About Jenny

IMG_20141001_102841I’m Jenny …
I love all sorts of creative activities and I really enjoy writing but writing is like exercise for me. If I don’t practice, and write regularly, I get lazy and sloppy. That being said …expect plenty of mistakes. Consider it a prize when you find one and pat yourself on the back.

Bright Shiny Things …
Refers to the fact that, at times, I’m pretty easily distracted…look that dog has a poofy tail…so there is going to be a lot of randomness coming from me. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

And I have an unusually overactive imagination…
Especially for an adult. Sometimes my imagination runs away from me and I hoping to use this blog to capture those moments. (See my intro post here –it’s a good example.)

This blog isn’t a mom blog, although I’m a mom. It’s isn’t a cooking blog, although I cook. It’s not a home-school blog, although I do that too. It’s not a religion blog, although faith is important to me.  It’s not a review blog but I do love finding great places to visit and telling you about them. I love supporting local business, and I love supporting Minnesota.

I also love connecting with new people so please leave a comment or find me on social media outlets.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Dan says:

    Is that you that did a card for Hallmark with the old couple in a buggy?? I got that card for my girlfriend, saw your piece on the back and decided I would write. Dan

    • Jenny says:

      That is me and those were my great, great, great (at least) grandparents in the buggy. Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I hope she liked the card! 🙂

  2. Kimberly says:

    Good Morning!

    Just wanted to let you know I did a post on Adult Coloring today and included a link to your post on women’s coloring groups. (thank you google!) You can take a look here:

    Thanks for the fun post on your coloring groups!


  3. Hello, I am writing a story about coloring and was wondering if you – Jenny – might be available to chat about it, briefly. Or any coloring enthusiasts out there would be welcome too!
    Reach me at: mail @ danielkrieger.net

  4. Judy Cutler says:

    Hi Jenny,
    Congratulations on your Ladies Coloring Club and your success at putting together a creative outlet for women.
    I am the art director for Jess Perna Studio in San Deigo, CA (JessPerna.com). After illustrating over 90 published children’s coloring and picture books, he is creating an adult coloring book. The other books were commissioned by publishing houses. This one is going to be published by him. The first page is going to be presented and sold as a poster in order to get feedback from users. We would like to send you a complimentary copy and would appreciate the appraisal and suggestions of your group. Jess would love to have their feedback. Suggestions and criticisms will be appreciated and seriously considered for the remaining pages. We will send you a complimentary copy of the entire book when it is completed. Having read about 1,000 comments from user on Amazon, Jess is paying close attention to the positives and negatives. The first poster will be created sometime this month. The book will feature various themes, easily removable pages for the convenience of left or right handed users, heavy bright white paper and printed in the USA to ensure quality. Jess receives many commissions and the book will be drawn between these other jobs. If you are interested please write me your mailing address to Judy@JessPerna.com.
    Thanks for your time and attention and for promoting this happy, creative, stress-reducing outlet.
    Warmest regards,

    Judy Cutler

  5. Judy Cutler says:

    Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for printing the comment and for the link! I have not received an email with your mailing address. If you prefer to give it to me on the phone you may call 800-493-3239.

  6. Samantha Laine says:


    Hello! I’m writing a story about communities around coloring, and I was wondering if you would be available for an interview? If you send me an email at laines@csps.com, I can send you more details!

    Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you,

  7. Neil McRobinson says:

    Hi Jenny, only this morning the thought came to me “Why not have a colouring in club for adults”. So I got home and did a search for any such clubs. And what do you know, I came across your site, ‘Bright Shiny Things’. Fantastic. I think it is such a meditative and create activity. And as you say about your club, it is non-judgemental. What a great way to spend a few hours (or more) and have a chat and laugh with friends. Am going to continue my search and see if there are any clubs close to where I live. If not, it may be time to get one up and going. Good on you Jenny. Neil.

  8. Kate says:

    Hi Jenny,

    I’m a journalist looking to do a story about adult coloring books. I’m based in Washington DC and so was wondering if you knew of someone or a group based here in DC that you might be able to put me in touch with?

    Thanks so much for any help you can give me.

    Kind Regards,


  9. Cheryl says:

    Hi Jenny –
    We at the Estes Valley Library in Estes Park, Colorado, are having some adult coloring events in September. I would like to hand out your ‘Coloring Club Rules’ to folks to take with them if they like. Would that be okay? I plan to attribute them to you and put your blog link and the Ladies Coloring Club Facebook link on the handout also. Thank you for your time!

  10. Kesi Marcus says:

    Hello Jenny, my name is Kesi Marcus and I am a photo intern at Rails to Trails. I came across one of your photos of the Root River State Trail and I am asking you with your permission if I can use your photo for our Minnesota Guidebook. The photo is of the Root River State Trail.

  11. Hi Jenny,

    Ladies Coloring Club is such a great idea that blossomed into an enormous success, although I have to admit I shared a little of your husband’s initial skepticism. What can I say, I don’t have much vision. I’ve just published a coloring book for adults: http://ting-peterson.com/exhale-breathe-color-relax-dream/. I would like to send you a copy for your review, comments and feedback. I would very much appreciate your help. If you would be willing to spare some time on this endeavor, please provide your mailing address to my email: ting_peterson@ptrsn.org. Warmest wishes for a happy & healthy 2016. Thank you. Ting

  12. Hideharu Watanabe says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I’m a NY based Japanese TV director.
    I am interested in adult coloring trend and “Lady’s Coloring Club.”
    Can I film and make a short story of your club? Can you tell me when you’ll have next event?


  13. Linda says:

    Hi Jenny, I’m wondering if your Ladies would enjoy this new coloring book , COLOUR MY ART by Burland Murphy available on amazon

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