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Bestie’s Bridal Shower Part 2Mar22016


This is a fun post, and one that I’ve been working on for awhile! In co-planning my best friend Nicole’s Pretty-in-Pink-New-York-Chic Bridal Shower, I’ve had a ton of fun figuring out the theme, and the decor that will go with it! I put together this mood-board to share with the bride and her mom (who is also planning it with me), and decided to make a blog post going over how you can also achieve the look!

For the full list, click on the “Read More” link below, or click on the image above! Much love!


Mom’s Day Book Give AwayApr212015


Win a FREE signed copy of the children’s book I illustrated, Is There Enough? by Faye Ellen Hartzell, signed by both Faye and myself!

Give Away Details & Rules will be announced on Saturday, April 25th, and 5 Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27th!

Follow me on Facebook @ohmelody, Twitter @ohmelody, and Instagram @ohmelodyart for info and more chances to win!

Big Dreams HappeningMar252015


Where have I been off to? I blink and months have passed by. Last September I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), started setting up shop at local street markets, and had a few promising children’s book leads that I started putting other projects on hold for.

Holidays came and went. Autumn through Winter seems to rush right past me nowadays, jam packed with birthdays and holidays and events and places to be. My birthday happens to land on the first day of Fall every year, a month later is my brother’s birthday and then Halloween, a week later is my husband’s birthday, ten days after that is our wedding anniversary, and then a week later is Thanksgiving. A month after that is Christmas and all the parties that happen when both sides of the family are divorced and there are 4 families that have to be seen and enjoyed, not to mention friends, travel, inevitable weddings, and New Years! A month to rest and then Valentines, my mom’s birthday, more birthdays and birthdays and weddings and HEY! It’s suddenly almost April!? Am I being punked?

Click below to read on for more updates and BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS! ❤


Cave Wedding HighlightsJul102014


In five days time, it will have already been eight months since my wedding! I honestly don’t know where the time has gone (mmm, finishing the children’s book, the website… not honeymooning = sadface) …

BUT! I was delightfully treated to our wedding highlight video this last week (you can view it below!), and in getting ready to finally see the unveiling of the full length feature film of our entire day, I was asked to send in some of my favorite photos! So, the last few days I’ve sat myself down to edit a few of our wedding photos that Red Pepper Shots took last November to send to our amazing videographer, Jamie, from All Because He Asked!

Melody & Stephen Wedding Highlight Video; Laguna Beach, CA from All Because He Asked.

Don’t forget to click through the jump below to see the pictures I chose & sent to him! ❤


Mark Ryden’s Gay 90s WestJun122014


One of the things I miss about living in Southern California is the amazing art galleries and art community that is found throughout it’s landscape. When I heard a few months ago that Mark Ryden would be showcasing his The Gay 90s: West exhibit at the the Kohn Gallery from the beginning of May through the end of June this year, I hoped beyond hope that Steve and I would be able to see it in person on our trip to visit friends and family at the end of May.

We barely made it, making a pit stop at the Hollywood gallery 30 mins before closing on May 27th, on our way to dropping off our rental car and getting to LAX for our flight home to San Francisco. Read on below for my personal review of the exhibit, my thoughts on Ryden’s art (fair warning: I’m a fan), and for visual inspiration and detailed shots of his work.