Thursday, December 30, 2010

I love Christmas for so many reasons. I love having an excuse to feel like a kid again. I love hanging out with my family and repeating every year the traditions that my parents started when my sister and I were young (waking each other up, coffee brewing, fire crackling, taking our time unwrapping gifts and sharing stories). My most recent love is watching my little baby niece, Edith Jane, on Christmas morning. I never thought my heart could feel so full but she is so amazing to me. I love how everything is fantastic to her...that is until it is not and for a two year you never know...but even her tantrums are cute (sorry my sister I am sure you could do with fewer of these ;)). My heart feels even more full when I think about next Christmas when there will be a new addition to our clan, EWC. But most of all I love spending time with the love of my life looking at our Christmas tree and talking about how the year has been good to us.

So as 2010 draws to a close I remember that time is fleeting. I remind myself how important it is to worry less and to love more. And most importantly I remind myself to be thankful for another year on this earth to love and to be loved. Happy 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I am in the year end blahsville. Christmas is over, no New Years plans on the horizon, and a belly that is screaming for some peace on earth!!! I am always a mix of emotions this time of year as it feels like such a bitter sweet time. While on one hand it is inspiring (fingers crossed Z and I will attempt to tile our back splash ;)), it is also very solemn and quiet. There is time to reflect on the year. Was I the best I could be? Mediocre would be pushing it. I have found, while reflecting on the past year/couple of years, that I really have lived my life in a constant state of instant gratification. I realized when the lovely ladies I work with talked about their Christmas charity that it would be the first time I had given financially all year. I know better than that but I always manage to get caught up in how much I need that or how much I need this. It really can be exhausting. So as I cruise or waddle into 2011 this is the thought that I am carrying with me..."It is a year to give."

For today that is all I got. I am sure I will figure the rest out as January unfolds. I hope your holidays were grand. Happy Christmas/2011!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Etsy Gift Guide #3

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I felt another Etsy Gift Guide would be the way to go!! Enjoy and remember to always help support an artist! You never know, you may be helping someone achieve their dreams one purchase at a time!!!

Try this unique wreath on for size this holiday season and have a truly funky x-mas!! It is sure to be a conversation piece for years to come!

Is this the cutest thing ever?? I cannot image a more perfect sweater on a chic!! For a mere $50 your pooch will be all the rage!

To me this is just the perfect shrug! It is stylish but also useful as it covers the entire arm. For more unique crochet items head over to reflectionsbyds shop!!

Being both my mother's daughter as well as glutton for anything vintage x-mas, this lovely pennant one may be on my staircase this year!! 

I am sucker for anything with the bold chevron pattern on it and therefore these curtains fit the bill!!

Here is a fabulous circle scarf with a lot to say!! From the size to the color combo, it is truly unique. I love the unique asymmetrical color block! 

I WANT I WANT!! Nough can someone tell my hubby that his oh-so-hard-working goddess of a wife takes back what she said about not giving each other x-mas gifts this year??

If you are looking for some inexpensive unique prints check out this print and more from JANETHILLSTUDIO.

I am kind of obsessed with all things mustache labeled! These whimsical glasses would make the most unique gift for that someone who already has everything!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Most of you know where I have been but for the two that do not I will give you a quick summery. I have been working. I finally decided the anxiety and pressure where too much for me and so I gave my two weeks. It all ended well as my boss helped me to find another job (go figure). I now have my life back and the lesson learned...we shall see but for now I have time to write and make jewelry so all feels right with the world.

P.S. I hope you are well.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Making Progress...

I feel I have been making progress with the whole "make over/under my life" concept. The problem I am always faced with is that I suffer from instant gratificationitis as well as perfectionitis. Neither of these are helpful when trying to get from point A to point B as gracefully as possible. I guess gracefully is pushing it for me...let's just say getting to point B without losing my sh*t on the lady at the Kroger checkout line. The truth is whether making over or making under your life, it is staying consistent day in and day out that is the real challenge. Baby steps are key albeit annoying and repetitive, baby steps nonetheless. Even doing the most mundane minute something everyday will eventually allow me to achieve any goal I set for myself.

Here is a vintage ad montage to how I feel on a daily basis these days...

Battle armor is needed to start the day in my home. Get souped up or ship out!! Whether it be caffeine or something else I always start my day like the front of a Wheaties box!!

This is a computer, you are in a dental office waiting to get a root canal, this is not a Chinese buffet and no I do not have a lighter. This is me explaining everything short of the birds and the bees most days at work.

Scrub, scrub, scrub til it shines she told her reflection. It must be perfect!!

Is it the end of the day already? It is only 8:15? Well lets put on a dress, scrub gloves and an apron and it is time to party!!

I am not bitter just crazed and tired. Goodnight!! Got to get wired and hopped up on something bright and early!! See you in the funnies!!

Oh yes and I cannot leave out how I am feeling about food these days. *See above photograph and make your own assumption.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The love affair ends today...

I am sorry to report but I do believe the love affair with my 90 year old house has officially ended. It's not the houses fault. I just happen to spend a couple of days at my parents home and the allure of the on-suite bathroom with it sexy counter top that goes on for days was just too much. I currently dry and flat iron my hair in the dinner room with both instruments strung out across the floor like last year's prom dress. But at my parents home I woke up and showered without being attacked by a shower curtain. The tub in our home, a beautiful old claw foot, requires three shower curtains just to contain the flow from the shower head. The curtains try to swallow you whole as you stand sideways in order to not get bullied by this piece of plastic that keeps sticking to your butt! Good times I know.

It is sad though. I love my little dollhouse. It has such a romantic sense about itself with its long covered front porch and tiny stair case. But I think I may need to be a bit more sensible when choosing my next home. Double sinks would be nice but a more spacious bathroom is a must. Oh well for now my little 90 year old gem with have to suffice.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy September!!

It is September, the birds are singing, and every idiot on their way to work is singing at the top of their lungs...myself included. I actually heard myself singsong out loud, "Happy September"!! And I meant it. Something is in the air and I like it!! Whether it is some kind of magical fairy dust or just that things seem to be going my way this week, the sensation is intoxicating. I am serious I am like Snow White up in this place with birds fluttering to my finger tips as I belt out Magic by B.O.B. I hope it keeps. I have needed a little positive reinforcement as of late. The hardest part about living life to it's fullest while trying to accomplish financial goals, weight goals, etc., is the day in day out. I mean I like turkey but turkey sandwiches with no new fall purse in sight...come on!! No need to venture down that path today!! Anyway, another bird just landed and is begging me for an encore!! Much love and happy September!!

Oh I am so happy today I feel like giving out bouquets of pencils!!

Monday, August 16, 2010


It is almost my b-day. Yep that's right me and Jesus. Well here's to another year on god's green earth in relatively good health. Amen...geez I am starting to sound like I am coming up on my 75th b-day. Oh vey! As my 75 year old alter ego Estelle would say,"Oh my gawd. It's only a birthday for cry eye. Go get me a pack a smokes and a Johnny Walker". Pieces of cake to you and you and you!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Home again, home again...

Well, that does it for our 2010 vacations but what a way to go out. There is nothing better than lazy days on the bayou. We were in Galliano, LA, Z's hometown for a few days. Just to give you a visual Galliano is 33 miles north of Grand Isle (where all the oil first started washing ashore). Our second day in town we drove to Grand Isle to spend some time with my mother-in-law's (Miss Elaine) boyfriend (Mr. Pat). I am not going to dwell on how this beautiful ocean town has been so deeply affected but it is so sad. Normally bustling with tourists, Grand Isle was filled with BP clean up crews. No one can go on the beach. Not just the water but the beach as well. In order to walk on the beach you are required to decontaminate. DECONTAMINATE!!! Are you serious?? So sad and it will take years for things to get back to normal.

But not all was doom and gloom. We spent ample time stuffing our faces with the best Cajun fare. Shrimp dip, fried shrimp, shrimp creole, etc. It was fabulous. And while I feel somewhat like a Macy's Day parade float, I wouldn't miss a meal!! If you have never experienced true Cajun food you are missing out!!

Z's mom presented him with a new camera for all his hard work passing his Microsoft exams. He was so surprised and, I believe, deeply moved. He spent most of the trip playing with his new toy. And as I had suspected is quite the photographer (note: all the pictures in the blog entry are taken care of Z and he has gladly agreed to be my exclusive blog photographer (I know as if he had a choice ;)).

As much fun as we had something changed for us on this trip to the Bayou. We spent a good part of the trip realizing how sad we would be to go home. Z, especially, had a hard time this trip. Growing up is hard. Realizing how important it is to have a connection to your roots is even harder when you leave 600 miles away. My immediate family is in TN. I take this for granted when it comes to Z and his family. My family is so loving and accepting of Z that I forget that it is not the same as having your own family close by. So our new goal is to make a trip home ever 6 months at least. Life is so fleeting. You forget how fast people change and grow older when you see them only once a year. You leave and think time stands still while you are gone. But it does not.

Not to be a total downer, we love our little life in TN. We have so many lovely friends and family to make the time in between trips busy and happy!

Up Next...

Office redo!! I know it is about time. First up family work day to clear clutter, re-arrange furniture and spackle holes!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Blast From The Past...

But not really cause this is my work phone...

Am I mistaken or did I just enter a time warp? I mean the only thing missing from this picture is a oversized clip on earring. This phone has me feeling like Alexis Carrington from Falcon Crest. Anywhoo just a little food for thought on this hump day.

P.S For all concerned parties, this blog took me ten minutes and I was on my lunch break clocked out :)!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Countdown to Vacation!!

It is Sunday again! Time to prepare for the week. But this week is special because I am going on VACATION!! I leave Tuesday night to visit Z's family in Louisiana. And if you think the heat is bad in TN try Southern Louisiana!! But, honestly, it is one of my favorite places to visit. Whether it is simply that it is Z's home town or that the bayou relaxes me, I love it!!

Coming up on BecomingJane:

1.) Goal Check In (How Z and I are keeping ourselves focused on the future.)
2.) Rebirth of JODesigns (I am not sure if you know this but I used to be a jewelry designer a lifetime ago! ;))
3.) Pennyisms (A collection of posters inspired by the phrases of my mother and grandmother.)
4.) My Fashionable Friends (I am constantly inspired by my friends fashion creative process...the title is "Chic and Thrifty")

Until then I hope everyone is having a great albeit hot July!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Could be lunch meat, could be peaches..."

"Who knows? Just cause it's garbage don't mean it don't taste good."-John Travolta in Looks Who's Talking. Personally it was the only good movie in the series. But I digress...I am making turkey meatloaf for dinner and who knows!! Seems like an oxymoron to me but we shall see! Anyone care to share recipes for healthier versions of their favorite comfort food?

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Penny Saved...A Penny Earned.

Back from vacation and ready to go!! This week Z and I are trying to accomplish one not spend a dime except for gas and our car payment. I am shaking with fear. I am sure it will be easy for Z as he tends to be the rational spender in our little family. We have so many dreams and goals for our life together, with a little restraint now, I am sure we can achieve each one.

The most important aspect of achieving a goal is to break it down week by week. I know, I know, common sense. The hard part is the consistency and I am easily distracted. Now that I have written down my 2-5 year goals, I am in the process of breaking it down week by week. The only problem...I want to be at my five year goal yesterday!!!!! But I know the key to achieving each of my goals is day by day and week by week...before I know it I will be living my dream!

So up first we learn to save what we make and get rid of our debt!!

What are your best money saving tips? Do you clip coupons, reuse your paper towels ;), etc??

Monday, July 5, 2010

It is late. There is no getting around this fact. I have work tomorrow and again there is no getting around this fact either. But the wheels are turning and I have some new work in progress. As I really have no idea if anyone reads this blog anymore, I may be talking to myself. However this is something I am very familiar with and therefore I am not jaded by it at all!! If there is anyone stopping by periodically please check back in a day or so and I will post some pics of my new work. A little tidbit of info is that it is not jewelry! Happy 4th ish to you...any of you ;)!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Weekend (so far) in Photos...

Happy Independence Weekend fellow bloggers and fellow blog readers!! I hope this holiday weekend is finding you relaxed, refreshed, and revived!! I know I am and it is only Saturday afternoon. It has already been a whirlwind of a last couple of days. The madness started Thursday night with my metal sculpture class and ended this afternoon with a beautiful wedding. Here are some photos care of my blackberry (so please excuse the graining pics ;))!!

Back to school! Oh how I long to be a full time art student at Watkins!!

I love the smells, the art, the construction (Watkins is currently being renovated). I am usually there about an hour early. I love sitting in the hallway sketching or blogging. It makes me feel like I am a student again!

An example of the amazing student work that adorns most of the walls.

My teacher Matt Alexander letting some of us give the torch a try!!

Friday night was the Sounds game with my extended family in town from Chicago and Egypt! I am not normally a fan of baseball but the universe was on my side as it was a cool 81 degrees.

Of course any of you that know me know that I am completely obsessed with my baby girl niece, Edith Jane. So I decided to put together a EJC compilation from the Sounds game.

A girl after my own heart!! Gotta to get her obsessed with the jewels at an early age to insure she will want to spent time with her "An Nane" making jewelry for years to come!!

It was clear she was losing her patience at this point. Can't you tell from the glassy look in her eyes?

Had to throw in one of me and my babes!!

Most of Saturday was spent at our friends Whit and Meg's wedding at Saint Mary of the Seven Sorrows downtown followed by an absolutely fabulous reception at the Wildhorse Saloon. Much love and congrats to both Meg and Whit!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

How do you turn a new leaf, start a new chapter, teach an old dog new tricks?? I am ever stuck in a rut. I would give 10 thousand fig newtons to be able to lead by example when it comes to my own health and wellness. There is this god awful Schizophrenic voice inside my head that is constantly screaming at me, "Give up up now princess it can't be done. You are too old and too unabashedly unafraid of Chinese buffets!!" I mean seriously what god do I need to bride to catch a break around here. Is there no god of "your stomach is full now here is some pixie dust and now your head understands it"? Why couldn't my drug of choice been something I did not need to stay alive?? I hear great things about meth!!!

I kid, I kid. I am just a dog chasing my tail it seems. I am sure the key is mind over matter but my addict mentality would rather be stuffed than cleared. Am I alone? I feel like some days I cannot relate to anyone. While my husband's metabolism is slow as molasses, his will power is of super hero strength!! I keep searching for mine (schizo voice, this is a lie don't believe her) but have yet to find it.

So this is what I am going to try this week,

I am reading Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. As a wannabe recovering compulsive over eater, I have decided to submerse myself in healthy food literature. My hope is that as I gain more knowledge on the subject of healthy eating I will, in turn, be able to navigate my way to recovery.

On a much lighter note I did finish my goals.


1week: wake up 45 min early every morning (did this once; yea me!!)

1month: complete my monogram short poster(pics to follow on completion of this one)

1year: be debt free (only house note)-currently working on this one!

5years: be in business for myself (I am currently working on breaking this one down week by week. But it feels so good to have a direction!!)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Get it tight, get it right....

Do you set goals for yourself? I always set goals in my mind. I have never been one to write them down and put them somewhere in order to be reminded of them on a daily basis. Therefore my goals tend to change, to be put on the back burner or to be forgotten all together. It is such a bum rush!! I live in a constant state of trying to reassess or focus my direction!! I need an intervention.

I started this blog for a variety of reasons. First and foremost it was my sort of awakening from the 30+ years I had been asleep (for details see my April 22, 2008 entry). Secondly, it serves as a reminder of all of my dreams and goals. If I am being honest this blog has evolved into the latter. I am scattered, always have been always will be but a blog is a wonderful way to keep track (or in my case keep it in check).

My current goal for the week of 6/14/10: sit down and plan out a 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, 5 year plan for myself and put it in a place where I will be reminded of it on a daily basis. I know, I know, I don't know any other way to be but to the extreme.

On a side note: my niece, Bethany, from Louisiana is coming for a visit! Z and I couldn't be more excited. We are hoping to swim, get our nails done, and maybe visit The Frist. She also told me last night as a thank you for having her she wants to cook Z and I a dinner. I am super excited about this part as she is a very talented cook!! I will post pics of her visit next week! Until then stay cool and motivated!! Or just find some time to relax and have a to have a drink or two!!

FYI I freshened up my blogroll! Check some of the new ones out!!

Sent from my iPad =)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Hello Again...

I have not felt like blogging for a while. Part of the reason is that I can't seem finish any of the blogs I start. I am distracted. There are a few things going on. Work takes up a LOT of time. The crisis in the gulf has left my husband and I pretty down. The Grand Isle you keep hearing about on the news is 33 miles from where Z grew up. It is devastating in so many ways to so many people. Z and I also took some time away from our busy schedules to reconnect with a trip to the ATL/IKEA!! We have also been doing some little projects around the house (thanks to our recent mini vaca ;)). If you are a Facebook friend then you have read of our afternoon furniture assembly adventure and how it became a true test of patience within our marriage ;)! So without further ado here is our new IKEA dresser from start to finish!

In the end we knew we had succeeded as we still wanted to be in the same room with each other!! On to the next project...Kitchen Storage Solutions!!