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Friday, February 10, 2012


after a year or so of not blogging, and one hell of a year or two...I am back!
I have started a new blog called jillyellow. You can find me at    Please please follow me again.
I have been through so much but am stronger than ever now:)

Have a great weekend.
XOX Jill

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I have a confession to make...
I haven't posted since the start of Memorial Day weekend...a post stating my holiday weekend plans...starting with the Sex in the City  movie and ending with watching the Memorial Day parade on Monday... None of it ever materialized except for seeing Sex in the City 2 and then on Saturday morning we had one last fight which changed my life for ever. I left my husband after 23 years of marriage.

I had posted my plans, hoping that if I planned and wrote it all down as I wanted it to happen then it would materialize. More often than not, my weekend is gone without really doing much of anything... As a matter of fact, we have been in a survival mode for the past several years. Our family has endured a lot of stress over the past 7 or 8 years...the collapse of my husband's business, a horrific accident involving my 14 year olds hand when he was 9,which caused much conflict between my husband and I involving a lawsuit, much financial stress and the slow death of our once solid marriage.There has been no abuse or infedelity on either side, just two people who fell in love young at 19 and 24 years old... We have been in counseling for years, for both our marriage and individual therapy to try to get our lives back on track.

With my husband out of work for the past three years and my return to work full time,our daughter in college and 2 teen boys who will be going just around the corner, the stress level has been sky high to say the least. Our communication skills with each each other have never stellar but during these times of stress things had gotten so bad that we were avoiding each other in order to avoid conflict. Our home was no longer the happy safe haven it had once been and for years now I have grieving the loss of the marriage and man I once knew. I was constantly thinking that I could stick it out until my youngest child was out of high school which would be 4 more years.

I found myself feeling hopeless for our future and felt as though my husband was drowning and pulling me and my children under with him, and knew if I didn't do something....nothing was going to change. It has been the hardest thing I have ever done even though I am sure I have made the right decision.

I am a mixed bag of emotions....I feel strong and empowered, and that I am being true to myself for the first time in a long time....but at the same time scared loney, relieved, happy sad, and confused about how I ended up here... Mostly heartbroken for my children who are adjusting the best that they can with the help of a wonderful family and child therapist.

I felt before I could go on writing on my blog....I needed to let you all know. The focus of my blog before was all positive posts and posting favorites etsy products, websites or cool videos...I hadn't posted much about my life or family because I was going through such a difficult time. My blog was my escape. It will still be positive because I am generally not a negative person...but I'm sure I will be sharing a little more about my life since this is such a major change for me.

I've decided to change the name of my blog to...
Clean Slate
I'm starting a new chapter in the book of life, and I know its not going to be easy...I can use all the support I can get so please feel free to give me advice or encouragement if you have been through sonething similar! Thanks and have a great day!

Please follow me at my new web address

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

I wish you all a fun but safe Memorial Day weekend...Take time  to slow down and enjoy the long holiday weekend if you are not working... I know I definitely need reminders to make a plan or time just gets away from me and I end up just puttering around the house, trying to clean and make order....(I have 3 teenagers)  but this weekend I have planned ahead so that won't happen...

 My weekend  will be kicked off tonight by going to the late show to see Sex and the City 2 with my husband...(can you believe he will go with me? )... farmers market in the am and then some planting and working in my garden tomorrow..... and the rest of the day to relax.... (I 'm going to try anyway!)

One of my co-workers won 2 tickets to an outdoor music festival on Sunday and invited me to go with her!  I think I am going to see if I can sneak away for the day and go with her.... It is at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY and is a wonderful outdoor theater which is the summer home to the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra.... The grounds are beautiful and they have wonderful summer concerts there.... lots of great  people watching and lots of great pictures... along with the music of course...

Monday we will go to the Memorial Day parade in town....we usually ride our bikes down to the main street and then watch the parade from my husbands office which is on the main street...

Probably a barbecue with my parents on Sunday.....and another day off on exciting!
Have a wonderful holiday weekend to all of you and I will post pictures and sum up my weekend on Monday....

XO Jill

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cool Etsy Find...

One of my latest favorite etsys find is a shop from Sedona Arizona called YAVA Glass. They specialize in taking recycled beverage bottles with screen-printed labels and converting them into decorative glassware. Very very cool....These are my favorites but check out their shop. There's lots of really great glasses and even glass jewelry.....
I love etsy!                

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Animal Art....

As an etsy shop owner, I love to support other artists there and I recently stumbled across Alison's shop, Eastwicking.... She is from Wales and she paints the most beautiful original watercolors of animals at such reasonable prices...I love her work. My favorite is the Jack Russell Terrior but I may be partial since I have one of my own....Which one is your favorite?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Collage of Frames

Michelle from Three Men and a Lady posted such a great idea for a way to make a collage on a bare white wall.... She takes old mirrors and antique frames and paints them for a classic white on white look....I love it! It gives a white wall a bit of texture without being too busy... She has an incredible sense of style....This is one idea that I'm going to have to steal!

Thanks for the tip Michelle! You're amazing...

Happy Monday!

A funny video to start off your week by an Austrailian Art Director using motion animation.....Great idea...Have a wonderful week!

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