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We created the puzzle piece after the Autism Society Bayou contacted us to design a pendant for the 6th Annual Hunting For The Missing Pieces 5k fund raising event. On the left, the puzzle pieces are made of bronze and are available horizontally or vertically. On the right, the puzzle pendants are made of fine silver and available with or without stones. The fundraiser is set for March 15th at Morgan City Junior High.
One of our favorite things is to see who or what (you'll see what we're talking about) is wearing our jewelry. Here are some of those pictures. Thanks for your support!
Erin looks adorable sporting our Cowbell Mississippi pendant in all of her Hail State gear!
Wendy is wearing our Jenn & Jill fine silver pelican!
Sheri is wearing her Jenn & Jill white Louisiana pendant with pink Fleur de Lis for Breast Cancer awareness month.
Lauren and Erin wearing their "Need More Cowbell" necklaces! Go State, if they are not playing LSU!
We spotted Mrs. Sandy in the ticket booth at a local fair wearing our silver pelican. She and her daughter, Rachel have quite a few pieces of our jewelry.
Michelle, Jordan & Melissa all bought Jenn & Jill jewelry at the Harrison Avenue Marketplace in Lakeview! Michelle is wearing the purple with gold Fleur de Lis Louisiana pin, Jordan has on the camo Louisiana pendant and silver Louisiana with a stone in New Orleans.
Lauren & Erin look gorgeous wearing their "Jenn & Jill" bronze and copper Mississippi pendants!
Geaux Rummel! Micki and Amy wore custom "Jenn & Jill" pendants to cheer on the Raiders at the State Championship!
Carlette already had a "Jenn & Jill" Louisiana pendant, but she came back to the Basketry Holiday Open House to buy our Bronze pelican.
Check out Maddie! She looks great with her "Jenn & Jill" bronze pelican pendant.
Stephanie and Jill are wearing "Jenn & Jill" bronze pelicans at the Destrehan Plantation Fest.
Jennifer is a loyal "Jenn & Jill" customer. Here, she is with Jenn wearing the black Louisiana pendant with fleur de lis.
Kerri is wearing a "Jenn & Jill" black and gold swirl Louisiana pendant.
St Charles Parish Councilwoman Wendy Benedetto and her daughter, we love that she wears her "Jenn & Jill" pelican everywhere!
It is hard to see but Judy is wearing a "Jenn & Jill" gold Louisiana pendant with black Fleur de Lis.
We met Linda at the Perino's Christmas Open House. She bought a "Jenn & Jill" black and gold polymer clay pendant as well as our silver Louisiana pendant with pink stone.
Jackie won a "Jenn & Jill" black Louisiana pendant with gold fleur de lis at the Women's New Life Center Annual Fais Do Do.
Mary Lou won a "Jenn & Jill" black Louisiana pendant with gold fleur de lis at the Daughter's of Isabella Annual Tea and Auction.
Nancy got her silver "Jenn & Jill" Louisiana pendant from the Basketry in Luling!
This is one of the organizers of the Nick Digerolamo fundraiser. We're told they raised a lot of money. Our "Jenn & Jill" gold Louisiana pendant with black fleur de lis was part of the silent auction!
This precious kangaroo looks fabulous in this "Jenn & Jill" silver Louisiana pendant!
Bobby of "Bag of Donuts" with his wife, Amanda proudly wore his "Jenn & Jill" Louisiana pendant!
LeeAnn is wearing a "Jenn & Jill" Lamp post!
Jaime is wearing both her "Jenn & Jill" silver pelican and Louisiana pendants.
Don't forget, we have sales on Facebook every Monday at 7 pm. Like our page at www.facebook.com/jennandjill register for the sale, write sold in the comment section and we'll send you an invoice!
You can now pin directly from our website to Pinterest. Just hover over the jewelry you love, a "pin it" button will appear, click it and pin it to your board. Thanks and have fun pinning!
Handmade bronze heart on deep purple silk ribbon.
The new bronze heart wrap bracelet is available on a deep purple or espresso silk ribbon. We will have a copper heart and more silk ribbon options soon.
New Colors: Wrap bracelets are available for purchase at the bottom of the Metal Pendants page
It all started with a request from Jenn's husband, a marine veteran to create a pendant to show his pride for home. So we couldn't think of a more fitting charity than one that helps injured marines, The Semper Fi Fund. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these three Camo Louisiana and Mississippi pendants will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. The non-profit "provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families." Show your pride while also giving back!
LSU, the College World Series and Father’s Day has been a tradition well before I was ever fortunate enough to scratch the surface of the trifecta in 2009. The summer spectacle in Omaha has always revolved around weather and Father’s Day and for the better part of two decades, Skip Bertman and the Tigers were stalwarts as well.
My only trip to Omaha came during the “Resurgence” if you will. LSU had been noticeably absent from not just Omaha but the national spotlight in college baseball for too long. A miracle trip in 2008 re-lit the fire for the fandom in South Louisiana and whet the appetite for the Chamber of Commerce in Omaha as well. The Tigers were back and so too were their fans and more importantly their fans’ checkbooks.
If the trip to Omaha in 2008 was pomp, the trip in 2009 was all purpose. LSU was expected to win. And they carried themselves as such for the entire fortnight. Their confidence, however, did not echo their fan base. LSU faithful, both from afar and domestic, were celebrating from the moment their GPS brought them to Leavenworth St. This was not an overnight trip. The un-official LSU pub in Omaha, Barrett’s was packed every night, all night. There seemed to be an unspoken understanding: Barrett’s will welcome LSU fans and their penchant for standing on bars as long as LSU fans will welcome the concept of closing time.
The team’s confidence echoed their coach. Calm and cool. Relaxed and ready.
The Sunday before the start of the best-of-three series with Texas for the national championship that year was Father’s Day. We were in the media room in the bowels of the Rosenblatt Stadium. The press conference with Paul Mainieri and Augie Garrido was as per the usual. Neither coach was too boastful, but both visibly believed they had the best team. As we toggled through our now week and half worth of file footage to supplement our three stories for the day, I received a text sometime in the early afternoon.
That day was my first Father’s Day. My little girl had been born the previous June and was the reason I did not attend the 2008 CWS covering LSU. She was pushing a year now and with her mother’s blessing I fulfilled one of my childhood dreams to go to Omaha for the College World Series. Originally the dream had been to play at Rosenblatt Stadium in the College World Series, my .143 batting average as a senior at Monterey High School resulted in a revised bucket list.
The text was a picture of my daughter chewing on golf club cover. The message said, “Hurry home before she eats your Father’s Day gift! Since you have to miss Father’s Day, LSU better win.” One thing that could always temper down the hardships of my travels for my wife was an LSU victory. The 2010 Capital One Bowl in Orlando was an example of the opposite. Gone on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day AND a disappointing LSU loss to an inferior team. Needless to say, cute texts were few and far between.
But this text of my daughter turning my present into a Texas Tech chew toy suddenly put “checking off Omaha” into context. I missed my girls.
The press room instantly became even colder and lonelier. Our photographer was good company and a hard worker, but he didn’t want to hear stories about how homesick I was.
Then, through the door came Paul Mainieri. He initially seemed as shocked to see us as we were to see him. But as was his style, he instantly popped a smile and came over. We talked about his Father’s Day plans. Mainieri had brought his dad to Omaha and was taking great pride in getting to spend time with him. Mainieri also had his wife and kids in Omaha. The entire trip he balanced the competition and the experience. He and his wife gave us a great interview about the struggles of being married to a coach from their hotel lobby in Omaha. For almost two weeks, we had chased around he and his team with cameras and microphones and every time he was more than accommodating.
Paul Mainieri is truly a genuinely good person.
As the conversation ended, I felt comfortable enough to share with him the picture my wife had sent of our little girl and my first Father’s day gift. I then told him my wife was an LSU alum and proceeded to read the text message that she sent along with the photo. I relayed the message really in jest, trying to end the impromptu conversation with a light hearted moment. “LSU better win,” I read in a tone that obviously didn’t need a response. I then wished him a happy Father’s Day and resigned myself back to my work.
But before he walked out of the room, Paul Mainieri leaned down to my ear and in a voice only I could hear, he said, “Tell her we will.” And with a confident yet humble grin he patted me on the back and left.
The following Thursday, early in the morning, we left back home for New Orleans. Our stories on LSU’s 6th national championship were filed the night before and the 15 hour trip was made easier with tons of text messages and pictures.
(My husband wrote this blog after the 2009 CWS National Championship. We're hoping history repeats itself)
We wanted to show you what some of our jewelry looks like during the creation process. In the photo on the left, we've already transformed the powder into clay, and shaped it into our designs. Then the pieces dry for several hours before it can be filed and put on a stove to burn off the binder. Next, the pendants are placed into a kiln and fired at 1780 degrees. The picture on the left shows the finished products after polishing and attaching the hooks. Hope you love it!
We love our latest creation: the cross wrap bracelet. It is a handmade bronze cross on a silk ribbon. All you have to do is wrap it around your wrist, tie it in a bow and then for extra security attach the clasp. To get yours just click Metal Pendants and scroll to the bottom of the page. It also comes with Peacock, Gunmetal and Espresso ribbons.