Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Shop is Now Officially on VACAY!!

Love Sparkle Pretty is headed to The Big Apple! 

In preparation, the shop is now on vacation from April 17-May 1st! Previous orders will be shipping up until the 25th (if ordered before the 17th). After that, all other orders will be shipped after May 1st.

If you have questions about previous orders or future orders, please send an email to lovesparklepretty[at]aol.com. If you send an email between April 26-30th, please email our assistant Tara at taraphilipp[at]yahoo.com as Love Sparkle Pretty respectfully won't be answering emails during this time.

Upon shop reopening, so is the new floral crown line!!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Compilation of Recent Custom Pieces (a.k.a. "PRETTY" OVERLOAD)

 Lately, I have been creating several custom pieces (hello wedding season)! I love creating custom items that turn out exactly how my customers envisioned their pretty pieces. I adore the different colors and variations of treasures that have left my craft studio here in So Cal that are now in the hands of their new owners.

I have compiled a few of these recent custom made orders. 

Enjoy

This sweet floral crown was made specially for a young girl to match her momma's floral crown. The bride, who is renewing her vows in Jamaica (10 years of marriage!!) will be wearing the Leigh Crown while her daughter wears this pretty crown with added blue detail to match her brother's adorable suspenders and bow tie. I swoon over these stories behind the hand crafted pieces!

This floral crown was custom created for a bride who wanted a piece that was minimal yet beautiful. I used pops of coral hues within the greenery and white and ivory blossoms.

This crown was created for a bride who wanted a floral crown to really stun in the back. With hues of cream and pale pink, this crown also has hand sewn clips underneath to hold the pretty veil that the bride will be wearing on her big day.

This custom crown was also created for a bride who wanted a mix of pretty hues and intertwined natural bark for a bit of whimsical charm. I am in love with this colorful piece!
I had to display this crown on an early afternoon in the craft room. It's just so refreshing! Thank you Tara of Laila's Charming Pieces for my music sheet print! It's a beautiful reminder every day.

This minimal and natural-inspired design is one of my favorites! I love the greenery and small pops of lavender hues. I created this piece for a bride in the Virgin Islands (can't wait to see THOSE stunning photos)! She was the sweetest customer and I'm so thankful I get to work with people like her on a regular basis.

Kelsey, a bride in Arizona (getting married in just a few days!!) contacted me about creating a small custom veil (with removable brooch) and rhinestone sash. I was so excited to make these pieces for her and after sorting through lots of details, we finally came to 2 rhinestone and pearl designs that go together perfectly! So happy for you Kelsey and so thankful I got to work with you!

Back in February, I created this custom piece for a bride in PA. I hand sewn 2 different pieces together to create this flower and leaf design and also added a bit of gold shimmer to a few of the leaves by cutting and shaping floral blossoms. I then hand stiched gorgeous rhinestones throughout the design to complete this pretty bridal comb. It's amazing what you can create with several totally separate items! I just may add this comb to the shop soon!

Emily, a bride in Georgia just recently said "I Do" a few days ago. She wore the Intricately Beaded Feather Headband from the shop for her Gatsy-inspired vintage wedding. This piece wasn't necessarily completely custom but I just adore the photos that I have seen from her photographer-Leslie West Photography so far. I just had to share. :) Congrats again Emily!!

Now how about a bit of baby love? 

These pieces weren't really custom either but these sweet girls bring such joy through their photos taken with floral pieces from Love Sparkle Pretty.

This is my beautiful friend Aurora's daughter (see more of her story and sweetness on her blog here).
Oh Sydney love! You are just too precious for words! Happy 2nd birthday! (Wearing the Ainsleigh Floral Crown).
Photo Credit: Aurora Vilchis

This adorable little gal had her photos taken by Khim from Snaptastic Shots. She is wearing the Ivory and Gold Floral Crown. I just adore her!
Photo Credit: Snaptastic Shots

That's about it for my most recent custom orders round up! It's always such a joy to create beauty for others. If you'd like to place a custom order, please visit the shop or send an email to lovesparklepretty@aol.com.

Thank you so much my friends!

Have a lovely Tuesday!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

INSTASALE! Daisy Floral Crown for you Coachella Attendees + lover of pretty things!!

Photo Credit: Kayla V Photography

So real quick (I totally forgot to include this in my post earlier today), I am hosting a mini Instasale on my Instagram feed for the Daisy Floral Crown in my shop!! In anticipation for you Coachella attendees (or those of you who just love pretty things), I thought it'd be fun to post a little sale on the sweet Daisy Crown. It's on sale for $32 including shipping (U.S. only)-originally, $42 + shipping in the shop! I only have 4 of these crowns available at this price so don't wait my friends!

Head on over to the Instasale here and leave your email in the comments. Invoices will be sent by the end of the day. Please purchase within 24 hours of receiving the invoice.

Thank you so much! 

Have a beautiful Thursday!

P.S. I shared some EXCITING news earlier today (hint: New York City)!! See my post earlier today for the scoop!!

It's OFFICIAL-LSP will be sold in New York! + SHOP VACAY!

It's OFFICIAL, Love Sparkle Pretty will be sold in New York!

I have finally accepted my first wholesale order and as of July, a limited amount of LSP pieces will be available for purchase in a boutique in Fire Island, NY!
More details to come.

Not only will Love Sparkle Pretty be available in NY but I will be in The Big Apple at the end of the month!! I am so excited that I finally get to visit this history soaken state and immerse myself in creative inspiration and DELICIOUS eats!! Can't wait to post about this experience when I get back. Follow along on Instagram as I go on my little adventure with my momma by my side. :)

To prepare for the trip to New York, Love Sparkle Pretty will be on SHOP VACATION from April 17-25 to process last minute orders and shipments. The shop will re-open April 26th while LSP is in NY. Please keep this in mind when placing any orders.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello Monday. A TINY Peek into the Schedule of a Stay At Home Mommy and Small Biz Owner.


It's been a long day so far and the afternoon just arrived. Waking up at 4:50 this morning to drag myself out of bed and like a zombie to the coffee machine to get my morning boost started. Then, to the cabinet to take my daily thyroid medication and straight to the kitchen table where I plopped myself down to begin prayer and devotion through the Sermon on the Mount. 

Once 5:30 rolled around, I headed to the craft room to get the orders finished and packaged up that need to go out today (thank God I scheduled my pickup last night since we are temporarily down to one car as of yesterday). As I worked on the crowns and veil, I also replied to several emails as I tried to multi-task. I had about 10 email conversations going at once and tried to get them organized so I didn't get any information and custom listings mixed up.

I completely finished one order and right about 7:30 heard little man playing in his room. Bug is up! I scramble to his room and after smothering him in morning smooches, I smelled something awful and sure enough, a dirty diaper...and not just any dirty diaper...one that oozed out onto his pants and onto his shirt (hello motherhood). To the shower we went!

Afterwards, little bug and I prayed (his fav. new word-AMEN) and ate cereal together.

Between starting the laundry and doing the dishes, I tried to go back and forth to the craft room to get increments of as much packaging done as I can (mail man will be here soon).

I took a small break to get some fresh air with the little one and went outside to push him around on his trike and catch some indian bugs.

About a half hour later, it was time to go back and do some more packaging, send photos to a customer and answer a few more emails. All the while, pushing up the frozen yogurt on a stick every 2 mins for Levi and coloring on random pieces of paper with him.

For lunch, lasagna it was...not only for Levi's tummy but also for the floor. Clean up that mess. Check.

Time to play cards with little man and work on the laundry some more.

Afterwards...it's about 12:30 at this time, go and finish packaging the orders and print shipping labels.

Come back and put the little man down for a nap as I sing "Jesus Love Me"-his going to bed song.

Breathe.

Husband is still at work. Baby is sleeping and the house is quiet. Emails still have to be sent. Several other orders have to be worked on. Photos need to be sent to customers. Another Mail Pickup has to be scheduled. Text messages need responses and lunch needs to be eaten.

But right now, relaxation takes priority...it will all get done in it's own time. 

It's OK to take a break, even if it's for a moment. Be good to yourself.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." 
Matthew 11:28

What do you do to relax and how often do you allow yourself a break amidst a busy schedule?

Friday, March 28, 2014

My True Passion and the Number ONE Reason Why I Do What I Love

I have been very blessed to be able to follow a true passion and do what I love. Not only do I love the pieces I create but the number ONE reason why I continue to cultivate my creative outlet behind Love Sparkle Pretty, is because of my AMAZING and WONDERFUL customers. I continue to get heart-felt messages from happy people as well as pretty photos of pieces that I have had the privilege to create for them-whether it be for one of the most important days of their lives or an accessory to make someone feel special everyday.

I just wanted to share just a few customer photos that have been sent to me personally via email or via hashtag #lovesparklepretty.

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!

This sweet little gal is wearing the Ainsleigh Crown from the shop.

"GORGEOUS! I took it straight out of the box and to a session. I can't wait to use it again...I am in LOVE with it." -Ashton

Hoi-a bride from NY wearing the lace double blusher veil for her September wedding.

"Love my veil! It looks 100x better in person. I took a leap of faith ordering my Veil w/o seeing it in person and so glad I did. Kayla is quick to reply to messages and friendly. It came super quick to boost! Can't wait to wear it on my wedding day. Will send you pictures after the wedding. Thx Kayla :)"

Jennifer-SUCH a sweet bride from Canada whom I had the pleasure to create custom hairpieces and boutonnieres for the entire bridal party. I was her very first order on Etsy so I surprised her with a handmade pearl bracelet with hanging locket as a gift. 

I remember my first Etsy transaction. It meant so much receiving something handcrafted with love and I wanted her first order to be special as well. Welcome to the wonderful world of Etsy Jennifer! You will become addicted-if you aren't already. ;)

 "It was a wonderful experience working with Love Sparkle Pretty! She was completely delightful and made such beautiful custom items for my wedding. People raved about them. Can't recommend enough! Thank you!!
Also, I had no idea when I ordered the pieces but my (now) husband had bought me a key shaped necklace as a gift for the wedding day and the bracelet you made as a surprise was just so perfect to go along with it... I would just like to say again, THANK YOU so so much. You made everything so easy that I just had nothing to worry about."

Adorable jewelry packaged perfectly with a hand-written thank you note?! Thank you @lovesparklepretty 


Wendi- A beautful bride whom I created the dainty lace veil for as well as a completely custom garter set.

"Thanks for the gorgeous veil @lovesparklepretty"

Casey- I had the privilege to send her and her 2 daughters floral crowns which later became a part of the top selling crowns in the shop. Thank you for inspiring these pieces and your kind heart.

"I just had to say THANK YOU!!!!! Oh my heavens, I literally GASPED when I opened your gorgeous box today- AHH! WOW! Seriously WOW!...THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!! **squeals**" -Casey Wiegand


Heatherly Loves-Heather ordered a custom dreamcatcher (my dreamcatchers are now only available through custom order via email: lovesparklepretty@aol.com). Heather is the best and so talented! Seriously! One day we will have to meet someplace between IL and CA. lol

"Absolutely love my dream catcher. Thanks so much @lovesparklepretty you always amaze me with your pieces."

Tyler-My most adorable niece's momma. :) I created this large custom dreamcatcher for her with mint and gold accents. It's handstamped, "Dream Big" to give her inspiration to chase her dreams of becoming an RN. She's almost there!

"Thank you @lovesparklepretty for the most beautiful dreamcatcher I have ever seen! And thank you to @brittkneelittleton for getting it for me for Christmas! I love it! My wall of dreamcatchers is coming along! :)"


Lainey-This girl is the best! I am so thankful when I get to connect with customers beyond just the "online shop order." Not only did I get to send her one of these druzy necklaces but I also created her veil for her wedding day back in July. Getting to know the faces behind the "usernames" is truely amazing. Thank you so much Elaine for your continued support!

"Thankful for artisans & etsy for helping us connect with them! And my new #druzy necklace from #lovesparklepretty ! Beautiful packaging and a kind handwritten note to go with it Love it! Thank you so much @lovesparklepretty !"


Little Miss Andee-This girl is another continued fan of Love Sparkle Pretty. She's rocking the Gold Chain Headpiece from the shop. :)

Brionna-She is fantastic! I was so privileged to create this veil and flower hairpiece for her big day as well as another veil for a later photoshoot. Thank for your kind words throughout your emails and messages Brionna. :)

".... I loved what you created for me! Thank you"
She is also a Stella & Dot stylist!

One of the best kinds of happy mail to read when you wake up in the morning. Lindsey truely made my day! These words mean more than one will ever know.

Several emails were sent back and forth after this and getting to know her more than just a "customer" was so wonderful-her passion for jewelry design, her love of travel to the states and elsewhere in england, her education, etc. These are the people I am able to impact each day (even if it's just with a smile).

It may seem that I just make "pretty things" or I'm just another stay at home mom with a hobby but to me, this "hobby" turned business means SO much more than I can explain and I absolutely love what my passion has turned into and has allowed me to do. Thank you Lord God!

What is your passion and the reason behind it?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Reflecting on Motherhood


"Children do not accidentally become mature adults of strong character, great faith, gracious relational skills, effective leadership qualities and sharp intellects. God's design includes the presence of a hands-on gardener, a mother, to tend and cultivate their hearts, souls, minds and relationships. As a garden cannot flourish without a gardener, neither can a child reach his or her potential without someone committed to careful cultivation." 

-The Mission of Motherhood