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Belated Blog Tour


I’m the worst. A few weeks ago, my dear friend Alex asked me to be part of a blog tour.


I agreed, wrote my post that was supposed to go up on Monday, and scheduled it for NEXT Monday. Which is basically a perfect example of how my brain is functioning these days. HASHTAG I NEED A VACATION.

Anyway, the idea of the blog tour is to get bloggers talking about their personal writing process.

1) What am I working on?

Professionally, ‘writer’ is one of the many hats I wear. This is an extremely busy time of the year at my job as we are getting ready to launch spring/summer events and reprint our annual brochures and visitor guides (so. much. editing.). Which means – – personal blogging has taken a back seat lately. We got rid of cable in December, and I vowed to spend more time crafting and blogging instead of watching television. Well, I’m proud to say that I’ve gotten back into my craft room, I just haven’t bothered to take any photos and share on this space.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmmrph. I don’t know how to answer this one. When I started this blog 5 (FIVE!!) years ago, I just wanted to share my process of finding a job post-college with family and perhaps a few friends. Over the years, I’ve shared a fair amount of crafts, party details, and tutorials, but I also use this blog as a diary of our travels and daily happenings. So basically, my work is different because it’s about me. And let’s be honest, I’m a little different ;)
3) Why do I write what I do?

I have always loved to write. I’m super lucky that I get paid to write at my day job, but there’s something so freeing and inspirational about an outlet where I can write whatever I please. I have many half-finished essays saved in my drafts folder that never get published, but sometimes that can be just as therapeutic.
4) How does your writing process work?

Whenever I help host a party or take a trip and remember to lug out the big camera, a blog post usually follows. Some posts are not so second nature and come from my lifelong love of writing boring essays and English papers. Kidding. Kind of. Usually, when an idea for a post strikes, I will start a note in my phone for later or leave myself a audio message (man, I’ve got some doozies saved). I like to write late at night to the lullaby of classical music reality television.

You’re supposed to have other bloggers continue the tour, but I’m the worst (see above) and, you know, didn’t.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Previously On…


Let’s pretend this blog {my life} is a television show coming back from a mid-season hiatus.

Yes, that’s way more fun than saying I got caught up in work and life and a physically and mentally taxing winter.

Ahem. {Cue Voiceover}

Previously on Jessi Makes Things:  Jessi showed you a ‘typical’ day in her life, her nephew’s third birthday party, and some cute and easy baby shower gifts.


Here’s what you missed since my last, err, episode aired.

Friends, hikes, work, birthdays.

Specifically, I went ice skating for the first time for my friend Maura’s birthday. It was as terrifying as you would expect for someone as clumsy as myself. I also hung out with Bill Clinton that night. No big deal, we’re old pals. Jacob turned 28 and we celebrated with an arcade party complete with a Star Wars cake and many rounds of tabletop Frogger. We are refinishing our dining room set and it has turned into the neverending project (don’t they all?).


Last week, our friend Ricky turned 30 and his fiancee Haley threw him a surprise dinner at one of our favorite breweries in town. I volunteered to do the decorations because, you know, party decor is my heroine.


I designed some growler labels with Ricky’s mug on ’em and my sister bought some matching balloons to tie to the handles. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.


Bonus: They fill any growlers at Apple Blossom, so Ricky got to take home a growler full of birthday beer

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The gang minus Josh and Alex. Happy Birthday, Rick!


I suppose a lot more has happened in the -gulp- month and a half since I last posted, but you know sitcoms (god, I hope my life is a sitcom and not a drama- or a murder mystery!?) these days have such short run times, so I better go.

Next week on Jessi Makes Things: I have an essay on travel and a bunch of deep existential thoughts that I have started and erased about six times already, so hopefully I’ll suck it up and post that soon.

Last but certainly not least, my dear, incredibly strong friend Alex is undergoing radiation today for her thyroid cancer so hop over to her blog and leave an encouraging comment or think good thoughts, will you?

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