I'm Erin Jo. I'm thinking, writing, dreaming, mothering, loving, living, praising, BLESSED to be Fiona to my Shrek and Mommy to my four amazing kiddos.



Shrek is "like an onion with many layers" but has a heart of gold. He's my husband and my friend, and we just get better all the time.



Lily is my first baby and only girl. She's smart, funny, tall and kind. Keeping up with this girl is a challenge and a joy. She's terrific!



Max is one part ogre, two parts lover and all boy! Our little man has a temper but gives the best hugs of anyone I know!



Colby is as ornery as he looks. He flirts shamelessly, even with strangers. He's all mouth and curls and the loudest by far.



Luke is the baby of the family, but holds his own. He's happy and adorable. And he's a terrible sleeper. =)

From the Trenches (& an Origami Owl giveaway!)

Oh, momma is tired. The bad news is that in less than twelve hours, I’ll be at work dealing with a couple of firestorms that have cropped up over the weekend. The good news is that I have celebrated ten years of marriage, launched my own side business and cleaned and decorated my house for fall in the last three days. My body aches, and I’m tired, but I said that already.

I’m now an independent designer for Origami Owl. The company’s main product is the Living Locket, a glass bauble you fill with charms to tell your own story. I’m loving these products because they are fun to create, easy to wear and even easier to personalize in meaningful ways. I’m not sure about you, but I’m sick of buying my mom the same general list every year for Christmas. I’ve got some new ideas this year!

Today I had an open house. Lily and niece Julia above were some of my assistants/customers. It was fun to see them build their own “dream lockets.” Even at 8, these girls know their reasons and their friendship, even though a short time after this photo was taken, I found this note taped on the outside of Lily’s bedroom door…

Ah hahaha. These two are sisters of the heart for sure! Made up in no time and will be friends forever, no doubt. (Forever and ever and ever!!)

Anyway, here’s my first locket, to remind me of the beach:

I’ve had a great time putting together my display and studying up on the company late into the night these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to sharing the products with even more friends and family. Let me know if you’re interested!

So, like I said, the marriage is going strong…

The house is clean and decorated for fall…

And I have a beautiful, excellent, competent assistant for the new venture in my life…

So, while this blog has had to wait, and there are not enough hours in the day, all is well.

I have decided I spend too much of each day awake. I must get more sleep. My body hates me. I need it as an ally in this world and in this life. So, with this update finally posted, I am going to get to it. It’s another busy, blessed week to be me, and I am ready. (Well, after this quick nap, of course….)


Origami Owl Giveaway || Comment here on this blog by midnight (EST) on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to be entered into a drawing for two Origami Owl charms of your choice! Visit my site at to see what O2 has to offer. Then come back here to tell me what two charms would best help you start to tell your story in a Living Locket!

14 Responses

  1. Karen Rutter says:

    Sleep, girl, sleep! Congrats on ALL of your accomplishments this weekend! And best of luck on your Living Lockets venture. I’ll have to check it out.

  2. Patti Miller says:

    I don’t know how you do it all. The house did look great and the Origami Owl lockets are beautiful! It IS fun to build your own. Everyone has a different story, thus each locket is unique. What a great ide!.Best of luck in your new venture! The charms I like are the camera, surprise; and the family plate.

  3. Jess Wooten says:

    Im with Patti, you are an excellent multi-tasker! I love the new Soho stuff, I definitely need to add a new chain and some dangles to my collection. I see the cameo charm and a birthstone charm for Baby W in my Owl shopping future. Good luck !

  4. Katie Mitchell says:

    I love reading your blog- its very easy to relate to your posts! Also love these new products- I have not heard of them until now. I like the family and cross charms (and many more!). Good luck with this new endeavor.

  5. Karri Schilling says:

    I hope your open house went great! Your decor inspired me to get my fall decor out to enjoy. I like the football and cheerleader charms. I feel so blessed to have one of each who call me mom<3

  6. Kim McCutcheon says:

    Another great one, Erin!! Love Origami Owl..bought one last spring just out of curiosity, and LOVED it!!! Wish you lots of luck with your business!!! Love the sign on Lily’s door too!! lol

  7. Debbi Offenberger says:

    Wish I lived closer! I’m going to take a look at your website and let you know, it would be a great xmas gift for my mom! Love and miss ya!

  8. Renee Shotwell says:

    Erin love your blog and love Origami Owl, Rob actually bought me my first locket from a stranger at his doctor’s office for Mother’s Day. I would love to buy from someone I know, Arizzona needs one!!!

  9. Jessica Yost says:

    Sorry that you are so tired…I wish I had your energy to get everything done. I can’t wait to have an Origami Owl party! I love the sand dollar and the boy baby feet. Nothing like spending time with my boys at the beach:) Love ya!

  10. Danielle Gillespie says:

    Thanks for sending the catalogs. I want to do book party soon. Let me get a little more settled in the new house and we can set something up. I am thinking mid to late Oct. I am going to make Christmas easy for Ross this year. I might even let him help design mine;)

  11. Kelly Martin says:

    You go girl! Good luck with your new venture!

  12. Traci Nichols says:

    Hey Babe, love the blog and love the locket! Although I think my favorite part was the sign on Lil’s door LOL Awww I remember those days:) Anyway, can’t wait for the party, I am thinking the 26th is best and for Saturday for your booth! Love ya

  13. Alana Henry says:

    Your open house was great! It really got me into the fall mood with your treats and scents in the house. I love these lockets and all the variety there is to put in them. I always admired the necklaces with the child figureens with birthstones in them growing up and now that I have a little one of my own, I would like to start my first locket with that charm for him and with a heart for my hubby. Good luck with your first show!!

  14. EJ says:

    Aw, thanks, everyone, for your comments! I would be happy to show you all more of the product or to come do a show at your place to help you earn your own keepsake piece.

    Our winner is Danielle Gillespie, chosen by Congrats, Danielle! I’ll be in touch!

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