All things cherry

Previously I mentioned I’m about to do something huge.. a new direction in my life.. that involves cherries.  Once the ink is dry on the contract, I’ll post details.


In the meantime, I thought I’d give links to some of my favorite cherry-themed items on Etsy.

A vintage tablecloth,

A camera strap,

An ipod or cellphone case ,

A cupcake bath bomb with a cherry on top,

A Cherry Blossom Silver Ring

A Cherry key fob

If you’d like to see what I have listed on Etsy that are cherry-themed, here they are.

sandals on the dock, cherry blossom, and cherry on a plate.

Do you have any cherry themed items to share?  If so, post a comment!



August 7, 2008 at 12:39 pm 2 comments

I’d give my right arm for…

How many times have you said that?  Probably as many as I have.

But in the last few days, I’m saying just the opposite..

You see, a few nights ago I must have slept on it, because when I woke up, it KILLED.  The major muscle in my upper arm (at this point I should google it to get the technical name but I’ll leave that to you) is worthless.  Even making writing this post is torture!  he he.

Add to that inconvenience, I’m out of town and my primary duties for the next 4 days are to drive the kid back and forth to hockey training camp and to knock out my business plan for a company I’m going to buy.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m sleeping on the sofa bed in our ‘suite’?  We decided that whoever has the king sized bed has to relinquish control of the tv at night.  I may have to rethink that.

So, since this is the only place I can really complain about my pain this week, there ya go.  The kid, who is using every bit of strength he has to get through 2 hours of off-ice training in 87 degree heat, then skating for another 2 hours, just doesn’t want to hear about my sore arm.

So I’m off to get some Ben Gay for today and Tylenol PM for tonight.

Thanks for listening!

August 6, 2008 at 8:30 am 3 comments

Blueberries in the Cherry Capital

After my street sale excursion yesterday, I drove up to Buchan’s Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries.

The farm is almost at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula.  I drove the scenic Peninsula Drive to get there.  Sheer torture, I tell you!

I can’t believe I’ve lived here for 16 years and never knew about this place.  I would love to have brought my kids here.  Some of the blueberries were the size of grapes, and you could sit down in front of a bush and pick dozens in one spot!  In fact, that’s exactly what I did..

Two hours later, dripping with sweat (sorry for that visual), with 12 pounds of blueberries in my buckets, I was ready to call it quits.  I think I photographed everything BUT the blueberries in the buckets.  Oh yeah, and my body dripping with sweat.  Lucky you.

Here are some pretty pictures I took at their farm to get those awful images out of your head.

When I got home I put most of the berries directly into the freezer.  Minus the pound or so I ate in the car on the way home.

They freeze so nicely and are great to snack on.. frozen or fresh.


This is the place where I post a scrumptious recipe that I will use with the blueberries.  Unfortunately, I don’t cook, bake, or can.  Good thing I wasn’t born a pilgrim.

August 2, 2008 at 10:40 am 7 comments


Today is my absolute favorite day in Traverse City.

I like today better than the National Cherry Festival, better than the Traverse City Film Festival, and better than any perfect blue sky 75 degree summer day.

For today, the first Friday in August, is the downtown STREET SALE!!!

Now those of you who live in a big city might think this is rather puny, but our downtown is vibrant and alive.  The closest major city is 2.5 hours away.  In fact, we are THE largest city in Northern Michigan.

Anyway, I arrived at 7am, in time to meet my friends for a quick latte, then I did some serious shopping.

Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures yet of what I bought!

Stay tuned..







August 1, 2008 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment


I’m drowning in boring paperwork for my new venture (see below), so I thought I’d show off one of my favorite Etsy sellers.

Nicholasandfelice make the most amazing silver jewelry!

Here are a few lovely samples in their shop:

Three Little Swirls All in a Row Sterling Silver EarringsBright and Shiny Olive Green and Teal Glass Earrings Ebb and Flow Swinging Spiral Aluminum EarringsHappy Little Orange Flower and Leaves EarringsSpiral Swirls Small Aluminum Wirework Barrette

Actually, I just bought the first two..  

Can’t.  Resist.  Earrings.

Anyways, its not that they NEED more exposure, they are very successful.  But with over 3000 sales and ONE HUNDRED PERCENT positive feedback, they deserve it!

July 31, 2008 at 3:17 pm 1 comment


I am ready to embark on a new adventure!  There is a retail store in my town that I’ve been just DYING to purchase and manage.  No details yet, until the signatures are dry on the contract I don’t want to give too many details.  I have a handshake agreement with the owner, so it looks like its really happening!  My first meeting with the lawyer is today.

Most of my friends know what I’m doing, but I’ll give you a hint:

In the meantime, I’m destashing in a big way.  Organizing my home life will help my brain stay uncluttered for all of the decisions I have to make in the next month. 

More to come!

July 30, 2008 at 10:42 am 2 comments


I love to knit (hence the Etsy store name, JMillenLovesToKnit)..

I also love to use the word HENCE.  He he.

I have made so many chemo caps in the last 2 years that I can literally knit them in my sleep.  I went to see Mama Mia the other night and REALLY wanted to take my knitting… but chickened out.  Maybe next time.

Here are some hats, one is for sale in my shop and the other is going to the oncologist to put in the ‘free hats’ basket.

For some reason I also like to knit baby hats, but there are no babies in my life right now.  The kids are in college and we hope to keep it that way for a few more years!  So I have to list them on Etsy.  Here’s one, I call it the bling hat:

Sure wish I had a real live model!  Some day..

July 29, 2008 at 11:32 am 1 comment

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