What a year!

It has been a crazy year!!  So many wonderful things all packed into what seemed like one of the fastest years ever!  You know the old saying “time flies when you are having fun”…well I think that has proven to be true this year.  It has been a bit of a roller coaster, not always rolling with the good times.  But all has happened for a reason and has brought us to where we are today.

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I have been blessed with many things, one of which is that I’ve been able to ramble on about some very random things over this past year and YOU have encouraged me to keep on!  When I published the very first post I honestly didn’t think for a second that anyone would actually read it!!  The fact that a couple hundred of you stop by each day is humbling, flattering and exciting!  What I love most is the possibility that there might be something posted on HSE that inspires and effects just one person out there.  In fact, the most viewed post in the history of the blog is the post on “Self Forgiveness“!  Something I hope we all have been able to practice lately.

Thru this blog I’ve met some really awesome people and been able to be apart of other fabulous groups.  I have started working with the lovely Linda from Burlap+Blue, whose crafting and design blog is so fantastic!!!  She is so sweet and such a joy to work with {be sure to pop over to her blog and add it to your daily reader!!}  I’ve also been participating in the monthly Foodie Penpal club, which is SUCH A BLAST!!  It’s so fun meeting other food lovers out there and sharing with them.  If you are not a part of the Foodie Penpal program yet {your crazy} and MUST check it out!!  Last but certainly not least I’ve been accepted into Recipe Redux, a group of health conscious, food loving bloggers that participate in monthly challenges to stomp out the notion that healthy food doesn’t taste good.  {Check out my posts for Quinoa Mac n’ cheese & Roasted Butternut Squash…they will NOT disappoint!}

Huge hugs and thank you goes out to my favorite ladies that have contributed to HSE this year {you guys rock…and thank you thank you thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to share!!}  and of course lots of love to the generous vendors that have hosted giveaways this year!!  Be sure to check up with Goodbelly, Rayna Lane, Gina Creates, Cupcake Social and Rylie Caldwell Designs!  {they are all amazing!!}

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One last GIANT thank you.  Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of my life with you.  Thank you for supporting me in this crazy endeavor and for staying tuned for more to come.  Thank you for keeping an open mind and for sharing the love!

May the next year bring you peace, love and joy!!

Namaste & Thank you
~ Jillian



Merry Merry

Merry Merry to all!!  Hope you had a very merry Christmas {and enjoyed the holiday!!}  It has been a crazy one for us…getting around to share in the season with all our loved ones {still a few more stops to go on our sleigh of cheer}.  May you be blessed with lots of JOY this holiday season and have a heart full of love!!  HSE will be back to celebrate our one year anniversary in the New Year…so stay tuned!!!  In the meantime…stay safe…squeeze your loved ones…and have a happy one!!!



~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: in Love

It’s with a sad heart that we kick off this week.  There are no words.  We live in a world of good and evil.  A world were things happen that stun us all.  I believe now more then ever we need to spend our days filling our hearts with love and sharing that love with those around us.  The more love we can spread in this world the stronger good will become.  The more strength we will all gain against those that try to hurt us.  So go out into the world this week and focus your intentions on doing all things with love.  Share the positive and in turn we will be rewarded with love.  With good.

“Let all that you do be done in Love”


Namaste & with Love
~ Jillian

Fabulous Find: wood bowl

***And the winner is…Congrats to Victoria S for winning the custom piece of artwork from Rylie Caldwell Designs!!  Victoria please contact Her Split Ends to claim your prize!!

I’m going to come out and admit it…I’m a total thrifting junky! I love finding random, unnoticed pieces with hidden potential and turning them into something fabulous!  From furniture and artwork, to lamps and decorative accessories…that place is like a gold mine IF you have the patience!  This recent find just needed a quick & easy fix-me-up to return it to its better then original glory.

I picked up these clover shaped wood bowls at my local goodwill not knowing exactly what to do with them.  After a quick scan of my paint supply options…the Yellow was where its at.  My original plan was to paint them completely…but the balance of the bright yellow and the warmth of the wood were just too fabulous to pass up!  With a quick little sanding and a somewhat steady paint brush hand…they have been transformed!

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Happy Crafting! {and good find hunting}

~ Jillian

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Wreath Me!

It’s that joyful time of year again.  With a chill in the air, sweet sounds of classic Christmas tunes on the radio, our schedules get crazy, the parties are endless, everything is full of light and joy!!  Looking for a unique way to greet those holiday visitors of yours…How about an unconventional wreath?


credit card wreath

{Decor Hacks}
Can you believe this is actually made from cut-up old credit cards!?!

twig wreath

{The Painted Hive}

sage wreath.



{Twig & Thistle}


Apple wreath



{Living Artfully}

Strawberry & Chocolate Chip Christmas Wreath from Delicieux www.ledelicieux.com #christmasrecipes #christmas

Ok..so maybe this one wouldn’t be the best idea to put on your front door…but YUMM-O!!

So Love and Cheer for this holiday season.

~ Jillian

** Last chance…enter to WIN a custom piece of artwork from the lovely {and talented} Rylie Caldwell!

Monday Mantra: unconditional

Happy Monday to ya.  What a lovely {and warm} weekend here in Atlanta!  This weather is wacky…doesn’t not feel like we should be decorating and shopping for Christmas!!  We had a busy busy weekend full of wonderful holiday parties, catching up with old friends and making new friends.  Lots going on around here these days!!  Its easy this time of year to get wrapped up in the crazy schedules, the decorating and the gift shopping.  But most important is that we remember it’s a time to share joy with those around you.

“You have never really lived until you have done something
for someone who can never repay you”


Share JOY!
~ Jillian

** There’s still time…Enter to WIN a custom piece of artwork from the lovely Rylie Caldwell!

{Giveaway!} – Rylie Caldwell Designs (closed)

***This giveaway is now closed…Congrats to Victoria S for winning the custom piece of artwork from Rylie Caldwell Designs!!  Victoria please contact Her Split Ends to claim your prize!!
It’s giveaway time again!!!  We’ve got a REALLY good one for you today.  This giveaway comes to you from a truly talented {and sweet} friend of mine, whose artistic ability is just amazing!!
Rylie Caldwell creates personalized artwork, gifts and stationary that will make a statement in your home or touch the heart of a loved one.  Rylie is available to create a home rendering of a special family home or landmark, pet portrait, children or family portraits as well as fine art and custom stationary.  These works of art will make the perfect accent to you home or an unforgettable gift!
I may or may not have commissioned one of my very own from her…but can’t reveal it to you until after Christmas {SO PUMPED!}  So check out her shop today and cross those last things off your gift list!!!
{I’ve combined images in this post to show you as many as possible…check out Rylie’s Etsy shop for individual images and details!!}
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**Giveaway time !! 

  • Prize: Your choice of either (1) free 5×7 customized watercolor drawing or 1/2 price on (1) 8×10 customized drawing!!!
  • To Enter: Favorite Rylie’s Shop on Etsy and leave a comment telling us you have!
  • Bonus Entry: To increase your chances of winning, like Her Split Ends on Facebook {Then, simply leave a 2nd comment telling us you did!}
  • BONUS Bonus Entry: Share this giveaway on Facebook/twitter/instagram {or other favorite social media outlet} and leave a comment telling us you did!!
  • Giveaway Closes: Tuesday 12.11, at 8pm
  • Details: The winner will be randomly selected using random.org & announced next Wednesday morning as an update to this post. {so be sure to check back!!}  Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

Monday Mantra: grow

Happy Monday to ya!  Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  The weather here in Georgia is like fall…It was 70 degrees yesterday!?!?!  Not that I’m complaining, but it makes Christmas shopping and decorating feel weird.  Speaking of that…its only 3 weeks til Christmas {aughghgh} time to get in full gear!!  In the middle of all of the craziness and the loveliness of this season, remember to keep growing.  Keep growing as a person and share that growth and love with those around you.

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.”

~Ronald E. Osborn


~ Jillian