Easter Printable Giveaway + Feature on Growing Weisser

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I’m so delighted to be featured on the lifestyle blog Growing Weisser this week! Growing Weisser is a lifestyle blog written by a mom and her four daughters. One of the daughters, Bekah, became a good friend of mine during my time in Grenada, and I also had the pleasure of getting to meet her lovely mother Kerry when she visited! I love the name they came up with for their blog — Weisser is the last of each of the girls (maiden names for all the daughters who’ve now all married and changed their names) and makes a perfect name for a blog that shares wisdom about topics like cooking, parenting, organization, crafts, and faith.

They kindly asked me to be a part of their Passion Perspective series on their blog this week, and I was happy and honored to be a part of it! Check out the complete interview over there every day this week. Read a little about my education and background, the journey of starting Lavender’s Blue, challenges I faced along the way, and some products and reviews.

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Also, be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a free Easter Printable party pack!

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Baby Audrey’s French Baby Shower

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There must be something in Grenada water because it’s baby season for (practically) all my Grenada friends! Grenada’s become a very special place for Yunah and Jin because not only did they get married there, but they’ll soon be bringing back their baby girl Audrey to her new home in Grenada.

Some friends and I thought it would be fun to throw Yunah a French themed baby shower since Jin and Yunah just had their honeymoon in Paris this past summer. We went with a simple pink and black theme and threw in some polka dots and stripes for some extra Parisian flair. :)

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We kept the menu simple with French foods like cheese and grapes, croissants, lavender lemonade, and vegetable crudites.

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And for dessert, we had creme brulee cupcakes! So yummy.

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We played a fun memory game and had a friendship flag activity to help decorate baby Audrey’s nursery.

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Congrats on your baby girl, Yunah! We can’t wait to meet sweet Audrey.

Daniel & Gabriella’s Vintage Mod Wedding Invitations

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Growing up, I was blessed to have lived close to so many of my cousins. We’d stay for weeks at each other’s houses over the summers, where we’d spend the summer watching movies, making up our own games, producing and acting out our own versions of our favorite musicals (The Sound of Music!), and going swimming everyday. Now that we’re all grown up, with families of our own, it’s been a little harder to see each other quite so often. But I think those summer days cemented our cousin bond, and there will always be one special spot in my heart that only they can fill!

Of course, I was delighted when my dear cousin Gabby and her fiance Dan asked me to design their wedding suite for their OC wedding in Laguna Beach. They were inspired by the works of Taiwanese artist Michael Lin and wanted their invitation suite to have that same juxtaposition of vintage florals and modern typefaces and layouts. Here’s what we came up with:

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I wish so much I could have been there to celebrate with you both, but thank you for letting me share in your big day, nonetheless!

This is Grenada: Belmont Estate (Grenada Chocolate Factory)

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Belmont Estate is one of my very favorite places in Grenada; I could easily spend hours and hours there wandering through the gardens, petting goats, sampling chocolate, tasting goat cheese, and chatting with the talking parrot, Rainbow. The Estate is actually a fully functioning 17th-century plantation that houses a cocoa processing plant (which is why many on the island refer to it as the Chocolate Factory), organic vegetable garden, goat dairy farm, restaurant, petting zoo, museum, and arts & crafts collective. It’s located at the northern end of the island in the town of St. Patrick, which is just about two hours away from where we live in Grand Anse. Belmont is perfect for a day trip, and I’d recommend getting there just in time for their lunchtime buffet. :)

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A buffet meal with all the local faire: salad with nutmeg dressing, sauteed provisions (root vegetables), chicken, local fish, beef, and mashed pumpkin.

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Local fruits and spices: jackfruit, papaya, coconut, turmeric, cashew fruit & nuts, tamarind, ginger, wax apples, cocoa beans, and many more that I can’t name. Belmont Estate comes down once every two weeks to the local farmer’s market in Grand Anse, and I’ve had the chance to get to know some of the people who work there. The plantation is one of the few places in Grenada where they grow jackfruit, and I’ve been lucky enough to buy jackfruit from them several times at the farmer’s market. Apparently, it’s not widely known or eaten in Grenada, so I often have Grenadians asking me how to eat it!

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A tour guide explains to us the process of making cocoa: cocoa pods are picked from the trees, their pulp is thrown into a bin where it is fermented for several days, and then the beans are laid out in the sun to dry on racks.

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At Belmont Estate, they have both traditional racks, which are rolled out when it is sunny and quickly rolled in when it rains or in the evening, and also newer structures that allow the sun to penetrate while protecting from rain.

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After the beans have dried completely, they are roasted and packed up to go to the Grenada Chocolate Company, where the chocolate is actually made. If you ever get a chance to try their chocolate, you’ll know that it’s about the closest to pure chocolate that you’ll ever taste. It’s also 100% organic and sustainably produced and exported (by sailboat!). They produce bars ranging from 60% pure chocolate to 100% pure chocolate (with a couple of specialty bars in between that contain things like Caribbean sea salt or cocoa nibs – yum!). I’ve only tried them in Grenada, but I’ve heard they’re available at Whole Foods too.

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Belmont is also home to The Goat Dairy, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture production, education, and empowerment among Grenada’s low-income families and youth. They provide training for local farmers and set up an educational program with the local elementary schools to teach students about agriculture, animal care, and home economics. They use the dairy farm as the centerpiece for teaching cross-curricular study, making it a teaching tool for teaching math, science, language, business, ethics, and art. Talk about project-based learning! There’s a really nice article here that describes the school project in more detail. Oh, and did I mention that they also make really great cheese?!

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Some animals in the “petting zoo” and some photos from the organic garden.

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And finally, a stop at the museum to learn all about the history of the plantation and to view some of the artwork of the local craftsmen.

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A Rain-Themed Baby Shower for Baby Hallie

LavendersBlueDesigns_RainShower_1I had the chance to throw a baby shower for my dear friends Hoi and Nick this past summer (with the much-needed help of Valine and Christina too!). What a treat it was to love on them and to shower them with blessings and encouragement! Baby Hallie has since arrived, and she is every bit as darling as I imagined (those kissable cheeks!!). :)

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Congratulations on your new little bundle of sunshine, Hoi and Nick!

This is Grenada: Grand Anse Spice & Craft Market

1Crystal-clear water, long stretches of fine, white sand, easy access, and tons of shade-offering trees make Grand Anse Beach a favorite for locals and tourists alike. It’s also the perfect spot for a spice & craft market, and you’ll often find vendors walking the beach selling their handmade jewelry and “spice necklaces.” My friends and I spent the afternoon wandering through the open stalls, sniffing spices, chatting with local artists, and admiring all the handmade crafts and jewelry that the market had to offer.

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This is a turtle shell/skin(underbelly?) that can be cut, smoothed, and shaped into a beautiful bracelet. Some of the other bracelets are made of coral or calabash shells.

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Hand-carved and painted animals – perfect for a nursery!

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Weathered hands work skillfully on a piece of jewelry.

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A little bling-bling.

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Photo on right by Kat Fung.

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Becky & Jay’s Wedding Invitation Booklet

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We welcomed a new member into our family this summer, and oddly enough, she has the exact same name as me now. :) I was honored to design these wedding invitations for my brother-in-law and his lovely fiancée Becky. They’ve been dating for almost as long as Dean and I have been together (11 years!), so we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Becky very well throughout these many, many years.

For the wedding invitations, Becky wanted something fun, bright, and floral that could incorporate her palette of orange and pink, with pops of yellow and purple.

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Instead of having several pages of different components, we decided to bundle everything together into an invitation booklet. The first page was the wedding invitation, and the second page included all the travel and accommodation information.

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Like Dean and I, Becky and Jay met in junior high and have a long history together (including being high school sweethearts, staying together through college, and doing the whole long distance thing during grad school). It was only appropriate to include a timeline showing their love story!

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Another neat element in this invitation booklet was the tear-off RSVP. We included it on the last page of the booklet and asked guests to tear off, fill out, and return them post-card style.

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Coordinating wedding programs set the tone for their fun, outdoor wedding. My favorite part was the colorful sunglasses they provided for all their guests!

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Congrats, Becky and Jay! As you embark on this new journey together, I look forward to sharing in many more adventures with you two in the years to come!






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