February 18, 2010

Chandeliers, Weddings, Bridal Showers & Friends

Here. I. Am.  Beading Chandeliers and planning Jen's Beach Wedding.  

 I've been on a crazy little ride here, ups and downs and sometimes just running around in circles.   Jen's wedding is coming along - it's June 26th and we're getting excited and nervous all at the same time.  My girlfriend's daughter is getting married May 1st, so I'm in on a shower for her next month and my girlfriend is giving a shower for Jen, so together we are shopping, brainstorming, and having the time of our lives.  You think you know exactly what you want but when you start checking stuff out and seeing what's available it gets confusing because there's so many choices and such great things out there.  Doing our best to copy expensive champagne ideas on a beer budget as they say.

It ain't easy doing everything you want to do on a budget, and I found out early on - when you wake up in the middle of the night, no use trying to get back to sleep - once you're up, you're up.

For me, I find the best time to go over this stuff with Mr. Father of the Bride is while we're by our favorite Beach Cafe drinking Tea from a Starbucks thermos and he eats a doughnut or a white Hostess snowball  and I eat celery sticks.

We've been working day and night in our Chandelier Studio, which keeps us sane.  For years we've been renting lighting to studios for movies TV and commercials and have recently included renting Chandeliers for weddings, events, and private parties.  We're still selling out at the Ventura Flea Market at the beach - and still love it.  We're staying busy trying to produce as many Chandeliers as we can, this is our passion, and we love it just wish we had more hours in the day and more energy.

Seems like revolving doors around here - someone's always taking a look - and thankfully business is good.  Got a chance to snap a few photos - if you want to take a closer look check us out on ebay - id is chandeliermagic.  Come back over the weekend - I'm going to photograph a few vintage Beach House Chandeliers that are major heart throbs...

Funky strands - all old crystals from my collection - love this one

This white Chandelier is sold - and I just loved it while I had it

Love this topiary Rose Lamp - was in my Family Room for many years - 

So - I've been visiting blogs as much as I can lately, mostly just lurking about - you guys still blow me away with your entertaining writing, great photos, and amazing creative ideas.

I'll show you the wedding invitations as soon as I get em...and a few other special things Jen and I are doing to make the day perfect.

Decided today!  Guys will wear khaki linen pants, white tuxedo shirts not tucked in, and black leather flip flops.  Down on the beach we're having personalized bottles of water and flip flops at the Shoe Bar.

 Wish you could all be our guests...


  1. Hi Marsha, wow, your head must be spinning with all that you have going on!
    I don't know how you part with your gorgeous chandeliers, especially the ones you have grown attached to. They are all so stunning.
    Dig deep into your creative self and blow everyone away with a fantastical wedding. If anyone can do it, you can!

  2. I am in love !!!your chandeliers are all positively magical & a beach wedding I am such a romantic cannot wait for the photos...enjoy Cate :)

  3. Weddings are always so exciting! You'll have to share lots of pics with us :)

  4. wedding sounds perfect! I love that little flush mounted crystal number... when I get my dream house, we will need to talk!


  5. Your back!!! I've been watching my blogroll and not giving up. Your absence is understandable with all you've got going on and I'm thrilled business is going so well.

    I am one day (if the economy ever gets back on track) going to drive out to California to visit friends and family AND go to the Ventura Flea Market and bring one of your chandeliers back with me!

  6. It's so good to see you posting again, Marsha. You've been missed! I LOVE the rose topiary lamp; there's something about that style that always makes my heart beat faster when I see one.

  7. Good to see you here. Planning a wedding must be fun and crazy! I think it so wonderful that business is good and that you are doing something you have a passion for. I'm on a quest to find something I feel that way about right now!


  8. Hello there nice to see a post by you. Your chandeliers are beautiful and glad to know business is thriving well. It must be hard to keep up with all the plans yet all sounds good so far.

  9. Hi Marsha nice to have you back. Love those chandeliers just beautiful. Looking forward to this wedding and the linen pants and flip flops sound so causual and beachy. Have a good weekend. Sandy x

  10. Love your blog!! And I LOVE all the chandeliers!!!!

  11. Hi Marsha,
    Sounds as if you've been having a wonderful time, planning your daughter's wedding. Our son got married in 2008 and we had the BEST time, arranging it and the day itself was the best day EVER.
    Llove your chandeliers. I have one similar to the third one.
    Can't wait to see the wedding invitations. XXXX

  12. Hi Marsha, I just found your blog! I grew up in LA and get down there often but after 31 years living in the middle of the Mojave desert my dh and I bought a house by the beach!!! I am SO excited!!! We are in the process of remodeling it so that is how I found the blog world!! I am having fun coming up with beachy ideas for the new house but sure need help so I'm having fun reading "beachy" blogs! I still can't belive that I will soon be living near civilization!!!
    (stores, restaurants, etc.)

  13. I have missed you!!! It's good that you guys have been busy and what fun planning bridal showers with a close friend!!

    I can only imagine how lovely your daughter's wedding is going to be.

    Can't wait to see the other fixtures - they surely can't be better than these!!

  14. Yay!! You're back! You have been missed, so next time, don't be gone so long! :) Can't wait to see everything you are planning for the wedding. I don't know how you give up those treasures, I'd want to keep every one of them! I'll be keeping my eye out for that hunky chef, lol!!!

  15. P.S. that rose lamp...to DIE for!!!

  16. Just beautiful...I can't pick a favorite!
    Welcome back, dear~ we've missed you so!

  17. My name is Karyn and I'm a Chandelier-holic!! Oh Marsha! I think I've died and gone to chandelier heaven! Good heavens you have the most amazing creations and I think I'm in serious trouble because you're in the same state as me!

    Where have you been all of my blogging life? Thank you for your visit which allowed me to find you and this endless bounty of loveliness!

    Hands down, you have the best job in the world…are you hiring? lol

    The wedding details sound lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing the invitations. Okay, I'm off to add you to my blog roll pronto!

    Big Hugs,

  18. you're truly blessed to live the life you love making beautiful chandeliers! That picture that says relax on it is just so cool!

    Happy wedding/shower planning!

  19. Hi Marsha,
    Gosh, you've been gone for awhile, and I missed you, and your cool, beachy white stuff .. These are all gorgeouse !! It's probably hard to part with them .. can a girl have too many chandys .. I have an old one hooked to our backyard tree, hanging from the branches .. they are just cool to put anywhere !! Hope the wedding details are all coming together..busy time for you all I'm sure .. enjoy each minute of memory makings ~
    hugs ~tea~xo

  20. Marsha, just wanted to let you know that I featured your beach sign on Completely Coastal today. I think it's awesome..., it takes a creative and open mind to see "sign potential" in a very narrow fence picket like that!!

  21. I LOVE the sound of that wedding attire! I can't wait to see the pics! I think a beach wedding would be so fun to plan!

  22. wow those look stunning. Love that color too btw


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