In my search for another project I landed on soap making. I never realized it was so easy….a little bit of base, a little bit of color and a little bit of fragrance. Mix them up, pour into mold and there you go.  I’ve played around with a few different molds and colors….take a look!

These shell soaps are made with cucumber  melon fragrance

These herb soaps are made from clear base with rosemary, lavender and bath salts

These Asian themed soaps are made with wine coloring and orange fragrance

These massage bars are made with yellow coloring and vanilla fragrance

Each of these are available for purchase in my etsy shop.


When my husband and I got married, I saw a shell boutonniere in a magazine and I absolutely loved it! I did not love it’s $60 price tag….they were shells, after all. I never really investigated from there, it was only a month or two before the wedding and I had a million other things to do and a million other things on my mind. Then the other day I was looking at a fish bowl full of shells that I’ve had forever and a picture of that boutonniere ran through my mind. It had never occurred to me to make it! (Those million other things took up a lot of brain power!) So I thought I would take a shot at it. Honestly, I’m not sure if I like it or not….so let me hear some opinions!  This was my first try, I may try again….but I get frustrated when things don’t look as good as they do in my head! Let me know what you think! I really would like to try making one that I would’ve loved to have at our wedding!

Take a look at the pin I created for an upcoming baby shower.The shower (see post: Loving that summer feeling) is planned for May. The theme is set in colors: hot pink, orange and yellow. I wanted a special pin for the mom-to-be to wear. I recently purchased a pin like this one from a craft store for a sock monkey themed baby shower. The colors and themes available were limited so I figured it would be easy enough to create one myself to suit the theme and colors I wanted for this upcoming shower. The great thing about these pins is that they can be used for any occasion….baby shower, bridal shower, birthdays, anniversaries, bachelorette parties….any special occasion!


I’ve been meaning to share this link to the Guest Book Store. This site offers personalized guestbooks for almost any occasion you can think of….weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, anniversarys, birthdays and “other”. The books come personalized with the name of the person/couple and the date of the event. You can also choose from a variety of covers in different colors and patterns. These guestbooks are fun, functional and a great icebreaker! Check them out today! I’ve used them for two events so far and I plan to use them for 2 more upcoming events! I love them!

What to wear to a wedding can sometimes be a tricky thing. It all depends on the season, location, time of day and overall feel and style of the wedding. I got married on the beach, however, I didn’t want people showing up in bermuda shorts and bathing suits. I used my wedding website to provide a description of what the groomsmen and bridesmaids were wearing to try to give our guests a sense of what the style of the wedding was (whether it was informal, semiformal or formal). Additionally, I came up with a name for my wedding style “beach formal”. Now while I did not have a formal wedding  it was probably more formal by beach standards. My groomsmen were in black suits and my bridesmaids were in black tea length ruched tube dresses. The color black tends to lend an air of formality, and it was different than a lot of beach weddings where the groomsmen are in tan suits and the bridesmaids are in sun dresses.  This was my wedding after all….I didn’t want us all to look like we would look any other day!

Another thing to consider in wedding attire is what your attendants will wear. And will what they are wearing compliment each other. A lot of this will be based off of what your groomsmen are wearing. Are they in tuxes? Black suits? Light suits? Slacks and a nice shirt? If your guys are in tuxes, your girls can’t be in an everyday dress…it just wouldn’t look right. Alternately, if your girls are in floor length ball gowns, your guys can’t be in slacks and a nice shirt.Even though they’re on opposite sides of the aisle, what they’re wearing needs to compliment each other. If your guys are wearing suits, your dresses will generally range from a nice party dress to semi formal cocktail dress, or some less formal floor length styles. If your guys are in tuxes, you open to dresses up through that floor length ball gown. I would generally style away from causal dresses unless your guys are equally as casual.

Here are some examples. Obviously these are only a few representations of the many  possibilities, but they provide a snapshot of dresses that may suit the style and formality of your wedding! These can of course be mixed and matched and will also depend on venue, time of year, and of course how you want your wedding to look! My aim was to provide you with an idea and get you thinking about it!

Casual (Guys in slacks)









Semi-formal (Guys in Tuxes or Suits)










Formal (Guys in Tuxes)


This board was inspired by a friend of mine who is considering blue as a wedding color. Blue is a beautiful color for any season. It’s many shades can portray the freshness of springtime the vibrancy of summer, the warm hues of fall or the simmering coolness of winter.

Thinking of using blue as your wedding color? Here’s a few combinations to consider:

Navy & Yellow

Navy & Red

Navy & Bright Pink

Tiffany Blue & White

Tiffany Blue & Brown

Cobalt Blue & Silver

Cobalt Blue & White

Cobalt Blue & Grey

Light Blue & Sea Green

Turquoise & Pink

Turquoise & White

Turquoise & Black (love this one!)

or try using different shades of blue to create a monochromatic scheme (this is one of my favorites!)

The combinations are endless!! Have fun playing with different hues. Here’s a hint….go to any home improvement store and pick up some paint chips. Mix and match them together to see what you like.

For the longest time I pictured myself getting married in the fall, surrounded by fall color with girls in dresses of deep red. I loved the natural feel of a Fall wedding and it’s colors. I strayed from that view somewhat in that I still had my fall wedding, but it took place on the beach, which I’ve always loved. The natural feel still carried through, but in greens, a touch of pale pink and natural tones, all anchored with black. I don’t think I loved my color scheme any more than I did the moment I saw our groomsmen. They were in black suits, pale green shirts with black ties. I loved the way it looked, a nice variation from the white shirts we so often see on  groomsmen at weddings.

Since then, another wedding scheme has danced in my head; somewhat similar to my own: pale pinks, yellows and greens grounded in creams and whites. My spring garden wedding, my other wedding, would look something like this: