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!






Pho Art Print Sale + Giveaway!

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Many of you may know that I also write a food blog with my sister over at Meat Loves Salt. Well, I’m excited to share with you today that we are having a fun giveaway to celebrate our official relaunch! I designed some foodie art prints featuring one of my favorite foods of all time — pho. :) They’re available in my shop, and you can also enter our giveaway to win a free print. If you’re a fellow pho-lover or foodie like me, be sure to check it out!

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Yunah + Jin’s Wedding in Grenada

My good friend Yunah got married in Grenada this past January, and I had the distinct pleasure of helping out with all her wedding stationery needs! Like me, Yunah is down here in Grenada accompanying her husband while he attends school at SGU. We met just over a year ago, but it seems like we’ve known each other for years. There’s just something about living on a small, tropical island with limited resources that brings people together. You learn to do without, to share what you have, and to ask for help when you need it. Yunah and I bonded quickly over our love for eating, cooking, and exploring new places. We still get homesick now and then, but it sure makes the time go by faster when you’re spending it with good friends. :)

Since Yunah and Jin were having a “destination” wedding of sorts (for all the guests, at least!), they wanted to have an invitation that gave their guests a taste of Grenada. We incorporated seashells, botanical leaves, and little touches of Grenada here and there on all the wedding stationery, while keeping the overall aesthetic simple, classic, and elegant.

Here’s a shot I took on my phone on their wedding day (gotta love the panoramic feature on the new iPhone OS). You don’t see it here, but just a couple minutes later, there was a full rainbow over them!

And I wanted to share with you a few more photos from their wedding day taken by our friend, Kat Fung.


DIY Striped Straws

Striped straws seem to be everywhere these days. I remember not so long ago, you could only find them in a few specific colors. Well, it looks like supply finally caught up with demand and now, you can find them in a rainbow of colors from a dozen different shops. But just because you can buy them, doesn’t mean you have to! Here’s a quick DIY for you on how to make your own striped straws in any custom color.

I love using the adhesive label sheets from Paper Source for this project because I can coordinate my straws with the rest of the party decorations.  I simply use the edges left over from the label paper I used for other elements of the party to make the straws.

Adhesive paper in color of choice (here from Paper Source or here for full sized color sheets)
White biodegradable paper straws (buy them in bulk here and keep on hand for all your parties!)
Paper cutter or exacto knife

Step 1: Cut 1/4″ strips of your colored adhesive paper.

Step 2: Peel off the backing.

Step 3: Starting at one end, twist your colored strip along the length of the straw. You may need to play around with different angles to use up the entire strip/not run out.

Step 4: Trim off the ends. That’s it!

Peach, metallic gold, neon! The possibilities are endless.