This is all I ask . . .

Nat King Cole, prevalent in my father's repertoire of music choices . . . and then you find yourself telling someone about a song of his and you are right back there hearing it . .  and it's skip. Yes yes yes, the vinyl skipped at the same place e v e r y single time it played . . . making it a memory that each sibling knows to the bone!!    Really, the song was written no other way! I tell you!

"Wandering rainbows, leave a bit of color for my heart to own
Stars in the sky, make my wish come true before the night has flown
And let the music playyyyyy as longggg as there's a song to sing
to sing
to sing
to sing

Then I will stay younger than Spring."

(I guess it was a Sinatra song, but in our home, Nat King Cole sang it day in and day out).

. . .and the Band Played On . . .

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SO what is it about when songs just pop out of nowhere and permeate your thoughts... this one arrived today and had me thinking about my Mom playing it and I had to track down what I could on it... and there wasn't much either!!  . . . I was thinking about the upcoming New Year....
Casey would waltz with a strawberry blonde
And the band played on;
He'd glide 'cross the floor with the girl he adored
And the band played on;
But his brain was so loaded it nearly exploded
The poor girl would shake with alarm;
He'd ne'er leave the girl with the strawberry curls
And the band played on.


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This is the time of year when upcycling takes on a life of its own. All that means is... busy busy! Thank you ahead of time for planning gift giving and personal shopping early!  Makes for an easier season all the way around the block ... errr world!  Come see what's new and always popular at my online shop over here at  - Thanks!  Jane of zJayne

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Peace and Vote, because you can!


Jack or Prince - What's your pleasure!

Jack in the Pulpit, Prince in the Pulpit, Priest in a Pulpit, King in a Pulpit . . .

This little cluster is growing right outside my door . . . and when the chipmunks leave them alone, I enjoy them every single day! I recently had the pleasure of sharing this plant with a boy scout who had not had it on their list of plants to find and learn about. It's pretty cool to introduce a favorite plant to another. In the process I learned more about my prince too. It's quite an evolved plant and according to my daughter "they only have berries if they decide to be female that year, they have to store up a lot of nutrients in their corms to have the energy to make seeds and stick around all summer." 

Everything evolves. . . sometimes in ways that we don't even see coming! Now that reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw out in California near my sista's abode . . . "Oh, evolve".

Enjoy! Learn something new everyday and tell someone about it too.


Custom Me This

Custom drawstring pouches are uniquely made from tShirt fonts, pieces and parts. Every morsel of material is creatively incorporated into a soft and cozy pouch, sizes can vary. Great uses for storage, Easter baskets, gift giving, credit cards, cell phones, iPads, techie tablets and labtops. . . it's endless their uses.

Color preferences are welcomed as well. Here are just some designs that are already in use.


What are you using in your laundry dryer?

I ask this question over and over again. Go Green, Start Here! Really, start with an eco friendly product like mine that you can find in my Etsy shop, at Green Depot (New York, San Francisco or Online),
The GreenBee in Kent, Ohio and other locations, just ask me.

Important details: Reusable, Long Lasting, no chemicals. Male, Female and Child & Baby friendly.
handmade with recycled t-shirt sleeves, pieces and parts!
Upcycled, no new tShirts were harmed to make this item.
*Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

More Info:
Þ fragrant organic lavender buds inside
Þ double secured (see last pic, separate sewn pouch inside)
– no buds sneaking their way out, no way, no how!
Þ Pillows are "reusable" not "refillable"
Þ Keep in a covered container to last 4-6-9 mos.
- Renew them with scrunch/crunch of pillow
Þ eco-friendly
Þ pose as a quick sachet for camping, closets, car freshener, drawers and more. . .
Þ made with 100% upcycled tshirt material
Þ Size Approx. 4” x 4” each


New Year to You and You and You~ You know who you are!

It happens... the year goes by and you're wondering where it went. Not me! I know where it went and what I was doing - just don't ask me to prove it! Whatever am I talking about. Well, for me, this was my first year truly, madly, deeply making every effort available to be ever present and aware of my environment, what I'm drawing into my life and where my thoughts head when I'm not staying present. Should that make no sense to the reader... that's okay... it's all about me this time! Oh wait, it's always about me. hahahha... truth be told, it's about us a l l .... we are one... connected in ways we don't even begin to realize. I applaud you for nodding right now.

It's the New Year - You know what to do!  be amazing

A simple inspirational quote that speaks for itself. Find it right here from lyricbrock

Pop Up - Collective Upcycle "Brilliant Mix of Energy"

Seriously, it happens, people step out of their comfort zones and make things happen. Then they take on a life of their own and the next thing you know . . . a creative energy emerges! Okay, this is my take on a group of local talented artists.  I have had the pleasure of participating in Collective Upcycle Pop Ups! 

You'll want to check out the links provided in this brief post to really get a feel for what a Pop Up is. . . when they come about . . . and how they evolve from a vacant store front to a shoppers delight!

Beginning Thursday, November 17th with an Artists Open House (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m) (kind of a meet & greet with wine & tasty treats) - Collective Upcycle  -  holiday pop-up will be open  12pm - 8 pm, Thursdays through Sundays from November 17th to December 24th. 13226 Shaker Square,Cleveland 44120, (between Yours Truly and Fire Food & Drink).

It takes a Village (so its been said) - but I tell you that Nicole, Renee, Megan and Lauren - make things happen!  Introduce yourself (ask to meet when you stop and shop) and shake their hand to draw in some of that amazing energy!

How can you help you say?

* to upcycle is to creatively alter or repurpose leftover materials in a way that changes their use & adds value to them.