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Here is a peek of my lovely wedding day! We were married July 20, 2008 in the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota. Find more images and details about my incredible wedding day on Style Me Pretty.


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gifts for giving

Shop announcement: >>> I LOVE giving practical and thoughtful gifts that are obviously, pretty. One goal with my Etsy will be to continue this concept with products. The idea is to package an idea in a way that anyone can make the gift their own.

So today I introduce this sweet {just-delivered-a-baby} tote for moms.

Followed by the printable pdf door hanger for the bachelorette or bride-to-be gift. I have made a number of these for all the weddings in the last year, I think it's a great way to add a personal touch.

What do you (all three of you) think?! Any other fun gift ideas or ways to make these gifts even better?


love your neighbor…

…by giving them muffins!

//UPDATE The muffin boxes were purchased from The Container Store. You can find the recipe here. Thanks! //

Last weekend I put together this little project and delivered it to my neighbors. These muffins are my absolute favorite, lemon & blueberries. I use any excuse to make them whenever possible.

For anyone interested in making a little treat for your neighbor, I am including a download of the cards I made. Nothing is more fun than giving a bribe to get on your neighbor's good side.


beverage anyone?

Here was a fun birthday gift I made for a friend. She is the ever constant hostess, so
I thought a beverage bucket would be a great gift. Who doesn't want a simple chic container to keep bottles on ice when guests are over?

To make, I took a galvanized pail and mod-podged pretty fabric onto it, then finished it with a coat of sealant. For anyone interested, below is a pdf link of the bottle outlines. Just print using colored card stock, or use the shapes to cut out of patterned paper. If you use them, I would love to see what you create.....happy crafting!


hoot hoot

Today I want to share some of my favorite little friends. Despite searching high, low
and all across the world wide web to find a source, I only found this article. They were purchased from a boutique in St. Louis called Ivy Hill. Should a website source be uncovered, this post will most assuredly be updated.

The marriage of crafting and humanitarian empowerment is one of my favorites. Mulberry takes low income women of India and trains them in embroidery/sewing. The products are then sold by higher end Bombay boutiques. I absolutely could not resist this creation of theirs, and was thrilled when I heard the story behind them.


happy heart day to you

My apologies for the lack of posting, my computer had a meltdown and was in therapy last week. Back to pretty things! Look at this adorable valentine that I recieved from my partner in craft-making crime.

Such fun packaging for a yummy treat, and a fun pin wear with future outfits.


baby time

How amazing is this adorable bib & burp cloth from The Fresh Stitch?!

I bought it for a baby shower gift and also made some pink cookies.

Yummy! And these would also be fun to make for upcoming Valentines Day, I just need to make sure I don't eat them all first.


smells delish

Last September at Renegade in Chicago, I discovered the most amazing organic soap, Oliba. If only you could smell through your screen you would understand. I want to use this soap and this soap alone for the rest of my life.

The packaging is incredible and I struggled for the longest time to decide which three were coming home with me. I couldn't resist sharing this little gem of a find.


my shop!

Has only been in the making for-EVER. I am so proud of my not one, not two, but
THREE products! And a great Valentine's Special to boot! **Sorry, please excuse
the exclamation overload.

And how great is the Etsy Mini > on the right column? So easy to make I couldn't believe it. Oh now just to get busy making more products. Stay tuned.


speaking of details

Have you ever noticed this little icon?

It is called a favicon! Favi-what??? I was bound and determined to get one of my very own. Here is what I discovered:

You start out with a Photoshop doc that is 16x16 pixels. I just copy/pasted my flower from Illustrator as a smart object and then resized it to fit the square. Save it. Then you use a website like this one to convert it to the right icon format. Then depending on your website, you upload it to your web server in the root directory. Now that is a little too techy for me, but since I use squarespace (God bless you squarespace) I just went to website management > website settings > advanced > and adjust the setting to use my favicon. And PRESTO!

Now I am legit.

I did have a small problem with the favicon NOT appearing when I used a url mask (joyeverafteronline.com), but I removed the mask and it works fine. I'd like to pretend I could help if anyone finds complications, but that just isn't so.

But I welcome all challenges!


today's topic

Yay! The blog is for real under way this new year. I want to show a bit of what I'm working on regarding logo/branding. I did a lot of research and what better place to go than Biz Ladies by Design*Sponge? I found this great article on branding your business and how CRUCIAL it is.

So here is how I broke down the process. Concept/Mission>Name>Logo>Design. Design includes fonts, palette, patterns, elements, and type treatments. This is just the starting point and the brand should evolve with the blog as I develop content and products.

So the basis of my brand look started with the font Buttermilk, by Jessica Hische.
I completely adore all that she creates, and I found myself repeatedly drawn back to it.

Then I had to decide what other visuals I wanted. I love textures, but also the simple clean approach. This is where I ended up for patterns and other elements to incorporate.

So this is a start! Hopefully it will be helpful to someone. I am more than willing to answer any questions and give pointers if you are throwing around the idea of revisiting your brand!