Uncontrollable tears - the first of many (good) surprises from my 2 days at Making Things Happen


Never in a million years did I think I would start crying when I stood up to introduce myself to a room of 100+ ladies (and a few gentleman).

It was about 10AM on a Wednesday when it started. I was attending a 2-day workshop called Making Things Happen (or MTH for short) that focuses on helping participants accomplish what they want in their lives and their business.

Founded in 2009 by Lara Casey (who also happens to be the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher, and founder of Southern Weddings Magazine), the workshop attracts a lot of folks in the wedding industry, plus a mix of people who are looking to start a wedding-related business, and some people who just want to make a change in their lives that’s completely unrelated to weddings.

I first heard of MTH a few months ago when a MTH alum, Brooklyn-based wedding designer Michelle Edgemont, posted an Instagram photo announcing that she would be attending as a guest speaker. I reached out to Michelle to learn more about the workshop and everything she said resonated with me. She said it changed her life and YES I should definitely go. But aside from that, what struck me was what kinds of changes she made after MTH. Before she went she was running an Etsy shop, and after she left, she decided to dive into doing what she loved – designing weddings. And she didn’t leave MTH and quit her day job – something I have no plans of doing anytime soon unless I win the lottery – but left MTH with the motivation and direction to pursue her dreams.

Another thing Michelle told me is “You WILL cry” and that the floodgates open as early as the introductions. But I didn’t think I would succumb to tears. I had to FORCE myself to cry when I first saw Titanic at the tender age of 13, trying to think of sad thoughts so that I could be like my friends who were all bawling as Leo sank into the icy Atlantic.

And yet there I was, standing before a room of 100+ people – most of whom I had never met – tears streaming down my face, having tissues handed to me, my voice cracking as I tried to tackle a seemingly easy task of telling everyone my name and what I wanted to make happen in my life.

Crying was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to surprises at MTH. I thought I would leave knowing exactly what I need to do to get hired creating wedding decorations, what my 5-year plan would be. I even thought about how I should hold off on starting to make my business cards for Alt Summit because I might get advice on changing my business name.

I left on Friday without any of these questions answered - or really any questions answered. That's not what Making Things Happen is about. Instead I left with a renewed sense of what matters most in life and the motivation to go after it.

When I started my blog, writing about my feelings was never part of the plans. My plan was to keep it light, with lots of ideas and inspiration, DIY’s, and some advice for planning a DIY wedding or event on a budget.

But one thing I learned from MTH is that sometimes sharing what you’re struggling with, how you’ve overcome hurdles, and all that mushy stuff is helpful – not just for the person writing about their feelings but maybe for the person reading on the other end of a computer screen.

So in addition to sharing fun sparkly ideas for weddings and parties, I’m also going to share more about my experience at MTH, and my progress as I try to do more of what really matters every day. And if you are thinking about attending and have questions….please feel free to share in the comments section OR email me at sparklemotiondecor@gmail.com.

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

tissue tassel garland cake topper on etsy

Do you see this photo here? It shows some of the new items I posed on Etsy a week or two ago. Over the weekend half of what you see here was purchased (and then some!).

So I've been spending all my free time putting together this large order so that I can ship it tomorrow! And that's one of the many reasons why I haven't had a chance to update the blog this week.

Also I spent the weekend in Philadelphia with my husband. We both grew up outside of Philadelphia, and I lived there for awhile....so we go there a lot! We enjoyed a romantic night out on Sunday at one of my favorite restaurants, Little Fish. They have a 4-course prix fixe menu on Sunday nights that is only $33. And it's a BYOB. Probably one of the best meal deals around! We stayed in a really cool hotel that night called The Monaco....ooh and before all that we did some shopping at a mid-century furniture outlet and got a beautiful new little lounge chair.

So not a lot of time to blog.

But expect some new posts soon....including a few new DIY tutorials!

For now I will leave you with a photo from my mid-century shopping trip. These two chairs were $300 - for both chairs! Crazy right?

mid-century furniture sale in philadelphia

A bit of a recap and a bit of a rant - The Lovesick Expo

View from above at the 2013 Lovesick Expo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This past Saturday I had the opportunity to go to the Lovesick Wedding Expo in Brooklyn with a friend of mine who is getting married this fall. I have never been to a "typical wedding expo" but I am told that Lovesick is anything but typical...which makes sense considering it was held in a concert venue and included burlesque performances. A second expo also took place on Sunday in Philadelphia, and a third will take place in Boston this Saturday, January 20th.

I am a really big fan of the Lovesick Expo and the guys behind it, Tom and Jon of Lovesick, Inc.  They understand most couples want a wedding that is unique and personalized, and have gone above and beyond to help make this possible by organizing these "eco-friendly", "nontraditional", "same-sex-couple-friendly" events.

I was lucky enough to work with Tom and Jon because they DJ'd and filmed my wedding this past May. Their belief that a wedding should be a reflection of the people getting married is also applied to their DJ-ing and videographing, which is why everyone who has worked with them or been to one of their weddings has nothing but incredible things to say about them.

On top of all that, they have been super supportive and helped give me the confidence to take my passion for creating wedding decorations seriously. As a result, I've started this blog, I'm creating an Etsy store and spend a lot of my free time crafting, and I'm partnering with some folks in the industry on some small projects. I know I'm not the only person out there they have encouraged to get into the wedding business, and between their support of little start-ups like me, and their Lovesick Expo efforts, they've done a lot to advance the wedding industry in the tri-state area and beyond.

Anyways, they have just announced the date for an additional expo this summer in Asbury Park, NJ and will be announcing a date for another in Wilmington, DE! Fingers crossed you will see me there, as one of the vendors. I'll be the one with lots of garlands.

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