Ready for TGP Saturday!

June 16, 2019

Looking forward to another Saturday at The Growing Place Gardeners Art Festival. Come out and buy yourself something fun and fill in those baskets with flowers. I’ll help you water them!

Need to take a seat? I can help there too!

See you soon. Have a terrific week. I’m still painting.



It is watering season. And it’s been SO dry which makes it all the more important to fill your cans and get out there. If you haven’t yet, you should sign up for the TGP newsletter. They share watering tips in the latest edition plus other great info. Use the link in the sidebar on the right to reach their site.

Meanwhile, check out a closer look at the watering cans I have at the Naperville location so you can pick one up and water in color!

Where did October go?!

November 3, 2014

This is CRAZY! My month just flew by. And I swear it flew by faster than any of the others. It’s just not fair. I didn’t even carve pumpkins this year! I’m going to try not to be sad about it, but geesh… ūüė¶

I thought this was exceptionally cute and seeing that I haven’t made time to post anything fun lately, I thought I would share this!

Posting quickly before I start to focus on the day’s editing, writing, strategizing, etc. ¬†Those are the things I get paid for at my ‘real’ job.

I am OFF tomorrow and Monday! And then the real work will begin as I continue to clean and straighten the house and try to help get the kitchen finished (before and after pictures to come at a later date). I met with my friend Megan last night and found myself answering the often asked question “So what’s the style?” with the following:

I’m working toward an eclectic mix that will highlight the fact that it’s very much an upgrade from where it was while trying not to make it too modern for the rest of the house

Here’s a picture I found in my phone that I think is pretty cool.


It’s going to be fun to decorate once all the foundational pieces are complete.

Have a good day everyone. It’s the second day of my favorite month of the year!

jen (by jennifer)

SO pretty!

April 28, 2014

Thanks mom for the BEAUtiful anemone! It is in the ground and being watered in well with all this rain.


Where Did Day 4 Go?!

June 19, 2013

I painted all day yesterday and totally forgot to post … back to painting in just a bit. ¬†I’ll try to remember to post a photo of what I’ve accomplished. ¬†It’s watering can time!


see you soon


It’s ON!

May 15, 2013

I will be¬†participating in The Growing Place Gardener’s Art Festival – Enjoy the View – in Naperville, Ill., on June 22.

Watch for feature items and updates from now until then.

P.S. I don’t blame you for being skeptical about the number of posts between now and then…but my intentions are good!

See you soon ~

jen by jennifer

January 25, 2013

Wow! How pretty and HOW inspiring!

Sadie & Dasie

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Around the House …

April 24, 2012

I’m out of the office this week sleeping in, painting, painting, painting … and loving it!

Today I hope to get outside too and get some weed kill along the fences.¬† Who’d have thought that I would need¬†time to get in the yard to work¬†this early in the year.¬† I had planned on doing only indoor projects and painting when I planned this at home vacation.¬† Oh well.¬† I’ll take it all!¬† More later.¬†

Have a great Tuesday.

Christmas is really Sunday?

December 20, 2011

Not that I have ever been someone who is “into the holidays” but this year I can’t even believe ’tis the season. ¬†Is it the weather? ¬†Time passing too quickly? ¬†Too much to do at the office? ¬†Help me here. ¬†Anyone – what do you do to capture some holiday cheer when it just doesn’t seem to be here?

My friend HAD to have changed the name when she sent this to me, but it’s so perfect it fits (except – Um… ya’ll know the marriage thing isn’t the way I roll.)

Jennifer’s wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could dampen her excitement – not even her parent’s nasty divorce.

Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear, and would be the best-dressed mother-of-the-bride ever!

A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn that her father’s new, young wife had bought the exact same dress as her mother!

Jennifer asked her father’s new young wife to exchange it, but she refused. ”Absolutely not! I look like a million bucks in this dress, and I’m wearing it,” she replied.

Jennifer told her mother who graciously said, ”Never mind sweetheart. I’ll get another dress. After all, it’s your special day.”

A few days later, they went shopping, and did find another gorgeous dress for her mother.

When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked her mother, ”Aren’t you going to return the other dress? You really don’t have another occasion where you could wear it.”

Her mother just smiled and replied, ”Of course I do, dear…..I’m wearing it to the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.”

Cheers! to the great women in our lives.


Ok РHow cool is this?!  My niece is on the cover of the latest Joliet Junior College catalog. 

You may recognize her from earlier posts as she is the birthday cake creator of two of my all time favorite birthday cakes ever, and I have a picture of one of them from this year…¬† maybe I’ll have to post the Archie cake from last year at some point.¬†

Anyway, if it weren’t for my cousin having stayed with me last Friday night I would have thrown out the catalog without a second glance, BUT because he was there when I brought in the mail Saturday morning I put the mail on my desk in my office (I use those terms “desk” and “office” loosely).¬† So I was in there looking for something else when out of the corner of my eye I see Kirsten!¬† She is on the far right in the burgandy polo shirt.

I have referred to her as the “next Ace of Cakes” but that is not quite right.¬† Although she will be as creative and talented I’m certain… she will have her own spin no doubt and be leading a new wave not following an old one.¬† Cheers, Kirst!


aunt jen

Happy New Year!

January 5, 2010

Ok… so I’m a little late with posting that but it’s the first time I’m writing since before it so it still counts.¬† Kinda like if it’s the first time you see someone at work after the holiday, right?

What a great time we had!¬† Starting with an AWESOME Bears game Monday night the 28th.¬† My nephew Jake and I were a last minute addition to the planned event for brother Bill and our friend Carter.¬† Jake and I got a vibe as soon as we got out of the car… ask him – it’s true!¬† Here we are before the game.¬† As you can see the seats are almost all empty around us.¬† We got there early to make sure we infested the stadium with that winning vibe we had…

Notice Jake in just a hoodie but me in my down “sleeping bag” – ha!
The next day Jake and Bill followed Carter, Archie, and me out of town and headed to Missouri where we met up with Mom, Dad, Sam and Ely at M & D’s house.¬† Then began the multiple games of Scrabble, and two Euchre tournaments, bottle rockets to be shot, wine to be drank, munchies to be grazed upon…¬† good times.
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, too!
Now it’s down to business if this shop is going to open in May!
Cheers ~

Hello all –

If you have been reading along you may remember how excited and inspired I was when my mom and I went to a sale at the home of Kasey – Lola B’s Boutique – in St. Charles back in July.¬† Well, if you haven’t already, click the link to the right (to the right of this post) and visit her site and her blog.¬† She has made a decision to close her online store, but she is still planning¬†on having a sale in Spring out of her carriage house in St. Charles… I’ll keep you posted.

I just want to say meeting her and her friend Maisy are the reason I have this blog… and they are¬†inspiration for me to keep moving forward and get Jen by Jennifer open this spring.

Thanks Lola B’s!

I received the following email from a friend today.

“I received this from a friend:¬†

Their daughter-in-law, Emily (MacInnes) Somers, created, directed and choreographed this in Portland last week for her Medline glove division as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. This was all her idea to help promote their new pink gloves. I don’t know how she got so many employees, doctors and patients to participate, but it started to really catch on and they all had a lot of fun doing it.

When the video gets 1 million hits, Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital, as well as offering free mammograms for the community. Please check it out. It’s an easy and great way to donate to a wonderful cause, and who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer?”