The Story Behind the Logo

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I’m ABSOLUTELY in LOVE with my new logo designed by Colleen Stine!!  When I was thinking of ideas for what my logo should be, again, my grandparents (Frank and Joan) were my inspiration.  My grandfather’s favorite think to do was go fishing on the Wabash River with his beloved dog.  (I get my love for dogs and animals from him too!)  I found this picture of my grandfather on the river with his beloved dog, Jubie.  I know you cannot see his face in this picture, but I know he is smiling!

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I mean wasn’t he the cutest fisherman ever!

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My grandmother LOVED to gamble and play cards!  (unfortunately I do not have any pics of her playing cards. )  This is where I got my love to gamble from!  I can remember setting at her kitchen table, teaching me how to play poker.  We ALWAYS had to gamble and play for something…usually pennies.  I have a scar on my right first finger that I cherish!  So one evening after school, we were playing poker at her kitchen table and I FINALLY beat her!  I was SOOOO excited, I jumped up to cheer and punched out the light in the ceiling fan!!  Needless to say, I cut my finger pretty badly.  I remember my grandmother running in to lay on the couch because she thought she was going to faint at the sight of the blood and my grandfather came running to my rescue.  She was certain I had cut my finger off!!  My finger healed just fine, but to this day I can look down and smile with that memory!

SOOO…that’s how I came up with a fishing pole and a queen of hearts!

I showed this picture on my facebook site and instagram page and said I would share the story of the motor.  My grandfather passed away in 2007.  After he passed away, a friend of his came to my dad and said he found this motor in his barn.  This motor had belonged to my grandfather.  He had been fishing on the river all day and was loading his boat up on the trailer.  His friend was doing the same but had a bummer of a day…he lost him motor.  My grandfather gave him this motor and told him to keep it because he was thinking of getting a new one and now he could.  (Without getting in trouble by my grandmother!  HA!)  Anyway….as the years went on, the friend never got rid of the motor and kept it in an old barn and had forgotten about it.  He found it after my grandfather passed away and asked my dad if he wanted it back.  My mom and dad then surprised me with this to have in my house.  (I should tell you I like quirky antiques like this!)  It’s one of my fav pieces in my house.  Love the story behind it and love how it is now back in the family.

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Thank you for reading!!  Until next time!!!

-XOXO Frankie Jo’s

Not to be Mean…. (insert throaty laugh)

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They are FINALLY here!!!!  So excited to finally have my mugs in!!!  This one in particular is very special to me!!  I lost a dear friend a little over a year and a half ago in such a tragic way.  Shannon and I taught together.  We were introduced at our first teacher retreat together and found out that she would be my mentor teacher for the year.  We clicked instantly.  I mean how could you not with Shannon, she made every person she came into contact with feel so special.

As the years went on we became close friends and little did we know that our sons would later become BFFs.  Shannon loved her two boys more than life itself.  We loved sharing stories about them, how silly they were, how ornery they were being, how darn cute they were, or how much they were buggin’ at one time or another.  One story from her oldest son is how this quote, not be mean came to be.  I can’t remember what her son was talking about but he started by saying, “Mom, ummm, not to be mean but….” and she told how funny she thought it was.  From then on, it stuck.  SO many times she would say or text, Not to be mean….then followed by that throaty laugh of hers.

To say I miss her is an understatement.  I think of her everyday.  I still teach at the same school, pass her old classroom everyday, and help when I can with her youngest son (who’s still my son’s BFF).  I miss hearing her call me, Jo Jo. (her nickname she gave me)  She will always be with me.  So after meeting with her sister, Colleen, about ways I can expand my little business, we were talking about something and I said, “Not to be mean.”  Colleen said, you have to use that on your first product.  So with her permission, that’s how it came to be on a mug.

I just listed this mug and my Follow Your Arrow mug on my etsy shop.  Click on the link at the top of the page to get yours today!!!

Shannon and me

Shannon and me

Life is Brimming with Possibilities

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My excitement and passion for Frankie Jo’s just keeps growing!!!  Life truly is brimming with possibilities!  On a whim, before I decided to expand Frankie Jo’s, I applied to be considered to become a vendor at the Vintage Farmhouse Market.  I never heard back and just assumed that I didn’t get chosen to be a vendor.  I had kind of forgotten about it after a while.  The week that I officially became a LLC, I received information that I had been chosen to be a vendor!  I was SOOO excited but wait…what all would I put in my booth?  I know had all the paint and supplies covered and had started the process to produce the coffee mugs, but I wanted more.  I had all these ideas of different products, but I am slowly learning everything takes time.  This is something that is a struggle with me.  If you know me, you know if there is something I want, I wanted it like yesterday.  It’s hard for me to wait.  🙂  ANYWAY…while I am waiting, I have thought of so many different ideas.  Each product that I will carry will have a special meaning or connection to me.  In my last post when I revealed the sneak peek, I explained what the meanings were in my first two products which will be in my hands this Friday!!!  I’m so excited to see the finished product up close!!  Who would’ve thought I would be THIS excited over coffee mugs…and I don’t even drink coffee!  HA!!!  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had met with a friend to discuss the possibilities of growing Frankie Jo’s and the next thing I know we are designing mugs!  And I couldn’t be more happy and excited about it!  If you are a fan of hot beverages, check these out!!!

Follow Your Arrow Mug is now available to order on our etsy shop!  (Click the link at the top or bottom of this page.)

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The Shanny Mug will be available soon in our Etsy shop!!

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Next week I will be meeting with printers to give the final ok on my next items!  I’m soooo excited to share them with you, but not quite yet.  I’m putting the finishing touches on them still!  The only hint I will give, is both of these items are SO me!  😉  Sorry…that’s all I can give right now!!  Check back soon to see new products!!!