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Old 10-06-2012, 10:43 PM   #211
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Great pics! I especially like the ones of you getting ready.
And Mickey at Castaway Cay!
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:53 AM   #212
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Jillian,

Your pictures are amazing. All of your planning and hard work made for a beautiful and memorable wedding. Looking forward to my Vow Renewal Ceremony in July. I know that the closer I get to the cruise, the more questions I will have. Thank you for sharing your special day with us.

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Your pictures are just beautiful!! Would like to use some of your for reference shots if you don't mind.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:24 AM   #214
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Hi Jillian!!!
I've gotten behind again, but it's been such fun to sit down for the past hour and catch up! I cannot tell you how much I love your photos!! They are fantastic!!! Your photographer did a brilliant job, and you and Michael look wonderful. I know you must be so pleased. Are you going to make an album or anything?? Before our wedding, I'm definitely going to go through them for inspiration if you're happy with that

Yay!! TR time!!!
I can completely imagine that it's quite an adjustment to normal life after the wedding. Like it's great to be married and not have the stress of the wedding anymore, but you're so used to devoting so much of your time to planning, that it's probably a bit odd not to have to worry about that now. I'm sure that there are enough of us brides that would love to have some of your amazing crafts to keep you from straying too far from the wedding world though

The Grand Villa at OKW resort must have been amazing!! I thought about trying to book one of the Grand Villas to do a Welcome Event, but then got infatuated with the idea of a DP I bet that was a lot of fun though!

How was your experience with ESCOT? Were the buses nice?? Seems like they were timely, and it made it easy for your guests to get to the departure terminal. Right now I've got busing for the DP booked (not sure if I should keep this or just use Disney busing--CS to MK & MK to GF via monorail. What do you think??), WDW to Port Canaveral, and Port Canaveral to the Airport. That's a great idea about a busing list! I'll have to add that to my To-Do's!

I've heard about so many dramas with the steaming thing!! I'm not sure why DCL hasn't expedited this process a bit more, but it seems like every bride and groom has to deal with some sort of trouble with the steaming billing... At least you all got it sorted out!

I'm so jealous you had a private hair stylist for the wedding!! How fantastic!!! You looked so beautiful for your legal ceremony! I loved your entire outfit--especially those heels and bouquet! It just really made the whole thing pop!
It's so great to hear that they're keen to make you happy and try to accomodate any requests you have onboard. Now that you've said that, I'm starting to toy with the idea of some sort of chair decoration for the ceremony.... Hmm... Will have to investigate this further to see if I can think of something cute but simple

So sorry to hear you got seasick!! I know that's a terrible feeling! I usually do okay on ships, but I had a mild seasickness experience on a catamaran last year, and it just makes you miserable. I'm impressed you were able to push on and socialize with your guests still!

That's so awesome you've booked an Anniversary cruise on the Fantasy!!!! That will be incredible! I am so hoping I can talk Timmy into something similar onboard

So question, I think I saw you mentioned you delivered your welcome bags yourself?? How did you do that? I'm trying to decide whether I should deliver them the day before the cruise while in WDW or if it would be better to distribute them once we're on the cruise...

Thanks for posting your responses to Evi's questions. It was really helpful to hear your advice!

I laughed so hard at you waking up at 3 am on the wedding day and thinking it was 8. That is totally something that I would do!
We've tentatively set my parent's room as the "Bridal Suite" and left our room "for the Guys", but after reading about you having to move all your stuff around, I may look at changing that up a bit. Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll have a ton of stuff!

You looked so fantastic in your pink robe! Really cute idea! It actually inspired me to look into robes of my own, and I'm thinking that could be a cute bridesmaid gift! What did you do for attendant gifts??

Your bouquet was gorgeous!!! I was so happy to see that Disney did such a beautiful job with it. I love that you added pixie dust to it!!!! Can't go wrong with a little extra sparkle, I say.


You were just stunning at your wedding ceremony! The dress, the veil... it was all perfect I also love that Michael wore his Mickey Top Hat to the ceremony! Very fun! I think it looked great in the photos, so I don't think you should be so hard on your effort. I'd really love to make one for Timmy. Do you have any tips or advice for that?

Yay Fantasmic Recessional!! You both looked so lovely in happy in your ceremony photos. Glad to hear it went so well!

Hehe, I loved your re-telling of your first dance! I'd imagine that most end up being "high school style" and probably feel a bit funny, because it's just the two of you dancing with everyone else staring in your direction. I'm also concerned about it being too long, so I conveyed your experience to Timmy, and we're going to aim for something about 2 min long (since we're mixing our own first dance song). At least you had a pretty song that you were dancing to!

That's so awesome that the dinning room welcomed you in at dinner!! How fantastic!! And great to hear that the food was yummy also! How did your seating go? Did Disney follow the arrangement you had sent in?

Love the decorations they did for your room that night and the DCL buttons!!! So fun!! Did you wear them the next day??

Thanks for writing such detailed TR! It's so great to hear about everything, and actually makes me feel like I'm experiencing it! Looking forward to hearing more!!
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Loved the pics. Gonna have to go back and get inspiration for ours. DH liked them also. He was impressed with the top hat, so much so he asked if we were going to wear MM ears? Never would have thought DH would have suggested that, but I am going to run with it
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Great pics! I especially like the ones of you getting ready.
And Mickey at Castaway Cay!
Thanks! Any "Character" photos we got were spontaneous, they just happened to be there when we were walking by! We were even good children and we waited in line! I know some other couples have asked for the entertainment CM's to arrange a quick meet & greet with characters for some photos. Don't know how "current" that info is

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Jillian,

Your pictures are amazing. All of your planning and hard work made for a beautiful and memorable wedding. Looking forward to my Vow Renewal Ceremony in July. I know that the closer I get to the cruise, the more questions I will have. Thank you for sharing your special day with us.

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Thank you! Feel free to ask questions whenever they arise! After I booked my cruise and before I submitted my planning guide, I had a LONG span of time where I had a LOT of inactivity. No active planning, no questions... So when you get closer to the date, I'm sure you'll have more questions!

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Go for it! It's hard to get reference or inspiration photos for DCL weddings! I found a few albums, but some were of different ships and the ones who used DCL's photographers seemed to take photos in the same few spots! I hope my experience will help others!!!

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Loved the pics. Gonna have to go back and get inspiration for ours. DH liked them also. He was impressed with the top hat, so much so he asked if we were going to wear MM ears? Never would have thought DH would have suggested that, but I am going to run with it
The top hat was so incredibly easy to make! I just went to Party City and got a $10 top hat, got a black mickey ear cap for $13, and I literally cut the ears out and hot-glued them to the hat. Since the hat was black, it blended well against the black top-hat. Then I just hot-glued a ribbon around the base. It took me no more than 5 minutes total! My "ears" (look back @ my bridal shower pictures) were just a silver pair of Minnie Ears and we stitched on a yard of silver sparkle tulle. This way we each had unique "Ears!" Hey, if DH is willing to go for the ears, go for it! When in Rome... Right?
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Hi Jillian!!!
I've gotten behind again, but it's been such fun to sit down for the past hour and catch up! I cannot tell you how much I love your photos!! They are fantastic!!! Your photographer did a brilliant job, and you and Michael look wonderful. I know you must be so pleased. Are you going to make an album or anything?? Before our wedding, I'm definitely going to go through them for inspiration if you're happy with that

I don't blame you for "getting behind" Miss BRIDE-TO-BE! I can't believe how soon it's coming up! Of course we're going to make an album! I don't know if I ever mentioned it on my PJ, but Michael and I bought two DFTW albums from Cast Connection (highly discounted WDW merch for CM's) Apparently they used to cost $200-$300 each, and we bought two (One black with Silver trim, One White with Gold trim) for $40 each! They each hold 40 8x10 photos! I can't even begin to fathom narrowing down 1065 photos down to 80! That will be quite a project! And I'd be happy to serve as inspiration! I had so much trouble finding albums for DCL weddings! I want to make it easy on my gals!

Yay!! TR time!!!
I can completely imagine that it's quite an adjustment to normal life after the wedding. Like it's great to be married and not have the stress of the wedding anymore, but you're so used to devoting so much of your time to planning, that it's probably a bit odd not to have to worry about that now. I'm sure that there are enough of us brides that would love to have some of your amazing crafts to keep you from straying too far from the wedding world though

Well, I've gotten 2/3 days of my cruise done, at least. I don't think the third day will take very long. I'll probably post that tomorrow on my day off! Everyone keeps asking "How's married life?" and since Michael and I have lived together for 4+ years now, it's NOT terribly different for us in terms of adjusting. BUT we just throw around "husband" and "wife" into conversation to each other and it's a really good feeling knowing we're OFFICIAL! I'm definitely relieved that all of the wedding stress is over, especially after such a long engagement! And now I get to throw myself into some soapy-favors for my lovely DIS brides!

The Grand Villa at OKW resort must have been amazing!! I thought about trying to book one of the Grand Villas to do a Welcome Event, but then got infatuated with the idea of a DP I bet that was a lot of fun though!

The Grand Villa was great, except that since we only had it for one night (most everybody was flying in the night before) there wasn't a lot of time to enjoy each other's company as much as we'd like! Although my friend and my cousin shared the living room and became BFF's overnight! Michael and I still stayed at home, though (so much packing!) and we just traveled to OKW a whole bunch! I'm excited to hear about your DP! It seems like so much fun!

How was your experience with ESCOT? Were the buses nice?? Seems like they were timely, and it made it easy for your guests to get to the departure terminal. Right now I've got busing for the DP booked (not sure if I should keep this or just use Disney busing--CS to MK & MK to GF via monorail. What do you think??), WDW to Port Canaveral, and Port Canaveral to the Airport. That's a great idea about a busing list! I'll have to add that to my To-Do's!

Escot was easy to book, as you should know After we paid, they sent a confirmation e-mail with a "sign here" page that you give to the bus driver. I didn't get any first-hand experience since Michael and I drove. They were on time, they got everyone to the port nice and early (around 10, and they let people into the cruise terminal at 10:30). They went OKW to Port Canaveral, then Port Canaveral to the airport, and finalizing at Downtown Disney (because you can get a bus to anywhere on WDW property from DTD!). I think they did well! I'm not sure about the bus for the DP, though... I'd just let people get themselves there thru WDW transportation- just make sure they give themselves AMPLE time, because there can be delays!

I've heard about so many dramas with the steaming thing!! I'm not sure why DCL hasn't expedited this process a bit more, but it seems like every bride and groom has to deal with some sort of trouble with the steaming billing... At least you all got it sorted out!

I'm so jealous you had a private hair stylist for the wedding!! How fantastic!!! You looked so beautiful for your legal ceremony! I loved your entire outfit--especially those heels and bouquet! It just really made the whole thing pop!

I lucked out completely! She was in control of my cut and color in the upcoming months, and I had plenty of time to tell her what I wanted! I honestly showed her hairstyles on Pinterest (thus that "hairstyle" album!) and she was PERFECT! It turned out just how I wanted it! Also, I never would've been able to do my makeup as well as she did! It was really beautiful! I wish I could've gotten my hair fixed a little more nicely for the CC photo shoot, but I wasn't going to bother her for a third day in a row! I let her sleep in with her hubby! I wish I'd gotten more photos on my Legal Ceremony day and the last dinner! I think only one friend of mine had taken pictures of me in my fancy dress for Animator's Palate! I loved my blue shoes and blue bouquet! I think the feather floral was a great impulse buy! Thank you, Etsy!

It's so great to hear that they're keen to make you happy and try to accomodate any requests you have onboard. Now that you've said that, I'm starting to toy with the idea of some sort of chair decoration for the ceremony.... Hmm... Will have to investigate this further to see if I can think of something cute but simple

Chair decor would be amazing! If it's simple, I would think they'd be able to help you. They really do want to make it special! It wasn't something I'd even considered, but I think you might be able to get away with it! Check this out: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/chairsashes.html - Save on Crafts is a great site for brides to get inspiration and great supplies for decent prices. It looks like they sell pre-made chair sashes!

So sorry to hear you got seasick!! I know that's a terrible feeling! I usually do okay on ships, but I had a mild seasickness experience on a catamaran last year, and it just makes you miserable. I'm impressed you were able to push on and socialize with your guests still!

That's alright. It was inconvenient, but I should've remembered how ill I felt the first cruise and I should've taken something in preparation for it! Try buying ginger gum! It was a great anti-nausea (in addition to the motion sickness pills!) I found mine at Drugstore.com and I love it! I'm hoping no other bride feels as ill as I felt that night! Stupid rough Gulf Stream!

That's so awesome you've booked an Anniversary cruise on the Fantasy!!!! That will be incredible! I am so hoping I can talk Timmy into something similar onboard

I'm so excited! If you *want* to, you can book the September 21st, 2013 cruise I hear some AWESOME people will be on it!!! Even if you don't have a specific date in mind, you can always call to re-book and you still keep your $100 onboard credit!

So question, I think I saw you mentioned you delivered your welcome bags yourself?? How did you do that? I'm trying to decide whether I should deliver them the day before the cruise while in WDW or if it would be better to distribute them once we're on the cruise...

We didn't personally deliver them, we had our friends do it! We had 21 staterooms and I think we had 3 or 4 people delivering them. I just attached a tag to each bag with the guests name and stateroom number, and I made sure that they stuck the magnets on the door! It was fun wandering the halls through our cruise and seeing where all of our guests were staying! As much of a pain as it was getting everything onboard, I'm glad we had them delivered to the rooms ourselves- THAT way, we knew they got to the rooms, and they were available when people checked into their rooms! (If you have DCL deliver them, they arrive when you're at dinner) My friends enjoyed the scavenger hunt! BUT, the one package I did send to the DCL warehouse was waiting and ready for my flower girls when they got into their stateroom! That was a huge relief, too! That box was HUGE!

Thanks for posting your responses to Evi's questions. It was really helpful to hear your advice!

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I laughed so hard at you waking up at 3 am on the wedding day and thinking it was 8. That is totally something that I would do!
We've tentatively set my parent's room as the "Bridal Suite" and left our room "for the Guys", but after reading about you having to move all your stuff around, I may look at changing that up a bit. Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll have a ton of stuff!

Waking up at 3 was no fun! I got really messed up having no clock near me! I'm weird like that when I sleep! I wouldn't change anything (except maybe my preparedness?) about my "bridal suite" choice because you saw the stateroom in my photos- that corner handicapped room was HUGE!!! But if you're going from regular stateroom to regular stateroom, I'd say let the girls use your stateroom! It's easier than sending your attendants back and forth for your things! I'm really glad I cleaned our stateroom that morning, otherwise there would've been a mess for the guys' photos!

You looked so fantastic in your pink robe! Really cute idea! It actually inspired me to look into robes of my own, and I'm thinking that could be a cute bridesmaid gift! What did you do for attendant gifts??

Thanks! I got the idea for the pink robe on Pinterest! I saw some other brides' photos in casual clothes and I was unimpressed- This is your WEDDING DAY! and HEY, you're having lots of pictures as you're getting ready, you may as well look good! As for attendant gifts, we only had one MOH and one BM. I got my MOH a lot of jewelry from Kay. I got her sterling silver sand dollar earrings as well as a sapphire necklace and ring set. I also made her that blue crystal starfish necklace, but after I'd gotten her the "big girl" jewelry, that was what she HAD to wear! As for the BM, we got him all Doctor-Who themed gifts. A Tardis beach towel, a Tardis necktie, and Seal of Rassilon cufflinks. He was easy to amuse!

Your bouquet was gorgeous!!! I was so happy to see that Disney did such a beautiful job with it. I love that you added pixie dust to it!!!! Can't go wrong with a little extra sparkle, I say.

Thanks! It was hard for me to picture the Red & Hot Pink roses (it was hard to find something similar online to get an idea!) but they turned out BEAUTIFULLY! The Mickey crystals were such a nice touch, too! PLUS, since the mickeys were faced in a certain way, there was a "mickey" pearl detail on the ribbon on the stems that let you know which way was forward! If you know anything about me, it's that I love sparkle! I'm glad my hairdresser had the idea to bedazzle the roses!

You were just stunning at your wedding ceremony! The dress, the veil... it was all perfect I also love that Michael wore his Mickey Top Hat to the ceremony! Very fun! I think it looked great in the photos, so I don't think you should be so hard on your effort. I'd really love to make one for Timmy. Do you have any tips or advice for that?

You're gonna make me blush! Everything came together wonderfully! I'm glad that you think his hat seemed fitting! His tux was just so expensive and the hat was SO cheap!!! Luckily the hat photographed well! It was SERIOUSLY SO easy. I just got a $10 top hat from Party City and a $13 black Mickey cap (do they sell these @ Disney Store?) I just cut out the felt around the ears and I glued that felt onto the top hat! Then I just found some leftover ribbon and hot glued that around the base. FIVE minute project!

Yay Fantasmic Recessional!! You both looked so lovely in happy in your ceremony photos. Glad to hear it went so well!

I was SO SO SO SO relieved once the ceremony was complete... and I didn't cry! Yay! I didn't want to cry! I can save the tears for OTHER people's weddings! Michael got a little anxious at one of Captain Henry's long pauses and took that as his cue to "Kiss the Bride" before it was really time to kiss the bride! Oh geez, that seems like my Michael! PLUS the Fantasmic recessional was GREAT! It even continued once we were re-introduced to the room as Mr. & Mrs.!

Hehe, I loved your re-telling of your first dance! I'd imagine that most end up being "high school style" and probably feel a bit funny, because it's just the two of you dancing with everyone else staring in your direction. I'm also concerned about it being too long, so I conveyed your experience to Timmy, and we're going to aim for something about 2 min long (since we're mixing our own first dance song). At least you had a pretty song that you were dancing to!

Hey, it photographed alright! Who cares if I'm not a dancer! Who would I be kidding if I'd taken a ballroom dancing class to prepare? I probably would've been more nervous if I'd had specific steps I was supposed to be performing!

That's so awesome that the dinning room welcomed you in at dinner!! How fantastic!! And great to hear that the food was yummy also! How did your seating go? Did Disney follow the arrangement you had sent in?

Seating was good, throughout all of the dinners, all of our tables were clustered NEAR each other. The night we were the closest was Enchanted Garden (like, ALL next to each other) the next closest was Artists Point (but the 10-top was separated from the others by a wall) and most scattered was the wedding night at Royal Palace (What can you expect when you request a specific table??) But that being said, the tables were all within eyesight. Most of our tables didn't know many people at other tables, so it wasn't a huge deal to be scattered. It was still easy to make our social rounds! And yes, my seating chart was followed as planned- everyone was with the right people.

Love the decorations they did for your room that night and the DCL buttons!!! So fun!! Did you wear them the next day??

It was lovely!!! But totally impractical. I don't know how anyone can feel "romantic" after a long and exhausting (and stressful, even though it's GOOD stress!) wedding day!!! As I said, he LITERALLY swept the rose petals into the trash after we took pictures! I LOVE the Ariel & Eric DCL "Just Married" buttons! Working @ WDW I see the WDW buttons EVERY DAY, so seeing something new is exciting!! We wore them a couple times... Along with my "Just Married" tank that a friend gave me! We wore the Mickey/Minnie ears off the ship because we didn't have anywhere to pack them!!

Thanks for writing such detailed TR! It's so great to hear about everything, and actually makes me feel like I'm experiencing it! Looking forward to hearing more!!


Welcome! As I mentioned earlier... I don't think my CC day TR will be terribly long nor nearly as exciting as the wedding day!! But, I will still be diligent and write it! I'm sooo excited about getting my new order of supplies so I can start making some blue soaps!!!
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Your wedding PJ has been so informative!!! I am so happy your wedding went smoothly. You looked absolutely beautiful in the professional and candid pictures!! I loved your personal touches with the shoes and bouquets.
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YOUR PHOTOS ARE AMAZING!!! SO AMAZING IT HAD TO BE TYPED IN ALL CAPS!!!

I love watching those photos and even forced my DF to watch all 1,000 pictures with me!!
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Your wedding PJ has been so informative!!! I am so happy your wedding went smoothly. You looked absolutely beautiful in the professional and candid pictures!! I loved your personal touches with the shoes and bouquets.
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Hello! I'm glad you got a lot out of my PJ and Thank You for the compliments on my photos! I'm glad you stopped by to read my story!

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I love watching those photos and even forced my DF to watch all 1,000 pictures with me!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH, I LOVE THEM TOO!!!

haha, it looks like your caps rubbed off on me! I'm surprised your DH sat through them all! The night I got them, my DH would only look through half of them before he got tired of looking at us BTW- LOVE your username- anything with "glitter" is something I approve of! Are you looking into a DCL wedding for yourself???
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Okay, this post is unrelated to the TR (still need to write about the CC day and disembarkation) but relates to my PJ! Since FreckledGinger and FivePin have claimed my first spots as clients for wedding favor soaps, I've (slowly) begun the process of opening an Etsy shop! I'm afraid that it won't be anything much to start with seeing as the crazy-busy holiday season is RAPIDLY approaching... But nevertheless, it's still a start! We'll see what comes of it!

I know I'd been toying with "Disney" type names, but I figured that probably wouldn't be the best idea. Since all of my e-mails and usernames are already JBeanBunny, (Jilly Bean/Bean Bunny) I decided to go with "Jilly Bunny's Imaginarium" it's a little quirky... like moi The only thing that sucks is that my name is WAY too long for a "shop name" so I had to shorten it to JBImaginarium (since somebody already has a store named 'Imaginarium')... Coming to Etsy.com SOON!!!

Since my soap supplier is in WASHINGTON STATE and I live in FLORIDA, it takes forever and a day to get my shipments. I placed an order on 10/6, it didn't ship until 10/9, and the estimated date for delivery is on 10/17... Tomorrow... which is NORMALLY my day off, but work decided that I only needed one day off this week. So, today I've been playing with photo editing software to work on branding. This was nothing but playing around until I kinda liked something enough to open the shop with. Here's my banner and thumbnail:



I just hate how small the thumbnail is- you can't really read it well unless you have a magnifying glass!! But at least it matches the banner! I'm going to work on making a label that matches the banner. One side with my Etsy Shop info, and the product information on the back. For now I'd like to focus on selling multiple soaps for wedding favors or bridal showers or baby shower favors. I bought a "gummy bear" mold and I just made some baby blue and baby pink 'teddy bears' to embed into clear soaps (whenever my clear soap base arrives!!!) as my first stab at "Baby Shower" gifts. I figure if somebody likes my wedding favor soap, they'll eventually get knocked up and buy some baby shower soaps, too! Ah, wishful thinking. Who knows! Maybe I'll even expand and sell other items than soap- another reason I decided not to call myself something like "Jilly Bunny's Soapery" - because I didn't want to limit myself with my name!

Hopefully I can manage to stay afloat with this hobby! It would suck to put in so much money, time, and effort just to find that I'm not breaking even! Wish me luck, gals!
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Okay, this post is unrelated to the TR (still need to write about the CC day and disembarkation) but relates to my PJ! Since FreckledGinger and FivePin have claimed my first spots as clients for wedding favor soaps, I've (slowly) begun the process of opening an Etsy shop! I'm afraid that it won't be anything much to start with seeing as the crazy-busy holiday season is RAPIDLY approaching... But nevertheless, it's still a start! We'll see what comes of it!

I know I'd been toying with "Disney" type names, but I figured that probably wouldn't be the best idea. Since all of my e-mails and usernames are already JBeanBunny, (Jilly Bean/Bean Bunny) I decided to go with "Jilly Bunny's Imaginarium" it's a little quirky... like moi The only thing that sucks is that my name is WAY too long for a "shop name" so I had to shorten it to JBImaginarium (since somebody already has a store named 'Imaginarium')... Coming to Etsy.com SOON!!!

Since my soap supplier is in WASHINGTON STATE and I live in FLORIDA, it takes forever and a day to get my shipments. I placed an order on 10/6, it didn't ship until 10/9, and the estimated date for delivery is on 10/17... Tomorrow... which is NORMALLY my day off, but work decided that I only needed one day off this week. So, today I've been playing with photo editing software to work on branding. This was nothing but playing around until I kinda liked something enough to open the shop with. Here's my banner and thumbnail:



I just hate how small the thumbnail is- you can't really read it well unless you have a magnifying glass!! But at least it matches the banner! I'm going to work on making a label that matches the banner. One side with my Etsy Shop info, and the product information on the back. For now I'd like to focus on selling multiple soaps for wedding favors or bridal showers or baby shower favors. I bought a "gummy bear" mold and I just made some baby blue and baby pink 'teddy bears' to embed into clear soaps (whenever my clear soap base arrives!!!) as my first stab at "Baby Shower" gifts. I figure if somebody likes my wedding favor soap, they'll eventually get knocked up and buy some baby shower soaps, too! Ah, wishful thinking. Who knows! Maybe I'll even expand and sell other items than soap- another reason I decided not to call myself something like "Jilly Bunny's Soapery" - because I didn't want to limit myself with my name!

Hopefully I can manage to stay afloat with this hobby! It would suck to put in so much money, time, and effort just to find that I'm not breaking even! Wish me luck, gals!
YAY!!! Can't wait to see it after it's up and running. Don't be looking at me to get baby soaps!! We're all done with that! My oldest just turned 13 on 10/8.

Love the name as well! I'll let friends know as well and send others your way. Alot will see you handiwork next month. Went for my first fitting/alterations yesterday. Ouch....alterations are expensive-in between sizes. I opted out of the bustling.

That is a long time to get a shipment!!

Can't wait to see all the stuff you're going to create. Wishing you the best of luck in this new venture.

Better run kiddos need to get to bed and when I'm on the computer they take advantage by not doing what they're supposed to be doing.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:23 PM   #223
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Okay, this post is unrelated to the TR (still need to write about the CC day and disembarkation) but relates to my PJ! Since FreckledGinger and FivePin have claimed my first spots as clients for wedding favor soaps, I've (slowly) begun the process of opening an Etsy shop! I'm afraid that it won't be anything much to start with seeing as the crazy-busy holiday season is RAPIDLY approaching... But nevertheless, it's still a start! We'll see what comes of it!

I know I'd been toying with "Disney" type names, but I figured that probably wouldn't be the best idea. Since all of my e-mails and usernames are already JBeanBunny, (Jilly Bean/Bean Bunny) I decided to go with "Jilly Bunny's Imaginarium" it's a little quirky... like moi The only thing that sucks is that my name is WAY too long for a "shop name" so I had to shorten it to JBImaginarium (since somebody already has a store named 'Imaginarium')... Coming to Etsy.com SOON!!!

Since my soap supplier is in WASHINGTON STATE and I live in FLORIDA, it takes forever and a day to get my shipments. I placed an order on 10/6, it didn't ship until 10/9, and the estimated date for delivery is on 10/17... Tomorrow... which is NORMALLY my day off, but work decided that I only needed one day off this week. So, today I've been playing with photo editing software to work on branding. This was nothing but playing around until I kinda liked something enough to open the shop with. Here's my banner and thumbnail:



I just hate how small the thumbnail is- you can't really read it well unless you have a magnifying glass!! But at least it matches the banner! I'm going to work on making a label that matches the banner. One side with my Etsy Shop info, and the product information on the back. For now I'd like to focus on selling multiple soaps for wedding favors or bridal showers or baby shower favors. I bought a "gummy bear" mold and I just made some baby blue and baby pink 'teddy bears' to embed into clear soaps (whenever my clear soap base arrives!!!) as my first stab at "Baby Shower" gifts. I figure if somebody likes my wedding favor soap, they'll eventually get knocked up and buy some baby shower soaps, too! Ah, wishful thinking. Who knows! Maybe I'll even expand and sell other items than soap- another reason I decided not to call myself something like "Jilly Bunny's Soapery" - because I didn't want to limit myself with my name!

Hopefully I can manage to stay afloat with this hobby! It would suck to put in so much money, time, and effort just to find that I'm not breaking even! Wish me luck, gals!
Can't wait to see all you have. I may need an excuse other than a vow renewal

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:26 PM   #224
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YAY!!! Can't wait to see it after it's up and running. Don't be looking at me to get baby soaps!! We're all done with that! My oldest just turned 13 on 10/8.

Love the name as well! I'll let friends know as well and send others your way. Alot will see you handiwork next month. Went for my first fitting/alterations yesterday. Ouch....alterations are expensive-in between sizes. I opted out of the bustling.

That is a long time to get a shipment!!

Can't wait to see all the stuff you're going to create. Wishing you the best of luck in this new venture.

Better run kiddos need to get to bed and when I'm on the computer they take advantage by not doing what they're supposed to be doing.
lol, VR's are a slightly different story than first-time brides Thanks for spreading the word, though I appreciate it! I hope you love your favors! I can't wait to get working on them (I love purple and silver!) Unfortunately, I made ANOTHER order with your colors, so that will take several more days to arrive. I get so impatient when there's new goodies involved! The ground shipping is expensive enough as it is, it almost doubles if I opt for air mail

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Can't wait to see all you have. I may need an excuse other than a vow renewal

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You don't have to make a bulk order, I can make just one or two soaps! I also ordered "His" and "Hers" soap molds as well as an alphabet mold (think: Mr. and Mrs.) I also hope on making a coordinating Soap/Bath Salts combo... Of course, I have to wait until I get my supplies before I can add any of this to my shop!! Stay tuned!
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