About Me

A former elementary school teacher, Jeran has added her unique voice to the modern maker culture through her blog Oleander and Palm. She loves helping people find attainable beauty in the lives they live. Her creativity and industriousness were honed through years of living in third world countries, that challenged her to find novel solutions for creating livable spaces. Now a mother of three, settled in sunny California, her skills and styles are evolving in exciting new ways. Her focus is Simple California Living, designing and making livable spaces that incorporate vintage finds, handmade pieces and global inspiration. She has an adventurous spirit and believes life is boring lived without taking risks.

I'm totally a visual learner. So, I've got a whole bunch or random pictures below that might give you a little insight into who I am. 

My Family - Lonnie, Jeran, Denali (13), Dylan (11), Olivia (3)

A little more glamorous me.


My family of 4 when we lived in Yemen.

I grew up in Papua New Guinea and consider it my home.  This is a village I spent a lot of time in as a child.  I got to go back with my family a few years ago.  I can't wait to visit again. 

We love to travel. This was taken at the Giants Causeway in Ireland when Olivia was just 5 months old.

Freezing in Sweden - Thanksgiving 2013.  We went with my whole family to meet all my Grandpa's family. 

We love to camp and hike.  This is a very young Lonnie and I in Alaska the summer we got engaged.  We were juniors in college studying to teachers. 

12 comments:

  1. Just found you through Land of Nod and love your blog!!!

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  2. Does "MK" mean missionary kid?
    Just discovered you through your salt dough ornament video on YouTube. Beautiful. Thanks!

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  3. Followed a pin to your blog (I am making your geo heart for valentine's day -- can't believe you live in Bakersfield! That is where I grew up :) I know exactly where you live! (well, not exactly, but I know those streets well :) Hooray for cool people from Bakersfield! You need to be friends with my mom! She works at Williams Sonoma in the Marketplace. If you are ever there and meet Pam, tell her that her daughter Tiffany sent you! She is an avid gardener and canner -- best jam you EVER had. She might even let you come pick apricots or blackberries in her backyard if you are extra nice :) Email me if you need a canning friend tiffanyrueckert@gmail.com Too bad I live in Maryland now! I do visit about once a year though... If you have time you should email me. How long have you lived in Bakersfield? I might be able to give you some tips about places you might like to go -- you probably know them all though... mabye not!

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    1. How nice of you. I was just in WS yesterday. I look for your mom next time. We moved to Bako 12 years ago. My husband teaches at BHS, so we live in the neighborhood. It's a black hole. We've moved overseas twice and ended back here. But, we love our church and our little house (we can walk to Dewar's). I've been wanting to start a canning club of some sort, I'lll let your mom know if I do. Talk to you soon.

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  4. What part of PNG did you grow up in/how did you end up there? I lived in Goroka and Vanimo for 13 years when I was a kid!

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    1. I lived in Lae from 85 to 95! Meri Morobe :)

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    2. I love Lae! Did you ever get to Madang?

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    3. We went to Madang all the time. My dad was in charge of the churches in Morobe and Mandag Province. I know the Madang highway very well. Jais Aben is one of my most favorite places on earth!

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    4. Oh and my hubby and I lived in Lae in 2000 and 2001. We were teachers there and my daughter was born there.

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    5. ahh Jais Aben is fantastic! I miss the coast so much

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