Wisconsin + friends


Earlier this summer I went back home to Wisconsin and got to spend time with my girlfriends. We were celebrating before the wedding of one of the last two in our group from high school. I am so thankful that after a year goes by we are still the best of friends. I appreciate and am blessed by these low maintanence but so important relationships! What are you thankful for these days?xo Jessica DSC_0158 DSC_0153 DSC_0145 DSC_0143 DSC_0127 DSC_0125 DSC_0162 DSC_0163 DSC_0196 DSC_0244 DSC_0236 DSC_0230DSC_0203DSC_0194DSC_0214DSC_0206DSC_0263 DSC_0191 DSC_0189 DSC_0187 DSC_0183 DSC_0182 DSC_0180 DSC_0175

a dainty flower crown


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I made this sweet crown for my friend as a woodsy-camping-up north bridal shower veil. I used floral wire, faux green and white flowers and hot glue. I think it turned out simply sweet.
In other stuff lately my brother is visiting for a few weeks so I won’t be blogging too regularly but I’ll try to squeeze some pictures in here. Have a lovely day! Xo Jessica

My style: Dots + stripes


Happy weekend! I’m off to the farmer’s market then Lowe’s for supplies to make a headboard for our bedroom.  we find ourselves reading late into the evenings these days and needing some cushion.  xo JessicaDSC_0036 DSC_0038 DSC_0041Shirt//Target

Skirt//Thrifted

Belt//Forever 21

Metallic sandals//Forever 21

Initial necklace//Boutique, Mckinney, TX

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Scrapbooking: dating-engagement


Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reading and I even spent a few days organizing my craft room which had a years worth of stuff that needed putting away.  I was super happy to find a crafting table with bins sized for scrapbook paper on sale at 60% off at Michaels so I got to work.  I love looking through my old photo albums from time to time so I thought I’d share some of my pages I made years ago.

Pic 1-3//The first summer we began dating (2007) and went on an awesome camping trip with all my girlfriends and their then boyfriends too.
DSC_0011DSC_0013DSC_0012Pics 4-7//My first trip to Florida, the beach,  and Disney world with Ryan’s family. A lot of good memories.DSC_0015 DSC_0016 DSC_0018 DSC_0019Pics 8-15//Our engagement album made by our good friend and wedding photographer; 2011. I love it so so so much!DSC_0047 DSC_0048 DSC_0049 DSC_0051 DSC_0052 DSC_0054 DSC_0057 I love scrapbooking but I barely make the time to do it anymore and so I love how easy it is to upload photos into online albums. The quality can be sooo good!  How do you like to keep your photos? DSC_0055

My style: stripes + hat


Hey guys, TGIF! I’ve been MIA for a few d/t one, not sleeping at all well and therefore being a grouch all day, and two, well, just see reason one.   I’m in a great mood today, however, after thrifting a bit and scoring some cute lace vintage curtains which I hung in my craft room and, I’m super excited about this,  a vintage macrame kit.  I’ve seen a lot of cute wall hangings lately and wanted to try my own and I might just use that macrame kit for it.  Date night tonight; we’re seeing Elysium and I’m eating lots of popcorn. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo  Jessica

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Hat//Epiphany boutique, Bishop arts

Tee//Dry goods

bracelet//St. Maarten

Skirt//East towne mall, Madison, WI

nails//OPI neon

why i love the (dallas) zoo


I have always loved animals as far back as I can remember. The first job I ever wanted was marine biologist, photo-journalist, then vet, then to own my very own zoo.  so cute huh.  not sure how I ended up working in social services except I suppose I applied my ability to empathize to the human race as well. I haven’t gone to a zoo for over 4 years so I told the hubs it was time for a little date day the other weekend.  I was happily surprised at how much I still enjoy visiting and learning about animals. Especially Gypsy, this sweet lil african elephant.  Her tail was bitten off by a bull years ago so she has a little nub. And thusly, she reminds me of my kitty of the same name, Gypsy, who has a crooked and short tail!  small world hee hee.  Here’s a look at our Dallas zoo. (all photos taken by me:)

Gypsy, the African Elephant (so cute right?!)DSC_0138 DSC_0131 DSC_0141 Loved this guy! Never been so close to a giraffe like this, amazing!DSC_0151 DSC_0159I chickened out on feeding them but how sweet is this girl?
DSC_0166 DSC_0171 DSC_0197this gorilla was just chillin doing some yoga poses.  feels good!
DSC_0212 seriously scary crocs!DSC_0238 another fave moment: this chimp hooting as us right before throwing a decent sized  rock (look in his right hand) at the wall! they have amazing gestures + facial expressions!DSC_0296 _Snapseed DSC_0286 _Snapseed DSC_0278 _Snapseed DSC_0269 _Snapseed DSC_0261 _SnapseedDSC_0270DSC_0297 DSC_0342 _Snapseed DSC_0328 _SnapseedFlamingos have always been a fave of mineDSC_0332 _SnapseedDSC_0360 DSC_0373 albino crocs apparently don’t live long in the wild due to their inability to camoflaugeDSC_0381 these snakes are gorgeous (behind glass that is)DSC_0383 DSC_0394 _Snapseed DSC_0417 _SnapseedDSC_0395DSC_0420DSC_0389 _SnapseedDSC_0400DSC_0419DSC_0433 DSC_0448So that’s that my friends.  How do you like the zoo?

Thrifting: Summer edition


Loved this chair so it came home with me. Not sure if it’s an Eames because the back is slightly taller than the vintage chairs but it’s sturdy and comfy and i love it. 
IMG_8191I love this table so I painted it white and now it’s beside my bed. (below)
IMG_6270Thought these fungus S+P shakers were cute for my budding collection.
DSC_0008Would have been a nice DIY project for a bedroom armoire or kitchen storage.
IMG_5290Cute kids chair for my craft room. it has wheels, that’s all.

IMG_5292 reminded me of grandpa’s chair I named Herman,  but it was pea-green, and not in a good way.IMG_5293 I thought this was funky and could be fun painted. but I won’t go there again for a while. (see here)IMG_5294 Cool Brass lamp. nuff said. IMG_5295I kinda wanted this wicker to be my coffee table. but I didn’t decide fast enough and it went home with someone else.
IMG_6166 Punch bowl in red, fun!IMG_6170 cuz I’m a cute lil bear cookie jar…IMG_6172 i am attracted to pottery mugs but I think they wanted like $2, no thanks.IMG_6173 Cute nautical colored heels in wrong size..IMG_6174 I’d love to tackle recovering a wingback, someday.IMG_6175 For the home theatre goer..IMG_6176 Oh and my mini brass llamas! I got two of these puppies for 50 cents and they sit atop my mantel.IMG_6116 got this funky backpack and love using it on our outings/picnics to carry sunscreen and water. really a lifesaver.IMG_6114 saw one of these rocking chairs painted kelly green on pinterest and was tempted!IMG_6260went home with this dirty lil chair, cleaned and painted him up!
IMG_6261 painted and recovered bench anyone?IMG_6262 quirky lil dresser IMG_6263 IMG_6286 IMG_6287That’s about it for now. I’m still looking for a more mid-century modern looking coffee table and would love a funky console table to replace the turquoise dresser I have in the entry now.  Any luck thrifting in your world lately? xo Jessica