Hello everyone! I am Jennifer and I am from the Jackson area in MS. I have just started a new adventure, well new in the aspect that I am trying to make a full-time go of it. I make jewelry and have been doing it for several years now. I love it! It is a favorite pass-time for me.
I am a single-mother of two great children and I am working towards a goal to make this something I can do full-time and have the privelage of being home with my kids. They grow up too fast!!!
I have just recently started my etsy shop www.simplytaylored.etsy.com
and I also sale some of my jewelry in "Caresty's Salon" in Ridgeland, MS.
I look forward to sharing with other artisians. I hold much admiration for them all! Please check out my stores and drop in to say hello!
As my store moto states...."creating relationships one unique design at a time".
My daughter has become real involved in CARA here in Jackson. CARA is a NO KILL animal rescue. They currently have 350 dogs. When puppies come in they foster them out so that if another dog that comes in is sick, it will kill them. Well this is our 1st litter of foster puppies and they are so so so cute. We already have three of them adopted out. It has been a hoot watching them for the past week, other than the 4 and 5 am feedings!!! LOL!! Anyway, I finally got the pics back and wanted to share. Also, if you know anyone looking for a dog, please check this place out. They have all types and all sizes and ages that really need a home. Pass this link on to anyone you know who is involved with animals in this manner. CARA runs off volunteers and donations. It is a good organization. Enjoy the pics, they are so cute they will most certainly make you smile!!!
Well first of all.. the skunk smell is a bit tolerable. I AM driving the car. I went and got some OZONE stuff and sprayed the bottle in air filter and it is much better. I no longer carry the skunk scent myself so that is good!!!!!
I am getting ready for a busy weekend...
Starts tomorrow. I will be at my daughter's school conducting a science project. Well... I always opted out while I was in school not to do this because I never was a big fan of science and not so good at it either... so what was I thinking signing up to do a Science Project in front of an entire 5th grade class??? It ought to be pretty interesting for sure.... LOL!!!
Saturday I have a baby shower to give that I thought we were going to have to cancel last night because she went into the hospital last night with contractions. They got them stopped and sending her home today so we are in the clear for now!!!
I also have got to get in factory speed with making my jewelry. The new store that I am putting some jewelry in that is in Brookhaven is opening this coming Monday. Not prepared to the point I need to be so it will be a crazy weekend.
My birthday is Sunday, yes lucky me, Super- Bowl Sunday!!! Who could be any luckier, right? That is like having a birthday on Christmas Day. I have to much to do anyway to even remember that it is going to be my birthday.. As long as my mom gets to come home before midnight I think I will be just fine!!!! I miss her terribly! We are going to get together with some very good friends and going to have a Super-Bowl/ Birthday cook-out at my brother and sister-in-laws house so it will be fun!!!! I am grateful that I have people in my life to share it with.
So pray that my head will not spin off and stay attached through the duration of the weekend!!! Most of all pray that I do not blow up my daughter's school. Now that would be bad!!!!!
Well today was the very first day I have driven my car since the skunk incident.
Still horrible!!! However, I am sure anyone who saw us this morning, especially any neighbors, probably confirmed that our family is WACKO! It was in the 30's this morning and the kids and I were wrapped up in blanket to our necks, windows down and driving down the road. It was definitely a sight to see. I am sure that someone got a laugh out of it BUT I can assure you that it was neither of the kids nor myself. I parked the car at the send of the parking lot at work and of all days my big boss is standing outside. I knew it for sure at this point it was going to be one of those days!!!! Anyway, after work we went (blanket in tow) from Auto store to auto store looking for some smell stuff that is suppose to work. The reactions I received from all of them, you'd think that seeing a skunk was a rarity... WHATEVER!!! Anyway, found this little bitty bottle of Ozoine spray, which is what I was looking for after all and sprayed it in the car and in the air filter @ the hood. The trip home was not quiet so bad. Maybe in the morning it will be even better. Please say a brief prayer for me that it is... I really need to make a 2 hour trip this weekend and would enjoy it much more if it was better..This truly has been an adventure I am telling you!!! Thank you all for the tips and continue to keep your fingers crossed that the Ozoine stuff is working some magic as we speak now.
I am trying to get my year planned with my jewelry. I have been gathering info on craft shows for this year. We have some big ones here in the Jackson area at the later part of the year that most everyone is aware of already. I was wondering if anyone already made plans to attend some this year? Maybe we could all share the info we have: shows? reviews? dates? deadlines?
I joined a listing that gives information about advertised shows all over. Some of the information has been useful. I am trying to get them mapped out of what I would like to do. I am shooting to do a show a month starting in March. The holiday season will be different of course. Are there any shows you have heard of or have done in the past that you would definitely recommend? It would cool to get a group to travel to them together.
Anyway.... just an idea of something to share. I will keep you posted of some of the ones I am looking at after I get all the details.
Ok... This skunk incident is going to cost me therapy I believe. Since I have hit the skunk, my car has been parked at the very end of the driveway and I do mean the very end, down to the inch. I had the doors opened all day yesterday trying to air out or something. I know that my neighbors probably think I am really strange. They have seen me carry and throw (from a distance) coffee in the car as well as carpet fresh. Spray an air neutralizer through the sun roof. I am waiting on the phone call for someone to make sure that I am not on medication or either if I am taking the correct medication. Needless to say... the kids caught the bus this morning and I begged a co-worker to come pick me up. I have since received some more tips and will be trying those out this afternoon. As it stands it smell that flower coffee scented skunk. Still not an appealing smell.. I will keep you updated on how this goes. If I can find the solution, it is definately worth passing on for any future reference!!!!! I believe it would be the best advise ever received.
So... we had a birthday party cook out to go to this afternoon for a friend of ours who lives somewhat out in the country. We had a great time. It was good people, good food and just a all round good relaxing time. On the way back home on what I consider a "back road" and about 5 minutes after leaving out of the darkness comes a skunk (A big one) hi-tailing to cross the road. I see it but there is no possible way to stop and it was stopped in the center of the road so veering off to one side or another was out of the question as well. I decided I had to center it and just about that time, the dang thing turns back and I hear the dreaded THUMP. OH no!!! Just about 30 seconds later comes a horrible smell that has taken over the inside of the car. How horrible this is! It was so bad that I literally thought I was going to have to pull over the side of the road, but I knew the second I leaned my head over the side of the car it could only make it worse considering the smell must be worse out there and I cannot EVEN imagine how that could be possible. We were all dying in the car. I turn around and hit a dead one about 5 miles later. I blame that to the lack of sight due to the high gas toxin skunk fumes that were burning every hair on my face and melting my skin away. Needless to say the next fifteen minutes home were not pleasant at all. We drove straight to the carwash, but did not do much of anything to help the smell. Got home and later realized I left something in the car. I went out there to get it and opened the doors and almost fell down from the smell. It is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!! I now am certain that there is nothing worse than the smell of a skunk!!!! I have no idea what to do to get the smell out.. Any suggestions how to get the smell out??
I have been reading up on different finishing techniques on metal. I love the patina look and have been wanting to try the blue patina. I was a little intimidated by the whole thing but decided to give it a shot after reading many different things about it. I tried it over the weekend and it turned out great. I made a beautiful set of earrings and I am so excited about them. The process was not at all the trouble I figured it to be either. They turned out well. I cannot wait to share them with everyone and I cannot wait to do some experimenting with it and other techniques. It'll have to wait just a little however. We have a whole house of "sickies". We all are suffering from sinus infections. WE are all very pitiful around here!!! Hopefully we all will get better and I can get back to the experimenting.
I have a very big favor. My best friend's mother has cancer and has not been doing very well lately. SHe is in the hospital now and they just found out that she has some spots on her brain. They are starting radiation today. She is holding her own, but whether you have or have not been through it yourself or with someone you love, you know that it is very hard. She and her family need your prayers right now. My best friend, Jason is her only child and he is also having a hard time. Please pray for Charolette and Jason as well as the rest of the family. Pray to give them the strength and the courage to get through this whatever God's will is for her life. I appreciate it very much!!! These people mean a great deal to me. All of your prayers would mean so much to them and myself too.
Going to try this again.... As I mentioned I have fallen behind on my blogging. I have really missed it actually! I have had so many things going on and so much to tell.
First of all our Christmas was good. Really did not have any big plans like normal, but I did get a chance to go visit my Papa and mom. I also visited my dad, which was a sad time for him because Christmas morning, his best friend and our family dog of almost sixteen years, died in his arms. He died about 10 minutes after sniffing out his Christmas present under the tree. That was pretty tough, but it was good to be able to spend some time with all of them until I gave blood and got sick... That's another entire story. Needless to say, I can no longer give blood and it took 5 days to recover. All is good now!!!
One of the most exciting things that happened during the holidays was 2 days prior to Christmas Eve, my sister-in-law, got an email from her sister whom she has been trying to find for many years. They have not seen each other nor talked to each other in over 15 years. She was so very excited and we were as well because we knew how much it has meant to her to find her... and to happen at Christmas; WOW!! My brother contacted her sister and told her if she was able and willing he would like to fly her down here as a surprise. New year's day he picked her up at the airport. We were getting together for New Year's Day dinner so we were in the kitchen finishing up the last bit of stuff and she walked in. My sister-in-law could not believe it and was elated. They were able to spend the next 3 days together and after not really knowing much about each other and all the years apart, there was a natural comfort and so many similarities between then it was unreal. It was indeed a true Christmas story and a great way to bring in the New Year. It will be one that neither of them will forget for sure!!! We are happy to have her as an addition to our family now and sister-in-law has not quit smiling yet I do not think.
The other exciting thing for me personally is that I FINALLY got my garage cleaned out and made a studio out of it. I have really need more space other than what the corner of my bedroom offered. It is so nice now, but for the life of me I really cannot figure out how I had the stuff I had in the corner. I really am excited about this. My own nice space. Now I can really get after it. I am going to start working on my portfolio this week and do everything I possibly can to get out there. This IS my goal for the year. Over the holidays, my sales in the shop were great!!! I was selling faster than I could make it. This also led to a few opportunities that may prosper shortly. Now I need to pamper my etsy a bit. I did not do anything with it prior to Christmas because of the shop sells, but have got my system in place now. It's all in the works. Did I tell you I am excited about my little studio??? I am, I am!!! I will have to take a pic and post it.
That is the short version of my catching up, but you got the jist of it. I promise that I will no longer neglect my blogging duties!!!!
I hope that everyone is doing good and enjoying the new year so far. I do wish the very best year for everyone. This is going to be a good one, we just have to keep the faith and God as our leader.
Prayer is a powerful thing. I truly feel it has worked miracles in my life. I am going to use this space for people who need a prayer. There never can be to many people praying for the same cause. If there is someone you would like to add to it, just email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them on there.