Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I (heart) NY

It is always a joy to visit one of my most favorite cities in the world. It is a city that has a pulse like no other. There are many, many, things I love and did but that might take a few posts. For now I will just showcase one of the best stores in NYC, and one that you have probably seen featured a lot before on blogs and magazines, the one and only TINSEL TRADING COMPANY. This is store that has all things beautiful and vintage and I'm talking about things I love, old flower millinery, old trims and lace, old ribbon, wonderful stuff like that. The best thing is this is all new stock. This is stuff that has been literally pulled from boxes, never used before. They had so many wonderful things and needless to say I will not tell you how much I spent. But I will feature some of the different projects I make with my loot.

I actually had a chance to run into someone I really admire. When I went in the store was quite empty and I saw two other women browsing around. One looked very familiar and it was none other than JO PACKHAM of Where Women Create Magazine. It is a Somerset publication and one of my all time favorite magazines. I chatted with her for a few minutes. She was really lovely and so delightful.
 My 3 Seniors graduating in April, I will miss them!
So from this blog post so far you probably think this was a glamorous shopping trip. That really is not the case. I actually took my 3 senior stage management students and we had a chance to meet NY professionals and see some Broadway theatre.

Yes, we did see the famed Spiderman heard about in recent news broadcasts. Many people have asked how it was:
My reply: I have no idea what it is about, I could not name one song, but the SET IS AMAZING! I never seen a set so intricate and complex. They have 8 stage managers and 10 stunt Spidermans! Yeah but don't ask me the story, I don't really remember it!

I could go on and on about NYC but I will not bore you. I think I might post about my Anthropolgie out of body experience. I do love that store, but alas that is for another day.

I wanted to post my OHOW winners:

#93 Lori Diane won the crown
#22 Kristin Dudish won the wreath
#169 Sunshine Shelle won the necklace (all the way from Australia)

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Off to NYC

I'm taking my students to New York tomorrow morning. I'm excited to be back in the city after a few years. After meeting with some old New York friends as they talk to my students about NY theatre I hope to be able to get some shopping in. I will bring back some pics of my favorite shops. In the meantime, here are some shots of things I'm hoping to buy at one of my favorite stores. Urban Renewal in St. George Utah. It is the ultimate consignment shop with great prices. I highly recommend it.

 I also plan to post about my Valentine Party. It was so fun to be with my good friends and celebrate the holiday of love. We did a lot of things I love. If you can't wait for my post go visit my good friends at their blogs here:

My friend Paula's post is here.

My friend Sarah's post is here.

Have a great holiday weekend and I will see you on Monday. I will try and announce my OWOH winner on February 17, but I might not be able to get to you until February 21. Goodbye Utah, Hello NYC.

Monday, February 7, 2011


If you are visiting from OWOH, HELLO and go here for the post.

I have people ask me how to purchase my crowns, especially because I do not have an ETSY store. Don't get me wrong, I love ETSY and I am a very good customer. I just don't have the time to put into a store right now. I take orders for crowns, for all occasions. I thought I would show you this cute Valentine Queen crown.  If someone you know would love a crown, you can contact me at This crown is for sale, so if you know someone who can't live without it, drop me a line.
 I fell in love with these valentine cupcake fairies and these are on the top of the crown.

 ***Note of caution, those of you coming to the Valentine party, Do not peek below!!***
If you can't tell already I am very excited for my Valentine party. I'm going to show you a couple of sneak peeks for what I have in store for my friends. I wish you could all come.I love these sundae's, I made one for each of my friends. I got the idea from the wonderful blog Kara's Party Ideas. There will be lot's of fun red, white and pink candy!

 I got a really fun text from a friend today. His sister had been wanting a junk necklace and he decided to buy one for her 40th birthday. This was in October. He gave the necklace to her today and texted me the following: "When I presented it to her today she bawled like a baby when she opened it. Thought you would be interested to hear that you can now add "Caution: May cause weeping" to your wares."
Thanks Mike that made my day!! Below is a junk necklace (long since sold) for those of you wondering what they are.
Have a great week and look for pictures of the Valentine Party. Happy creating!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

Hello and welcome to my blog if this is your first time.  To my friends who visit often, I love you guys! So my name is Jennifer and I do many things in my life. First I am the mother of these three gorgeous girls. They are the dotters in my blog name. My catch phrase "musings of our creative life together" truly indicates what this blog is about for me. While not every post features them, they are integral to my creative process and they are all little budding artists and creative beings in their own right.  A lot of things I create and eventually end up selling is usually because of one of these darlings below in the picture.

 This is my awesome husband, the father of the daughters and my partner in every way. He is also an amazingly creative guy. He is a set designer and technical director. He also is a puppeteer.

I work as a professional stage manager and have been for the past 20 years. I have traveled all over the world and worked on many shows. I have worked with amazing people. Now that I have the dotters, I took a full time job at a wonderful university and I  teach students what I have learned working in professional theatre. I still freelance as a professional stage manager too.  Currently, I have 3 projects in the works;  a new full length Peter Pan ballet, I am directing a production of Annie, and I am an associate producer on a new musical that is being done for the first time Christmas of 2011.  

 I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all things vintage and interesting. I am a lifelong collector. I use a lot of my finds in crafts that I make...more on that below. I love old colorful dishes as you can see from my shelves in the kitchen. And yes, I do use a lot of these dishes. I also have a booth at an antiques mall. A good day for me is a few estate sales with a good thrift store thrown in and lunch with my antiquing buds. I am thrilled that my oldest dotter loves those things too. She has been tagging along quite a bit lately.
I live in Utah, which is a gorgeous state. I love the outdoors and I love waking up to our beautiful mountains. Right now we are freezing our butts off, but I still love it here. I found some new friends during the the last OWOH event and hope to find a few more. Okay, enough about me, So on to my giveaways......

Okay, so I love to craft and create, I also love vintage, estate sales, thrift stores, and I try to combine my two passions. I sell my wares at shows, a few boutiques in town and word of mouth. Alas, I do not have an etsy store. :) This is what I have made and sold lately. These vintage inspired yarn wreaths. They are so cute, and I incorporate all things that I love, especially birds. This wreath features lots of vintage flair with a sweet message, "our nest" It has 3 birds in honor of my 3 dotters. The wreath is white, pink and green, colors I love.

I also make crowns, which I sell quite a few of. This is an example of a birthday crown I have made. This will not be the one I send you (it is sold) but I will email you and make a custom one. Again, they are one of a kind and vintage inspired.
 I also make what I call "junk necklaces" and some lucky winner will receive their very own. This is a picture from a show I did this summer. You can also see some more examples of my crowns.

 Okay, so that is three different prizes my friends, so I will have 3 different winners. As the rules state you will have until February 16 to make a comment and I will then pick 3 winners randomly on February 17.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to take a peek at your blogs as well.