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Old 10-16-2012, 10:23 PM   #226
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Jillian,

I am so excited to hear that you are opening an Esty shop! I love the name. Keep me posted when you are up and running.

I have only checked out a few of your wedding pics, so far amazing. Looking forward to viewing the rest.

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:19 PM   #227
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HI Jillian,

Congrats on the etsy shop!!! I look forward to checking it out.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:27 AM   #228
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http://www.etsy.com/shop/JBImaginarium

I just listed two items on my new etsy shop! Mr. & Mrs. Soap and His & Hers Soap sets! I hope to post more items soon, but it takes time to make soaps, photograph them, and list them! I just spent my whole weekend working on Ginger's soaps (I can't believe I get to meet her soon! Yay!) which, for some reason, felt more rewarding than when I was making my own wedding favor soaps! (my guests got a huge mish-mash of different colors and fragrances... ) That's probably because I didn't have the associated wedding stress accompanying the need to make HER soap!

Anyways, I was just popping in to drop off my link! I'm not loving my logos, but that's something that I can work on over time... Oh well, at least I'm open! That's a start!
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:21 AM   #229
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http://www.etsy.com/shop/JBImaginarium

I just listed two items on my new etsy shop! Mr. & Mrs. Soap and His & Hers Soap sets! I hope to post more items soon, but it takes time to make soaps, photograph them, and list them! I just spent my whole weekend working on Ginger's soaps (I can't believe I get to meet her soon! Yay!) which, for some reason, felt more rewarding than when I was making my own wedding favor soaps! (my guests got a huge mish-mash of different colors and fragrances... ) That's probably because I didn't have the associated wedding stress accompanying the need to make HER soap!


Anyways, I was just popping in to drop off my link! I'm not loving my logos, but that's something that I can work on over time... Oh well, at least I'm open! That's a start!

YAY!! Glad to see you up and running!! I've been on Etsy alot lately!!
Can't wait to see what Ginger's soaps look like!! I've been too busy with life to do much of anything else-only when the kids go to bed or before they get up.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:07 AM   #230
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WooHoo for an Esty shop! I just checked it out and I thought your logos where really cute. I can't wait to see more.

That's awesome that you get to meet Ginger! Have fun.

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Old 10-26-2012, 10:59 PM   #231
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I just met Ginger! Haha, there aren't enough cute emoticons to describe how exciting it was to meet her! We're practically DCL wedding sisters! She was the first person to read my PJ and she's been right along with me for the whole journey! And, for everyone's information, she's just as wonderful in person than she in online! I told Michael that I wished she lived here so we could be BFF's

She's very pleased with her soaps! Yay! I also might have made her a few extra goodies for her to enjoy since we've been talking for over a year and I wanted to give her something to show my appreciation for her support over the months! I can't believe that I'm married and it's her wedding week!

You're next, Judy!!!

Anyways... Someone had asked to see Ginger's soaps, so that's why I dropped by tonight. Both shows of Fantasmic were canceled tonight because of the winds from Hurricane Sandy, so I got to go home early and enjoy a Friday night at home with my hubby! He's making me chicken taquitos!

For your viewing pleasure:


I used ultramarine blue colorant, a liquid teal colorant, and an opalescent turquoise mica to color them all. The fragrances I used were Salty Mariner (perfect for a nautical wedding!), Earl Grey Lemon, Blueberry Delight, and Citrus Energy.

I added a few more things to my Etsy... just to have SOMETHING in the shop! I won't list any Mickey items online (copyright issues) but I can take special requests for them and have "Custom Listings"
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:41 AM   #232
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Yay! I love meeting people from online when you just know they're going to be exactly the same!
People say I talk more online than I do in person.
I love the bunny tags on your etsy page!
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:42 PM   #233
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Just dropping by for a quick second before work!

I just met with my photographer on Wednesday afternoon and we banged out a tentative schedule and shot list for our wedding day! She's even willing to let us put our attire back on and snap a few photos in Castaway Cay the next day! Tempting, I think I'll take her up on that offer! (Don't hate me, but I think CC is a little boring and that the ship is more fun to explore than laying on a beach... this may be my spoiled-ness from 24/7 access to WDW or my Floridian access to beaches year-round )

Anyways, while I was in Winter Garden Village for my meeting, I stopped into Bed Bath and Beyond to get a tie-hanger for Michael... I wound up finding a silicone mold for XL ice-cubes... and guess what! I now own a cube soap mold!! I decided to make a Mickey face soap with the cube mold to see how it turned out. Let me know what you think! (It's Violet Bamboo scented)


Anyways, off to Fantasmic I go!!! Bye!
Jillian, can you post the link to your Etsy page again pretty please!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:59 PM   #234
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Jillian, can you post the link to your Etsy page again pretty please!!
Sure! Here it is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JBImaginarium

I'm not listing any Mickey soaps on Etsy due to copyright issues, but I can make special orders. Just message me either on here or on Etsy.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:11 PM   #235
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I just wanted to drop by and give a sneak peek of Judy's Purple and Silver Mickey soaps! Please forgive the horrible lighting and quality that comes from a nighttime photo from a cell phone! I got a cute scalloped mold that I wanted to try out, and I think it looks great!

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Old 11-11-2012, 01:02 PM   #236
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Wedding Cruise, Days 3 and 4

Alright, enough procrastinating! In case anybody is still reading () Here's my Castaway Cay and Disembarkation report!

My alarm goes off at 7 AM the morning after a long long wedding day! After scrubbing my wedding makeup off my face before bed, I was not entirely ready to put on a new face so early! But, if I was offered photos on Castaway Cay, I was going to take it- dark under-eye circles or not! I'm no cosmetologist (especially not special-event worthy!) and I'd slept on my hair half up... I was NOT going to bother my poor sick hair stylist, so I just stole my cousin's curling iron in attempt to resuscitate my hair! I figured that I'd just curl it and brush it out for some beachy waves! Unfortunately, with as much hairspray that was holding the top of my hairdo in, I couldn't do much else without risking the whole thing falling apart! My poor MOH got up with only a few hours of sleep to corset me back into my gown, and we headed out!

We met the photographers in the atrium a little TOO early- they hadn't even let anybody off the ship yet! So, with the morning light pouring in through the port holes, we took a few photos in the deck 3 hallway between Royal Palace and Animator's Palate. Afterwards we got off the ship, and it was a lot of "Just hold hands and walk, and we'll take photos." It was a bit difficult, since I'd ditched the crinoline skirt AND I was wearing flip flops instead of 4" heels! Juggling Michael's hand, my bouquet, and holding up my skirts was quite difficult!! We took some photos by the ship on the gangway, then headed along the practically empty beach stopping to take photos along the way. (Honestly, a couple of my favorite CC photos were the ones taken by a complete stranger and e-mailed to us!) Let me tell you- trying to take photos with 2 people in full wedding attire on a hammock was NO easy task! We walked along the family beach and wound up at the CC wedding spot. I was under the impression that there was a CC wedding that morning, but nothing was set up... So we took a few photos there since it has a wonderful view of the ship in the background! We stopped at the Heads Up bar area for some photos, and by that point the sun was getting HOT and without sunglasses I couldn't even keep my eyes open for photos! We were SO tired and SO hot and you could completely see the difference between awake and excited from our wedding photos and exhausted and fatigued on our CC photos! By that point, we all just wanted to get back on the ship! We headed back and ran into a few family members along the way and took a few more photos on the way back in.

Once aboard around Michael and I changed (what a relief!) and headed up for some Cabanas, but breakfast had already been cleaned up, so we had to go to Flo's for some grub. Even though we'd been HOT HOT HOT on the island, we headed into the hot tub for quite a while in attempt to soothe our aches and pains... PLUS the pool water was WAY too cold! This was our ONE opportunity to go ride the Aquaduck, and we were both way too pooped to even bother! After our hot tub time, we headed back to our stateroom and slept for about 2-3 hours!!! At that point Cabanas was done serving lunch (Wah! No more shirmp for me!) so we got off the ship to walk around CC for a short time. We walked down to the Heads Up bar again and ran into my new Brother-in-Law and we got a couple drinks and enjoyed a beautiful view and a chance to hang out with some family! We could tell they were closing everything on CC around 5:00, so i stopped at the gift shop and snagged a few items before boarding the ship again! We headed back to the room and got ready for the evening and packed up all of our stuff into the many many suitcases we'd acquired! We had those set outside our door as we left for the show. We brought out chocolate covered strawberries to our friends in the Walt Disney Theater for the dinner show since we weren't going to have a chance to eat them (I feel like we were eating the entire trip!) and we finally got to see one of the shows!

Michael ducked out of the show early so we could have our guest book signed by Captain Henry who was signing things in one of the gift shops. After that I headed to the gift shops to buy a few things- some crystal DCL flip flops, some picture frames, etc. Then we headed over to shutters to redeem our free 8x10 photo! Well... we didn't have a lot of photos taken by DCL photography, so we wound up with two smaller photos instead. The problem with shutters was that we spent a HUGE amount of time trying to find the photos with Tinkerbell- Me, Michael, and our flower girls, all in our wedding-day attire! So we went to their book, and they only had the photos of the FG's and Tink. We took one of their photos as a reference image to try to find our picture with Tink (it was LITERALLY the next couple photos, and the last photos taken that night!) and they told us to come back in the morning after they'd searched. Unfortunately, they never found those photos! Very frustrating!

We spent what seemed like at ETERNITY at Shutters. It was seriously a MAD HOUSE!!! I don't know how DCL brides who have DCL photography taken have to decide on their WEDDING PHOTOS that night! I would be so stressed out! I've had a CD with 1065 photos on it and I still can't decide what photos I want for my wedding album!!! After shutters, it was time for dinner. We headed into Animator's Palate and our entire wedding party was near each other that night!!! ... Except for our head table (10-top) which was hidden by a wall with the big "fish tank" screen. Oh well. The dinner was good, not as good as Palo, and not as good as Royal Palace! But I just adore their black truffle dumplings! Plus, their mashed potatoes (wasabi potatos and sour cream potatoes) were amazing! Our friends had an additional side of each and we kept stealing bites! This dinner was the one where we passed the guest book around- We'd completely forgotten about it because it was hidden in the pocket of a bag that one of my friends had in their room after delivering our guest bags! I was wearing my pretty one-shouldered dress with my fabulous silver pumps... and I only had ONE photo taken of me that day!!! Yeesh! I loved that dress WAY more than the one that I wore on my legal ceremony day!



After dinner, we invited a couple friends over to help us drink our Fairytale Cuvee! As I said, I was being fed WAY more than usual and I was not in the mood to drink a bottle of champagne, so we shared it since we couldn't take it off of the ship with us! We were bad and popped the cork off of the end of the our verandah on the back of the ship! ("And that's how we met the neighbors") We put on Men in Black 3 from their on-demand TV (I seriously wish I had that at home!!!) and after my friends left, we went to bed too. Even though we didn't DO much on that day, we were still both drained from the whole stressful week and 27 months of planning! (Yikes, I could've popped out 3 kids in the entire span of our LONG engagement!)

I loved the location of our room- it was so quiet and there was almost no foot traffic past our room, plus the views off the back of the verandah off the very back of the ship was great!!! I would totally always book aft... if... There wasn't so much noise and vibration from the thrusters while docking! I didn't notice it at Nassau or Castway Cay, but it woke me up from a dead sleep at 5 AM when docking in Port Canaveral. It was like an earthquake! There was no hope in falling back asleep, so I put one one of the comfy "VIP" robes (NOT complimentary- I asked!) and headed to our balcony to watch the guys hook the ship's lines up to the shore. I sat down on my lounge chair (our room had 2 lounge chairs and 2 deck chairs!) and turned on my cell phone to see a gazillion likes and comments and other notifications on facebook! (Ah, facebook... what a digital drug you are!!) I showered and finished packing up the room, and we left for the last breakfast! It's always so sad leaving the ship! Even moreso when your family is leaving and you don't know when you'll see them again! the 3 night cruise was too short to spend a lot of time with everybody! I pretty much just stopped by for quick quips every night at dinner and at our wedding, otherwise we were SO busy the entire time! a 4 or 5 night cruise might have been nicer- with the wedding still at the beginning so you can be relaxed after! Anyways... We passed around the guest book again at breakfast and hugged everybody goodbye and got in the HUGE line to leave the ship. Once we got into the customs building we got one of the Port guys to help us with our luggage! There was NO way we could handle all of that luggage ourselves! He took us straight to our car, and we were on our way home!

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end here! Michael's sister had arranged to have a "family reunion" picnic since she and her family didn't attend the cruise, then his mom arranged to have a family dinner afterwards! Yikes! So the entire time we're driving back, we have all different parts of his family calling us trying to figure things out and attempting to assemble! I'd rented us a pavilion at Mickey's Retreat, a little park (seriously, NOTHING special) that is available for Cast Members to use. Since I was the cast member, I had to be there FIRST before others could join... Now, everyone was getting grumpy because some people had driven and some people had taken our bus from Port Canaveral. We had to drop our luggage off at home, then drive to All Star just to find that nobody there was ready to go! Since I had NO CAR (Stupid Car Accident!!!!) I couldn't just drive over there to let his mom into the park, so I had to wait, not so patiently, for somebody with a car to get their act together to get us over there! I stole Michael's brother, his girlfriend, and his nephew, and we headed in. Then we waited for everyone else! Geeze, this took forever to get everyone there! Then we were all hungry and nobody (ie, the people who didn't attend the cruise!!!) had gone to the store to pick up BBQ supplies, so once Michael got there, he had to immediately leave with a couple more people to go buy lunch supplies. Hot Dogs, Chips, Soda, etc. Meanwhile, I just followed the kids around- I've married into 9 nieces and nephews! I've fallen in love with my flower girls, and they've accepted me as their auntie! yay!

There was a pool, there was a playground, and the kids just wanted to stick their hands in a dirty stream to pick up frogs and tadpoles and to chase lizards around! It's funny how simple kids can be! I think we were all a little happier once we got some grub in us! It was nice to be able to just hang out (although we were both still a bit zombified), especially since his family lives in Idaho and other far away lands! That night, we assembled at a TGIFridays and had dinner there. Then over the next several days, I had Michael drop me off at the parks so I could use my maingate admittance passes for the family, and I spent all of my time with the flower girls and family! As soon as all of the family left the parks, I had to return to work, which was really difficult with a frazzled/fried post-wedding brain! I still don't feel completely recovered and back to "Normal" and it's been months! At least by now I've finally unpacked all of our wedding things, though most of it went into a spare closet because I don't know what to do with it!!

Ah, there you have it! The finale to my wedding Trip Report at long last! It's not nearly as exciting as the wedding post, I know! I think that's one of the reasons it took me so long to write it! Also, perhaps, deep down I thought that once I posted the last post about my wedding cruise then it'd finally be over! Having a PJ and TR was a lot of fun having new friends follow along with me! I appreciate everyone who has been there supporting me along the wild ride that is wedding planning! I'm sure I'll drop by on occasion to post soap pictures! Also, if you are interested in having wedding favor soaps made, please please visit my etsy page! I'd be happy to help and I've had a great time making them for Ginger and Judy! Pass the word to anyone that may be interested!

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I just met Ginger! Haha, there aren't enough cute emoticons to describe how exciting it was to meet her! We're practically DCL wedding sisters! She was the first person to read my PJ and she's been right along with me for the whole journey! And, for everyone's information, she's just as wonderful in person than she in online! I told Michael that I wished she lived here so we could be BFF's

She's very pleased with her soaps! Yay! I also might have made her a few extra goodies for her to enjoy since we've been talking for over a year and I wanted to give her something to show my appreciation for her support over the months! I can't believe that I'm married and it's her wedding week!

You're next, Judy!!!

Anyways... Someone had asked to see Ginger's soaps, so that's why I dropped by tonight. Both shows of Fantasmic were canceled tonight because of the winds from Hurricane Sandy, so I got to go home early and enjoy a Friday night at home with my hubby! He's making me chicken taquitos!

I used ultramarine blue colorant, a liquid teal colorant, and an opalescent turquoise mica to color them all. The fragrances I used were Salty Mariner (perfect for a nautical wedding!), Earl Grey Lemon, Blueberry Delight, and Citrus Energy.

I added a few more things to my Etsy... just to have SOMETHING in the shop! I won't list any Mickey items online (copyright issues) but I can take special requests for them and have "Custom Listings"
Hi Jillian!!!
I'm back home! Finally! It's exciting cause I'm so looking forward to catching up on your PJ and hopefully being able to update mine also!

You are just the sweetest person ever! It was such an incredible pleasure to meet my DCL wedding sister!!! You are such a warm and lovely person. Meeting you was definitely a highlight of my time in WDW Haha, I loved your comment about how we could be BFFs if we lived closer. I said something similar to Timmy!!! I wish we had been able to have time and sit down to chat--definitely a must next time I'm in FL.

I just wanted to thank you again for the AMAZING soaps that you made for our wedding. The photos do not do justice to how fantastic they are! Our guests kept talking about how nice they were (cute, smell great, professional quality), and I proudly told them that my DCL bride friend had made them for me. Timmy and I also loved all the little surprises you enclosed for us It was so thoughtful of you, and I cannot wait to have a bath this week and try some of them out!

Can you believe we're both married?! It's crazy how fast the year went past! Hope you're having a good week!!!
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"Getting Ready" and pre-ceremony photos


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