From Junk to JENius

You should give her a shout.  She's got a great personality!  lol.  For real, though, she does!
Still not convinced?  Check out her blog's banner.  I just hope someone caught that cake!  I don't know about you, but I never waste cake.

We exchanged lots of convos, cuz we just couldn't get enough of each other.  I talked about eating organically East Texas style (i.e. hunting and killing your own), and she talked about throwing up in her mouth.  It was a great convo!
Here are some more less disgusting things that came out of our time together.

I really like your shop’s banner. Who designed/created this for you?

Thank you, so do I! As soon as I saw it, I just knew I had to have it for my shop! It just kind of reminded me of my shop's style--recycled with an Industrial Chic vibe. I bought it from a very talented Etsian, who's shop is called, Ladedainvites. It's called a Pre-Made Etsy Shop Set, and they are made by very talented Graphic Artists that sell on Etsy. It's a really great way to give your shop a professional look, quickly and without spending a lot of money.

Does your custom puppy chalkboard look like your puppy?

Yes, it actually does! It's kind of a cartoon version of my Chocolate Lab, Pup. His name is Charger, and he is a big source of inspiration and happiness to me, along with his two "sisters." Kate-Spade, who is a Chug (Chihuahua-Pug) & Fendi, a Deer Chihuahua- will also be represented in my NEW- Dog Line of Chalkboards.

My dogs are a very big part of my life, and I know that there are so many people out there that feel the same way, so I knew I'd have to expand the Chalkboard line to include them. But it won't be stopping with the dog boards. Soon you will be seeing ALL kinds of animals, owls, chickens pigs, cats & lots more doggies!

Right now I'm working on my Easter Collection, which will include a "Chocolate" Bunny Chalkboard, which is painted with brown chalkboard paint, as well as Easter Egg shaped Chalkboard Tags, that you can write the kids names on & hang them on their baskets. These are great because you can just erase them and re-use them next year.

I think that's one of the things I love most about chalkboards. They are functional decor! I love anything that helps you get organized, or that you can re-use!

What's your favorite thing to create?

Recycling & repurposing is a huge passion of mine, and it really is the reason I started my Etsy business in the first place. I was always making over pieces that I found at thrift stores or garage sales, and friends & family kept asking me to make them something like I had just made myself. So I thought I would just try it out.

My first pieces I ever listed are really my FAVORITES to create, which are my Industrial Chic- Memo Centers, and Chalkboards. I LOVE to go "Thrift-Storing" and find old things like shutters, or cabinet doors. Then I look for fun, old metal "thing-a-majiggies" and I put them all together...but I add something "functional" like a chalkboard, cork board, magazine rack, etc...finish it off with a beautiful black & white damask material, and I think you end up with something really unique and fun.

You say in your descriptions that you do your own cutting. What tool do you use?

I use an Electric Jig Saw. Oh, I'm like a ninja with that thing, and I scare the heck out of my husband!

I actually just bought a really nice Scroll Saw, but I'm too afraid to use it. I haven't had a chance to really learn what I'm doing, so for now I'm sticking with the Jig.

Everyone loves freebies. Do you send out some freebie chalk with your boards?

I JUST got a big bulk order of chalk so that I could do just that... and you are right, everybody DOES love freebies, including me!

Now didn't you enjoy that!  I know that you will enjoy her products and your shopping experience just as much!

Here is her shop, and here is her blog.  Go enjoy her some more!


  1. Just found your blog from etsy success! I think this is SUCH a wonderful idea. I love learning more about other etsy shop owners and what makes them tick!! I'm a follower now - keep up the great work

  2. Jen is the Bee's Knees!

    Great interview!!

    xo ~ kristi

  3. Going to check out Jen's blog and shop.

    Following this blog 'cause I can't wait to see what else is in store!

  4. Thank you all so much for commenting! I judge my success by comments. Is that bad? lol I am having such a great time with this blog. I can't wait to see what else is in store either! haha


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