Tuesday, November 23, 2010


 These accessories were made for my friend Grace
 She just keeps coming back for more Whimsy Lilac creations

{Charming Necklaces}

Handmade black flower on a black headband.
The black flower can be made as a flower clip too.

 Email inquiries: WhimsyLilac@gmail.com


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

{Up Close: ShadowBirds}

These accessories were created for bridesmaids' jewelry 
as a gift from the bride to her wedding party ladies 
for the wedding day and beyond.

The ShadowBird Earrings have surpassed my expectations 
as I have seen these earrings become cherished,
everyday, earrings for the bridesmaids.
And I've already had orders for more to give as gifts!

 {I have a few sets of these earrings for purchase for $16, bracelets $8} 

Another post featuring these accessories: {ShadowBirds and A Gypsy}

For orders and inquiries email: WhimsyLilac@gmail.com

{Thanks for taking a look}


Sunday, November 7, 2010

{ShadowBirds and A Gypsy}

 {The title of this post refers to accessories, not ladies!}

So, last Christmas I made a pair of earrings for my sweet friend, Grace. Little did I know that the following summer I would make 9 more pairs of earrings and 20 bracelets for her bridesmaids and Grace and then create Grace's bridal earrings!

It was so much fun!  Here we are all decked out in Whimsy Lilac Accessories!

Photo courtesy of Scrivener Camera Works

Grace let her bridesmaids pick out their own "black strappy" shoes, and how to wear their hair if at least part of if was "up" and she let them choose if they wanted to wear one or both of the bracelets. It made for group of stylish and coordinated,
yet personalized, bridesmaids!

{Left: Gypsy Bracelet in BW & Pink ~ Middle: ShadowBird Earrings ~ Right: ShadowBird Bracelet}

The Gypsy Bracelet (in black, white, and pink) is named such because each bracelet is unique and has a tiny dangle. The one featured here was made to coordinate with Grace's wedding color pallet.

The ShadowBird Earrings are lightweight fishook teardrop earrings and the ShadowBird Bracelet matches them perfectly. Both bracelets are stretchy!

Stay tuned for {A Closer Look} at the ShadowBird Earrings!
{I have a few of the ShadowBird Earrings available for purchase ~ $16}

Email: WhimsyLilac@gmail.com for further inquiries


Saturday, November 6, 2010

{Up Close: Grace Bridal Earrings}

My first accessory post was on these bridal earrings I designed for my friend Gracie
 She had a wonderful wedding this past summer and she was a beautiful bride! She's a wonderful model, but I thought these earrings needed a closer look!

These posts also feature these earrings:

For inquiries email:whimsylilac@gmail.com

Thursday, November 4, 2010

{Whimsy Wisteria}

I absolutely love wisteria!
~ It's whimsical with lots of beautiful shades of purple ~

{the swinging tree & the wisteria}

These pictures were taken last spring on the lovely land where my hubby grew up.
~ Pretty whimsical, if you ask me! ~

                                      {wild violets too}

Well, my Whimsies (yes, that's what I've deemed the Whimsy Lilac followers!) 
it's been too long since my last post!  
I'm currently working on updating the blog and have a batch of posts in the works... 
but they have been held up because my camera is broken andI'm at the mercy of friends letting me borrow high-quality cameras to take pictures of my latest creations!

Look for new accessory posts this weekend! 


email: whimsylilac@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

{Casey's Bracelets}

I made these two very different bracelets for my dear friend Casey's birthday.

{Sigler Blue Bracelet}


I made this bracelet with Casey's in-laws in mind.
They must be due some award for the most perfectly color-coordinated family ever. I don't think they send out memos for family photo sessions, but they always manage to pull off pictures in a perfect color pallet of outfits in mostly blue hues with a hint of khaki and light yellow.

{Plath Bracelet}

{Casey used to read Sylvia Plath poems... but lately she's been reading Bonhoeffer}

Much like her taste in literature, Casey has a classy and eclectic style.
She and her husband are often, and accidentally, the super trendy "cool kids."

What do you buy a girl like that? Well, I did buy her some awesome earrings, and the only credit I get for those is seeing them, thinking of her, then buying them. She's worn them nearly every time I've seen her since her birthday. They are dark antiqued earrings with cameos that frame the face.
I don't have a picture, but hope to make some that are comparable in the future.


email: whimsylilac@gmail.com for inquiries

Monday, October 18, 2010

{Julie's Bridal Accessories}

This post needs a bit of a story.  Those of you that have followed (and read) previous posts will be familiar with {Grace's Bridal Earrings}. Well, Grace's good friend Julie and Julie's mom Lisa LOVED Grace's earrings.

A little over a month before Julie's wedding she still hadn't found the perfect earrings. So Julie and Lisa were gracious enough to allow me the opportunity to design and create Julie's bridal earrings. And I'm so glad they did!

Well, Julie's sweet mama came to me in secret to see if I could make a headpiece for Julie.  After a wonderful coffee meeting with Lisa and Julie's youngest sister, I had an order for two headbands and to dream up some way to incorporate vintage pieces from Lisa's bridal hat, circa 1985.  Needless to say, I had so much fun completing this super-special project.

Lisa just couldn't hold in the secret any longer and told Julie the surprises she had commissioned me for, and to my relief, Julie was thrilled! We met a week before Julie's bridal session and I was able to measure her for the cloth headband, try on a flower clip, and I had her make a decision on the earrings that just had to be in made in person.

In the end, I completed seven projects: a pair of bridal earrings, two flower hair clips, two headbands, and antiqued Lisa's wedding day, Mother-of-the Bride earrings. I also threw in a headband that Julie could attach a flower clip to and wear casually, post-wedding.

{And it all was a joy}


{More detailed posts to follow on these accessories}
for accessory inquiries


Thursday, October 14, 2010

{Mary Elizabeth Maternity}


I have a sweet friend, named Mary Elizabeth, and she graciously 
let me take maternity pictures of her pregnant with her sweet little girl named Maddie Grace.

Maddie Grace is now nine months old, but I miss my sweet friend and her sweet family.
They moved this past summer so her hubby Jeremy could go to seminary.

Pregnancy is beautiful and miraculous.
 ~Psalm:127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the Lord~

{sometimes I like to pretend I'm a photographer}



Friday, October 8, 2010

{Kissy Kissy}

{Kissy Kissy}

Here's another picture of Grace's gorgeous earrings! ~ If I do say so myself!  :)

email: whimsylilac@gmail.com for earring inquiries


Friday, October 1, 2010

{Grace's Bridal Earrings}

This is my beautiful friend
Grace Trussell

I had the joy of creating 
her bridal earrings

{Swarovsky Crystals & Pearls}

{Photo Courtesy of: Scrivener Camera Works}
{Scrivener Camera Works on Facebook}

email: whimsylilac@gmail.com for earring inquiries


Thursday, September 30, 2010

{Why: Whimsy Lilac}


       I love so many whimsical things and I change my time-consuming hobbies, oftentimes, on a whim. So in the future, I hope to share posts of handmade jewelry, paintings, crafts, & photographs.  Come to think of it, I'm the same way with books... I meander through different genres and writers until I just immerse myself in one that I love. 

     On another, loosely related thought, I love faeries. Yes, I meant to spell it that way. In my opinion, they are the epitome of whimsy. I have a daughter, named Cecily and she is a close second to faeries in whimsicalness.  She turns two today, and I believe she lives in a very whimsical world.  She is the perfect offspring of her musical, book-loving, philosophizing, fairy tale-telling, parents. Very recently, Cecily blossomed into a pint sized ballerina who insists on wearing her new pink tutu five out of seven days and prefers dancing with a bouquet of flowers.
She prefers a waltz to any other tune.

     Dancing is whimsical, I love to dance, and so does Cecily. 
In fact, I devoted twelve years of my life to studying and dancing dances, my favorite being ballet.  My husband, however, does not, will not, and never has, without great coercion, danced.  Oftentimes, he provides the music for his girls with a piano or guitar.  
We have a lovely, musical, and whimsy little home in Memphis, TN. 
{The banner and inset picture above are pictures taken in our whimsical backyard}


Purple is my favorite color. Well, not really a vibrant purple, or any royal variety. I prefer the periwinkles, lilacs, and lavenders.  But the Whimsy Periwinkle just doesn't roll off the tongue, now, does it?  It is no secret to anyone who really knows me that purple is my favorite color.  While I do believe that a light purple shade is one of the most pleasing colors to the eye, I remember making a conscious decision to claim purple as my very favorite. 
It's a sweet little sentimental story:

     When I was young, I spent a good deal of time with my maternal grandmother during the summers.  One day before leaving the grocery store I begged her for a quarter to go to the little junk machines while she was checking out. She granted me my wish and off I went to pick a slot. I chose the machine full of birthstone rings. After depositing my quarter and twisting the handle I lifted the metal flap. I took hold of my prize and popped open the plastic egg container to discover an imitation purple amethyst ring. My Mem-maw's birthday was only three days before mine and, upon seeing what I had bought, she explained that we shared the same birthstone. And as luck would have it, it was the very color of my 25 cent ring. I loved that ring and cherished it; and then lost it like any fourth grader would.
So many years ago, I fell in love with purple.


{P.S. Thank you, Siglers, for the fruitful brainstorm.}