I Have An Etsy Store!

I am so very excited to announce that I have an Etsy store! (If you happen to follow me on  social media you might have found this out already!) My etsy store is called “Joy’s Creative Corner”. Everything in my shop is handmade and designed by me, and I often use vintage/used/retro pieces and repurpose and design them into something new and fresh, as well as pieces that are completely original. I have been working on this for a very long time, and has been a new and exciting process for me. It’s taken a long time and a lot of hard work, but I am so happy with the results. If you are interested in checking out my work, you can shop my store here:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/JoysCreativeCorner

You can also keep up with my little shop on Social Media as well!
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facebook.com/joyscreativecorner

Thanks for all the support so far, and I look forward to this new and fun jewelry adventure ahead.

Many Blessings,
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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A Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Kinda Day – Photos and Video Diary // Creativity and Joy

About a month ago I hadn’t ever been to a pumpkin patch in my adult life…and I hadn’t been to a corn maze, ever! (Also, I had never carved a pumpkin…but that was another activity and another story for a different day. 🙂 ) So Bryce made sure to remedy that. I recorded it for myself, a happy memory. I finally decided to put them on my instagram, the photos were just to cute not too! I decided to share them on my blog as well, but in the flurry and hurry of mid-terms and crazy big assignments I forgot to post. So here I am, again…I’m sorry it’s been awhile. As I said, it’s been nuts with school, and also working on a crazy big project, which I will talk about on my next blog post, which I am scheduling for FRIDAY! In the meantime, please enjoy these photos, and my “Video Diary.”

I hope you have an amazing Wednesday!

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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Brown Toned Photos & Guitars // Vintage Inspired Photography | Creativity and Joy

I hope you enjoy some of these photos I took with my friend Christine back in August. I wanted to edit them a little more “vintage inspired”, brown toned and neutral, which was definitely a challenge and different from what I’m used too…let me know what you think in the comments! I think I like them!

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
JENESSA JOY♥

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What I’m Thankful For: A Thanksgiving Post

It is officially thanksgiving here in Canada, and I have a few words to say, and few things that I am extremely thankful for and excited to share.

I am abundantly blessed, and extremely grateful for the type of life I get to live. I recognize that my life is very privileged in most regards, and I know I have many things to be thankful for…and these few things, that I have to offer up in this piece are truly, and really only scratching the surface of this rewarding and incredible life that I get to live.

Firstly, I am thankful for my family. I am so incredibly blessed to have the family I have. I know it might seem cheesy, obvious, and something most people say around Thanksgiving time, but I truly can’t say enough about how truly blessed I am to have the family I have. As most of you know, I am adopted, and my birthparents took very special care in choosing the family they would give me too. The family I have, is one of the most incredible gifts I could have possibly been given in life. My parents are supportive, loving, caring, compassionate, and truly are some of the strongest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Not only are they all these things on there own, they are all these things together, making each other stronger.
Also, through adoption I got a really great extended family, grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins, who are supportive, funny, and hilarious…I am so very thankful for them.
To top all this off – incredible parents, great extended family – I also have great biological family as well. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to build a relationship with my biological family. I know this is a very special occurrence in matters of adoption, and I am so thankful to have a great relationship with my birthfather Matt, his wife Tiffaney, and all there family! I am also incredibly happy to get to know my birthmother Jessica (who passed away  before I had the opportunity to meet her) through her family, her sisters, her father, and get to know them and have them in my life as well.

Secondly, I am thankful for my ‘partners in crime’.
I have been so fortunate to find so many incredible friends. They make my life richer, more fulfilled and help make me the best person I possibly can be. My best friend Carlee has been here for me since I was five years old, and I am so aware that having a ‘forever friend’ is rare, and sometimes not always possible! I am so happy I have her, and have a writing buddy, someone who understands my emotions before I do, and knows me inside and out.
Also, I am thankful for Bryce. Thankful that with him around I have a road trip buddy, a study partner, a fellow doctor who fan, and another best friend.
I am also thankful for my other partners in crime! – from the ones that live in Kitimat (those who run tackle shops, and those who have children, or those who play piano!) to my friends from Bible College, an all the other friends too. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by many lovely people, and I love them all dearly.

Thirdly, I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue post secondary education. I have been able to study theology and worship – two subjects very near and dear to my heart. As well,as being  able to dive into creativity, and work on developing my passion for writing and music through college studies, here on beautiful Vancouver Island.

There are so many other things that I could list, so many things I am so incredibly thankful for…but for today, I think I will cap it at that. I hope you all have an incredible thanksgiving, and thanks for taking time to read my work! (That’s another thing I’m thankful for – You! My readers!)

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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Road Trips and Sandcastles // A Video Diary

I’ve been enjoying taking footage to splice into “Video Diaries” or “Vlogs” (whichever I choose to call them…personally I’m really enjoying calling them “Video Diaries” – unsure why! It just sounds so classy to me!) It’s nothing perfect or crazy – but it is a happy memory that I am choosing to share with all of you today.

This video is of when Bryce and I took a road trip around Vancouver Island last week. It was a little two day trip that we were able to take, and have a nice getaway during Bryce’s off days. We travelled up to Parksville to go to the beach and checked out there Sandcastle Competition (themed around Canada’s 150th(plus) Birthday!). We then hit up “Coombs” a small town, with lots of fun artisan shops to check out. Eventually we made our way to Campbell River to visit my parents, where we also checked out ice-cream on the pier (it had dairy, so no ice-cream for me! – Sadly.), and the Elk-Fall Suspension Bridge. It was a short trip, and on the second day we went to a couple local Campbell River Bakeries (Dave’s Bakery, check it out if you’re ever in Campbell River. I couldn’t eat anything there, but Bryce did, it was a high recommendation on my parents part as well.) Afterwards we went to the beach, and made our way back home.

I chose to capture the beach and the sandcastles, as well as some footage of us in the car in video form…and thus this “Video Diary” was created! Keep your eye out for pictures, there will be some coming in post form soon…but if you really can’t wait, I’d recommend you follow my instagram.

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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“Scissors” – A Story by Jenessa Joy K.

I took a deep breath and opened the door of the salon.

I loved my hair dearly, but I wasn’t ready to trust it with anyone else. My hair was the one part of myself that I liked. It was what gave me the fragile splinter of confidence that I had.

“It’s just a trim.” I reminded myself as I approached the reception desk.  “It’s just hair it grows back.”  I echoed back my Mom’s words in my mind.
“Hi, I’m here for Stanley.” I told the receptionist, a tall woman with bubblegum pink hair. “What’s your name, honey?” Bubblegum Hair asked.
“Maria, Maria Dasontos.”
“Okay, Stanley will be with you shortly.” She assured, pointing me towards the seating area a few feet away from the desk I stood at. Nodding I turned to find a seat.

“It. Is. Just. A. Trim.” I firmly reminded myself, out loud this time. “Hair. Will. Grow. Back.”

Wistfully I ran my fingers through my long locks as I sat down in one of the green covered chairs in the corner of the room.
My hair was a shimmery blonde – white, almost silver.
But it wasn’t an old silver-white kind of thing.
It was silver-white in a pretty way…or at least that was what I always thought of it. It was an utterly unique colour that set me apart from most. The type of colour that are often in hair magazines and on those Pantene commercials.

I wouldn’t say I was beautiful…but my hair certainly was.

It set me apart and I liked that.

I liked that because the rest of me was blatantly average. Average height, and weight, just average. As a sixteen year old girl I was basically a disgrace to womanhood. My face was an odd shape, somewhat androgynous. And my eyes were a deep, yet boring brown that made my skin look even paler.

Boring.
So very boring.

But my hair?
It was the most wonderful part of my appearance. It made me unique. And it made me feel pretty. Should I not have had my hair I don’t know what I would have done.
“Maria?” A voice glared into my thoughts startling me.
“Yes, that’s me.” I said standing up.
“Hi. Nice to meet you. I’m Stanley.” The man approached his dark hair streaked with grey. He was tall, I noticed, with a nice smile. He reached to shake my hand. “Welcome. Follow me please.” Nodding uncomfortably I followed him into the back. He seated me in a large chair with faux leather cushions, throwing on the plastic “sheet” cape over me to protect my clothes. “Whatcha here for honey? Cut?”
“Yes.” I hesitated before continuing onwards, “but only a trim. I like my hair.”
“Oh, sure you do honey. It’s gorgeous.” Stanley agreed stroking through its length with one hand as he reached for a hairbrush with the other. “Don’t worry honey. I’ve got you.”

He washed and blow dried my hair first, which helped me to relax.
‘Maybe this won’t be so bad after all,‘ I thought; but the overwhelming feeling of doubt was still gnawing away at the pit of my stomach.

I closed my eyes as he began to cut. “Maria, I need you to stop hunching.” Stanley commented as my shoulders touched my ears. “Why? I asked timidly as I turned to look at him.
“Because it can cause –“ Stanley began but stopped as soon as my eyes met his and we both heard the horrifying “click” of the scissors. Something about my head felt lighter. My eyes widened and so did Stanley’s. “Don’t freak out!” He said.

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A/N: Hey everyone! Just thought I’d pop in at the end here and say hi! – This is a story/scene I wrote for my “Fiction” Class last semester. It was fun to write so I thought I would share it with you as well. Let me know what you think of it! Also, please don’t be deceived (or angry) by how Maria is downplaying her appearance, I really tried to depict nervousness and insecurity. 

Thanks for reading!

♥JENESSA JOY♥

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