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Hello, and welcome to It’s Jou Life! We’re Wayne and Jennifer, a (relatively) newly wed couple who found love in the most unexpecting place. This is our DIY / lifestyle blog—musing about natural, healthy, artisanal living, and everything in between.

We started this blog because our family and friends always ask us how we grow our own organic vegetables, what is Wayne woodworking on now, to send over our miso black cod recipe, what snacks stock our pantry, a tutorial on that cute zippered pouch, tips for marathon running, where do we worship, what to bring for a camping trip, what’s Jennifer’s skincare regimen… you get the idea. This is our way to share life’s loves.

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{ diy } succulent wedding centerpiece

DIY succulent centerpiece via it's jou life blog http://wp.me/p3cljj-bHWhat do you get when you mix an urban gardener with an DIY-enthusiast? DIY succulent terrarium centerpieces! We spent an hour of our Sunday to create a few of these lovely centerpieces for our upcoming wedding. We’re still having our florist make some floral centerpieces, but felt creating these additional DIY centerpieces is a beautiful way to add a personal touch and share our love for succulents with our guests. (It’s also friendly to our wedding budget!) I’ve learned floral centerpieces can cost from $75-$200. Materials to create these DIY succulent centerpieces cost about $15-$20 each.

A succulent terrarium isn’t only for weddings, it can also add the finishing touch to a coffee table, low-maintenance greenery to a desk or even a unique housewarming gift!

The Usual Suspects:
– Glass container with wide opening
– Succulents, assorted
– Cactus & Succulent soil mix
– Horticultural charcoal (optional)
– Decorative pebbles or river rocks
– A spoon, or little shovel

1. Place a 1-inch layer of pebbles/river rocks on the bottom of container; this provides drainage so the plants won’t rot in standing water. We used a mixture of large-size and small-size river rocks. We bought our glass containers from Michael’s craft store and succulents from our local garden nursery.

2. (Optional) Add a 1/2-inch of horticultural charcoal. The charcoal will help keep the terrarium smelling fresh. Smooth out this layer too. We read it helps to rinse the charcoal before to prevent a layer of black dust from collecting on the inside of the vase.

3. Place a layer of cactus mix soil, a fast-draining soil that retains little moisture. Use your little shovel or hand to level the cactus mix soil in your glass container.

4. Remove plants from pots. If you have multiple succulents in one pot, gently break them apart and use them separately. Scoop a little hole in the soil and place roots in soil. Gently add more soil around the edges of the container and around the base of the plants and pat around the roots. Sometimes the lanky, tall succulents have a difficult time standing up and tend to topple over. Pack more soil around them and strategically place some large-size river rocks around the base to create some stability. We used around 3-5 succulents per centerpiece.

5. Finish the look by adding more river rocks on the top layer. Done!

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Care Tips:
1. Give the terrarium direct sunlight every day for at least five or six hours.
2. Water the terrarium every two weeks. Water lightly–don’t over water.
3. The water should lightly drain to the bottom. After watering, there should not be more than an inch of water visible in the gravel at the bottom.
4. Use your finger to touch the soil and check if it’s dry before watering.

We still have to make more and look forward to shopping for more succulent varieties at our local nurseries!

tips: wedding inspiration using google images

wedding inspiration via it's jou life http://wp.me/p3cljj-bmMove over Pinterest, there’s a new inspiration board in town. My new favorite source for design inspiration is Google Images. Google is not only a noun and a verb, but also moonlights as an inspiration board of beautiful images to suit any style. It works sort of like an image search engine. Smartie Google uses algorithms to track down “visually similar images” that the user drags or uploads into the search box on Google Images.

This revolutionizes the way we search for photos or images.

I’ve been on a kick lately and looking for design and color inspirations for my wedding. I’ve been researching into color schemes and seeing what are the options for decor and florals. From the Google Image search above, possibilities are endless!

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Take this lovely photograph taken by Brandon Kidd. All you have to do is open Google Images in a new window, and then drag the photo above from this window into the search box. (If you’re not using Chrome, have to right-click on the image, save it to your computer, and then use the camera icon on the right side of the search box on Google Images to upload the picture.)

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using google image search via it's jou life http://wp.me/p3cljj-bmThese are your image search results. Easy. You didn’t even have to describe in words of what you’re looking for in Google search. Just drop in/upload a photo you’re inspired with and Google delivers you with exceptional images and a wealth of design options! I’m going to make a Google-inspired wedding.

a blissful 30th birthday

I’ve had { an extra spRing in my step } since that Saturday of my birthday.

It started with an —
engagement in a tree,
feelings filled with love + bliss + smiles,
in company with fabulous friends,
indulging in delicious dishes.

When my 30th birthday came–it was enjoyment beyond belief. After (almost) 3 years of dating, Wayne proposed to me while I was in a tree! (more details in another post) Wayne also helped plan an intimate birthday gathering with my dear family and friends at my parent’s home. We prepared a delectable dinner spread that fed everyone (x3) and were in the best company. It’s such a wonderful feeling to see my best friends from the various stages of my life share a laugh and get along.

For those who know me, I love hand-crafting gifts for friends. To add that personal touch, I decided to make party favors. A week leading up to the party, Wayne and I had a make-shift sweatshop and sewed adorable drawstring bags. We set up a Party Favor station and had bowls of my favorite nostalgic Asian candies I loved as a kid–White Rabbit milk candies, Hi-Chews, Japanese Gummies, Haw Flakes, Lychee jellies, Morinaga Milk candies and Green Tea & Coffee hard candies. Guests can stuff the cute drawstring bags with these sweet confections. The bags can be reused to store other fun treasures. (DIY drawstrings bag post to come…) There was also a Fujifilm Instax photo corner, where guests can take photos and write a little note. I love all the little details.

Thank you friends for your warm birthday + engagement wishes, and sharing this memorable day with us. Thank you Wayne for helping make this day possible. Your unconditional love and heart in our relationship is the greatest gift.

OOTD | J.Crew dress. JewelMint Heavy Metal necklace. Timex watch. Tiffany Embrace engagement ring.

Beautiful decorations and banner by Eleen Wu.

Photos: Jennifer & Victor Vic

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Palm Springs Wedding

The Viceroy. Lemons. Skateboards. It’s It ice cream sandwiches. Pool party. Ornate headpiece. Tear-jerking speeches. Instax photos. Awesome friends. Dance, dance, dance.

This wedding had it all. Epic and Beautiful. Congratulations Catharina and Jeremy! You two exude happiness, adventure and life–perfect for each other!

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