Perfect Mama Gift

October 17, 2019 at 8:31 am (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Are you a mom? Do you know one? This is something you will want to see! I have the perfect gift for a mama you know or even for yourself!

My new necklace by Forever Anniversary is a sound wave of a clip I recorded of my boys!

How amazingly sweet is that? This has got to be the ultimate keepsake!

Visit here for their custom soundwave necklace.

They have lots of unique and customizable jewelry options that are all stunning. I think they would all make amazing gifts. I personally adore the soundwave and all it represents for me, so I can vouch that any mama would love to receive one! 😉

My husband recorded my 1 year old saying “mama, mama” and then my 6 year old says “we love you.” I find it so sweet that I haven’t stopped wearing this since I got it!

It’s made of steel, and just gorgeous. The simplicity of it is stunning with any outfit. I love that it’s my little secret as to what it really means. 💙

Here is the clip of my boys, just so you can hear (not much to see) what I gave them to customize this.

You will not be sorry if you visit Forever Anniversaryfor your next gift or treat!

Xx, Jess

*I recieved this necklace from Forrever Anniversary in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own! 😘

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An Addiction To My “Dressing Room”

October 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am absolutely loving my new closet, or “dressing room,” in the new house!  I am getting used to having all of my clothes, shoes, and jewelry out on display where I can easily pick outfits and use things I haven’t in a while.  With the new arrangment comes, well, arranging, however.  As I get settled I am slowly making changes and getting ready to paint.  So, with that said, that means that I have been making some changes to my organization.  If you remember my pictures of my older house, you will remember that I kept a lot of jewelry and items in an old antique metal medicine chest hung above my dresser.  There was nowhere to hang it up in the closet and sitting on top of a dresser did not allow the door to open… so…

I had gotten an old flower-y frame at a garage sale that just so happens to match the colors I want to use in the closet.  I also happened to have some chicken wire in the barn.  A staple gun and some elbow grease later…

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think it turned out super cute.  It will probaby be going on the one wall shortly.  So far its been handy too!

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Birthday and Decor!

December 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My birthday was last week! 

I got so many awesome gifts, so here is just a sneak peek:

Lots of awesome clothes!

Funky jewelry to go with...

And gorgeous diamond earrings!  Can you guess who they are from?  (Yes, I have still not perfected photos of jewelry!)

My brother also got me the book, “The Magoc of Writing: How to Write and Publish the Book that is Inside You,” by Linda J. Falkner.  So, now I have another project I’m working on 😉

Among many great gifts from family and friends, I also got a few decor related things to keep my occupied in the house for a while.  Check out this funky antique alligator trunk:

Is that not totally rad?! 

I had drooled over this trunk earlier this fall while browsing antiques.  Sweet, eh? 

Thanks everybody!  Now I have some fun projects to play with!

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Simple Fix and 4th of July Weekend

July 6, 2009 at 11:33 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sometimes the tiniest details of your home can make life so much more organized, easy, and even pretty.  Well, the other day I was very annoyed by my growing collection of costume jewelry.  My good jewelry is hung neatly in my jewelry box and some of my most often worn costume pieces are held in jars in my dresser and vintage medicine cabinet in the bedroom.  But, the rest of it has been hanging in clumps on hangers and hooks in the closet.  You couldn’t see them easily, and you definitely couldn’t grab one easily.  Here is the pile that I hurriedly threw on the bed.

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So, my grandma gave me some vintage hand crochetedhangers.  And I picked up a package of sewing pins with bead heads.

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Although the pins didn’t stick into the wood hanger underneath very well, they stuck in the ends enough to keep any slippery necklaces from falling off the hanger.  And, viola!  Simple, yet cute and organized.  What an easy fix.  Thanks grandma!

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Oh, and if you were wondering why the big bandage on my hand… I burned my hand that night while cooking dinner.  Yes, I think it was a sign from God to quit cooking and get some take-out menus.  But, the sloppy joe’s turned out well, so Tony didn’t buy that.  By the next day I had to go to the doctor for it and my hand was completely wrapped up for the whole holiday weekend.  

And, as with most of my projects, the dogs helped of course!

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So, on to the 4th of July celebration!  We camped at our local park, and it rained here the entire day (of course).  That didn’t stop us!  We waded through the mud the entire weekend.  It ended up clearing up just in time to have amazing fire works!  Here’s the guys playing in a horseshoe tournament right through the rain!

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You can see all the umbrellas out there!  You can also see the river in the background.  That’s the rock river, and right were we camp and also sit and watch the fireworks.  Here we are playing games together.

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Our softball team also won another game Sunday, so we are now 6-1!  Yay!

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How was your 4th of July?  Hope it was a great one!

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Antique Treasures

April 8, 2009 at 8:18 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My grandmother just sent me a box of antique jewelry and doodads!  I was so excited last night to rummage through all of the sentimental pieces.  I’m not sure what I am going to do with all of it, but I have some creative ideas going.  Here is a peak at the goods:

The island covered in all the treasures.

The island covered in all the treasures.

 

I really loved this little tray.  My grandma said it was very old.  I thought it might look cute in the bathroom when we get in refinished.

I really loved this little tray. My grandma said it was very old. I thought it might look cute in the bathroom when we get in refinished.

 

A gorgeous cameo and some really pretty crystals.

A gorgeous cameo and some really pretty crystals.

 

Another cameo and a very old pin and rings.

Another cameo and a very old pin and rings.

 

Two old jewelry boxes and a sweet locket.

Two old jewelry boxes and a sweet locket.

 

This box was special because my uncle made all of these turqoise and jade rings and pieces.  His sign is a paw print and is engraved on the back of each piece.

This box was special because my uncle made all of these turqoise and jade rings and pieces. His sign is a paw print and is engraved on the back of each piece.

 

Exciting huh?  I will let you all know what I do with some of the pieces… I can feel the creative juices flowing…

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Owls Make A Comeback

January 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I recently found a necklace in a box of childhood stuff that I used to use as dress-up jewelry when I was a kid. The necklace is a large owl. It was so weird and interesting when I was little that I had to get the necklace out and do some research. Come to find out, the necklace was very popular in the 70’s. Many designers had versions of the owl pendant necklace, each looking a bit different. The sad part, however, is that my owl is missing it’s feet. The parts are connected with rings, and mine has fallen apart. I have the body, but need to reattach it. Maybe with some more searching I can find his poor missing feet. Here is what mine currently looks like.

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I think the necklace is so cool even without the body that I am determined to wear it! Here is a vintage owl with his whole body intact, but in a more silevr color:

A little more research led me to find that these necklaces are regaining popularity, both vintage and reproductions. Etsy has some versions for sale:

Ebay also has many versions for sale:

So, go ahead, jump on this owl bandwagon- again! 🙂

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Quirky

January 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We had a busy night last night and didn’t finish ANY of the projects we had planned.  So, in the meantime, I thought I would share with you some quirky little things that we are currently loving.  Enjoy!

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This pillow by Brandon Dunlap is just adorable! http://shanalogic.com/item.php?item_id=1931&manufacturer_id=156

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We would love to keep our guests' drinks cold with these bone ice cubes. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/a34b/?cpg=froogle

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Cocktail chemistry set. Guests will be amused! http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/cocktail-chemistry-set

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Vintage fancy framed mirrors. These look so pretty in every home. http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/set-of-3-antiqued-vintage-style-mirrors

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Jewelry made from random items. This is made from two vintage bottle caps. http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/etsy-47bonanza-vintage-soda-pop-bottle-cap-pendant-necklace

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Antique bottles. Plain or fancy, they are so pretty. This one is an old ink well. http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/cobalt-blue-ink-well-vintage-bottle

Well, there’s a mish-mash of all the random (and quirky) things that are on our minds lately.  Hope you are inspired.  Or, at least amused.

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Organized Jewelry

January 8, 2009 at 9:11 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last night I decided that I had had enough digging around for jewelry in the mornings.  Or, even worse, just not wearing my fun jewelry because it was too hard to find.  So, I organized the vintage medicine cabinet we have hung above our dresser in the bedroom.  I took a few old little shot glasses and dishes and a short candle holder and arranged some of my favorite costume jewelry.  Now everything is visible and arranged neatly.  And, the inside of the cabinet looks so pretty!

Here is the outside of the medicine cabinet.  I know you have seen this before, but this is a good angle of the chandelier crystal I used as a pull.

Here is the outside of the medicine cabinet. I know you have seen this before, but this is a good angle of the chandelier crystal I used as a pull.

This is the inside of the cabinet all neatly organized and pretty.

This is the inside of the cabinet all neatly organized and pretty.

Close up of the jars.  I love that little one with the skull on it.

Close up of the jars. I love that little one with the skull on it.

I found these little jars and glasses at the local Salvation Army for about 25cents.

FYI: I found these little jars and glasses at the local Salvation Army for about 25cents.

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