Welcome!

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Jen (my sis) + Me. Check out that sweet wallpaper. 1981.

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The baddest of the bad (in a good way) – SUPER SLIDE!! 1984(?)

 

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Dad, Me, + Jen at our annual summer vacation favorite, Ocean City, NJ. We liked digging holes + making drip castles. 1984.

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My 8th birthday + favorite gift for many years: My first boombox, (complete with a jammin’ cassette player + ‘bass boost’ button!) I made so many rad radio mix tapes with this bad boy. 1987.

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Ah, the awkward middle school years. We all had ’em, so why not embrace ’em?! The teenage angst was a-brewin’. Sweet shirt, btw. 7th Grade – 1991.

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I loved taking day trips into “the city” as we called it, especially at Christmastime! One of the perks of growing up in nearby New Jersey. Rockefeller Center, NYC, 2000.

 

MY SPIEL

Hi guys! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Jules. I love to write, so I made this website and began blogging the day after my birthday(!) in July 2015. I’m an aspiring entrepreneur and boss babe, which looks like several things currently: searching for the right outlets for my writing, designing and making boss jewelry and hand-stitched inspirational paper art, and repurposing found objects into functional items. I handcraft maps [hand-stitched pocket-sized map art] and caps [statement jewelry with cheeky vintage photos].

More…

 

MY GEOGRAPHY

I was born and raised in central New Jersey in close proximity (yesss!!) to Philly, NYC, and the beach. When I was 18, I traveled over 400 miles south to attend college at Radford University in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Although at first I knew no one and almost nothing of this new town, taking that risk was one of the best decisions I’ve made: I wound up having many valuable experiences and making lifelong friendships. While working a part-time job, my husband and I met. Our goofy, fun-loving personalities were a match and we fell in love. After graduation, we moved to his hometown of Richmond, VA where we lived for nearly a decade. Although we currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona, I feel most at home by the water – particularly the ocean – and hope to live by the beach someday.

Wanderlust!

 

MY ROOTS

I hold my friends and family (I feel the two are often interchangeable!) in high esteem. Without them, life would be bland and no fun at all. I also love vintage photos and the stories and memories they hold. We must always remember our past, so as not to repeat our mistakes, but also to know where we came from in order to appreciate and learn from those who came before us.

A peek into the photo album…

 

MY MAKER HISTORY + PHILOSOPHY

I guess you could say that I am a self-taught maker (with a degree in music – doo be doo!), although I’m lucky to have many talented and skilled artisans in my life for guidance and inspiration, such as my parents, sister, and lots of cousins and friends. I continue to appreciate the value of learning, developing, and passing along the skill and art of handiwork.

When I make stuff I feel like I am fulfilling one of my purposes in life. The process of creating something brings me joy, excitement, and clarity.

Let’s make something!

Hope you’ll grab a seat, relax, and chat with us. Say hi and drop me a note before you head home.

Jules

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At the Cascades in Pembroke, VA towards the end of my college days. After hiking to the falls, Jenny + I walked the stepping-stones to get a closer look. Photo snapped by Deena. 2001.

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Me + Opie with Abbe, in the early days of “us”, visiting my parents in NJ. We sure are cute, all 3 of us. 2004.

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Us with Nicholas + Emma in AZ. We moved across the country at the tail-end of 2012 to live closer to my family and to get to know our nephew + niece better in their growing-up years. 2015.

 

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