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Detachable Collar-DIY / Crop Floral Top-Kensie / Harem Pant-Zara  / Purple Ruffle Heel-Zara / Spike Bangles-Collete and Dotti / Red Head Band-Sportgirl / Forest Green Faux Snakeskin Clutch – H&M

Its spring again! The weather is getting warmer and the birdies seem to be chirping even louder than usual in Cairns. I have really enjoyed the pool side the last few weeks now that the water is getting warmer. A new season makes me happy as it brings exciting new changes. However, for a certain tiny reason I wish that spring would last forever and summer didn’t have to follow. Did I just say that? I guess I am a Cairns girl now. Summer brings the irritating humidity that plasters my hair to my head and makes my skin feel like I’m in a constant work out at the gym. It is really disturbing. I’m hopeful that I’ve acclimatized a little better than I had last summer.

On a closet note, I’ve been forcing myself to step out of my “black” comfort zone and really start grabbing more colorful pieces in my wardrobe. I love the versatility of all my black and neutral pieces, however, it’s too comfortable for me. I challenged myself this week not to grab my black (staple), wintery items and go for a more colorful and vibrant, spring-filled outfit. I felt fun and spunky without my black, which gave me a little more pep in my step. Also, if you’re wondering if I chopped my long locks off…I tricked you!!! I’ve been really into the faux bob lately. It makes me feel like a new woman. What do you think?

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This past weekend my husband and I spent in Maple Ridge, BC at my Borowko Family Reunion.  The Borowko’s are my mom’s family and includes her two brothers, their wives, their kids and their kids kids.  There were 25 of us that spent the weekend at my Uncle Gary and Auntie Maxine’s acreage – and it was AMAZING!!

I have wanted to take an iphone cleanse as it seems I check my Instagram and Facebook way too often, and thought this weekend would be the perfect opportunity.  I thoroughly enjoyed the beauty that surrounded me, and loved visiting with family that I so rarely get to see, without the distraction.  It was a success – and something I will be doing again – have you ever tried?!

So instead of having my face in my phone, I went on a long walk and chatted with my beautiful cousins, ate wild berries picked fresh from the bush, shot a shotgun, got to know my cousins children who were SO funny and sweet, played with my amazingly cute nephew for hours, drank coffee, shared stories of my life with Matt and just soaked up every minute of precious time spent with my extended family.ImageImage

This barn is a crafters dream.  If you climb the rickety stairs you stumble upon more than a dozen sewing machines, fabric that fills up the shelves, and my Aunts creative magic draped everywhere.  I think a day of crafting in this barn is something that needs to happen in the near future…

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 There were two main events during the weekend.  The first was a Talent Show, that featured some real family talent, along with some really good efforts!  Nearly everyone participated and it made for such a funny family bonding night.

The second event was the ‘Not So Tough Mudder’.  My cousin participated in the real tough mudder this last year and this family friendly event was inspired by her.  If you click on the link, it will take you to a video of the events that the real tough mudder participants go through.  Our ‘not so tough mudder’ was intense, but not quite the level you see in the video.  Our mudder started with dressing up in play clothes and included riveting events such as a cherry pit spitting contest, hopscotch, bobbing for apricots and a rest station – to eat the apricot you bobbed.  We had so many good laughs, especially when my dad came out in a fur coat and granny hat!

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Finally, I know I haven’t posted a craft or DIY, but I have some good ones in the works!  I’ll leave you with this little food project that my mom and I worked on during the weekend.  We were celebrating my Aunts birthday who is a retired dental hygienist.  This teeth inspired snack was one that everyone loved.  The marshmallow teeth are held in between the apple lips with a little spread of peanut butter!  This could be a cute snack for so many occasions!

I hope you all have had time to enjoy your family this summer…we can’t wait to see our Australia family in 17 short weeks!

xo

Jillian Marie

This past week …

This past week was Jord and I’s whopping 2nd wedding anniversary.  We made it!! I get so excited when our anniversary comes, its almost as exciting as both of our birthday’s combined. I nearly forget about it each year and then when I realize the few weeks before its such a delightful surprise! It makes me dream of the future and reminds me of all the lovely memories we’ve shared in the past. One in particular was Jord and I’s fairytale first encounter. Strangers from the same city and determined to see the world, we set out on an trip of a lifetime. Jordan was traveling the world with his brother (Jillian’s hubby) and I was backpacking through Europe with my girlfriend. We both happened to be in the same traveler’s calling center in Rome, Italy at the same time and Jordan got up the courage to introduce himself. The chance encounter in Rome was only the start as we learned that we had the same travel plans from the next day, right through to the following week. Through Rome, Athens and then Santorini, there was no denying that the “Big Guy” and His divine intervention wanted us to meet.

I dug up some old pictures from yester-year.
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This year for our anniversary, Jordan had the romantic idea to make a weekend out of it and re-live our meeting in the Mediterranean.  We rented scooters and cruised around Cairns, we went for a Mediterranean-inspired dinner the first night, and Jordan made me a delicious Greek souvlaki meal the other night.  The weekend felt as though we were almost there again. We felt young and carefree, it was pure bliss. My face still hurts from my constant smile.  A reminder of how much joy Jordan has brought to my life since meeting him 5 years ago. Life with my BFF just seems to be getting more and more wonderful. What’s your story? Send me an email about how you and your other half met. I’d love to hear from you! Email: mariejanelleblog@gmail.com.

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With all the reminiscing and re-living, I of COURSE had to come up with a look that I would like to wear if I were to go back to Greece. The Hi-Lo skirt is fun and flirty, the top is the color of the roofs in Santorini, and the hair and necklace add just the right amount of Greek Goddess!

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Brass Collar Necklace/Collete, Top/H&M, Hi-Lo Aztec Skirt/Kmart, Heels/Steve Madden

My Big Fat Greek Anniversary

This past week was Jord and I’s whopping 2nd wedding anniversary.  We made it!! I get so excited when our anniversary comes, its almost as exciting as both of our birthday’s combined. I nearly forget about it each year and then when I realize the few weeks before its such a delightful surprise! It makes me dream of the future and reminds me of all the lovely memories we’ve shared in the past. One in particular was Jord and I’s fairytale first encounter. Strangers from the same city and determined to see the world, we set out on an trip of a lifetime. Jordan was traveling the world with his brother (Jillian’s hubby) and I was backpacking through Europe with my girlfriend. We both happened to be in the same traveler’s calling center in Rome, Italy at the same time and Jordan got up the courage to introduce himself. The chance encounter in Rome was only the start as we learned that we had the same travel plans from the next day, right through to the following week. Through Rome, Athens and then Santorini, there was no denying that the “Big Guy” and His divine intervention wanted us to meet.

I dug up some old pictures from yester-year.

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This year for our anniversary, Jordan had the romantic idea to make a weekend out of it and re-live our meeting in the Mediterranean.  We rented scooters and cruised around Cairns, we went for a Mediterranean-inspired dinner the first night, and Jordan made me a delicious Greek souvlaki meal the other night.  The weekend felt as though we were almost there again. We felt young and carefree, it was pure bliss. My face still hurts from my constant smile.  A reminder of how much joy Jordan has brought to my life since meeting him 5 years ago. Life with my BFF just seems to be getting more and more wonderful. What’s your story? Send me an email about how you and your other half met. I’d love to hear from you! Email: mariejanelleblog@gmail.com.

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With all the reminiscing and re-living, I of COURSE had to come up with a look that I would like to wear if I were to go back to Greece. The Hi-Lo skirt is fun and flirty, the top is the color of the roofs in Santorini, and the hair and necklace add just the right amount of Greek Goddess!

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Brass Collar Necklace/Collete, Top/H&M, Hi-Lo Aztec Skirt/Kmart, Heels/Steve Madden

  It’s Tuesd…

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It’s Tuesday!!!  I hope all you Canadians had a fabulous long weekend!  The weather here in Vancouver was to die for, and the hubs and i thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

The idea of using paint chip samples to make jewellery has been popping up all around me it seems.  I didn’t think much of the idea, until I spotted this design, and I was suddenly sold.  I had to try it!  I went to my local Home Depot and picked up some free paint chip samples, stopped at Michaels for some jewellery accessories and I was set!

I knew I wanted to try the fun geometric shape that I had spotted, but also like to add my own twist.  I came up with two different kinds of earrings, as well as an anklet and a necklace!  The options are really endless, and what I love about paint chips is the price (hello FREE!!!), sturdy paper, and automatic ombre selection!!

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I don’t have pictures of the process, as it is quite simple.  All you need to do is cut your shape:  I measured my triangles to make sure they were all the same and used either a quarter or a dime to trace for the circles.  Next, with a pin, put a hole where you will be adding the jewellery loop.  I bought the chain and loops at Michaels, like I said earlier – they have a massive jewellery making section.

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Here is a nice closeup…notice that where three ‘flags’ meet, I used three rings.  In my original one I just used one ring to hold all the three corners together, and it didn’t work as well.

Here are the finished necklaces:

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What I also love about these earrings, is they are SO light!  Heavy earrings can be painful and stretch out our nicely pierced ears to a nasty length!

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The finished anklet:

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I quite enjoyed making these and seriously have so many more ideas for shapes, colours and styles!

What will you make with paint chips?  Email your creations – we’d love to check them out!!

mariejanelleblog@gmail.com

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xo

JIllian Marie