheduled to change in the future!) and I felt that the bronze finish would make the fixture pop.

Here is the before photo of the foyer chandelier:


Here is the before & after of the light over the staircase:


I love how it all turned out! I enjoy how such a small change can make such a large difference with the space. Though I was nervous with choosing the bronze finish, I can confidently say I have no regrets! Now I am inspired to tackle more lighting projects – look out for those in the future. 🙂

Trans Siberian Concert 2015

This year I decided to treat Alex to the Trans Siberian Concert. We have always enjoyed their music around the holidays but neither one of us had seen them before in concert. When we arrived at the venue, I quickly realized this was a very popular event! The place was packed and it took almost an hour to get in because of security. We were seated next to a couple who had attended the concert every year for almost 10 years.

The music varied from all of the variations of Christmas songs the band is known for but they also played new songs from their latest album. I also learned that their musical styles was not just rock but varied from blues to folk like variations. One thing the show was not lacking for pizzazz – throughout the concert, you are flooded with lights, fire, flashing imagery from the LED screens and lots of head banging. Basically a epileptic’s nightmare.

Here is a short video of one of the performances (notice there is fire coming from the ceiling!):

Personalized Snow Globe Cookies

One of my favorite activities every year at Christmas time is making cookies. This year we had a little cookie decorating party with friends. In preparation of the party, I decided to use some stamps to emboss each child’s name onto a snow globe cookie. I was super excited to present the baked version to the kids. There was one problem though – the cookies didn’t turn out the same after they were baked. In hindsight I should have made sure the dough was colder and had more flour rolled into it. Oh well, there is always next year.

Every Season Has An End

Hello… it’s me… No, not Adele. Just Jennifer. It has been a long time since we spoke. I realized when I opened my blog yesterday that I haven’t posted  a n y t h i n g  in over a year! So where have I been? Well I am still here but lots has changed. I moved to a new house and after the move really started to look closer at Handmade by Jennifer Chase.

In case you haven’t followed me from the beginning, I started Handmade by Jennifer Chase over 3 years ago. It was started as a way to make some extra income. I quickly found a niche making custom photo props for photographers and eventually decided to grow my business to include printed personalized products. However since April of this past year I have temporarily closed my shop. Initially I closed it so I could get settled into my new home. Quickly though I came to realize it wasn’t as enjoyable as it once used to be. So I have officially decided to close my doors (for now). You can still find some of my printed personalized products available through flash/deal of the day sites likes Jane.com.

In closing I want to say how grateful I am to all of you that have supported my dream over the last few years. Each one of you have made me a success and I will forever be grateful for that!

Wishing you the best,