Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Indian River Marina Seafood and Art Festival

The Seafood and Art Festival is one of our favorite events. Who else wouldn't want to spend a day by the water, eating delicious food from Hammerheads and Hook'em & Cook'em? Thank you so much to everyone who visited us this year!

The Festival


Crab Caddies and Beer Totes

Jewelry, Handbags, and Magnets


Bottle Cap Art

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to Create a Seating Chart for a Wedding or Special Event

With my one year anniversary coming up, I've been thinking a lot about the wedding craziness I had to endure last year. One major project was creating the seating chart. Deciding who to invite can be stressful enough, but determining where those people sit? Yikes! Thankfully, we worked out a system that made the process quick and (mostly) painless.

First, we found an old poster board and drew circles representing each table. We estimated the number of tables we would need based on our guest count. We didn't worry about the physical placement of the tables on the poster - for the time being, our goal was to determine which guests would sit together. 

The next thing we did was write all of our guests' names on post-it tabs. Couples were written on one tab to make sure we didn't accidentally split anyone up. The post-its made it much easier to experiment with table combinations; if we wanted to rearrange a table, all we needed to do was move the post-its instead of erasing and rewriting names. Trust me, there was a lot of rearranging! We color-coded the tabs based on categories - friends, family, work, etc. This way, we could visually make sure that family members were together.

 Once all of our guests were accounted for, we began arranging the tables.

Each table could seat 8 - 10 people, but we tried to fill tables to capacity to avoid having too many extra tables. We didn't want to crowd the room with furniture, and we recognized that each extra table meant an extra centerpiece. At the same time, we didn't force people who didn't know each other to sit together just for the sake of filling each table completely. As long as most of the tables had 9 or 10 guests, we would be okay.

I made it a point to have my parents and sister available to help me through this ordeal. It would've taken me forever to write out every name on my own! It was also helpful to have some input when we ran into issues.

And of course, we ran into issues. You can see in the picture that there's one table of half orange and half yellow tags - somehow, my bridesmaids ended up sitting with my mom's cousins! When we did have trouble (always a result of math drama,) we experimented with multiple scenarios before choosing  the best option. If we weren't sure about something, we called people; for example, my dad called his siblings once he realized they wouldn't all be able to fit at the same table. Everyone was understanding of how complicated seating charts can be, and people were happy as long as they had someone familiar to talk with. We knew that by the end of the night, most people would be up and dancing anyway!

Once all of the tables were set, we assigned table numbers. For the most part, the numbers didn't matter, but we specified that the lowest numbers would be closest to our sweetheart table. This way, we could make sure our parents and close friends were nearby to us during dinner.

After the decisions were final, I typed everything into a spreadsheet so I could make escort cards. I also used the spreadsheet to keep track of which entrees were going to which tables. Hooray organization!

Friday, July 17, 2015

New Etsy Items for July

We have some new items in our Etsy shop!

First, we've listed a few beautiful necklaces in addition to our ever-growing earring collection. Both would be perfect for beach lovers or aspiring mermaids.

We've also listed a bags with some practical new features. The quilted handbags in the shop are equipped with adjustable straps, zippered pockets, and removable keyring clips! This way, it's your decision whether you want to wear your bag over your shoulder or across your body.

Sometimes, I need more room than a handbag can provide. If you're looking for more space, we've added a larger tote bag to the shop as well. More will be coming soon!

And, of course, we're still making fun earrings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Crab Caddy

One of our absolute favorite meals is steamed blue crabs. A Maryland staple, blue crabs have a mild, sweet taste that is synonymous with summer. Anyone who's eaten blue crabs knows that it's a messy ordeal that requires some specific hardware.

Thankfully, we've streamlined the process by building the Crab Caddy!

If you're lucky enough to bring crabs home for dinner, a crab caddy will help you keep track of all of your crab eating essentials. My favorite part of the crab caddy is that it has a built-in paper towel holder. There's no point in trying to keep your hands clean while you're eating, but the first thing you want when you're finished is a paper towel to clean up. I also keep a paper towel on my lap to protect myself from crab debris.

Though I use a knife to open the crabs, I need a crab mallet to get to the delicious claw meat. Our crab caddies have four built-in mallet holders.

Crab meat is delicious by itself, but we also eat it with Old Bay, butter, and vinegar. The center of the crab caddy will hold all of your spices. 

(Crabs are not included in a crab caddy purchase.)