Birth-weekend

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The timing couldn’t have been better.  My husband wrote his last exam on Thursday, and it was my 27th birthday the next day! I can now say that I am married to a half doctor, and I couldn’t be more proud!  A little tradition that I have started is to make him a congratulations sign after each year he has completed.  I think that if ‘sign making’ was the 6th love language, it would definitely be up there for me.  I get this quality from my mother.  She makes a sign for everything – Airport arrivals, high school basketball games and events – if she is really excited a cow bell is also present.

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The day of my birthday I had been planning for weeks.  I knew I would have my hubby all to myself and really wanted to get out of the house and spend some time exploring our city together.  Even though he was insanely busy right up until my birthday, he still picked up the groceries to make me breakfast in bed.  3 years in a row he has done this for me, and I love that it has become a tradition.  We then headed out and spent the whole day exploring.  We hit up all of the thrift stores my little heart desired, and let me tell you, this is a labour of love for my husband – he thinks they have a smell.  I have no idea what he is talking about!?!  the books and knobs pictured above are my amazing finds!  I have been looking for knobs in order to make a jewellery display and the vintage books are also something that have been on my ‘thrift store shopping list’.   We ended the night a the Salt Tasting Room in Gastown (which I highly recommend).  It was the perfect end to the perfect day together.

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The day after I had my nails done (a gift from a friend) and got my make-up done, which included some fun false lashes and very red lips.  It was fun to get pampered before I headed out with a great group of friends and family!

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I picked up this lovely dress during the date day with my husband.  Rebecca had given me a monetary gift and told me to spend it on whatever I choose.  I fell in love with this dress and knew I had to buy it and use the money from Rebecca for it.  It made me feel like she was part of the evening, even though she was so far away.

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Saturday ended with a group of my close friends and family out for dinner at a restaurant on Granville Island.  We couldn’t have picked a better location and the weather was incredible.  I felt so loved being surrounded by these amazing people, and will never forget this birthday – well birth-weekend, where I rang in the big 2-7.

xo

Jillian Marie

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Easy Breezy

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Dress – H&M (oldie but a goodie) / Diamond Bangle – Forever 21 / Bracelets – Dotti, Collette

I first off want to say thank you to the people who are already following us! I’m really excited to start blogging so that I can document my time out here (Cairns, Australia) and keep my fam and friends up to date in my life. So, for my very first blog post, I wanted to show you my beach. Well, it’s not exactly my beach, but I like to think it is, as it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away from our apartment.

Jordan (my husband) and I moved here at the end of January, and since we have, I’ve been struggling to get rid of this bug called “homesickness.” Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel and I love experiencing new places, however, it’s another thing to know you’re going to be in the same place for the next 5 years. Although it’s kind of fun starting from scratch again, I have times where I long for normality. To have my family and friends at my beck and call. To find a new home, make new friends, find a new church,  re-buy all new appliances (can we start a registry again please?), not to mention having the foods I so took for granted (Ahem…Old Dutch S&V Chips!). To have a Starbucks on every corner and a grocery store or mall that’s open later than 4pm, not to mention filled with consumers wearing shirts and shoes. (A lot of shirtless, barefoot people around here).

So sometimes on days when the “homesickness bug” comes crawling up and I start thinking about all the things I don’t have or am missing out on, I like to take a walk down to this beach, kick off my sandals (as I refuse to walk barefoot), and just stare out to the sea. Ocean? (does it really matter?) It makes me realize how small I am, and how small my issues of feeling homesick are. Family and friends back home will always be there when I return, and for the other petty things, let’s face it…is Starbucks THAT much better than Gloria Jean’s?….well heck yes!! But what I’m trying to say is, it makes me see the beauty in this place and makes me realize how blessed we (Jord and I) are to have been given an opportunity like this. To live in a warm, tropical place where there are pretty white parrots instead of black crows, a sparkling blue pool in my backyard, and a man that’s that much closer to buying me my walk-in-closet!!!…and I start feeling at peace with where we are. Peace. Glorious peace.

Rebecca Janelle

xo

Bracelet Bliss…

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 This is a bracelet that caught my eye on Pinterest awhile back and I have been making different variations of it ever since.  Although there are many tutorials out there for this bracelet, I thought that it would be easy for my friends, family and followers to learn it here from me.  This project takes no time at all!  I recommend working on it while watching TV – I absolutely love crafting while watching a show…like The Bachelorette (did I just say that out loud?!)
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Here is what you need:

– thread – I recommend buying Dual Duty Plus for Button and Carpet for it’s strength.

-leather rope – I buy it per meter at my local bead shop.  For this triple wrap bracelet I used 110 cm of leather.  For our American friends that is 43.3 inches 🙂

– a needle

-a button for the closure – I ended up using one that is not pictured.

– pearls or beads of your choice.  For this bracelet I chose to alternate 3 different shades of pearls.

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Start by threading your needle (please note you will need a lot of thread…and I mean A LOT, don’t be shy).  Take the knot of your thread and tie it in with your leather making a loophole knot as seen above.

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It makes the work so much easier to have it fastened to a hard surface, my clip is on a binder.  You are going to take the thread and figure 8 it back and forth over the and under the two strands of leather, to start it out.  Do this approx 10 times.

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Next you thread a bead on, and take the thread over the right leather strand, back under, and over the left leather strand.  Again, you are figure 8’ing the beads into place.  The first time I made this bracelet I pulled the thread really tight, which caused the bracelet to curve to the right.  Just know that you don’t need to pull too tight, just keep the beads centred between the leather.

In the photo above you can see that the thread is about to go over the right leather cord, under the middle and over the left leather thread, then it is time to add your next bead.

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Keep adding beads and measuring on your wrist until it wraps comfortably around it three times.  Keep in mind you can also make a single wrap, double wrap, really the options are endless!

Once your bracelet is long enough, you will take the thread and again do approx 10 figure 8’s to secure the end of the bracelet.

Not pictured, but you can thread the button through the loose leather and secure it with a knot or two.  I also use crazy glue on my knots just to ensure that they will not unravel.

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And there ya have it!

I love looking down at this lovely homemade piece of arm candy as I type away…and I hope you do too!!

XO

Jillian Marie

New blog on the block.

ImageI am Jillian Marie – wife to a medical student, teacher in training, crafter extrordinaire and I live in Vancouver BC. I have been crafting and DIY’ing for the last year and it has become a passion. People suggested I start a blog but the timing never felt right – that was until the idea came to team up with my sister-in law!

I am Rebecca Janelle – wife to a dental student, guest service rep, fashionista extraordinaire, and I live in Cairns Australia. I have a history of working in the fashion world and have always had an obsessive love for it. I guess it’s just that giddy feeling I get when I find a new precious treasure to add to my collection, that does it for me. I’m so thrilled to start a blog with my partner in crime, Jillian Marie. Her creativity amazes me and I’m sure it will do the same for you!

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Brought together by brothers, we have become best of friends as sister-in-laws over the last few years.  But the brothers that brought us together have taken us apart…for the time being.   At the beginning of this year, Rebecca Janelle and her hubby moved to a far away land, Cairns Australia, for his dental program. Seperated by a million miles, we are determined to stay close, connected, and to keep busy while our other halves’ brains are in their books. We look forward to inspiring each other and YOU!!

So this is our baby that expands across the world, in opposite seasons and VERY different time zones.

XO

Marie Janelle