About Me

I'm an amateur interior design enthusiast with a passion for mixing high-quality antique and modern pieces. But I'm working with a Craigslist budget, so I like hunting for treasures at bargain prices. I once bought a $2,400 Curtis Jere sculpture on eBay for $24--MAJOR victory! Since I can't afford everything that catches my eye, I'm incessantly painting, reupholstering chairs, and rearranging tchotchkes, and blogging most of my DIY projects here.

I have a Master's degree in Library Science, and I was a librarian until December 2013. Fiction still holds a huge place in my heart. Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and Lev Grossman are my favorite writers, and I especially like magical realism and modern retellings of fairy tales. Rich fantasy worlds with their own cultures and lexicons always appeal to me.

I've lived in small-town Illinois, Cincinnati, and the San Fernando Valley (omigawd!). I like the relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the south the best. I like to travel, and in the last few years I've been to Prague, Hong Kong, Curacao, and Hawai'i. London and Croatia are next on my list of places to see.

Random Facts:
  • I detest silly facial hair. Most of all, I hate neck-beard. Gentlemen, don't turn your faces into big jokes.
  • I'm a compulsive list-maker. Sometimes I write down a task I've already finished, just for the pleasure of crossing it off.
  • I'm very afraid of still, dark water. ANYTHING could be under the surface! *shudder*
  • I want very, very, very badly to ride in a hot air balloon. I DID IT!!
  • Some people cry at weddings; I cry at graduations. I love academia and its associated rituals.
This is what my friends say about me:
  • "You're blowing my mind! You're full of lore."
  • "I have never known a person that is better at finding random little treasures."
  • "You cross my mind, barefoot, lots."
  • "My favorite thing about you may be your awesome sense of interior design, but I'm sure your profound sense of the mystery of life impresses me more."
  • "A braver woman I have seldom met. Godspeed, sweet bibliophile."
Contact me at stuffjendid at gmail dot com.