Monday, May 5, 2014

The Opening of The Calico Cabin

It has been a long time since I last posted but I'm finally ready to unveil the opening of  The Calico Cabin!
Previously my Etsy store was called Jewelry By Jesse, but I felt that had pigeon holed me into just being a jewelry maker.  Just making jewelry was starting to get boring, I was loosing interest and I stopped feeling creative. 
So I started adding a few other things, wire sculptures such as gemstone trees, wind chimes and most recently... Soap.

Please feel free to go to either my Facebook page HERE
Or my Etsy store HERE

If there is an item that is on the Facebook page that you love and would like to purchase, but it hasn't made it to the Etsy page, just send a message to me on Facebook. 
I would love to hear your feed back on the store and the Facebook page.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Re-Opening the store

I closed my Etsy store several months ago because of the move and really, the lack of motivation to keep up with it. I wasn't sure I wanted to do it anymore but that has changed.

I'm currently working on a "re-branding" of sorts.  An new name, a little bit of a new look and some new items that aren't just jewelry.  

Keep an eye on this page for more news and updates as far as the store goes. 

In other news, I've realized I am not organized enough to be ready for Christmas this year.  I have to get presents out in the mail in the next few days so that they arrive to WI before Christmas.  I know I'll do better next year.. Least I hope so.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Still can't get over how beautiful it is here.  Just wanted to share some of the views with you.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ok... So about the new dog

There have been a lot of changes since we made the move to Colorado and one of them is that, due to the small size of our house, my best friend now has my big beautiful Collie Ryan.  He is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met and is so well behaved and I just love him.  I could gush over how much I love that dog but I won’t sicken you with such a thing. 

Due to Ryan’s size, the fact that our current home is on three levels, none of the rooms are very big, and Ryan doesn't like going up and down stairs , plus our landlord “preferring we have small dogs”, Ryan went to Alabama to live the life of a spoiled beach dog with my bestest friend in the whole wide world.
That left us with Morrigan, my blue heeler.  Morrigan, by nature, is a high strung and slightly crazed, insane little creature but I love her to death for all her weird quirks.  She had always run the house when it came to other dogs and although she is a giant wuss, she tries to be tough around other dogs… sometimes it even works.

We all noticed that once we were in the new house and Morrigan was all alone that she seemed really off.  Almost like she was depressed. 
We figured it would wear off and she would get back to normal but the longer we were in Colorado the more it became obvious that she wasn’t going to come around and get back to normal.  That was when my husband and I talked about another small dog.  Not a puppy, but an older dog and we seem to do well with herding dogs so we wanted to find another one if we could and I’ve always loved Heelers so I was hoping to come across another one of those, and short hair because I don’t care for all the long hair shedding… Oh and I was really hoping to find a male.
Well… Meet Patches.

Patches is a 4 year old Border Collie… female… with long white hair that now decorates my couches.

Patches came from a farm/ranch… Not sure what you would call it out here… but anyway they had just lost their male and Patches was one of the two females they used for breeding.  It just happened that after the girls were done riding the horse, we got to talking and had mentioned looking for another smaller dog and they offered us her. 
Ok so she’s not exactly what I wanted but she is a herding breed so I guess that’s something.  And really… Look at those beautiful blue eyes and tongue that is almost always hanging out.  She’s like having a walking, whining, jumping teddy bear around your house.  She is fantastic with the kids and after about a week and a half she is becoming good friends with Morrigan and she even listens off the leash when we’re out on our walks. 

I wouldn’t do it in town but you know, in the middle of nowhere on a trail, she is a great dog to have around. 

So that is Patches.  
Thanks to Patches, Morrigan is starting to come around and be the weird little dog she's always been.  It's nice to have my dog back to almost normal and to have this new member in our family.

As an aside, I heard from my friend today that Ryan got his first experience with the ocean and seemed to love it.  Went in all the way to his belly
J He’s such a brave dog. 

I’m out!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I’ve spent a lot of time putting off the whole exercise/weight loss thing, but a recent trip to a new doctor, who surprisingly isn’t all for pumping you full of drugs for every little problem, caused me to change my mind about it. 
Ok, I admit I day dream of the day that I’ll be skinny and look like a super model.  Of course it’s not a reasonable goal.  I’ve been fit before and I am far from super model thin… besides… who wants all those bones poking out all over??? Gross.
So my appointment when like this
Me “I have this weird mole I need looked at”
Dr “Oh that one? That’s not anything… though this one looks like something to look at closer” (pointing to a large freckle I’ve had my entire life)

Me “oh… ok. “
Dr “ but what I really want to talk to you about is your blood pressure… It’s really, really high for someone your age ” 

Yep, that’s right… 35 yrs old and I have high blood pressure. Through the course of our conversation my weight, that I’ve been working on slowly, was brought up as an issue.  My anxiety could have something to do with it, but she’s sure my  weight is the main issue. 
The conversation with my Dr in my mind, I’ve set out to do something a bit more drastic about getting my weight down. 
Example, I’ve now onto 2 ½ weeks of no soda.  Anyone who knows me, knows I’m addicted to the stuff but I’ve done really well.  I even picked up my daughter’s soda last night to take a drink… just a tiny sip… and then put it back down and said nope, I’m not that thirsty, I can wait till we get home.  
So I drink a lot of water.  I haven’t given up caffeine totally though, I have about a ½ cup of coffee in the morning instead of 2 or 3.  Occasionally I mix it up with juice or tea but for the most part, I just drink a lot of water.  FYI, water can be boring to drink, so I try to mix it up with some fruit in it.  Fresh fruit of course
Speaking of fruit, we (as I’m making my whole family do it) have started incorporating more and more fresh fruits and vegetables into our meals.  Instead of snacking on chips or whatever other unhealthy food I can come up with, I now bring fresh fruit or veggies to work when I get that “snacky” feeling. 
Counting calories… yes it’s lame and unless you’re really aware of what you are putting in your body, you may not be getting the best nutrition.  Pretty sure this was my problem before.  I was losing weight but it was really easy to gain it right back because I never changed my eating habits.  Totally changing that now!

Except for ice cream… I love ice cream and I’ll just work out harder in order to have it once in a while.
Now this post is titled Exercise and your probably wondering if I do any or just think about.

I figure I’ve done enough thinking about it so I officially started last night and my lovely 9 yr old daughter as well as my 3 yr old Blue Heeler and our newest addition, our 4 yr old border collie are my exercise partners.

I really should get around to the new dog… meh, maybe next time.

Anyway, last night I decided to take the dogs to the dog park but it was so full people and dogs… just a little much for my heeler.  She does well in small groups of dogs, not so much the large group thing.  Bit like her owner in that aspect.  

So Anna and I decided to walk the bike trail and I’m so glad we did.  Not only did we walk longer then we would have if we stayed in the dog park, but we has the opportunity to see so much stuff that you don’t normally see when your near the road. 
The trail is the Cashe La Poudre River trail and it’s beautiful!  Part of it even goes through a cow pasture and there are cows in it!  They even poop on the bike path.  So for our first night out, we just walked. Least that was the plan.  Of course Ana is 9 and full of energy so she ran and the dogs ran and I sort of walked fast.. then the longer we got into it and the more I warmed up to the being outside and enjoying the area, I picked up my walk and walked faster and then…. I jogged!  Yes I did! I swear!  

Ok, it wasn’t very far or very long but I did jog.  I don’t remember all the jiggling the last time I actually jogged. 
Pretty sure I don’t care for that at all.  Must keep doing something to get rid of all the jiggly bits.

We walked 2.3 miles according to the nifty pedometer app on my phone and we were gone for about an hour.  According to the Myfitnesspal app on my phone I burned about 554 calories, but that didn’t include the approx. ¼ mile of jogging I forced myself to do. 

This morning I’m feeling it everywhere… my lower back is a bit sore and my legs get stiff if I sit for to long, which is all I do at work, so I’m still most of the time.  Probably why my back is sore too.  Hopefully the weather holds tonight and we can go out and do it again. Even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood for 30 minutes, it’s better than nothing!

Keep on keeping on my people!


Who wouldn't want to take a walk just to see this! I love my new home.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Making friends at 35

The move is over and we’ve begun to settle into our new lives in our new home in our new state.  We both have new jobs and in less than two weeks the girls will start classes in their new school.  So much new stuff is happening.  I’ve had to find a new barn for the horse, we got a new dog, and we’re getting new license plates on our cars and new driver licenses (I’ll get to these other things at a later date). 

Along with all these new changes comes the challenge of making new friends.  I never realized how much I liked my old friends until I didn’t have them around all the time.  Granted, thanks to the invention of text messaging, Facebook and other technological advances I’m able to stay in close contact with my old friends, but I can’t just call them up and ask if they want to get a beer, or grab coffee or go shopping… or just hang out.  That is not a possibility when they are 1000 miles away.

This brings a new challenge… making new friends when you’re 35 years old.
I watch my kids go outside of our new house and meet the new kids in our area.  They have friends now.  It was amazing at how quick it happened.  One day I looked out the window and saw children riding around on bikes and scooters and said, “Hey! Kids are outside!”  In a matter of seconds my two furless monkeys were tossing on their flip-flops, grabbing their scooters and running out the door.  With a simple “Hi, we just moved here, wanna play?”  They had friends.  It was amazing.  Granted, some of the kids they met that day are not their friends anymore, one of them even moved a month after we got here but from that initial meeting both girls met and continually play with at least 5-8 other kids that live near us.  We’ve even had some as guests for sleep overs. 
It’s only been two months.  

Do you know how many friends I’ve made in the two months I’ve been here?  Well… I won’t bore you with numbers but let’s say, my phone isn’t ringing off the hook and my calendar is just filled with doctor’s appointments and school reminders.  

I have had the opportunity to meet some really nice and interesting people.  Thanks to the Facebook I even found a nice boarding place that is owned by a very nice woman that I enjoy talking too.  Really, I feel the most comfortable there then anywhere I’ve been so far.  You know... like they are “my kind of people”
The people I work with are all very nice and friendly and one or two could possibly be people I’d consider hanging out with outside of work but not like other places I’ve worked. 

It’s hard to make friends as you get older.  Most people you meet are through work and you don’t always have a lot in common with those people.  Unless you have a group type hobby, it can be difficult to meet people with your interests.  Out of curiosity, I typed into Google “making friends as an adult”, to see what I might find.   You would be surprised… or maybe some of you wouldn’t be… at the amount of articles that come up.  Go ahead… try it!  I’ll wait.
 Did you do it?   Crazy right?   I know! I thought the same thing.  For those of you who didn’t look, let me give you an idea of some of the advice that was given.
1.       Don’t be afraid to “put yourself out there”  - I guess just randomly say “HI! I’m Jesse! Be my friend!” might want to add, “I’m lonely and desperate!”
2.       Join a club – You know, book clubs, cooking clubs, dance clubs, gun clubs… maybe AA if that’s what you need... but you meet a lot of people there  
3.       Go to school events and meet other parents - works if you have kids. If you don’t then it just makes you weird and creepy and they might call the police.
4.       Always be at the same place at the same time – the theory behind this seems to come from kids on the playground.  If you always see the same people at the same place every day then you might have something in common… you know, like hanging out at the playground at 3:30 every day stalking other adults.  Screams good friend material to me.
5.       Don’t be afraid to overshare – Ok, I don’t know about you but when I’m getting to know someone, I don’t want to know all about their issues up front.  Something’s should be held back until you’re sure they are going to be friends… like how they have toe fungus and do I want to see it?  NO! Really this is a topic I could go on and on about but I won’t.
6.       Go places that interest you – I guess this could go hand in hand with the whole “join a club” thing.  They want you to go places that interest you so you will meet people that share an interest with you.  Awesome idea! And you know sometimes this actually works… and then other times, it doesn’t.  I always seem to run into that one person who is bat shit crazy and the over sharer… perhaps I wear some sign I don’t know about that says “I collect crazy people”.
7.       Join a gym – If they want to hang out with you when your sweaty and smelly, they must be good friend material!
8.       Ask your friends to set you up – basically ask your friends to set you up on a blind date with another person who they think might want to tolerate you the way they have always tolerated you. 
9.       Volunteer! Ok, I admit I like this idea.  The kind of people who will freely give their time and energy to an organization that I also want to freely give my time and energy too might be the kind of people I could hang out with… which in my case, are all animal loving people. 
10.    … ok, I didn’t come up with anything past nine, though there are lots of sights out there that will help give you advise as to how to make new friends as an adult. 
I did enjoy reading this article, Basically act as a child and make new friends… or get people to avoid you because you are obviously the crazy person in the neighborhood.
I’m sure with time, I’ll meet people I genuinely enjoy being around and who genuinely enjoy being around me.   I hope some of the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet so far turn into long term friends but then I know that some may not. Either way, when you find yourself surrounded by complete newness, you do have to “put yourself out there” and risk being rejected, but in the end you’ll find your group. 

Of course, it might be harder if you're married… then it’s like double dating
L  But that’s for another time! 

Happy Friday everyone!


Monday, June 24, 2013

The move is finally over

Hey all,

I know it's been a couple weeks.  The move is over and we are settling into our new home.  Jeremy has been working each week day and I've been trying to find a job myself while unpacking the house.  I've also been working on some jewelry and posting it to my Facebook group Jewelry By Jesse.  I still have my Etsy store but it's been empty for awhile.

I want to re-brand myself.  Jewelry By Jesse seems to keep me just as a jewelry maker but I've begun doing so much more.  Yes I still have jewelry but I've also started other crafts like hair accessories, wind chimes, rag rugs and wire sculptures.  I love being diversified so that I don't get bored and to offer a variety of items to a variety of people.  Coming up with a new name has been harder then I thought it would be... so it might be a bit on the store.

Please enjoy some pictures of recent jewelry and sculptures I've finished and I am going to bed because it's late and I'm tired.

Jesse Out!