All That Glitters is….a Wreath!

Christmas is coming up fast this year, isn’t it?! I can’t believe it’s only a week away!

I’m still trying to get my house in order for the season. I’m afraid it will be over before I’m done.

We usually buy a wreath each year for the winter, but this year I wanted to attempt at making my own. I thought about making one of those yarn-wrapped wreaths that you can find all over Pinterest, but when I found a plain wreath for only $1.89 at Michael’s, and some flowers that were 70% off, I decided to make a glittery, flower-filled wreath instead!

I also had some burlap lying around from decorating our Christmas tree (more on that later!), and incorporated that as well.

First, I took the branches and just played around with them to make them somewhat face the same way and just increase the overall aesthetic.  Next, I took the burlap and tucked it into the wreath at about 6 to 8 inch intervals.

wreath, tucking in burlap

Then I grabbed some floral wire and wrapped it around each place where the burlap was tucked in.

wreath, floral wire

I must admit, I know absolutely nothing about decorating wreaths. I may have used the floral wire incorrectly, but I was ready to get it done and didn’t feel like taking the time to look up how to do it properly. So keep your fingers crossed that it stays together.

The third step was cutting the glittery filler with wire cutting pliers. Yet another tool that I don’t know how to use, but somehow I managed!

wreath, wire cutting flowers

I tucked little sections of this into the wreath, and then did the same wrapping with the floral wire that I did with the burlap.

Last but not least, I took the bigger flower and, using a serrated knife, cut the stem down shorter, tucked it into the wreath, and once again wrapped it in floral wire to keep it in place.

wreath finished on table

The biggest difference here was that I then used my mini glue gun to help hold it into place. I didn’t want to risk such a pretty flower falling off. Glue a couple of glittery filler pieces on too and voila! Done!

Here it is hung up all pretty-like on our front door:

wreath finished on door

I almost can’t believe I made this. I need to go look up how to use floral wire now.

What do you think? Like it? Hate it? Working on your own wreaths this Christmas season? Tell me in the comments!! ūüôā

Meet the Kitties!

After asking if any of you liked cats in my¬†first post, I got several emails from ya‚Äôll who are cat parents like me and my hubby. ¬†So I thought I’d introduce you to my fur babies.

This is Brooke:

Brooke

And this is Phoebe:

Phoebe

Both of them are shelter cats.

I was never a cat person until I ended up with one‚Ķwell now, two.¬† You see, when I was about 5 years old, we had a cat named “Rocky” ‚Äď yes, after ¬†Rocky Balboa ‚Äď I guess because he was so tough. ¬†I don’t remember him being mean to me specifically, but I remember being told to stay away from him, contributing to my initial fear of cats.¬† Then I got bitten by a friend’s neighbor’s cat when I was about 7 or 8 years old that actually left a scar (I still have it!). ¬†To the cat’s credit, my friend (also named Jenn…it’s a good name) and I wouldn’t leave it alone. ¬†We were playing on her neighbor’s porch with the kitty and then it escaped through the screen door when we were on our way out! ¬†Jenn and I ran through the yard, chasing after the cat, trying to get it to go home. ¬†I guess I assumed that it was cuddly and friendly, and proceeded to try to pick it up, and BAM! ¬†Kitty bit me. ¬†Another reason I used to be scared of cats. ¬†And now I’m left with a scar.

But now I‚Äôve overcome that fear…and this is how:

Brooke and Phoebe cat napping

See how cute they are? ¬†How could you be scared of that? ¬†After growing up with dogs, I just didn’t know how to act properly around a cat. ¬†Wow, they are SO different. ¬†You’d think I would’ve figured that out sooner, but noooo.

Anywho – one day, I was out shopping and decided to stop into Petco. ¬†Not sure why. ¬†Just wanted to look at the fish they have in there, I guess. ¬†When lo and behold, I spotted this sweet little calico cat. ¬†I took pictures of her. ¬†I asked an employee to get her out of her cage. ¬†I played with her. ¬†And the I held her. ¬†And then, somehow, I fell in love with a furry feline. ¬†I showed the pictures to Hubby and he agreed to come look at her. ¬†We called up the local humane shelter that’s in charge of the cats at our Petco and got approved as adoptive kitty parents. ¬†And that’s how we ended up with cat #1: Brooke.

Cat #2 is a different, yet similar, story. ¬†About 6 months after we adopted Brooke, Hubby and I went to Petsmart to pick up some cat food, litter, etc.¬† This particular day happened to be one of those days when the humane shelter comes in with a bunch of animals, hoping that they will be adopted.¬† My eyes immediately went for a little gray kitten in a cage sitting on a table.¬† She saw me and started rubbing against the cage.¬† A lady asked if I wanted to hold her.¬† Of course I did.¬† She sat in my arms and rubbed her face on mine.¬† Then I found out that the shelter had named her ‚ÄúLuvey‚ÄĚ, because she was so loving.¬† That did it.¬† We went home with a bag of cat food and a new cat.¬† Oh, and we named her Phoebe‚ĶI think because we were watching DVDs of ‚ÄúFriends‚ÄĚ episodes non-stop at that time, and because we thought it sounded good with the name ‚ÄúBrooke‚ÄĚ.

Brooke and Phoebe.  Phoebe and Brooke.  They’re the best of pals.  Most of the time.  ;D

What kind of cats do you have?  Calico like Brooke?  1/2 tabby, 1/2 Siamese feral cat like Phoebe?  Do you love watching Friends?  Tell me!

Attempt at Cooking…Sweet Potato Fries

I jumped onto the paleo diet bandwagon back in September to try and lose a few pounds. While I’m still getting the hang of it, it has definitely been working for me. I’ve lost 9 pounds and I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I was having some really bad stomach problems before (i.e. taking Pepto Bismal every night!), and since I’ve been doing paleo, they’re practically gone – they only return when I have a “bad eating day”. I also don’t have the sugar crashes after eating like I used to, nor do I have the crazy cravings or feel the need to “graze” on snacks between meals. Everybody has their own diets that work for them – this one just happens to be working for me right now. Now if only I can start making myself work out. *sigh* Maybe tomorrow, hahaha.

Anywho…so today’s “attempt at cooking” is paleo-friendly sweet potato fries.

Just peel the potatoes, chop into fry shapes, coat in yumminess, and bake!

sweet potato fries in bowl

I put them into a bowl to mix and coat everything easily instead of putting them on the pan first. Just thought it would be easier. Oh, and I used butter instead of the coconut oil the recipe says to use…the hubby doesn’t much care for coconut oil, so butter it is. They were still suuuuper delicious. ūüôā

Before baking:

sweet potato fries precooked

After baking:

sweet potato fries cooked

The recipe for these delicious delicacies can be found at Nom Nom Paleo.

Mmmmmmmm.

What have you been cooking lately?

First Blog Post

Well…this is officially my first blog post ever. ¬†Didn’t think I could do it. ¬†I have wanted to start a blog for a long time, but kept obsessing over which subject to address first. ¬†Should it be about cooking? ¬†Art? ¬†Improv? ¬†Crafting? ¬†Non-profits? ¬†Acting? ¬†Self-improvement? ¬†How do you bloggers out there choose? ¬†Alas, I couldn’t seem to narrow down the scope what my new blogging universe would be, much less a name for the site. ¬†Until I came up with “Everything Jenn”.

Everything

So yeah…I’m Jenn. ¬†And¬†I like everything. ¬†(Cue the stereotypical group meeting response, “Hi Jenn”.) ¬†Well maybe not¬†everything, but sometimes it feels that way. ¬†I have so many interests and so many dreams that I want to attain in life. ¬†So maybe it’s finally time that I put those ideas into one place where I can track my progress, good and bad, and see where this crazy game of life takes me.

I’m hoping to share “everything” on here that makes me…me! ¬†A little bit about me: I graduated college with a music theater (yes, we spelled it with an ‘er’ there) degree and have a love for performing. ¬†I enjoy doing improv comedy with a local group and am working on introducing musical improv to our area. ¬†To pay the bills, I do have an office-type day job, and I am happy to have that security in my life. ¬†However, I am looking for self-fulfillment in the visual and performing arts, and that’s really where this blog comes into the picture. ¬†I am hoping to expand upon my skills as a musician, actor, artist, chef¬†attempt at being a cook, baked goods¬†decorator, craft-er, interior designer, non-profit fundraiser, humanitarian, and wifey to my hubby.

So please join me in my journey…who knows where the road will take us. ¬†Maybe we can create something beautiful. ¬†Might as well find out.

Do you have a million ideas all the time?  Are you, like me, attempting all of them at once?  Do you like cats?  Are you hungry right now?  Let me know in the comments section!