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How to make hanging flower balls for any occasion

I had a wedding that I was planning where the bride and groom were laid back and wanted simple decorations for an outside gazebo where they would hold the ceremony. (Trust me when I say the area was beautiful enough they needed minimal decor.) I came up with these….


I purchased 2 different size balls and scrap pieces of burlap we used to wrap the mason jars for the centerpieces. The bride also had fake flowers for part of her bouquet so I incorporated those as well. I started off by heating up my glue gun and getting all supplies on hand and even prepulled flowers off of the stems and precut burlap. All supplies are ready to be glued.

Start by adding a line of glue and wrapping base ribbon around to which you will hang the ball. ( You can also choose to leave this step off if will use the balls on a table, or you could tie it in a bow)


Make sure to wrap the base ribbon in a straight line all the way around the ball leaving at least a foot on either side for hanging.


Next wrap the ball with the burlap for a base color. I used both teal and natural to add texture and color.

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The hot glue dries very fast and makes this craft simple and easy to complete in no time at all. Next step is to add flowers in an assortment. I choose to not cover the ball entirely to expose the burlap. Add as many or as little as you want :)

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Also remember you can use these for aisle runners to hang from chairs, centerpieces, decor over a buffet or dessert table and so much more! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Courtney

Summer Coming to an End

As today is my last official day of summer I will miss my girls going back to school, planning daily activities, and enjoying hearing their laugh. But more importantly I miss the summer fun that me and my crew are blessed to take part in. We have been volunteering at Carolina Beach Boardwalk for 7 years and I can not imagine our summer without it. I have watched the kids grow and I adore seeing them each week.

4th Fun
4th Fun


New peacock design in the works
New peacock design in the works
What Fun!
What Fun!

I have painted the same thing on some of the same faces time after time, and some kids request different things every time. Either way it doesn’t matter to me! I LOVE seeing our line that never ends because it tells me that from a customer perspective you LOVE what we do. I thank you Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative for your support and allowing us to come back over and over :)

We will be out there for the last Tuesday of the summer August 26th 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 so come see us!!!!

From our heart to yours #iheartp3planning

Tuesday Tip :How to be a GREAT Bridesmaid!!

As an event planner I get asked a lot what brides should do about the less than excited bridesmaid so after careful thought I have compiled a few thoughts and tips to share. Bridesmaids remember that it is not about the dress, the color, or style but about you playing an active role. You are responsible for taking weight off the brides shoulders,  helping a friend or family member, and helping keep stress at a minimum. Please do NOT cause the bride more stress! Here are a few tips;

1. If you live close by organize a monthly get together to keep everyone one the same page, craft, or have  a glass of wine. Maybe even do lunch or dinner on occasion.

2. Planning a shower if bride wants one whether it is a couple shower, females only, or both.

3. If you live far away call, email, PM regularly to stay in touch with what is going on. Ask what you can do to help by doing research, scanning through invitation ideas, etc.

4. **If you are the Maid of Honor then it is your responsibility to organize all bridesmaids, not the brides. Help her search for dresses that suit everyone and be proactive about meeting other bridesmaids especially if you have never meet!

5. Plan non wedding related activities to help the bride stay relaxed and not stressed out. She needs to relax and enjoy this process.

6. Most importantly remember that your job will vary so be open to anything, AVAILABLE, and willing to help! Even if all your bride needs is moral support!

BRIDES— Remember to pick wisely and happy planning :)

Jumping for Joy
Jumping for Joy

Wizard of Oz Wedding Part 1 and my UNIQUE Decoupaged Shoes

So many of you know that I got married at the Land of Oz last September!! It rained, and was magical! One of the best weddings ever if you ask me! I adore my husband and even more greatly appreciate that something that is so dear to my life, my family, and my children he has been able to enjoy with us. See, when we first started dating I asked him to be the Lion for us for Halloween. He thought I was crazy but I told him that people would love it and would even stop us for pictures. He was amazed but I was right and so the stories begins. I share with you this personal story because I handmade everything for our wedding and I wanted to be able to share my ideas as well as inspire you!!!



                                                    Our family trip to Disney for Halloween 2012


I knew once we were engaged where I wanted to get married and exactly what I wanted to do… being an event planner helped tremendously!! ( BUT I still hired a day of coordinator ;) )  I started on all my little details and I made everything from paper flowers out of pages of the Wizard of Oz books to hand sewing ruby red slippers and EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN so stay tuned for more!

I purchased a pair of slick cream colored shoes from Shoe Show.. they were ONLY $16. It is very important that the material be slick for the Mod Podge to adhere to trust me I made this mistake. Mod Podge can be found at local crafts stores and even Walmart. I began cutting out pictures, quotes, stickers, and even used teal tissue paper as it was our accent color. This was such a fun task that if you are in need of shoes and aren’t crafty I would love to help you! Give me your theme, colors, and send me your shoes :) 

1. Make sure area of shoes are very clean and I would highly suggest cutting out all pieces beforehand so that you can focus on gluing everything at one time.

2. Coat a small area of the shoe with Mod Podge then place your desired item on top and recoat same area with Mod Podge again. Continue this process until shoe is covered completely with both cut outs and Mod Podge. ( Don’t worry about cutting pieces into perfect shapes as the finished product looks better when pieces overlap each other) Be sure to let Mod Podge dry between coats as instructed on the bottle. Once it dries recoat the entire shoe. I suggest putting at least 3 coats and you do not have to wet sand as instructed on the bottle unless you prefer to.

Now you have amazing shoes that are ONE OF A KIND!!!!!!!!!! :)





Notice the yellow brick road has our wedding date. I also cut hearts out of tissue paper, and I especially loved our names and “I DO” on the back of the shoes. Stay tuned because there is more Wizard of Oz Wedding DIY to come….

The flower girl shoes, handmade bouquets and boutonnieres with paper flowers, hand sewn ruby red slippers, signs, lollipops, and more!!!  




Mommy & Me Session 2014

First came Kelly and her lovely mother and daughter. I was more than honored to capture this special moment of love. Kelly contacted me once I posted my Mommy & Me Sessions and asked if it was okay to do a 3 generation shoot… OF COURSE I said! The pleasure was all mine. :)

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Caught off guard
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Mom said “Capture this fast!”
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Models in training
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3 Generations of love
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What do we do now?
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Love is a rose


Next came Carrie and Maya. I must tell you that I am so proud to call this lady my friend. She was not very excited about getting her picture taken and in fact asks for me to never post pictures on social media, but I am so happy for her!!! She overcame a fear and looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL doing it.

Mommy Love
Mommy Love
In the roses
In the roses
That cloud is a kite...
That cloud is a kite…
Once upon a time
Once upon a time
Kisses for you
Kisses for you



A moment that can not be edited … Capturing love <3

I write this blog because as I am sure you can guess my fees, process, and lack of editing are often questioned by others in my field…

When a client calls me up or asks for my services in photography my first response is ” I would be honored, and please know that my photos are raw, unedited, and as I see them through my lens!” Why? Because I believe that a moment can not be edited in but captured. For some clients they are immediately uninterested, which is fine, and for others their ears perk up. I have talked to other professionals that tell me I don’t value myself enough by offering cheaper prices, and some say I will never make it anywhere by undercutting them. Well, none of these are my intents!!!

As some of you may know from following my blog or meeting me I was a single mother of three until last September when I married my best friend. I could never afford to pay someone $500 to capture my baby being born, a family reunion, or my child’s first birthday. Thus started my own love for the art. I have always loved photography and capturing moments with my girls that can NEVER be replaced. If my house was on fire and I could only grab one possession it would be my photos. Why? Because pictures take you back much like a song. You have everyday moments that should be cherished just as much as the large events in our lives. Sometimes as parents we throw that amazing birthday party and forget to charge our cameras..oops. Well in today’s society we rely on our phones for our pictures, but you can not print those pictures in good resolution to hang on your wall in your home. 


I will give you a perfect example; I was hired to face paint for a birthday party and was finished early. As I was packing up I overheard the mother, as well as one of her guests, say their cameras weren’t working. I had my camera in the car from a previous job so I offered to finish my last hour by snapping a few shots. I captured some amazing moments that no doubt would never have been seen. I was able to do this because I wasn’t running around putting out food, making sure everyone was okay, getting the cake ready, and so much more! 

I have photographed births, babies two days old, weddings, bridals, events, festivals, Family gatherings,, and birthdays to name a few. My process is to watch the way people interact and click when they aren’t expecting it. I went to a business function not long ago and we all were to stand up and tell about ourselves and our business. After I stood up another gentlemen described his photography plan. He ended his announcement with “Don’t hire me for your kids birthday party because I am too expensive.” I must tell you that it took everything I had to not say… “But hire me because I am not and would be honored to capture those moments of love.”  In business we all have our own vision, and in that our own responsibility to our clients. My responsibility is to help a mother remember the water gun fight of ’09 at their family reunion, or how she accidentally forgot the candle on her son’s 5th birthday and how nobody cared. I have learned that life is short and every moment should be honored, captured, and cherished for we never know when God takes us home and all we have are the photos.


 noun \fə-ˈtä-grə-fē\

: the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera



What does this photo say to you? Stay tuned for opinions, thoughts, and I have a story to share that you won’t want to miss. :)

How to Plan ahead for Parties and SAVE MONEY!!!

This may seem like an impossible feat but I PROMISE you it is not!!!!

Let me start on this note;

You know when your daughter will turn 5, at least I hope you do ;)

You know when your son will graduate, praise God!

You know if you are a football fan you will have a Superbowl Party, unless your team doesn’t make it :/

You know your best friend is having a baby and wanting you to plan her shower or maybe a reveal party, so much FUN!!

I won’t give you all of my tricks because I am available for hire but I do have a few tips to share. You may be asking yourself the question of how? How do I buy when I don’t know what the theme will be, the colors, or how many people? All very valid questions thus I give you


1. If you KNOW your daughter loves Princesses and while you are in the store you see party favors that have princesses on them for ONLY $.20.. BUY THEM!!! 

2. If you KNOW (Or anticipate) your son will graduate the year before hand then be on the lookout for the clearance goodies. You can find tons of things without dates. For example plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths. These tiny things add up and I have purchased them for as little as $.10 a package!!

3. If you KNOW that you LOVE football after Superbowl buy your favors for next years party! I went to a store and purchased 2 tablecloths, 4 packs of napkins, 20 party favors (koozies in the shape of a referee shirts SO CUTE!!), hanging footballs, and 100 plates for $2.90!!!! Wow right??

4. For the baby shower look outside the box…just because it’s a baby shower doesn’t mean your plates have to have a baby on them. At every store check for colored items to match your party such as candle holders, ribbons, chargers, quirky containers for silverware, and even try consignment stores for something out of the box.

My philosophy as a single mother for years was always to do the most with the least, because I had no other choice. Please keep in mind that a party doesn’t have to break the bank it’s the originality that stands out most. So buy your clearance goodies and contact me for your Day of Services whether it’s Planning, face Painting, or Photography!! :)


*Please note those awesome dress notepads w/ pen were purchased on clearance at $.50 originally $3 a piece. Other items such as rings, stickers, and swords (for the knights) were purchased in bulk at the $1 store. Entire place setting for each guest ONLY $3.25!