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Miss Oregon 2010 wedding
TLC's Four Weddings July 2010
TLC's Four Weddings May 2011
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TLC's Four Weddings January 2013
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The Ivyndell Story
A magnificent and magical creature once captured my heart and soul when I was just a little girl. . . and so my life-long infatuation with peacocks began! :-)

Although one of my childhood dreams was having my own business, all my creativity. . . from writing, designing and sewing elaborate costumes, decorating for homes and giving special themed birthday parties. . .was just given from my heart to those I love.

And then came ETSY!!! Remember on the movie Little Rascals when poor Alfalfa said, "…

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  • Born on June 18
  • Joined September 6, 2008

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All things PRETTY, floral, PEACOCK everything, OSTRICH and all kinds of feathers, blending colors and textures, coordinating themes, Marie Antoinette, designing and embellishing gowns, and any other new BEAUTIFUL challenge

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About

Featured on:
Offbeatbride.com
Miss Oregon 2010 wedding
TLC's Four Weddings July 2010
TLC's Four Weddings May 2011
TLC's Four Weddings September 2011
TLC's Four Weddings January 2013
vintagebridemag.com.au
The Ivyndell Story
A magnificent and magical creature once captured my heart and soul when I was just a little girl. . . and so my life-long infatuation with peacocks began! :-)

Although one of my childhood dreams was having my own business, all my creativity. . . from writing, designing and sewing elaborate costumes, decorating for homes and giving special themed birthday parties. . .was just given from my heart to those I love.

And then came ETSY!!! Remember on the movie Little Rascals when poor Alfalfa said, ". . . and then the heavens opened up and said: "I hate you, Alfalfa!" ??? :-) . . . Well, it was the opposite for me when in Fall 2008 I stumbled upon Etsy, which catered to hand-crafted items! It was as if the heavens opened up and God said: "See how much I love you?" :-) . . .

That fall I was already beginning to create Christmas wreaths to give to family and friends. . . so I decided to start with those on Etsy and was so excited and grateful for a sudden busy season of sales. . . Yay! I was finally in business! :-) Then just as suddenly Christmas was gone. . . and alas, so were the sales. So what could I come up with that could sell all year long??. . . something for weddings perhaps??. . . Well, I happened to have a box filled with small peacock decorations so I came up with my first peacock lovebird cake topper. . . and the rest is History!!!

I am so humbled and grateful for all the subsequent custom requests from brides that has now led to over 1500 weddings in just over two years, which include several winning weddings on TLC's FOUR WEDDINGS show. My wonderful husband Dan left his job of 11 years two years ago to help me full-time, so my 18 hour work days could be pared down to just 12-14 hours. :-)

Every wedding. . . whether for a TV audience of millions, or just a simple family ceremony. . . is just as special and important to me and I work extra hard on all of the beautiful details as if each item would be at my own wedding. :-)

Thank you, Etsy, for existing!!! . . . and a Big Thank You to Michelle/AmoreBride for taking time to give a beginner like me tips on sticking my toe into this vast wedding industry! . . . Thank You to all of my wonderful brides who have taken that leap of faith to trust me . . . someone you've never even met . . . with the most important day of your lives! . . . Thank You, Dan, for without you my business would have been a victim of its own success! And most of all I thank my God who has been and continues to be my Best Friend and Guide as I work to bless my special brides!

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