Things that shine created by a person that shines: “Mynewfavoriteweek’ly Inspiration”


Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases” ~Samuel Johnson

As you may or may not know, I love and am inspired by pretty, lovely, and crafty things (although I am not at all crafty).  One of the things I love is all things fashion which includes jewelry.  My sister and I often joked we would like to make jewelry and do it across country from one another and then sell it, but, what I know to be true about myself, is that I do not have the patience or the focus to do this very focused and creative task. I am the person that when something isn’t working, I first look at it closely and then hit it hoping it might fix whatever the problem is.   My friend Jen, is thankfully oh so different than me, for not only does she make jewelry, she makes beautiful, awesome, delicate, “where did you get those earrings, necklace?” jewelry and ahem, it’s affordable.

I have known Jen for 7  years now. She is beyond an acquaintance to a very lovely friend who I admire for so many reasons.  In addition to the pursuit of her craft, she is a mother, philanthropist, community leader and inspiration to many that know her.  Just today, I dropped a check in the mail for a family she is coordinating a Christmas for, just because they have fallen on very hard times.  It is her time and energy she gives to these types of families as well as organizations in her area.

Her philanthropist heart came full circle earlier this year, when Jen and her husband, who is one of KSP’s best friends from college, unexpectedly made the effort to join us in our March of Dimes March for Babies,  Pruitt Wondertiwns Team walk.  To have them show up with their beautiful daughter and potentially Q’s future prom date, C, was such a spectacular show of friendship and we were and are so grateful.

As the holiday season is here, and I recently needed to come up with a gift from some family and friends, I simply looked down at my own neck which holds a necklace close to my heart bearing the engraved initials of E and Q, and I knew exactly what I am going to give a few special folks, and then it hit me. I needed to share this wonderful woman and crafts person with all of you through “‘Mynewfavoriteweek’ly Inspiration” interview.  Jen, made this necklace for me just after my babies were born and I subsequently gave one to my sister after my niece was born.

In the true form of who Jen is and what she represents, even as we talked about her interview, she offered to create a special code and discount for my readers where you will get 10% off each item purchased and 25% of the pre-tax proceeds from sales will go to benefit The Pruitt Wondertwins 2012 March of Dimes team.  Being that we were just asked to be the Ambassador Family for the 2012 March for Babies walk, I couldn’t be more excited and grateful. It’s the best of both worlds, amazing jewelry that people will love and a way to raise funds for our March for Babies team.  Giving and getting with the same click of a button (see the details at the end of this interview!)

I am pretty sure, you get the idea about “who” Jen is, but I want her to tell you in her own words so you can see just why she is “Mynewfavoriteweek’ly Inspiration.”  It is my honor to introduce you my friend and jewelry maker Jennifer from JLynn Jewelry.

Shannon:  What inspired you to want to make jewelry?

Jen: The funny thing is that I wasn’t initially inspired to make jewelry.  It started out with me trying to repair a necklace that had broken.  After I’d successfully done that, I wondered what else I could do.  I went back to the bead store, went straight home, and made my first necklace.  I found the process fun, and it was also exciting because I felt that I was good at it, and that I was picking it up quickly, as though I’d always made jewelry.  As I became better, and learned the nuances and techniques of jewelry making, the process became even more enjoyable, the way I imagine other artists feel as they learn a craft.  Making jewelry is also a rewarding thing to do because it’s something that can be shared with friends and family.

Shannon:  What is the first piece of jewelry you ever made?

Jen:  The first piece of jewelry I made was a long necklace, with gold pearls, and it could be layered in interesting and surprising ways.  I was shocked when a woman I’d never seen before asked me where I got the necklace.  I didn’t quite know how to respond; I laughed for a moment, blushed a little, and said that I’d made it myself.  She said it was beautiful and asked whether I was a jeweler.  I said “no, not really,” but as I drove home I started thinking about the possibilities of turning this fun and interesting new hobby into  something more.

Shannon:  What would you suggest to people who might be interested in starting their own business?

 Jen:  It takes a lot of time so be prepared to work all the time!

Shannon:  What is your dream for JLynn jewelry?

Jen:  I love that I make every piece myself and I want to keep it that way.  I would love to open my line in boutiques across the country.  I also would like to join forces with various charities and non-profits by creating pieces that will generate revenue for their organizations.

Shannon:  You are heavily involved in non-profit work, how do you marry the 2 worlds and be a mom and wife?

Jen:  I love giving back to my community and helping people and animals in need.  This has always been a major part of my life.  When I was little I was always bringing home stray or wounded animals to help rehabilitate them.  As I got older, my volunteer work became more involved.  I volunteer for a local non-profit that fundraises for other agencies and runs its own community outreach programs for people in need in the area.  I regularly donate to non-profits and volunteer my time when possible.  After having our daughter in 2009, I was laid off from my professional career.  This was the best thing that could have happened.  It motivated me to be more serious about JLynn Jewelry but also freed up my time to continue my volunteer work in the community.  Being a mother is a full-time job but it has taught me so much about setting priorities and not taking on more than I can handle.  I never want to look back on my daughter’s early years and regret that I was not there for her when she needed me.  My husband has also been very supportive and has encouraged me each step of the way as the jewelry business has expanded, including extended babysitting sessions when I have a deadline to fill a jewelry order.

Shannon:  How did you make the choice to pursue making jewelry full time?

Jen:  Making the decision to turn my hobby into a business was at times, scary.  You have to put yourself out there and be willing to accept that not everyone will fall in love with what you have to offer.  I think this decision came out of necessity—I needed to have some sort of income—but also because I was intrigued and wanted to see how far it could go.

Shannon:  How do you feel now that you have taken this step?

 Jen:  Being your own boss can be wonderful but stressful.  Especially in a one-person operation!  There is no one to turn to when things are not going well.  I also tend to be very critical of myself and often times set deadlines or goals that push me to my limits.  With that said, I love every minute of it.

Shannon:  What are three things you would want people to know about you and JLynn Jewelry?

Jen:

  1. My jewelry collection expresses who I am and what I love.
  2. I am a friendly and outgoing person that can make friends with just about anyone.  My jewelry line appeals to young and old, trendy and traditional.
  3. While I love nice things, I am not an extravagant person. For my jewelry collection, I hand-select each gemstone and only use the finest materials while still managing to keep the line affordably priced.

Shannon: What is your pearl of wisdom that can inspire yourself and others to make today ‘anewfavoriteday?’

Jen:  I heard this on NPR not too long ago and it has stuck with me ever since.  “If you want to be a good parent, fall in love with your child.”  I think this holds true in everything we do.

Perhaps you are catching on that I am so inspired by people that pursue their dreams and their passions. Jen is one of these people.  She has done it with grace and gumption and I love that.  She blends her craft with her delight in helping others and for me that most certainly makes today ‘mynewfavoriteday.’ If you would like to learn more about JLynn Jewelry, support her small business, give a lovely gift that also gives back to a very real cause which has impacted all of our children, then I would love and encourage you to please visit her site www.jlynn-jewelry.com Additionally, I will do my first ever giveaway, where I will buy one of Jen’s famous initials necklace and inscribe the initials (up to 4) of your choosing if you are selected from the folks that simply sign in on this post.  Nothing major, just a comment to say you were here or a meaningful comment, your choice.  I will then do a random selection and contact you to give you the necklace. I love Jen’s jewelry and I also love that she is willing to this for my little Pruitt Wondertwins team, so I want to help create a smile for someone special in your life when you give them one of her very special necklaces.

The custom initial neckalace I will be buying to give away.

To purchase and get the discount as well as make the donation based on your purchase, visit http://www.jlynn-jewelry.com/  and enter code “FAVORITEDAY” at check out and 25% of your total order (pre-tax) will be donated to March of Dimes.  In addition, you will receive 10% off!

I hope y’all feel as inspired as I do and that Jen’s amazing heart and passion will inspire you today to make today ‘yournewfavoriteday.’

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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19 Comments on “Things that shine created by a person that shines: “Mynewfavoriteweek’ly Inspiration””

  1. Leslie Prieto Says:

    Just ran across this from MASC (I thinks that’s right…) and I love that necklace! Thanks for sharing and I’m excited at a chance to win it!

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  2. Vickie Saenz-Brown Says:

    Wonderful interview. I started making jewelry myself quite by accident as well. I love the Samuel Johnson quote. Will definitely be checking out the website, still Christmas shopping and the March of Dimes is such a great cause.

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  3. Nis Says:

    I love jewelry! I have never purchased or been given one of the beautiful initial necklaces…and my cutie pie is 6 and 1/2 years old! What’s wrong with me?! 🙂 Thanks for the introduction to a wonderful artist!

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  4. bipolarbekr Says:

    Beautiful necklace!! I would give it to my sister who is going through a really rough time. She lost her home that she lived in for over 10 years, and for now is living with my parents. It is a full house there now, with my parents, 2 dogs, a 3 year old and two young adults (all her children). Come to think about it, maybe I should be giving it to my Mom, for having the patience and kindness to take all of them in. The initials would just be “B”.
    I will definitely be visiting her site!! 🙂

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    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      Wow! What a story….I am sorry to hear of your sister’s hardship. And it does sound like your mom is so lovely, patient and kind. I suppose that is what us moms are meant to be:). Such a thoughtful message to give this to her if you win it. B it will be.:) thanks for coming by….

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  5. Meghan McDermott Says:

    I love the necklace! I would give it to my friend and neighbor whose first and only baby girl will be turning 2 years old next week. Not only was she born over 10 weeks early, she had to have multiple surgeries to remove and correct the resulting scar from a hemangioma located above her eye. This new mom has struggled emotionally blaming herself for not being able to carry to full term, then having to travel to numerous surgeons and specialists to care for her fragile baby. It’s been heartbreaking! Luckily all has turned out well and the family is starting to live a normal life 🙂 This necklace would be a wonderful reminder to her that her struggles were worthwhile because she did it all for her beautiful daughter!! I forgot to mention this is a friend who helped me through my postpartum depression before she even had children and had no idea what I was going through. I would engrave it with her daughter’s initials, MM

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    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      This is so so lovely Meghan. It’s so reminiscent of what I felt when Jen gave me my necklace. IT was so all worth it. I love that she was there for you as well when you went through such a difficult time (ironically this will be a post in the next 2 weeks PPD). You are a great friend. Thank you for coming by and sharing your story. I will keep you posted on Friday!

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  6. Heather Says:

    What a beautiful necklace. I am excited for the chance to win it. I will be giving it to my sister who lost her baby at 22 weeks. A little boy named Jonathan. She is having a very hard time dealing with it and the initial of course would be “J” for her little angel baby. Thanks so much

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    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      Heather, this story breaks my heart and makes it soar at the same time. What a lovely gift to give your sister. I know little J would have been so blessed to have coem into your family. Your little angel baby nephew. I will say a prayer for your sister…I cannot imagine what she has been through, although I feel like maybe I have walked a line close beside her. I am cheering for you all. Thank you for sharing this story. You have moved my heart.

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  7. Meg Says:

    Another great post…
    Beautiful jewelery!! I would give the necklace to my best friend for her 30th birthday. She lives across the country from me, but, for the first time in 10 years, we will get to celebrate a birthday together. I can’t wait!!

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  8. Theresa Wright Says:

    Shannon,
    I feel so inspired after reading your posts! How and why we do what we do really helps others! Thank you for sharing your insights!

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  9. Transitioning Mom Says:

    ““If you want to be a good parent, fall in love with your child.” I think this holds true in everything we do.”

    Love that. Another fabulous post!

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  10. eof737 Says:

    That is a pretty necklace.. I love simple jewelry. 🙂

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  1. The winner of the beautiful charm necklace and an amazing story… | mynewfavoriteday - December 15, 2011

    […] the necklace too, which in some ways was not unlike the very way I received my own necklace from Jen who makes them and sparked this opportunity to begin with. “Meghan McDermott Says: December 12, 2011 at 10:16 am eI love the necklace! I would give it […]

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